Pf Venues: A journey of self-discovery

by Admin 5. February 2014 14:47

A journey of self-discovery

After a hectic Crimbo, our resident venue luminary, Carolyn ‘Dream House’ Henderson shares the secret of shaking things up, while remaining focussed on the year ahead.

I always find January a rather odd month in the venue business. All and sundry have had a lengthy break and their thoughts are a million miles away from that dreaded day, where everything just returns to normal.

In contrast, here in ‘venue world’, we are somewhat shattered, having coped with the craziness of the December festivities and relentless merriment of the key Yule Tide dates!  I must admit, there is an element of just wanting to hibernate and not come out until the spring bulbs are poking through and the ducks have returned to claim their patch in the Warren House gardens.

Alas, hibernation is just not an option, whether you want it or not. It’s a new year, there are new budgets to complete, refurbishments to consider and development plans for the team and the business, all of which need to be designed, discussed, implemented and managed (and discussed again!).

I always remind myself that ‘doing the same thing over and over, is going to deliver the same results’. So, my January strategic thinking is based around ‘what I was happy with last year and what disappointed me’. Where can we make some more impact and, most importantly, what are my clients telling me?

It sounds a bit cliché, but a bit of goal setting works wonders I find - I like to draw a close to the previous year and mentally pat myself on the back for what we’ve achieved and then verbalise this for the wider team, and pat them on the back too! Once the goals are set, it’s a case of working out what has to be done to deliver and ensure ethos-investment and ownership from the team.

Inevitably you sometimes get into the same routine - whether it’s a regular meeting, with the same people and the same format or a part of the operation that isn’t as smooth as you’d like, but you haven’t quite found the time or energy to focus on the root cause. A new year is just the time to dive in and make some changes, reassess all those internal meetings that might not achieve very much, reformat, recreate and drive your team and business on. Stop, collaborate and listen, as someone once said.

Indeed, stopping for a moment and stepping back is often the best thing to do. Have a wonderful 2014.

 

Well Met

Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University has 14 dedicated conference rooms that can hold up to 350 delegates and is one of the most distinctive conference sites in the UK, providing a portfolio of award-winning urban and parkland venues.

The best of both worlds is available from Well Met’s range of venues: city centre options offer state-of-the-art facilities, groundbreaking architecture and convenient transport links, and its Headingley Campus provides impressive historic buildings in a parkland setting. All with award-winning customer service and added benefits such as free WiFi and AV provided as standard.

Situated in Leeds at the heart of the UK with excellent transport links, Well Met is well connected: it is just over two hours from London by train and 10 minutes from Leeds Bradford International Airport. That makes it a great option for events with delegates arriving from across the country.

The Rose Bowl is a recent flagship development that sits within the city’s Civic Quarter and opposite Leeds General Infirmary, one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals. This makes it ideally located for product launches, training, seminars, conferences and networking events. Its award-winning architecture is sure to impress and DDR rates start from £25 per person.

As the first university venue in the UK to achieve the GOLD Accredited in Meetings certification from the Meetings Industry Association, and with additional accreditations including the Customer Service Excellence standard and the Investors in People Bronze, you can be sure that you will receive a first-class experience.

Furthermore all bookings receive a dedicated Event Manager, guaranteeing that all aspects of your event are well-organised and efficiently run.

For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact the Conference Team on 0113 812 8555 or e-mail conferences@leedsmet.ac.uk. You can see Well Met’s entire range of venues at www.wellmetconferencing.com

 

Warren House

Warren House – which is located on the exclusive Coombe Estate – is a magnificent Victorian building set within beautifully landscaped gardens and is renowned as one of the country’s finest meeting and conference venues.

We have nine superbly appointed meeting and conference rooms of varying sizes, ranging from the large, contemporary London Room and the elegant, traditional Ballroom to the smaller and more intimate Library. So whatever your requirement, from a one-to-one meeting to a 120-delegate conference, we have the ideal location.

Conference packages include provision of equipment such as stationery, projectors and flip charts, wireless broadband connection plus secretarial, administrative and technical support.

