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Our focus is your success.For inspiring confidence, there's no substitute for talking in person, face-to-face. That's why, at Warwick Conferences, our dedicated event managers and award-winning hospitality teams focus on bringing your people together in the perfect environment. To discover how we can create a unique conference that gives your business the confidence to succeed, call one of our experts on 024 7652 with confidencewww.warwickconferences.comBusiness is built on people. So talk to ours024 7652 3222

ACADEMIC . April 2012 . 17arwick Conferences, made up of three purpose-built training and conference centres: Scarman, Radcliffe and Arden, as well as the Conference Park, hosted 4,000 events last year. It claims to house the widest choice of meeting space in the UK, with 300 meeting rooms, a 1,200 capacity hall and the largest arts centre outside of London. Rachael Bartlett, Head of Sales and Marketing, says that, as a university business, Warwick Conferences is able to take a long term view in terms of immediate fi nancial returns. "We have faced some pressure as a result of the recession to review our rates but have not resorted to rate slashing. "The biggest challenge for us has been the decline in public sector spending. However, having anticipated the decline early on, we focused our sales conversations with the private sector and agency markets accordingly." Bartlett notes shorter lead times but also a trend for large events and association business "dramatically on the up". "Bookings for B&B are on the rise and we've noticed a growing trend for delegates settling their own accommodation costs and the meeting element being booked separately. "We're also seeing an increase in companies choosing hosted buyer events and forums as means of communication, with fewer personal incentives," she adds. One recent event for International franchise organisation, Mail Boxes Etc. was a two-day conference, Building your Brand, Building your Business. It drew 120 franchisees and sponsors including Xerox, DHL and FedEx.James Simmons, Marketing Manager at Mail Boxes Etc. said: "I think some were expecting to be staying in student digs so we were pleasantly surprised to be staying in hotel standard accommodation." Warwick ConferencesClaiming to host the widest choice of meetings space in the UK, Warwick Conferences hosted 4,000 events in 2011Rootes Building, Warwick UniversityW