Best Conference Venue (over 1,300 theatre)

Arora Hotels – Sofitel London Heathrow

Sofitel London Heathrow excels at building and nurturing relationships with both prospective and existing clients, and in 2017, the hotel’s dedicated events team placed 3,225 events at the venue and hosted 92,512 delegates.

The venue’s M&E package, ‘The world meets here’, emphasises its unique selling points of accessibility, flexibility and capacity. Whether clients are looking for a smaller meeting room with a unique break out space, like the hotel’s Zen Garden, a larger conference seminar in the purpose built, tiered seated Arora Theatre, or a gala dinner, awards ceremony, conference, exhibition or product launch, the hotel has the facilities and dedication to exceed their clients’ expectations whenever possible.

Consistent training and a dedication to delivering excellent customer service means that many clients have selected Sofitel London Heathrow as their residential conference hotel of choice several times in a row, with the number of multi-year bookings (existing contracts and new) currently standing at 35.

Every detail is considered – from food, technology, layout, integration and theme – and the commitment to getting it right first time, every time, for more than a thousand events each year, is reflected in a retention rate of 50% in the last year.

Business Design Centre – BDC Conference Centre

The Business Design Centre opened in 1986. The venue’s main hall is used for larger conferences such as the Master Investor & Droidcon London while our other spaces are in constant use for various sized conferences with clients such as RBS, Terrapin and Fresh Fair. BDC Conference Centre is run by Max, Kate, Emma, Charlotte and Lowri along with excellent service partners. Every year we focus on evolving with the requirements of our clientele. The Centre’s 12 conference spaces are consistently rejuvenated with improvements to facilities and technology. When we asked our clients what makes the BDC stand out from the rest they always mention consistency and quality of staff, outstanding personal customer service, continued efforts to maintain and improve the facilities and fabric of the building, versatility, catering, location, natural light and aesthetic beauty of the space. All these factors make our clients proud to call the BDC home to their event.

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)

At the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) we are passionate about creating an environment which is conducive to inspiring the vital networking and creativity which brings our clients events to life – and our dynamic team is expert in doing exactly that.

The EICC is an innovative, purpose-built venue, which has been intelligently-designed to meet the needs of conferences and events from a diverse range of industries.

The impressive facilities include a series of adaptable auditoria and suites – all of which are complemented with latest technologies and extensive branding opportunities.

The venue offers event organisers huge flexibility, with the two main entrances and movable walls, it can be used in its entirety or split to run several events simultaneously.

Hilton London Metropole

Here at Hilton London Metropole, we are proud to be one of Europe’s largest conference hotels, with event organisers having the space and flexibility to create the most memorable experiences. We can accommodate conferences for up to 1,650 delegates and host 1059 to sleep, having a huge advantage of everything under one roof.

We were delighted to host DattoCon in October 2017, an event designed to enhance the profile of our client Datto. The event took over our entire West Wing and utilised our two largest suites – Kings and Monarch. Having spoken to other venues, Datto found we offered the most extensive branding opportunities with branding throughout our West Wing and public areas. What’s more is our in house AV team designed and built a 40ft rocket for an out of this world space theme. ‘Our canvas, your story’ is a perfect example from this event where our dedicated team went above and beyond for the client, transforming our space and inspiring attendees throughout. Datto praised us for the seamless transition from sales, planning and operations stating we were exceptionally helpful to ensure the event was a great success.

Manchester Central

Manchester Central has built a longstanding reputation within the conference industry for hosting world-renowned national and international conferences, attracting around half a million visitors to the city each year and generating more than £75m economic impact.

There are many attributes that make Manchester Central truly unique; its location at the heart of the city, its accessible and versatile spaces that set the scene for outstanding events, its experienced and dedicated team of professionals that lead the industry with outstanding service and its commitment to continually invest in its facilities. All of which combine to create a compelling and competitive offer that has led to many conferences choosing to make Manchester their home.

2017 marked an entire decade of success for Manchester Central and yet another record breaking year. Significant advancements, from an online ordering platform, a brand new suite of menus to the relaunching of client and visitor feedback programmes, have assisted the venue in achieving its ultimate goal; to continually exceed expectations.

Ricoh Arena

The Ricoh Arena is one of the UK’s leading events venues, and boasts 80 suites and 6,000 square metres of event space.

Ricoh Arena is unlike any other conference venue do to its versatility and its mixture of on-site amenities including two restaurants, a 121-bedroom DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Grosvenor casino, a dedicated train station and 2,000 car-parking spaces.

The location is also perfect, located within a two-hour drive of 75 per cent of the UK population and minutes away from the M6 motorway and transport links.

In 2017, the Ricoh Arena hosted 666 conferences compared to 583 in 2016 – an increase of 14%.

Recent refurbishments have been made to keep the venue ahead of the curve within the UK’s event industry.

The Ricoh Arena is a one-stop-shop for event organisers looking for a complete service, and visitors who want to be able to work, sleep, dine and be entertained.

The ICC Birmingham

At the ICC, we believe that great events have the power to change, to inspire and to connect people. Ideas are ignited, skills are shared and relationships are built. We believe that it’s better to innovate than imitate. We consider ourselves lucky to have a very diverse client base of both repeat and new clients, and the continuing redevelopment of Birmingham ensures we can always offer an exciting and dynamic backdrop to our events. We always have one eye on the future and we’ve got big plans for the future of the ICC as we strive to keep improving our venue and the services we provide.

Tobacco Dock

The mighty Tobacco Dock is grand in scale, unsurpassed in tech connectivity and saturated with character. A truly versatile venue, it hosts all manner of events, from the mega conference to smaller DDR packages. Offering flexible rates for outstanding spaces in the heart of London’s thriving Enterprise Zone, it’s easily reached from the City and just ten minutes from Tower Bridge.

Measuring in at over 16,000 sqm, there are 40 different spaces that can be used individually or as a package depending on the scope and needs of each event. The iconic, stripped back, industrial styling makes an ideal backdrop for company branding and adds an extra dimension of character.

Award winning catering with on-site kitchens and the capacity to feed events of + 1000 delegates, the in-house Tobacco Dock Food team excels at creating delicious and exciting menus. The experienced sales and operations teams work closely with clients and their suppliers, providing support in the planning and execution of the event and beyond.

A truly stunning venue which has proved to be a catalyst for helping grow footfall and market share for clients’ events, emphasising its premise as a place where people congregate and ideas are exchanged.