Within the beautifully maintained 150 year old manor house we also have 46 luxury bedrooms, a lounge, a bar, four inside dining spaces, a fully-equipped cardiovascular gym, a sauna and a heated indoor swimming pool.

We’re confident that the combination of excellent facilities, superb services and professional and experienced Warren House staff will ensure that your meeting or conference is a wonderfully successful occasion.

Please call our Conference Team on 020 8974 7048 to discuss your requirements or visit warrenhouse.com.

 

Congress Centre

Hi-tech Congress Centre is set within a rare 1950’s, architecturally-renowned, modernist building in the heart of London’s West End, making it an ideal venue for a wide range of pharmaceutical events.

Following an extensive refurbishment a few years ago, Congress Centre is now one of central London’s leading conference and events venues, offering contemporary interiors, state-of-the-art AV facilities and outstanding food and service. In a very central location - moments from Tottenham Court Road Underground Station and a short walk from Oxford Street, Covent Garden and Soho - the venue has 17 flexible hi-tech conference and events spaces, most with natural daylight and air conditioning. It also offers unrivalled branding opportunities courtesy of plasma screens and coloured LED lighting.

The main space at the venue - Congress Hall - boasts a stunning 1950’s space-frame ceiling which lets in natural light without glare, and benefits from air conditioning, a timber sprung floor and a large contemporary stage. The hall has been fitted with the very latest hi-tech equipment, including an 18ft drop-down screen, a 32-channel digital sound desk and digital HD projection, along with Wi-Fi, 100mg broadband and a sophisticated ‘intelligent lighting system’ to create the perfect event backdrop. Exceptionally versatile, Congress Hall accommodates up to 500 theatre style or 850 standing. In addition, the venue offers 16 further rooms and suites suitable for smaller events.

Congress Centre is ideal for a wide range of pharmaceutical events, from conferences, AGMs, exhibitions and meetings, to product launches, awards dinners, fine dining and other special events. The standard of food and service at the venue is first class, and a dedicated account manager is on hand to help and support clients every step of the way. Customer satisfaction is of paramount importance and the venue represents excellent value for money; two facts that help explain why such a high proportion of clients return time and time again.

Over the last few years Congress Centre has hosted events for Pfizer Nutrition, Phaman, Novartis and Medineo, as well as Apple, Microsoft, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, Samsung and many other high profile clients.

Arrange your site visit today by calling 020 7467 1318 or email congress.centre@tuc.org.uk.

 

Imperial College London

Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It is also one of the UK’s largest academic venues with three campuses in central and west London offering meeting facilities. Why choose Imperial as a venue?

Academic venues are fast becoming a genuine alternative to hotels or traditional conferences centres for meetings and other events.

Why? Lower prices are an obvious advantage but at Imperial, we don’t compromise on quality. Huge investment in Imperial’s campuses for students means we can provide event clients with high quality venues and facilities and service to match without charging the earth.

The nature of who we are means our campuses are truly inspirational and reputable places to do business, particularly for science, health and medicine. Quality venues and winning service Accommodating up to 740, the College boasts a wide range of flexible event spaces from meeting rooms to unique listed private houses complete with their own events teams. Its main campus in South Kensington offers the majority of these.

The hustle and bustle of campus and its building layout results in almost certain anonymity for event attendees. Located in London’s cultural heartland, the College enjoys excellent transport links to and from the West End, Paddington, Victoria and Heathrow.

Imperial provides a professional, AIM and Customer First accredited, discreet event service with award-winning in house catering, onsite audio-visual support and staff who are with you from start to finish.

Campus accommodation is available throughout summer during Imperial’s vacation period. Discounted accommodation at local hotels is available year-round. To arrange a visit email conferenceandevents@imperial.ac.uk.

“Imperial’s central location, the size and quality of the facilities, and its competitive pricing have all

been factors behind our return there again and again. The staff have always been a pleasure to deal

with and are helpful with any enquiries that we have.” NB Medical

 

Edinburgh First

Edinbugh First has as many different types of venue as you have reasons for a get-together. We can open the doors of some of Edinbirgh’s finest venues for your colleagues, clients and contacts.

