20% off conference facilities until the end of the year in Oxford
Saïd Business School in Oxford are offering you the chance to win a lovely summer hamper packed full of goodies from their award-winning catering team. Please visit their team on stand 32 to discover more about their facilities and some fabulous promotions.
• 20% off their conference facilities until the end of the year
• 10% off their accommodation if you book a residential conference with them
• 10% off their corporate Christmas dinner if you book before June 2015
Terms and Conditions apply.
Your chance to win £3k venue hire credit at ORTUS in London
The team who operate the ORTUS learning and events centre are so excited about being part of the Academic Venues Show for the first time, that they are giving away a £3k venue hire credit to a lucky visitor to their stand.
Throughout the day, the stand team will be collecting entries for the prize draw, which will take place at 4pm on the show day. The lucky winner will be provided with £3k worth of venue hire credit (*excludes catering) to be used within 12 months.
The stunning ORTUS is a new and multi-award winning high tech and eco-friendly learning and events centre in London, perfect for hosting a wide variety of events. Onsite catering partner Vacherin provide delicious and seasonal hospitality.
Be sure to pop round to Stand 34 to meet the friendly folk at the ORTUS.
If you want to learn about ORTUS in the meantime visit: www.ORTUSevents.com
Try your hand at a fun competition on the Event Essex stand
The University of Essex is re-launching its conference and corporate event service at this year’s Academic Venue Show.
Event Essex, our dedicated event management team, specialises in providing a bespoke, professional service for your event. We are with you every step of the way, from planning right through to delivery, offering you a true account management service to remove the hassle and allow you to concentrate on what you do best.
Come and visit the Event Essex team at stand 43 to find out more about our impressive range of facilities, hospitality and accommodation.
We also invite you to try your hand at our fun competition, where we will be offering prizes for our lucky winners.
We look forward to meeting you at the show!
Sample a gold medal winning cupcake from Royal Holloway
The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) annual skills competitions held in Blackpool earlier this month proved a resounding success for the Royal Holloway catering team.
Competing against the most talented people in the university catering sector, the team was awarded gold for their tea-infused cupcakes as well as winning the Food Service Skills Challenge. Their third win was for the Student Experience Initiative of the Year award, for the new, late night café “Imagine” targeting an international and alcohol free audience with its offer of Bubble Tea.
Why not come and visit us at stand 41 and sample one of our gold medal winning cupcakes? What’s more, we’ll offer you a 20% discount off our daily delegate rate with prices starting from just £40 – an offer that’s only available for AVS visitors!
Investment boosts Keele Management Centre facilities
A major £300,000 investment is set to boost facilities for business travellers at Keele Management Centre in Staffordshire. The centre, which provides accommodation and meeting rooms for conference and event delegates at Keele University, will see a full renovation of 18 bedrooms.
Much of the renovations are well underway and set for completion date of May 2015. When finished all rooms will have enhanced en-suite shower facilities, ample workspace, and upgraded in-room entertainment in the form of large flat screen TVs. This, along with the free Wi-Fi and ground floor lounge bar already on offer, will ensure the centre provides everything today’s business traveller requires.
Marcus Wilson, head of marketing at Keele University, says: “With the summer months a busy time for conferences at Keele University, now is a great time to invest in facilities at Keele Management Centre. In fact, one of the first large groups to make use of the facelift will be the organising committee for the UK Corporate Games, who will be resident while the Games are held at Keele University and other venues around Staffordshire in June this year.
“The quality and additional comfort of these upgrades adds to the convenience of being on the doorstep of the University campus and the 19-Century Grade II listed conference venue Keele Hall, in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside on the Keele University campus.”
For more information please speak with the team from Keele on stand number 17 at the Academic Venue Show on 20 May or visit www.keele-conference.com or call 01782 732 020.
UEA want to know what makes you happy?
The University of East Anglia is famous for its parkland campus, tranquil lake and architecture; particularly the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA). Designed by renowned architect, Norman Foster, its innovative design houses Robert and Lisa Sainsbury’s extensive collection of Art.
Works from artists including Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore and Francis Bacon attract thousands of visitors, historians and students annually. The Sainsbury Collection is one of the few intact modernist collections of the 20th century.
This Easter, UEA will be hosting the annual Association of Art Historians conference, which will be predominantly held in SCVA. Keynote speakers include Prof. Craig Clunas from Oxford University and Prof. Briony Fer from University College London.
The range of museums and beautiful rural setting could be what helps to make Norwich one of the happiest and friendliest cities in the UK. With this in mind, UEA will be at Stand 18 running a competition on happiness and giving out prizes every hour to anyone who enters. To find out more, come to stand 18 and tell us what makes you happy!
Enjoy a stylish Summer Party at Imperial – from £40 per person!
Looking for a summer party package or venue? Stop your search right here and indulge in Imperial's enviable South Kensington surroundings and super summer party packages.
We've got three great packages to consider, whether you're looking for an outdoor 'Al Fresco' party, an intimate 'Under Cover' indoor get together or a larger 'The Big Affair' office shindig. All our packages include a dedicated venue manager and cash bar facility. All our prices exclude VAT.
