Staff moving up the ladder at Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel


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Staff moving up the ladder at Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel

Scotland’s Conference Hotel of the Year has announced its new Hotel Manager at the same time three other staff members gain promotions.

Denis Flanagan, who has been the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel’s Food and Beverage Manager for the past two and half years, took up the manager’s role this month.

He said: “I’m really delighted to have this opportunity to further my career in the hotel and already relishing the challenge of developing our world class conference and meeting space while enhancing our restaurant and guest services.

“The Golden Jubilee has already a great reputation nationally and internationally and we plan to increase our reach whilst also engaging more with our local community.”

Three other staff are taking on promoted roles at the hotel include Vikki Gow, Lisa Hamilton and Greg Gibson.

Vikki moves from the post of Front Office Manager to the new position of Rooms Division Manager and will focus on maximising opportunities from the hotel’s 168 bedrooms whilst ensuring a warm welcome front of house.

She said: “I am thoroughly looking forward to leading this new department which merges the two successful departments of Housekeeping and Front Office.

“There are a huge number of challenges and competition in the hotel sector at the moment. My role will be to ensure that we are agile and can respond to demand quickly and make sure all our guests have a great visit.”

Lisa Hamilton will move from her current role of Front Office Host at Reception to take up an Event Planner role in January, where she will have an opportunity to work with some of the Golden Jubilee’s key conference clients.

Finally, Greg Gibson has been promoted to supervisor within the Food and Beverage team and is looking forward to this next step in his career.

Bronagh Bell, Director of the Golden Jubilee Conference, said: “I would like to congratulate all of them on their promotions. I am particularly pleased that we have filled all these positions from within the organisation.

“It gives me great pleasure to see our team develop their skills and experience and to have the opportunity to progress their careers with the Golden Jubilee.

“These new positions will ensure we are in the best possible position to meet future business challenges and have a successful and sustainable team going forward.”

The Golden Jubilee Conference hotel was named Conference Hotel of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Hotel Awards in April.
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NCC win Best Exhibition Space at the CN Academic Venue Awards 2018

NCC win Best Exhibition Space at the CN Academic Venue Awards 2018

Nottingham Conference Centre, part of Nottingham Trent University is ecstatic to announce we have won ‘Best Exhibition Space’ at the esteemed Conference News Academic Venue Awards 2018.

The Academic Venue Awards celebrate the UK’s top Academic Venues, bringing them together with event buyers to network, share best practice, highlight progress and celebrate successes.

The second edition of the AVAs took place at University of Birmingham in The Great Hall on Tuesday 27th November.

Commenting on the award Nicola Webb, Sales and Marketing Manager of Nottingham Conference Centre, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won ‘Best Exhibition Space’ at the CN Academic Venues Awards 2018.

“The AVAs are academic venues most prestigious awards and we are elated that our hard work and excellent service is being recognised. Thank you to Conference News and the judges for awarding us the winners of Best Exhibition space, we believe it is very well deserved.”

Nottingham Conference Centre hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year ranging from UK PonyCon to The Gin and Rum Festival to National Energy Action sponsored by E.ON.

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College Court awarded ‘Best Hotel’ at the Leicestershire Tourism Awards


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College Court awarded ‘Best Hotel’ at the Leicestershire Tourism Awards!

On Thursday 29th November the team from College Court and Leicester Conferences attended the Leicestershire Tourism Awards. Now in its 8th year, the awards are organised by Leicestershire Promotions and are aimed at finding the best tourism businesses in Leicestershire. College Court and Leicester Conferences were delighted to have been finalists in 6 of the 22 categories.

College Court, the University of Leicester’s dedicated conference centre and hotel were thrilled to be awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the categories ‘Best Customer Service’ and ‘Rising Star’, for Chris Hewitt, Front of House Manager. A fantastic achievement and accolade to the high levels of customer service the team strive to deliver on a day to day basis.

College Court then went on to be awarded ‘Best Hotel’ in the ‘Most Enjoyable Stay’ category, with the judge stating “Recognising that it is the experience that you deliver to your guests that matters the most, the judges had no hesitation in agreeing this year’s winner”. A wonderful recognition for College Court, which opened in October 2013 as Leicester’s leading conference centre and hotel.

Steve Crawford, Centre Director at College Court says: “I am delighted, honoured and humbled that College Court has enjoyed further success. To be awarded Hotel of the Year and be recognised for our excellent customer service and an award of Rising Star for Chris Hewitt our Front of House Manager has rounded off an amazing month of awards for us.”

We will never rest on our laurels as we wish to exceed our customers’ expectations and make every stay with us a memorable one “.

The Leicestershire Tourism and Hospitality Awards are an incredible end to what has been an amazing November for awards and an end to a great year. Earlier this month saw College Court recognized as ‘Best Team’ at the MIAList Awards and saw further success at the Academic Venue Awards winning ‘Best Catering Service’.

