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The BMW Group Next 100 Years exhibition will visit the UK, China and the USA celebrating their centenary year with Grass Roots Meetings & Events leading the delegate management process for the UK stop.

The exhibition, which showcases each of the BMW Group’s brands and in particular looks at future mobility was open for BMW’s corporate clients, press and the public from 16-26 June at The Roundhouse, London.

Grass Roots M&E, the sole providers of BMW’s delegate management services, provided a personalised service that included the invitation process, follow up and onsite activity.  In particular Grass Roots M&E led on the direct engagement with potential visitors “selling” them the benefit of attending, ensuring that significant numbers were achieved.  In all, Grass Roots M&E touched over 15,000 delegates across eight individual events as well as the VIP guided tours during public exhibition dates. 

Grass Roots were also responsible for the management of logistics with international groups attending the events from destinations including China, Southern Ireland and North America.

Yvonne Holden, General Manager Events at BMW UK Limited commented: “Grass Root M&E are our sole provider of delegate management services because they truly know and understand our business.  Most importantly though they personally know the individuals attending our events having built long term relationships with them and act as a true extension to our own teams.  The attention to detail and quality shown across their team once again ensured our event was a success as so many others have been in the past.”

“BMW Group is a key client and partner of ours, but it has been an honour to support its centenary celebrations,” commented Jane Jennings, account director at Grass Roots Meetings & Events. “From delegate management and logistics to full event management, our team has been able to help BMW craft an exhibition that truly captures the essence of what the brand has achieved throughout the years. We have worked as an extension of the BMW team by understanding their desire for attention to detail and the need for a personal touch with each and every person, ensuring they enjoyed the exhibition.”

Clare de Brett & Caleb Parker To Serve As Directors Of New Tech Focused MICE Agency

London, England - 18 July, 2016 - Meetings and events industry veteran, Clare de Brett, announced today that she has launched Select Event Solutions Ltd, a new MICE agency to help corporate meeting planners and PAs make great events happen by ustilising the latest technology for venue procurement and event management.  She will serve as the agency’s MD.

Clare de BrettDe Brett, formerly Head of Venue Partnerships at, which became the world’s largest online marketplace to search, book and pay instantly for small meeting rooms in over 130 countries during her tenure, has worked with a diverse portfolio of venues all over the world. Select Event Solutions aims to streamline venue procurement for clients wanting to increase delegate engagement by partnering with the most tech enabled venues and event vendors.

“As an agency, we’ll use technology to massively improve venue procurement and event planning, that’s a given.” said de Brett, “But as event planners, we have to ask why we’re having the event in the first place.  What’s going to make it a success?  I believe successful events are measured by attendee engagement. Did they learn, connect and feel stimulated?  Today technology enables us to deliver better events where delegates are engaged before, during and after an event takes place. That’s what our agency will deliver to clients.”

De Brett has tapped her former colleague, HBAA Technology & Innovation Chairman, Caleb Parker, as Director to help launch the agency and develop its event tech partner network. Parker, former CEO at has worked with de Brett since he recruited her in 2014.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Clare the past couple of years and have been impressed by Clare’s expertise and passion for the MICE market.” said Parker, “She has what it takes to develop winning client relationships and create a successful agency. I like her vision and look forward to supporting her.”

Select Event Solutions will be based in London, but will support its client events globally.

As such, the agency will join the HBAA to partner with venues in the UK and abroad who adhere to the professional association's ‘Code of Practice’

For more information, visit

Twitter:  @SelectEventsUK
Instagram: @SelectEventsUK



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Leading event organisers gathered at Robinson College to share event planning best practice at the second clic+ Club seminar in July.

Held at the college’s impressive new Crausaz Wordsworth Building, the event was part of a wider series that aims to provide a knowledge sharing environment for event organisers across the country.

Delegates were joined by speakers from software specialist Redgate and Viva Live Music for the seminar, which is part of the ‘5 Steps to Successful events’ programme.

Over 50 event professionals from across the industry turned out to hear Annabel Bradford, marketing and events manager at Redgate and Susan Heaton-Wright, creative director at Viva Live Music share their insights.

Annabel explored the architecture of organising an event and introduced agile working principles and techniques to reduce stress and allow more flexibility during the planning process. Susan shared best practice for working with suppliers and encouraged the audience to see them as an extension of a team rather than a separate entity.

The gathering is also used to showcase dynamic new event technology that could improve and build on delegates’ own events. Networking technology company Blendology allowed visitors to seamlessly exchange contact information at the touch of a badge and also acted as an icebreaker. Contacts are emailed directly to the delegate after the event to provide a hassle free networking experience.

Engagement technology from Glisser also added another dimension to the event. Enabling the audience to respond to live polls and ask questions anonymously via their phones, it certainly brought some of the shyer member of the audience to the fore for ultimate engagement. Outspoken Bicycles also joined the event with its cycle powered blender which provided smoothies for guests.

