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CHS Leeds Welcome Reception

The annual CHS Leeds Welcome Reception will take place at the Royal Armouries this year, for the first time bringing the host venue for the exhibition and the pre-event networking under one roof.The Welcome Reception has become a key part of the Hosted Buyer and Exhibitor experience. From the moment buyers and exhibitors’ step into Leeds, the event provides everyone with an opportunity to develop new industry relationships and to catch up with existing colleagues, ahead of the business day of the exhibition.Also, this year, and from previous event feedback from buyers and exhibitors, the format has been adapted to allow for more networking and conversation. The Tournament and War Galleries at the Royal Armouries will provide the exclusive backdrop to the event. A rare chance to wander after hours, through years of history with industry colleagues.The Royal Armouries will showcase their diverse variety of event spaces, the largest dedicated conference, events and exhibition space in Leeds, but also their reception and evening event product. The venue has stylish bars and seating areas, wooden panelling and contemporary lighting, fixtures and fittings that will add further character to the Welcome Reception.“We’re really grateful to the team at the Royal Armouries, who continue to provide the very best support to our event, and who are once again underlining how welcome this event, and our visitors, are in Leeds,” comments Michelle Rennoldson, Event Director.“Our event could not be coming at a better time, and there is a real focus this year on giving our Hosted Buyers as much time as possible with our exhibition partners. Its why everyone is here, and the Welcome Reception is a great time to get these conversations started.”

CHS Leeds Welcome Reception

The annual CHS Leeds Welcome Reception will take place at the Royal Armouries this year, for the first time bringing the host venue for the exhibition and the pre-event networking under one roof.

The Welcome Reception has become a key part of the Hosted Buyer and Exhibitor experience. From the moment buyers and exhibitors’ step into Leeds, the event provides everyone with an opportunity to develop new industry relationships and to catch up with existing colleagues, ahead of the business day of the exhibition.

Also, this year, and from previous event feedback from buyers and exhibitors, the format has been adapted to allow for more networking and conversation. The Tournament and War Galleries at the Royal Armouries will provide the exclusive backdrop to the event. A rare chance to wander after hours, through years of history with industry colleagues.

The Royal Armouries will showcase their diverse variety of event spaces, the largest dedicated conference, events and exhibition space in Leeds, but also their reception and evening event product. The venue has stylish bars and seating areas, wooden panelling and contemporary lighting, fixtures and fittings that will add further character to the Welcome Reception.

“We’re really grateful to the team at the Royal Armouries, who continue to provide the very best support to our event, and who are once again underlining how welcome this event, and our visitors, are in Leeds,” comments Michelle Rennoldson, Event Director.

“Our event could not be coming at a better time, and there is a real focus this year on giving our Hosted Buyers as much time as possible with our exhibition partners. Its why everyone is here, and the Welcome Reception is a great time to get these conversations started.”

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The annual CHS Leeds Welcome Reception will take place at the Royal Armouries this year, for the first time bringing the host venue for the exhibition and the pre-event networking under one roof.The Welcome Reception has become a key part of the Hosted Buyer and Exhibitor experience. From the moment buyers and exhibitors’ step into Leeds, the event provides everyone with an opportunity to develop new industry relationships and to catch up with existing colleagues, ahead of the business day of the exhibition.Also, this year, and from previous event feedback from buyers and exhibitors, the format has been adapted to allow for more networking and conversation. The Tournament and War Galleries at the Royal Armouries will provide the exclusive backdrop to the event. A rare chance to wander after hours, through years of history with industry colleagues.The Royal Armouries will showcase their diverse variety of event spaces, the largest dedicated conference, events and exhibition space in Leeds, but also their reception and evening event product. The venue has stylish bars and seating areas, wooden panelling and contemporary lighting, fixtures and fittings that will add further character to the Welcome Reception.“We’re really grateful to the team at the Royal Armouries, who continue to provide the very best support to our event, and who are once again underlining how welcome this event, and our visitors, are in Leeds,” comments Michelle Rennoldson, Event Director.“Our event could not be coming at a better time, and there is a real focus this year on giving our Hosted Buyers as much time as possible with our exhibition partners. Its why everyone is here, and the Welcome Reception is a great time to get these conversations started.”

