‘Gordon Ramsay’ sparks suspicion at Southampton launch party

Southampton Solent University’s new Solent Conference Centre had its grand opening on 25 August, following its recent move to the brand new £30m building,‘The Spark,’ in the heart of Southampton city centre.

The futuristic venue is now part of Southampton Solent University’s main campus, benefitting from views of the city’s extensive parks, additional car parking, interactive spaces for meetings, events and celebrations and state-of-the-art learning facilities.

The launch event was garden party themed with 200 guests, clients, partners and press in attendance. Guests were greeted with a floral buttonhole and arrival drink, many being fooled by Gordon Ramsay lookalike Martin Jordan, who served up a selection of canapés.

The occasion was marked by a cake cutting ceremony overlooking the Atrium. The Whitebeam Suite then became a dance floor and cocktail bar with a live band performing. Guests were treated to goody bags including gifts, sweet treats and ‘selfie’ sticks.

The new venue was supported by local event partners from the southern region, including: Transform Events, Love Cake Bakery, Canon, Diva Entertainment, Signature Balloons, Boutique de Fleur, Perfect Chairs, Express Yourself Costume, Hire Quality Marquees, Jury’s Inn, Destination Southampton and PBWPIX.

Amber Webster, conference, events & hospitality manager said: “The launch event was an overwhelming success with amazing support and compliments shown for the new venue.

“Not only are we now one of the biggest venues in the city, we are also a key player in the events and meeting industry on the south coast.”

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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