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The HBAA annual forum has kicked off today (4 September) at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel with a record-breaking number of delegates.

More than 300 delegates from the hotel booking and venue community are attending the two-day HBAA Forum 2014, which is taking place at The Hilton Birmingham Metropole from 4-5 September 2014.

Speakers include industry stalwart and chairman of the Hotel Marketing Co., Dev Anand; former chief executive of Dyson, Martin McCourt; and Richard Watson, publisher of the ‘What’s Next’ report on global trends.

Day one will culminate in a gala dinner with the HBAA Awards 2014. 

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2014 has been an exciting year for Britain for Events. The campaign launched in spring with Mike Fletcher, from, our spokesperson for a series of regional radio interviews. Overall Mike spoke to 13 titles, which amounted to nearly 6 hours of radio exposure across Britain.

Britain for Events also laid its support behind the events industry’s gathering in Liverpool during the International Festival for Business. The groundbreaking event underlined the huge impact an event can have in generating business activity and was opened by one of our own supporters, UK Prime Minister, David Cameron. Now Britain for Events attentions have turned to National Events Month in October. 

Britain for Events have launched #NEMO this week, a promotional twitter campaign for National Events Month in October 2014. 
#NEMO is being used to encourage members of the event industry to organize their events during October, as well as carry the National Events Month branding on their existing events. 
The Britain for Event Facebook and Twitter pages are currently promoting the hashtag as part of our ongoing PR and Marketing efforts. As well as this the #NEMO logo is being used across all Britain for Events social media.
To promote the Twitter campaign even further, National Events Month has launched a campaign website to host all of our events, acting as a directory for the promotional month. 
The Britain for Events website will host an external link to #NEMO site, directing their users who wish to find out more information on the promotional month.

How to Get Involved:                                                               
So, here’s how our supporters can get involved! 
#NEMO has taken over the Britain for Events Twitter this week. To show your support, simply follow this five simple steps!

1)    Follow us! 
Go onto the Britain for Events Twitter and Facebook page and give us a like/follow! By doing this you will be able to keep up to date with everything #NEMO, and show us your support. 

2)    Spread the Word! 
We would love for you to send this on to any of your members or supporters, encouraging them to either submit their events or support the #NEMO campaign. 

3)    Submit 
If you have an event that you would like to be a part of #NEMO, decide on a theme, go onto our National Events Month website, and submit your events! 

4)    Engage
Do not hesitate to tweet, comment, share and like anything #NEMO! We want engage and interact with as many of our followers as possible, so would love to hear from you.

5)    Enjoy! 
#NEMO really is a celebration of what the event industry brings to Great Britain, a subject close to our hearts, because helping organisers bringing people together to learn, feel inspired, celebrate, give back, get healthy or be connected is what makes this campaign GREAT. 

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact our #NEMO team. 
Campaign Enquiries:                                      
Alistair Turner
(t) 01892 617904

Gabrielle Lawlor
(t) 01892 619100

OR visit us online! 

The Trinity charity auction is back and the website will be going live on Monday 1st September 2014 and run for one month.

The team from Trinity Event Solutions has been round the UK and abroad to visit hotels and venues taking part in the Trinity Triple Challenge.  Hundreds of prizes have been donated and each will be auctioned over the next month, with the aim of raising £20,000.  There are a variety of lots which include country breaks, city weekends, afternoon teas, dinners and days out.  Some of the highlights are:

•    “A magical weekend in Monaco” with flights for two people from a London Airport and accommodation at the Columbus Monte-Carlo Hotel in a Junior Suite.  The winning bidder will also receive two 2 tickets for the 39th International Monte Carlo Circus Festival on Saturday 17th January 2015
•    A night at The Grand Hotel Brighton in a deluxe room with dinner, spa treatments and two tickets to Komedia
•    Relaxation in the Welsh countryside with a two night escape in a Hunter Lodge for eight people at Celtic Manor Resort
•    Theatre break in London for two people, staying at the Copthorne Tara hotel in a club room with dinner in the Bugis Street Restaurant
•    Dinner, bed and breakfast for two people on one of Weston Parks’ Dine and Stay events.  The options include Autumn Flavours or traditional Christmas Dining or Valentine’s Day
•    A visit to Blenheim Palace with a personal tour of the gilded State Rooms and gardens followed by a Champagne lunch in the new Champagne Bar
Every week new prizes will be added to the auction, so bidders need to keep visiting the site to see what’s new.

