Going looks good for Jockey Club Venues
Figures released by The Jockey Club reflect the organisation’s growing presence and share in the UK conference and events market.
The 14-strong collection of the UK’s best known racecourses under the moniker Jockey Club Venues posted favourable results for 2011. Of the Jockey Club’s total turnover of £139.4m, £19.7m was driven by meetings and live events.
Accounting for 16.5% of the organisation’s revenues, Jockey Club Venues has aligned itself with corporate and agency meeting and events planners to offer easy access to some of the UK’s most iconic venues. Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs and Newmarket Racecourses headline as members of Jockey Club Venues. Jockey Club Venues sales teams have engaged with corporate and agency event organisers as well as exhibition and public events organisers.
The summer of 2012 will see Jockey Club Venues welcoming a wide array of events, from HM The Queen as she kicks off her Diamond Jubilees celebrations at Epsom Downs, the Olympic torch arriving at Cheltenham Racecourse and Jessie J performing at Newmarket Racecourse, to the Mind Body and Spirit fair at Aintree Racecourse.
John Baker, Group Director of Operations, said: “We have made clear headway in the sector with our enquiry levels up on last year. We have one of the largest portfolios of spaces – from the large scale to the more intimate – and are looking to further develop this key area. Weddings, festivals and of course corporate events are key to enabling us to help grow the business, in turn allowing us to invest back into the sport of racing.”
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About Jockey Club Venues
• Jockey Club Venues is made up of 14 racecourses: Aintree Racecourse; Carlisle Racecourse; Cheltenham Racecourse; Epsom Downs Racecourse; Exeter Racecourse; Haydock Park Racecourse; Huntingdon Racecourse; Kempton Park Racecourse; Market Rasen Racecourse; Newmarket Racecourses; Nottingham Racecourse; Sandown Park Racecourse; Warwick Racecourse; Wincanton Racecourse.
• Day delegate rates are priced from £30 per person.
• Twitter: #JockeyClubVenues
• Tel. 0207 611 1800
About The Jockey Club
The Jockey Club is at the heart of racing in Great Britain as the largest commercial group in the sport. Its interests include:
• Jockey Club Racecourses: Runs a diversified portfolio of 14 racecourses in Great Britain: Aintree, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs, Exeter, Haydock Park, Huntingdon, Kempton Park, Market Rasen, Newmarket, Nottingham, Sandown Park, Warwick and Wincanton.
The group stages four of the five ‘Classics’ of Flat racing (the Derby and the Oaks at Epsom Downs and the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket), as well as the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National at Aintree.
• Jockey Club Estates: The property and land management company responsible for the management and administration of more than 5,000 acres of land in and around the racing training centres of Newmarket and Lambourn, as well as an extensive property portfolio, including the Jockey Club Rooms.
• The National Stud: Transferred from Government to The Jockey Club in 2008, The National Stud is a commercial thoroughbred breeding enterprise with a commitment to provide training and educational programmes.
• Racing Welfare: A racing charity and company limited by guarantee with The Jockey Club being the sole member. The principal objective of Racing Welfare is to provide help to those in need who work or have worked in the thoroughbred industry, and their dependants.
In accordance with its objectives in the Royal Charter, The Jockey Club reinvests its profits in British racing and promotes measures to sustain and enhance the long-term success of the sport. For more information, please visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk.