August, 2016

A Fond Farewell…

So our girl, Laura, is finishing her time here at Top Venues HQ and she wanted to write a brief farewell blog about her time with us. We’ll miss having her in the office and as part of the team and wish her all the best in her next adventure….

 

So, where do I start? May as well jump right in, today is my last day at Top Venues! So I thought I would write a farewell blogpost about my time here. What I’ve loved and what I’ve learnt and believe me I’ve learnt a lot in the past year.

When I started working here last August I was very nervous and not very confident. It was my first job out of university and I had no idea what to expect. Now a year on I am so much more confident in general and have much more faith in myself and my abilities. Last August the thought of walking into a venue expo or attending a fam trip (I also didn’t have a clue what a venue expo or fam trip was) on my own was terrifying and now it doesn’t faze me at all. I’ll happily go to events and fam trips alone, talk to anyone and even get on a plane on my own! I think this has come from being thrown in, well not thrown in but encouraged to dive in, at the deep end. Within my first month of being at Top Venues I had been to the Venue Expo in Liverpool and to Cambridge for a fam trip on my own. After that I was happy to go anywhere alone including Barcelona for IBTM, even if in the process of going to Barcelona I had a minor melt down at the airport as I hadn’t checked in online (oooopsies) but we’ll forget about that part. The point is I got there and back alive without any major disaster.

Throughout the last year I have learnt to negotiate rates, manage clients and how to think on my feet to solve problems and issues. I also know more venues than I thought I ever could. When I first joined the team I was fresh out of uni and my event experience revolved around festivals. I didn’t know any venues except for the odd hotel here and there and gig venues in Manchester but now I’ve turned into a mini walking talking venue directory.

I think the highlights for me have been attending some amazing fam trips such as The Cambridge Experience, The Leeds Big Sleepover and The Curious Case of London City Selection (all of which I have written blog posts about so have a look back through our previous posts for more info on them because they were brill!). I’ve also had a great time working with all our wonderful clients and will miss them all a lot. Even though finding the perfect venue for an event can be stressful hearing good feedback from a client makes it all worth it.

So there we have it. I just want to say a massive huge ginormous thank you to my boss, colleagues and our clients for making the past year fabulous, I’ve had a blast.

Over and out!

Laura x

 

You can contact the team at theteam@top-venues.co.uk or by calling 0844 8709 963.

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The Meetings Show 2016

This year’s meeting show took place from the 14th – 16th June 2016 at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London. Our girl Laura headed down for one night and one day for a busy but productive whirlwind 24 hours in London….
It all began on Tuesday 14th June. I hopped on a train to London at 5.04pm, arriving at 7.20pm I headed straight to check in at my hotel for the night, the Melia White House.  The Melia White House is beautiful and quite possibly has the best smelling lobby area ever! It was a vacation for my nose (my house tends to smell look cooking but not the nice kind, the kind when you are full and smell food and you just think ‘nope’. I’m not making myself sound great here am I?). Moving on, I checked in, collected an envelope with my pass and important details about the show from the concierge and then headed to my room. Okay, that sounds simple but funny story I’m a numpty and didn’t know how to use the lift (highly embarrassing). A kind man had to show me how to make the lift doors open. Heads up, you use the touch screen machine to the right of the first set of lifts, select what floor you want and then it tells you what lift to go to and it takes you there, it’s simple really once you know what you are doing or if you aren’t a numpty like myself. The Melia White House not only has 581 lovely rooms in eight categories it also has great event space. They have 10 meeting rooms and the largest can hold 150 delegates. Day Delegate Rates are between £60.00 – £70.00 for a full day meeting and include: 2 coffee breaks, 3-course buffet lunch in the restaurant, Wi-Fi, water, stationary, roll up screen and flipchart.

On Wednesday 15th June I woke up bright and early to get ready for a day at The Meetings Show. I headed down for breakfast which was lovely, checked out and boarded the coach that took us straight to Olympia for the show. I believe this is the first year that the event has taken place in the larger hall and it was a good and manageable size. Not too big, not too small.

Whilst at the show I had meetings with venues that we currently work with and found some new ones to start building strong and positive relationships with. One of the new venues I met was CentrEd at ExCel, London.

CentrEd (with a capital E, that was not a typo) is located at the Royal Victoria Dock in London. Although a bit further out than the sought after City area of London, CentrEd is easily accessible via public transport and heading out of The City has its benefits. For example, all 29 rooms have natural daylight and balconies with views of the beautiful Royal Victoria Dock. The rooms have flexible walls so the venue can create spaces for 20 delegates all the way up to spaces for 400 delegates. Plus you are only 20 minutes away from The City so should you need to get back there after it won’t take you long.

Next up is the Ibis London Earls Court Conference Centre or ILEC for short. This venue claims to be the most versatile space in West London and I can most definitely see why. The venue has an innovative modular space called The London Suite. This suite can then be partitioned and divided up to create smaller rooms. The whole hall can seat 1200 in a theatre style but then can be divided up so many ways that it can create as many as nine individual rooms. Not only can the venue cater for pretty much anything and everything they also have 504 bedrooms on site making it a great option for large conferences that also require bedrooms.

If you’re interested in any of the venues above or want to find out more on how we can help, get in touch!

You can email myself or the rest of the team at theteam@top-venues.co.uk or give us a ring on 0844 8709963. We look forward to hearing from you!

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