Simoco Radio Systems

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?

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Making your conference sustainable

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At the Brighton Centre we are passionate about creating more sustainable events. If there are ways to improve an event by making it more sustainable, we will do it. This year we held our first Sustainable Event: The Future and You, and industry debate around where we (as an industry) are in terms of sustainability, it was a great success.

We have put together a few helpful tips for those of you who are planning to make your event more sustainable. Hopefully with our simple guidelines, you can see how easy it is to make small changes, which will lead to a more sustainable event and ultimately reduce your environmental, social and economic impact.

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The Brighton Centre Rocks with Flare Audio

Firstly I would just like to introduce myself; my name is Hayley and I am one of the newest recruits to the Brighton Centre, working alongside Ally as part of the Brighton Centre’s PR team.

A little bit about myself, I have worked in a couple of other agencies to gain my PR experience, following my degree in Advertising and Marketing at Bournemouth University. Outside of work I am a keen runner, running my first half marathon back in April, which was not easy! Hopefully I will be able to do another one before running the Brighton Half in February. Alongside keeping fit I try to go to a couple of festivals each summer, this year I was lucky enough to attend Glastonbury Festival for the first time, which is up there with one of the best weekends of my life! 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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2012: Year Review

It’s now a year since we finished our major refurbishment project, and we’re delighted to report – we’ve had a really amazing response with very promising figures!

Despite the challenging financial times, in an ever growing competitive market, we’ve managed to secure an incredible amount of business, and perhaps most importantly, seen many repeat bookings from new and long-term clients.

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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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What a Year!

Well, 2012 certainly went by in a flash. It’s amazing that Christmas is just around the corner, although we all know it appears every twelve months, but somehow I’m always surprised by it!

I’ve been back in my role as Sales Manager here at the Brighton Centre since we hosted the Liberal Democrats Annual Conference in September. The other few months I was very busy being Mum to two baby girls. However, that’s a different kind of busy!

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Recycle: to convert (waste) into reusable material

A hot topic in the UK at the moment is the idea of green lifestyles, eco companies and using renewable technologies. At the Brighton Centre, we think this goes beyond the energy we consume, to the buildings within which we work and live.

 You probably won’t be surprised to hear that Brighton & Hove is ranked within the top 5 greenest cities in the UK. With this comes great responsibility to ensure our City keeps its place in the leader boards, as well as prove itself to a national and global audience.

As you may or may not know, last year we underwent a huge refurbishment project. “What’s so green about that?” I hear you ask. In our opinion, it’s the best form of recycling. We’re all used to recycling our rubbish, so why not extend this to our properties? Continue reading

Access All Areas

Since 1995, the Equality Act has helped to protect the rights of disabled people, preventing discrimination ensuring they are in equal positions in term of employment, education, as well as access to goods, services and facilities. This means that all venues must be DDA (Disabled Discrimination Act) Compliant. 

We pride ourselves as one of the best purpose-built conference venues in the UK, and with this, we accept the responsibility to adapt our facilities accordingly, in order to meet the demands of the Equality Act.

As our General Manager, Howard Barden, recently explained: “At the Brighton Centre, our aim is to treat everyone as an equal, without persecution for differences or limitations. We have worked tirelessly to ensure the Centre meets the needs of the Equality Act and is DDA compliant. In regards to this, and in particular since our renovation, the feedback we have received has been excellent, and we look forward to continuing this theme and developing the Centre to provide equal opportunities for all.” Continue reading


It is always nice to see an old face return to the Centre for their annual conference, especially when they have been as long-serving as the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union.

The PCS Conference has taken place at the Brighton Centre for many years; even in our difficult times leading up to the refurbishment before anything was set in stone. When we were given the chance to upgrade our tired-looking venue, not only were we excited for ourselves, but we were excited to be able to share it with our faithful and committed clients who return year-on-year.

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