Central Hall Westminster awarded ECOsmart Gold Venue Award for ‘exemplary’ green standards

Central Hall Westminster has achieved the ECOsmart Gold Venue Award for its exemplary green credentials introduced over the last five years.

The unrivalled accreditation programme is run by Greengage Solutions, which recognises and supports eco-friendly hotels and conference venues throughout the country that meet certified standards of sustainability. Central Hall Westminster is one of only six venues in London to have achieved the Gold level award.

The industry standard accreditation is awarded to hotels and venues which meet five key areas for sustainability including; energy and water conservation; waste management and recycling; rooms and facilities; food & beverage; and corporate and social responsibility.

Central Hall Westminster achieved the coveted Gold Award for its ‘extensive measures taken to fully embrace environmental sustainability’. Over the last five years, these have included:

  • Installing specially adapted taps to reduce water wastage
  • Being the first venue in the country to partner with Green Tourism to launch a carbon calculator to help organisers calculate their carbon footprint and offset it via a tree-planting programme
  • In conjunction with on-site catering partner, Green & Fortune, ensuring sustainable catering practises including avoiding unnecessary waste, using seasonal local produce where possible, minimising the use of packaging and bottling its own water on site
  • Ensuring zero waste goes to landfill
  • Installing ECO LED lights in all its meeting and event rooms
  • Recycling all hardware quarterly
  • Training all staff in green initiatives including reusing, recycling and the circular economy

The venue also has a dedicated green team of sustainable champions within its workforce to help drive further sustainability initiatives forward.

To achieve the Gold standard, Central Hall Westminster went through a rigorous audit by Greengage Solutions who take an objective and detailed look at each application.

Andrew Perolls, CEO of Greengage Solutions, comments: “We applaud Central Hall Westminster for taking extensive measures to fully embrace sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Achieving our ECOsmart Award at this level is exceptional. We were impressed with the dedication to introducing green initiatives throughout all areas of operation, from catering to recycling. It is clear that being an environmentally-friendly venue is in its DNA.”

Paul Southern, Managing Director of Central Hall Westminster, concludes: “We are delighted to have achieved the coveted ECOsmart Gold Award and as a not-for-profit organisation which exists to maintain our beautiful early 20th century building and donate to charitable works around the world, being eco-friendly is hugely important to us. We are proud of the dedication staff and suppliers have put into this to make it happen and we will continue to look at ways to become an even greener venue in the future.”

116 Pall Mall launches new micro wedding package

With guidelines restricting larger numbers for weddings, 116 Pall Mall has launched a new exclusive intimate wedding package for up to 15 people.

For wedding breakfasts and ceremonies that adhere to the regulations without losing their magic, 116 Pall Mall has been creating beautiful smaller weddings for far longer than the government has been telling them to. Think intimate fine dining under twinkling lighting in breathtaking surroundings with a team of intimate wedding experts.

The 116 team will work closely with you to ensure your wedding is as safe and special as possible and will remain flexible to any government updates. The team would love to give you a face-to-face show-round so you can get a feel for all the spaces available.

For more information, click here.

110 Rochester Row offers 30% off all delegates packages in January and February 2021

To start off the year 2021, 110 Rochester Row is offering a 30% discount on all delegate packages for events taking place in January and February 2021.

Delegates are welcomed for in-person events to enjoy socially distanced menus in secure and comfortable surroundings.

The offer is subject to availability and applies to new bookings only.

To find out more or to book an event using this discount, contact the team on 020 7828 2888 or email [email protected].

Two-week blockbuster boxing events at Church House Westminster

Church House Westminster hosted one of the biggest domestic boxing bouts of 2020 as Hall-Of-Fame Promoter Frank Warren celebrates forty years in professional boxing.

On Saturday 28 November, Dubois vs Joyce took place at historic Church House behind closed doors. The fight was broadcast live on BT Sport and saw Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce claim the British, European and Commonwealth heavyweight championship.

In an incredible reversal, the domestic heavyweight clash was not pay-per-view. Frank Warren, said: “This is about keeping boxing alive and relevant at a tough time and doing something for the fans.” Warren was keen to point out that the Covid outbreak and its negative effect on UK jobs and livelihoods were on his mind as he decided to scrap plans to make the fight pay per view. The blockbuster November event, branded with the apt tagline ‘At Last’, represented the final chapter in a saga that has seen April, July and October dates cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday 5 December, boxing fans anticipated another exciting evening of live boxing on BT Sport with Yarde vs Arthur facing off behind closed doors at Church House.

