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Roomspace, headquartered in Wimbledon, S.W. London, the UK’s longest established and leading serviced apartment provider, are delighted to announce the opening of their second apartment building in the commuter town of Croydon, Vertex House.

These brand new apartments are in the heart of Croydon and are perfectly placed to meet the increasing needs of this busy commuter hub. With regular train services into Central London in under 25 minutes Croydon is a location of choice for corporate living.
 
Vertex House offers business travellers a great range of spacious, fully furnished one and two bedroom apartments, with contemporary and modern open plan living and dining spaces. All apartments come with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi and our Roomspace 24 hour Guest Services assistance. Our apartments are ideal for anyone living or working away from home regardless of length of stay.
 
Croydon is a very key Roomspace location, close to Central London and a sought after place for modern corporate accommodation", says Claire Vincent, Director of Sales for Roomspace. "We are therefore very pleased to introduce Vertex House, our second location in the town", she continues.

“Vertex House is the latest addition to our exciting and growing portfolio in Surrey and confirms our position as the leading serviced apartment operator in the area”, adds Jo Layton, MD Group Commercial Sales for Roomspace.

Employees at Lime Blue Solutions were treated to a festive breakfast when they arrived at work recently to help raise money for local cancer support charity, ‘My Cancer My Choices’.

The breakfast was organised by Nikki Muller, Executive Assistant at Lime Blue Solutions who served up a selection of festive options including mince pies, bacon rolls and freshly brewed coffee, which were all very well received!

Everyone donated to attend the breakfast and the money raised was matched by Lime Blue Solutions and Symbius and went directly to help the charity which offers a range of complimentary therapies to cancer patients to help them feel as well as possible from the moment of diagnosis and throughout their treatment.

The event was a huge success and will now become an annual event along with the company’s monthly fund raising programme for 2016. The programme will see an employee take part in a charity activity each month to help raise as much money for their nominated charities throughout the year.

“As a company we are committed to our new monthly charity programme. Our employees already get involved in various fund raising activities and with the added support of Lime Blue Solutions and our design partner Symbius, will ensure we maximise our fundraising efforts, whilst having some fun in 2016” comments Nicola Miller, Managing Director at Lime Blue Solutions.

The Grand Brighton is celebrating winning ‘Best Place to Entertain’ at the Sussex Business Awards and attaining its Gold accreditation by Green Tourism for the second time.

Held at The Grand, The Sussex Business Awards saw five hundred of the county’s leading business professionals come together to celebrate business excellence across the region. In taking home ‘Best Place to Entertain’, The Grand was recognised for its ability ‘to deliver unforgettable experiences which leave lasting impressions on clients’.

The hotel has also obtained Gold accreditation from Green Tourism, the largest sustainable certification programme of its kind. The accolade, which is reassessed every two years, highlights that a business has been independently assessed and certified on their level of sustainability.

In achieving Gold standard for the second time, it has been acknowledged that The Grand delivers on a wide range of sustainable practices from working with and supporting local suppliers through to the extensive volunteer work undertaken by hotel staff.  In the words of Green Tourism: “Overall another outstanding performance from the team at The Grand.”

The double success concludes an impressive year for the hotel which also saw general manager, Andrew Mosley, named ‘Managing Director of the Year’ at the Brighton and Hove Business Awards.

The Grand has also continued to distinguish itself as the premier conference location on the south coast during 2015, hosting a number of high profile events including the Labour Party annual conference and Creative Edge, a new summit which brought together event professionals, including influential corporates, agencies and suppliers to challenge the boundaries of event and technology innovation.

Andrew Mosley, general manager at The Grand, comments: “I am delighted that the hard work of our team has been recognised at the Sussex Business Awards and by Green Tourism. We have had an incredibly successful year and we are committed to delivering the best possible experience for our guests.

“In order to ensure we continue to exceed expectations we will be further enhancing our offering in the New Year as we refurbish the Lounge, Bar and Terrace as well as refreshing our award winning restaurant, GB1.  Not only this, but we will also be investing significantly in our back of house operations for the benefit of both our guests and staff.”

On Thursday 3rd December, at the ASAP Industry Awards Dinner, SilverDoor picked up the award for industry innovation.

The awards were the culmination of the 2015 ASAP Convention which also launched a new study by real estate services provider, Savills, which indicated that the serviced apartment sector is set to double in size over the course of the next two years.

Innovation is key to the continued growth of the sector and, when assessing submissions for the innovation award, judges were looking for “industry innovation that benefits the customer, and helps further the sector.”

