Random Act of Kindness Week

Westminster Venue Collection is joining the week-long international celebration of kindness.

Event planners will have the chance to win a host of exclusive prizes simply by engaging with us on Twitter during Random Act of Kindness Week (February 11-17, 2018).
Prizes will be randomly allocated during the week ranging from a luxury afternoon tea for four in the Apse at St Martin-in-the-Fields, John Lewis Vouchers from Church House, a tapas dinner and bottle of wine for two in the Wine Bar at 116 Pall Mall to a 30% off venue hire at Sixty-One Whitehall.

Event professionals can help spread a little kindness and be in with a chance of winning a prize during RAK Week by following @Venues_Wminster on twitter and tweeting us what kind thing you have done today.

Cavendish Venues celebrates the New Year with new team member

Cavendish Venues is pleased to announce the permanent appointment of Eleni Semertzaki.

Eleni initially joined Cavendish Venues as an intern within the conference and events team following her achievement of a Master of Arts in Events and Conference Management from the University of Westminster.

The course teaches everything from planning to marketing events and conferences and explores how these contribute to enriching the lives of communities and improving communications in business, politics and professional life. Eleni completed a dissertation with the aid of surveys, kindly assisted by Cavendish Venues and Westminster Venue Collection members.

Enquire about your next event with Eleni on, eleni@cavendishvenues.com or 020 7706 7700.

116 Pall Mall open a new event space, the IoD Academy

116 Pall Mall has opened its newest space, a purpose-built, state-of-the-art learning and training facility – the IoD Academy.

Comprising of six rooms across the third floor, the IoD Academy features breakout areas, a refueling station, a private entrance and reception and is perfect for organisations looking to run training courses, away days, webinars, conferences and board meetings.

In January, 116 Pall Mall is offering 50% off of Academy room rates.

BAFTA 195 is recruiting for a new events administrator

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly is expanding its events department with the recruitment of a new events administrator.

Located in London’s West End, the home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is available for private event hire including screenings, conferences, meetings and weddings.

The full-time role will include event administration, sales support, marketing support and managing all internal BAFTA-hosted events. The successful candidate will join the events team at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly on a one year fixed-term, with a competitive salary.

To find out more about the events administrator role, please contact Tissem Lansac on TissemL@bafta.org.

20 Cavendish Square welcomes back conference manager

Member venue 20 Cavendish Square is delighted to start 2018 welcoming conference manager Samantha Neville back from maternity leave.

Sam will be-re-joining Cassandra and Talita managing a host of prestigious award ceremonies, motivating networking events and inspiring conferences.

For more information or to make a booking, please contact the events team on 020 7647 3677 or email 20cavendishsquare@rcn.org.uk.

MasterChef: The Professionals serving up at One Great George Street

MasterChef: The Professionals served up a celebratory dinner at Westminster Venue Collection member venue One Great George Street.

Episode 15 of the popular BBC Two show that aired on Thursday, 7 December, was filmed at the home of The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) – the world’s first professional engineering body, which celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018.

The ‘Knockout Week’ episode followed the chefs as they created a three-course fine-dining menu for ICE President Lord Robert Mair and other ICE VIPs at the Institution’s Grade II listed headquarters at One Great George Street.

Marking the Institution’s upcoming bicentenary, the meal celebrated civil engineering and its role in improving people’s lives.

Lord Robert Mair, President of ICE, said: “As an award-winning venue, our One Great George Street building is no stranger to high-profile events and we were pleased to provide a suitable stage for the competition.”

Appearing on MasterChef: The Professionals kicked off a full programme of ICE bicentenary celebrations, with events planned around the UK throughout 2018 to showcase and explain civil engineering.

One Great George Street will host a year-long ‘Invisible Superheroes’ exhibition, celebrating the history of civil engineering and showing the improvements that both engineering and engineers have made to people’s lives.

The ICE will also publish a commemorative coffee table book, profiling 200 influential civil engineering projects, organisations and individuals from the past 200 years.

Sales Manager Vacancy at RIBA

Exciting job opportunity at RIBA Venues
£30,000 – £33,000 range per annum
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD
35 hours per week, Fulltime Permanent Contract

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and its members. With a passion to promote a wider public appetite and interest in architecture through its website, exhibitions, talks and four million-strong collections, the RIBA has led the profession since its foundation in 1834, and continues to lead as architects face the challenges of the 21st century.

Our Venues team, market and sell the RIBA’s 21 meetings and event facilities, and as Sales Manager, you will be responsible for delivering our budgets and effectively selling all of our meeting rooms and services to maximise income and to promote us as a 5* unique venue in London through proactive and reactive sales. Your role will be wide-ranging including
dealing with corporate, private client and internal events.

With proven sales, negotiation and persuasive skills as well as passion for selling and delivering event services in a Heritage, Historical or Unique venue (or 5* hotel), you will be a confident sales-driven person with good attention to detail and strong financial acumen. A first class communicator, you’ll have the ability to build and develop relationships, manage expectations and meet deliverables.

Highly motivated, self starter with an ability to think creatively and have a positive approach to problem-solving, you should be able to work as part of a wider team as well as taking responsibility for sole goals and projects.

You’ll need to be educated in Business, Sales, Hospitality, Catering or related subject, with experience of a PMS/Booking system as an advantage.