Warren added: “I’m delighted to be able to confirm such a spectacular venue to host two weeks of fantastic big-time boxing. It’ll be a more than fitting way to celebrate my forty years in professional boxing. Both these bouts are battles for the history books, so it makes sense they’d take place in a venue so rich in history. Winston Churchill announced the sinking of the Bismarck inside this venue, and soon we’ll know who out of these boxers will sink or swim.”

The Westminster venue’s largest event space, the Assembly Hall, took centre stage as the main studio. The Hoare Memorial Hall functioned as an interview and media room, whilst post-fight conferences took place in the Bishop Partridge Hall. A number of other rooms, also located on the first floor of the venue were utilised as flexible changing rooms, storage and staff quarters.

Inside the Assembly Hall, BT Sport presenters were joined by two-weight world champion Carl Frampton and former WBA heavyweight champ David Haye. Commentator boxes inside the Assembly Hall for live coverage featured radio sport pundit Steve Bunce.

The evening started at 6pm when the first of eight matches started off with the undercards which included Hamzah Sheeraz, David Adeleye and Jack Catterall.

QEII Centre hosts X3DMedia NXT BLD Conference

From 8-15 October 2020, London’s QEII Centre seamlessly delivered X3DMedia’s NXT BLD (Next Build) conference virtually, extending its reach to 1,400 people. The conference, which explores emerging technologies and how they will impact the future of architecture and construction, had intended to run as a live event on one day in June 2020 but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was postponed before the decision was taken to run it online in October.

Objective

X3DMedia had planned to run its NXT BLD conference – a conference that brings to life how emerging technologies will impact the future of architecture and construction – as a one-day live event at QEII with a web broadcast in June. However, as restrictions were in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 the Centre was closed to events at this time and the conference was unable to go ahead as planned.

When it became clear the live event would not be able to happen, QEII’s sales team worked in partnership with X3DMedia and its organiser, AEC Magazine, to adapt and still deliver its successful fourth event covering the innovations in digital fabrication, robots, 3D printing, IoT, generative design, virtual and augmented reality, real time design visualisation and lots more.

The resulting online event took place over six days in October.

Execution

The team at QEII worked in unison with X3DMedia on a plan to run the NXT BLD conference online, using QEII as its main base.

The event’s extensive line up of 26 expert speakers are located around the world and were unable to visit the UK, but it was important to the success of the virtual conference that some level of consistency was maintained through its delivery. Therefore, X3DMedia decided to record all linking pieces from the stage in the Mountbatten Suite at The QEII Centre. London-based speakers were also welcomed to record their sessions at the venue. Delegates were also able to submit their burning questions and participate in a live Q&A with the speakers, following their presentations.

Members of QEII Live’s expert team were on hand to help with the technical aspects of the event, including the audio and the stage set. QEII also provided the necessary bandwidth through its 2Gbps building-wide supply to enable X3DMedia to stream the event to its online delegates. Instead of taking place over one day, X3DMedia decided to hold the event over six days for 1.5 hours a day, broadcasting three, 20-minute speeches with links.

Results

X3DMedia had aimed to reach 1,000 people through its virtual NXT BLD conference. With the virtual format executed by QEII, however, it was able to surpass that goal and reached 1,400.

Martyn Day of X3DMedia praised QEII’s flexible and professional approach to putting on the postponed event and ensuring it could reach its audience. He said: “QEII went above and beyond to stay open for us to film, just as everything in the UK looked like it was taking a turn for the worse and pricing the event within my original payment schedule. We had a great experience from our past event there and were pleased with the outcome of this new innovative format.”

Thanks to the continued positive relationship, X3DMedia has confirmed that NXT BLD 2021, which will be a physical conference and exhibition, will be held at the QEII Centre London on 16 June 2021.

10-11 Carlton House Terrace launches #SupportEventSuppliers campaign for Christmas

London events venue, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, has launched a campaign to promote event suppliers who offer products and services suitable as Christmas gifts. After many were required to pivot to B2C earlier in the year, the campaign is designed to give those who wish to support the industry a practical and unique way to do so.

A dedicated webpage will host a collection of 10-11’s own core suppliers, whilst all other suppliers can get involved by sharing their gift offering on social media with the hashtag #SupportEventSuppliers. Live social feeds following the hashtag will sit onsite and allow all suppliers to be featured in one place.

Catherine Owen, Head of Venue Sales and Marketing at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace said: “Throughout all the year’s disruptions, we haven’t been able to support any of our supplier friends the way we would have liked to. In a bid to try and lift some spirits and do our bit, we started racking our brains for a way to help some of the hardest hit in our industry.”

“I think we can all agree events would be nothing without the supply chain behind it and the incredible talent and passion they bring to an event. We’ve been so impressed how, in true solution-focused, eventprof style, our supplier partners and suppliers across the industry have pivoted their business to capture some direct consumer business. Be it floristry, cakes, photography or catering; many of our wonderful suppliers have done so and it is a true testament to the creativity and versatility of our industry.”

