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Compass Group UK & Ireland has appointed Colin Bailey as Managing Director for Sports, Leisure and Hospitality. Colin will take up this role at the beginning of May, replacing Matthew Thompson, who is moving to a new role as Director of Group Sports and Leisure, Compass Group PLC.

Having joined Compass in 2010 as Managing Director of Jockey Club Catering within Sports, Leisure and Hospitality, Colin’s role was enhanced when he was subsequently made Business Director of its Leisure Division, and responsible for its specialist events venue business, Lime Venue Portfolio. Prior to Compass, Colin has held many senior positions including finance director and managing director roles in the hotel and leisure industry, with the majority of his career spent working with the Greenalls Group and De Vere Group PLC.

Ian Sarson Group Managing Director of Compass Group UK & Ireland said: “The success of Compass’ Sports, Leisure and Hospitality business is built on our unparalleled knowledge of this sector and our passion for delivering an outstanding guest experience. Colin brings both of these vital qualities to this role and I’m extremely pleased to announce his appointment and welcome him to the UK & Ireland Executive team. I would also like to thank Matthew Thompson for his outstanding contribution to our business and wish him every success in his new role within our global team.”

Commenting on his new role, Colin Bailey said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and I can’t wait to pick up the baton from Matthew and work closely with the teams to further enhance our growing reputation. As market leaders, we work in many of the country’s most popular and prestigious sporting and leisure venues. This is an amazing privilege and I look forward to working closely with this diverse client base, maintaining the success of these venues and events and supporting our teams to ensure we continue to provide all our guests with an amazing experience.”

Hilton London Metropole is undergoing a major £6 million lobby transformation, revolutionising the arrival experience in one of the biggest conference and events hotels in Europe. The hotel will be the first UK property to incorporate the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand’s new innovative lobby design narrative, which provides smartly designed and functionally relevant lobby spaces, for guests and locals to work, socialise and enjoy.

The two phase refurbishment, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson, reflects the Hilton commitment to creating engaging spaces. The completed first phase sees a new lobby bar - EDG Bar & Lounge - and Whisky Lounge, whilst the installation of double-height glass entrances will mark the overall completion of the project in August 2013.

Phase One – Completed

Ten British custom-made vanilla leather and fabric suspended lights form a focal point over the new double-height EDG Bar & Lounge, while stylish muted grey fabrics, with splashes of yellow, create a warm atmosphere. A feature wall behind the 20ft long bar also forms a central part of the lobby bar & lounge design as delicate fusions of colour in night and day lighting effects are projected through cut-out sections in the wall sculpture. Free WI-FI and power sockets are available for guests.

The intimate 22-cover Whisky Lounge encompasses sumptuous black and mauve-grey furnishings, with hints of dark cyan and teal. Open to guests, delegates and outside visitors, the luxurious Whisky Lounge exhibits feature lighting in the form of suspended whisky decanters, while whisky display cabinets frame and showcase a wide collection of whiskies from around the world.

Phase Two – To Be Completed August 2013

The installation of two double-height entrance glass doors will modernise the exterior appearance of the hotel, as well as creating a brand new entrance on Harbet Road, giving guests direct access from the taxi rank. Guests will check-in at individual pod-style desks, contrasted against a striking leather feature wall.

As part of the lobby refurbishment, the mezzanine level meeting rooms will also undergo renovations, including the creation of an octagonal shaped meeting room, seating up to 18 delegates boardroom style, with floor to ceiling windows on six-sides. An additional mezzanine meeting room will cater up to 40 delegates, taking the total meeting rooms on this level up to 11.

Once complete, the refurbishment will increase the lobby floor space by 60 per cent and double the number of restaurant and bar options. Five new bedrooms will also be created, raising the hotel’s total number of guest rooms and suites to 1,059.

Avner On, general manager, Hilton London Metropole, said, “Hospitality requires constant innovation to be the best - this major renovation will further secure our position as one of Europe’s top conference and events hotels.

“The refurbishment will see relevant and inviting spaces that have been created for today’s busy travellers. The lobby design is visually appealing and dynamic, yet comfortable and intuitive, creating an inviting destination that seamlessly transitions from day to night, providing a social atmosphere where people come together to meet, relax, reflect, enjoy and work.”

Conveniently located outside of the congestion charge zone, Hilton London Metropole boasts first class conference and events facilities, including two large conference suites each with the capacity to hold 1,600 people and a third theatre style suite, which caters to 800. Located just 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express at Paddington Station, the hotel also offers multiple restaurants, a 12.5 metre heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room.

Stars from London’s top West End musicals will go head to head in a sing-off of Eurovision Song Contest hits at a gala performance in aid of The Make A Difference Trust, the chosen charity of the Chairman of the HBAA, the trade association for the hotel booking agency and venue community.

The “West End Eurovision” event will take place on Thursday 23rd May at The Dominion Theatre, London. The late-night show, which begins at 11.30pm after curtain down, will pay tribute to the Eurovision Song Contest with the casts of 10 current musical productions competing against each other by singing Eurovision favourites.

Each participating show has been challenged to produce a fully costumed performance of a past Eurovision Song Contest entry. They will be judged on the night by the audience and a celebrity panel; past household names have included Graham Norton, Arlene Phillips and Sheridan Smith. The gala will also feature a special guest appearance by a past original Eurovision entrant. Previous performances have included Scooch, Bardo and The Original Bucks Fizz.

