The month of March for ExecSpace seemed to pass in a blink of an eye.
From sharing details about just some of the women who have inspired us on International Women’s Day at the beginning of the month, to inspiring others at the Meetings Industry Association Connect Day event, we’ve also found time to visit over 50 venues across the country, and worked on £1.5m worth of business for 2022 alone.
It’s been a month where the industry has yet again shown how agile it can be, springing into action as people’s confidence returns, and no one is more delighted than our team at seeing event managers, senior PAs and other event professionals and colleagues enjoying, connecting and celebrating live events once more.
While the world of virtual has been life-saving for many and offers inclusivity and sustainability options we hadn’t fully embraced pre-covid, to quote M&IT on Twitter ‘there are very few things that beat face to face meetings and conversations’.
There were some great conversations at the Connect Day held at Alton Towers. The day included key topics, trends and challenges within the industry – involving debates about rates, flexibility and experience. Louise was one of the event experts invited to join a panel discussion session, and there were some challenging questions and insights shared around sustainability in the Industry, giving us all food for thought.
Our featured location this month was London, mainly as we spent a huge amount of time with clients visiting venues to make sure we got the look, feel and even smell right for their upcoming events. Again – while venue knowledge, experience and online information are supremely helpful, nothing beats stepping foot through the door and into the spaces you might use to assess whether the venue’s character is the right fit for your organisation’s culture and event goals.
Included in some of our client’s shortlists were Banking Hall, Churchill War Rooms, Claridges, Corinthia, The Berkeley and The Langham.
The brand-new Roof Top Pool at The Berkeley was fabulous and we found ourselves immediately visualising balmy summer evenings once the weather is a little less inclement – one suggestion over on our Instagram was to use the terrace space for an afternoon seminar with early evening refreshments, which would work brilliantly there with those city views in the background.
If you were looking for something a little different in the capital, there are many options. The Sauce Cookery School we visited at The Langham is a fun and creative way to learn new skills – rather like us, they have a team of experts who share trade secrets in an informative way!
But the most interesting award had to go to Churchill War Rooms this month. They showed how you can immerse your delegates into the history of the place by using a Ration Book as a place card, and your menu card and stamp it with the official secrets act stamp; a truly memorable way to make an impact if you’re looking for something unforgettable.
Now we’re in April we’ll be looking further North and sharing some of the newer venues which have sprung up all over Edinburgh. We’ll also be advising clients who have been waiting for new budgets following the fiscal year-end how to get the best value from both their short lead enquiries and their future event planning. With prices for pretty much everything on the rise at the moment, now is an important time to ensure they get maximum return.
If you see any of the team when out and about do say hello, and if we can help in any way with your corporate event venue search do get in touch.