Better parking and access facilities at the NEC in time for Crufts 2013

The Kennel Club has been informed that, as part of a major programme of improvement works, the NEC has upgraded its parking facilities which will improve the visitor and exhibitor experience for Crufts 2013.

New coaches and signage have been introduced, improving journeys from the car parks and around the site. An enhanced choice of parking services will be available to visitors and as a result, from September 2012, parking will cost £10.  The £10 charge will also apply to disabled parking, which is located close to the halls, and which has been extensively upgraded.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director said: “The Kennel Club does not have control of parking or charges at the NEC for Crufts, but obviously works closely with venues to feedback on services provided.  While these changes do mean a small increase in basic parking costs at a time when budgets are limited, we hope that the improvements and new services the NEC have introduced will be welcomed by exhibitors and visitors to Crufts 2013.”

Sophie Lilly, Account Director of Venue Sales at the NEC, said: “We acknowledge that it is difficult for visitors to accept price rises, especially under challenging economic times, but the changes are needed in order to make these investments to ensure our venue offers our valued Crufts customers a great experience that will set the NEC apart from the rest.”

29th August 2012

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Notes to Editor

A number of improvements have been made to the NEC’s parking facilities. New coaches and signage have been introduced, improving journeys from the car parks and around the site. An enhanced choice of parking services will be available to visitors and ‘contactless payment’ which will ensure quicker and more secure transactions. Disabled parking, which is located close to the halls, has been extensively upgraded.

For a fee of £20 visitors can pre-book a time-slot for guaranteed designated parking close to the hall where their event is taking place and this will be easily located with the new NEC Express signage. Visitors will also be able to choose the ‘Exhibitor Advantage’ service, allowing them to arrive at any time and park in exclusive pre-booked spaces conveniently located for the halls they are exhibiting.  The cost for this service is £50 a day.

The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.

The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.