As well as meeting spaces, we offer accommodation and catering, audio-visual equipment and a full delegate management service. Our dedicated team can take care of all the practicalities of your meeting or conference, leaving you to concentrate on the content. Edinburgh is an outstanding location for any event and our venues can hold anything from a day meeting for ten of your immediate team or a conference for 1,000 delegates.

Edinburgh First considers every last detail in providing an exceptional environment for your event. The John McIntyre Conference Centre is home to state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, while Old College and the Playfair Library offer a scholarly backdrop. In all, we manage more than 70 rooms across 14 distinctive venues, making it easy to find the perfect match for your specific purposes and budget.

Our delegate management service is a seamless, cost-effective package, which will save you time and simplify your delegates’ requirements. Services such as a bespoke website, pre-event registrations, on-site delegate management and post-event reporting are organised by our team of experts while you concentrate on the key elements of your event.

Scotland’s capital competes with the biggest and best conference destinations in the world. The city is easy to reach by air, road and rail, and offers a unique combination of heritage and hospitality.

 

For more details call 01031 651 2189 or visit edinburghfirst.co.uk.

Pf Venues

by Admin 20. January 2014 10:46

Homerton Conference Centre

Homerton Conference Centre is a respected Academic Venue with a comprehensive range of traditional and modern facilities for day meetings, conferences, Team Building events, BBQ’s and celebratory dinners: everything you need for the perfect event. Out of term-time there are over 500 en-suite bedrooms also available for conference guests use.

The conference centre is situated in a prime location minutes from the Railway station, Airport and M11 with free onsite parking and within walking distance of the Historic City Centre. Through listening to our clients and building partnerships we continually update and improve our services with investment and training.

We recognised that future clients demand higher Bandwidth; the Enterprise Delegate package gives access to our superfast broadband of 1000Mbps download and 1000Mbps upload. Enabling multiple devices to operate effectively, we exceed other venues’ capabilities; speak to our dedicated Events Team to identify you specific needs.

During your stay enjoy a candlelit banquet in the Great Hall, built in 1889 with its distinctive American gothic style and medieval college hall layout. The high ceilings, wooden panelling and walls decorated with paintings of previous principals watching over events all adds to the sense of magnificence, history and occasion. The stunning South Front built in 1876 has its own unique character of imposing facades and sympathetic modern architecture surrounded by 12 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds. Delegates and guests can enjoy the tranquil setting which combines tradition with current technology requirements.

Late summer heralds the return of Shakespeare performances to our grounds, enjoyed by visitors and delegates, with wine or perhaps a pre-performance picnic. Meanwhile, other delegates may prefer to visit our on-site gym or relax in the Griffin Bar. Cambridge is renowned for its University and breathtaking scenery: a vibrant pace to visit at any time of the year.

Call our dedicated Conference Team on 01223747218 or email conference@homerton.cam.ac.uk

www.homertonconference.com

 

Warren House

Warren House – which is located on the exclusive Coombe Estate – is a magnificent Victorian building set within beautifully landscaped gardens and is renowned as one of the country’s finest meeting and conference venues.

We have nine superbly appointed meeting and conference rooms of varying sizes, ranging from the large, contemporary London Room and the elegant, traditional Ballroom to the smaller and more intimate Library. So whatever your requirement, from a one-to-one meeting to a 120-delegate conference, we have the ideal location.

Conference packages include provision of equipment such as stationery, projectors and flip charts, wireless broadband connection plus secretarial, administrative and technical support.

Within the beautifully maintained 150 year old manor house we also have 46 luxury bedrooms, a lounge, a bar, four inside dining spaces, a fully-equipped cardiovascular gym, a sauna and a heated indoor swimming pool.

We’re confident that the combination of excellent facilities, superb services and professional and experienced Warren House staff will ensure that your meeting or conference is a wonderfully successful occasion.

 

Please call our Conference Team on 020 8974 7048 to discuss your requirements or visit warrenhouse.com.

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Pf Venues: Style Council

by IainBate 24. October 2013 11:35

For Carolyn, style, panache and sophistication seem wonderfully effortless. Over the years her ideas have made Warren House one of the most elegant and memorable places to do business. How the hell does she do it?

