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South West based serviced apartment company Room-B has undergone a complete brand review over the last six months and today unveiled its new logo, tagline and website (www.situ.co.uk). 

The company’s new name, SITU, is derived from the Latin, “in-situ”, meaning in place, and that is exactly where SITU position themselves, Perfectly Placed to meet their clients’ accommodation needs.

Established by Phil Stapleton and Jenna Hext in 2008, the company operates in a global marketplace to meet the needs of corporate travellers from a wide range of industries, relocation professionals and private individuals. SITU handles thousands of bookings every year and has grown its core team, at its head offices in Exeter, to 20 people. This number is set to increase over the coming months. Three areas of focus have been key to the philosophy for business growth; outstanding customer focus, due diligence and embracing technological advances to improve the customer experience. The company’s new website has done exactly that, including innovative filtering of apartment selection based on the users’ specifically chosen destination.

After a competitive pitch, the South West agency AB-UK was chosen to lead the rebranding activity alongside SITU’s own marketing team. Web design specialists Sound in Theory have led the technical development of SITU’s new website and backend systems, while Bolton based consultants Rockview have supported their SEM and SEO requirements. Commenting on the SITU rebranding, Managing Director Phil Stapleton said: “The rebrand marks a new chapter for the company, representing our ambitious plans for growth and significant ongoing investment in our bespoke technology which we look forward to showcasing over the coming months to our clients and industry partners.”

Aberdeen is continuing to prove itself as a strong choice for energy related events with securing the 6th annual International Conference on Clean Energy (ICCE), expecting to attract 500 industry and academic delegates from the clean and renewable energy industry to Aberdeen.

The conference which will take place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) on 14th-17th August 2017is due to cover major themes within the industry such as the impact of clean energy on the environment and fundamental knowledge regarding the clean energy processes.

Associate Dean for Research at Aberdeen Business School and local Conference Chair, Professor David Gray, worked alongside Team Aberdeen, a collaboration of expertise from Aberdeen City and Shire Councils, The University of Aberdeen, AECC, Aberdeen International Airport, RGU and VisitAberdeenshire, to secure the conference for the city. Team Aberdeen support the conference bid by helping with conference organisation, sourcing hotel accommodation and identifying superb venues for the conference to take place in. ICCE received additional support from Aberdeen City Council and  the VisitAberdeenshire Subvention Fund which was match funded by VisitScotland’s Conference Bid Fund with the aim to help attract more business tourism to Scotland.

Conference Chair, Professor David Gray said, “To bring such a prestigious international event to Aberdeen is a real coup for the city and for RGU and I am extremely proud that the events team will be playing host to several hundred academics who are experts in the field of alternative energy.”

Aberdeen City Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Laing said: “The city is already capitalising on its world-renowned engineering expertise by moving into clean and sustainable energy and the City Council has furthered that knowledge base by investing in hydrogen-powered buses and vehicles.

Councillor Laing continued, “We look forward to welcoming the companies and delegates from around the globe who will be attending the conference in our beautiful city.”

Sales Manager at AECC, Steven Daun commented: “Having the International Conference on Clean Energy in Aberdeen is a fantastic achievement for the local Ambassador, Professor David Gray and TeamAberdeen as it allows us to showcase the fantastic research and work which is currently happening in Aberdeen within this sector.”

Horizon Leeds, Gleneagles, The Grand Hotel Brighton and Warwick Conferences were among the venues, hotels and suppliers to win at the CHS awards, held last night at the Manchester Mercure Piccadilly Hotel. More than 250 event industry professionals, including over 40 agents who contributed to the judging, attend the second annual CHS Awards which were preceded by a glittering gala dinner.

Horizon Leeds took the Chairman’s Award, the Best Boardroom/Small Meeting Room and the Best Onsite AV, and The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa claimed the award for Best Venue Communication as well as Best External Space. They were also recognised as highly commended for the Best Onsite Leisure and Best DDR/24 Hour Rate.

