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Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre’s (AECC’s) iconic Northern Light Tower is going purple on 1st November in support of Pancreatic Cancer Action’s awareness month.

Pancreatic Cancer Action is an award-winning charity who work across the UK raising awareness of the symptoms of pancreatic. The money raised is used for medical professionals, public education and funding research into the early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

A survey carried out by the charity found that more than 50% of pancreatic cancer patients had never heard of the disease before their own diagnosis, highlighting the importance of their work to raise awareness to drive earlier diagnosis and save lives.

Lorna Taylor, Pancreatic Cancer Action Regional Representative in Scotland, contacted AECC to take part in the campaign as part of the Charity’s mission to light up Scotland purple this November in memory of her sister Liz who passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Lorna said, “This year is especially significant for me to get buildings to turn purple as World Pancreatic Cancer Day on the 17th November lands on what would have been my sister Liz’s birthday.”

Well known buildings and landmarks lighting up purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer has become increasingly popular in the last few years, which is why Pancreatic Cancer Action has joined forces with Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Scotland and other UK charities to light the UK purple in a joint campaign: ‘Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer’.

Interim Managing Director at AECC, Graeme Cumming said, “By lighting up the Tower, we have the chance to put the spotlight on pancreatic cancer and spark a conversation in the local area. We hope that taking part will help create awareness of pancreatic cancer in the North-East.”

Ali Stunt, CEO at Pancreatic Cancer Action, said “Each year we are overwhelmed by the huge numbers of supporters who embrace the colour purple to raise awareness. We delighted that these iconic buildings in the North-East are taking part.  It’s thanks to their participation that the event will become a success and more people will become aware.”

The world’s leading serviced apartment agent, SilverDoor, has been shortlisted for the Serviced Apartment Provider of the Year award, for the ninth year in succession, at the Business Travel Awards 2017.

SilverDoor has received the award for the past two years and Commercial Director, Stuart Winstone, has his fingers crossed to make it three in a row.

Winstone commented, “The Business Travel Awards is the biggest event in the business travel calendar and we hope that, as a company, we’ve been able to demonstrate to the judges the progression and growth we’ve made over the past 12 months.”

The awards will held on 22nd January in the grand surroundings of the Great Room at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House on Park Lane.

Warwick Conferences, at the University of Warwick, has demonstrated its commitment to ethical, sustainable and fresh food by achieving Bronze level accreditation with the Soil Association’s Food For Life Catering Mark.

Warwick Conferences lunch and dinner menus have met the exacting standards from the Soil Association to receive the accreditation, which means:

  •          At least 75% of dishes on its menus are freshly prepared from unprocessed ingredients
  •          All meat is purchased from farms, satisfying UK Animal Welfare standards
  •          No fish is served from the Marine Conservation Society ‘fish to avoid’ list
  •          Eggs are from free range hens
  •          No undesirable additives or artificial trans fats are used
  •          No genetically modified ingredients are used
  •          Free drinking water
  •          Menus are seasonal and all in-season produce is highlighted
  •          Information is on display about food provenance
  •          Menus provide for all dietary and cultural needs

Graham Crump, Executive Head Chef at Warwick Conferences, says: “We are delighted to have achieved the Soil Association Accreditation. Food is hugely important to us and indeed our clients and delegates. Each of our venues offer locally sourced, seasonal, fresh food to ensure our customers are kept happy, satisfied and alert during their time with us.

“We are passionate about using locally sourced ingredients with a clear provenance, supporting the best local producers. All of our eggs are free range and supplied by Seven Acre Egg farm, which is just 1.5 miles away, while 65% of our fruit and vegetables are supplied by E. Sidwell in Leamington Spa. In addition to this, we only use the best seasonal ingredients, which means our menus are flexible rather than defined months in advance allowing us to be creative with our food offering.”

Warwick Conferences has also recently become a full member of the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), a trade body which represents the very best suppliers of goods and services to the events industry. The trade association actively works to encourage the development of a closer relationship and understanding between organisers, their suppliers and venues. 