I’m feeling a bit of a ‘regular’ now thanks to the lovely and highly persuasive Mr Pinching [Ed – The cheque’s in the post]. I do hope that my random contributions are satisfying your appetite for conference-based knowledge!

So, this month’s entry is to be about ‘style’, said Mr P. ‘Oh,’ said I, with a bit of a grimace. Talking about the style factor that I, apparently, bring ‘in abundance’ to Warren House will be a bit strange – it’s very close to my heart, but I’ll give it a go…

My firm belief is that you have to make your venue brim with individuality, stand out from the crowd – in every sense – and bring everything you’ve got to it. Style comes into play particularly when you have such an amazing, gorgeous and totally authentic house to start with. I look to add style in everything – marketing, bedrooms, food and even staff! You are, no doubt, identifying with the ‘control freak’ element of my character, but in many ways, that confidence is an essential part of the process.

For so many of our visitors, a trip to Warren House is like stepping back into a world that is beyond reach. A world in which gentlemen really were gentlemen and ladies took tea on the terrace – in their hats and long dresses – and where you would sit enjoying the delightful garden view, while scribbling about how memorable it all is in your leather-bound journal. OK, maybe that’s a bit Downton Abbey, but you get my point: you are providing a setting to deliver the best possible outcome (not forgetting the dreaded ROI).

If a client is having a meeting, for instance, and they are securing an important deal, or signing off on ground-breaking research, they should have exactly what they need. For me, that isn’t handing over a scrap of paper with the WiFi code on it! It’s about us, the team, seeing what the client wants before the client even realises. It’s about visitors sitting in impossibly comfy seats, wondering where the gorgeous wallpaper came from, enjoying the fabulous sound from the Bose music system and appreciating the Temple Spa toiletries.

I guess that’s my style – the style of my venue reflects my ridiculous attention to detail. The motivation behind everything I do is, what would I want if I were the client?

MeetInLeeds

The University of Leeds, under its brand ‘MeetInLeeds’, provides one of the most comprehensive  ranges of event facilities available, close to the heart of the buzzing city of Leeds.

Day meetings: Facilities for day meetings are available both on the main campus and at the Oxbridge-style Devonshire Hall in Headingley. We offer a range of meeting rooms to suit all types of event, supported by full on-site catering.

Conference accommodation: Storm Jameson Court is a hotel-style building that provides 459 well-equipped ensuite bedrooms at the centre of the campus. In addition, our new sports venue. The Edge incorporates the largest fitness suite at any UK university and a swimming pool, all free to delegates.

Catering: We understand the important role that catering has in the success of a company’s events, and our team of award-winning chefs have designed nutritional and delicious menus for your delegates to enjoy, whether it be a finger buffet or a full banquet.

They are also happy to work with you to provide bespoke solutions so that everyone attending your event has a positive culinary experience.

Experienced event team: The Conference & Events team at MeetInLeeds will guide you through the entire process of holding your event at the University of Leeds. At the point of enquiry they can dvise on, and recommend, the most appropriate facilities to meet the needs of your event and provide guidance on the range of support services that will help make your event successful.

Upon confirmation you will be assigned an Event Manager who will be your sole contact for the duration of your event. They will be close by during your event, liaising with the other departments involved in delivering the various elements, allowing you to concentrate on enjoying your stay at the University, and helping you to deliver a  successful event.

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Well Met Conferencing

Well Met Conferencing at Leeds Metropolitan University has 14 dedicated conference rooms that can hold up to 350 delegates and is one of the most distinctive conference sites in the UK, providing a portfolio of award-winning urban and parkland venues.

The best of both worlds is available from Well Met’s range of venues: city centre options offer state-of-the-art facilities, groundbreaking architecture and convenient transport links, and its Headingley Campus provides impressive historic buildings in a parkland setting. All with award-winning customer service and added benefits such as free WiFi and AV provided as standard.

Situated in Leeds at the heart of the UK with excellent transport links, Well Met is well connected: it is just over two hours from London by train and 10 minutes from Leeds Bradford International Airport. That makes it a great option for events with delegates arriving from across the country.