“Inspired by this, we wanted to create a Festive Gift List that would highlight these products, support our suppliers and make it easy for anyone to support the event industry this Christmas.”

The campaign has been well-received by suppliers. Anna Fenten, Head of Brand & Marketing at Searcys said: “Although Christmas might be a bit different this year, it is not cancelled! We are hoping that our clients, customers and their loved ones will enjoy the gift of Searcys hospitality. They can choose from 30+ gift vouchers from an afternoon tea to a private party in one of London’s stunning venues including of course the beautiful {10-11} Carlton House Terrace, and new for 2020 – Searcys own Cuvee delivered to your door. We are incredibly grateful to the CHT team for their support of our new festive initiative in such uncertain times for hospitality and events.”

Ruth Davies, Artistic Director at All For Love commented: “2020 has been a year of heartbreaks and disappointments but we are still here, fighting, and more determined than ever to come out the other side. The support of the Love List from 10-11 is genuinely wonderful and demonstrates to us once again how amazingly supportive the event industry as whole is. It’s through this kind of support that makes the industry what it is and why we love being a part of it.

The core list of suppliers who have joined the campaign includes:

Any suppliers interested in getting involved can share their festive offering on social platforms, add the hashtag #SupportEventSuppliers and tag 10-11 Carlton House Terrace at @10_11CHT. There’s no limit to how often this can be done, however the 10-11 team encourages people to be mindful and avoid ‘spamming’.

Those looking to support the event industry this Christmas can find the full supplier gift list at http://10-11cht.com/christmas/lovelist or search the hashtag #SupportEventSuppliers on social platforms and start gifting.

The Lansdowne Club introduces new hybrid meeting offerings

The Lansdowne Club has adapted its technology to offer a series of new hybrid meetings.

Despite the difficulties faced when it comes to events this year, many venues including the Lansdowne Club are committed to providing the highest standards of safety to everyone coming through the door.

As it isn’t always possible for people to attend business meetings in person (particularly at the moment), the Lansdowne Club is delighted to launch hybrid meeting packages. The current travel limitations and ongoing meeting restrictions don’t have to be a barrier, and the Club can provide a safe, easy solution to ‘business as usual’.

The venue’s three hybrid meeting rooms blend the best of in-person meetings and virtual participation, providing the latest wireless AV communication and broadcasting technology alongside seamless meeting hospitality – including a dedicated team member to set up Zoom meetings and assist on the day so the delegates can concentrate on the business at hand.

A range of equipment is available to facilitate hybrid meetings, including the Club Zoom account, a television, screen and projector, a PC with the Lansdowne email and MS Office for business and presentation purposes, a PA system and high-resolution camera and microphone.

Lansdowne Club was the only social club to have accepted men and women on an equal footing from its first day. It has always prided itself on being a venue of social standing and equality – a vibrant place open to all. The perfect site for discussing ideas and making progress, the Lansdowne has a range of meeting facilities to offer.

For more information, contact the team at [email protected] or phone on 0207 318 6125.

116 Pall Mall launches a new virtual studio

116 Pall Mall has just launched a brand new permanent Virtual Studio in its Trafalgar Room, allowing clients to seamlessly deliver a high-quality experience and effortlessly engage stakeholders, colleagues or delegates in the room and beyond.

Equipped with the latest technology and safety measures, the venue’s event solutions enable you to connect professionally while complying with government safety regulations at all times.  116 offers a wealth of virtual and hybrid solutions, including entertainment and hamper packages.

Jeremy Warrillow, Head of Hospitality said “With government restrictions meaning social events or business events above 30 can no longer run, our virtual and hybrid event offering provides the perfect solution for clients who don’t want to postpone or cancel their event due to the pandemic.

“It’s an incredibly frustrating time for the events industry and we want to do everything we can to provide an alternative to cancelling events which is of course having huge financial knock-on effects throughout the event supply chain.

“For bigger companies, there is also the issue of maintaining employee wellbeing. whether it’s an all-staff meeting, an awards ceremony or a Christmas party, engaging with your employees is vital in a time where staff morale is at an all-time low and our Virtual Studio allows clients to maintain that level of communication that is imperative during this period.”

For meetings or corporate events, the hybrid option allows for up to 30 people in the room as well as live streaming to thousands.

116 Pall Mall is still open for business meetings for up to 30 people during Lockdown 2, as well as filming and photoshoots. The team are still working and taking enquiries so get in touch for any more information.

Find out more about the Virtual Studio at 116 Pall Mall.