Police were called shortly after 16:00hrs on Friday, 21 October to London City Airport to reports of a number of passengers and staff feeling unwell. 

Officers, the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended.

A number of people were treated at the scene.

The airport was evacuated and was reopened at approximately 19:00hrs.

A subsequent search of the airport led to the discovery of what is believed to be a CS gas or spray. Whilst the cause of the incident has not yet been confirmed, officers are investigating if it was the result of an accidental discharge of this cannister.

At this early stage officers are investigating whether it may have been discarded by a passenger prior to check-in.

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Shortly after 11:00hrs on Thursday, 20 October, the British Transport Police was called to North Greenwich Underground Station after train staff reported finding a suspicious item on a train travelling eastbound on the Jubilee Line.

The station was evacuated and remains closed.

Specialist officers from the Met and BTP are in attendance and a controlled detonation has since taken place to ensure the item is safe.

While we are keeping an open mind, the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation because it has the expertise to deal with incidents of this kind. British Transport Police is supporting them in their investigation.

If anyone saw anything suspicious on this particular train or anywhere else we would urge them to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321, in an emergency always call 999.

We are asking travellers to check with Transport for London before starting their journey.

We continue to encourage the public to remain vigilant and alert at all times and report anything suspicious to police.

Victoria Rickett, Spa Manager at Rockliffe Hall, last night won the title of Spa Manager of the Year at the Boutique Hotelier Personal Service Star Awards.

Victoria, who joined Rockliffe Hall as a therapist almost 6 years ago and has worked her way up to Spa Manager, was picked from the top Spa Managers in the UK to win the accolade.

The judges say they chose Victoria because “she has been instrumental in growing spa revenue at Rockliffe Hall year-on-year, and continuously comes up with new ideas for events not only with the spa, but across the resort.”

Victoria says: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award. When my name was called out I couldn’t believe it! I have a fantastic team at Rockliffe Hall Spa and this award is a credit to everyone who works tirelessly to make it the exceptional spa that it is.”

The awards celebrate the crème de la crème of the hospitality industry, showering praise and recognition on hard-working staff members. Victoria and the other winners were announced at a ceremony at the Hilton Olympia in London on October 18th.

Now in its third year, these are awards with a key difference because rather than handing out accolades to business owners, they search for individuals and teams who work tirelessly every day to give their guests the best possible experience.

Ashfield Meetings & Events is delighted to announce the transition of Liz Harvey into the role of Head Of Exhibits.

Liz will head up a dedicated global exhibit team that operates as an internal department, delivering a specialist service to the agency’s healthcare clients. In the last 12 months the team has delivered over 100 exhibits in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific . Liz will report to Nicola Burns, Global Managing Director at Ashfield Meetings & Events.  

Liz joined Ashfield Meetings & Events in 2006 as a Project Executive and progressed through the ranks to become an Account Director. In this time she has worked with numerous healthcare and life science organisations at a local, regional and global level. Most recently, as an Account Director, Liz headed up a dedicated, outsourced client team comprising 25 staff.

Nicola Burns commented on the move: “The exhibit arm of our business has a growing client base and is an integral part of our full service offering. An increasing number of our clients are looking to rationalise their supply chain across both exhibitions and events and we are uniquely placed to deliver a consolidated approach to healthcare congresses and conventions. We are very excited to have Liz heading up the exhibit team to help expand the global reach of the department, develop our staff and deliver against our clients’ objectives.”

Liz added: “I am thrilled with my new responsibility within Ashfield. We see exhibits as part of our clients‘ multichannel communication strategy and I look forward to connecting the dots across our services and areas of expertise to add real value to our clients‘ activity. In the short time I have been in the role I have had the opportunity to attend a number of our recent exhibition builds and seen first-hand what a wonderfully talented team we have. In the same time we have had significant business wins and I am currently recruiting additional staff to position us optimally for future growth.”

New research from The Global Business Travel Association has revealed that corporate travel companies are missing out on crucial mobile tools.

In an online survey of 231 travel managers in the U.S., they found that 70% of those contacted didn’t have a mobile strategy in place. Their report defines a mobile strategy as a travel programme plan which incorporates a mobile platform, with an aim to saving businesses money and keeping users engaged. 

