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Research conducted last year by imago, the conference and events arm of Loughborough University, has been used to support clients in delivering successful meetings, which in turn has aided its own growth.

The research - Does the future have room for face-to-face communication - was conducted amongst a sample of more than 750 event organisers, delegates, graduate and undergraduate students.

imago has used the information gathered from the research to help shape the way it handles incoming business enquiries so it can offer clients the meeting and event space which best suits their requirements. imago’s event management team has also used the results to ensure it provides clients with all the resources and knowledge to deliver a return on investment from their meetings. As a result, business is growing in line with the aims of its strategic business plan.

Emma Boynton, Head of Sales and Marketing at imago, commented: “The research has been beneficial to the day to day running of the business and made a significant impact on the service we offer. We have used the information gathered from the research to help shape the way we deal with business enquiries so we can work alongside clients, whether they have used us in the past or are new to imago. We want to provide them with all the tools they need for a successful event, not just sell them a meeting space.

“This includes working out how they can best use the spaces we have available so they can deliver an event that meets their requirements and has a lasting effect on those attending. Providing clients with this resource and knowledge helps them deliver better return on investment. This approach works for both the clients and imago as we are seeing an increase in business which is aiding our overall growth.”

The success of the research has led to imago commissioning a follow up study - How does the meetings industry of today inspire the future leaders of tomorrow? Once again this will be conducted with Loughborough University and The Right Solution, and in partnership with the HBAA.

imago unifies Loughborough University’s conference and events venues under one brand offering high quality meeting spaces, venues and accommodation along with excellent sports and leisure facilities. imago manages the AIM Gold accredited Burleigh Court and Holywell Park as well as Loughborough University’s conference and events facilities and The Link Hotel.

The final research paper is available from http://go.welcometoimago.com/meet-the-future.

Research conducted last year by imago, the conference and events arm of Loughborough University, has been used to support clients in delivering successful meetings, which in turn has aided its own growth.

The research - Does the future have room for face-to-face communication - was conducted amongst a sample of more than 750 event organisers, delegates, graduate and undergraduate students.

imago has used the information gathered from the research to help shape the way it handles incoming business enquiries so it can offer clients the meeting and event space which best suits their requirements. imago’s event management team has also used the results to ensure it provides clients with all the resources and knowledge to deliver a return on investment from their meetings. As a result, business is growing in line with the aims of its strategic business plan.

Emma Boynton, Head of Sales and Marketing at imago, commented: “The research has been beneficial to the day to day running of the business and made a significant impact on the service we offer. We have used the information gathered from the research to help shape the way we deal with business enquiries so we can work alongside clients, whether they have used us in the past or are new to imago. We want to provide them with all the tools they need for a successful event, not just sell them a meeting space.

“This includes working out how they can best use the spaces we have available so they can deliver an event that meets their requirements and has a lasting effect on those attending. Providing clients with this resource and knowledge helps them deliver better return on investment. This approach works for both the clients and imago as we are seeing an increase in business which is aiding our overall growth.”

The success of the research has led to imago commissioning a follow up study - How does the meetings industry of today inspire the future leaders of tomorrow? Once again this will be conducted with Loughborough University and The Right Solution, and in partnership with the HBAA.

imago unifies Loughborough University’s conference and events venues under one brand offering high quality meeting spaces, venues and accommodation along with excellent sports and leisure facilities. imago manages the AIM Gold accredited Burleigh Court and Holywell Park as well as Loughborough University’s conference and events facilities and The Link Hotel.

The final research paper is available from http://go.welcometoimago.com/meet-the-future.

LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District) is extending its support of the Conference and Hospitality Show 2016 (CHS). Now in its seventh year, CHS is the leading event in the North for event organisers, venue finders and PAs.

Sponsorship from LeedsBID has enabled CHS to stay in Leeds – the show’s home since its launch in 2010 - and they will now be providing Leeds Welcome Ambassadors to greet visitors at the train station and help guide them to the venue.

Andrew Cooper, CEO LeedsBID said: “We are proud to be supporting this significant sector-leading event at one of the city's highest profile venues. As such an important sector to the Leeds economy we are confident this year's show will deliver outstanding business results and continue to raise the profile of Leeds as a major conference & exhibition location in the UK.”

