Whats Hot & Trending February 19


WHO – ICC Wales, Newport, South Wales – opens July 2019  

WHAT – Giant conference and exhibition space  for all large events 

WHY – 5000 delegate capacity, 1500seater auditorium. Be one of the first to try 

The ICC Wales has taken the best bits from many of the world’s convention centres to create what will be a world leading convention and events centre.  Here’s a few numbers: 

  • An £84m joint venture between Celtic Manor and the Welsh Government
  • Total floor space for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and events of 26,000sqm – the equivalent to 4 international rugby pitches
  • Can accommodate 5,000 delegates
  • 4,000 m² pillar-free main hall
  • A 1,500-seater auditorium
  • 12 flexible meeting rooms with natural daylight – the largest holds 900 delegates theatre style
  • A double-height glass atrium and 2,500sqm outdoor plaza
  • 2,000 on site car parking spaces – 700 with direct access to the atrium
  • Accessible to major train stations and 2 international airports. Close to the M4
  • Opens July 2019


WHO – Victoria WarehouseManchester 

WHAT – Big blank canvas heritage event space.  Launches, Awards, Concerts 

WHY – Big statement venue, great in-house tech included, hot on delivery 

If it’s legal, not dangerous and you have the imagination, you can do it!  We are of course talking conferences, exhibitions, launches, concerts and award ceremonies!  This former bonded and cotton storage warehouse, close to Old Trafford is where historic meets unconventional and edgy.  A unique raw blank canvas with exposed brickwork, iron pillars, recycled industrial curiosities and stone floors which could tell a story or two.  The Bays, a brand-new events space is made up of two adjoining areas perfect for awards dinners, drinks receptions and networking events. Great delegate and guest flow in The Archives and The Cellars, are ideal for exhibitions.  But it’s not all big space.  The Skyhook has a capacity of 70 with superb views over the famous Trafford Park chain sculpture.  The venues client list is a famous brands’ “who’s-who”, testament to the excellent onsite delivery from an operations team who know what they are doing.  The food offering gets a big tick as well from VW’s in-house catering company Grape and Grain who offer imaginative and sensibly priced menu options.


WHO – The Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford  

WHAT – Refurbished ballroomplus 4 other event spaces, quality feel 

WHY – Iconic central hotel with largest function space in Oxford 

On the up and certainly not down, three exact replica chandeliers as found on the Titanic are the shining beacon of the newly refurbished ballroom.  Oxford’s leading five-star hotel has transformed the grand ballroom after a £100,000 investment. A real sense of style is enhanced by customised carpets and wallpaper using the Acanthus leaf, the plant which inspired the name of the hotel’s restaurant. Now the largest ballroom in the University City, the event suite can accommodate up to 400 people ideal for large conferences, exhibitions and receptions.  Don’t forget the Randolph also has a further four function suites, 151 individually decorated bedrooms, a luxurious spa and is home to the renowned Morse Bar!


WHO – The Brain CharityLiverpool 

WHAT – 2-100 delegates. 5 meeting rooms.  Ideal Charity/Public Sector/Corporate 

WHY – Excellent meeting facilities, warm welcome and great CSR cause,  

Yes, you would be supporting a great charity if you booked an event here.  But The Brain Charity in its own right is an excellent venue with all you would expect from a corporate hotel/conference centre in terms of AV and general meeting facilities.  But the fabric of the building is just one part of the overall experience.  What will bring your event to life and make it a big success are the staff.  Everyone you meet genuinely cares, has a passion for customer service and will always go MORE THAN the proverbial extra mile to deliver.  Totally inclusive and fully accessible, room rates offer amazing value and if nothing else you should simply go there for the lovingly prepared food.  This venue offers so much more than a simple tick in a social responsibility box.


It’s true!  Read how a former pigsty is being converted into a luxury corporate events venue: 


See how one leading hotel brand is seriously redefining the guest meeting and bedroom experience: 


Check out how a new sport and wellness hub at the University of Warwick is improving the offering for event organisers: