Skip to main content


You are: home > news archive > 10/2019

 The CHS Group, organisers behind the CHS Show and CHS Awards, have announced a new vision and growth strategy for the business. The announcement follows another successful event for the group, in Leeds earlier this year, and represents the next evolution of the business within the meetings, hospitality and events space.

The vision includes the development of a new CHS Group brand identity that will sit above the show’s portfolio of events, a new CSR commitment from both the business and for the industry, and plans to grow the group’s portfolio of events. The new ambition forms part of a two-year development strategy for the group.

“The response from the CHS Show and CHS Awards was incredible and was an amazing way to celebrate 10 years of growth within the events market,” comments Emma Cartmell, Chief Executive Officer, CHS Group. “Since then we’ve been doing a lot of soul searching in terms of how we can take our brand forward. Now we have an ambition, a vision, and a strategy that allows us to make more positive impacts on the industry. It’s a really exciting time.”

The CHS Group brand will now sit above the group’s portfolio of events, which also includes the CHS Awards, Independent Venue Roadshow collection and the London MICE Forum. The group will also be announcing a new industry wide CSR initiative later in the Autumn with other portfolio news expected before the end of the year.

“We’ve always said one of our main objectives is to be ‘of service’ to both our exhibitor community and our visitors, and we’ve got some amazing plans to do both over the next few months and into 2020,” concludes Emma.



Wyboston Lakes Resort is partnering with the Princes Trust ‘Get into’ programme to help the next generation of aspiring hospitality and events professionals become ‘job ready’.

Taking place from 18 November to 1 December, the ‘Get into’ programme will welcome six young professionals to gain valuable work experience across Wyboston Lakes Resort’s multiple onsite venues, including the Woodlands Event Centre and Willows Training Centre. Interns will gain hands on experience in the food and beverage sector, as well as training in conference and event hosting. Ensuring that they receive a packed, productive, valuable and varied experience, trainees will be working six hours per day, five days per week with a mix of shifts.

A Celebration Event on 2 December will signal completion of the programme. Presentations, complete with course certificates and group photos, will follow a dedicated buffet lunch.

Katherine White, Director of HR,  Wyboston Lakes Resort, says “We are delighted to be partnering with the Princes Trust. To ensure each intern has the best chance of securing employment, either with us or at another hotel or venue, we have carefully tailored every aspect of their training programme to make sure the entirety of the hospitality industry is covered. We look forward to welcoming them soon.”

An official ‘Taster Day’ will take place on 12 November. After introductions from Harry Sampson from the Princes Trust and Sophia Montagna and Tania Dickinson from Wyboston Lakes Resort, a series of group activities will allow the new interns to bond and build rapport.

The Prince's Trust was founded in 1976 by Charles, Prince of Wales to help vulnerable young people get their lives on track. It supports 11 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law.

The Trust runs a range of training schemes, including the ‘Get into’ programme, to provide practical and financial support to build young people's confidence and motivation. Each year they work with about 60,000 young people; with three in four moving on to employment, education, volunteering or training.

For more information, please visit




Imago Venues at Loughborough University has been nominated for a string of awards in the 2019 Academic Venue Awards.

The awards celebrate the impact that academic venues have on the current UK Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) landscape.

Imago Venues has been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Best Conference Venue (Under 250 delegates) – Burleigh Court Conference Centre and Hotel
  • Best Training Venue – Holywell Park Conference Centre
  • Best Accessibility – Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel

Imago Venues will also be entered to win the Best Residential Venue of the Year award.

Emma Boynton, Head of Sales and Marketing at Imago Venues, said: “We are really proud to have three of our venues shortlisted in various categories of the Academic Venue Awards. These nominations are testament to the high quality of venues we offer at Loughborough University and to the hard work of our Imago family.” 

Winners will be announced on 22 November during an awards ceremony in London.

Imago Venues is Loughborough University’s conference and events arm. Its portfolio consists of Burleigh Court Conference Centre and Hotel, Holywell Park Conference Centre, The Link Hotel, the Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel and Loughborough University campus.


The venues team at BMA House are on a roll, picking up 3 prestigious awards in October!

