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Contemporary city centre event space host etc.venues is to open its first Manchester training, meeting and conference venue in October. Boasting some of the best corporate views in the City, the bright 8th-floor space at 11 Portland St in Piccadilly heralds significant expansion for the fast-growing market ‘disruptor’. With 14 venues in London and one in Birmingham, the new addition will be the group’s 16th event space and a fresh contributor to Manchester business growth.

The glass-clad, purpose-built 20,000 sq. ft. space is flooded with natural daylight and will offer daytime and evening corporate event-goers outstanding and unique views across the City in three directions. It was designed by Franck Rosello, mastermind of the group’s celebrated recent London launch at iconic County Hall and other London city venues.

With the bold, signature use of colour, selfie-friendly ‘art with a purpose’, contemporary fittings and adaptable LED lighting throughout, clients will have access to 15 flexible rooms, including a suite for up to 300 delegates in theatre style. There will be exhibition space and opportunities for exclusive use of parts of the venue, including a dedicated separate entrance.

Etc.venues Manchester will also feature on-site dining and a bar as well as its own theatre kitchen and chefs serving fresh, innovative cuisine. All-day grazing and unlimited tea, coffee & snacks are always included in etc.venues fully-inclusive day delegate packages. All rooms will be fitted with high spec NEC projectors and screens and free Wi-Fi.

Dominic James, operations head for etc.venues Manchester, said:

“11 Portland St represents a significant expansion for us in the UK events market. We’re on a mission to help organisations create memorable experiences for their staff and clients and we’ve always wanted to commit to inward investment in Manchester. Longstanding clients wanting to hold events in this vibrant city have been telling us for years that they want spaces with natural daylight and they want something different, stylish and well-connected.  So here we are, putting the contemporary back into city centre conferences!”

In May 2017 etc.venues was recognised in the London Stock Exchange Group’s fourth ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report, which identifies the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic SMEs.

8 great reasons to visit etc.venues Manchester:

  1. Top (8th) floor Piccadilly location close to Manchester’s mainline and local transport
  2. Flooded with daylight, floor-to-ceiling glass and unique 3-way views
  3. Modern design, flexible, purpose-built space for up to 300 delegates
  4. Dedicated space options with separate entrance
  5. Renowned, innovative in-house chefs and catering
  6. Comfy urban networking & coffee hub overlooking Piccadilly Gardens and the Manchester skyline
  7. All-inclusive packages with the best of on-site technology
  8. Dedicated top floor reception and ALWAYS an on-site events team for every client

Please visit www.etcvenues.co.uk or call 0161 302 8888. For interviews, call Zena James on 07811 240167.

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) has appointed Trinity Event Solutions as their venue finding partner for a three year period.  The contract was awarded following a five way pitch and is estimated to include an average of 140 venue bookings each year.

Trinity will be sourcing and booking UK and International venues and handling multiple level negotiation support for the Institute.  Venue bookings will be from several departments within CIPS and will facilitate training courses, examinations, graduation events, networking events and accommodation. 

Scott Lewis, procurement officer, CIPS said: “Trinity Event Solutions really stood out to us; they are a really good cultural fit with our organisation, and we warmed to their attitude and way of working. They have a great CSR policy and staff ethos, which again fits with our approach. Trinity demonstrated excellence in the procurement process too, matching our current methods and procedures and therefore facilitating a smooth transition. We will greatly enjoy working with the Trinity team.” 

Jacqui Kavanagh, CEO, Trinity Event Solutions said: “Our venue finding process is completely transparent so it is very appealing to a procurement department.  The continued investment we make in technology and the creative approach we take to venue finding also makes us standout. We will be using our venue expertise, contract negotiation experience and local area knowledge to find CIPS the right venues for their events in order to support their team to create the very best events possible. We are very much looking forward to working in partnership with the many different departments throughout CIPS.”

Trinity Event Solutions is a young and passionate company that has rapidly become established as a dynamic, forward-thinking venue finding and event management agency. 

The Burman Family, promoters of Dabur India Limited, one of India’s leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies, along with India’s BI Group, comprising of several operating companies across four business sectors (hotels, real estate,
publishing, and education) are delighted to announce the acquisition of Warwickshire’s historic Billesley Manor Hotel.

Alongside the change in ownership, Bespoke Hotels has been appointed to manage the property, completing a unique milestone for the group, which first took ownership of the historic 16th century estate in 1999 before its sale in 2005 following a period of outstanding performance.

