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Business travel is an activity enabling companies to service their clients. The ability to visit clients in person is still an essential part of building relationships, as opposed to virtually, but how can you make your business trips environmentally-friendly?

All that time spent in the air does little favours for the environment, particularly if your business is full of frequent flyers.

Participants of the March members meeting at HBAA venue member, Warwick Conferences, saw Season 2 of The Future in 15 Show kick off with a panel discussion on the popular industry topic of online bookings.

The panel discussed how venues and agencies can maximise the return of small meetings with online bookings, including tips, insight and advice.

Challenging yourself and doing something you wouldn't normally do can be a revelation. It creates inspiration and gives a breath of fresh air – I’ve witnessed how getting outside your comfort zone can change lives.

Unilever Takeover at Brigade

Event convergence you say? Not the sort of phrase that could brighten up anyone’s day, let alone their summer. Well hear us out, because this is important and a sign of where this industry could be going in the short and long term.

Firstly, an overdue explanation; ‘event convergence’ is when two or more existing events combine to create a higher production, bigger and more all-encompassing super-event. It’s also known in the industry as the ‘less is more’ trend, and is part of wider move by event organiser to create one brilliant event in exchange for five ‘meh!’ events.

The HBAA is of course an agent association with valued venue members to support the mix and together they hope to shape the future of our sector. 

But how can venues be a part of this?  Well firstly and I suppose it goes without saying, become a member.  The HBAA welcomes all types of venues, big, small, privately owned, part of chain or large group, Academic, Sporting,  all shapes and sizes create a medley of experience and learning.

Due to catering’s disposable nature and the growing pressure to become sustainable, it’s never been more important for eventprofs to embrace conscious food practices. The rise in environmental awareness and the mindful consumer puts emphasis on the food source, the journey and even its ultimate destination. Here are five principles for you to consider when creating conscious catering at your next event…

1. Avoid over catering

A venue can make or break the outcome of an event. Different functions carry different requirements, and knowing what to look for in the site you’re hiring isn’t always straightforward. International conference centres are great for large-scale affairs, but, what if you’re after something more bespoke for say, a company meeting?

Here are seven things to consider when booking the perfect meeting venue:

1. Cost

I didn't really excel at school, so I never imagined I'd become a social entrepeneur who helped homeless people get back to work.

In itself, that’s an important lesson for people I come across through the Beyond Food Foundation and Brigade restaurant.

Our final episode in Season 1...

Episode 11 features Richard HarrisonDirector of Conference Centres at Warwick Conferences, in the hot seat to share his knowledge with Show Host Caleb Parker about how his venue has been designed with the aim of driving learning and engagement.


That’s a scary stat but I thought it was a poignant one.  SME's in all sectors are so reliant on customer data that if they don't get their house in order they could kiss goodbye to all, or a seismic chunk, of their customers and potentially their businesses from the 25th May 2018.