University of Manchester invests £3.4m in conference restructure

The
University of Manchester has restructured
its staff involved with conferencing. It will officially unveil its new university
sub-brand, ‘The University of Manchester Conferences and Venues’, and £3.4m
investment in one of its premier venues at the Academic Venue Show, in London
on 16 May 2012. 

The
University’s Conference Sales Team, Events Team and Catering Departments were
moved into the Directorate of Estates and Facilities and Alison Aucott
(pictured) has been appointed ‘Head of Hospitality and Events’ unifying
Catering, Events and Sales Teams into the new branded conference offer.

“Being
part of Estates and Facilities also consolidates our relationship with all
those other areas of the University in the directorate involved in hosting a conference,
including the AV, portering, security, car parking, cleaning and maintenance.
This now means that as one joined up team we are all focused on providing a superb customer experience.”

The
University launches the new conferencing brand with a £3.4m investment
this summer in its Premier City Centre Conference Venue, Renold Building
near to Piccadilly Rail Station. The investment will see a refurbishment
and expansion
of Renold’s largest theatre to 530 delegates, along with the
refurbishment of
two 300-seat theatres and three seminar rooms and a new restaurant.

“Renold
Building has always been in high demand for national and international
conferences,” said Alison, who says there is a lot of interest among organisers
at day delegates rates of £33 + VAT.

The
work will all be completed this summer.

Renold
building becomes one of 30 central Manchester meeting venues managed under the
new sub-brand. Over half are available throughout the academic year, such as
Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre (AA three-star rated).

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