Our guide to finding the right training venue

Golden Jubilee Audiitorium with people

What do Google and Virgin have in common? They both focus on having the happiest and most engaged employees. Richard Branson famously said

“If you look after your employees, they’ll look after your customers. It’s that simple”.

Businesses in the UK are investing more and more in the development of their employees.

According to Deloitte’s 2016 survey amongst Millennials, progression and professional development are in the top 5 key factors when evaluating job opportunities.

With training and development being such a priority, how can your venue help?

We know that finding the right venue for your training sessions can really make the difference for those attending. Firstly, let’s take a look at some great reasons to take your training off-site.

Break the routine

Taking your team out of their usual working environment can help concentration by avoiding distraction. It can be easy to get stuck in a rut and end up doing the ‘same old same old’ when you’re in your normal workspace. By leaving the office and mixing with colleagues in a venue that is conducive to your objectives, you will likely see engagement and learning retention increase.

Boosts morale

Taking your team offsite demonstrates the investment you’re making in them. It helps to show your commitment to their development.  It also gives teams the opportunity to bond with others as you’ll have more opportunity to incorporate team building activities.

So what are the considerations for finding the right venue for your next training event?

Location

Finding the right location to ensure appropriate road and public transport links can be crucial to getting the right attendance and keeping travel costs down. You should also consider whether your event could benefit from having outdoor space, local places to eat or drink or other off-site activities.

Size and space

It’s pretty obvious that you will want enough seats for everyone, but it’s also important to think about the size of the room and availability of breakout space. If you plan to do active energisers or create smaller working groups, then you’ll need to make sure your venue accommodates this.

Aesthetics and layout

Consider your meeting purpose and what you’re hoping the delegates will get out of it. Some training sessions require high levels of input and creativity – ensure your space complements this.  Unique and quirky venues can really help to inspire your attendees. Outdoor space can also help to keep people’s concentration and imagination during a long day.

Do you feel an auditorium or classroom style will best suit your content? Or perhaps you want to create a relaxed feel with bean bags and sofas? Make sure you consider what kind of room will best suit the type of event you’re running.

Food for thought

It’s important the check that your venue can provide the kind of food and beverage that you need to ensure concentration and focus throughout the day. 95% of our serotonin (happy hormone) is produced in the intestinal tract meaning that the food we digest can make or break the ‘feel good’ in our events! Therefore the menu you choose can really make or break the success of your session.

Navigating the huge number of options

We know that finding the right venue for your training and development event is crucial and that’s why we offer a FREE venue finding service to help you to understand your requirements and find exactly the right venue for your budget. You can be certain that Venues of Excellence venues offer the highest quality service and facilities so that you can be sure your event will be exceptional.