Corporate Magazine | August 2016


The August edition of the Corporate Magazine is out now! On topic and trending, hold your next meeting in the fabulously designed Cabinet Rooms at Shropshire's Lion Quays Hotel & Spa; perfect for your own summit style meeting! Discover three of Birmingham's top venues, including the iconic Library of Birmingham and the magnificent tradition of Highbury Hall, plus new money sets the scene in our special feature with Churchill, Austen and Turner taking centre stage.

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New money meetings



Featured Venues

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18 to 19, 22 to 23



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New money is on its way:

The Churchill Collection

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New money is on its way:

The Austen Collection

Page 10 to 11

New money is on its way:

The Maverick Collection

Page 12 to 13


Popular Categories

Page 16 to 17



Page 20 to 21

Featured Group &

Industry Interview

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Corporate Team


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Featured Venue

Barnham Broom

Hotel, Golf & Spa

Norwich, Norfolk NR9 4DD

Day Rates from

£30 £34

24hr Rates from


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Barnham Broom offers a warm and

welcoming ambience with its exceptional

4-star experience and first class facilities

and amenities. Overlooking 300 acres

of beautiful Norfolk countryside, with

two championship golf courses, the

venue also has a health and fitness club

plus a spa and 46 stylish and luxurious


The ground floor Barford Suite is ideal

for large conferences, product launches

and exhibitions and has a private bar,

cloakrooms, a large dance floor and

picturesque views of the lakes and golf

courses. Located on the second floor,

the Kimberley Suite can be used as one

large room or four syndicate rooms and

also has its own private facilities.

For impressive panoramic views of the

River Yare valley, the floor to ceiling

windows in The Colton Suite create the

perfect backdrop for team workshops,

seminars and private events. For indoor

elegance with views over the courtyard

and stunning water feature, The Bickerston

Suite is ideal for both conferences and

private dining.

Murder mystery, real life Cluedo and

Crime Scene Investigation are just a few

of the corporate team-building options


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Featured Venue

Stratford Manor

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 0PY

Day Rates from 24hr


Rates from


Stratford Manor is a fantastic conference hotel

encompassing every detail needed to ensure

meetings, events, training days or conferences

are a total success. Set in 21 acres of beautiful

grounds, which are perfect for team-building,

and with an outdoor bar and BBQ area, along

with ample car parking for delegates. There is

a choice of 13 state-of-the-art conference

and meeting rooms, all with free Wifi and up

to 90 Mbps of dedicated bandwidth.

summer the adjoining terrace makes a perfect

break out area. The Conference Cafe is a great

place to catch up with colleagues and dedicated

event organisers will ensure your day runs

smoothly and professionally.

Other facilities at Stratford Manor include 104

spacious bedrooms, all recently refurbished to

a high standard, a leisure club, spa, bar and


The Stratford Suite is the largest conference

room seating up to 350 delegates and in

220 On-site


WiFi Catering Private Indoor

Parties Pool



350 Max




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This months Preferred Venues

Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa

Day rates from £25 24hr rates from £85

Holiday Inn Solihull

Day rates from £30 24hr rates from £120

Pinnacle House Business Centre

Half day room hire from £90

The Villa Levens

Day rates from £28.95 24hr rates from £135

Mercure Wetherby Hotel

Day rates from £28

Eco Innovation Centre

Rates on request

Ascot Racecourse

Day rates from £66

Hilton Milton Keynes

Day rates from £30 24hr rates from £130

Villa Country House Hotel

Day rates from £28.95 24hr rates from £135

Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

Day rates from £40 24hr rates from £140

Holiday Inn Plymouth

Day rates from £25 24hr rates from £115

Carlton Park Hotel

Day rates from £28 24hr rates from £99

Wrest Park Enterprise

Half day room hire from £95

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Churchill connections,

Austen associations

and maverick meetings:

new money is on its way!

