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Imagine you’re planning a conference for 100 of your top performing partners. These folks are the best of the best so you need to pull out all the stops to make them feel VIP. You want to plan an agenda that mixes productive working sessions with relationship building activities, and of course a few leisure activities for your delegates to make memories. Afterall, work-life balance isn’t just for the office. Your delegates deserve an experience they will tell their friends and family about, and your brand can certainly benefit from being associated with the kind of emotion we feel when we are treated like a VIP.

Inspiring #eventprofs through venue showcases – Weston Park stately home brought to life

When organising events, the main requirements for me and many others are a central location, good transport links, flexibility and a good service. Hotels dominate the event venue market, as they are often able to offer all of these in one convenient location. However, as event professionals we are always looking for something extra to offer our attendees, something a little more out of the ordinary to enhance the event experience.

When invited to Weston Park with Lime Venue Portfolio, I was only aware of it as the home to a tent covered field during V Festival. However, the stately home nestled within the park is a far cry from festival camping. If you are looking for an exclusive hire venue to create a sense of luxury then Weston Park definitely has something to offer.

Ideas for Maritime and City themed corporate team-building activities

Team-building activities are designed for group members to strengthen their relationships, improve communication and explore new ways of working together. A well-designed team-building programme can also reward employees and achieve company aims and objectives.

Are you looking for an innovative and exciting team-building activity to offer your staff members and clients in 2017?

The Maritime and City themed team-building packages developed by Trinity House in Tower Hill, are new and exciting products designed for groups looking to incorporate a strong messages and a team-building element into their corporate event, such as setting priorities, problem solving, decision making and teamwork.

Combining event management career with part-time Master’s Degree: Interview with Zoe Turner, Deputy Events Manager at Trinity House

Back in October I shared with you an article about Trinity House, a unique venue in central London, overlooking Tower of London and the River Thames. Zoe Turner is Deputy Events Manager at Trinity House, Tower Hill, and has been there for a decade. In September 2015, she decided to embark on an Events Management Course at The University of Greenwich and is half way through a two-year Master Degree. It is normally a one-year course but Zoe is holding down a full-time job with their support and encouragement at the same time.

Venue spotlight: Westminster Suite at The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall

It can be challenging to excite the delegates when you host your event at a hotel. Everyone will expect a standard conference room.

But what if you use The Presidential Suite instead of a conference room? That’s what we did for the latest #EventPlannersTalk LIVE event. The event took place at The Westminster Suite at The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall.

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Located in the heat of London, just walking distance from Westminster tube station, The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall, is a hidden gem in the busy and very touristic city center. I didn’t even know that the hotel was there until I went for a site-visit. All London’s top attractions – The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, House of Parliament, Westminster Bridge and London Aquarium – are also just walking distance from the venue.

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The room is on the 5th floor and signage can be provided. The venue can accommodate about 25 people for an event like #EventPlannersTalk LIVE, where people can seat comfortably on sofas and bar stools. For private dinners or boardroom style events the capacity will be maximum 1o at the table. Unfortuantley the table cannot be moved.

The only downside of the venue is that the TV screen, the 42in/107cm, is fixed so you can’t reposition it when holding a presentation. For us it didn’t matter and was very helpful using it for a holding slide.

Menu

The The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall has great food selection and we went for the buffet option.

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Pulled Pork Wrap, Cabbage-Apple Slaw

Roasted Duck, Thai Vegetable Salad, Glass Noodles, Sesame-Soy Dressing

Homemade Dill Cured Salmon, Pea Shoot, Lemon Crème Fraiche

Compressed Watermelon, Herb Goat’s Cheese, Pistachio, Aged Balsamic

Ham Hock & Pea Salad, Pickled Onion, Sweet Mustard Dressing, Crackling

Semi-Dried Tomato Salad, Mozzarella Cheese, Pine Nuts, Black Olive Vinaigrette

As you can see on the pictures the food was beautifully presented and tasted even better!

Unique expereince

Everyone loved the venue! It was something different, exclusive, luxurious and provided a uniue experience, definitely not the usual hotel conference room and I can highly reccomend!

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Photos by Sandeep Rai