Councillors have revealed the Apex in Bury St Edmunds has sliced nearly 10 per cent off its running costs.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council says after a very successful year, the flagship venue has managed to wipe £70,000 off its running costs for 2013/14.
It had been a great year for the Apex on stage, hosting 270 events compared to 198 the year before and seat sales rising by 2,700 to 47,862
The council’s budget for the venue has been reduced from £775,600 a year in 2012/13 to £742,250 for 2013/14.
Next year’s budget has been set at £672,000.
Councillor Sarah Stamp, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Heritage, said: “This has been a fantastic year for The Apex which is a major part of our cultural offer.
“The huge increase om the number of events that we have been able to host, and the rise of ticket sales, is a real success story.
“To do all that while coming under budget is a major coup and a credit to the ream now running the building.
“Of course Rome wasn’t built in a day and I am far from complacent - there is a lot of work to do to build on this success and further reduce the public subsidy.”
For more see next week’s Bury Free Press.