Whats Hot & Trending December 19

Bringing you the latest on new venues, venues offering something just that little bit different, others which are hitting the refurbishment trail and those that simply have a story to tell!  And don’t worry, if we’re giving you the heads up on venues that aren’t available to review just yet, they soon will be! 

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK  

WHO – 10 Union Street, London 

WHAT – Brand new venue with 13 meeting rooms, opening March 2020 

WHY – Stunning architectural features with range of different space options 

Located in the heart of the busy and vibrant London Bridge area, a stones throw from Borough Market, 10 Union Street will be open for conference business in early 2020. The new home of The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, this sympathetically refurbished light and airy purposebuilt event space incorporates many original 19th Century features into its design.  Delegates and guests will enter through a stunning, newly created atrium before making their way to one of the 13 flexible event spaces, all with bags of natural daylight, state of the art AV and a contemporary feel. The largest conference space accommodates 300 theatre style and boasts Shard views.  Close by, numerous breakout rooms make 10 Union Street a great venue for larger conferences and seminars.  Plus, the range of different sized spaces make the venue a perfect backdrop for drinks receptions and dinners, accommodating events from 10-350.  Venue catering will be provided by experienced operator Graysons – so food quality is guaranteed to be high. 

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10 Union Street, London

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Barry Nichols, Executive Chef

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JUST THAT LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT… 

WHO – GTG (Training Academy), Wolverhampton – J10, M6 

WHAT – Extensive dedicated training and event space, with inhouse IT suites 

WHY – Leave knowing more than you did when you arrived 

The numbers are impressive 

  • 58,000 sq ft state-of-the-art training centre 
  • 250 seat conference suite 
  • 3 IT rooms and 8 classrooms 
  • 5 craft and technical classrooms 
  • 9 meeting rooms 
  • 250 free parking spaces 

… and if you’re looking for a venue whose sole focus is to provide fit for purpose space for training, a seminar or product launch, then the multi-million pound GTG West Midlands Training and Conference Centre should be at the very top of your wish list. Opened in 2013, this contemporary venue is equipped with every technological and presentation aid you’re ever likely to need. The building itself is split into two sections.  The fully operational transport division caters for all aspects of automotive training whilst the business section offers a variety of flexible conference and meeting rooms, IT suites and workshop areas. Modern IT training rooms can be hired complete with expert support staff and networked desktop PCs have the latest software pre-installed.  The Hub Café refurbished in 2019 provides a superb variety of flexible on-site catering options. Delegates can tuck into something from the daily menu or choose from a selection of tailored packages ranging from coffee and cake to a full sit-down meal 

GTG Main room
GTG front
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MORE THAN A LICK OF PAINT

WHO – Goodison Park, Everton Football Club 

WHAT – Nine newly refurbished event spaces from 3-300 

WHY – Legendary football stadium with real event space flexibility 

An iconic venue steeped in history; Everton Football Club has recently completed a major refurbishment programme of its event space.  Located within the Liverpool city area and close to all transport networks, the multi-million pound investment now offers conference & event bookers an extensive choice of well-appointed suites, hospitality lounges as well as 13 smaller meeting spaces. One of the Club’s most popular event spaces and matchday lounges, The Alex Young Suite has seen the introduction of enhanced mood lighting which can be altered to suit different occasions, functions and events. Meanwhile The Brian Labone Lounge has received an elegant and sophisticated modernisation, with new furniture and audio-visual screens. Delegate packages are based on a minimum of 30 delegates whilst the in-house event team are on-hand to assist with any bespoke event needs. An award winning group of chefs cater for all requirements from a light bite to a gourmet dinner and as a special touch delegates and guests can combine a conference with a dinner and a stadium tour, which proves to be a real hit for football fans. 

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STORY TO TELL 

WHO – Aspects at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire 

WHAT – Contemporary event space, easily accessible, remarkable history 

WHY – Truly special – LEST WE FORGET 

Venture away from the traditional hotel or meeting venue and into the extraordinary setting of the National Memorial Arboretum for a unique and inspirational backdrop for any conference or event. Located on the edge of the National Forest in the heart of the country, Aspects is a truly special venue, sitting amongst 30,000 trees and 380 memorials each remembering ordinary people who lived and died through extraordinary times.  A contemporary conference and events centre with eight flexible spaces (for between 5- 500 guests), this spectacular facility boasts a stylish lounge and main suite, with views across to the iconic Armed Forces Memorial. Teams can explore the incredible 150-acre, award-winning visitor attraction which is filled with inspirational stories brought to life by passionate guides. Aspects’ unique setting offers the opportunity to shed the constraints of the corporate world; to shift perspective, make space to think differently, spark creativity and foster feelings of inspiration, awe and gratitude. Hear the smile-raising tale of Able Sea Cat Simon aboard the HMS Amethyst the only cat to receive a naval title, or the inspirational story of Lance Corporal William Coltman the most decorated non-commissioned officer of the First World War, who never fired his rifle. So, if you’re planning your 2020 conference, meeting or event schedule, make sure Aspects is on your shortlist for events that matter, in a place that matters! 

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