Issued: 6 August 2008


Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies have been announced as the first Gold Corporate Friend of Town Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham – two of Britain?s most prestigious venues and a major regional arts charity. The world leader in water services, with offices in Birmingham and Stoke on Trent, will sponsor a Symphony Hall concert by the legendary conductor Sir Simon Rattle, and will take advantage of client hospitality and brand recognition at the two premier concert halls. The Corporate Friends scheme also gives the company the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to corporate social responsibility.

Michael Froom, Business Development Director, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, said:
?We are delighted to be involved with such a leading arts charity, supporting Town Hall and Symphony Hall?s artistic and educational programme. This innovative scheme means we can build our brand and host exclusive hospitality events in world class surroundings, and creates a perfect complement to our support of water-related charities, such as Water Aid. We are particularly looking forward to entertaining our clients at our first sponsored concert conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. The scheme not only allows us to experience great performances at Town Hall and Symphony Hall, but also provides us with the opportunity to fulfil our commitment to corporate social responsibility at a local level. We would urge our colleagues in the Birmingham business community to join us in supporting Town Hall and Symphony Hall.?

Andrew Jowett, Director, Town Hall and Symphony Hall said: ?The Corporate Friends scheme is a great way for companies who have not previously been involved in arts sponsorship to discover the many benefits through a very cost effective scheme, and we are delighted that Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies are the first to take up the challenge.?

For information on Town Hall and Symphony Hall Corporate Friends schemes phone the corporate hotline on 0121 644 6004, e-mail or visit the website at


Note to Editors
Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.
Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund.

Corporate Friends
Gold Corporate Friends £8,000 + VAT per annum
Silver Corporate Friends £5,500 + VAT per annum
Bronze Corporate Friends £3,500 + VAT per annum

Benefits include corporate hospitality, a sponsored concert, brand presence, targeted product promotion, meeting corporate social responsibility targets (NB not all benefits apply to each level of membership.)
Click here for further info and to download a brochure

Corporate Sponsorship
For higher levels of brand promotion, publicity and CSR opportunities, a range a bespoke Corporate Sponsorship packages is available. Starting from £10,000, these are individually tailored to meet unique business needs and offer the opportunity to becoming involved with a specific area of Town Hall and Symphony Hall?s work and its audiences.

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (VWS), subsidiary of Veolia Water, is a leading design and build company and a specialised provider of technological solutions in water treatment. With over 7,700 employees in 55 countries, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies recorded revenue of 2.1 billion Euros in 2007. Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services. Specialised in outsourcing services for municipal authorities, as well as industrial and service companies, Veolia Water serves 108 million people worldwide. With 77,800 employees, its 2007 revenues amounted to 10.91 billion Euros.

Contact: Michael Froom, Business Development Director