Other success stories from the evening included awards for Warwick Conferences, The Grand Hotel York, The Grand Hotel Brighton, Gleneagles and Coombe Abbey, amongst an array of great venues and destination management organisations who were also recognised.

The Awards are organised by Cloud 9 Event Management in conjunction with CHS Group who deliver the annual Conference and Hospitality Show in Leeds and the nominations for this year were announced at the Show in April.

Over 70 event professionals from leading agencies and senior PAs throughout the UK judged the entries, using a voting structure that allows even the smallest independent venue to be recognised for an aspect, service or feature of their property or service.

Richard John of RJA Events who chaired the judging this year said: “It’s very encouraging to see the spread of winners at this year’s awards. The increase in entries indicates that the awards have been embraced by the industry at large”.

The Awards were sponsored and supported by JDB Events, INNSIDE by Melia Manchester, GTAssociates, Grosvenor Casinos, Accor Hotels, venuefinder.com, Hospitality & Events North, Brackenbury’s Britain, Trident Hospitality and CHS Group, and are now looking for a new venue for the 2017 programme  - please contact janet@cloud9em.co.uk for details.

The team at Aubrey Park Hotel are delighted with their win at the Inspiring Herts Awards Ceremony on Thursday 19th May, where they received an award for ‘Excellence in Customer Service’ and they were also finalists for the Tourism Award.

The awards ceremony was hosted at the Porsche Centre in Hatfield and the event was jammed packed with the upmost influential business leaders in Hertfordshire. Aubrey Park Hotel was one of six finalists for the ‘Excellence in Customer Service’ award; including the Cheshunt Marriott Hotel, Purple Surgical UK LTD, Tate, Thorns group and Understanding Recruitment.

The hotel’s Managing Director, David Timmis is thrilled for his team, as he says ‘I am so happy that my team have achieved such a prestigious award, they really do deserve it and I am so very proud of them.’

'Inspiring Hertfordshire' awards were launched in 2012 by Hertfordshire’s Chamber of Commerce to focus on, and celebrate, the expertise, achievements and outstanding contribution that businesses and individuals continually make to the growth of our County. The hotel’s Managing Director, David Timmis continues to say, ‘With our new conference and events venue being built as we speak, along with this recognition for our excellent customer service…we predict exciting times ahead, so watch this space!’

Warwick Conferences is celebrating further awards success after beating off stiff competition to win Best Anticipated Launch at the CHS Awards, which took place last night (25 May) at The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel. 

The collection of meeting venues – based at the University of Warwick – took home the Best Anticipated Launch award for its new £5.3m venue, which is set to open this autumn. The new dedicated meeting venue, which will offer 650sqm of contemporary and highly flexible event space, beat off competition from venues including The Royal York Hotel, Charingworth Manor, Hogarth’s Stone Manor, Hyatt Regency Birmingham and Trump Turnberry.

During a successful evening for the team, Warwick Conferences was also recognised with highly commended awards for Best Day Delegate – 24 Hour Rate and Best Large Conference/Exhibition Space.

Rachael Bartlett, head of sales and marketing at Warwick Conferences, says: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the award for Best Anticipated Launch at the CHS Awards, as well as being highly commended in two additional categories. Not only do we have fantastic facilities on offer for our clients, our teams are incredibly hard working and continue to provide an exceptional service.

“At Warwick Conferences we are dedicated to continuously enhancing and improving our facilities and we are very much looking forward to the new venue opening this autumn. The venue build is progressing well and we have already received a high number of enquiries, which highlights the current demand for high capacity, high quality and flexible event space in Central England.”

Warwick Conferences’ CHS Awards success follows its Gold award for Best Academic Venues at the M&IT Awards earlier this year. The collection of meeting venues also picked up Bronze for Best UK Management Training Centre and were recognised as finalists in the Best UK Conference Centre and Best Conference and Banqueting Staff categories.

SilverDoor, the world’s leading independent serviced apartment agent, today announces the acquisition of Worldview, the parent company of the second largest independent serviced apartment agent, Citybase, for £2.25M.

