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99th GMB Congress In Bournemouth In 2016

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bournemouth Chosen As Venue For 99th GMB Congress In 2016

Dublin, the venue for 2nd Congress in 1891, will host the 98th Congress in 2015,  the 100th Congress will be in Plymouth in 2017 and the 102nd Congress will be Brighton in 2019 says GMB.

Bournemouth has been chosen as the venue for the 99th GMB Congress in 2016. This is the first time the Congress goes back to Bournemouth since the 78th GMB Congress in Bournemouth in 1991.

The venue will be the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC). Congress will be held between 5-9 June 2016. The event is estimated to contribute £1.5 million to the local economy through business tourism and will be a major draw for over 800 delegates, exhibitors and visitors from across the UK.

GMB is a general union with more than 631,000 members in Britain and Ireland.  It is the direct successor to the Gas Workers & General Union formed on 31 March 1889 by Will Thorne. The union spread like wild fire across Britain and Ireland after it liberated gas workers from the unrelenting toil of six, 12-hour days a week by winning a working day of eight hours.

Delegates attending GMB Congress are the members elected to represent members from every part of the UK and Ireland employed in every sector of the economy. Congress is the supreme policy making body of the union.

Future venues are Dublin for the 98th Congress in 2015 which was the venue for the 2nd  Congress in 1891. Plymouth will be the venue for the 100th Congress in 2017. The venue for the 101st in 2018 is yet to be confirmed. Belfast, which was the venue for the 23rd Congress in 1930, is being considered as a venue for 2018 when new conference facilities are developed. Brighton has been chosen as the venue for the 102nd GMB Congress in 2019.

Pat Coyne, BH Live’s Director of Venues said. “The Bournemouth International Centre has a reputation as a premier conference venue. With a wide choice of networking opportunities and accommodation close to our venue we have been working with the organisers to prepare for the 2016 Congress - a pivotal event in GMB’s calendar which we are very much looking forward to hosting.”

Steve Short, GMB Executive Officer, added: “The GMB Congress is a key event for us. Consequently the union’s Executive Council takes great care to find venues that are suitable for the event.

Bournemouth ticks all our boxes as a dynamic and attractive business destination and the Bournemouth International Centre as a secure, respected and well-managed venue. It’s a very different place from what it was 25 years ago. The flexibility and space of the Windsor Hall is perfect for holding classroom-style events like ours. The centre is easy to get to, with plenty of nearby accommodation options for delegates.”


For more information about the Bournemouth International Centre, please contact:

Elizabeth Symmons, PR & Corporate Communications Executive, BH Live


T: (01202) 451866

For more information about GMB please contact GMB Press Office or Steve Short on 0207 391 6700 or email

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