A new online venue search service, Beautiful Schools, has launched to showcase the UK’s top schools as potential venues for meetings, conferences and events.
It is the first independent school-specific venue search portal and has many of the country’s top schools listed.
The service is free-to-use for venue bookers, and offers a one-stop shop window of school venues, including Harrow School and Dulwich College, among over 60 schools listed on the website.
All schools listed have events facilities to let and the Beautiful Schools team is confident of adding many more in the coming months.
The concept was borne after research showed that event organisers are under increasing pressure to find multi-purpose venues with distinctive or unique features and world-class facilities. Despite matching their search criteria, organisers have not typically considered schools as venue options as there has never been a central, easy-to-use schools showcase and booking enquiry platform. There is also the misconception that schools are tired and out-dated, says Beautiful Schools, who are attempting to provide the solution to these issues and challenges.
Beautiful Schools co-founder Dorothy McLaren, says: “The UK schools’ sector is a huge untapped resource for the meetings market – many of the buildings, grounds, facilities and history are world-renowned and we’re extremely excited to have launched our new online search and matching service.
“Whether you want to book a private dinner where Game of Thrones was filmed or hold the annual company away-day where your colleagues can swim, shoot, dine, drink and sleep, all in one location – we’ll find it in Beautiful Schools.”
Guy Collins-Down, director of finance & operations at South Hampstead High School, adds: “Beautiful Schools has a profound understanding of the independent school sector and we couldn’t think of a better company to represent our industry. Schools are a vastly untapped resource for events with unique spaces never-before used. The Beautiful Schools team has a vast knowledge bank of the most prestigious school locations the country has to offer.”