Media release: Leicester To Host Major UK Healthcare Annual Conference-ahcm

Immediate                                            21 June 2012



Association for Healthcare Communications and Marketing to bring 250 delegates to Leicester Marriott Hotel on 22 November 2012


Leicester has been chosen as the host city for the national Association for Healthcare Communications and Marketing (AHCM) conference on 22 November 2012. The event will include AHCM’s annual conference and awards ceremony, the biggest event in the organisation’s calendar, and will bring around 250 delegates to the city.

The bid to host the conference in Leicester was co-ordinated by Leicester Shire Promotions, events management specialist, Holland Alexander and the Leicester Marriott Hotel. AHCM is the primary independent network for people working in healthcare communications, public engagement and marketing for the NHS, and acts as a ‘voice’ for the many healthcare communications professionals throughout the UK.

Richard Morris, vice chair of the AHCM, said: “With delegates attending the conference from all over the UK, Leicester was an obvious choice. Its central location and excellent transport links mean more than 80 per cent of those attending our conference and awards will be able to reach the venue within two hours.”

Louise Managing Director at Holland Alexander said: “We’re really pleased to have won the pitch and to be working with such a credible organisation as the AHCM. Bringing the national conference and awards show to Leicester and showcasing the city’s business tourism offer fits brilliantly into our company goals as a key regional communications agency with offices in Leicester and also in London.”

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions added: “This is great news for the conferencing industry in the city and county, and comes on the back of the recent VisitEngland national tourism awards held at the Athena in Leicester.”

Sponsorship opportunities for the Communicating Health Conference and Awards Show 2012 have just been released. Companies wishing to promote their brand to the NHS and healthcare sector should go online at to see the packages available.

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