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Celebrating Success: Portsmouth Guildhall takes Bronze for Best Business Event Venue in the Beautiful South Awards!

Portsmouth Guildhall, managed by The Guildhall Trust, proudly announces its bronze achievement for the Best Business Event Venue at the Beautiful South Awards. This recognition comes at a time when event organisers and delegates are increasingly seeking unique spaces beyond London for their conferences, meetings and events.The iconic Portsmouth Guildhall stands out as an exceptional choice, boasting a diverse range of flexible spaces and a substantial 2,000-person capacity. The Guildhall provides outstanding event experiences with quality customer service. Our focus is on utilising technology, providing sustainable on-site catering, promoting accessibility and inclusivity, ensuring long-term venue development, as well as satisfying discerning customers who seek meaningful purchases. Located on the stunning central south coast, Portsmouth is a beautiful seaside destination that offers not only a picturesque setting but also a wide variety of world-class attractions right on our doorstep.Fran Downton, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said, “We could not be prouder of all our wonderful finalists at this year's Beautiful South Awards. They have all worked incredibly hard throughout 2023, and it is our pleasure to reward and recognise high standards. They set our region amongst the best in the country. As ever, a huge thank you to The Grand Brighton and to all our sponsors, without whom this celebration would just not be possible.“Gemma Rigby, Senior Event Coordinator at Portsmouth Guildhall, said, "We are honoured to be recognised with the Bronze award for Best Business Event Venue at the Beautiful South Awards. In the company of prestigious venues like The Hurley House, the Gallivant, and the Kent Event Centre, this achievement underscores our commitment to excellence. This accolade propels Portsmouth Guildhall to the forefront of distinguished event spaces beyond London."

Celebrating Success: Portsmouth Guildhall takes Bronze for Best Business Event Venue in the Beautiful South Awards!

Portsmouth Guildhall, managed by The Guildhall Trust, proudly announces its bronze achievement for the Best Business Event Venue at the Beautiful South Awards. This recognition comes at a time when event organisers and delegates are increasingly seeking unique spaces beyond London for their conferences, meetings and events.

The iconic Portsmouth Guildhall stands out as an exceptional choice, boasting a diverse range of flexible spaces and a substantial 2,000-person capacity. The Guildhall provides outstanding event experiences with quality customer service. Our focus is on utilising technology, providing sustainable on-site catering, promoting accessibility and inclusivity, ensuring long-term venue development, as well as satisfying discerning customers who seek meaningful purchases. Located on the stunning central south coast, Portsmouth is a beautiful seaside destination that offers not only a picturesque setting but also a wide variety of world-class attractions right on our doorstep.

Fran Downton, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said, “We could not be prouder of all our wonderful finalists at this year's Beautiful South Awards. They have all worked incredibly hard throughout 2023, and it is our pleasure to reward and recognise high standards. They set our region amongst the best in the country. As ever, a huge thank you to The Grand Brighton and to all our sponsors, without whom this celebration would just not be possible.“

Gemma Rigby, Senior Event Coordinator at Portsmouth Guildhall, said, "We are honoured to be recognised with the Bronze award for Best Business Event Venue at the Beautiful South Awards. In the company of prestigious venues like The Hurley House, the Gallivant, and the Kent Event Centre, this achievement underscores our commitment to excellence. This accolade propels Portsmouth Guildhall to the forefront of distinguished event spaces beyond London."

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Portsmouth Guildhall, managed by The Guildhall Trust, proudly announces its bronze achievement for the Best Business Event Venue at the Beautiful South Awards. This recognition comes at a time when event organisers and delegates are increasingly seeking unique spaces beyond London for their conferences, meetings and events.The iconic Portsmouth Guildhall stands out as an exceptional choice, boasting a diverse range of flexible spaces and a substantial 2,000-person capacity. The Guildhall provides outstanding event experiences with quality customer service. Our focus is on utilising technology, providing sustainable on-site catering, promoting accessibility and inclusivity, ensuring long-term venue development, as well as satisfying discerning customers who seek meaningful purchases. Located on the stunning central south coast, Portsmouth is a beautiful seaside destination that offers not only a picturesque setting but also a wide variety of world-class attractions right on our doorstep.Fran Downton, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said, “We could not be prouder of all our wonderful finalists at this year's Beautiful South Awards. They have all worked incredibly hard throughout 2023, and it is our pleasure to reward and recognise high standards. They set our region amongst the best in the country. As ever, a huge thank you to The Grand Brighton and to all our sponsors, without whom this celebration would just not be possible.“Gemma Rigby, Senior Event Coordinator at Portsmouth Guildhall, said, "We are honoured to be recognised with the Bronze award for Best Business Event Venue at the Beautiful South Awards. In the company of prestigious venues like The Hurley House, the Gallivant, and the Kent Event Centre, this achievement underscores our commitment to excellence. This accolade propels Portsmouth Guildhall to the forefront of distinguished event spaces beyond London."