Rose McDonald, head of sales and marketing, said: “As an innovative and forward thinking conference facilitator, we want to create a supportive environment for industry experts to gather and collaborate. Both speakers helped our audience to reflect on their processes and approach to events and gave them a chance to gain insight from others in a similar event organising position. The technology on offer helps visitors to interact with products they might not usually come across and really helps to give them new knowledge to keep building on their own events.”

The clic+ Club has evolved from the award-winning clic+ 2014 and 2015 and looks to build on the initiative’s founding principles: Connect, Learn, Innovate and Communicate.

The clic+ Club will host one further event in the Crausaz Wordsworth Building this year:

Event Creation, Friday 21st October 2016: Ben Cole, director of Inspired will focus on content creation, key messaging and desired outcomes.

Rockliffe Hall, in Hurworth, County Durham, has been named the number 2 hotel golf resort in the UK, by the country’s leading hoteliers.

The Rockliffe resort, which earlier this year also picked up Large Hotel of the Year at the VisitEngland Awards, is also the highest ranking North East hotel to feature in the Hoteliers’ Hotels Top 100.

Compiled by leading names in the hotel industry and verified by some of the nation’s pre-eminent hotel experts, including hotel journalist Fiona Duncan (who recently visited Rockliffe and is now a big fan), Giovanna Grossi and fellow AA hotel inspectors, and senior editors at The Caterer, the full list was revealed at a glittering reception at London’s Ham Yard hotel.

Amanda Afiya, editor of The Caterer, says: “Hoteliers know their industry, its pitfalls and opportunities best, so who better to ask when compiling a list of the top hotels in the UK? We’re lucky to have so many wonderful hotels across UK and excited to be launching this list. There are, of course, many ways of ranking and evaluating hotels, but there’s nothing quite as special as peer-group recognition.”

Bronwyn de Cholewa, director for hotels at Sky, said: “These awards recognise the exceptional level of detail that goes in to ensuring every guest has a perfect stay. Congratulations to all of you that have been included in the Hoteliers Hotels Top 100 and to those who voted to create this most definitive list of the UK’s greatest hotels”.

Eamonn Elliott, Chief Executive at Rockliffe Hall, says: “We are thrilled to feature in this prestigious list. To be the highest ranking hotel in the North East and the second best hotel golf resort in the country, only behind Gleneagles, is a fabulous achievement for Rockliffe and everyone who works here.”

Boasting 61 sumptuous guestrooms and suites, three superb restaurants, an award-winning spa and 18-hole championship golf course, Rockliffe is the only AA-rated five red star resort in the North of England.

Rockliffe recently invested £1 million in a new Spa Garden to enhance the existing spa experience and has plans for further investment to enrich its services in 2016 and beyond.

This week Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) has been host to the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) 2016 Conference, which runs until Thursday 14th July.

The international event has attracted almost 400 delegates since opening on Monday.  The four day event focused on ‘Challenging new frontiers in the global seafood sector – a northern enlightenment’, covering topics such as aquaculture economics, seafood markets, processing and logistics.

The event was brought to the City through the Team Aberdeen partnership, a collaboration of expertise working together to bring national and international conferences to Aberdeen.  Stakeholders involved in bringing the IIFET Conference to AECC and Aberdeen included: Aberdeenshire Council, Seafish, University of Stirling, University of Aberdeen, VisitAberdeenshire and VisitScotland.  The Conference was also awarded subvention funding through Aberdeenshire Council and match-funded by VisitScotland.

“We’re thrilled with the warm Aberdeen welcome given to all our delegates from around the world; I feel particular pride in the slow food reception, highlighting fantastic Scottish food and drink from local suppliers.  Feedback from the delegates has been magnificent, universally saying the conference so far has been excellent, with great sessions and interaction, as well as many connections being made at the networking events,” Co-Chair of the IIFET 2016 Local Organising Committee and Chief Economist at Seafish, Hazel Curtis, commented. 

She continued; “The keynote presentation by IIFET Fellow Professor Gordon Munro was very well received.  He reflected on the policy implications of the seminal paper by Clark and Munro from 40 years ago, highlighting that more research is needed on the effects on fish stock recovery plans of non-malleable human capital – namely fishermen who cannot easily get an alternative job.”

Sales Manager at AECC, Steven Daun said: “The IIFET conference has been a great addition to Aberdeen’s conference calendar, attracting a diverse international audience to the city.  The working benefits of Team Aberdeen and the advantage of subvention funding from Aberdeenshire Council and VisitScotland are clearly showcased in the success of this event – highlighting to the international marketplace the attraction of bringing their event to Aberdeen.”

