What to Look for in a dedicated Conference Centre
Looking for the ultimate conference centre? With so many different venues to choose from, it is easy get bogged down in choice. As a leading award-winning conference centre, here are OUR tips for finding the best UK conference and meeting venues:
Dedicated conference centres
Hotels, sports centres, cinemas, even zoos, offer conference space for hire nowadays. Whilst it may be tempting to opt for the unusual, purpose-built conference centres provide the optimum learning environment in a dedicated, distraction-free environment.
Unlike hotels and other venues which offer meeting space to generate extra revenue, dedicated conference venues focus entirely on hosting corporate conferences, meetings and training events. As well as no distractions, you can expect excellent conference facilities in tranquil surroundings.
Quality conference facilities
Before booking, check the standard of conference facilities.
To ensure you get the most from your conference hire look for:
- A variety of different size rooms including a main conference suite and smaller break out rooms.
- Spacious, well presented meeting rooms, lounge and dining area
- Comfortable, ergonomic seating
- Plenty of natural light to aid concentration.
Cutting-edge conference equipment
To ensure presentations pack a visual punch check the conference venue provides a range of high-end technical equipment.
Preferably included in the day rate should be a digital projector and screen, wide screen TV and video conferencing equipment
Free, unlimited Wi-fi
Fast, reliable internet access is a conference essential.
Hotels frequently charge for wireless internet unlike dedicated conference venues which tend to offer complimentary wi-fi.
Ideally look for venues benefiting from a direct fibre optic link. This delivers mega fast speeds of up to 100 Mbps, allowing multiple delegates to surf online at the same time without slowing each other down.
When discussing company sensitive information off site, discretion is vital.
To ensure complete privacy, ask whether your venue is able to offer exclusive use of the entire venue or individual buildings.
Also check whether social areas, such as the dining room, are available for exclusive hire.
Fresh, nutritious catering
Ensuring delegates are well fed not only makes for a pleasurable stay but boosts brain power so they work at their best.
Preferably look for a conference centre with a professional catering team on-site. Lane End prides itself on preparing the best conference food from scratch every day, from tasty working lunches to elegant fine dining menus.
When looking for a conference venue, one of the key factors is accessibility. Check the location’s proximity to major motorways, rail links and airports.
For delegates travelling by car, confirm whether secure parking is available and, like Lane End, whether it is free for the duration.
A winning team
The support of a responsive, professional conference team is a real asset when it comes to running a smooth, successful event.
Gauge how quickly staff members respond to your enquiry and, wherever possible arrange for a site visit to see venue staff in action.
Check for independent verification of customer service standards. For example, Lane End consistently achieves VenueVerdict’s gold standard accreditation for outstanding customer service every quarter.
To give delegates the ultimate conference experience; look for venues offering free access to a wide range of sport and leisure facilities.
A friendly game of volley ball or gym work out is great for helping delegates let off steam during down time.
Don’t just take the venue’s word on how good they are. Read client testimonials and check out what visitors say on Google and TripAdvisor.
Purpose built Lane End Conference Centre is a dedicated conference centre in Buckinghamshire.
Ideally located thirty minutes from central London yet immersed in peaceful countryside, Lane End offers an unrivalled combination of award-winning customer service and state-of-the-art residential conference facilities. This includes:
• Five self-contained conference buildings equipped with private conference suites, syndicate rooms and social areas
• Contemporary, stylish conference rooms with high performance LED digital projectors, screens and video conferencing tech
• Free, superfast wi-fi across the 26-acre site
• Free access to indoor and outdoor fitness facilities
• Fresh home-cooked meals and refreshments made to specific dietary needs
• Over 100 comfortable, modern bedrooms
• Spacious landscaped grounds bordered by fields and woodland.