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The North of Scotland’s largest conference and exhibition centre is this week heading to Madrid for one of the meeting industry’s leading events, spreading the news about the fantastic developments taking place in Aberdeen - including the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

Sales Manager at AECC, Charlotte Garvie, is attending the Meetings & Incentive (M&I) Forum, getting in front of top contacts in the meetings, incentives, conference and exhibitions (MICE) markets, looking to bring their business to new destinations.

Promoting the destination is fundamental to AECC’s approach, with Aberdeen standing as a must-visit destination boasting many unique treasures and with exciting new projects currently underway. A state-of-the-art new venue is currently in progress, which will replace the current AECC when it opens in 2019.  The new venue which features 48,500 sqm of conference and exhibition space, together with plenary capacity for 3,000 delegates will boost Aberdeen’s standing as a thriving centre for international business.

Charlotte commented, “The Sales Team at AECC have very strong relationships with many buyers across the world, it is great to have the opportunity to continue building on these as well as creating many more by attending events like the M&I Forum. It’s such an exciting time in Aberdeen and people across the world are so interested to hear all about the developments, especially the new AECC.” 

Hampden Park has scooped a major award at the Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2016 in recognition of its ‘off the pitch’ success.

The sporting venue and its catering and hospitality partner, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, picked up Bronze in the Matchday Hospitality Award – Large Stadium category.

Over 450,000 people attend the stadium for football matches and concerts every year and the award celebrates the top-class service and range of packages that Hampden Park provides for guests.

The Stadium came runner-up to Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur Football Clubs, who took Gold and Silver respectively.

David Trotter, Account Director, Sodexo Prestige Stadia and Racecourse Scotland:

“It’s fantastic to receive such a prestigious award and provides solid recognition of our exceptional track record of delivering top customer service and providing first-class food and drink.

“As Scotland’s National Stadium, Hampden Park has incredible history and our team is committed to enhancing the match-day experience. Whether in a private executive box or in one of our exclusive lounges, we have packages to suit a range of group sizes and budgets.”

More than 370 guests attended the awards ceremony which was held at the Ricoh Arena, home to Premiership Rugby Club Wasps and Coventry City Football Club. Now in their 12th year, the Awards celebrate the efforts and dedication shown by the catering, conference and events teams at stadia across the UK.

Rockliffe Hall golf professionals, Jonathan Stacey and Martyn Stubbings, finished as joint winners of the PGA Fourball Championship North qualifier at Woodsome Hall Golf Club, in Huddersfield.

They will now compete in the £33,000 final which takes place on the Jack Nicklaus designed course at Carden Park in Cheshire between August 17th and 19th.

Jonathan and Martyn tied 1st on 8 under with two other pairs.

The PGA Fourball Championship has always been one of the most popular events for club professionals and returned to the schedule after an 11 year gap in 2005. The championship has always gone down well with pros enjoying the more relaxed atmosphere of the fourball format, but with a significant prize fund, the event also carries a keen competitive edge.

Jonathan Stacey said: “It was a tough competition and we are thrilled to have won it. We look forward to the finals in Cheshire in August.”

Simon Taylor has taken on the role of Strategy Director, as part of David Taylor’s growth plans for Grass Roots Meetings & Events (GRM&E).

Simon’s role will see him working with the board to develop the GRM&E global offering.  He brings a wealth of experience with blue chip brands having worked in WPP agencies JWT and Ogilvy.  More recently he headed up the Land Rover business at Imagination as well as the Rolls-Royce launch of Dawn at last year’s Frankfurt Autoshow, whilst at Energy.

Grass Roots Meetings & Events Managing Director, David Taylor comments: “Since taking up the leadership of the M&E division here at Grass Roots I have been working with our team to refine our offering, ensuring we maintain our position as a global leader working alongside some of the world’s best known and most sought after brands.  Simon brings a deep knowledge of our clients, the agency world and most importantly the integration of the two into a seamless client/agency relationship.  I look forward to seeing the impact his ideas and experience will have in both the short and long term.”

Commenting on his new role, Simon Taylor said: “This is an exciting time to be joining Grass Roots’ M&E team.  There will be changes ahead that will allow us to use our market leading position to invigorate the M&E category as a whole”

While the vote to leave the EU will be challenging for the industry, the Tourism Alliance believes that the impact will be similar to the Financial Crisis in 2008, when the domestic tourism industry was boosted by the fall in sterling combining with people’s uncertainty and economic uncertainty. Similarly, the drop in sterling will encourage more overseas visitors to come to the UK. 

Through the Financial Crisis the tourism industry showed its strength and value to the UK economy by boosting export earnings by 26.5% to £24bn per annum and providing a third of all additional jobs in the UK economy between 2010 and 2013.

Although there will be considerable challenges to the sector associated with leaving the EU, such retaining the skilled and highly valued European staff on which the sector depends, we are confident that the UK tourism industry will repeat this level of performance.

Therefore, the Tourism Alliance is calling on the Government to do four things:

  1. The outcome of the referendum means that a decision on additional aviation capacity in the South East is more important than ever - it is not a rationale for delay.
  2. As the tourism industry has proved that it can provide the economic growth the country urgently requires, the Government needs to remove the twin handbrakes of Air Passenger Duty and VAT on accommodation.
  3. The UK’s cultural attractions, rural tourism businesses and tourism-dependent regions such as Cornwall rely on European funding. This funding needs to be replaced.
  4. Tourism needs to be included in negotiations with the EU to ensure that as many as possible of the current benefits that facilitate travel between the UK and the rest of Europe are retained such as membership of the single EU aviation market.

