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Business Design Centre

It has been 160 years since the Royal Agricultural Hall originally opened its doors, but the now Business Design Centre (BDC) is still a place where businesses come to collaborate and grow. Welcoming almost one million visitors a year, the BDC prides itself on its initiatives that prioritise people and planet and its ability to use the company’s platform for good.

The BDC is passionate about operating in a meaningful and ethical manner and works hard to bring the organisation together through its annual corporate objectives. The values of the business are focused on the care of its people, by providing a supportive and nurturing environment for them and creating a world-class service for clients that compares to high-end hotel standards. The BDC has retained an Investors in People Gold Standard for the last six years and its management work hard to create a transparent and open environment for the team to thrive.

Supporting the community the BDC serves has long been held as an important part of its role at the venue. Since 1989, the Morris Charitable Trust, the organisation’s charitable arm, has made donations to worthwhile causes in the local community. Over £2m has been donated since the Trust was founded, with both family, shareholders and BDC team members sitting on the Board.

Over the last year, the BDC has transitioned from its work supporting the NHS’s mass vaccination centre during the Covid-19 pandemic, to addressing the issues faced as a result of the cost of living crisis. With support shown for Islington Giving throughout this time, the BDC has promoted its crisis appeal and collaborated on the Big Bike Appeal, matching Ukrainian Refugees in the borough with bikes, helmets, locks and lights, allowing them independence of travel. The BDC has also partnered with new organisations and business, delivering several large-scale food banks and supporting donations of food and items from events to local charities. Leaving the world, whether the community or the environment in a better place for future generations, is key to the BDC’s vision.