BAFTA Piccadilly offers new bespoke virtual experiences

With traditional events and celebrations currently on hold and the quintessential Christmas party under threat, BAFTA Piccadilly is offering a range of bespoke virtual events and experiences created within the home of BAFTA for colleagues, friends and family.

BAFTA Piccadilly is offering the opportunity to hold live and interactive virtual masterclasses, imaginatively curated screenings and full scale events with entertainment and DJs broadcast directly from BAFTA’s headquarters in Piccadilly straight to screens at homes or offices.

Designed for groups of 25 to 300+, this is a truly unique way to create both high engagement and lasting memories in a fun and entertaining manner.

Hosted by the expert team who each year devise and prepare the food and drinks for the EE British Academy Film Awards and deliver a multitude of gold standards events, these exciting experiences will bring you a taste of BAFTA and a little of that red carpet magic.

If you would like to find out more or have other event requirements, contact either Tissem Lansac or Julian Shaw at:[email protected][email protected], 020 7292 5849

Building confidence in hybrid events with IET London: Savoy Place

The term ‘hybrid events’, combining elements of a live event with a virtual audience, is one we’re hearing more frequently than ever right now. As with anything new and largely unfamiliar, many event organisers will likely have some reservations about running a hybrid event for the first time, but tech-oriented venue IET London: Savoy Place has responded to these potential concerns with some reassuring insights and top tips.

What if technology lets me down?
We’ve all been accustomed to failed Zoom calls and frozen computer screens mid conversation this year, but working with a venue that offers the very best technology for events, selected by experienced AV professionals, can help alleviate this concern. Investing in proper production means not having to worry about sound or technical difficulties.

To settle nerves further, there are ways of minimising risk even more, for example using a combination of pre-recorded footage and live Q&As. With the right team of professionals behind the camera, this can be a seamless production, giving the illusion of a fully live event, but taking huge amounts of pressure off both the speakers and the organiser, having a large amount of the event content prepared in advance. This also allows time for editing and smartening up the footage or adding relevant holding screens between sessions.

 

I have no experience in running hybrid events
That’s why you work with people who have! The advantage of working with a venue that can offer its own AV and filming crew is that it isn’t just a sporadic group of experienced individuals that come together to run your event, but an integrated team of experts  familiar with every inch and angle of the venue.

Working with a venue gives a hybrid event a lot more credibility, with an impressive backdrop and lighting that can’t easily be replaced by using a basic online platform. You’d be surprised by how much of an event organiser’s previous experience in running live events is transferable in terms of strategy, organisation and attention to detail, therefore joining forces with an AV team and in-house coordinator means that all bases will be covered for a seamless delivery.

 

It all sounds quite expensive to operate
The cost of a hybrid event covers the expertise and experience of a team of venue professionals, as well as all the technical equipment for a quality production and streaming platform. There are, however, ways of saving money and keeping costs down. Where the majority of a budget for larger events might have had to go towards sourcing a venue that could hold 500 people, for example, a much smaller event space could now be hired with most delegates joining virtually, hugely reducing the hire fee. Similarly, reducing catering is probably the biggest money-saver and frees up additional budget to cover the cost of technology, AV and broadcasting solutions.

Depending on the size and type of event, it should be very plausible to spend less on a hybrid event than a fully live event.

 

Technology isn’t my strong point
It doesn’t need to be. An organiser does, however, need to choose a platform that suits the objectives of their event. For example, is it a key priority to have integrated online branding for sponsors, or for easy cross-audience engagement during seminars? There are so many free demos to trial online, and organisers should experiment with joining online events themselves to see different platforms in action.

A lot of the ownership of understanding technology is transferred to the venue and once again alleviates the pressure on an organiser. A venue’s events team should be well-versed in breaking down the technical terminology into digestible chunks of information that gives an organiser enough detail without overwhelming them with unnecessary jargon.

 

How do I keep delegates engaged?
Arguably, there are even more opportunities for engagement during hybrid events than live events, especially for those lacking confidence to speak up in person. Certain platforms are built specifically to encourage interaction and offer chatboxes for networking and Q&As. Others like Slido and online poll features allow data and opinions to be captured in real time. This technology has often been seen utilised at fully live conferences and trade show educational sessions and is as effective for virtual attendees.

A great deal of engagement at live events has turned virtual already. People might Tweet throughout a conference or share opinions online to start a virtual conversation while physically at an event, and we’d advise organisers to encourage delegates to do the same during hybrid events.

 

Five top tips for running a successful hybrid event:

  1. Choose a suitable streaming platform to meet your needs
  2. Be openminded about the format of the event and number of in-person delegates so it can be adapted at short notice in line with any new government updates
  3. Consider integrating a combination of pre-recorded content and live streaming
  4. Use an experienced venue for their expertise and event credibility
  5. Engage with both your live and virtual audience