Emma Cartmell, managing director, CHS Group said: “This support further enhances the partnership we have achieved with LeedsBID. After outgrowing our venue again in 2015, we had two choices; to move to the first direct Arena - a much bigger venue but the only one in Leeds that could accommodate the show, or to move the show to another city. The economic impact of the show is significant and LeedsBID recognises this. Moving to a much larger venue always carries a financial risk, but the LeedsBID sponsorship gave us the financial security we needed to grow the show and make the jump. The addition of the Leeds Welcome Ambassadors will bring interaction and fun to the visitor journey as they arrive at the train station and come to the venue.”

Vanessa Carter, events director, Pandora Events Ltd said: “As event organisers we are used to going the extra mile to ensure that our clients feel welcomed and are well looked after, so it’s very warming for a company to show that they value us by giving us some TLC.  Even though we all travel a lot, it can still be daunting arriving alone in an unfamiliar city, so being greeted in this way is very reassuring.”

The LeedsBID sponsorship is a substantial five figure amount over three years.

CHS gives event buyers access to a huge range of national suppliers and a comprehensive programme of specific education - right on their doorstep, all in one day.

CHS 2016 will take place on Tuesday 26th April at the first direct Arena, Leeds. The show comprises of over 200 venues, hotels, technology providers and many other national meetings industry suppliers under one roof. Two education programmes (for event organisers and PAs) and many networking opportunities will run alongside the show. Doors open at 9.15am (for VIPs only) and at 10am for visitors.

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On Wednesday 13th April 2016, HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, visited Ashridge House, home to Ashridge Executive Education (part of Hult International Business School) near Berkhamsted. 
 
This was the first royal to visit Ashridge House since 1823, when a very young Queen Victoria visited and planted an oak tree that survives to this day on the South Lawn.
 
The Duke’s visit had a dual purpose: to see and understand what Ashridge offers from an education perspective, as well as to open our refurbished East Wing andThe Duke of York room within it. The East Wing of the House, sits on the site of what was the White Lodge, which along with the Red Lodge flanked the monastic house as it was during Elizabeth I’s time.  
 
The Duke was welcomed by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam, Ashridge Executive Education’s President, Jason Cassidy and Dr Stephen Hodges, President of Hult International Business School. 
 
The Duke had the opportunity to meet various members of Ashridge and Hult Faculty, some key clients as well as WAVE, finalists in the 2015 Hult Prize. Founded by a Hult alumnus, funded by the Hult family, and run in partnership with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student entrepreneurship competition. Student teams from all over the world compete to win a USD 1 million investment in their start-ups. This was a particular point of interest as it resonates with The Duke’s own Pitch at the Palace which supports entrepreneurs with the amplification and acceleration of their business ideas.
 
After the lunch the Duke was given a tour of the house and gardens and visited various teaching rooms where he was given the opportunity to get a real favour of what Ashridge do to develop senior leaders’ capabilities across the world – from witnessing a high-pressure live radio interview to chatting to participants during their session on building high performance teams.
 

Rockliffe Hall is backing Darlington boxer, Stuart Hall, to win his bantamweight title final eliminator against Mexican, Rodrigo Guerrero, at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday night (16th April).

The award-winning hotel is sponsoring Hall, 36, who regularly trains in the resort’s state-of-the-art gym when he visits home, between his full time training in Birmingham.

Hall hopes to win this fight so he can secure a rematch with Lee Haskins to try and get his hands on the IBF belt once again.

Promoter, Eddie Hearn, has said Guerrero will be a “handful” for Stuart, but he knows “Stuart is desperate to land a fight with Lee and settle the score.”

Stuart will fight Guerrero before Josh Warrington defends his WBC International featherweight title against Hisashi Amagasa. The fights will be live on Sky Sports.

Stuart, who recently became a dad for the third time, says: “I’m a big fan of Rockliffe Hall and am thrilled they’ve become a sponsor - the facilities throughout the resort are second to none. When I’m visiting my family at the weekends I try and spend as much time as I can training in the fantastic gym and I particularly love the hydrotherapy pool - the water jets work wonders on any niggles I’ve developed!”

Eamonn Elliott, Chief Executive at Rockliffe Hall, says: “We are proud to sponsor Stuart as he strives to regain the IBF title. We’ll be cheering him on on Saturday night!”

