page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
page 12
page 13
page 14
page 15
page 16
page 17
page 18
page 19
page 20
page 21
page 22
page 23
page 24
page 25
page 26
page 27
page 28

10 . www.conference-news.co.uk . April 2012ACADEMIC VENUESnce perceived as offering services and facilities that only addressed a limited part of the overall events spectrum, many academic venues have progressively developed to stand alongside conventional venues. Trevor Miller, Conference Sales and Marketing Manager at Leicester Conferences, University of Leicester, explains how his venue moved into the front rank."Few venues have not had to take a very close look at how to deal with the economic downturn."Academic venues sit within a mature industry where organisers are increasingly spoilt for choice. With much improved buying power and choice, organisers have challenged every aspect of what venues have to offer from quality and service, to the signifi cant decider of value for money."Neverthless, a number of universities have raised their profi le and are becoming more recognised as venues of choice alongside hotels and conference centres. Historically, the majority have appealed to particular market areas such as associations and education, mainly due to their ability to host large groups."Many universities have recognised the signifi cant commercial advantage of investing in conference facilities, resulting in dedicated meeting rooms and quality accommodation."Leicester Conferences has been hosting events for over 50 years and now hosts 2,000 a year."Providing customers with value for money, high standard of service, has continued to be our priority," says Miller. "Value for money must go beyond providing a service at a good price. It must focus on truly 'adding value' to the customer experience. We have increased our capacity of dedicated facilities and invested heavily in updating our meeting room technology. Most of our rooms provide built-in AV, including internet-ready PCs, projectors and sound. Our latest venue includes high defi nition projectors with blu-ray players as standard in all rooms. Our meeting rooms also have free Wi-Fi available with free fi xed internet access available in all bedrooms," Miller adds. Raising the standardA vanguard of academic venues have graduated to stand proud alongside hotels and dedicated conference centres in terms of service and productThe new Gilbert Murray hall at Leicester ConferencesOWe've

We've got the venue for you The Educated Choice for Meetings of MindsTo request our brochure telephone 0161 306 4100 or email: meeting@manchester.ac.ukWith a choice of more than 30 great value venues for meetings from 5 to 1000 delegates, in city centre to leafy suburb locations, gothic to state of the art buildings with Wi-Fi and the latest A/V technology - we've got the venue for you! Supported by experienced events managers, our inhouse A/V and IT team and dedicated conference support service, we will make sure your meeting goes like clockwork, so why not try The University of Manchester for your next event.Banquets for up to 300Dedicated 3 star Hotel & Conference CentreProfessional conference supportDay Delegate rates from £29.50 plus VATVisit us at Wednesday Emirates Stadium London16 May 2012