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Portsmouth Guildhall, managed by The Guildhall Trust, proudly announces its bronze achievement for the Best Business Event Venue at the Beautiful South Awards. This recognition comes at a time when event organisers and delegates are increasingly seeking unique spaces beyond London for their conferences, meetings and events.The iconic Portsmouth Guildhall stands out as an exceptional choice, boasting a diverse range of flexible spaces and a substantial 2,000-person capacity. The Guildhall provides outstanding event experiences with quality customer service. Our focus is on utilising technology, providing sustainable on-site catering, promoting accessibility and inclusivity, ensuring long-term venue development, as well as satisfying discerning customers who seek meaningful purchases. Located on the stunning central south coast, Portsmouth is a beautiful seaside destination that offers not only a picturesque setting but also a wide variety of world-class attractions right on our doorstep.Fran Downton, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said, “We could not be prouder of all our wonderful finalists at this year's Beautiful South Awards. They have all worked incredibly hard throughout 2023, and it is our pleasure to reward and recognise high standards. They set our region amongst the best in the country. As ever, a huge thank you to The Grand Brighton and to all our sponsors, without whom this celebration would just not be possible.“Gemma Rigby, Senior Event Coordinator at Portsmouth Guildhall, said, "We are honoured to be recognised with the Bronze award for Best Business Event Venue at the Beautiful South Awards. In the company of prestigious venues like The Hurley House, the Gallivant, and the Kent Event Centre, this achievement underscores our commitment to excellence. This accolade propels Portsmouth Guildhall to the forefront of distinguished event spaces beyond London."

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SEC Continues Expansion of Conference Sales Team
18/04/24 SEC Continues Expansion of Conference Sales Team

The Scottish Event Campus has grown the conference sales team further with the appointments of two new experienced sales talents. Hannah Cochrane joins the corporate team as Sales & Business Development Manager and Makenzie Brown boosts the international association sales effort in the role of Association Sales Manager

The announcements underscore the SEC’s continued commitment to its conference business and to investing in outstanding people to support the venue’s conference clients and their event objectives.

Hannah joins the SEC from a previous role at Dakota Hotels, bringing with her experience from across the meetings and events industry, and served as the Scotland Glasgow Ambassador for SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence). Makenzie’s background includes roles across the events and sports industries, from Feed the Crew to FirstPoint USA. Hannah and Makenzie join a skilled sales and business development team.

“I am so excited to have Hannah and Makenzie in the business. They bring a wealth of experience and already it’s clear that they are outstanding additions to the team. It’s brilliant to be leaning into the coming years with such extraordinary and progressive people driving our business forward. As an industry we are evolving at pace, and the full team is embracing the future with energy and conviction to delivering for our clients.”

  • 18/04/24 The Meetings Show unveils thought-provoking Knowledge Programme

    The Meetings Show – the UK’s leading exhibition for the meetings, events, and incentives community – has unveiled an enriching knowledge programme jam-packed with sessions designed to empower event professionals to think, connect, plan and live differently.

    Returning to ExCeL London on 19 and 20 June 2024, the programme has once again been curated by The Attendee Experience Company (atex), building on the success of last year’s partnership.

    It will feature 28 sessions split across four key themes – Impact & Inform and Innovate & Inspire – with a stellar line up of expert speakers covering topics including event marketing trends, security, AI, creativity, experiential design, contract negotiation, sustainability and much more.

    The show will kick off with 9 to Thrive: Dolly Parton's Guide to Sustainably Rocking Events and Meetings with Be in your Element’s Lucy Eden and Judge the Poet - How To Trust Your Imagination And Explode Your Creativity.

    Day one will also include a session led by Cvent marketing director Felicia Asiedu entitled What Are You Worth? Unveiling Insights from our Annual Events Industry Salary Survey, insights from Amex GBT’s Emma Bason on Venue Sourcing in the New Era: Evolving from Order Takers to Strategic Consultants and The Great Debate - How to improve the supply chain for Buyers & Suppliers with We Are MEaT founder James Bacon.

    Highlights on day two include Mike Ghasemi on Fuelling Innovation Engines: The Role of Creative Intelligence in Turbocharging Your Success, a session with Nick Rosier entitled From Zero to Event Hero: AI-Powered Event Creation in 30 minutes, and Let's fix networking together - a co-design workshop with Tamsin Treasure-Jones.

    Back for a second year, the Blank Canvas stage will showcase best practice event design with sessions throughout the two days featuring hackathons, a Neurodiverse Design Challenge and an innovation showdown.

