Press releases 2005
Tuesday 14 June 2005
Over 11,000 Broadcasts and 288 Commercial Events in the Media & Business Complex's first year
The Media & Business Complex, the London Stock Exchange’s purpose-built broadcast and event venue, marks its first anniversary today.
In its first twelve months of operation, the Media & Business Complex has facilitated over 11,000 live broadcasts and organised 288 commercial events, establishing itself as one of the City of London’s most prestigious venues whilst enhancing the Exchange’s position as the focal point of the City.
Uniquely, the Media & Business Complex combines event space with broadcast studios. The 10,000 sq feet of event space, including a 120 seat tiered theatre and four live studios, forms the centrepiece of the Exchange’s headquarters in Paternoster Square.
Commenting on the anniversary, Sally Everett, the Exchange’s Head of Broadcasting and Events, said:
“The first year has exceeded all of our expectations. We have received excellent feedback from clients on the design of our facilities and the quality of service received. The Media & Business Complex combines modern design and technology with excellent hospitality, creating an ideal environment for high profile events in the heart of the City.”
One satisfied client includes Winterthur Life, a leading provider of tailored products for pre and post retirement, which celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Elite funds with a cocktail reception at the Media & Business Complex. Guests included Olympians Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknel and Gary Herbert.
After the event, Tracy Hogan, Events and Incentive Planner at Winterthur Life, said:
"It was a pleasure to deal with professional event people who pulled out all the stops to make our event a huge success. The Media & Business Complex has the edge over many other facilities in the area."
In addition to the event space, the four live broadcast studios provide connectivity to the London Media Gateway and BT Tower for global broadcasts. The studios offer television channels and production companies the ability to broadcast with live market data, in a location that is at the heart of breaking financial news.
Michael Wilson, Sky News Business Editor, said:
"The London Stock Exchange studios are now an important part of our broadcast facilities. Because it’s so centrally located in the City, it’s easy to get high calibre guests and helps us react quickly to breaking news."
The Media & Business Complex will be exhibiting on stand J56 at London Venue Expo. The exhibition is being held from 29 to 30 June at ExCel, London.
For further information, please contact:
Press Office +44 (0)20 7797 4130
Notes to editors:
The Media & Business Complex award-winning website can be accessed by visiting http://www.londonstockexchange.com/media
High resolution photographs of the Media & Business Complex’s facilities are available by contacting:
Press Office +44 (0)20 7797 4130
About the Media & Business Complex:
The Media & Business Complex is the London Stock Exchange's purpose-built broadcast and event venue. It is situated on the first floor of the new premises in Paternoster Square.
The four specially-designed studios are used for daily transmissions by BBC Breakfast, BBC News 24, BBC World, CNN International, CNBC Europe, Sky News, Channel 4 and MBC. The broadcasting facilities are also available for hire to companies wishing to conduct interviews, press briefings, media training and other business communications.
In addition, a 120 seat tiered theatre and a range of adjacent meeting rooms and contemporary event spaces, with state of the art presentation and communications equipment, are also available for hire.
These combined facilities offer businesses a unique venue in which to conduct media interviews, product launches and company announcements as well as host meetings, conferences and receptions.
About the London Stock Exchange
The London Stock Exchange is one of the world’s foremost equity exchanges and a leading provider of services that facilitate the raising of capital and the trading of shares.
The London Stock Exchange is the most international equities exchange by trading in the world and Europe's largest pool of liquidity. By the end of 2004, the market capitalisation of UK and international companies on the London Stock Exchange’s markets amounted to £3.5 trillion, with £4.7 trillion of equity business transacted over the year.
The London Stock Exchange is a Recognised Investment Exchange (RIE) under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and is supervised by the Financial Services Authority.