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The annual CHS Leeds Welcome Reception will take place at the Royal Armouries this year, for the first time bringing the host venue for the exhibition and the pre-event networking under one roof.The Welcome Reception has become a key part of the Hosted Buyer and Exhibitor experience. From the moment buyers and exhibitors’ step into Leeds, the event provides everyone with an opportunity to develop new industry relationships and to catch up with existing colleagues, ahead of the business day of the exhibition.Also, this year, and from previous event feedback from buyers and exhibitors, the format has been adapted to allow for more networking and conversation. The Tournament and War Galleries at the Royal Armouries will provide the exclusive backdrop to the event. A rare chance to wander after hours, through years of history with industry colleagues.The Royal Armouries will showcase their diverse variety of event spaces, the largest dedicated conference, events and exhibition space in Leeds, but also their reception and evening event product. The venue has stylish bars and seating areas, wooden panelling and contemporary lighting, fixtures and fittings that will add further character to the Welcome Reception.“We’re really grateful to the team at the Royal Armouries, who continue to provide the very best support to our event, and who are once again underlining how welcome this event, and our visitors, are in Leeds,” comments Michelle Rennoldson, Event Director.“Our event could not be coming at a better time, and there is a real focus this year on giving our Hosted Buyers as much time as possible with our exhibition partners. Its why everyone is here, and the Welcome Reception is a great time to get these conversations started.”

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Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel confirms 55% growth in bookings for 2024
08/04/24 Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel confirms 55% growth in bookings for 2024

The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel has seen meeting and event bookings soar this year, with a growth of 55% ‘business on the books’ revenue from this time in 2023. The performance follows a £3million modernisation project and the launch of an ambitious new vision and investment plan to elevate the property’s meetings, events, and hospitality offering.

The hotel’s growth in M&E can be attributed to the team’s focus on customer service, and specifically, response times. The hotel is currently demonstrating an impressive 19-minute response rate to over 3,900 enquiries over the last 12 months, ranking it among the best of the best in Venue Directory’s listings.

A strong pricing strategy and a personalised approach are also key to Mercure’s success, explains Aziza Yessi, Sales Director at Mercure Manchester Piccadilly: “We have a strong pricing strategy in place, which places us correctly in the marketplace and keeps us competitive. We also take a personal approach to our customers, and keen interest in each client’s business, asking the right questions and trying to get to the bottom of the event brief. Our growth in new and repeat business is a testament to our dedicated, passionate, and hard-working teams.”

The news follows Mercure’s recent success at the prestigious Aimbridge Hospitality Awards where the property picked up the award for the most improved Accor hotel in EMEA, with a 12.7% increase in performance and guest reputation. VenueVerdict scores are now consistently achieving 9/10, setting the stage for the hotel's goal to attain gold status within the year. Exceptional service has also resulted in a 500% year-on-year increase in positive Google Reviews and an upgrade to 'Preferred Status' on Booking.com.

  • 08/04/24 Hilton Birmingham Metropole Awarded Gold ECOsmart Certification

    Hilton Birmingham Metropole has been awarded the Gold ECOsmart status, which recognises organisations that demonstrate their comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability and meet the required standards. To achieve Gold status, the team at Hilton Birmingham Metropole showed evidence of the advanced steps it took to achieve a wide range of eco-focused actions.

    In line with Hilton’s ESG strategy Travel with Purpose and as a hotel, Hilton Birmingham Metropole’s ESG policy has evolved significantly as it continues to explore ways to create a positive influence on its Team Members, its communities and the planet. Some of the hotel’s sustainable initiatives include:

    o Digital Key – ensures a frictionless check-in experience by enabling travellers to bypass the front desk, choose their room and unlock their room door directly from their phone with no plastic keys required. In 2022 alone, the use of Digital Key reduced plastic consumption by 92 tons across Hilton hotels globally

    o LightStay reporting – Hilton’s award-winning ESG measurement system, helping the hotel track watts, water and waste data and informing guests of the hotel’s performance

    o Meeting Impact Calculator – providing event organisers with insights about their meeting’s energy and water use, as well as waste diversion and offsetting the carbon footprint

    o Menu carbon labelling – carbon emissions labelling is available on all menus to help inspire guests to make more informed food choices

    o Locally-sourced supplies – catering supplies draw on local businesses wherever possible, including cheese supplier H&B in Worcestershire, meat products from local butcher Aubrey Allan and hand-crafted premium ales from Solihull distillery Sillhill Brewery.

    “We take our responsibility to our people and our planet very seriously and are delighted to be recognised for our continuous efforts. In the past few years we have significantly invested in our ESG-focused initiatives and are excited to continue to build on our commitment, with ambitious plans for 2024 and beyond” said Nicola Underhill, General Manager, Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

    ECOsmart by Greengage is a business travel and events industry certification that recognises

    organisations who can demonstrate a comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability within their business and who promote a green approach with their clients.

