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29 June 2023

Harrogate Convention Centre (HCC) has joined the Meetings Industry Association (mia) – one of the fastest-growing associations in the conference, meetings and events sector.

As part of the membership, HCC has also secured the mia’s highly acclaimed AIM accreditation. AIM is the UK’s nationally recognised standard for venues and service providers in the meetings, conference and events industry and has 50 strict criteria that venues must meet to achieve accreditation. The process includes legal compliance, accessibility and quality checks of its facilities as well as its customer service proposition and experience, ethical codes of conduct and best practice

Paula Lorimer, Director, Harrogate Convention Centre, said:

Joining the mia will bring many benefits to Harrogate Convention Centre, including useful networking opportunities and a valuable industry benchmarking tool. The AIM accreditation is a fantastic testament to the highly experienced and dedicated team at Harrogate Convention Centre and will give event buyers confidence that they are working with a venue operating at the highest standard. The events sector is responsible for thousands of jobs and it is incredibly important to work together as an industry to continually improve the standards.


Kerrin MacPhie, Chief Executive, mia, said:

We’re delighted to welcome Harrogate Convention Centre as our latest member. Securing mia accreditation confirms that HCC is committed to service excellence, quality, legal compliance and safety. It acts as a guarantee to buyers, assuring confidence when choosing HCC, a venue that cares about best practice and actively strives to meet and exceed their expectations. The accreditation offers a smart method for planners and buyers to quality control their selections, ultimately saving time and resource in the selection process.

The mia facilitates meetings, debates and gatherings with some of the brightest minds in the industry to solve business problems, to encourage learning and to create valuable networking opportunities.

About the mia

The mia is one of the fastest growing associations in the conference, meetings and events sector, founded by a proactive group of hotel and conference centre operators and booking agents to lead the conference, meetings and events industry, providing accreditation, industry awards, research and a voice to government. It has 530 accredited members. The mia supports members by:

  • Providing extensive regional networking opportunities on a monthly basis.
  • Helping them to achieve the highest standards of facilities and service through achievement of AIM, the industry standard of quality and excellence.
  • Providing a library of best practice and quality standards guidelines.
  • Promoting AIM to industry buyers.
  • Delivering tangible benefits which support members in the achievement of their own business goals.
  • By the provision of information, education, research and advice all of which lead to improved business performance.
  • By sharing issues of sector importance with them.
  • By raising the profile of business tourism with government.

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  1. As part of the membership, HCC has also secured the mia’s highly acclaimed AIM accreditation.

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