The Rose Bowl is a recent flagship development that sits within the city’s Civic Quarter and opposite Leeds General Infirmary, one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals. This makes it ideally located for product launches, training, seminars, conferences and networking events. Its award-winning architecture is sure to impress and DDR rates start from £25 per person.

As the first university venue in the UK to achieve the GOLD Accredited in Meetings certification from the Meetings Industry Association, and with additional accreditations including the Customer Service

Excellence standard and the Investors in People Bronze, you can be sure that you will receive a first-class experience. Furthermore all bookings receive a dedicated Event Manager, guaranteeing that all aspects of your event are well-organised and efficiently run.

For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact the Conference Team on 0113 812 8555 or e-mail conferences@leedsmet.ac.uk. You can see Well Met’s entire range of venues at www.wellmetconferencing.com.

Royal Armouries Museum/ NEW DOCK

Yorkshire’s buzziest, brightest city is a full-on business tourist destination these days, as well as a great place to live and work. Well known for its vibrant nightlife, stylish shopping and opulent dining, Leeds is a central hub for businesses and visitors.

Set in a modern waterfront development, close to Leeds city centre, New Dock is home to Royal Armouries Museum and NEW DOCK hall, providing an idyllic setting for your next event. RAI plc caters for everyone from small groups to 1,200 guests, offering a huge range of options to deliver your dream: conference, banquet, exhibition, luncheon, dinner party or any other special event.

NEW DOCK hall has a contemporary minimalist feel – situated on the ground floor, fully accessible with a 5.8m ceiling height. The hall has many suspension points, ample power, data, Wi-Fi options, dimmable lighting and is unrestricted by pillars, giving limitless scope for your creative ideas.

No natural daylight in the main hall enables a full blackout. There is a floor to ceiling programmable star cloth and floated concrete floor to sports hall specification, meaning you can drive any vehicle into the space for ease or display.

The Royal Armouries Hall is divisible, flexible and adaptable, with a range of seating arrangements and layouts. The hall is on the ground level and has a sprung wooden floor. It is close to the museum’s main public entrance and is easily accessible.

Staging can be placed in two areas in the hall together with flown data projection facilities and surround sound. Royal Armouries C can be used in conjunction with A and B as one hall or divided into three separate rooms.

Onsite there is a multi-storey car park for 1,650 vehicles and 850 bedrooms within five minutes’ walk.

Call 01132201990, e-mail sales@raievents.co.uk or check out the website www.rai-events.co.uk.

The Caledonian Club

Set within one of London’s most exclusive areas, with Hyde Park and Knightsbridge virtually on the doorstep, the Caledonian Club at 9 Halkin Street is a popular venue for all manner of events, from award ceremonies to PR briefings and board meetings.

Founded in 1891, this highly esteemed private members’ club has been welcoming businesses and hosting an astounding array of corporate and social events for many years.

With its distinctive neo-Georgian characteristics, elegant spaces and unashamed Scottish flavour, the Caledonian Club offers a remarkable and distinctive setting.

The function rooms are versatile, stylish and equipped with high-calibre modern technology. Whether it’s a meeting for a handful of people or for up to 200 guests, the event spaces can accommodate a wide range of requirements.

At 1,600 square feet, the Johnnie Walker Room is the largest and most flexible function room. It can be partitioned, is full of natural daylight, and is equipped with a built-in PA system and screen.

A wonderful outdoor space is available on the Terrace, which can be booked in conjunction with another function room. With private access from the Oval Room, the Terrace is an ideal setting for a drinks reception with up to 50 guests.

Separate facilities using the 9A private meeting entrance offer organisers and their guests a more informal environment. Accommodation can be secured for organisers or speakers, with 39 lovely bedrooms offered at the Club ranging from single rooms to junior suites.

The Club offers an excellent choice of menus including traditional and modern Scottish dishes – private dining can be arranged in any of the function rooms.

The club is only three minutes’ walk from the Hyde Park Corner underground station and ten minutes’ walk from London Victoria.

For more information or to arrange a site visit, please contact the Banqueting Team on banqueting@caledonianclub.com or 020 7201 1508.

