Best Conference Venue – over 1250 Theatre Style

ICC Belfast

Belfast is a city resurgent, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by conference organisers. The city has long been feted by those in the know. ICC Belfast is the city’s only purpose-built international convention centre. The team work collaboratively with partners to sell Belfast as a unique, vibrant and flourishing business tourism destination that delivers for the city socially, culturally and economically. Today, tomorrow and beyond.

A well-established venue among Association clients, ICC Belfast is focused on achieving further growth in the Corporate market and counts HBO, Coca Cola and PwC among its clients. The experienced and ambitious team continually strive to exceed client expectations and are specialists in their respective fields.

Innovative transformation has taken place in ICC Belfast’s sales and marketing function and a more integrated approach that places a greater focus on digital tools and assets is now in place. This allows for campaigns to be more closely measured and adapted to provide greater value for money and assist with decision making for future campaigns. The team have also been able to use this integrated approach as a way to build relationships with event organisers and create a lasting conference legacy.

Event Exeter

Event Exeter has been proudly managing the venues at the University of Exeter for over 40 years. Utilising the excellent teaching facilities generates profitable income for the organisation.

Our client base is varied in type, from academic conferences, professional bodies and associations and local businesses, to international organisations and events agencies.

The Event Exeter team is designed to offer a bespoke, first-class service to every customer. Being part of a Russell Group University, our customers benefit from the choice of a wide range of impressive flexible venues. Our location is nothing short of stunning and we strive to showcase the best of the South West to all our customers.

When working with clients, it’s not a matter of what we have to offer, it’s a matter of what do they need. We approach each booking as a bespoke challenge and we relish finding innovative and exciting ways of bringing their event to life. When the client knows what they want, we can deliver. And when they don’t know, we’ll suggest themes for them.

Overall, it’s the flexibility and personal touch that provides excellence for our customers. Exeter: A place worth meeting.

Hilton London Metropole

Sometimes size does matter, and in the world of business events and conferences – where the demand from clients is for bigger and better experiences time after time – the importance of scale should not be underestimated. As the UK’s largest conference and meetings hotel, the Hilton London Metropole truly stands apart from the competition in its ability to deliver expansive, personalised and unique events that our clients and their delegates cannot experience anywhere else. We hosted a three-day event for the EMEA business of Juniper Networks which took over the entire hotel, with tailored branding in the whole of the West Wing, including Juniper artwork up the stairs and in the lifts and a personalised check-in area. Juniper’s main focus of the event was to give their guests an incredible food and beverage experience with dishes from around the world. Once understanding the client’s vision, our Executive Chef designed a unique and personalised menu to not only taste incredible, but to deliver an experience that their guests will not forget. Juniper praised us for our organisation and ongoing support throughout stating we understood exactly what they were looking for, delivered it and so much more.

Manchester Central

The last twelve months has seen Manchester Central build on its status as one of Europe’s leading conference venues with a revamped catering offer, upgraded facilities and a service that goes above and beyond, culminating in significant growth in both the corporate sector and the public sector.

What’s more, Manchester Central’s ability to attract and retain clients has seen an increase in the amount of conferences hosted, and an impressive return rate of 50% from national association clients. It’s commitment to working with event organisers to help maximise the success of their conferences has helped events hosted at the venue produce consistent year on year growth.

Scottish Event Campus

The Scottish Event Campus is Scotland’s premier event venue. We have three iconic spaces – the SEC Centre, the SEC Armadillo and the SSE Hydro. Across these, we make great events happen and as a result, we are an enabler for social and economic progress. Events held at the SEC leave legacies for our city.

We welcome a huge range of clients across many industries. Our versatility means that we frequently welcome a number of events of varying sizes at any given time.

Our expert teams listen, respond and drive the best client and delegate experience possible. Our unique partnerships with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Convention Bureau, universities and other major institutions help bring events to life and ensure that all event aspects are covered.

We are also the world’s first Healthy Venue, having worked with the World Obesity Federation to create a strict set of criteria for venues to meet in order to become accredited.

The Scottish Event Campus provides authentic, memorable experiences for clients and delegates to help create the best event possible.

The ICC Birmingham

Events aren’t simply our lifeblood, they’re our passion. We believe a great event has the power to spark success by connecting people and ideas in a unique way. The ICC welcomes over 400 events and 350,000 delegates each year and caters to events of all shapes and sizes from small meetings to major multi-day conferences for thousands. 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, as well as an unbeatable location at the heart of the UK.

Our people and our dedication to customer service are what set us apart. We strive to exceed customer expectations in everything that we do and have an extensive customer feedback programme. We use the output to continuously look at ways to innovate and evolve our venue and the services we provide, and to go above and beyond for our customers so that we remain at the very top of our game.

Tobacco Dock

With 57 flexible spaces over 16,000 sqm, the versatility and scope of Tobacco Dock makes it ideal for a range of conferencing options. Feedback from clients shows the attraction of our venue lies in our iconic building, the expertise of our team, high level of customer service and creative support we offer.

Due to the unique layout of our spaces, smaller events never feel under-attended, while we’re equally able to comfortably accommodate very large events, with a maximum capacity for 10,000 attendees.

Our dry-hire basis provides clients with the opportunity to create completely original, non-formulaic events. Meanwhile, we have increased our provision for those looking for more straightforward planning for smaller conferences with our comprehensive DDR packages in The Dock Gallery and our newly re-imagined East Dock.

Our large WiFi capacity, with the ability to simultaneously support up to 3,000 devices, makes us a popular choice with clients from the Tech and FinTech industries as well as for live events looking to stream their content.

Our in-house catering team, Tobacco Dock Food, provides award-winning and versatile menus, from sit-down formal banquets to informal street-food options. In 2018 they catered for 171 live days, feeding 120,000 guests and conducted 33 tastings.

Ricoh Arena

The Ricoh Arena, home of Wasps Rugby Club, Wasps Netball and where Coventry City Football Club also play, is one of the UK’s most versatile and digitally-connected event venues.

Our wide range of on-site amenities appeals to conference organisers for the added convenience it offers their delegates.
Our location is perfect for companies needing to bring delegates together as we are located within a two-hour drive of 75 per cent of the UK population.

Are USP is the flexibility of our event space. Many of our rooms can be partitioned allowing conference organisers the ability to choose exactly the space they require.

In 2018, we hosted over 660 conferences and in the past 2 years our conference business has grown on average around 14% year-on-year.

Recent refurbishments include the installation of a super-fast Wi-Fi internet connection and 10 digital screens enabling event organisers to quickly put their own visual stamp on the venue and communicate in real time.

We recently joined forces with catering giants Delaware North to ensure that we are offering our conference organisers the very best in food and beverage.

We are proud to say that 77% of organisers return each year.

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