There is no doubt that, with the right policies and incentives in place, the UK tourism industry will provide the growth that the UK economy needs through the forthcoming period of transition.

BMA House enjoys increased capacity with the launch of its new Worcester Room accommodating up to 75 guests in a standing reception layout or 72 in theatre style.  The name of the room is connected to the origins of the British Medical Association, founded by Sir Charles Hastings, a doctor from Worcester in 1832. Hastings wanted a ‘friendly and scientific’ forum where doctors could advance and exchange medical knowledge.

Rebecca Hurley, Deputy Head of Events for BMA House says: “It’s always exciting to be launching a new venue space. Paying homage to Sir Hastings, the Worcester room reflects his ambitions for The BMA. It is a ‘friendly’ place to meet and a hub for exchanging knowledge. The room is ideal for small to medium meetings but can be easily jazzed up for evening drinks receptions for up to 75 guests."

The Worcester Room boasts plenty of natural daylight and views over the venue’s magnificent Courtyard. Delegates will benefit from first class AV facilities including video conferencing and use of the video wall, featuring four 55” LED screens.

Event organisers booking the Worcester Room before the 16 September 2016 will receive a 50% discount on room hire. 

The Worcester Room is a new addition to the venue’s existing 25 rooms for meetings, conferences, private events and weddings for up to 294 guests. This includes two magnificent outdoor areas – the Courtyard and the beautiful Garden. BMA House is a Grade II listed venue located in Bloomsbury within easy walking distance of both Euston and King's Cross station.

For further information on BMA House please call: 020 7874 7020 or e-mail: . Alternatively visit for further details. 


Leigh Cowlishaw, Chair of HBAA, which has over 300 member organisations working in the events and hospitality sectors, has commented on Britain’s decision to leave the EU:-

“The referendum outcome follows the recent HBAA’s members’ poll and other surveys carried out within the events industry – including at The Meetings Show last week – with members favouring a different result. It is too early to judge the impact of the referendum outcome but now is the time for HBAA members and the industry to be united in ensuring the hospitability business continues to play a vital role in the success of UK industry. The membership needs to work together to ensure we are open for business and continue to deliver results for our customers.”

Loughborough University has been recognised as the Best Commercial University at the annual CUBO Awards.

Loughborough University’s submission was based on the success of imago and Campus Living, beating off competition from other renowned universities to be chosen as the winner. Kay England, imago’s Chief Executive picked up the award at a gala dinner which took place on Thursday June 16 at Sussex University.

CUBO is the professional association for senior managers in higher education whose responsibilities include the strategic development, management and administration of an institution's commercial business. The award is given to a university which shows they have taken their institution to the next level in delivery and showing the commercial benefits that can be achieved.

Kay England, Chief Executive of imago, comments: “This is an amazing achievement and demonstrates how well respected we are in the university sector for what we have achieved on campus both through imago and Campus Living.  It is even more satisfying to win an award which is voted for by our peers and winning is recognition of the entire team’s efforts and their commitment to excellence in everything we do.”

imago unifies Loughborough University’s conference and events venues under one brand which offers high quality meeting spaces, venues and accommodation along with excellent sports and leisure facilities. imago manages Burleigh Court, Holywell Park, Loughborough University’s conference and events facilities and The Link Hotel.

For more information visit or call 01509 633030.  

Following a refinement of their activity and closer working relationships through both the HBAA and direct with leading event agencies, the Barbican has seen a dramatic increase in new business from event booking agencies.

“For a long time the Barbican focused on the development of relationship directly with corporate clients and associations.  Whilst this approach delivered significant results there was a clear opportunity to develop our profile in the agency sector,” comments Jackie Boughton, Head of Barbican Business Events.  “Through the HBAA and personal relationships at several key agencies we have seen significant growth amongst agencies, so much so that we are now regularly receiving in excess of one million pounds of enquiries each week across the Barbican Business Events portfolio.”

Grass Roots Meetings & Events is amongst those agencies working more closely with the Barbican as described by account manager Laura Hoeksma:  “The Barbican recently hosted a significant event for one of our clients as it provided a fresh and distinctive setting, far different from the traditional venues they had historically used.  With its ready made spaces, significant branding opportunities and excellent customer service it was the ideal venue for our client, particularly as it is so well located.  The venue is clearly making itself better known, developing relationships and ensuring it is front of mind amongst our teams working across a variety of sectors, including financial, automotive and technology.”

Much of the Barbican’s success in the agency sector can also be attributed to its growing relationship with the HBAA as commented on by their Consultant Executive Director, Juliet Price.  “The Barbican is clearly recognising the power of booking agencies and demonstrating best practice when it comes to building relationships.  Agencies account for around 60% of business placed across the UK events market, they are an incredibly powerful part of our industry and key to the long term success of many suppliers.  Working with the HBAA to make the most of those relationships and deliver clear results demonstrates not only the impact the HBAA has as an association but also the professionalism of the Barbican.”

Further information about the Barbican can be acquired by contacting the Business Events Team: +44 (0)20 7382 7043 |


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