Refurbishment of Orchard Lounge complete at Woodside Hotel

Woodside Hotel in Kenilworth has completed the refurbishment of its new Orchard Lounge. 

The £70,000 refurbishment has transformed the space to be more contemporary, featuring the installation of a new bar and drinks feature wall, timeless wooden parquet flooring, classic Chesterfield leather and tweed sofas, along with leather bar seating and high tables. It has a beautiful chocolate, plum and grey colour scheme that adds to the warm and modern ambience of the room, and a new entrance has been created, directly accessible from the reception area.

The renovation has been designed to enhance the experience of both business and leisure guests who want to eat, drink, meet and socialise together while at the hotel.

Operations Director, Jerry Toth, said: “We are really excited that the lounge refurbishment is now complete. It has undergone a wonderful transformation and I hope our customers will enjoy relaxing in the space.”

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Wyboston Lakes Resort completes latest phase of its new Woodlands Events Centre

Wyboston Lakes Resort completes latest phase of its new Woodlands Event Centre

The latest phase of the £3m investment in The Woodlands Event Centre, that forms part of Wyboston Lakes Resort’s conference and events facilities, is complete -and the transformation is impressive, with creative design combined with flexibility and technology everywhere.

The Beech (pictured) is typical of the many inspiring new conference and meeting rooms. It’s among the most versatile as it’s  not one, not two but 3 different rooms! It can be a small board room, a larger meeting space or a room that can fit over 80 comfortably.

The capacity of the Rosewood, the main conference room (pictured) has increased by over 50 per cent and can now accommodate 600 delegates, while new and different is the Yew Technology Theatre,


An 86” LED display installed in the Yew Technology Theatre allows for increased engagement, collaboration and creativity among participants, while Dolby Atmos speakers provide an immersive sound experience.

All the new conference and meeting rooms are equipped with top of the range venue AV and IT technology to create infinite flexibility for organisers.

The Rosewood Suite features Panasonic PT-RZ series laser projectors with Infinity display screen, for the sharpest and brightest image quality currently available. Sennheiser digital mics offers studio quality audio and Crestron controlled lighting allows organisers the ability to quickly set and adjust lighting levels to suit the demands of the event.

A new refreshment bar concept by artisan coffee specialists Paddy & Scott’s will keep conference guests refuelled throughout the day with a wide range of drinks and snacks. The venue has also added games areas, mobile bars and barbeques to enhance the delegate experience.

Louisa Watson, Director of Marketing for Wyboston Lakes Resort says: “The response from clients has been exciting.  We wanted to create an event centre for now and for the future. There is still more work to be done but we’re on course to achieve our aim.”

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Whittlebury Hall & Spa and Whittlebury Park rebrand to support its strategic goal

Whittlebury Hall & Spa and Whittlebury Park rebrand to support its strategic goal

The recently united Whittlebury Hall & Spa and Whittlebury Park businesses have announced that they will operate under the master brand of Whittlebury Park. The new name and visual identity will reinforce Whittlebury’s brand purpose to become a landmark hospitality destination within the UK market, combined with its unique historical prevalence, complementing its distinct and diverse range of outstanding services. Whittlebury’s rebrand and future strategic goal is to become one of the UK’s leading, independent leisure and hospitality estates.

The Northamptonshire based creative Marketing Agency, Bluestep Solutions, were appointed to create a united brand identity bringing together the history and the art of heritage of Whittlebury Park along with Whittlebury Hall to further enhance their award-winning hospitality offer for its leisure and business guests. The new visual identity has been redesigned across all of Whittlebury’s business pillars with its distinct new primary logo providing an overarching welcoming look and feel to complement its established brand values.

During 2018, there was a significant amount of investment in Whittlebury’s facilities which directly enhanced and improved the customer experience. These included updating kitchen equipment and rooms as well as half a million pounds invested in The Leisure Club which now boasts the latest state-of-the-art Technogym equipment. Looking forward into 2019 and beyond, there are more exciting projects and developments taking place within the Hall as well as in the wider estate. Although growing the business is an important aspect of Whittlebury’s brand purpose, so too is a continual promise to understand individual needs so that existing guests return year after year and in addition, new areas of the market are explored, including the overseas market.