VIP tickets, priced at £100 per person, include access to the VIP and celebrity pre-show reception, canapés and Champagne, red carpet paparazzi arrival, premium seat, souvenir brochure, and access to the after-show party to join celebrity judges, hosts and performers. Standard tickets are also available at a cost of £25 to £45 per person.

Chris Parnham, Chairman of the HBAA, said: “We’re all so excited about this event, and it promises to be a brilliant evening. HBAA members will receive an exclusive discount, but we also want to encourage non-members to attend, as the MAD Trust is a fantastic cause. This year, we want to open up more HBAA events and engage with the rest of the industry, whether they’re members of the Association or not.”

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to The Make A Difference Trust, the chosen charity of the HBAA Chairman Chris Parnham. The charity unites the UK’s entertainment industry, using its stars, audience, influence and appeal to raise money, awareness and hope for people living with HIV, Aids and other chronic illnesses.


The shortlist for the Conference Awards and Conference Venue & Supplier (CVS) Awards 2013 has been announced.  

Organised by the Global Conference Network, the awards acknowledge best practices amongst organisations involved in creating and producing content rich events which provide the advancement of knowledge and networking.

Over 200 applications were received for the awards, which were streamed to commend the contributions made by content marketing providers and their associated suppliers.

•    Conference Awards: marking the achievements of professional conference organisers contributions to their business sectors
•    Conference Venue & Supplier Awards: acknowledging the best solutions providers for the conference industry

The winners of the awards will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held at The Brewery on June 7th 2013 hosted by Jo Brand.

Claire Wormsley, managing director of the Global Conference Network, said: “These awards recognise the contribution of companies who monetize content by creating engaging ways of communicating sector specific intelligence. All of the shortlisted entrants have demonstrated their huge contributions to the industry, and we are looking forward to revealing the winners on June 7th.”

Well done to Sibah Poede from The Corporate Team who has just achieved GOLD in the HBAA Academy by attending her 6th training course!  We spoke to Sibah to find out about the courses she has attended and how the Academy has been of benefit to her.

What key skills have you gained following the attendance of your courses?

All of the courses were great as they were incredibly interactive. It particularly helped with both agents & suppliers attending the courses, which demonstrated the different approaches from both parties and led to various ideas being discussed. There was also a lot of best practice shared.

What have you put into practice since attending the courses?

Working alongside my director, I have been more involved with pitching and winning tenders. The skills I picked up from the courses have helped me to understand which tenders to respond to and  have helped me to build and maintain good relationships with my clients.

What would your boss say about you now?

That I am highly motivated and have a proactive selling approach, which has helped me to engage with my clients. I am quick to learn new skills and systems. I have been working within the industry for 8 years and with TCT for 5 years and have moved roles 3 times. I strongly feel that attending the HBAA courses has helped me to uncover lots of opportunities.

What would be your recommendations for future courses and content?

I would strongly recommend all the courses, they are suitable for junior, senior and all levels, it is an opportunity to meet likeminded people from the same industry and share ideas. My background is in meetings & events and I am most interested in this part of the industry . I would therefore like to see more courses on arranging and managing large events.

Next up for you?

I would like to attend a presentation skills course in order to help me to deliver messages in a succinct, but clear way.

And finally…

I would like to make a special mention to all of the trainers, they are wonderful. They are very good at what they do, down to earth and easy to engage with, they think outside of the box and sessions are always interactive but practical. I would highly recommend to all agencies and suggest that attendance at these courses is considered as an integral part of the development of their staff.

Venue finding and event management company Trinity Event Solutions was honoured in Business Awards for the Stamford and Rutland region by winning the award for Employer of the Year. 

Tory Shaw, Account Director, decided to submit an application for Trinity when she read the criteria - to create an outstanding workplace based on a set of values that has led to a committed, effective and motivated workforce. When Tory was told that Trinity had won, she commented: “The whole team is delighted to receive this award in recognition of our strong set of company values and commitment to training, developing and retaining staff. Trinity is a very exciting company to work for and although we are a medium-sized organisation, the culture and benefits mirror those of a much larger company.”

The judging panel commended Trinity on their achievements and remarked: “Many of the entrants for this category offered excellent benefits packages to their staff but what shone through from Trinity was their solid team culture and support structure. The testimonials from their staff indicated a highly motivated, happy team who felt that they were appreciated, valued and listened to.”  The judges were:

Ian Leech, Group as Chief Financial Officer of BGL Group; Miranda Rock, House Director of Burghley House; Denise Thompson, HR Manager of Cummins Generator Technologies; Damien Goldsack, Local CEO for NatWest Bank and Stephen Envis, MD of Hygiene First Ltd.

Nicholas Rudd Jones, Director of the Awards sponsor, Local Living Magazines, said: “I congratulate Trinity Event Solutions on achieving their Employer of the Year Award. These awards are all about celebrating the region’s businesses and all the benefit they bring to their communities and the economic viability of the area.”

The award was presented to Jenny Harding, Director of Operations, Tracy Winsworth, Director of Finance and Kerry Walsh, Head of Events by Rob Persani, Breakfast Presenter and Deputy Programme Manager for Rutland Radio.

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