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NEC Proposal Gets More Support

7 March 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by icBirmingham: "Another business organisation is urging Birmingham City Council to "get off the fence" and back a move to build Britain's first super-casino at the National Exhibition Centre.

"The Institute of Directors in the West Midlands said Birmingham should join with Solihull Council in submitting a joint bid to the Government's Casino Advisory Panel.

"The IoD is following in the footsteps of Birmingham Forward, the professional services lobby group, which is also backing the NEC, while Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry has recommended its members to support the NEC casino option.

"Pressure from the business community, if accepted by the city council, would put paid to a rival proposal by Birmingham City Football Club for a £340 million stadium sports village and casino at Saltley.

"IoD regional chairman John James said Birmingham City Council risked being left too far behind the competition to catch up…"

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