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Diary: Rugby Expo 2013, 13-14 November 2013 at Twickenham

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Twickenham Stadium is hosting Rugby Expo for the third time. The event is working with Twickenham Experience to deliver its extended vision through the conference and events facilities at the venue. The Expo claims to be the ultimate meeting place for the business-to-business world of the sport, combining an unrivalled conference programme and a live exhibition showcasing the latest innovations, products and services for the rugby industry.

The exhibition takes place n the Rose Suite, a dedicated exhibition area of 1,200 square metres with easy access to breakout rooms for master class summits and workshops. The two day event will be the single biggest gathering of the business world of rugby and will host professional clubs, international unions and leagues, rights holders, brands, agencies and key suppliers to the sport as well as representatives from over 500 grass roots clubs.

The conference programme switches its focus from the professional game on day one to grass roots rugby on day two. The programme is made up of main stage plenary sessions, master class summits and smaller, focused workshops with over 50 leading speakers from across the sports industry confirmed.

These include RFU chairman Bill Beaumont, Rugby World Cup 2015 Chairman Andrew Cosset, Ethane CEO James Hogan, M&C Saatchi CEO Steve Martin, SANZAR CEO Greg Peters, MD Derek Palmer, Tomos Grace from YouTube, NZRU General Manager Nick Brown, IMG Senior Vice President Nick Chesworth, Aviva Senior Sponsorship Manager Louisa Cheetham and RFU Development Director Steve Grainger.

Harlequins improves ticket-purchasing experience for supporters

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Harlequins has chosen to switch to Advanced Ticketing’s TALENT Sport as its ticketing commerce platform following a competitive tender process.

Harlequins Ticketing Manager, Holly Limpkin, commented:

We’re pleased with the added functionality of Talent SPORT. It really enhances our supporters’ user experience which is essential. I’m looking forward to working with the team to ensure our ticketing options continue to improve.

The TALENT Sport platform will manage all ticket purchasing for Harlequins. It will include an integrated loyalty programme, membership and ticket exchanges and an online community functionality. Supporters will also benefit from an improved experience online, using a single-shopping basket in one simple transaction. The benefits accrued by Harlequins’ Members will be managed through the purchasing process on TALENT Sport.

Mark Dewell, Managing Director at Advanced Ticketing, said:

This is an exciting time for Harlequins. TALENT Sport will be at the heart of the club’s supporter engagement strategies, managing ticketing purchases for its entire range of new membership packages. This demonstrates the confidence the club has in the platform and in Advanced as its ticketing solution provider.

Bath Recreation Ground improvement plan up for consultation

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Bath Rugby has put together a design team to draw up detailed proposals for a planning application for increased capacity at the club’s The Rec stadium. The club is holding two consultation events at the end of September before submitting a planning application for any development at the Recreation Ground. Chief Executive Nick Blofeld said:

This new facility is for the use of the whole city, with the rugby ground and home of Bath Rugby just one of many functions. With that in mind, it is appropriate that we consult the people of Bath in the process of drawing up a design to be submitted as a planning application. The Rec is one of the most recognised grounds in world rugby, with Bath Rugby having played there since 1894. We celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2015 and it is fitting that these plans are now being worked up ahead of that historic milestone.

The club said that the most notable improvement will be to the appearance of The Rec and the facilities on offer, which the club believes currently fall far below Premiership, not to mention international, standards.

The East Stand will continue to be a temporary stand that is removed each summer to allow the Rec to be used for other sport, leisure and cultural events. The West Stand, North Terrace and Clubhouse will be demolished and redeveloped to vastly improve the three permanent stands.

The design team is made up of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, engineering consultants Buro Happold, environmental design firm Nicholas Pearson Associates, law firm Withy King, Boyer Planning and project management specialist Capita Symonds. The team’s brief is to incorporate the space within the existing footprint.