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Final element of ACC Liverpool is completed as captains of industry arrive in the city

28 April 2008

A major event is to be held in the final part of ACC Liverpool to open this week, marking the total completion of the new facility.

The BT Convention Centre has opened in phases since the start of the year. But on Monday its newly-finished upper floor - which includes three state-of-the-art auditoriums and 18 breakout rooms - will welcome delegates from the British Chambers of Commerce. Their convention will attract delegates from all over the UK and features speakers including Sir Terry Leahy, Chief Executive of Tesco, Sir Michael Rake, Chairman of BT, and John Fleming, Group Vice President of Ford Motor Company.

The phased opening of ACC Liverpool began with the launch event of the city's year as European Capital of Culture at the Echo Arena on January 12. This was followed by the opening of the lower part of the BT Convention Centre in late February, with its 3725 square metre multi-purpose hall being used for events such as the Liberal Democrats Spring Conference.

The British Chambers of Commerce convention, however, is one of scores of events - this year and beyond - for which the entire facility is now available. Sally Low, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "We are delighted to be coming to the BT Convention Centre for what promises to be a spectacular British Chambers of Commerce Convention." Liverpool is a city on the up and the BT Convention Centre is a wonderful addition to its attractions." Jacquie Rogers, General Manager of the BT Convention Centre, said: "The British Chambers of Commerce conference is one of the most prestigious events in the industry and we're absolutely delighted to be welcoming them to Liverpool. "Attracting organisations of this calibre serves as a testament to the quality and flexibility of our outstanding new venue. This sets the tone for the standard of business we will be bringing to Liverpool in our first year and beyond."

ACC Liverpool's partners are Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision, English Partnerships, the European Objective One programme and the North West Regional Development Agency.