Interested? Visit us on stand number 13 at the Show or come and see for yourself and book now!
Call us on 020 7594 9494 or email us at email@example.com to book a visit to us or to make a summer party booking.
Win 1 of 3 great prizes by visiting Lancaster Conferences stand
Visit Lancaster Conferences on stand 14 and enter their FREE prize draw to win a complimentary meeting for up to 10 people or dinner, bed and breakfast at the Lancaster House Hotel or a £50 John Lewis gift voucher!
All you need to do is leave your details and they will draw the winners at random on Friday 22nd May 2015.
Prize 1: Complimentary meeting room for up to 10 people with lunch at our Green Lane Conference Centre*
Prize 2: 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 people at the Lancaster House Hotel*
Prize 3: £50 John Lewis Gift Vouchers
From small and intimate boardrooms for 10 people, to vast studio space ideal for exhibitions up to 800 people, the Lancaster Conferences team will work with you to select the perfect meeting space whatever the event.
Located just 5 minutes from Junction 33 of the M6, and 10 minutes from the main west coast railway, Lancaster is easily accessible by car and train and offers ample onsite car parking.
As a campus university, Lancaster has 3* accredited en-suite bedrooms available all year round and offers a great 24 hour rate. There is a multitude of onsite shops, catering outlets and bars that are available for use, and the onsite sports centre can be offered for recreational use to delegates and organisers for the duration of the event.
Meet Event Exeter’s new talent at the Academic Venue Show
Event Exeter, the venue and event management service at the University of Exeter, have appointed Alex Penn to the role of Head of Event Sales and Nick Davies as Research Conference Development Manager.
Alex Penn comes to Event Exeter from a very strong AV production background, with extensive event management and customer service experience whilst being part of Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) Plc. Alex now manages the team of Event Sales Specialists at Event Exeter, with her main focus on the association and residential conference market place.
Nick Davies moves to Event Exeter from the University of Exeter Students’ Guild, having worked as their President with responsibility for leading on the future strategy of the Guild and a range of initiatives and large events, as well as chairing the Trustee Board, Guild Management Committee and being an active member of the University Council.
In his role with Event Exeter, Nick will be working with global academics to pitch for, organise and run successful conferences at the University of Exeter for any academic discipline. Nick will concentrate on the planning, development and organisation research conferences hosted within Exeter, with specific focus on National and International conferences.
Sarah Snow, Assistant Director for Marketing, Sales and Events for Commercial Services at the University said: “With uncertain changes in the political landscape, universities are increasingly looking to their commercial departments to deliver profitable income to support academic strategy. I am delighted with Alex and Nick’s appointments as they are crucial to the success of our business. Alex will focus on sales growth, customer retention and ensuring we maximise space across our venues. Nick will be working with our academic community to ensure we attract world-class research conferences, supporting Exeter’s quest to be a top 100 Global institution.”
On joining the Event Exeter team, Alex Penn said “I am delighted to be part of a developing team, strong South West brand and a venue with superb facilities”. Alex is looking forward to meeting visitors at the Academic Venue Show – go along to the Event Exeter stand (number 23) or to arrange an appointment, contact Event Exeter on 0300 555 0214 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Step back in time with York Conferences and you could win
As one of England’s Heritage Cities, we don’t just love conferences, we love York. Highly commended by Welcome to Yorkshire for the Business Tourism Award 2014, not only do we have access to one of the most beautiful cities in the country, but we also provide some true Yorkshire hospitality.
Come to stand no 24 to find out what York Conferences can offer you, from historic houses to state of the art floating boardrooms. For a small city, we can offer large capacity, so don’t forget York if you are looking for a large venue.
Our train links mean that we are centrally located only 2hrs from London and Edinburgh, so give your delegates a change of scenery. Check out our vintage stand (and staff) and pick up your chocolate ration tin to be in with the chance of winning our Yorkshire prize.
Meet the award winning team from imago, Loughborough
Come and meet the award winning team from imago on stand number 31 at the Academic Venue Show. Imago has recently achieved the highest level of venue accreditation for its flagship venues - Burleigh Court and Holywell Park – AIM Gold.
AIM Gold is the only industry recognised mark of excellence. Achieving the standard places Burleigh Court and Holywell Park, both located in Loughborough, Leicestershire, amongst a select group of the very best venues in the country.
Burleigh Court and Holywell Park underwent a rigorous audit process which examines all elements of the business including planning and the customer environment and service levels.
The announcement was made on the same day Holywell Park was once again awarded the BDRC Continental VenueVerdict Gold Standard for the end of Q3 2014.
Launched in 2003, imago unifies Loughborough University’s conference and events venues under one brand, providing high quality meeting spaces, venues and accommodation along with excellent sports and leisure facilities.
Imago’s portfolio of venues includes Burleigh Court, Holywell Park, Loughborough University’s conference and events facilities and The Link Hotel - so come and speak with them on stand number 31 to discover even more.
University of East Anglia to unveil new building in May
The University of East Anglia are excited to be working alongside the BBC and Norwich City Council to host the BBC BIG WEEKEND this year. So far the line-up includes Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine and will be hosted in Earlham Park.