Warren House

Warren House – which is located on the exclusive Coombe Estate – is a magnificent Victorian building set within beautifully landscaped gardens and is renowned as one of the country’s finest meeting and conference venues.

We have nine superbly appointed meeting and conference rooms of varying sizes, ranging from the large, contemporary London Room and the elegant, traditional Ballroom to the smaller and more intimate Library. So whatever your requirement, from a one-to-one meeting to a 120-delegate conference, we have the ideal location.

Conference packages include provision of equipment such as stationery, projectors and flip charts, wireless broadband connection plus secretarial, administrative and technical support.

Within the beautifully maintained 150 year old manor house we also have 46 luxury bedrooms, a lounge, a bar, four inside dining spaces, a fully-equipped cardiovascular gym, a sauna and a heated indoor swimming pool.

We’re confident that the combination of excellent facilities, superb services and professional and experienced Warren House staff will ensure that your meeting or conference is a wonderfully successful occasion.

 

Please call our Conference Team on 020 8974 7048 to discuss your requirements or visit warrenhouse.com.

Pf Venues: Keep it real

by IainBate 2. October 2013 11:25

It’s not just the NHS that is changing - healthcare meetings are reforming too.

According to the inaugural, and snappily-titled, ‘UK Economic Impact Study of the UK Meeting & Event Industry’ - launched in July 2013 - more than 1.3 million meetings were held in the UK during 2011, using more than 10,000 venues. To provide some perspective; the combined occupied space, was the equivalent of a 6,000 football pitches - capable of seating 13.5% of the national population at any one time. Wowzers!

Of these meetings, 38.9% were conferences, conventions or congresses and 38% were other business meetings. Meanwhile, the remaining 23.1% were a combination of consumer shows/exhibitions, incentive events and business trade shows/exhibitions.

Although the study doesn’t break down the amount of meetings by sector, it is anticipated that across the pharmaceutical, medical device, aesthetics and associations industries – plus NHS and patient groups – there are approximately 100,000 events staged each year. This equates to a market value of a cool £378m annually.

Traditionally, healthcare organisations have arranged and attended a wide range of face-to-face events across the globe. Relating to the various stages of the product lifecycle - from clinical trial meetings and advisory boards to product launches and sales conferences - these specialist gatherings and events act as a key method of communicating, educating and inspiring participants.

Healthcare meetings are still seen as an important part of delivering organisational strategy to both employees and healthcare professionals, ensuring the ultimate goal of enhancing people’s health and quality of life.

Although these meetings are variable in terms of content, number of participants, degree of interaction, length and frequency, it is clear that we are moving to a new paradigm in the delivery and execution of meetings within the healthcare sector.

The days of extravagant headline-attracting events - which provided creative and exciting delegate experiences - but unfortunately dented the industry’s reputation, are now over. Keen to move away from this perception, the industry is shifting to ‘no frills’ events, held in more appropriate destinations and venues, with the key driver being educational content and the perceived return on investment of time, money and personal interaction.

In an age where it is easy to become isolated by technology, it is absolutely vital to witness how well your contacts can actually communicate in real-life. Whether it’s sizing up your connections, establishing common interests or sharing experiences - there really is no substitute for a face to face meeting.

Caroline Hill is a Director at Compliant Venues with over 20 years of industry experience. Go to compliant-venues.co.uk

Imperial College London

Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research and one of the UK’s largest academic venues, with three campuses in/around central and west London offering conference and meeting facilities.


The College boasts over 200 flexible events spaces, from meeting rooms and lecture theatres to unique listed private houses complete with their own events teams. Its main campus in South Kensington offers the majority of these spaces, and refreshingly also provides some outdoor space for delegates to enjoy during breaks, including London’s only privately-owned public square – a rarity in central London.
Nestled amongst the Science, Natural History and V&A Museums and the Royal Albert Hall in London’s cultural heartland, the College enjoys excellent transport links to and from the West End, Paddington and Victoria,
and Heathrow Airport is just a short walk away from South Kensington tube station.


