From the moment Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the ICC on 12th June 1991, events have been more than simply our lifeblood. They’ve been our passion. Year after year, we’ve continued to believe that great events have the power to drive success. To inspire. And to bring people together in a uniquely collaborative way. 

And it’s this approach that has brought our venue to life over the past three decades, welcoming around seven million delegates and playing host to over 12,000 exceptional events. From the exciting 1996 UEFA European Championship Finals Draw and the prestigious G8 Summit in 1998, to the high-profile political party conferences and the celebratory banquets and awards dinners, our venue has been the setting for countless wonderful memories and unforgettable occasions.

And it all lies in our foundations, quite literally. Did you know in 1987 ICC construction began the site of the world’s first purpose-built exhibition space, Bingley Hall? It’s been our mission ever since then to lead the conferencing industry on such significant ground. Between our engaging approach to event delivery and going above and beyond to exceed customer expectations, we believe our 30-year history is a testament to our achievements.

A trip down memory lane

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forward thinking

As we look back, we know we couldn’t have reached this significant milestone without our amazing customers and the support of our outstanding team. Together they have been the driving force in generating remarkable progress at the ICC, through technological advancements, event innovation and trend setting at every possible turn.

An incredible amount of dedication and pride has gone into 30 years of event delivery, resulting in an industry leading reputation and an outstanding range of accolades. From achieving architectural acclaim upon its opening to winning every major venue award throughout the 1990s and 2000s and then completing a multi-million pound refurbishment programme in 2018, it’s clear that both the ICC and Birmingham, the city we're so proud to call our home, live and breathe the city's motto: 'Forward'.


Here’s to the next chapter…

At 30 years young,  we know it’s our enthusiasm to embrace different ideas, welcome new technology and interrogate modern trends that ensures we never feel our age. While continuous investment in our venue ensures we’ll never look it either.