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Keele University Events and Conferencing win Gold at the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards

Keele University Events and Conferencing win Gold at the 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards

The 2018 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards, supported by Pear Communications were held at the National Memorial Arboretum, where a host of guests from the region’s hospitality and tourism attractions gathered to celebrate Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses and their contribution to the growth of the regions’ tourism sector.

Thirteen awards were up for grabs, representing the diversity of the industry, with the award for Business Tourism sponsored by SSLEP Growth Hub being presented to the team at Keele University Events and Conferencing.

The award is a great accolade to the team at Keele University who have demonstrated their commitment to business tourism through the commercial business over the past 12 months, whilst aligning their business objectives to support the key objectives of the University.

The award, which had 3 venues as finalists in the category was announced by Joanne Malins, Presenter of BBC Midlands today and presented by Nicola Kent of SSLEP.

Emma Woodcock, Head of Event and Business Development, who attended the lunch with Kathryn Cannell, Lesley Martin and Joe Caine on behalf of the Keele University Events and Conferencing  team said: “It is a great honour to achieve the Gold Award for Business Tourism at the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards, which recognises the commitment our team have in consistently delivering high quality conferences and events. Over the past twelve months we have strategically positioned our commercial business to support the University objectives, encouraging associations and corporate companies to utilise the fabulous event space we have available here on campus. This has attracted conferences and events which bring both national and international delegates to North Staffordshire. To take this award back to Keele is great recognition for the team who work together to deliver outstanding events.”

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College Court scoop ‘Best Catering Service’ at Academic Venue Awards!


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College Court scoop ‘Best Catering Service’ at Academic Venue Awards!

On Tuesday 27th November the Academic Venue Awards celebrated the best of the best by bringing the UK’s top Academic Venues together with event buyers to network, share best practice, highlight progress and celebrate successes.

College Court, the University of Leicester’s dedicated Conference Centre and Hotel were delighted to have won ‘Best Catering Service’ at the AVA’s. Our catering partner; Wilson Vale truly go above and beyond and have a deep passion for our business. Our award winning chefs create inspirational dishes, whilst keeping focus on presentation ensuring we stand apart from our competitors. They consistently exceed both College Courts and the client’s expectations with their outstanding event catering.

Steve Crawford, Centre Director at College Court says: ‘I am truly delighted that the hard work, dedication and passion that I see from all at College Court on a daily basis has been recognised by our peers.

As it says in our brochure, College Court is more than just a business to us so welcome to our home. We look forward to looking after our many regular guests and of course welcoming new ones.’

This latest recognition follows the ‘Best Team’ award presented at the MIAList Awards earlier in November. College Court and Leicester Conferences are also up for a further 6 awards at the Leicestershire Tourism Awards on Thursday 29th November at Athena, Leicester. We hope to end on what has truly been an award-winning month, and an accolade to the outstanding quality and service that our portfolio has to offer.

College Court forms part of the Leicester Conferences portfolio, boasting 16 meeting rooms, accommodating between 2 and 160 delegates. With the addition of 123 stylish and contemporary bedrooms, offering facilities to accommodate residential and day events, as well as private functions.

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Success at Academic Venue Awards for Warwick Conferences

Success at Academic Venue Awards for Warwick Conferences

Warwick Conferences has confirmed its position as a leading conference and events venue by winning the Best Conference Venue (over 300 delegates) accolade at the Academic Venue Awards.

Held at the University of Birmingham on Tuesday 27 November, Warwick Conferences won the award after demonstrating its high-quality service to event organisers and the benefits to attendees. Showcasing a year-on-year increase in the number of events as well as continued customer satisfaction were just some of the reasons the team were successful, with the Warwick Conferences team finding new ways to offer organisers an engaging venue for their events and conferences.

Clive Singleton, Commercial General Manager at Warwick Conferences, commented: “We are delighted to have been recognised by the Academic Venue Awards as being the number one academic conference venue in the UK. We’ve been working tirelessly to improve and develop the experience at our facilities, including the introduction of reimagined creative meeting concepts and working closely with clients to ensure a positive and engaging meeting or event is enjoyed by all attendees.”

Celebrating the best UK venues from a range of academic institutions, including universities, schools and royal colleges, the Academic Venue Awards are judged by an independent panel of industry experts, recognising industry leaders and innovators.

Tony Howard, Director of Conferences, Food and Retail at Warwick Conferences, said: “We’re thrilled that the Academic Venue Awards have recognised our commitment to innovate our meeting spaces across our conference and training venues. We have taken some important steps over the last 12 months to build an even more sustainable venue, while transforming our creative spaces so clients can enjoy new ways to engage and inform their delegates.”

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