The Churchill Collection

The launch of the new plastic five

pound is just weeks away and sees

the start of the Bank of England's

transition from cotton notes to the

cleaner, safer and securer polymer


The five pound is the first for a face

lift, with Sir Winston Churchill taking

a major position on the back, along

with a famous line from his first

speech as Prime Minister to the

House of Commons at the beginning

of World War II:

"I have nothing to

offer but blood, toil,

tears, and sweat"

£ 45

Further inspiring and unifying speeches

followed, including 'We shall fight them

on the beaches' and 'This was their

finest hour.'

To unify teams and motivate delegates,

our Churchill Collection takes the blood,

toil and tears away from searching for

your next awe-inspiring venue, adds

more than a touch of history and

delivers the finest in event spaces!

£ 45

£ 75

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The Churchill Collection

£ 50

Burnham Beeches Hotel

During WWII, Churchill

suggested the Beeches as

a suitable place to hide army vehicles

and in May 1942, large parts of the site

were requisitioned by the war department.

Fast-forward to today and the ten acres

of landscaped gardens and manicured

lawns don't betray any signs of the past

in this now Designated Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty.

At 9.45am on 30 January 1965 Big Ben rang out

as Winston Churchill's coffin left Westminster Hall.

It would not toll again that day.

£ 98.40

£ 45

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The Regency Collection

The Jane Austen £10 note will be in

circulation from 2017 and in addition

to a portrait based on an original sketch

of Jane Austen drawn by her sister and

an illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet,

the note will include a quote from

Miss Bingley in Pride and Prejudice:

“I declare after all

there is no enjoyment

like reading!”

Recognised as one of the greatest

writers in English literature, Austen's

novels have an enduring and lasting

appeal and Pride and Prejudice, Emma,

Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield

Park have been successfully adapted

for TV and the big screen.

Many of the UK locations used in filming

are National Trust properties, open for

tours and sight-seeing only, so we're

proposing a Regency Collection of

venues capable of bringing sense and

appeal to a huge range of events and

certain to leave delegates with more

than a touch of pride.

De Vere

Chicheley Hall

£ 30

This venue set the scene for London

interiors in the BBC's 1995 production of

Pride and Prejudice. A stunning Grade

I listed mansion which has all the latest

business facilities as well as 80 acres of

beautiful Buckinghamshire grounds, ideal

for team-building or just winding down at

the end of a successful meeting.

Old Thorns

Manor Hotel Golf

& Country Estate

£ 49

To stage an event close to the home of

the famous author, Old Thorns Manor

Hotel is sensibly close and along with

extensive conference facilities, includes

a championship golf course, spa, fitness

centre, restaurant plus a champagne

and sports bar.

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The Regency Collection

For a sense of the old English countryside used to

paint the backdrop for Emma, match-make your

delegates with a venue in Surrey...


Park Hotel

£ 55

This historic country house overlooks

Broadwater Lake and has far reaching

views of the countryside. Ten acres of

parkland provide plenty of team-building

opportunities with golf, tennis and croquet

available along with archery and an

assault course.

De Vere

Horsley Park

£ 35

For a classically traditional setting with

all the latest mod-cons, stage an event in

Horsley's Great Hall, certain to impress

with its cantilever arched ceiling or opt

for one of the ultra modern purpose built

conference rooms.


Frimley Hall

Hotel & Spa

£ 70

Situated within beautifully tended wooded

gardens, Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel

& Spa is a classic ivy clad manor house

boasting up-to-date facilities combined

with period decor, an ornately carved

staircase, high ceilings and mahogany


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The Maverick Collection

Artist JMW Turner and his painting

The Fighting Temeraire will feature on

the new design of the Bank of England's

£20 note which will come into circulation

in 2020.

The English Romantic artist was

chosen from a list of public nominations

- the first time the Bank has asked who

should appear on a specific banknote.

Taken from a famous lecture made in

1818 and referring to Turner's innovative

use of light, shade, colour and tone, the

quote to appear on the note is:

"Light is therefore colour."