From events for 10 to over 700, Imperial provides a professional, discreet and slick event service with award-winning in-house catering, superb audio-visual support and event staff who are with you from start to finish.
AIM accredited and with an excellent reputation for quality, Imperial provides an inspirational environment for a range of events, but particularly for science, health and medicine. Campus facilities make a sensible
alternative to bog-standard conference centres or hotels, and the hustle and bustle of campus life makes anonymity for event delegates that much easier. Imperial also makes a great Christmas dinner and dance party venue for up to 350 guests.


Campus accommodation is available throughout the summer months during the College’s vacation period, whilst discounted accommodation at a range of local hotels is available throughout the year.
To arrange a visit to Imperial e-mail conferenceandevents@imperial.ac.uk or find out more at www.imperial.ac.uk/conferenceandevents

Royal Armouries Museum/ NEW DOCK


Set in a modern waterfront development, close to Leeds city centre, New Dock is home to the Royal Armouries Museum and NEW DOCK Hall, providing the idyllic setting for your next event. Onsite there is a fully staffed 24-hr manned multi-storey car park for 1,650 vehicles, and 850 hotel bedrooms within five minutes’ walk.

The Royal Armouries Museum offers a unique and comprehensive range of facilities for conferences, banqueting and exhibitions... and with 12 years of hosting high-profile exhibitions, awards ceremonies, society banquets, weddings and themed Christmas parties along with governmentled meetings, major PLC announcements and conferences in Leeds, Royal Armouries (International) plc has achieved an incomparable reputation for Yorkshire-based conferences and events.


Adjacent to the Royal Armouries Museum, NEW DOCK Hall has a contemporary minimalist feel, providing you with the perfect blank canvas to create your event. Our largest event space and Leeds’ largest banqueting and exhibition venue, NEW DOCK Hall is unrestricted by pillars, giving limitless scope for your presentations and creative ideas, and so is ideal for anything from conferences and exhibitions to gala dinners, impressive product launches and meetings.


We are a UK-leading conference and events team with a reputation that has been built on a breadth of knowledge, experience and understanding of what our clients need for the ideal event. We deliver conferences, banquets, exhibitions and events ranging in size from 20 to 1,200 delegates, and coordinate every aspect of your event from the initial planning through to your transport home.
Leeds, Leeds, Leeds… Delegate, visitor or exhibitor – everything you need to know about the city as a location, hotels, our sustainability policy (Gold), our investors in people and accreditation in meetings status
(Gold), our venues and what we can do for you… visit www.rai-events.co.uk, call 01132 2201990 or e-mail enquiries@rai-events.co.uk

MeetInLeeds

The University of Leeds, under its brand ‘MeetInLeeds’, provides one of the most comprehensive ranges of event facilities available, close to the heart of the buzzing city of Leeds.

Day meetings: Facilities for day meetings are available both on the main campus and at the Oxbridge-style Devonshire Hall in Headingley. We offer a range of meeting rooms to suit all types of event, supported by full on-site catering.


Conference accommodation: Storm Jameson Court is a hotel-style building that provides 459 well-equipped ensuite bedrooms at the centre of the campus. In addition, our new sports venue The Edge incorporates the largest fitness suite at any UK university and a swimming pool, all free to delegates.


Catering: We understand the important role that catering has in the success of a company’s events, and our team of awardwinning chefs have designed nutritional and delicious menus for your delegates to enjoy,
whether it be a finger buffet or a full banquet.


They are also happy to work with you to provide bespoke solutions so that everyone attending your event has a positive culinary experience.


Experienced event team:
The Conference & Events team at MeetInLeeds will guide you through the entire process of holding your event at the University of Leeds. At the point of enquiry they can advise on, and recommend, the most appropriate facilities to meet the needs of your event and provide guidance on the range of support services that will help make your event successful.


Upon confirmation you will be assigned an Event Manager who will be your sole contact for the duration of your event. They will be close by during your event, liaising with the other departments involved in delivering the various elements, allowing you to concentrate on enjoying your stay at the University, and helping you to deliver a successful event.


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Back to school

by emma 1. November 2011 14:54

PharmaField - Back to school

The meetings and events sector is today recognised as a core revenue stream for academic venues. Sam Booth explains how schools, colleges and universities can give your meeting a degree of excellence.