  • 03/04/24 Strata appoints Caroline Lumgair Wiseman as Group Head of Strategic Meeting Solutions

    Strata, the award-winning brand experience agency, has appointed Caroline Lumgair Wiseman as Group Head of Strategic Meeting Solutions, a new position created to develop Strata’s Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) offering.

    Lumgair Wiseman has specifically been tasked with helping Strata to build a stronger meetings management proposition to directly meet client demand. In her new role, she will draw upon her extensive experience in global venue sourcing, event management, and high-end experience design, advising clients on all aspects of event strategy and working within the wider group, devising future growth plans.

    Simon Hambley, CEO of Strata, said of Lumgair Wiseman’s appointment: “Caroline is a well-known and respected figure to many in the industry and I’m delighted she’s chosen to join Strata. She has considerable experience in the world of events, which I have no doubt she will bring to Strata at such an important time for the business.”

    Hambley continued: “Strata has long held the ambition to be in the Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) space, supporting clients such as Allergan and Dentons with their global programmes helping them to make the most effective use of their spend and resources on their meetings and events programming. Caroline's global experience, industry connections and entrepreneurial mindset enable us to put all the right elements in place to operate in this space, on a global scale.”

    On her appointment, Lumgair Wiseman said: “I have a huge amount of respect for Simon and all that he and his team have achieved at Strata. Ambitious plans are in place for future growth and I’m honoured to be included in the team and excited to get to work to help deliver on those goals. I’m looking forward to collaborating and contributing to the ongoing success and evolution of Strata, as the company continues to excel in this innovative industry.”

  • 27/03/24 Awards Success for Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford

    The Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford picked up the much-coveted ‘Hotel Top Team of the Year’ award last week at the Manchester Hoteliers Association Annual Awards, whilst two members of the team were recognised individually.

    The Manchester Hoteliers Association Awards are a celebration of Manchester’s bustling hospitality scene, capitalising on the city’s growing international stature, and its increasing profile as a centre of excellence for meetings and events. At the same time, the awards recognised the unique achievements of Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford, which, on top of completing the expansion project, delivered beyond expectations, both in terms of its business performance and customer satisfaction. The hotel operated at record levels of occupancy (80%, including the new rooms) and revenue, with more guests visiting the hotel than previous years.

    The venue, which announced the completion of a £75m investment project, including an extension to 250 state-of-the-art bedrooms, last year, also gained recognition in two other individual categories at the awards.

    The hotel has already carved out a unique position in Manchester’s hotel market, with half the rooms offering pitch facing balconies, in what is widely seen as one of the most stunning bedroom views in the city. The additional room space, which complemented the venue’s already highly respected meetings and events business, spurred the businesses positioning as Destination Emirates Old Trafford and supported its contribution of £22.5 million to the local economy, over the course of 2023.

    Daniel Gidney, Lancashire Cricket Chief Executive, said: “I couldn’t be prouder of our hotel team at Emirates Old Trafford and what a thoroughly deserving award it is.

    “2023 was always going to be the busiest year our Hilton Garden Inn has ever had. Not only did the venue host an Ashes Test Match, Lancashire men’s and women’s teams and The Hundred, two Arctic Monkey concerts and a hugely busy Conference & Event year, we extended the hotel by a further 100 bedrooms and launched a new restaurant, event and hospitality space, The Edge. The hotel extension was delivered on budget and ahead of schedule and, without the great teamwork and spirit that this team possess, we would not have been able to deliver the year that we did. It was a phenomenal effort from the whole team.

    “Our off-field business continues to thrive, and the hotel is a hugely important part of that. This year, for the first time in the Club’s 160-year history, the hotel will generate more revenue that Emirates Old Trafford hosting international fixtures.

    “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our hotel staff for their hard work throughout the year, and we look forward to another record year in 2024.”

    The award judges also added: “…the team not only operate well as a hotel unity, but as a part of the greater entity of Lancashire Cricket Club. Having to learn new working practices in a hotel that has increased its capacity and hospitality space overnight and hitting the ground running to deliver the additional events they had on, is a testament to their team ethos and attitude.”

    As well as the Hotel Top Team of the Year award, The Hilton Garden Inn, Emirates Old Trafford, was also recognised in two individual awards. Caitlin Shaw was awarded a One to Watch Certificate in the Rising Star category, while and Ian Platt was a finalist in the Front of House Customer Service award.