During a fantastic afternoon at The Hurlingham Club, we were delighted to take home a Silver award for ‘Best CSR or Sustainability Initiative’ at The London Venue Awards! These awards recognise excellence, creativity and dedication needed to deliver outstanding service and expertise to customers. Here’s to Gold next year!

Furthermore, we saw the unveiling of the 2019 Hire Space Awards at The National Gallery which celebrated high achievers in the events industry within 15 categories, attended by 260 event professionals. Amazingly, we left the ceremony with not one, but two shiny awards; ‘Greenest Venue’ and ‘Best Conference Venue’! BMA House being the first venue to retain awards on two consecutive years in the Greenest Venue category.

Up against strong competition from ZSL London Zoo, Village Underground and London Stadium in the Greenest Venue category, and against Bounce! The Home of Ping Pong, Business Design Centre and De Vere Grand Connaught Room for Best Conference Venue, we felt very lucky to win these two prestigious awards!

Kat Winfield, Venue Manager said: “All three awards were such a surprise! This was a joint effort not just from the events team but from other dedicated departments at BMA House. It goes to show that every individual plays a part in making BMA House the successful and reputable venue that it is. We’re so proud of our achievements and in the competitive London market it is a challenge to stand out from the crowd – we have proved our ability to do just that!”


The eastside rooms is today announcing the appointment of Leanne Bladen as Director of Sales and Marketing at the soon to open conference and events venue. The announcement comes at an incredibly exciting time for the eastside rooms as it strengthens its board to gear up for its launch in the summer of 2020.

Joining Regional General Manager Matt Huddart, and newly appointed David Chrimes, Director of Operations, Leanne is the latest addition to the venues senior management team, and in her role, will be spearheading the sales and marketing strategy for the new space.  

With an impressive track record in sales having previously held the positions of Director of Sales for both Carden Park Hotel and Q-hotels, Leanne has accumulated more than eight years of experience within the industry. Prior to joining the eastside rooms, Leanne was Head of Sales for Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat for two years, where she gained further experience. She also spent her earlier career working with InterContinental Hotels Group as their Sales Manager.  

Commenting on her appointment, Leanne said; 

Im both delighted and proud to be presented with the opportunity to join the eastside rooms as Director of Sales and Marketing. The role represents a challenge that I am greatly looking forward to and comes at a great time for the brand. The eastside rooms is a fresh exciting concept and I look forward to growing the business further with the team.”  

Regional General Manager, Matt comments; 

We are thrilled to be welcoming Leanne to the eastside rooms to oversee sales and marketing. Her extensive knowledge of the industry and her personal and technical qualities will be a great benefit to the management board and I am confident she will make a fantastic contribution in an area which supports our vision.  

The appointment of a sales and marketing director represents a key part of our overall strategy to provide a strong customer focus. I look forward to working closely with Leanne to take our values and service to the next level. " 

Leanne concluded;

The city of Birmingham is expanding exponentially and the timing of the eastside rooms couldn’tt be better. Its a brand that is contemporary, but also influenced by the culture that surrounds it and I cant wait to see what the future holds.”



Sophia Montagna, HR Manager for the Woodlands Event Centre at Wyboston Lakes Resort (pictured centre), has won the IACC Europe Future Leaders Award.

Sophia won the coveted award for producing and implementing innovative ideas and initiatives in her workplace. The ideas were designed to create the best possible delegate experience following a major refurbishment of the venue by maximising engagement among all the teams working there. The initiatives included introducing new workplace practices, a coaching programme, a 12 month course for middle managers and future stars and team building meetings for all staff.

The award was presented at a ceremony held at the 2019 IACC Europe Knowledge Festival, which recently took place at Dolce La Hulpe in Brussels.

This educational conference was attended by over 120 delegates from IACC certified conference and meeting venues from counties throughout Europe (UK, Sweden, France, Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands), America and Australia that represent the top 1% of small to mid-size venues.

Accepting her award, Sophia said: “I am honoured and delighted by this recognition. Wyboston Lakes Resort has always developed and produced top talent by encouraging young professionals to introduce their own ambitious ideas. It is through this corporate ethos and the support of my managers that I have been able to implement these wide-ranging policies. I would like to thank Simon McMahon, my general manager, for nominating me and the rest of the team for their tremendous support.” 