Turner has been described as an artist

who bridged both the classical and

modern worlds, with Tracy Emin calling

him a wild maverick - perfectly fitting for

our collection of venues bringing light,

shade, colour and a touch of maverick

individualism to meetings!

Roof Gardens

£ 75

For rooftop flamingos, fountains and

fabulous views of London, the Roof

Gardens in Kensington adds colour

to meetings, celebrations and private



Football Club

£ 19.95

Open your eyes to the Stadium of Light

in Sunderland! A regular feature on the

football landscape with a premier reputation

in hospitality, with purpose built facilities and

expert event planners.

London Transport


£ 49

Take one of Turner's works as your starting

point and travel back to the former Victorian

Flower Market in Covent Garden, now home

to the London Transport Museum, where

the past, present and future of London's

transport is on display.

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The Maverick Collection

Turner was always drawn to the

River Thames. For spectacular

sunsets and sun rises, for his

regular steam journey along the

river to Margate, which he loved

for the sea, the skies, the quality

of light and for his lover

Mrs Booth!


Farringdon &

Bounce Old Sreet

£ 42

Award-winning design welcomes

delegates to Bounce in Shoreditch and

Farringdon. Painting a picture of uniqueness

with a stunning bar, high quality restaurant

and lots of high energy entertainment with

classic Ping Pong and DJ booths, plus

purpose-built conference facilities.

Petersham Hotel

£ 72

Another favourite escape

for the painter was Richmond Hill.

With a glorious view to the river, Turner was

moved to create one of his most famous

paintings, Richmond Hill on the Prince

Regent's Birthday. For an escape from the

shadow of central London, create your

next event at Petersham Hotel, in the leafy

London suburb of Richmond.

Royal Windsor


£ 42

Impress your delegates with a wow-factor

arrival by boat when you disembark at the

private jetty at Royal Windsor Racecourse.

Set in over 165 acres of beautiful Berkshire

countryside, combine team-building

activities, exhibitions, meetings and family

fun days with a Monday race night.

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Featured Venue

The Nottinghamshire

Golf & Country Club

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG12 3HB

Day Rates from


24hr Rates from


Twilight Golf -

August 2016 Details

Comprehensive conference packages have

been designed with business in mind and a

new 24 hour day delegate rate offers a complete

service in a peaceful environment, leaving

delegates energised and raring to go.

Corporate guests will not be disappointed with

the stylish accommodation on offer at the brand

new hotel The Residence.

Conference facilities and meeting rooms can

be utilised for one large conference or as smaller

breakout rooms. A state of the art, integrated

AV system ensures a professional and polished

finish to conferences, meetings, exhibitions,

product launches, networking events and

presentations or head outside for team-building

in the 340 acres of manicured grounds and

rolling countryside.

The multifunctional suites are fully air-conditioned

and seat up to 200 delegates. Ample free on-site

parking is available.

300 Spaces WiFi

On-site Free





Building Audio Visual




230 Max




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Featured Venue

Council House

Banqueting Suite

Birmingham, West Midlands B1 1BB

Day Rates from


In the heart of Birmingham City

Centre, the Council House is a

beautiful Grade II listed building,

boasting some of the city's most

talked about design. Since its

opening, this venue has received

and welcomed members of the

Royal family, world leaders, media

and film stars, people from the

literary world and every type of

business and organisation.








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Featured Venue

Library of Birmingham

Birmingham, West Midlands B1 2ND

Day Rates from


Shortlisted for the prestigious

RIBA Stirling Prize and voted

Britain’s favourite new building,

the Library of Birmingham offers

truly unique settings for meetings,

conferences, training courses,

gala dinners, banquets, weddings

and civil ceremonies.

The stunning Book Rotunda, the

historic Shakespeare Memorial

Room and the enchanting garden

terrace with city views, excellent

service and catering, combine to

create a truly impressive venue.










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Featured Venue

Highbury Hall

Birmingham, West Midlands B13 8QG

Rates on request

Enjoy the privacy and tradition

of this magnificent Grade II listed

mansion house just three miles

from the centre of Birmingham.