We have had alumnus, Greg James, here hosting his show live from various sites around campus in preparation for this flagship event on May 23rd & 24th.
Also in May, we are unveiling our newest building, the Enterprise Centre, which will be Britain’s greenest and most ecological building based in Europe. Located on the gateway of the campus, the centre will be managed by the Adapt Low Carbon Group as a regional hub for entrepreneurs, businesses and innovators dedicated to building a low carbon future. This venue will be available for booking from next summer - call 01603 591111 for information or to book.
Come and speak with the team on stand 18 at the Academic Venue Show.
Warwick Conferences looks in to the future of conferencing
Warwick Conferences – based at the University of Warwick - has recently distilled a range of market research and reports in order to share the key findings with the wider industry, providing a valuable insight into the future of conferencing.
The Looking Ahead infographic serves to make the knowledge gleaned from eight industry reports - including the UK Events Market Trends Survey 2014 and the Global Meetings and Events Forecast 2015 – more accessible to events professionals.
The key findings - as identified by Warwick Conferences - cover the trends predicted to have a significant influence in 2015, the relationship between event planners and agencies, and the role of sustainability in events.
Rachael Bartlett, Head of Sales and Marketing at Warwick Conferences, comments: “The conferencing landscape is constantly shifting and it’s crucial for event professionals to be able to forecast the influencers that will affect business in the coming months and years.”
View the Looking Ahead infographic here or come a speak with the experts from Warwick Conferences at the Academic Venue Show on 20 May - visit Warwick Conferences on stand 16.
Royal Holloway, University of London puts trees top of the agenda
The 135 acres of beautiful parkland at Royal Holloway, provided the perfect backdrop for the recent Arboricultural Association tree conference. During the three day event, the ground was prepared for the planting of a rare Wollemi Pine, near the steps of the iconic Victorian Founder's Building.
Additionally, one of the conference sponsors generously donated a selection of ornamental and fruit trees to plant across the campus.
Delegates created a treasure trail of 50 trees of interest on campus, describing Royal Holloway’s Arboretum, one of the most notable tree collections in Surrey, as “a fantastic resource”.
Whether you are looking for a meeting room for 10 people or an auditorium for 400, at Royal Holloway we can provide facilities, accommodation and catering to make your event truly memorable. Come and visit us at the Academic Venue Show, stand no. 41 or contact us on 01784 443045.
Guest speakers announced for Academic Venue Show
Venuemasters, the UK’s leading consortium of academic venues, have announced two guest speakers who will present at the 2015 Academic Venue Show. Acclaimed restaurant critic Jay Rayner will present his "wonderfully entertaining, inspiring and illuminating" talk ‘My Dining Hell’.
Full of jokes and satirical humour, Jay will examine our love affair with lousy reviews, read from accounts of some of the most excruciating nights out he's ever had and look at the worst reviews his own work has ever received. ‘My Dining Hell’ will be preceded with drinks and canapés, produced by some of the exhibiting venues.
Renowned meetings industry expert Jackie Mulligan will also be providing an intriguing and engaging look into the future trends within the meetings and events market. As VP for Innovation on the MPI Board of Directors for MPI UK and Ireland, Jackie has presented her research at conferences across Europe and the USA. Having developed an excellent reputation amongst meeting professionals, visitors can benefit from her inspiring tips for ’Staying ahead of the game’.
Speaking about the announcements, Marketing Manager Jo Mitchell has said, ‘We are delighted to confirm such high profile guest speakers for the Academic Venue Show. We are certain visitors will really enjoy their interactive presentations and benefit from their insights. The presentations help make this much more than just an exhibition and will provide another great opportunity for visitors to network with each other as well as the speakers.”
The Academic Venue Show 2015 takes place on Wednesday 20 May at the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court, London and is free to attend. This is a unique opportunity to discover the high quality facilities and excellent value for money available at over 40 academic venues, all under one roof and for one day only.
Issued February 2015
Registration open for Academic Venue Show
Venuemasters, the UK’s leading consortium of academic venues, has opened registration for its annual exhibition, the Academic Venue Show. The one-day event is free to attend and will take place on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at the ILEC Conference Centre in London.
During the exhibition, visitors will have the chance to meet and spend quality time discussing their upcoming events with representatives from over 40 different academic venues, all under one roof, for one day only. This is a unique opportunity to discover the wide variety of conference and event facilities available. There will be exclusive discounts, special offers and exhibitor giveaways, available on the day.
The Show will also feature two exciting interactive presentations from high profile guest speakers. During the morning and afternoon presentations, visitors will have the chance to join in and engage with the speakers to further enhance their exhibition experience. Full details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Speaking about the event, Venuemasters’ Marketing Manager Jo Mitchell has said, “We’re passionate about showcasing the high quality facilities and excellent value-for-money available at academic venues across the UK. The exhibition is the perfect opportunity for event organisers to discover plenty of fresh ideas and make valuable contacts for their future events.”
For more details about the show visit the 'What's On' tab above or to register for free entry now simply click on the 'Register Now' button.
Issued January 2015.