Why does AECC not attract central support
24/02/10 13:22 Filed in: Granite Chips
It does seem as though there are double standards, when the Glasgow and Edinburgh both have government support for their exhibition centres and Aberdeen is left out in the cold.
Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) is the form of Offshore Europe and the All-Energy Exhibition, both leading exhibitions in their particular field. It’s estimated that the exhibition centre generates £80 million for the local economy, but the energy sector is also critical to the future of both the Scottish and United Kingdom economies.
It would seem from that, that government support is more than justified.
Reports that finance secretary John Swinney has said he would consider designating the AECC as Scotland’s national energy exhibition centre, offers some hope that the government will back our exhibition centre. It would certainly be appropriate for such a centre to be located in Europe’s energy capital.
Yet again it seems that Aberdeen needs to be more assertive about securing its fair share of central government funding.