UK venue managers launch bid to share strategies and cutcosts

UK Venue Managers Association members have agreed to establish a secure website for sharing operational information and to set up a purchasing strategy to minimise cost. The decision was made at the association’s inaugural meeting.
Managers of multi-use venues throughout the UK have agreed that sharing information on-line and the ability to ask like-minded professionals for advice would bring significant benefits in areas such as cost control and the move towards reducing carbon emissions.
The meeting at Leicestershire County Cricket Club attracted venue managers from the north-east, north-west, east, south, midlands and Wales
Director of the UK Venue Managers Association, Neil Levett, said that there was a clear need to establish a forum for ideas and experiences. “One of the members has switched all the light bulbs throughout his venue and is saving tens of thousands of pounds, helped by negotiating a good price on the new bulbs as well as using less energy. This is something that can now be shared throughout the industry. Each venue remains competitive, but if costs can be reduced across the board then everybody wins.”
One of the key benefits raised by members at the meeting was that the Association is open to venue managers of all sizes, so that the purchasing advantages of the biggest organisations could be available to a smaller venue that hosts a wide range of different eventsthroughout the year.
“We could be looking at specific educational standards as well as targeted courses, cross-venue collaboration over licensing and legislation, and sharing knowledge of what worked and what didn’t,” he added.
Guest speaker at the meeting was Jim Maietta, of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, who explained the Vulnerability Self Assessment Tool, which allows managers to assess their venues based onresearched security data, and take measures to reduce risk.
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