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Warwick Conferences has announced its new £5.3m venue on the University of Warwick campus will be known as The Slate.  Following completion, the 650sqm blank canvas space will welcome its first corporate client – a financial company - in early December.

The Slate was chosen as the name of the new venue due to its association with natural materials and an ecological approach, which fits with the BREEAM standards of the building architecture. It also conveys a sense of a place where clients can make their mark, reflecting the individuality and flexibility of the space.

Rachael Bartlett, Head of Sales and Marketing at Warwick Conferences, says: “We are thrilled to finally reveal The Slate as the name of our new venue. The name perfectly represents the premise behind the venue – a sustainable and highly flexible blank canvas space, which can be adapted in whichever way is necessary to provide the exact experience a client is looking for.  

“The response to the new venue has been fantastic with over £11.5m worth of enquiries, which just goes to show the level of demand for a high capacity, high quality and flexible facility such as this in Central England. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our first corporate client in December and working with them to realise their vision in our new contemporary space.”

Offering 650sqm of highly flexible event space with capacity for 400 delegates seated, the new venue will be available on an exclusive use basis so it can be customised to meet individual needs.

The world’s leading serviced apartment agents, SilverDoor and Citybase Apartments, have appointed Alison Makosz as their Head of Partner Relationships.

The new role was established following SilverDoor’s acquisition of Citybase Apartments in May 2016 and the unification of the two brands’ Partner Relationships teams.

The role will see Alison split her time between the company’s London and Lancaster offices, and involve travelling nationally and internationally to engage with SilverDoor and Citybase Apartments’ property partners.

Alison has a wealth of experience in the hospitality sector. She joins SilverDoor and Citybase Apartments from her role as Director of Sales – MICE at The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Cameron House on Loch Lomond and Village Hotels, and is also Venue Chairman for the HBAA.

She commented on her appointment, “With ambitious long-term plans in place, it’s an exciting time to join SilverDoor and Citybase Apartments. The serviced apartment sector is growing rapidly and I look forward to managing a diverse inventory and relationships with 965 property partners around the world.”

SilverDoor and Citybase Apartments Managing Director, Marcus Angell, commented, “I’m very pleased to have appointed Alison as our first Head of Partner Relationships. She’s a talented and well-respected professional in the business travel sector and I’m confident that she’s the ideal person to manage our growing Partner Relationships team.”

1 Wimpole Street is very happy to welcome some brand new members to the team; Felicity Harvey and Fahmida Begum, who have joined us in the last couple of months.  Plus congratulations to Masha Boh with her new role as she is providing maternity cover as Business Development Manager.

Fahmida Begum:

Fahmida joined 1Wimpole Street after only just completing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management – Marketing at the University of Westminster.  She is now working in the conference and events team, as Events Coordinator on a 6-month graduate internship program.  As her background is mainly focused on Marketing, alongside her daily task of handling all the internal enquiries from the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) she will also be working very closely with the marketing team.

“I am really enjoying working here, as I am able to gain various skills including organising events, working towards deadlines and communicating to a range of different people.  This placement is the perfect way for me to kick-start my career.”


Felicity Harvey:

Felicity joined 1 Wimpole Street at the end of July as an Events Account Executive.  After completion of her studies at University of Gloucestershire where she studied Business Event Management and with her previous experience working as a Wedding Events Coordinator at Ashridge House, Felicity was the perfect fit to join 1 Wimpole Street. 

“I just love planning events and working at 1 Wimpole Street and for the RSM, as we are an organisation that helps people develop and learn.  I like the fact that the role is diverse, that I am able work with clients from a wide range of industries and match their needs, whether it’s a private party or large conference, to our professional facilities and services.”

Masha Boh:

Masha joined 1 Wimpole Street two and half years ago on an internship program as a Marketing Intern having just completed her Masters in Events and Conference Management at the University of Westminster. In a relatively short space of time she has developed her role and skills set, having subsequently been employed fulltime at 1 Wimpole Street as an Account Manager.  She is currently covering maternity leave for Jess Whitley as Business Development Manager. Masha is constantly striving to find new creative ways to organise and sell the best event experience to our client’s. She believes that taking the time in getting to know them on a personal level will help build and maintain long lasting, successful, professional relationships.

We look forward to working with our new members to the team here at 1 Wimpole Street and hope to give them the best experience they can get in order to deliver a first class service to our customers.

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More than 250 guests flocked to the Barbican yesterday for a night of celebration and intrigue following the significant refurbishment of the Frobisher Rooms and Level 4 of the Centre.

The refurbishment of the Frobisher rooms and Level 4 was part of a wider development during the summer and the Fabulously Barbican event ensured the new-look spaces were showcased to many meetings and events professionals. Those attending the event included the likes of Sony, BBC, Vodafone, HBAA and Capita.

“We want to strengthen the connection between the Centre’s main conference and meeting facilities with its art spaces and the event certainly helped us showcase these developments, in particular the way the spaces flow together and create a seamless event experience,” commented Jackie Boughton, Head of Events at the Barbican. “The idea of our Fabulously Barbican evening was to give guests a real taste of what they could expect from hosting a meeting, conference or event at the Centre. It was a wonderful night and it was great to network with some of the industry’s finest professionals. The success of the evening certainly shows the Barbican is a much-loved venue and I’m very excited that these developments will offer even more to the events offering here.”

The event itself started in the Conservatory Terrace on Level 4 of the Barbican for drinks before guests enjoyed a showcase tour of the developments around the Frobisher Rooms. The tour finished in the Conservatory where guests could network whilst enjoying canapes and champagne.

Victoria Morrison, Gorkana’s Head of Events & Marketing Manager commented: "Coming to the Barbican feels special, it is steeped in the arts and history. Coming here is not like any other event, it is a special moment in time and not just because it is an architect's paradise. We use it regularly for events as the auditorium is one of the best and largest in the City. We trust the people, in fact the staff make it what it is and we will continue to return, particularly after the refurbishment which has added significant value to the product.”

Edward Poland, co-founder of Hire Space added: "The Barbican has always been a stunning venue but the refurbishment has added a real element of sophistication and we expect to return time and again with a variety of clients from the professional services, retail, legal and marketing sectors.  Above all else though it is the staff that continually impress and deliver, ensuring we receive consistently positive feedback from clients."

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


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