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ONE of London’s leading conference and event venues has received industry recognition with a major award win.

The Crystal, at Royal Victoria Dock, was named Best Conference Venue for up to 300 delegates at the seventh annual Conference Awards (held on Friday 1 July).

The awards are organised by the Global Conference Network, which brings together professionals from a range of industries for summits, roundtables and training with a view to facilitating best practice within the conference sector.

Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, the Crystal’s official hospitality and catering provider, played a significant part in the Crystal seeing off competition from across the UK to scoop the award – one of 21 categories – with judges praising their “exciting and refreshing approach” and the venue’s “great tech/sustainability.”

The Crystal is one of the world’s most sustainable buildings - the first to simultaneously hold the Platinum accreditation in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Outstanding accreditation in Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) – and is part of Siemens’ Sustainable Cities Initiative.

Along with a range of conference and events spaces, including eight naturally lit meeting rooms and a 270 seat auditorium, it is home to a unique, interactive exhibition on the future of the cities of today, which can also be hired privately for receptions or events.

Other citations from the judging panel included, “One to watch. I will definitely be checking out this venue,” and “a highly technologically-led venue with efficiency and resource management at its heart.”

“We are absolutely delighted to have won this award, which is one of the sector’s most prestigious accolades,” said sales manager, Rhiannon Thomas.

“The Crystal, which also offers clients a number of summer and festive packages, is very much a pioneer in sustainability and it’s great that it has been recognised in this way.”

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Grass Roots Meetings & Events has appointed Tom Lambregts as Marketing Manager as the leading global agency implements ambitious growth plans.  Tom’s role will initially focus on internal activity before rolling out a new direction for the agency’s marketing and communications.

Tom joins GRM&E from boutique marketing agency Rare Breed where he delivered partner events for Microsoft.  Prior to that he spent time working on international trade shows at Clarion Events before his role as Head of Marketing at Earls Court and Olympia, where he led the team to deliver an award winning rebrand of Olympia London.

“As part of our growth plans it is vital we ensure all our routes to market are clearly defined and working as effectively as possible,” comments Grass Roots Meetings & Events Managing Director, David Taylor.  “Tom brings invaluable industry experience and knowledge that will ensure our message is well defined and perfectly presented for all our target markets.”

Commenting on his new role Tom said: "I have always held Grass Roots in high esteem. They're not just an events company - they take a deeper approach to improving clients' performance - and the loyalty of those clients is testament to the inspiring people within the business. I am proud to be part of their future."

Grass Roots Meetings & Events is one of four divisions at Grass Roots Group PLC.   Learn more by visiting

1 Wimpole Street will be upgrading the Audio Visual (AV) equipment in their Guy Whittle Auditorium this summer.  The key areas for this investment are upgrading the projection and screen to the latest technology and improving the over-all aesthetics of the stage.

The 300 seat lecture theatre will have £180,000 spent on installing a new true 4k ultra HD, high brightness projector which feature multi-input display capabilities enabling additional screen space for branding, and themed background images to enhance the audience’s experience and to display more content without reducing the resolution of any source images.

Additional AV features will include;

  • A new wireless LED lighting system able to create full set production effects and architectural illumination
  • New remote cameras will be put in throughout the auditorium that will improve video production for recording, live streaming and video conferencing.
  • The stage area will be remodelled and have a more minimalist removable top table to improve visibility and flexibility for delegates and event organisers
  • A new surround sound system will be installed with state of the art capabilities, to introduce film preview screening as a new service.

Last year 1 Wimpole Street spent £115,000 on installing new equipment and upgrading their smaller, 150 seat Max Rayne Auditorium.  1 Wimpole Street as a venue never stands still when it comes to technology that will enhance the delegates’ experiences both immersive and interactive at meetings and events.  This significant investment is a further testament to this position that will no doubt keep 1 Wimpole Street up-to-date with the very latest advancements in AV technology, plus enhance 1 Wimpole Street’s reputation as a leading venue for event technology innovation.


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