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23 Sep

Destination Newcastle Gateshead

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You’ll find everything you need to host a world class conference in Newcastle Gateshead.

An array of exciting urban and rural venues, and accommodation options for all budgets.

There are great transport links to the rest of the UK and beyond, and a compact and walkable city centre meaning everything a conference organiser needs is right on your doorstep.

From cultural venues such as the iconic Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, and the Biscuit Factory, housed in a former Victorian Warehouse, to performance venues Sage Gateshead seating up to 1700 delegates making it perfect for large conferences, and Newcastle City Hall with a capacity for 2000 in it’s main auditorium.

Newcastle Gateshead looks set to become an even bigger player when it comes to business tourism and hosting large-scale conferences and events in the future.

In a 200m scheme there are exciting plans for a 10 acre site directly opposite the Millennium bridge to be developed to include an entertainment arena, conference and exhibition centre, hotels, bars and restaurants.

Next Summer Newcastle Gateshead will host the Great Exhibition of the North set to be the largest event in England in 2018. It aims to reveal to the world how the north of England’s great art and culture, design and innovation has shaped our lives and is building the economy of tomorrow.

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25 Aug

A Beginners Guide to “Clean Eating” Conferences

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A beginners guide to ‘clean eating’ conferences – Conference News 

Content provided by Olympia London.

Caterers Levy Restaurants UK reveal why and how you should adopt the ‘clean eating’ trend into your next conference.

Craft coffee
Gone are the days where a cup of coffee was solely used as a jolt of energy to get you through the conference. Coffee is now commonly viewed as an experience, where people can learn about what’s in their cup, engaging consumers in the story of their drink. It’s about relationships, with coffee farmers, roasters and baristas all involved in the process. Make sure you buy new season harvests, ensuring that the coffee really is as fresh as possible.

Eat your greens
Many events will be adopting a ‘vegetable-forward’ philosophy, cutting back on meat and carbohydrate heavy menus, responding to a wider growing trend of conscious, healthy eating. An introduction of lighter options will keep your delegates energised throughout the day, avoiding the inevitable mid-afternoon conference lull, when sugar and concentration levels are at their lowest.

Mixing fusion with niche ingredients
While classic British dishes are still a favourite, we expect to see a lot more variety on offer, with dishes from the Middle East, the Mediterranean and South-East Asia appearing. Served in small quantities, these infusions of niche ingredients offer something a little different, whilst also leading the dining experience with a health conscious angle. The London Wellbeing Festival’s menu showcased Thai marinated rare beef, crispy seaweed salad and a variety of different sushi. Vegan and organic dishes are also ones to look out for this year.

Smoothies and juices
Requests for fresh juices and smoothies will continue to be important in the conference sector. Both are a great way of improving the clarity of everybody’s mind, maintaining focus and attention throughout the day. There is a lot to be said for fresh nutrients, helping to replenish the body with an abundance of antioxidants – ensuring your guests leave feeling energised and inspired.

 

 

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24 Jun

Break for the border

 

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Towns and cities within close proximity to UK borders are proving a draw for London business and beyond.

Although London and the south east is the biggest magnet of all for major meetings in the UK, border areas and the curiosity of crossing boundaries is always a pull for organisers and delegates. Our multi-nation state certainly offers a variety of options, across what are, for now at least, all soft borders.

The ICC Wales will open in 2019, providing the Principality’s first purpose-built international convention centre.

Located at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport just two minutes from the M4, ICC Wales is a £83.7m joint venture between the owners of the Celtic Manor Resort and the Welsh Government that will place the destination firmly at the forefront of business tourism centres and enable Wales to attract and host large-scale events from all over the world.

Boasting 26,000sqm of multi-functional events space for up to 5,000 delegates, ICC Wales will be positioned just 10 minutes from the English border at the Severn Bridge, with both Bristol and Cardiff International airports just over 30 minutes away. The new ICC will be well placed for business from the Midlands and other bordering English regions thanks to its proximity to the M5 motorway.

Ian Edwards, chief executive, ICC Wales says: “Our proximity to the English border – as well as our international connectivity – will make our venue ideal for event organisers from the UK and the rest of the world. Recent major events at Celtic Manor such as the Ryder Cup and NATO Summit have demonstrated the willingness of domestic and international visitors to come here. There’s no doubt that being just a stone’s throw away from the border helps with both positive perceptions and awareness of our location.”        

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7 Jun

A weekend in the Scottish Highlands

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I recently had the privilege of being invited by visit Scotland to join an agent’s Familiarisation trip to the Scottish Highlands.

Highlights included Loch Ness & Inverness, taking in several stunning castles and an excursion to the highest point in the Cairngorms.

Inverness Loch Ness offer one unique destination blending the vibrancy and warmth of the thriving capital city of the Highlands and the great outdoors and area of discovery on and around Loch Ness.

Inverness alone has fantastic conference facilities including Eden Court , the Town House , the Centre for Health Science and the Archive Centre as well as numerous fabulous conference hotels including The New Drumossie Hotel and The Kingsmills Hotel and Spa where we experienced top class catering at a memorable dinner and Whisky tasting courtesy of Tomaton distillery.

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