For more information, please visit

Trinity Event Solutions, based in Stamford, is delighted to announce their new venue find contract win with Allianz Insurance, business and personal insurance provider.

The extensive tender process for the venue finding contract took one month. After successfully making it through the initial RFP process, the team presented to Allianz Insurance and was asked to run a three-month trial to determine how well the Trinity team and systems would integrate. Following a successful trial, Trinity Event Solutions was awarded a three-year contract for delivery of venue finding and technology.

Stephen Flynn, Marketing Manager – events & production at Allianz Insurance explains why Trinity Event Solutions was awarded the contract: “It became apparent during the three-month trial that Trinity Event Solutions would be the right partner to support our future venue finding requirements. Trinity’s technology set them aside throughout the process, we could identify clear spend and transparency for each of our bookings. With this, their flexibility and ability to support our pre-existing agreements with particular venues, gave us the confidence to award them the full contract.”

Jacqui Kavanagh, CEO for Trinity Event Solutions is delighted about the new contract with Allianz Insurance and had this to say about the new partnership: “We believe that our technology capabilities continues to go from strength to strength and with our creativity in our venue options, is what sets us apart from our competitors. We take the time to understand the individual requirements of the client and will adapt our ways of working to ensure we integrate successfully within their business. Our bespoke system allows for direct bookings into the Allianz Insurance preferred venues which supports their contractual agreements with these venues but also identifies where further venue finding requirements are needed. We’re delighted with the new contract and look forward to building a successful partnership with Allianz Insurance.”

CCT Venue's newly refurbished Smithfield venue is due to reopen on 20th January 2020 and will be their freshest and quirkiest venue yet!

CCT Venues-Smithfield is situated above the historic, Grade II listed Smithfield Market in Farringdon, London. It originally opened back in 2005 as the first venue in our portfolio, but for the past five years it has been hired exclusively by one client and therefore unavailable to book.

The new and improved CCT Venues-Smithfield has a bright, lively and energising design – aimed to create an informal and inspiring space which fosters creativity and is perfect for meetings, training and conferences alike. The interior has been completely re-imagined and revitalised, but the traditional historical features, such as the colourful wrought-iron windows remain.

The venue offers 13 flexible rooms, capable of accommodating between 6 and 220 delegates, all on one floor. This distinctive venue has all the benefits of a modern meeting space, with superfast internet, digital signage and plasma screens being just some of the features that come as standard in every room. An open plan reception area, lounge and restaurant help to create a spacious feel and are all themed around London’s historic markets.

The Camden Lock room is the perfect creative space for workshops and meetings, with features such as a drinks fridge, snack machines and a retro games table to keep the energy levels high.

Located less than 5 minutes’ walk from Farringdon and Barbican stations (and only 1 stop from Kings Cross), getting there couldn’t be easier!

Their Smithfield venue makes a refreshing change from a traditional corporate training venue and is an ideal creative meeting space located in the heart of London.

Quote from Caroline Bull, CEO:

“CCT Venues-Smithfield was our first venue, opening in April 2005. The location has always been quirky and a refreshing change from Corporate London. Being based above a vibrant working market is interesting and as the market traders work through the small hours of the morning and pack up as we as we start work, we enjoy the atmosphere but no disturbance. It is exciting to be bringing this characterful space back to the open market after five years of loyal service to one client. 

The whole of the CCT Venues team are excited about the refurbishment and relaunch, knowing that it will be a popular addition for our clients. The creation of the Camden Lock room and relaxing open plan restaurant and lounge areas are a nod to the changing tastes of today’s bookers – good service is expected but spaces also need to have the ability to stimulate and relax delegates, and we are confident that the new look venue will meet this brief.”

Capita Travel and Events are excited to launch the first wellbeing awards in the travel and MICE industries: The Smarter Working Wellbeing Awards.

The Smarter Working Wellbeing Awards are open for all suppliers to recognise and celebrate supplier excellence in delivering significant improvements to traveller wellbeing across the accommodation, venue, air transportation, rail and ground transportation sectors.