Cricket legends, Sir Ian “Beefy” Botham and Shane Warne will be taking eachother on in a unique golf challenge on Thursday 21st July – playing one hole on 18 golf courses in one day, travelling to each by helicopter.

The charity event will start at Rockliffe Hall, County Durham, with the pair playing the first hole, teeing off at 6am as part of two four ball teams. The teams will then be playing one hole at courses in 17 other cricketing counties across the UK, including Lindrick Golf Club in Yorkshire, Thorndon Park in Essex, Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey and The Belfry in Warwickshire, before the final hole at The Marriott in Worsley, Lancashire at 8.30pm.

Sky will be travelling with Ian and Shane to film the challenge which will raise money for the Beefy Charity Foundation. The Foundation helps to fund specific projects relating to chronic illnesses and other challenges faced by young people. The charities the foundation currently supports include BTRS (Brain Rumour Research and Support), BDFA (Batten Disease Family Association), CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

In the region of £2.2million will be invested into the facilities at the Barbican during 2016 to strengthen its position as Europe’s largest combined conference and arts venue.

In particular, following external research, £644,000 alone will be invested into the Frobisher rooms and Level 4 of the Barbican which currently includes six individual conference suites with capacity of more than 170 delegates and two auditoriums with a capacity of up to 246. The research conducted was designed to advise where best to invest to enhance the delegate and event organiser experience at the Barbican.

This budget comes as part of a much wider investment strategy for the entire centre as it looks to improve excellence in both business events and the cultural side of the Barbican.  In particular these changes reflect the fact that many meetings are becoming more informal and flexible, requiring the venue to develop open areas for such meetings, whilst retaining and updating their traditional spaces.

“Significant investment in the facilities here is essential as we look to continue the Barbican’s growth, especially in the international market,” comments Jackie Boughton, Head of Sales at Barbican Business Events. “Not only will this give several areas a new lease of life but it will significantly add to the quality we already offer with our event spaces and strengthen our position in what is an ever-competitive market.”

Investments include, but are not limited to:

Frobisher rooms & Level 4 - £644,000

Concert Hall - £750,000

Curve Gallery - £244,000
Retail Unit - £589,000

The refurbishment process will be ongoing throughout 2016 but work on the Frobisher Rooms is set to be completed in early September.

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

Rockliffe Hall, the North East’s premier hotel, spa and golf resort, has appointed a new head sommelier.

Daniel Jonberger, originally from Sweden, moved to the UK in 1997 and has worked at various hotels as a Sommelier and in senior management roles. He now lives with his family in Coxhoe, County Durham.

He brings to Rockliffe Hall a wealth of experience having worked in the industry for 26 years. He has always been fascinated and passionate about wine, cognac and single malt whisky and has won awards for his expertise and knowledge.

Daniel, who will spend most of his time in the hotel’s flagship restaurant, The Orangery, says: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Rockliffe Hall. It has a fantastic reputation and has already won so many awards but its potential is incredible. I’m looking forward to helping enhance the wine offering at the resort and will be working closely with the various food and beverage teams here to help further improve the wine lists in the other restaurants, The Brasserie and The Clubhouse.”

Eamonn Elliott, Chief Executive at Rockliffe Hall, says: “We are so pleased to have Daniel joining us at Rockliffe Hall. His expertise is second to none and we’re certain he will introduce some exceptional wines to our lists. In the very short time he has been with us we have already had some amazing feedback from guests dining in The Orangery, complimenting him on the wines he pairs with dishes, and his enthusiasm and knowledge.”

The Barbican has set the standard for other venues after being one of the first three buildings in England to receive a ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ award in recognition of creating a clean, litter free and attractive environment for the public.

Keep Britain Tidy, an environmental charity, was impressed with the Barbican’s engagement with the public through its coloured coded recycling systems as well as the strategy for inclusion and accessibility, ensuring non-English speaking visitors can engage with the recycling programme.

The Barbican Centre, along with the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool are the first three buildings in England to be recognised for the award.

“The environment is something at the forefront of our thoughts here at the Barbican so we are really honoured to have been given this award,” said Jackie Boughton, Head of Sales at the Barbican. “Corporate social responsibility is something we take great pride in and part of that is managing litter and waste responsibly. Keep Britain Tidy campaign tirelessly to educate the next generation and eliminate litter and waste as much as possible. I hope that our success will inspire other venues to do just that.”

This isn’t the first time that the Centre has been recognised for its environmental work. The Barbican has been awarded numerous platinum Clean City awards, a Green Hero award, Green Apple award and a Best Project Material Waste Recycling Change London Award.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “We are delighted to be rewarding three such high-profile locations with our first Keep Britain Tidy Awards. Our National Perceptions Survey shows just how important clean, litter-free places are to people and all three award winners have demonstrated a commitment to creating a clean environment for their visitors and customers and have proved to our judges that they are managing their litter and waste responsibly”.


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