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Ashfield Meetings & Events, a full-service global event management agency, has expanded its UK team with nine new recruits amid new client wins.

The nine new recruits all joined the business in June and will be based in Ashfield’s European hub office in Ashby-De-La-Zouch. Recent new business and client wins in the healthcare sector have prompted the new appointments with more expected to start within the coming months.

This summer De Vere Tortworth Court will complete a £5 million refurbishment that will position the mansion house back at the heart of the estate. One of Gloucestershire’s hidden countryside retreats, the Grade II listed Victorian mansion is part of the De Vere portfolio of country estate hotels and modern, market-leading event spaces and, following the refurbishment, will boast some of the largest suites in the county.

Nicknamed The Spy House because of its connections with WWII, Grade I listed De Vere Latimer Estate has this week unveiled a £7 million renovation that places the mansion house back at the heart of the estate. Situated in Latimer, among Buckinghamshire’s rolling Chiltern Hills just five miles from the M25, the refurbishment uncovered and restored many original features, as well as subtly celebrating the hotel’s connection to a secret history.                                

Agency bookings have increased from 14% to 28% in the last twelve months at the Barbican.  This success follows significant growth in the previous year where agency business went from 1% to 14%.

Hampden Park, Scotland’s National Stadium in Glasgow has unveiled a new suite of event spaces following a three-month refurbishment.

The refresh focused on updating the venue’s 26 executive boxes, which have been rebranded as ‘Skyboxes’ to represent their envious vantage point over the famous Hampden Pitch, and on transforming a lounge in the North Stand in to a modern events space. Now available for private and corporate bookings for the first time and renamed as the Skylounge, the 150-person capacity area was previously reserved only for match-day hospitality guests.

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