Rockliffe Hall, in Hurworth, near Darlington, is the only five red star resort in the North. It boasts 61 sumptuous guestrooms and suites, three superb restaurants, an award-winning spa and 18-hole championship golf course. Rockliffe recently invested £1 million in a new Spa Garden to enhance the spa experience and has plans for further investment to enhance its services in 2016. 

 

 

 

The Meetings Show’s highly flexible semi-hosted buyer option is expected to increase in size as UK buyers, particularly those from Greater London with busy schedules, use it to guarantee that time out of the office meeting international and domestic suppliers is as productive and successful as possible.

The semi-hosted buyer option, which includes on-site hospitality, access to exclusive networking events and free entry to the Association Meetings Conference for those working with associations, proved highly popular amongst buyers in 2015.  Designed specifically for buyers from London and the surrounding areas, including those based in the City, it means they can meet and learn about destinations and suppliers from around the world for as little as half a day out of the office. 

“Trade shows are one of the most valuable sources of information for both myself and the rest of the Grass Roots Solutions Team.  They allow us to quickly and efficiently get in front of key suppliers, learn about the latest trends and develop relationships,” comments Jennifer Brazier-Thompson, Solutions Venue Find Consultant from leading UK agency Grass Roots Meetings & Events.  “Unfortunately time commitments and short term deadlines rarely allow me to be out of the office at such events for more than a few hours.  The Meetings Show’s semi-hosted option allowed me to prepare for a pitch using international suppliers that I was working on, it guaranteed appointments with the right people and made the whole process effortless.  If you are working in London or the South East it is by far the easiest and most efficient way to attend a show and more people should be making use of its benefits.”

The Meetings Show’s innovative and flexible approach to hosted buyer attendances is extremely popular amongst UK buyers as it provides many of the perks of a fully hosted trade show experience with less time commitment. 

“Once again we are committed to creating the UK’s most comprehensive and respected hosted buyer offering delivering a valuable, flexible and varied programme for all involved,”  comments Steve Knight, The Meetings Show’s Event Director.  “UK based buyers within easy travelling distance of Olympia find it a highly effective and efficient way to attend a trade show.  It is particularly popular amongst City based corporates and the regional agencies who see the tremendous value our exhibition, education and networking have to offer but don’t want to spend more than a day out of the office.”

Organised by Centaur Live (a division of Centaur Media Plc), The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 14-16 June, 2016 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

 

Hosted buyers can apply to be part of The Meetings show via www.themeetingsshow.com

 

 

 

 

A SUBMARINER is swapping the deep blue sea for the royal blue of one of the UK’s top football clubs. 

In a nine-year career with the Royal Navy, as a steward with the logistics catering service on board a nuclear submarine, James Garner provided hospitality both above and below the waves, serving sailors and visiting royalty alike.

Now, he has joined the award-winning Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events team at Liverpool’s Goodison Park stadium – home to Everton Football Club - in the role of operations manager.

In his former position James was in charge of manning accommodation for up to 30 people, providing food service four times a day for the ship’s 127-strong company and maintaining stock control .

And he plans to draw on his naval experience to ensure the smooth running of match and non-match day hospitality and operations at the stadium, which is one of Merseyside’s leading corporate and event venues.

“Although my feet will be firmly on dry land, I will utilise many of the skills and disciplines I acquired in the Royal Navy,” said James, who has moved to Merseyside from Deesside.

Not only am I used to working as part of an efficient, organised and highly skilled team but I am also trained to keep calm in any situation – no matter now challenging.

“Goodison Park is far more than a football ground – it is also where people come to do business, to celebrate, to dine with their families and even to get married and the challenge is to ensure that everything runs like clockwork in front of and behind the scenes.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting that challenge head on.”

Goodison Park has nine conference and events suites along with a number of executive, pitch-side boxes with uninterrupted views of the ground, which are ideal for smaller meetings, lunches or dinners.

Along with his practical skills, James possesses core values, such as commitment, discipline, loyalty and integrity instilled during his time in service,” said catering services director, Julie Tandy.

“And we think these, coupled with a ‘can do’ mentality and a calm and efficient way of working, will make him the perfect addition to our team here at Goodison Park.”

