Times, they are a-changin’

Howard3I’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

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

Long Standing Clients

Helpful StaffThis week we hosted the 41st British Nuclear Medicine Society Annual Meeting. Delighted to say it went incredibly well and the sun finally made an appearance! As always it put huge smiles on our faces to see delegates strolling along the seafront getting a much needed Vitamin D top up.

The British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS) is the only independent forum devoted to all aspects of Nuclear Medicine.

Established in 1966 as the Nuclear Medicine Society, its membership includes the clinicians dealing with the medical speciality, clinical scientists, radiopharmacists, other scientists, nuclear medicine technologists and nurses.

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To Network or Not to Network?

This morning I attended the Juice 107 Breakfast networking meeting at Brighton Racecourse. It’s always a good fun morning, hosted by Juice with a scrummy breakfast provided. The morning starts with a half hour of chatting and networking over a coffee before all being seated and then the fun begins with a few quick words from supporters and sponsors.

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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

Good Luck Michael!

martlets-hospice-logoOn Sunday one of our Event Managers, Michael Marcham, is taking on a charity walk in memory of his late husband Paul and we wanted to take this opportunity to wish him the best of luck!

Paul sadly lost his battle to cancer last year and is missed by all of us here at the Brighton Centre. Everyone knew Paul and loved him dearly; he was a fantastic man who spent his final years stewarding for us at the Centre – a role in which he thrived as it involves helping people and chatting away!

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The Centre through our eyes…

Kyle CollardOver the past year, we’ve dedicated our advertising campaign to our staff, giving you an insight into the Brighton Centre like you’ve never had before. With our series of adverts coming to a close, we look back on our adverts and dedicate our latest to the photographer that made it all happen, Kyle Collard.

Kyle has worked at the Brighton Centre for six years, spending the past three as a full time member of staff. Working behind the scenes as a Venue Services Assistant, Kyle’s role is to help set up all the different events that are held at the Centre. His role requires accuracy, as well as an element of creativity, which perfectly reflects his personal interests and expertise. Continue reading

Are lead-in times getting shorter?

It’s been a funny old year for bookings at the Brighton Centre… not for bookings themselves, that’s all incredibly positive with events confirming between January and December 2012 worth over £150 million to the local economy and enquiries up by up 175% in October 2012 in comparison to October 2011 plus the overall increase in value for potential events has also risen by 410%. But instead with how we see our diary form and how, in turn, we have to manage it. We’re noticing two types of trends with organisers; those who book multiple years far into the future (we’ve got clients confirmed for 2024) but also a significant trend towards companies booking events and conferences with increasingly shortened lead times.

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Firstly, we’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year, and hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Our New Year has certainly got off to a terrific start, as, it is with great pleasure that we can today announce…we’ve been shortlisted in the M&IT Awards! We are absolutely delighted and would like to thank all of our clients, visitors, staff and colleagues for your support over this past year that has enabled us to make it into the final five for the ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue’ category.

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