Main responsibilities

  • Effectively sell all of RIBA’s meeting rooms and services to maximise income and to promote RIBA as a 5* unique venue in London through proactive and reactive sales, and by upselling each contract.
  • Contribute to the annual sales and marketing plan by identifying new business opportunities from new market segments.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with potential clients by e-mail and phone bringing new clients in for showrounds to maximise the business conversion from each client.
  • Identify and develop sales and marketing opportunities and strategies to grow business potential.
  • Account Management to increase repeat business and sales growth from key accounts
  • Collaborate with the venues team and other service departments regularly to ensure accurate quoting and conversion on the site visits.
  • Analyse our competitors’ event offering on a regular basis, recommending amendments to the RIBA packages to ensure that the RIBA is always in line or above the competition.
  • Network at key industry events to generate new prospects and to maintain the high profile of the RIBA as an events destination
  • Sales reporting to analyse business trends, conversion rates and manage the sales pipeline.

 

If you would like to apply for the position, please send a CV, covering letter to Caterina.Alves@riba.org before Friday, 12th May 2017.

8 Northumberland Avenue discusses why you should choose a London venue for your next event

As research by the BBC reveals a commute taking up to 90 minutes has the most negative effect on personal wellbeing, 8 Northumberland Avenue believe selecting a venue with great transport links makes your event instantly more attractive for delegates to attend.

Most venues in central London are never more than a 10-minute walk to the nearest tube station, and so choosing to hold your event in the capital means your guests will be more inclined to make the effort to travel to it and therefore help improve visitor numbers.

8 Northumberland Avenue, boasting two stunning ballrooms and five smaller meeting rooms accommodating between two and 1,000 people, is just a five-minute walk to Trafalgar Square and Charring Cross Stations making it the perfect location for your next event.

To find out more about holding your event with us, contact one of our team on events@8northumberland.co.uk.

Wake up and smell the coffee – our members reveal hot drink trends for 2017

With National Coffee Week taking place in April, our members revealed coffee still reigns supreme as the professional meeting hot beverage of choice.

Serving over 135,000 cups every week – equating to 33,750 litres and enough to fill over 125 bath tubs – our 36 members unveiled coffee outstrips demand for tea as only 73,800 cups were served in the same period.

Although coffee still triumphs, members did note an increase in requests for speciality teas such as peppermint and green tea as well as the fruity blends.

Clare Arouche, WVC chair said: “It is always interesting to hear from our members about what’s happening and the trends they have noted within our industry. Despite the fast-paced movement of technological advancements in our sector, this survey highlights the more traditional elements like hot drinks remain a key staple element.”

She added: “’We believe the rise in offering speciality teas is reflective of the trend for venues to offer a wider variety of choice to event planners and attendees. This is very much a response to the move towards more health-conscious meeting and event catering, which is growing in popularity within the industry as organisers want to ensure delegates remain dynamic and focused.”

For more information about our incredible selection of Westminster venues or to find out how they can make finding a venue so much easier, click here. 

Lights, Camera, Westminster – curtain’s up on venue collection’s starring roles

Fresh off the back of Sunday night’s glitzy Oscar ceremony, Westminster Venue Collection (WVC) has revealed its members witnessed a 30% increase in film location enquiries in 2016.

The recently rebranded collection, which features 34 members all based in London’s iconic City of Westminster, announced film locations bookings now amount up to 10% of their yearly event revenue.

With fashionable townhouses and private members’ clubs to luxury hotels, celebrated attractions, historic institutes and societies, it’s no wonder an impressive 86% of the eclectic mix of venues have been used as the locations for both the big and small screens.

Keen cinema-goers will know member venue One Great George Street has played a starring role in a range of productions including last year’s Hollywood blockbuster ‘War Machine’ featuring Brad Pitt as well as Woman in Gold (2015). The venue’s Great Hall became the Guildhall for Mark Darcy’s law society dinner in Bridget Jones’ Edge of Reason (2004) and doubled as the National Gallery where Mr Bean is a guard in Bean (1997).

The QEII Centre’s impressive and highly versatile space – the Churchill – which regularly offers a backdrop for a variety of large events ranging from conferences, award ceremonies, corporate dinners, parties and presentations provided an Oscar-winning performance in ‘The Theory of Everything’ (2014).

Other productions have seen member venues providing key locations in Calendar Girls (2003), Spectre (2015), Sherlock Holmes (TV series) and the nation’s favourite wizarding series, Harry Potter.

Commenting on the trend, Kate McCarthy, marketing manager at member venue One Great George Street, said: “From the enquiries we’re receiving, the positive trend for location bookings definitely looks set to continue for One Great George Street in 2017. We’re looking forward to welcoming a whole host of new names and stars to our venue in the coming years.”

Clare Arouche, WVC chair and head of business development at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, added: “With a host of iconic, unique and historical buildings within our membership, Westminster Venue Collection truly is a location scout’s dream and with our new and improved search function on its website, the perfect setting is just a few clicks away. We look forward to hearing about all the fantastic film and television projects our venues are involved in throughout 2017 and beyond.”

If you would like to find out more about booking one of WVC’s venues for an upcoming film, television or documentary piece please visit the venue collection page and place your enquiry.