For further information about the conference and event operation at Goodison Park, contact events@evertonfc.com.

 

 

 

Ashfield Meetings & Events has announced its results for the financial year ending September 2015.

EBIT (Earnings Before Interest & Tax) for the period was £4.91m compared to £3.580m in the previous 12-month period, showing an increase of 31%. The numbers have been consolidated from accounts covering the company’s operations across Europe, the US and Asia. 

Commenting on the performance, Nicola Burns (Global Managing Director) said: “We invested in a number of initiatives in the previous financial year to ensure our business remained competitive in the fast-changing environment. It was fantastic to achieve the return on this investment with such a strong set of results. Our exhibition offering added considerable revenue across our global operations and the commercial development of SPARK THINKING has helped us enhance and diversify our creative service offering. As a result, our US headquarters have just moved into new office space to ensure we have an inspiring and motivating environment for our talented staff to be their best.”

Burns concluded: “The market continues to evolve and we are developing and investing in integrated apps, systems and software solutions to help meet the changing needs of our pharmaceutical and life science clients. This includes supporting transfer of value reporting requirements and strategic meetings management implementation. The recent collaborative development of the Science Of Meetings approach with our colleagues in the wider Ashfield division has been well received by our clients. In an increasingly regulated environment, it is allowing us to act as a strategic partner to clients and explore multichannel opportunities that offer new types of value for their healthcare professional communication and event strategies.”

New online player DayDelegate.com has been unveiled today, aiming to be the simplest and quickest way to book a meeting room online. The website is now accepting UK venue registrations, prior to its official launch for live online bookings on 3rd May.

DayDelegate.com allows venues to market their empty and late availability meeting rooms with no upfront costs, but a marketing fee once the space is sold. It’s aimed towards both corporate and agency customers, with agents being able to book online for their clients and claim commission from the venue in the normal way. All pricing will be based on a standardised day delegate package, rather than room hire basis. This not only makes for a short booking process, but also means that a venue’s inventory can be loaded and managed with ease.

The booking site has been nearly two years in development, and Day Delegate Ltd is a venture founded and owned by Chris Peacock and Andrew Deakin of agency Conference Care, and Digital Director Ian Hancock. Early adopters of DayDelegate.com include Village Hotels and Valor Hospitality.

Director Chris Peacock said – “the question for us has always been; can you make the booking of a meeting room a transactional process? The answer is yes, but it takes a lot of hard work to keep it simple. With DayDelegate.com you’ll be able to find all the availability with four clicks. The system is built to work with mobile devices and is just like an App in look and feel.”

He added – “One day meetings for less than 30 delegates with a lead time of less than three weeks make up 40% of enquiries at Conference Care – that’s over 4,000 events a year - just for us! There had to be a better way of finding a short notice meeting room, and now there is.”

 

For further information, contact Chris Peacock on 0844 342 6353 or 07760 174440, chrisp@daydelegate.com, or visit www.daydelegate.com

After 25 years of delivering high quality corporate events across a range of disciplines, including; conferences and exhibitions, through to team-building and evening entertainment M&MR will be rebranding as Bright Vision Events.

We have experienced many changes in recent years and continue to adapt to developing markets and the rebrand to Bright Vision Events emphasises our continued product development and the greater breadth of service we are offering our clients.

Ben Hull technical director said: “Through increased demand over the last 12 months we have experienced a 150% growth in AV business, which has led to continued investment in technical equipment and the expansion of our warehouse capacity by 60%.”

To help provide and continue a professional and proactive service to our clients we have appointed a new sales executive who will focusing on our client’s requirements to deliver even more effectively what our clients expect.

Bright Vision Events has a fresh look, exciting new services, and a thoroughly modern approach to events across a very broad spectrum. Our vocation is to encourage the vision, engagement, interaction, motivation and experiential learning that ultimately leads to a more united and effective workforce.

Robin Winter MD added: “We would like to offer a very Big Thanks to our loyal and supportive clients and we very much look forward to having the pleasure of working with you in the months and years ahead.” 

Halinka Viner has joined Bright Vision Events formerly M&MR as in the newly created position of Sales Executive.  She will be responsible in both overseeing the rebranding process and supporting our client’s requirements. Halinka has extensive experience in venues and events.

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