Air Tattoo strikes ‘tourism’ gold

The Royal International Air Tattoo has struck gold, scooping top honours in the Cotswold Tourismair_tattoo Awards 2014. The airshow, which won the Best Event of the Year category in 2012, has been named Tourism Event of the Year 2014 with judges citing recent innovations introduced by the airshow as setting it apart from other events.

These included establishing three new Service Stations in 2013, bringing together everything needed for a great day out including: food courts, free wi-fi hubs, information booths, toilets, merchandising and street entertainment.

Central Hall Westminster new 200 capacity event space

Central Hall Westminster, central London’s largest purpose built conference venue, has started refurbishment work of the undercroft area of the building to create a new 200 capacity event space as part of a £500,000 redevelopment. The new space, which is on the lower ground floor adjacent to the 200 seater public café, will boast natural light from a conservatory area and feature original early 20th century vaulted ceilings that had previously been covered. The room will be available from the beginning of March 2014.

Warning as HSE targets events ‘build and break’ work

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is due to publish a revised version of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations this year and it is expected that the updated document will, for the first time, cover the ‘build and break’ construction work undertaken at sites where indoor and outdoor events are held.

Big event names join forces to launch TLF

A number of ‘big’names from the event production world have joined forces to launch TLF, a newtlf International Production House with offices in London, Singapore and Sydney. They include Harvey Goldsmith CBE and Jim Baggott of Artist Promotion Management Ltd, in partnership with sevens7 co-owners Dan Howson, Luke Carr, Tim Spears and Nick Taylor.

TLF services include event creation and production, tour support, backstage management, temporary and broadcast infrastructure. It provides connectivity, streaming and application development for the live environment, and also offers a consultancy service, working as an agent for a portfolio of sought-after individuals within the live events industry.

Chelsea FC Wins Best Non-Match Day Use of Venue Award

Chelsea Football Club has been crowned winner of Best Non-Match Day Use of Venue, at the secondchelsea annual Football Business Awards. The award ceremony – hosted by Chelsea FC - recognises the successful utilisation of football venues in activities other than matches, including conferences, exhibitions, awards ceremonies and training as well as musical and other events.

Chelsea Football Club, reckoned to be London’s most complete venue, boasts 21 function rooms, 60 syndicate rooms, four bars and restaurants including two by Marco Pierre White, Under The Bridge music venue, 281 bedrooms in two hotels and London’s most exclusive health club within its 11.5 acre site.

Birmingham ranked most popular city destination outside London for events

Birmingham has been ranked the most popular destination outside London for meetings,birmingham conferences and events by the fifth annual British Meetings & Events Industry Survey (BMEIS). The business tourism survey provides valuable research each year into the buying trends of more than 600 event organisers from the corporate and not-for profit sectors in the UK.

Birmingham remains ahead of Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds as the preferred UK regional events destination among industry professionals. The 2013/14 survey also revealed that ‘access’ and ‘location’ are the top influencing factors in selecting a destination, while city centre hotels enjoy more use than any other type of venue. The survey’s findings follow the third annual Meet Birmingham Showcase in November. The two-day event, organised by the city’s official business tourism programme Meet Birmingham, provided a comprehensive overview of the region’s conferencing offer. It brought together more than 50 regional suppliers and event buyers – who collectively place more than 20,000 events each year.

Jonathan Wernick promoted to General Manager of Eventlink

The Wernick Group have appointed Jonathan Wernick as General Manager of Eventlink, part of itsjonathan_wernick Event Hire division and a leading UK supplier of events equipment. Jonathan is promoted after a successful two years working as Depot Manager at Wernick’s Aldridge depot. Previous to this he was Project Manager supporting blue chip events such as Glastonbury Festival and the Southampton Boat Show.

Jonathan, who will manage the team and head up all Eventlink operations, has a strong interest in the success and development of the Company, as he is the great grandson of the founder of the Wernick Group and son of the Chairman, David Wernick. Jonathan commented: “I have a keen interest in the event industry and our related product portfolio. We have some great products to push out into the market and, having recently expanded our stock, aim to win new key contracts in 2014 and beyond. I also want to continue our drive to offer the best service possible for our clients.”

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