Commenting on SilverDoor’s award, ASAP Managing Director, James Foice said, “The independent panel of judges were particularly impressed by SilverDoor’s entry which evidenced a range of technological initiatives which were innovative and designed to enhance the guest's overall experience.”

It’s the first time that SilverDoor has won an ASAP Award and Commercial Director, Stuart Winstone, is thrilled to have received such important industry recognition.

“We encourage all departments to find new and exciting ways to tackle the challenges we face in the industry and I’m so pleased that our continuous efforts to innovate have been recognised by the ASAP.”

The award brings an end to an impressive year for SilverDoor after also winning Best Serviced Apartment Provider at the Business Travel Awards 2015 in January and Corporate Housing Provider of the Year at the EMEA EMMAs in November.
 

venuedirectory.com are proud to announce that they are to supply their GRATIS booking tool to the Edinburgh-based venue finder ‘ExecSpace’.

ExecSpace CEO and Founder Emma Little started the company in 2008 based on what clients were saying they needed from an agent: providing specialist venue finding, accommodation booking and procurement services.

Joining 35 other booking agents who exclusively partner with venuedirectory.com, ExecSpace will be able to select from over two hundred venue search criteria using GRATIS to provide an efficient service, ensuring rewarding relationships with their growing client base.

Emma Little says: “GRATIS is an easy to use and comprehensive management system that allows us to work very quickly, permitting us to take on more clients and bookings. The intuitive software also helps us to improve the customer experience which is extremely important to us as our client is at the centre of everything we do. Heather and her colleagues have been a huge support during implementation and I can’t recommend them highly enough.”

venuedirectory.com Client Services Director, Heather Swatkins comments: “I am very excited to be able to work with Emma and her dynamic team at ExecSpace. GRATIS is the best end-to-end booking tool for their business, from the initial search for the perfect venue to raising the final invoice. Due to

ExecSpace’s rapid growth, GRATIS will enable Emma to keep up with her increasing success.”

Inntel’s Director of Procurement, Kathie McGuire will be leaving Inntel at the end of December this year.

Kathie has been with Inntel for 7 years in various roles, most latterly as our Director of Procurement.

Douglas O’Neill commented “Kathie’s contribution to our business has been invaluable in many ways and I am, of course, very sad to see Kathie leave after 7 years on the Senior Leadership team.  I very much wish her all the very best for the future”.

Currently, there is no intention to replace the role of Director of Procurement and Kathie’s responsibilities will be moved to Inntel’s Director of Finance Mark Wheeler.

"The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) does not support the UK Events Week presently, as it has not been consulted or discussed with the Partnership and is unlikely to be considered prior to the next partnership meeting in February 2016.
 
I think it should be made clear that this is an entirely commercial initiative on the part of MashMedia/Confex whereas Britain for Events, which we wholeheartedly continue to support, is a largely not-for-profit industry wide initiative of which National Events Month in October is but one part. We would have liked to have discussed the BVEP and industry’s role in UK Events Week as the operation of two separate event campaigns is likely to cause unnecessary and unhelpful confusion within the industry and amongst buyers at a time when industry unity is key to building on existing initiatives, such as the newly reformed All Party Parliamentary Group and the Events Industry Board."

Michael Hirst OBE
Chair, the Business Visits & Events Partnership
 

CHS Group and Cvent have announced a partnership that will see them working together for The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS) 2016 – now in its 7th year, CHS is the leading event in the North for event organisers, venue finders and Pas.

The partnership will enable Cvent to become an official Show Partner. The company will be exhibiting at CHS 2016 and will also benefit from a whole host of marketing and promotional opportunities surrounding the show, whilst in return CHS Group will be using the Cvent registration solution to manage the registration, badging and marketing of the show.

Emma Cartmell, managing director, CHS Group said: “The Cvent system will enable us to bring together many different processes into one system.  From event marketing and online registration to exhibitor management and mobile apps – Cvent will allow us to do all of these things via one combined solution. Their system is extremely sophisticated and allows us to be more efficient and effective.”

David Chalmers at Cvent said: “The Conference and Hospitality Show offers us the perfect platform to promote our products and services to the event buyers in the north of England, it’s a great show and we’re excited about demonstrating our product to planners in the North of England and working with Emma and her team.”

The Conference and Hospitality Show 2016 will take place on Tuesday 26th April at the first direct arena, Leeds www.conferenceandhospitalityshow.co.uk

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