The country setting, fine cuisine

and the personal service create

exactly the right atmosphere

for business and hospitality

entertaining. Excellent road and

rail links make it easily accessible.




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Venue Offers

This Month's Specials:

Summer Savers


AC Hotel Manchester

Salford Quays

Manchester, Gtr Manchester M5 3AW

Summer offer: 15% off all events

day rates from £35

Quorn Country Hotel

Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 8BB

25% off Summer Sizzler

day rates from £49

Needham House Hotel

Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG4 7JJ

Summer day delegate

package from £29

Bounce Farringdon

City, London EC1N 2TD

Complimentary Ping Pong

with any daytime booking

rates from £42

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Venue Offers

Holiday Inn Plymouth

Plymouth, Devon PL1 2HJ

Meet with ease: 10% discount

rates from £19

Petersham Hotel

Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey TW10 6UZ

Summer meetings packages

from £72

Bounce Old Street

Shoreditch, London EC1V 9EY

Purpose built venue for

meetings & ping pong!

Day rates from £42

Group Special Offers

Corus Hotels

4 UK venues

Summer Sale!

Day rates from £25

Marriott Hotels Ltd

43 UK locations

Choose 4 FREE benefits

to add to your event!

Day rates from £27

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Featured Venue

AJ Bell Stadium

Salford, Manchester M30 7EY

Day Rates from


Home to Rugby Union and League, this newest

landmark for the City of Salford offers unrivalled

levels of service and excellent value for a

Manchester meeting, conference or sports events.

Made-to-measure day delegate packages, with

catering and refreshments to suit all budgets,

tastes and styles is provided.

State-of-the-art facilities in a venue specifically

designed to inspire and motivate, it's guaranteed

to leave a lasting and memorable impression on

delegates. Stunning pitch-side views, comfortable

surroundings and the iconic Greater Manchester

skyline, plus excellent motorway links and an

abundance of free on-site parking is available.

A range of suites to choose from, with

contemporary and open plan space hosting up to

530 delegates or opt for the intimate and stylish

setting of an executive box for smaller meetings.






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Featured Venue

Lion Quays Hotel & Spa

Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 3EN

Day Rates from


24hr Rates from


The Lion Quays Hotel and Spa have an

innovative and inspiring theme for their

business centre; The Cabinet Rooms is

the ideal place to get down to business,

whether it's a high level summit with top

clients or a brainstorming meeting with

your front bench!

Movers and shakers, decision makers

and leaders, clients, colleagues and

business ambassadors will all be

impressed by the Downing Street

themed meetings and conference

rooms. Complete with wall mounted

TVs and presentation tech, conference

calling, Wifi and stationery.

For a larger G10 summit style meeting,

elect one of the conference suites which

combine state-of-the-art facilities with an

individual and bespoke service for up to

400 delegates.

150 Spaces

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Featured Group

Radisson Blu creates excitingly individual

hotels. Iconic, stylish and sophisticated with

leading edge design with a genuine,

inviting ambiance.

Radisson Blu Hotel


Day rates from £32

Radisson Blu Hotel


Day rates from £32

Radisson Blu Hotel

Manchester Airport

Day rates from £37

Radisson Blu Hotel


Day rates from £38

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Featured Group

Park Inn by Radisson is a fresh and

energetic mid-market hotel brand offering

friendly and welcoming hospitality at

a competitive price.

Park Inn by Radisson Thurrock

Day rates from £20

Park Inn Cardiff North

Day rates from £21

Park Inn by Radisson Harlow

Day rates from £20

Park Inn Cardiff City Centre

Day rates from £20

Park Inn Bedford

Day rates from £29

Park Inn by Radisson Heathrow

Day rates from £45

Park Inn by Radisson Northampton

Day rates from £25

Park Inn By Radisson Birmingham West M5 J1

Day rates from £25

Park Inn by Radisson York

Day rates from £25

Park Inn Palace Southend-on-sea

Day rates from £20

Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen

Day rates from £30

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Industry Interview

Industry Interview with

Simon Standing, Director of Sales

(South East) at Carlson Rezidor

Briefly explain your role?

