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100th GMB Congress in Plymouth in 2017

Friday, November 28, 2014

Plymouth Chosen As Venue For 100th GMB Congress In June 2017

Dublin, the venue for 2nd Congress in 1891, will host the 98th Congress in 2015, the 99th Congress will be in Bournemouth in 2016 and the 102nd Congress will be in Brighton in 2019 says GMB.

GMB will hold the 100th Congress of the union in Plymouth in June 2017. The last time GMB held Congress in the city was in 2013 for the 96th Congress. The event is expected to attract 800 delegates and result in £2m worth of economic benefit. The Plymouth Pavilions will host the congress with a range of hotels across the city providing accommodation over the 5 day event. The 3rd Congress was held in Plymouth in 1892 and the 91st Congress was held in the city in 2008.

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.

Since the 96th Congress was held in Plymouth in 2013 the 97th Congress was held in Nottingham in 2014. Dublin, where the 2nd Congress was held in 1891, is the venue for the 98th Congress in 2015. The 99th Congress will be in Bournemouth in 2016. 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 when new conference facilities are developed.  Brighton will host the 102nd Congress in 2019

Steve Short, GMB Executive Officer, said: “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. Plymouth ticks a lot of boxes as a destination and we always receive positive feedback from delegates who stay in the city.

The Plymouth Pavilion’s location makes it easy to get to and, as a purpose built venue, it has the range of flexible space needed to accommodate a varied programme and accommodate all delegates, including those with access needs. I’m sure delegates will be pleased with this choice and expect it will contribute to it being well-attended event.”

Sarah O’Leary, Waterfront Manager for the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership said “We’re thrilled to have secured the contract with GMB to inject a significant boost into the Waterfront’s economy. Our partnership work with Conference Plymouth* is really producing some great results. Working together to ensure the private sector is effectively designing the promotion of what Plymouth has to offer, the Waterfront BID funds annual exhibition stands at International Confex, promotional materials and a new Conferencing portal on the city’s Visit Plymouth website.”

*Conference Plymouth represents the large accommodation, conference and leisure providers with members from across Plymouth and its surrounding area.

Jon Morcom, Chair of Conference Plymouth said “Securing the 100th GMB Congress should benefit a large number of hotels, restaurants and shops with the added potential of generating repeat visits. Working with the Waterfront BID is really important to the funding of our activities and attracting future business.  Plymouth hosted the GMB very well in 2013 and we’re delighted they’ve agreed to come back in 2017.”


Contact GMB Steve Short 07904 300287 or GMB press office 07921 289880

or Plymouth contact For further information, contact:Sarah O’Leary, Waterfront Manager

01752 304919 / 07971 901957 Sarah.o’




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