Jacqui Kavanagh, Managing Director said: “The charity auction is part of Trinity’s Triple Challenge of visiting 500 hotels and conference venues this Summer.  Again, we are aiming to raise £20,000 which will be split between our nominated local charities: the Children’s Air Ambulance, Hospital at Home and the Sue Ryder Hospice, Thorpe Hall.  I would like to encourage everyone to bid generously also thank all the hotels and conference venues who have supported this initiative.”
The Children’s Air Ambulance which benefitted from the Triple Challenge last year, said: “The online charity auction set up by Trinity was an excellent example of fundraising by thinking outside the box. The innovative auction raised a phenomenal amount of income for TCAA as well as helped boost the profile nationally of the new service.  The team from TCAA would like to thank everyone involved for such an excellent initiative and an extraordinary amount of income raised in such a short space of time.”

•    41 Team Bases selected for use at Rugby World Cup 2015 
•    St Mary’s University, Twickenham and The Lensbury Club will be a Team Base for South Africa and New Zealand at Rugby World Cup 2015
•    The Team Base consists of The Lensbury Club in Teddington and St Mary’s University in Twickenham
•    20 competing teams will be based across England and Wales 
•    Range of rugby clubs, schools, universities and dedicated training centres have been selected 
•    Team Bases extend the reach of Rugby World Cup 2015 to even more communities in England and Wales 

England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC 2015), has announced the approved list of 41 Team Bases that will host the 20 participating teams during the Tournament, taking place in England and in Cardiff between September 18 and October 31 2015.

The Lensbury Club and St Mary’s University, Twickenham will be a Team Base for South Africa and New Zealand at Rugby World Cup 2015. The Team Base will consist of The Lensbury Club and St Mary’s University who will host teams during the knock stages of the Tournament.

A Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Base will consist of an outdoor pitch, indoor training facility, a swimming pool, gym and hotel and will be utilised by the competing teams in the lead up to and during the six week event. The facilities must meet international team training standards and be located on one site or within close proximity of one another. Match venue locations have also been taken into account as part of the selection programme.

The search for Team Bases was launched via an open tender process in May 2013 and over 90 bids from across the country and in Wales were received. The Lensbury and St Mary’s have worked closely with England Rugby 2015 over the past 12 months to facilitate detailed site visits and liaison with the teams prior to confirmation of its status as an official Team Base for Rugby World Cup 2015. Both The Lensbury and St Mary’s are just a few minutes from Twickenham Stadium, which means that New Zealand and South Africa will be at the heart of the world’s third largest sporting event and celebration of rugby next year.

A mix of rugby and football clubs, schools, colleges, universities and dedicated training facilities will be utilised by the 20 teams, taking the reach of the Tournament even further.

The Lensbury team had a vision some three years ago to be a part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 and embarked on a large capital investment to build the facilities to 

host the top rugby teams of the world. General Manager, Ivor Turner said, “We are so pleased with our partners St Mary’s and to be able to work together again as we did in the Olympics, where we hosted the Irish team. The Lensbury has historical links with rugby, hosting top international teams for over 36 years and we are proud that we can bring elite teams to Teddington and Twickenham so the local community can benefit from this major event. 

“We have been the base for the RFU Sevens for many years and are proud to be associated with them. This is a dream come true for the team at The Lensbury to have the honour of hosting the teams, showcase our great elite sports facilities and work once again with our neighbours, St Mary’s University.”

St Mary’s Director for Sport Andrew Reid-Smith said, “St Mary's University, working with our partners the Lensbury, are excited to be the Team Base for New Zealand and South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2015 and to have been selected to host teams during the knock out phase.

“International rugby squads have previously used our world-class sports facilities and we were a Pre-Games Training Camp for London 2012. St Mary's has the best endurance running programme in the country and our experience of training camps and understanding of elite athletes will help us provide the environment that each team will require.

“With our campus located in Twickenham, it is particularly special to be involved in the Rugby World Cup 2015 and to be supporting New Zealand and South Africa is fantastic. I'm sure this will make our students, staff and local community feel even more involved in what will be an incredible tournament of rugby.”

New Zealand manager Darren Shand said, "The All Blacks are looking forward to coming to England and Wales next year for Rugby World Cup 2015. We will be based in London, Cardiff and County Durham at the Tournament and, while preparing for our Test matches will be key, we are also looking forward to experiencing the local culture in each of the areas."

England Rugby 2015 CEO, Debbie Jevans said, “As the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 we are committed to ensuring that all participating teams have the optimum training environments available to them throughout the Tournament and in this regard we are delighted to announce our 41 official Team Bases for the event. Rugby, rightly, is at the heart of all our planning and we have worked closely with the teams to ensure that they have access to facilities and a Team Base that meet their individual needs.

“I would like to thank all those who have been part of the Team Base selection process and we are lucky to have some fantastic facilities right across the country.  With a wide range of excellent facilities and locations secured the teams can be assured of having all their training needs met whilst allowing us to spread the reach of the Tournament even further throughout England and in Wales.”



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