The historic manor house boasts 72 bedrooms set within 11 acres of picturesque landscaped grounds and topiary gardens, alongside an AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, extensive conferencing and events facilities, as well as a health and beauty space. Located in the heart of Shakespearean England, on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon, the building’s library is even said to have been visited by the Immortal Bard himself.

“We are tremendously excited by the potential of Billesley Manor”, commented Mr Bhagat, Chairman of the BI Group. “We look forward to building on the property’s well-earned reputation and utilising the expertise of Bespoke Hotels, under whom the business has performed so well in the past.”
“We are extremely pleased to be part of the Billesley Manor Team, alongside the BI Group”, added Mr Mohit Burman, Director, Dabur India Ltd who will represent the Burman Family on the Board of Billesley Manor Hotel. “We aim to fill a gap and enhance the quality of services to create a niche position.

Bespoke Hotels will bring its expertise gained through management of several properties to the table and, together, we will work to deliver better services to our customers”

“We are delighted to be returning to Warwickshire and resuming our relationship with Billesley Manor”, stated Haydn Fentum, CEO of Bespoke Hotels. “Having overseen our initial purchase of the property some two decades ago, it is a great source of pride to have been invited back to the helm and we are looking forward to working alongside the new owners.”

SilverDoor Apartments and sister-company, Citybase Apartments, have adjusted their brand positioning to best serve their expanding client base.

As of 1st July 2017, SilverDoor Apartments is focusing solely on booking serviced apartments for corporate clients, while Citybase Apartments will handle all non-business stays.

Citybase Apartments corporate clients will now be managed under the SilverDoor Apartments brand, but retain the same dedicated account management teams.

The change will enable both brands to continue providing the best service for their clients, tailored to the divergent needs of corporate and personal stay guests.

Corporate clients moving to the SilverDoor Apartments brand will have access to a larger portfolio of serviced apartments, a wider range of payment options, and sophisticated technology designed specifically for business travel.

SilverDoor Apartments and Citybase Apartments property partners will continue being managed by the same Partner Relationships team spread across the agents’ London, Lancaster, and Singapore offices.

SilverDoor Apartments and Citybase Apartments Commercial Director, Stuart Winstone, commented: “SilverDoor has long been recognised as the leading global agent for corporate clients while Citybase is setup perfectly to provide the best experience for people who want to book serviced apartments for their own use. Clearly defining our brands will help to ensure we maintain our position as the world’s leading agent for both corporate and personal serviced apartment bookings.”

Warwick Conferences, the collection of meeting venues on the University of Warwick campus, has invested £6.5 million to refurbish one of its conference and training centres - Radcliffe. The project is being carried out in three phases with the re-opening set for September 2017.

Warwick Conferences prides itself on the little details, which is why it has incorporated a number of new elements into its dedicated conference and distraction-free venue Radcliffe, to improve the customer experience and create an environment that sparks collaboration and creativity.

In September 2017, visitors and delegates will experience a completely revamped bar and lounge area, featuring a new modern design, which is both aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. With heating and ventilation modifications, and PATA upgrades, the refurbishment will not only enhance the delegate experience, but will also create an eco-friendly environment.

Full replacement of external windows which now satisfy Approved Document L classification, will achieve an improved thermal conductance (U-value) of 1.6, while modern double-glazed units will help reduce energy usage through improved thermal performance and light transmittance.

The venue’s flexible meeting spaces have also been given a makeover, with the carpets, walls, skirting boards, doors, architraves and ceilings being replaced to create a relaxed atmosphere where ‘anything is possible’.

The intention behind this new refurbishment is to help delegates feel inspired – with the organisation seeking to create spaces and communal areas that stimulate creativity and provide opportunities for exchange and collaboration between creative minds from diverse professional spheres.

Richard Harrison, Head of Conference and Training Centres, says:  “Investing in providing even more effective facilities that continue to satisfy and surpass the needs of our clients is a huge priority for us, as well as ensuring we provide the highest levels of service to every guest. In light of this we are currently carrying out a £6.5 million refurbishment at Radcliffe, which is due for reopening in September 2017. This will enable us to deliver enhanced meeting experiences for up to 180 delegates within the venue, meeting an increased demand for small to medium-sized conferences. We have a fantastic team who take considerable pride in the service they offer guests, and work incredibly hard to ensure their every need is taken care of.”

The refurbishment also means Radcliffe now meets the standards of best practice defined by BREEAM, the Water Technology List and the Water Efficient Product Labelling scheme to save up to 52% of water.

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