Marc Webster, Commercial Director commented, “This is a very exciting time for our business, our colleagues and indeed our guests as we continue to grow and develop to deliver our brand purpose. Whittlebury Park is a one of a kind destination and our foundations are formed within the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. We thrive on the promise of excellence and variety and our willingness to provide this strengthens our capabilities, offering a truly authentic and memorable experience for all. Our originality stems from the ability to offer a diverse selection of excellent services, this is what makes us an individual and forward-thinking destination. Our sense of community and hospitality unites us in our mission to offer the best possible care and attention to our guests.”

Charles Sargeant, Managing Director added, “As a well-established hospitality destination, we take pride in being a welcoming environment for all. We are a family owned business steeped in history. This has solidified us as a highly desirable golfing destination, and we continue to push ourselves as a key and distinct location in the UK with a goal of being a destination venue of choice for both individuals and corporate clients, driving innovation across all market segments over the next 4 years.”

Whittlebury’s 700-acre estate is a perfect destination, with its multi award-winning service for its conference, meetings & events clients, offering a different kind of corporate. You can lose yourself entirely at The Day Spa or dine at its 2 AA Rosette restaurant, Murrays or make your happy ever after by holding your wedding at Whittlebury. Not forgetting golfers for that all-important hole-in-one or getting close to the action by camping during Motorsport events hosted at the adjacent Silverstone Circuit.

Construction is underway for its luxury apartment developments, and the business continues to deliver on its commitment to invest in and evolve its current product offering, to ensure that it remains on target to reach its business goals as well as being welcoming to all.

We invite you to discover Whittlebury Park and experience the difference.

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EEF Venues to Become Make Venues

EEF Venues to Become Make Venues

Venue Group Unveils New Brand & Growth Strategy

 19th February 2019, UK: EEF Venues has today unveiled the venue group’s new and contemporary brand, Make Venues. The announcement follows the conclusion of the brand’s five-year growth strategy that has seen it grow its turnover by 45%, and marks the beginning of a new and ambitious strategy across its Woodland Grange, Engineers’ House and Broadway House venues.

Make Venues reflects the rebrand of EEF to Make UK, which also goes live today, and is reflective of the style, performance focus and achievements of EEF Venues. The new direction has been led by Managing Director, David Vaughton, and underlines the growing ambition of the award-winning business.

In 2018, EEF Venues introduced the Engine Room capital expenditure fund which, during the next two to three years, will continue to finance a series of renovations, improvements and extensions across the group‘s venues as part of the new and ambitious strategy.

“We are excited to share our dynamic new brand with the meetings and events industry. It captures the essence of our business and its many achievements, but also where we are today; one of the most respected venue brands working in the industry,” commented David Vaughton, Managing Director, Make Venues. “We continue to exceed our client and stakeholder expectations, but we also want more, and feel under the new Make Venues brand we can begin a new era of ambitious growth. The brand contemporises our offering and we feel it is more relevant in a new age of experience marketing and high-quality business events.”

As well as exceptional performance as a brand, all three venues have also earned a reputation for outstanding levels of service and the continued recognition from clients. This service quality has been the foundation of the group’s success, with the company recognised as the Best Group (Small/Mid-Size) at the BVA BDRC and sitting on top of its quarterly benchmarking for the last six years.