Also announced is the formation of a new parent company which will consist of the corporate focussed SilverDoor brand and Worldview’s Citybase and Central London Apartments brands.

There are also plans to reinvigorate Orbital Partnership, an online serviced apartment network which provides operators with a free, collaborative means of distribution. Orbital Partnership is a unique proposition in the serviced apartment sector as it’s the only network that is free for operators to join and utilises technology that is unparalleled in the industry.

SilverDoor and Citybase, both privately owned since their inception, will continue to operate independently from respective London and Lancaster offices but will benefit from the integration of their resources.

The acquisition unites the world’s leading serviced apartment agents and ensures clients of all brands within the new parent company receive an unrivalled serviced apartment booking experience, utilising the very best technology and expertise in the sector.

SilverDoor Managing Director, Marcus Angell, and Commercial Director, Stuart Winstone, will continue in their roles at SilverDoor and assume control of the parent company. They’ll also take on the same positions within Citybase alongside newly appointed Operations Director (Lancaster), Imogen Brettell.

Citybase co-founders and joint Managing Directors, Stuart Parker and Davor Parker, have been appointed Director of Digital & Leisure Strategy and Technology Consultant respectively. Their father, Victor Parker, also co-founder and joint Managing Director, and his wife Davorka Parker, will be retiring.

SilverDoor Managing Director, Marcus Angell said: “We’ve always strived to raise our serviced apartment industry standards and we’re excited that this new proposition will provide clients with an unrivalled booking experience and a greater range of serviced apartment options. While some companies are approaching a potential Brexit with trepidation, the serviced apartment market is set to double in size over the next two years and now is the ideal time to consolidate and strengthen our position as the world’s leading agents. SilverDoor and Citybase provide two very successful yet distinct offerings which complement each other perfectly.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the Parker family for their transparency and good faith throughout this process and to recognise the love and care they’ve committed to Citybase over the years. We look forward to taking on the stewardship of a thriving company, with a track record for innovation and success, and elevating it to the next level.”

Citybase co-founder and Director of Digital & Leisure Strategy, Stuart Parker said: “It’s an exciting time to be part of this new group of companies. Citybase has been a huge part of our lives for the past 16 years and we’re confident that SilverDoor has the ability to take us to the next level. We share a belief that between our brands we offer the world’s finest serviced apartment booking solutions for business travellers and private clients. Our combination of the most cutting-edge and effective technology alongside exceptional, award-winning account management will ensure the SilverDoor & Citybase brands continue to be recognised as the leading global serviced apartment specialists.”

SilverDoor’s acquisition has been advised by Crowe Clarke Whitehill and Cripps LLP with funding from Barclays. The new parent company forecasts a combined turnover of £75M, has 130 employees and 900 property partners around the world with a combined inventory of 160,000 individual serviced apartments.

The Meetings Show’s education programme will help individuals earn or maintain the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification – the leading, industry wide professional qualification. The Meetings Show is achieving this by working with the Convention Industry Council to become a CMP Preferred Provider.

The Convention Industry Council’s Karen Kotowski comments: “We are delighted that the CMP qualification continues to gain so much traction and recognition around the world.  It is the industry’s premiere qualification and a demonstration of the credibility of CIC’s education programme.  The Meetings Show’s decision to be a CMP Preferred Provider places them amongst a core group of world leading education providers and we look forward to seeing the content they deliver in June.”

“The CMP qualification is arguably the most robust demonstration of an individual’s commitment to their personal development and professionalism and we are delighted to be providing a variety of sessions supporting them,” comments Steve Knight, The Meetings Show’s Event Director.  “MPI UK & Ireland is a committed supporter of this scheme, I’m delighted that we are too, and I encourage other industry education providers to do the same. Education and learning are at the very heart of our offering as we bring people together to develop new opportunities and feed their minds.  With more than 80 education sessions available at The Meetings Show, there really is something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming current and prospective CMPs to the show in June.”

