A million dreams

The Rank Group held their annual conference on Wednesday 29th September at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Conference Centre. The event brings together venue GMs, Executive Comms, venue and digital leadership teams and relevant support staff from both Mecca and Grosvenor brands, over 250 people in total.

The event allows senior executives to provide an update on trading, share strategic goals for the future and to engage with and celebrate venue teams. Those attending were formally welcomed Jonathon Swaine, Managing Director, Venues and John O’Reilly Group Chief Executive Officer, followed by John Dyson, National Operations Director, each delivering a presentation. The conference provided main and plenary sessions, with Mecca GM’s moving between three interactive breakout rooms, that offered an inspiring talk from Paralympian Hannah Cockroft, an insight into Mecca of the future and a customer service focus session.

The conference was celebrated with a Gala Dinner, that continued into the small hours with a live band, DJ set, photo booth, charity raffle and late night snacks. The highlight of the evening was the announcement and presentation of National Awards for Venue of the Year, Bingo Star of the Year, Support Colleague of the Year and GM of the Year.

Kim Jones, General Manager, Mecca Swansea winning GM of the Year
Robin Bristol from Chester for Bingo Star of the Year
Carol Rhead, Head of Marketing Venues for Support Colleague of the Year
Mecca Thanet for Venue of the Year