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NEC Group Announces Ticketing partnership with AXS

NEC Group and AXS to introduce seamless mobile and premium experience for fans at the Resorts World Arena and Utilita Arena Birmingham.


BIRMINGHAM 26 April – NEC Group – the UK’s leading live events business – today announced a long-term partnership with AXS, a global leader in ticketing, to provide an enhanced event experience for millions of NEC Group visitors to two of the UK’s largest venues, the Resorts World Arena and Utilita Arena Birmingham.  Fans will now benefit from AXS’ patented identity-based ticketing solution, AXS Mobile ID, with peer-to-peer transfer capability and integrated ethical resale through the AXS Official Resale offering.


As part of the deal, AXS will assume the management of ticketing operations previously handled by the NEC Group’s internal ticketing arm, The Ticket Factory.  AXS will establish a ticketing hub in Birmingham adjacent to the NEC Campus to add to their locations in London and Manchester. Furthermore, as part of this partnership, all existing employee roles within The Ticket Factory at the NEC Group will seamlessly transfer to AXS.


Mel Smith, CEO, NEC Group, said: “We want to make every customer’s experience brilliant, from the moment they think about buying a ticket, to the experience they have at our venues, and every interaction beyond. The AXS platform opens new and exciting opportunities for us to connect with customers and enhance their journey with us.  We are delighted AXS has chosen to establish a centre of ticketing operations in Birmingham and look forward to a long-term partnership for the benefit of customers and the community.”


Bryan Perez, CEO, AXS, said: “We have long admired the NEC Group and The Ticket Factory and are therefore thrilled to welcome them into the AXS family. We share their vision for transforming the entire customer journey for fans at Resorts World Arena and Utilita Arena Birmingham and look forward to deploying our industry leading AXS Mobile ID for fans and Apex platform for arenas to meet that goal.  We are also excited to establish another base of operations in the West Midlands that will help grow and service our partners throughout the UK.”


For NEC Group media enquiries, please contact: Teneo  


For AXS media enquiries, please contact: Candace Cunningham

About AEG Europe

Headquartered in London, AEG Europe is a subsidiary of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. AEG Europe’s extensive portfolio of live entertainment and sports assets across the region includes: an array of best-in-class venues, such as The O2 and Eventim Apollo in London; Barclays Arena in Hamburg; Uber Arena, Uber Platz and Uber Eats Music Hall in Berlin; and Accor Arena in Paris; as well as renowned music festivals, including American Express presents BST Hyde Park in London and Rock en Seine in Paris. Our venues host some of the world’s best sports events and are home to prestigious sports franchises, including AEG’s own Berlin Eisbären ice hockey team at the Uber Arena.

Colleagues across Europe work together to create world-class live entertainment and sports experiences. AEG’s venue teams develop and operate best-in-class arenas and districts; AEG Presents promotes and manages concerts and tours, oversees renowned venues and produces some of the world’s leading music festivals; AXS Ticketing connects fans to events through specialist technology solutions; and AEG Global Partnerships links corporate brands into the company’s world-leading network of assets.

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