“The focus of a mobile travel program strategy should be centered on how to make a traveller’s  experience so simple in program that there is more value there than outside the program,” said Monica Sanchez, director of the GBTA Foundation. 

Yet despite this trend, just 45% of travel managers in the same group claim their companies plan to adopt such strategies in the next two years.

With more and more business travellers relying on apps like Skyscanner, Concur, and Uber, it seems strange that travel managers haven’t been quicker to move with the times.  For one, digital payments via providers like Google Wallet have increased, as have the means to which companies use mobile technology to book flights and manage expenses.

Integral to the corporate travel sector are serviced apartments providers, who are increasingly adopting mobile strategies to improve the guest experience. 

As the world’s leading serviced apartment agent, SilverDoor meet mobile demands with an app that makes it easy to search for serviced apartments whilst on the move. The app follows a similar look and feel to the website, with images scaled for mobile devices. The website also has touch screen capabilities, allowing users on tablets to comfortably swipe through galleries, and across the built-in location map.

A lot of guests like to check-in on Facebook upon arrival at a new destination, and watch films online via a tablet device. The majority of serviced apartment operators meet this need by offering unlimited Wi-Fi access in their apartments.  One operator recently launched a free smartphone service, whereby guests receive a virtual phone number and are able to make free international calls to countries including, India, China and Germany.

The combination of personal smartphone and concierge service represents a considerable leap forward for the serviced apartment industry, which, of late, has proven proactive in this regard. 

Worcester based business travel agency arrangeMY has raised over £1,300 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, helping the rapid response emergency charity continue to fly high. 

Following a year of staff fundraising events and activities, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity was presented with the donation at its airbase in Strensham, Worcestershire.

Fundraising efforts from the team at Berkeley Business Park included an office fancy dress, bake offs and breakfast sales. Staff also helped the charity by taking part in a collection outside a Worcester supermarket.

Michelle McCracken, Worcestershire fundraising manager at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, commented: “arrangeMY has really got behind the charity and hosted a number of great events to support our vitally important prehospital service. Their donation will fund much needed medical supplies on our aircraft, which will undoubtedly assist in saving more lives in the region.”

arrangeMY chief executive Simon Scott, added: “Midlands Air Ambulance is a very worthwhile charity and I am so pleased that our employees showed their support in helping to raise a substantial amount.

“Our charity of the year is chosen through a staff vote and it was clear to see that the Midlands Air Ambulance was a definite favourite.” 

arrangeMY has been trading since 1990 and has grown to be one of the most respected independent business travel agents in the UK. The company, which employs in excess of 60 members of staff at its head office in Worcester, offers a range of services including Travel, Accommodation, Venue Finding and Event Management. To find out more visit

As the East Midlands Chamber Enterprising Women Awards 2017 launched last night, Leicester Racecourse have announced that they will be sponsoring the ‘Community Champion of the Year’ category.

The Enterprising Women Awards is an annual award ceremony which looks to find the most successful and inspirational local businesswomen. The official launch took place last night, as the ‘Little Black Dress’ dinner was held at The Priest House Hotel in Castle Donington.

The ‘Community Champion of the Year’ award is for a woman who has used her vision, drive and determination to make a positive contribution in her local community – something that Leicester Racecourse as a team have always taken pride in.

This is a particularly significant year for the Enterprising Women Awards, as they reach their 20th year. In previous years, the ceremony has been held in the daytime. However, to celebrate their 20th anniversary, the upcoming awards ceremony will be taking place in the evening with a Gala Dinner.

Nicola Moss, Corporate Events & Hospitality Sales Manager at the Racecourse, attended the launch dinner.

“Last night I attended at an evening filled with inspiring business women from across the three counties that East Midlands Chamber looks after. Leicester Racecourse is very proud to be sponsoring the Community Champion category at these prestigious awards and we anticipate receiving some really engaging entries.”

Winners will be announced at the Enterprising Women Awards Gala Dinner on Friday 3rd March 2017.


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