The majority of academic venues offering conference facilities now function under a dedicated brand with a specialist conference team and, despite operating in a difficult economic environment, the majority have continued to invest in the upkeep and improvement of their facilities. It is because of this that the academic venue provides some of the highest quality conference and events facilities available for event organisers today.

With such large scale purpose built facilities it is not surprising that the academic venue has become the preference for many organisations’ annual conferences and conventions. Combined with state-of-the art audio and visual support, a mix of old and new facilities, and a vast amount of high quality on-site accommodation, they provide a one-stop shop approach to modern conferencing.

 

Extracurricular facilities

With the addition of some of the more unique sections of the university being opened up for use, they have also become a popular choice for product launches, awards dinners and even large exhibitions. Sports facilities are also another great asset, playing host to tournaments or team building for many different groups.

It is because of the fact that all of these facilities are already in place that the academic venue can offer a competitive price for delegates, unlike many purpose built conference centres or hotels.

However, it is not just the top class facilities or cost effective offering that is attracting event organisers. The sheer amount of supporting research and access to academic speakers at a university is also playing a major influencing factor on choice. Coupled with the fact that the facilities have been built with learning in mind, this element can enhance and enrich an event and in turn help to add credibility and increase delegate engagement too.

 

School fees

In return, students and academics will benefit from this too with all profits generated being reinvested directly back into the university, giving research programmes and other learning facilities a welcome boost in resources.

The academic venue is a vibrant, unique and highly cultured choice for any event and can help make a significant contribution in paving the way for the country’s next generation of leaders. I would urge anyone to give them a try.

Sam Booth is the Head of Keele Conferences and Events.

A winning formula

by emma 7. October 2011 15:00

A winning formula

In the pharmaceutical industry one of the biggest challenges is to manage large events which require certain levels of privacy, whilst also ensuring they are hosted in professional and accessible venues. Simon Hunter shares his knowledge on how to make the most of your venue and event.

A high profile venue is a prominent, well known, iconic space which has a range of facilities to offer, and a reputation for hosting annual industry exhibitions or summits for international brands.

Discretion and privacy are key attributes of hosting events at high profile venues. If there are well-known guests present or sensitive intellectual property being shared – a new scientific discovery or drug, for example, then this kind of venue is ideal.

 

Experience pays

Other advantages of high profile venues include a proven track record in hosting different sizes of events in-house. For example, Chelsea Football Club manages fixtures attracting 42,000 guests who need to be managed onsite and this translates to the events team and experienced in-house security. The higher profile the venue or the bigger the event brand, the more strategies will already be in place which can help.

With regards to security, trust the staff and the in-house teams; they will have the benefit of experience organising private events, managing arrangements for high profile guests, and advising on the best way to utilise facilities. A good venue will take you through all stages of the event and should ask in advance of any special requirements, schedules or VIP attendees.

Ensure that all channels of communication are left open during the event itself so that staff  know of any last minute alterations. This will also guarantee that event organisers look professional, with the additional help of the venue’s catering, service and after-care.

 

Deciding outcomes

Knowing your audience and the objectives you want to achieve from any event will be a great help in selecting a venue. It is therefore vital to outline these clearly before approaching any venues for suggested briefs. Following this, there are some useful points to bear in mind which will make selecting a suitable venue easier.

Consider the components of your event to make sure you select somewhere that can accommodate them all. For example, consider whether the event will be an annual conference with a gala dinner and accommodation; whether you need separate facilities for VIP guests; and the possibility of needing to bring in equipment for demonstrations or exhibitions.

Venues which offer numerous events spaces, like a music venue, accommodation, restaurants and an exclusive spa can be ideal for organisers wishing to combine many activities within one event. It will also reduce the need for a separate transport budget to transfer guests from between conferences and seminars, for example.

Every event organiser should be constantly focussed on how to get maximum results for minimum cost. Look for a venue that whilst impressive, offers a range of packages and choose the one that suits your audience and your budget.

 

Simon Hunter Simon Hunter is the Head of Venue at Chelsea Football Club.

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