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Venuemasters London Showcase a great success

Earlier this month, Venuemasters London (VML), which is part of the Venuemasters national consortium, dazzled 70 event professionals by showcasing a wide variety of unique spaces available at academic venues in the capital city.

“It was great to see such a variety of quality venues in one place,” said Ben Delaney, Regional Sales Manager of Malvern House, a provider of English Language Courses in London.

Prospective and existing clients enjoyed an evening of networking with representatives from nine of VML’s member venues in the relaxing ambience of the newly refurbished Great Hall at Events & Hospitality QM, Queen Mary University of London. The showcase was the perfect opportunity to promote the wide and diverse offering of event and accommodation space that academic venues in London provide, highlighting their growing position in the corporate conference and events market.

Fay Sharpe, founder shareholder and managing director of global sales specialist Zibrant, Global Sales & Marketing, gave guests a peek at her career and shared insights into her successes so far. “It was great to be part of the VML networking evening and I hope that my presentation provided inspiration for the audience.... Some great questions around goals.... The setting food and cocktails were fab,” said Fay.

Lauren Sotherden, Chair of Venuemasters London and Digital Marketing Executive at Queen Mary University of London, said: “The event was a great success. The turnout is a clear indication that academic venues are a popular choice as customers look for new and unusual venues that will meet their budgets. We were delighted to have industry leader Fay Sharpe here. She was a wonderful speaker, sharing some insightful stories and business advice.”

Following a £6.3 million refurbishment, Queen Mary’s Great Hall has been returned to its original art deco glory while benefiting from state-of-the-art sound, lighting and audio visual systems. “It’s a great opportunity to chat with venue providers in an informal setting and get to know them more. The Great Hall was a stunning place to host it and the catering was equally so,” said Liam McCormack, Procurement Associate of The Challenge.

The venues represented at the event were: Events & Hospitality QM (Queen Mary University of London), Imperial College London, Goldsmiths, University of London, University College London, King’s Venues at King’s College London, Conference Roehampton, University of Westminster, The Wesley Hotel, and 20 Bedford Way.

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