Venues of Excellence signs iconic Birmingham landmark

The iconic Birmingham landmark, Millennium Point, has been named as the latest location to achieve Venue of Excellence accreditation, further strengthening the consortium’s presence in the Midlands.

Millennium Point, located in the Eastside area of Birmingham city centre, joins a list of major names with Venues of Excellence accreditation, including Alton Towers Conference Hotel, West Court at Jesus College in Cambridge, Altitude London and Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire.

Mandy Jennings, executive director at Venues of Excellence, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Millennium Point to Venues of Excellence. This is the second accredited venue to join our portfolio in less than a month, following the University of Birmingham in April.

“Millennium Point is an iconic landmark in Birmingham city centre and has a great location, within easy reach of the city’s train stations and the future HS2 station, too. This, along with the series of interconnected spaces that make up Millennium Point, offer something very different to our membership.”

Owned by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust, the venue prides itself on supporting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related projects, initiatives, organisations and individuals across the West Midlands. A percentage of each booking is reinvested back into charitable outputs which include small grants for not-for-profits and schools and a fully funded STEM scholarship. In addition, the not-for-profit venue offers special rates to other not-for-profit charities and associations.

Rebecca Delmore, Commercial Director at Millennium Point, said: “Being audited and accredited by Venues of Excellence is hugely important to us, as it demonstrates to our buyers that we are committed to providing first-class customer service and events facilities.

“In an increasingly competitive market, it gives us a clear distinction from other venues that don’t have this accreditation, which in turn offers further opportunity for business growth.

“The VoE brand is very well respected within the hospitality industry, and as a member venue we can now benefit from this association. It gives us an opportunity to work with other like-minded members on a national scale to drive service standards forward within the events sector.”

To become a Venues of Excellence member, venues must meet and maintain the organisation’s stringent high-quality standards across areas including facilities, staff, service offer, catering, environmental impact, customer support and health, hygiene and safety.

In return, members can access a range of services including sales and marketing support, discounted access to specialist industry training from the Learning and Development Academy, 12 member events, an annual conference and promotion at industry exhibitions.

Venues of Excellence has seen its membership grow rapidly over the last two years.

Added Mandy: “Our membership is going from strength to strength which is a testament to the high standards we are seeing delivered in the conference and events sector.”

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