10 things we learned this week

The industry might appear quiet in the dying days of summer, but behind the scenes there’s as much going on as ever.

From an excessive amount of boxing rings to some big personnel changes in London, here’s five things we learned this week…

1. Becky Graveney to leave London & Partners

The biggest shock of the week came from the beating heart of the nation’s capital. Head of associations, Becky Graveney, is leaving London & Partners after nine and a half years at the company.

Read the full story here.

2. Farnborough’s new conference facility is massive

Normally when we want to describe how big something is we use football pitches or old Routemasters as an avant-garde unit of measurement. Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre have bucked this trend by getting all Olympic on us. Would you ever need 350 boxing rings in the same place?

Read the full story here.

3. You need to work for Sundial Group

To hold on to an accreditation certificate for seventeen consecutive years is quite an achievement. Sundial Group is all about the long game, so we shouldn’t be surprised that they’ve done just that. Their policy of looking after employees could offer a few lessons elsewhere.

Read the full story here.

4. Digging starts on AECC’s new digs

The new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre is full steam ahead now that the developers and city’s council has appointed Robertson Group as the contractor. They are planning on using local materials and personnel, so keep an eye on the noticeboards.

Read the full story here.

5. Your delegates are terrified of looking stupid

The icy silence after the immortal phrase “are there any questions” is as awkward as any moment could ever hope to be. Worse, still, than a Tinder date between an Arsenal and a Spurs fan.

This week we ran a series of blogs about how to engage your delegates, and how best to get them asking questions.

Read the full series here, here, and here. And here.

6. You need an icebreaker

Earlier this week CN ran a blog offering some handy need-to-know tips on networking. Among others, the one that jumped out at us was the need for a good icebreaker. If you’re going to think of one, leave the ‘knock-knock’ jokes at the door…

Read the full story here.

7. Your venue needs to sound ‘awesome’

As sure as the adjective ‘awesome’ is now acceptable in adult conversation, our guest blogger Val Pearson, MD at Lillibrooke Manor, is sure that your audio system must be perfect. Sound good?

Read the full story here.

8. In a post Mourinho world, bacon butties are back on the menu

Don’t worry; you don’t have to be a Chelsea fan to enjoy breakfast at Stamford Bridge. The ground’s conference facility has ‘rolled’ out a new breakfast package that includes bacon butties and porridge.

Read the full story here.

9. Art is worth a lot of money

You’d think that being worth up to several million pounds, expensive art and antiquities would be kept locked away in a vault not even Hans Gruber could get into. But no, it seems art theft costs the UK up to £300m a year, and £10bn globally!

Read the full story here.

10. Glasgow is getting a new hotel

Well, sort of. The famous Glasgow City Hotel is rebranding as a DoubleTree by Hilton, and with it a new lick of paint. The launch images look quite good, and we can’t wait to check it out when it opens.

Read the full story here.

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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