    The show’s Knowledge Programme will follow the Hosted Buyer Insight Forum on Tuesday 18 June. Open to hosted buyers, it will feature innovative sessions including the Great TMS AI Hackathon, a trends versus reality session with global agency leaders, plus workshops and social activations supported by ExCeL London after the success of ExCeL backstage last year.

    This year, there will also be a workspace cafe inside the forum, enabling hosted buyers to dip in and out of content as they wish.

    Jack Marczewski, portfolio event director, Northstar Meetings Group, said: “We received excellent feedback on last year’s refreshed knowledge programme so we’re delighted to be working with Samme Allen, Claus Raasted and the atex team again to deliver an exciting and innovative line up of speakers and sessions that will deliver value and practical takeaways for all who attend.”

    There are various ways to register to attend The Meetings Show 2024, which will be co-located with Business Travel Show Europe and TravelTech Show. To find out more about the buyer, hosted buyer and visitor registrations options, visit: https://www.themeetingsshow.com/register

  • 17/04/24 VUE CONFERENCES & EVENTS LAUNCH COMPETITIVE DDR’S ACROSS THE UK & IRELAND

    The events arm of cinema chain Vue Entertainment has launched tiered DDR rates across its 93 sites in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

    The move comes as demand for competitive DDR’s has become increasingly important in the industry with organisers wanting better value for money.

    Simona Negretto, national head of conferences and events for Vue said of the initiative, “our new rates allow organisers to easily see what’s included, plus we want to ensure that all our clients will get the best from our cinema setting and our rates and inclusions reflect that.”

    The tiers are Platinum for all three London sites: West End, Westfield and Islington, Gold for all regional recliner seating sites including Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh and Portsmouth and Silver for non-recliner seating venues.

    Prices for a minimum of 100 people start from just £45 for ½ a day at a Silver venue to £105 for a full day at a Platinum venue. The package includes the HD cinema screen hire, basic AV package including mics, PA system, cabling for presentation laptop, tea and coffee breaks, bar hire and a hearty buffet lunch of fresh sandwiches, salads, crisps and a sweet treat. Half-day hire can be with or without lunch. On top of this, Vue is also including digital screens in the foyer and outside the screen room. Clients only need to provide the artwork.

    Simona said “including digital screens in our package elevates the event at no additional hire cost to clients. They can simply provide a logo, a moving image or even have an event themed poster created for maximum impact.”

    All Vue venues benefit from stadium seating ensuring everyone can see the screen and there is a steady program of investment to refurbish the venues and introduce recliner seating, adding a touch of luxury and comfort to any conference, AGM or launch.

    Lyn, Executive Assistant to the CEO from premium pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen said, “the new packages are great, we’d never thought of having our company conference in a cinema, as we’d always used hotels, but it works really well. Ash and his team were great to work with. Everything was seamless, and I’ve had some very positive feedback. The digital signage was a really nice addition too.”

    If required packages can be upgraded with a variety of options making it flexible and bespoke.

    Simona concluded by saying “our trials have worked really well, and clients are happy with everything we have included and the price points.”

  • 16/04/24 CHS Leeds Promises Event Organisers a ‘Complete’ Experience

    CHS Leeds takes place next week with the organisers promising not only one of the newest, innovative, and professional exhibitor floors in the show’s history, but also a packed Education Programme, and networking opportunities galore, with all the care and support for visitors that the show has become known for.

    The Royal Armouries will host both the main exhibition, on the 23rd April, but also the Welcome Reception the previous evening, which will represent the first in a number of networking opportunities. Throughout the show CHS is also offering other chances for visitors to meet likeminded people, not least through its legendary complimentary lunch.

    In the meantime, the Educational Programme has been created based on visitor feedback and will deliver a ‘start to finish’ guide to organising an event, presented through the voices of some of the most innovative new thinkers in the industry. The findings from the sessions will also be designed into a compendium, representing a complete guide to event organising, and sent to every visitor at the end of the day.

    CHS Leeds are also promising the continuation of the event’s care and compassion as it takes the opportunity to once again ‘check in’ on the CHS community and deliver opportunities for growth, both professionally and personally. With this year’s theme built around ‘Loving Life’, and with the industry firing on all cylinders again, this could be one of the most positive events in the industry’s 2024 calendar.

    “We’ve really invested in the environment, the networking and the education this year and we know our community will be really pleased with the show we’re putting on,” comments Emma Cartmell, CEO & Founder of CHS Leeds. “Our visitors have so much to do and so many enquiries and events to organise. Everything we’ve put together is about giving them the best opportunities to be productive, to learn something new and to love life and live well. It’s going to be a complete experience for them.”

    CHS Leeds opens its floors, 23rd April, Royal Armouries, Leeds.