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Unique Venues Birmingham (UVB) hosts the first PA Forum Learning and Development Conference

Unique Venues Birmingham (UVB) hosts the first PA Forum Learning and Development Conference

The PA Forum launched by Daniel Skermer is a key Birmingham networking organisation and for their inaugural Learning and Development Conference, they teamed up with UVB to deliver all the aspects of a great conference; Birmingham city centre location, award winning facilities and a team of hospitality professionals to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

The full day conference programme introduced a wealth of keynote speakers such as; Lara Morgan, Scentered, Mandy Hickson, Motivational Speaker and an expert panel from five leading organisations; Matthew Hammond, Midlands Regional Chairman PwC, Jayne Forgham, PA to Midlands Regional Chairman PwC, Elizabeth Wakeling, National Chairman International Management Assistants UK, Andrew Jardine, General Manager The Institute of Administrative Management and Lucy Brazier CEO of Marcham Publishing, publishers of Executive Secretary Magazine challenged by the delegates on ‘The ever-changing role of the PA’.  This was complemented by a selection of learning and educational workshops presented by industry experts offering key advice and guidance to the delegates. 150 delegates attended the event which was hailed a great success, bringing together the PAs for a day dedicated to their position within organisations.

Birmingham based catering company Amadeus worked with UVB to deliver the catering for the event and Georgia Wedderkop, Senior Sales Executive commented: “Amadeus were delighted when the PA forum approached us to support their Learning and Development Conference. It was a fantastic opportunity to work with one of our amazing venues, UVB, and to showcase our catering. Our main aim at this event was to ensure all delegates were provided with a delicious lunch, whilst having the opportunity to engage in interesting conversations with them. We hope to touch base again with those who attended and will continue to support the PA Forum at future events.”

Daniel Skermer who was instrumental in the launch of the PA Forum back in November 2016, commented: “Unique Venues Birmingham was the perfect venue for our inaugural event, the feedback we have had has been outstanding, the organising committee were so impressed by the service we have received from start to finish and we can’t wait to come back.”

The PA Forum now in its third year has held over 27 events, networking PAs in the Birmingham and surrounding Midlands area.  It goes from strength to strength and is the recognised ‘go to’ Forum for PAs looking to network with likeminded individuals.

Reflecting on the event, Sarah Millington, Sales Manager at UVB said; “It was a pleasure working with Daniel and the conference committee to organise the first PA Forum Learning & Development Conference.  The event was a great success and we welcomed the opportunity to showcase UVB to the PA Forum delegates.  We are looking forward to welcoming the PA forum back in 2020. “

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Holywell Park to welcome thousands of visitors for Love Business Expo 2019

Holywell Park to welcome thousands of visitors for Love Business Expo 2019

 Holywell Park Conference Centre in Loughborough is preparing to welcome 2,000 visitors and over 90 exhibitors ahead of Love Business Expo 2019.

The event, which takes place on 27 February, is the largest free business exhibition in the East Midlands.

The exhibition enables businesses from all industries in the area to network and bring business and personal development opportunities together under one roof.

It is the second time that Holywell Park – part of Imago Venues – has hosted Love Business Expo.

Lorri Johnston, Business Development Manager at Imago Venues , said: “We are really excited to be welcoming so many fantastic businesses from across the East Midlands to exhibit under one roof at Holywell Park.

“As a dedicated, meeting and events venue Holywell Park is the perfect place to host the exhibition because of the flexibility of the spaces.

“Due to the variety of business showcasing what they do, it’s important that we can accommodate anything and everything from vehicle displays through to presentations that need reliable, fast Wi-Fi.

“It’s also a fantastic central location to bring people from across the region. We are proud to be part of and supporting the local community and acting as a vehicle for entrepreneurs to come together, network and collaborate.”

Phil Megson, Director of Quiet Storm Solutions Ltd which owns Love Business Expo, said: “Holywell Park is the perfect venue as it sits in the middle of Leicester, Derby and Nottingham, with great links to all major roads, rail and the airport.

“We wanted to host the annual exhibition at Holywell Park for the second year in a row because we found the Imago events team to be very accommodation and nothing was too much trouble.

“The main reason for its success is we understand want exhibitors want and what delegates want. Once you understand these needs and address them, people want to come along and share the good vibe that the Love Business Expo generates.

“We think this area has some great businesses and massive potential. We want to shout about it and share the positive feeling we all have living and working in this region.”

Imago Venues brings together Loughborough University’s conference and events venues under one brand.  They provide high quality meeting spaces, venues and accommodation along with world leading sports and leisure facilities.

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