Jane Baker, president elect of MPI UK & Ireland adds: “MPI, both globally and here in the UK and Ireland continually works to develop professionalism within the meetings industry, which is why we are such strong supporters of the CMP scheme.  We welcome the fact that The Meetings Show has decided to accredit their education programme as it demonstrates their desire to deliver high end content of genuine value.  We have worked closely with the Show over the last couple of years and continue to do so in 2016, encouraging our members to attend, join the education and develop themselves and their careers.”

To be approved for CMP credits each session is rigorously assessed by the Convention Industry Council to ensure quality and credibility of the content. Sessions have to be aligned with learning objectives in one of the following areas:

  •          Strategic Planning
  •          Project Management
  •          Risk Management
  •          Financial Management
  •          Human Resources
  •          Stakeholder Management
  •          Meeting or Event Design
  •          Site Management
  •          Marketing
  •          Professionalism

With more than 80 education sessions during the three days of The Meetings Show from 14-16 June at Olympia, as well as further content taking place as part of the Association Meetings Conference on 13 June at Church House, Westminster; there are a wealth of opportunities for those working towards or looking to maintain their CMP certification.

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.

Following the phenomenal success of his last three celebrity golf classic events, former England Rugby Captain and 2003 world cup winner MIKE TINDALL MBE hosted his fourth annual ISPS HANDA MIKE TINDALL CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC at The Belfry Hotel & Resort in Sutton Coldfield, North Warwickshire on 20th May.

Supported by title sponsor ISPS Handa and Artemis, this today’s star studded event will see a host of celebrities battling it out from the world of sport, music and showbiz including such names as Ronan Keating, Brian McFadden, Vernon Kay, Rory Bremner, Kenny Dalglish, AP McCoy, Ben Foden, Thom Evans and many more. The event is in aid of Rugby For Heroes and The Matt Hampson Foundation.

The Belfry Hotel & Resort, which is set in over 500 acres of north Warwickshire countryside, has been host to more Ryder Cup golf matches than any other golf course in the world and provoked some of the most dramatic and memorable moments in golf history. The Hotel and Resort boasts three golf courses and an academy and has witnessed many magical moments over the years including Seve’s historic drive on the 10th hole, Sam Torrance’s famous putt that won the 1985 Ryder Cup and Christie O’Connor Jr’s belligerent 2 iron shot across the lake.

Last year’s celebrity golf classic event raised over £30,000 for Rugby For Heroes and £10,000 for The Matt Hampson Foundation. The event was attended by a host of stars from the world of television, music and sport. Attendees included former Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish, Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell CBE, Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave, model and TV presenter Jodie Kidd, Harry Potter actors James & Oliver Phelps, pop stars Brian McFadden & JB Gill (JLS), rugby stars Rory Lawson, Trevor Woodman MBE, Ian Balshaw MBE and TV broadcaster Kirsty Gallacher to mention a few.

Commenting on the event Mike Tindall MBE said:

”I am delighted that our fourth annual ISPS HANDA Celebrity Golf Classic is being held at the prestigious Belfry Hotel & Resort in Sutton Coldfield. Each year, we have built on the success of the previous year with the aim of improving our event and raising as much money and awareness as we can to help support worthy causes.

This year I want to increase our support for a charity with a strong link to the rugby community, which like Rugby For Heroes, is inspirational in its tireless endeavours to assist others. The Matt Hampson Foundation helps inspire and support young people who have sustained life changing injuries through sport. The charity helps rehabilitate them, giving them the confidence to cope with changes to their new life.

Each year our event has grown in popularity with golfers and celebrities alike. The event has become as much fun both on the golf course and at the charity dinner in the evening. We are all committed to raising as much money as possible for our chosen charities, which we passionately believe in. We could not have achieved this without the continued support and generosity of our sponsors, ISPS HANDA and Artemis.”

Since retiring from professional rugby and his England career, Mike Tindall MBE has been a tireless supporter and fundraiser for various charities giving a huge amount of his time to help good causes. Through his last three celebrity golf classic events and last year’s inaugural BT SPORT RUGBY AID event, Mike Tindall has raised in excess of £350,000 to support military servicemen and women through the rugby charity RUGBY FOR HEROES of which he is patron.

