Millennium Point – Birmingham Eastside’s 500,000 sq. ft anchor building – has scooped two top awards in the prestigious annual awards of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) in front of 1,300 guests at the International Convention Centre.
The awards were a double triumph for Millennium Point which won the top awards in both Excellence in Hospitality and Training and Excellence in Education categories beating off competition from eight short-listed organisations in each category.
“This is fantastic recognition for our team and the hard work we have been undertaking in further developing our event and hospitality offer and the huge amount of work we deliver in providing education and training facilities and support,” said Judith Armstrong, Millennium Point’s CEO.
During the past two years, event and hospitality turnover at the venue has more than doubled following an investment of £1million in the development of several new advanced and adaptable conference & banqueting suites, and AUDITORIUM – A 350 tiered seating space with state of the art AV and lighting facilities, making it one of the largest auditoriums in the West Midlands. In addition, Millennium Point is this summer opening a brand new private office facility, as well as co-working spaces.
Millennium Point’s commercial activities are funnelled into a charitable trust (Millennium Point Trust) that grant funds specifically for training and education especially STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). During the past four years its grant funding has totalled some £4m including the Millennium Point Scholarship that is now in its fourth year – funding students through STEM degrees and working in conjunction with Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
“This is the first time we have entered these major awards that are a highlight in the West Midlands calendar and to be judged winners in two categories is a remarkable achievement. It spurs us on in our work – extending and further improving our events, meeting and venue facilities, providing top-notch office space and in turn supporting education especially in addressing the STEM skills gap within the region,” said Judith.