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Director to Chair AIM Development Group


One Great George Street Director Gary Payne has been appointed by the Meeting Industry Association (MIA)’s Accredited in Meetings (AIM) as chair of its development group with immediate effect.

Key objectives for Payne include developing and increasing awareness of the accreditation’s importance to the corporate, agency, associations, governmental buyers, venues and event suppliers’ communities; drive collaborations between AIM and other key industry bodies; support the recent launch of the AIM Expert scheme. As chair, Payne will oversee a team of seven and will liaise with MIA’s board to implement the accreditation’s communication strategies and goals. He will also act as AIM ambassador promoting the accreditation across the MICE sector.

“I am thrilled to be chair of such an important industry scheme,” he said. “I am a passionate supporter of AIM as it gives venues and event suppliers an opportunity to demonstrate to their clients from the outset how serious, committed and good they are at delivering meeting and event business. For time-poor organisers and event buyers this means a whole range of guarantees and peace of mind.”

Jenny Sheehan, AIM’s communications manager added: “The accreditation’s growing recognition in the marketplace is having a great effect on the meetings and events sector; this is evident from our increasing list of accredited venues applying for AIM Higher and the feedback of corporate clients favouring AIM venues and suppliers at their events. Our long-term goal is for AIM to be a permanent requisite of corporate and agency’s RFPs and we are confident that Gary’s vast experience and industry contacts will be instrumental to help us achieve this.” AIM is endorsed by Visit Britain, Visit Wales, Meet England, ABPCO, MPI and HBAA.

About One Great George Street

One Great George Street is an award-winning Grade II listed central London venue located just a stone's throw away from the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St James's Park.

Built between 1910-13 and home to the Institution of Civil Engineers, this magnificent four-domed Edwardian building offers 21 flexible function rooms including the magnificent Great Hall with up to 400-guest capacity, an expert in-house catering team serving delicious modern European cuisine, and an exceptional on-site Audio Visual team.

Renowned for its high quality of standards, service, ideal location and excellent transport links, One Great George Street is ideal for:
  • Conferences & Events
  • Meetings
  • Private & Fine Dining
  • Gala Diners
  • Press Conferences
  • Product Launches
  • Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions
  • Lectures & Seminars (2 Theatres with Tiered Seating)
  • Fashion Shows
  • Exhibitions (Small & Medium)
  • Filming Location
  • Feature Films & Television Series
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Katie McCarthy
Marketing & PR Manager
Direct dial: 020 7665 2319
Email: [email protected]