Brighton Centre Sustainability Certificate Presentation

Staff and city stakeholders gathered at the Brighton Centre at the end of January for the presentation of ISO 14001 & ISO 20121 certificates by James Gibb, Chief Executive of AJA Auditors to Ollie Sykes, Deputy Chair of the council’s Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee.Sustainability Certificate handover 24 Jan 2014

We are celebrating becoming the first local authority to be awarded two major international standards for environmental management and sustainable events.
The certificates were awarded for the reducing the environmental impact of events in venues including the Brighton Centre and at outdoor events on council owned land.

The Sustainable Events Programme has been providing practical support for event organisers for over four years. It helps build links between organisers and local suppliers and make targeted investments in buildings to reduce running costs and improve visitor’s experience through new technology such as LED lighting. Continue reading

Ice Ice Baby

Not to confuse you with any one hit wonder from the early 90’s;  I just like that ICE 2014title and those words are perfect for what I am about to tell you about.

You may be aware that over past years and for many of them, we have hosted the infamous, magical Holiday on Ice every January. Last year we cut the trend and had the extremely successful show Starlight Express, one of the best loved and longest running musicals in theatrical history.

This January we have a brand new show ICE, opening on Wednesday 22nd January and running until Sunday 2nd February;  skating like you’ve never seen before. Speed. Style. Glamour. Grace Continue reading

Did someone say Christmas is coming?!

I love it. It’s that time of year again; houses are lit up with an array of sparkly coloured lights, illuminated reindeer christmasand snowmen are sitting quietly in gardens and the words ‘Santa, Please Stop Here’ outside many front doors. You know what I’m talking about; its CHRISTMAS and I LOVE IT!!!

It’s a time where you can really kick back, relax and enjoy your time at home with those you love and cherish. If you have young children it is just the best time (in my opinion), when they see the presents under the tree, the stockings full of gifts; the look on their face when they open their presents gives such an amazing, content, heart-warming feeling inside and out. The pure delight and happiness on their little smiling face is just a joy to see. I have two children, a 17 year old and a 4 year old, they both love Christmas, they show their excitement in quite different ways, but both brimming with delight and elation of what the day ahead will bring. Continue reading

August…. and another venue refurbishment!

August is a quiet month for the Brighton Centre. It is the time when any necessary venue maintenanceMickey Mouse gets fully under-way. We are currently undergoing another internal venue change; we will have our long –awaited fully accessible, internal entrance to the Syndicate Wing! This will mean that delegates will NOT need to go outside anymore in all weathers to get to their breakout sessions in Syndicates 1 – 4. This is a huge step for us and we are thoroughly chuffed that once again our venue staff are doing us proud. Our Buildings Manager Ian Hardy along with his team have worked solidly and effortlessly to get this project under-way and happen. Continue reading

Southern Dharma Celebration, Modern Buddhism Public Talk & Meditation and all the others we do!

We are delighted to announce we have confirmed the Southern Dharma Celebration for the third year at the Brighton Centre!Gen-la-Dekyong7

The event is orgainsed by the local Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre, based here in Brighton. We have a great relationship with their team; we understand their needs and requirements, which enables us (especially their Event Manager Neil Duffie) to ensure they have a calm, peaceful and joyous celebration here every year, without any hitches. They have confidence in us as we understand their needs and we believe this plays a big part in making thedecision to come back to us with the Southern Dharma Celebration each year and in particular next February 2014. Continue reading

Juggling your Business and Home Life

We work in an industry which requires us to spend so much time away from Juggling-Motherhood-and-a-Business-Try-These-Time-Management-Tips-275x296home that I’ve decided to look at whether it’s possible to integrate your conference trip with a family break at the same time. These days so much of our time can be spent attending business conferences that are often far from home that we can forget it may affect the people we leave behind.

I think with a little bit of planning, sometimes, you can make it work for your family whether they are able to come with you or remain at home with their other parent or carer whilst you go away. Continue reading

What a week!

Well, it seemed that last week passed in a busy blur and my what-a-week-sound-button-anytime-novelty-gift-1hyo3446_518_1feet hardly touched the ground!

We started off by welcoming The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland SCTS, for their annual conference. There were some amazing topics discussed and the poster boards we had around the Brighton Centre went well above my head! I guess that’s why I’m not a cardiothoracic surgeon……We look forward to welcoming them back in the future.

Then on Tuesday we were off bright and early to Excel for International Confex 2013. This year we were stand sharing with our colleagues from VisitBrighton and other venues in the City. Continue reading

Staff Q&A: Louise Wyborn

Name:  Louise Wyborn

 Current job title: Conference Sales

 Time worked at the Centre, in current and previous roles: 6 years

 Where you currently live:  Burgess Hill

 What’s the best thing about working at the Brighton Centre: I really enjoy the variety of events we manage to successfully put on in the venue. No matter what it is, all the staff pull together to ensure all of our clients get the best possible experience and this makes me proud to work here

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Staff Q&A: Becky Taylor

 Name: Becky Taylor

 Current job title:  Account Executive for Wildwood PR

 Time worked at the Centre, in current and previous roles: Since January 2012

 Where you currently live: Southwater, West Sussex

What’s the best thing about working at the Brighton Centre:  The staff. They are the most enthusiastic people I have ever worked with, and are always so lovely, happy and positive. This makes it a great environment to work within, which is why I enjoy every minute of it!

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