Etc. venues started life in 1992. The company is a collection of 15 non-residential city centre spaces for training, meetings, conferences and events in London and Birmingham. Since a management buy-in in 2006 over £35m has been invested in new venues and upgrading and expanding the existing venues, with recent opening focusing more on larger conferences and events with adjacent exhibition space. With the strong backing of investors Growth Capital Partners, the company hasrecently been named by the London Stock Exchange as one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain and they continue to grow now hosting over 600,000 delegates with annual sales of £35 million.