I work with the hotels' General

Managers to assist in delivering the

business and revenue plans, I produce

monthly reports and forecasts and

implement new initiatives aimed to

increase our profitability, and I manage

a portfolio of corporate accounts for

the group.

I'm also involved with the recruitment,

induction and training of our sales

managers and administrators and

I support them in developing our

strategies, helping them to reach

their monthly targets and I'll attend

meeting with clients.

What's the most rewarding thing

about working within this industry

and what do you love most about

your job?

Every day is different, there is always

something going on and a new

challenge to embrace so there's never

a dull moment. I do enjoy meeting new

clients and supporting them with their

business needs plus seeing all the

different hotels and dealing with

internal challenges.

What are your professional goals

and dreams?

I have a short, medium and long term

plan! Short term is to be a successful

part of the restructure within the Sales

Team at Carlson Rezidor and to lead by

example and make a difference to how

we operate.

Medium term I am driven to look at how

I can progress in the industry and my

next steps would be Regional Director

of Sales and then Group Director of Sales

and I would like to achieve this in the

next 10 years if not sooner.

Long term I wish to own my own business,

providing holiday accommodation

somewhere beautiful in Cornwall and

near the sea.

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Industry Interview

What's the strangest or funniest

experience you've had at work?

Having worked in this industry for the

past 16 years I’ve seen a lot of funny

and strange moments! The two that

stick in my mind are the lady who

thought she had to pay for swans on

the river to be there for her wedding

day. The second one is dressing up

as a lion to visit agents in various

weird and wonderful locations

for a promotion!

What's your favourite holiday

destination and why?

UK wise it has to be Cornwall because

it is like a second home. The beaches,

restaurants and pubs are amazing, as

are the people.

Crete will always be special because

of my honeymoon there.

What one word best

describes you?


What achievements are you

most proud of?

I left college at 19 years old and

decided not to go to university.

I didn't have any career plans and

fell into this industry. I'm proud of what

I've achieved so far. A part from a short

time working with an events company,

I've always been in hotels or hospitality

- it's like a magnet that just keeps

pulling you back.

I'm the proud father of four

boisterous and beautiful children.

What's your favourite movie?

'Enemy of the State' with

Will Smith and Gene Hackman.


Cornwall - St Ives


Can you name one thing people

may not know about you?

When I was younger I was the lead

singer in an indie band and had a very

small column in the up and coming

section in the UK edition of NME


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Meet the Corporate Team...

Corporate Team


New Business Development


Accommodation Specialist


Accommodation Specialist


Contact Centre Apprentice


Venue Finding Specialist


Accommodation Specialist


Sales Account Manager




Accommodation Specialist


Account Manager


Venue Finding Specialist


Accommodation Specialist


Group Account Manager


Accommodation Specialist


Account Manager






Venue Finding Specialist


Travel Specialist


Client Services

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Step 2: Your Enquiry

A Findmeaconference specialist will take your enquiry,

gathering as much information as possible. We want your

event to be a great success, however small or large, so this

fact finding stage will lay the foundations of your event.

Step 3: Our Proposal

Working in partnerhsip with you, your dedicated

Findmeaconference specialist will prepare a proposal

with options for your consideration.

Step 4: Confirm your Booking

Once you’re happy with the proposal, your Findmeaconference

specialist will liaise with all the relevant parties, securing the

booking on your behalf, and will continue to support you over

the weeks or months leading up to your event.

What our

clients say...

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venue for our HR Conference at such short

notice. The day went off without a hitch and the

new hotel we booked worked extremely well!

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saved me a lot of time that I would have

spent searching on the internet.

All members of the team have always been

helpful and professional, my usual contact

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necessary when I require a new venue.”

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company provides. I used to spend countless

hours on the internet and telephone, trying to

find suitable venues for various functions for

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I tell anyone that I hear making bookings to

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