Birmingham is the UK’s second city and is situated in the heart of England. Visitors are offered world-class shopping, entertainment and dining experiences. Birmingham provides easy access to several tourist attractions across central England. More information can be found on the Visit Birmingham website.
UK electricity is 240V and uses a 3-pin rectangular plug, type G (see World Electric Power Guide); delegates should bring an adaptor where necessary.
The currency of UK is Sterling, with units of Pounds and Pence.
Monday 27th August is a public holiday in UK: banks, public offices and some shops will be closed; public transport links will run a limited service.
UK weather in late August is usually warm (by British standards) but rain is possible at any time!
On 1st July 2007 a smoking ban comes into force, banning smoking from all public areas including hotel lobbies, airports, transport systems, restaurants and bars.
2Mbps internet connection will be available in the main HFCC/ASBU meeting room of the Hilton Metropole NEC. Delegates should cover the cost of personal internet connection where appropriate.