Choosing a Conference Venue

If you have been tasked with organising a seminar or conference for your company then it is more than understandable if it seems to you like a somewhat daunting task. Not only have you been charged with managing every aspect of what is already a reasonably complex event, but before all this can be taken care of you need to find a suitable venue in which it can take place. The most effective conference venues will be will equipped and well laid out. Not only this but they should also have a good selection of chairs, tables and furniture for your attendees use. If your conference is well organised then those in attendance will come away having had a positive experience and recommend it in future. With that in mind here are a few useful hints as to what to look for in a suitable conference venue.

One of the most important aspects of any potential venue is that is has a good atmosphere to it. If your conference location exudes a positive atmosphere then this will have a beneficial effect on on the delegates and contribute to the overall experience of the event. You may wish to use suitable technical equipment in order to add an extra visual element to the atmosphere.

The rooms available in the venue should of course suit the needs of your conference. The room you choose must be able to accommodate enough furniture and equipment depending on the type of conference that you will be hosting. It is for this reason that hotels are quite often a popular choice for these types of event as not only will they likely be able to offer catering to the attendees but they will also have suitable audio visual equipment on hand for whatever presentation purposes you may required. When drawing up a shortlist of potential venues then remember to ask what sort of facilities each location has available as this will be a key part in your decision making process. Any venue that is able to take some of the hard work off your hands will clearly be more desirable than one that cannot.

Delegates are likely to be attending your event with their laptops. It is with this in mind that you should also check that the venue has a suitable wireless internet connection available. Even if the venue does have this facility available you should enquire as to whether their connection will be able to cope with the volume of people you are expecting to attend.

As mentioned it is also important that your event is well catered. Your attendees should be well fed, especially if the conference is likely to go on for at least a day. Poor food is where many conferences can do themselves an injustice. You may think this a trivial affair but no matter how good the conference presentations themselves are, poor catering will literally leave a poor taste in the mouth of your attendees. You should make the most of any opportunity to leave a lasting impression and the last thing you will want to do is fall down on something as basic as the food.

It doesn’t matter if you are something of a novice when it comes to organissing such events as there are a plethora of event management companies on hand who will be able to take the hard work off your hands.

Trevor Richards is writing on behalf of Owl Event Management, one of the UKs leading event management companies.

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Bruntwood invests in Manchester city centre conference venue


Bruntwood, the family-owned office letting company, has joined forces with the University of Manchester in a multimillion pound property development for Manchester Business School. The £60 million scheme will create a new conference venue, hotel, and executive education centre in the strategically located Oxford Road Corridor.


Construction is due to begin in 2012, although the project will be delivered in several stages. The new development will benefit Manchester Business School with significant new facilities to service its expanding student population, in addition to the increasingly subscribed leadership and management programmes it delivers for companies such as Tesco, BAE and BT.

A flagship investment in Manchester

Professor Michael Luger, Dean of Manchester Business School said:  “We are delighted to be working with Bruntwood on what will be a flagship investment for the city of Manchester. As we move towards our goal of becoming a truly world-class business school, the hotel and conference centre will provide an excellent base from which to explore Manchester and it will play a key role in attracting inward development to the city.”

This project will see Bruntwood investing in education for the first time, as the company is more used to renovating and developing top quality retail and office space. The first phase will see the development of a new four star hotel and conference centre. The Executive Education courses and the University’s MBA programme will, in the second and third phases of the project, be given new centres for administration and teaching. A resources and learning hub will be the final phase.


Manchester conference venues and meeting rooms

In fact, Bruntwood already offers conference facilities in Manchester. A perfect choice for a conference venue, AV equipment and refreshments are included as standard in all Bruntwood’s meeting rooms, including a handful that can accommodate over 50 people.

Bruntwood’s director of special projects Colin Sinclair added: “Bruntwood is thrilled to have been chosen to redevelop Manchester Business School and is looking forward to working with the Manchester Business School and University of Manchester to deliver a world class facility at the very heart of The Corridor”.


For further information about Bruntwood’s special projects, or to find office space to rent in Manchester, contact the team today on 0800 731 0300 or visit the website.





Holly Daniels writes on behalf of theEword for several websites, including, the family-owned office letting company with properties all over Manchester city centre and beyond.d

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