There are six awards up for grabs. The categories include the most improved initiative(s) in accommodation, venue, air transportation, rail transportation and ground transportation, as well as the Traveller’s Choice Award – voted for by their customers.

Having the unique intermediary role of a travel management company, the awards will encourage more mindful initiatives to help support the overall traveller experience of customers.

“As a travel management company with dedicated expertise in wellbeing, we know that the ‘trip environment’ is critical to people’s health, happiness and productivity. There is much that our partners can do to help travellers look after themselves when on the road. We are promoting the importance of the wellbeing agenda by working alongside suppliers by offering in-house expertise with exclusive workshops and forums to generate ideas and discussions on the topic,” explains Matthew Holman, Head of Traveller Wellbeing for Capita Travel and Events.

“Our suppliers are hungry to do everything they can to support traveller wellbeing; organisations and their business travellers alike want to make better choices so that they can be active, connect and be at their best for work. The Smarter Working Wellbeing Awards will celebrate the important work that is being done in this area; the fact that we are first to launch an awards programme of this kind is an indication of our commitment to wellbeing.”

Entry will open to all industry suppliers in October and the winners will be announced in February 2020.



As part of an ongoing drive to maximise sustainability, BMA House has reduced its delegate carbon footprint by 69% over the last four years, whilst reducing water usage by 5.4 million litres per year.

Using Green Tourism to measure its carbon footprint on a per delegate basis BMA House has seen a reduction to 2.8kg per delegate from 9kg per delegate in 2014. 

In addition, surveys, recommendations and subsequent work by Thames Water is estimated to save 5.4million litres of water per year.

Measures taken to achieve these figures include:

  • As of February 2016, BMA House achieved zero-to-landfill status - all waste produced is either recycled or recovered.
  • Since January 2019 BMA House has recycled 46,760kg of waste and saved 140 trees.
  • As of March 2019, staff introduced a crisp packet recycling scheme where empty packets are collected, taken to a TerraCycle location and processed into plastic pellets to make new recycled products.
  • Upgraded PIR and LED based lighting around the building to reduce energy usage.
  • Digital way-finding signage to reduce the need for paper signs and wastage.
  • Water saving devices on toilets instead of standard flushes decrease wastewater.
  • Sustainable and locally sourced food ingredients deliver a host of sustainable and health benefits.
  • In-house caterers support fair trade tea and coffee growers.
  • On-site cycle racks for those travelling by bike as well as work with Cross River Partnership to promote a ‘Clean Air Walking Route’ from Kings Cross provide delegates with a ‘cleaner’ journey to BMA House. The route takes guests off the busy Euston Road on to backstreets where air pollution is 57% lower
  • The removal of all plastic takeaway cutlery and take away straws from food outlets and the introduction of ‘Keep Cups’ with a staff incentive to reuse them. 
  • BMA House does not provide plastic water bottles in meetings and filter all water on-site into glass bottles.
  • Since introducing new reusable plastic food containers earlier this year, BMA House has reduced the need for disposable plastic food containers by 98%.
  • Working with organisations that support and promote sustainable events. BMA have for example partnered with consultant, Karen Sutton from the Global Good Awards, who advises event planners on how to put on a sustainable event.

“We are placing sustainability at the heart of everything we do here at BMA House.  We believe it is the right thing to do, despite the challenges presented by a Grade II listed building dating back to 1911,” comments Kat Winfield, venue manager from BMA House.  “Our success is down to hard work and commitment to support sustainable initiatives in every possible way.  However, the most important factor in our success is that our team has taken these initiatives on board, undertaken training to be fully aware of what we are doing and wherever possible are encouraged to share our sustainability story with clients.  The result is a list of incredible achievements and most recently a decision to sign up, via London & Partners, to the ‘Mayor’s 3 Commitments for Hospitality and Sustainability’ which aim for a zero carbon London by 2050, zero waste commitment, and best practice guidance for individuals.”

For further information on holding a sustainable event at BMA House, please contact the events team on 020 7874 7020 or visit


News archive