Halogen Heads up Press Office support for BCSC annual conference in Belfast

Halogen was at the heart of BCSC’s press operations before, during and after the retail property organisation’s record-setting Conference held in Belfast from 31 October -2 November 2005

The Conference, which saw a record number (2,300) of participants, also saw a record number of journalists from both trade and national publications with 34 registering to attend in advance and a further 20 showing up during the course of the three days from both print and electronic media. Another 50 journalists called for further details during the course of the event

The 2005 Conference, themed ‘Service? What Service!’ saw a focus on customer service. Keynote speakers included: Senator George Mitchell, Chair of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland and Partner, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary; Stuart Rose, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer; Sir Tom Farmer, former Chairman of Kwik-Fit; Olympic Gold Medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent; Senator Feargal Quinn, Founder of Superquinn and Senator, Irish Parliament, and Francis Salway, Chief Executive of Land Securities Group PLC, among others

The fully-staffed Press Centre in the city’s Waterfront Hall was run Halogen which also handled press announcements and photo-release coordination from the Conference. The facility enabled journalists to have access to computers and e-mail for filing stories as well as space to interview speakers and mail boxes as well as photo-mailing

The 2005 event marked a significant hat trick of firsts for BCSC. It was the first time the Conference travelled to Northern Ireland, the first time that the Retail Showcase has sold out so far ahead of opening and the first time that one company, urban regeneration specialist CUSP, has provided overall sponsorship for the entire event

More than 65 exhibitors including retailers, developers, landlords, agents and service providers were also on hand exhibiting in the Retail Showcase in the adjacent St Georges Market

AM Development, developer of the new Victoria Square in Belfast, sponsored the Retail Showcase. Photo-Me International sponsored the Conference Sessions and Westfield hosted the Irish Celebration

Halogen has provided Press Centre support at BCSC’s last six Annual Conference & Retail Showcase events

For further information please contact Sean Kelly (sean.kelly@Halogenuk.com)

12 January 2006