The Meetings Industry Association (mia) has awarded AIM Gold accreditation to the conference and events venues here at Manchester Met.
Gold is the highest rating in the mia’s AIM accreditation scheme, which audits venues and suppliers against a strict 50-point criteria, including quality of facilities, accessibility, legal compliance, customer service and best practice standards. Gaining gold from the UK’s only nationally recognised standard for service providers in the business meetings, conferences and events industry, represents a significant achievement for venues.
The Conference and Events Team look after a wide range of internal and external bookings within our buildings, and also sell and manage space for residential conferences, summer study and leisure groups where our en-suite accommodation and eco townhouses also have a VisitEngland 4-star campus accommodation rating.
mia assessors who came to visit us for the day, found ‘clear evidence’ of maintaining high standards and noted the ‘high quality of our provision to clients’ as well as noting happy and helpful staff.
Three years ago, Manchester Met received AIM Silver accreditation and has made further improvements to attain AIM Gold.
Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the mia, said: “Manchester Met has excellent and accessible facilities which have been updated to a high standard in the last year. It has clearly exceeded the criteria required to receive AIM Gold accreditation and I would like to congratulate its conference team on achieving the accolade.
“AIM Accreditation at the highest level is a significant achievement as venues are thoroughly assessed and must meet strict criteria. Therefore, those choosing AIM Gold accredited venues can be assured of quality.”
James Charnock, Conference Sales and Marketing officer said: “We are absolutely delighted to have achieved AIM Gold. We pride ourselves on our sustainable, innovative approach to conferences, events and residential bookings, and having that recognised by mia gives us a platform to introduce a wider audience to something we care passionately about.
We’d also like to thank all the internal teams we work with, who without doubt helped us to achieve this, either by being so welcoming to the assessors on the day, or by providing the wealth of information mia needed to complete the assessment.”