The celebrity teams will once again compete to win the much sought after “Tins Trophy”. The trophy presentation and prize giving dinner will be hosted on the evening by Mike Tindall MBE & Zara Phillips MBE, followed by live and silent auctions and entertainment throughout the evening.

The ISPS HANDA Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic promises to yet again be one of the Golf highlights of 2016 which will be managed by Autumn Phillips on behalf of events company MT13 Events.

 

The London based Corporate Team are back with venuedirectory.com. The latest version of GRATIS, the cloud based venue finding tool developed by venuedirectory.com has been re-deployed into The Corporate Team, part of the Polyglobe group, GRATIS allows the agency to combine their client relationship, proposal generation and confirmation processes into one efficient system, whilst linking to the vast venuedirectory.com venue and supplier database.

GRATIS was immediately put to the test with the first enquiry being sent to 7 venues simultaneously. The first reply was received in just 11 minutes. The longest venue response took only 1 hour 21 minutes to arrive. Ending their first day on a high, The Corporate Team sent out another enquiry to 6 venues and received an amazing response back - the first reply was delivered in under 3 minutes!

Michael Begley – Managing Director at venudirectory.com commented ‘We are delighted to be working with The Corporate Team again and in the 2 years since we last worked together, the whole landscape in terms of Request for Proposals (RFP) in the MICE market has moved on tremendously. We have worked closely with our venues and the GRATIS agents to improve the work workflow and efficiency of our systems, which has resulted in 46% of venues replying within 30 mins and 81% within 2 hours’

Erwin Bustos – Business Development Director at The Corporate Team “I was very impressed with the development of venuedirectory.com and GRATIS and felt they would be the best fit for our business moving forward. It was great to see the new version of GRATIS and the speed at which the venues respond to our meeting requests. Heather Swatkins and the team at venuedirectory.com have really stayed ahead of the curve with their software development and I am confident this will give our business the edge in terms of MICE systems to exceed our client’s expectations’

veuedirectory.com have developed a variety of MICE focused systems supporting the venue finding and related markets. Products include API enquiry interfaces and venue data feeds, white label, bespoke and iframe versions of their venue data. They have recently launched a diary management software solution for venues and a live availability booking tool. GRATIS the core software engine is used by venue finding agents, venue central reservation offices and convention bureaux to manage their MICE enquiries and venue portfolios. venuedirectory.com have over 46,000 venues listed, with 18,000 of these in the UK, and over 5,000 event suppliers also feature in their database. 

Rockliffe Hall’s championship golf course will play host to the MASfab North of England Open Foursomes on Wednesday 13th July.

Attracting talented golfers from across the North, this 36 hole competition is open to professionals and amateurs, gents, ladies and juniors, with a maximum handicap of 5.

There will be a guaranteed 1st place prize of £1000 each with additional prizes down to 10th place, plus best 1st and 2nd round scores.

Any pairings are permitted for this competition – 2 professionals, 2 amateurs, 1 pro/1 amateur, 2 ladies, 1 lady/1 man, 1 adult/1 junior – at a cost of £150 per pair to include two rounds of golf and a delicious lunch in The Clubhouse.

The event is sponsored by MASfab, a custom welding and steel fabrication company based in Tursdale, Durham.

To enter, visit www.rockliffehall.com and download an entry form, call The Pro Shop at Rockliffe Hall on 01325 729980, or email golf@rockliffehall.com

Designed by Hawtree, the world-renowned course architects, Rockliffe Hall’s 18 hole championship golf course is renowned for being one of the most challenging, and longest, in Europe. Alongside the exceptional course is a fully stocked Pro Shop, extensive practice facilities and driving range, a luxurious yet relaxed clubhouse serving delicious food, and a top quality golf services team, including 4 PGA professionals.

The Rockliffe Hall resort also boasts 61 sumptuous guestrooms and suites, three superb restaurants and an award-winning spa. 

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