Olympia London tops Superbrands ‘Conferences & Event Venues’ category
Olympia London has achieved Superbrands status for the third year running, and has topped the ‘Conference & Event Venues’ category for the first time
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This is a landmark moment for the historic home of inspirational events, following the announcement of the £1bn investment to enhance and develop the site into a world-leading cultural district.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Superbrands, which is the definitive benchmark for brands who have set the agenda, outwitted the competition and built enviable reputations. Olympia London was given classification following an extensive and robust research process, combining insights from the Superbrands Council and votes from the British public across quality, reliability and distinction.
Only the most highly regarded brands achieve Superbrands status. Furthermore, Olympia London has been identified as a leader in its field by achieving first place in the ‘Conference & Event Venues’ category – proving that, after 133 years, exhibitions and events continue to be the beating heart of Olympia London.
Part of the reason Olympia London has been selected is that, while the much-loved Grade II listed venue is evolving for the future with the £1bn investment, it is continuing to preserve its important heritage. This story is perfectly in line with the Superbrands ethos, and is captured in a two-page feature in this year’s Superbrands’ Annual.
Commenting on the accolade, Olympia London Managing Director Nigel Nathan said: “Achieving Superbrands status at such a significant time underlines that we are already a leader for excellence in the venue and events market place and provides a benchmark as we embark on this exciting redevelopment journey. Olympia London is the capital’s busiest venue, playing host to 220 events and welcoming more than 1.6 million visitors each year. This award recognises Olympia London as the architectural, cultural and events landmark that it is.”
Chief Executive, TCBA and Chair of Superbrands UK Stephen Cheliotis said: “Olympia London is an iconic 133-year-old venue but a relatively young standalone brand, which undoubtedly benefits from its incredible history. Its events over time range from classic gigs to renowned fashion shows, reflecting its flexibility to host everything from conferences to famed annual exhibitions. Its exciting and extensive development plans show the brand is not standing still but building for a prosperous and sustainable future as part of London’s event economy. All of this is only achievable through its people who embody the brand’s values, including care and commitment. While Olympia London’s activities have an effect nationally, it is also dedicated to positively impacting its local community, be that through creating new jobs or supporting charities close to the venue. It is certainly deserving of its Superbrand status for the third year in a row and leading the ‘Conference & Event Venues’ category for the first time”.