Well, how did that happen? 2014 is here already – Happy New Year!
I can imagine that most of us are starting this year with the mantra ‘’New Year, New Start’’; be that referring to going to the gym, spending more quality time with family and friends or taking one less sugar in their coffee.
For me it means quite a lot more as I have returned to work this chilly January morning no longer under the title of Conference Sales Officer but instead as Revenue and Commerce Manager of the Brighton Centre, a job which I accepted back in early December.
Did you see Howard’s guest blog on the Conference News website recently? If not you can check it out here or we’ve been kind enough to include it below for you.
We are slightly bias here at the Brighton Centre but we honestly believe that our City is the best in the country. To those lucky enough to visit there is an abundance of sites, activities and experiences on offer. Naturally, we like to boast about the offerings of our City and believe the location itself is a great selling point for our venue.
We have put together a bucket list for those planning on visiting our awesome City…
The Brighton Centre has announced that it has secured the opportunity to host the 2014 and 2016 National Union of Teachers Conferences.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is made up of teachers in primary and secondary education from across the UK. Working on behalf of its 300,000 members, the Union helps to ensure fairness and equality in terms of employment and working conditions. Its annual conference, which will take place next year at the Brighton Centre, will allow all members from the Union to meet and discuss current issues in the education sector.
Whilst our location is often noted as a unique and highly attractive feature that sets us apart from other venues, we have to argue that we have a better quality still…our workforce.
Impossible to measure and to explain on paper, the tremendous service our staff provide is the main reason we see so many repeat bookings at the venue. But, unlike our fantastic location, it has to be experienced to be believed; though you can check out our testimonials to see what other organisers have said.
I’m sure many of you have already seen the news regarding our GM, Howard Barden, and his new role; we are delighting that he has been appointed Head of Tourism & Venues at Brighton and Hove City Council.
He will now have responsibility for Tourism & Venues a BHCC; a service that combines VisitBrighton alongside the Brighton Centre and Hove Centre. He succeeds Adam Bates who is leaving at the end of the year. Continue reading
As part of the Brighton Centre’s technology upgrade programme, which has been running alongside the interior refurbishment, we’ve recently installed Flare Audio’s X5 speakers and Q18 bass units into Auditorium 1. Maybe not the most obvious of part of our refurbishment (you have to look really hard at the ceiling 14 metres up to see it!) but still a really exciting project which has allowed for a further enhanced organiser and delegate experience at the venue, after all being able to hear the speaker through a first class sound system is rather important really, isn’t it?
So this week has flown by, especially as it started for me on Sunday!
We were attending the Event Organisers Summit at Whittleberry Hall in Northamptonshire, which is a great way to meet clients, but is essentially speed dating for business!
As a supplier you get to choose your shortlist of clients that you wish to see, they decide if they like the look of you and put you on their list. The organisers then put your schedule together for two days and off you go.
It’s a great way to meet prospective clients and talk to them about what improvements we’ve been doing here and find out if their event needs would fit in the venue. Continue reading
It’s Friday afternoon, the sun is shining, I can actually hear people having an awesome time on the beach from my desk and I thought to myself – when was the last time you wrote a blog? It feels like ages ago and I fancy rambling on like those drinking down on the prom.
Avid readers of our blogs will know that I’m quite keen on researching into colour, psychology, food and social stance at conference; after all conferences and events are about people meeting people. You can see some of them here.
So, I decided I’d like to write another blog about colour but then I got worried that I actually only just wrote one about colour and people might get bored. Turns out I wrote that blog in August last year! Time has serious flown by… it must be something about summer and seeing people wearing more than just black and the sky not just different shades of grey that gets me thinking about it.
Many thanks to all those who took the time to join us at the Brighton Centre yesterday for Sustainable Events: The Future and You; I hope everyone who came found the day as enjoyable and informative as I did.
You can view the Sustainable Event Report from the day here. This is what we can now produce for events that take place at the Brighton Centre should event organisers want to work with us using the Sustainable Events Programme.
It was fantastic to see so many people discussing sustainability and thinking beyond what it was considered to be and instead being excited about all the different elements that can be worked into your event or venue.