Sep 13th 2019

Venues + Events Live – Creating a dedicated destination for the northern events community

Venues + Events Live – Creating a dedicated destination for the northern events community

Following the success of its London exhibition, Venues and Events Live will introduce its inaugural Manchester event on 24th September at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

Over 1500 industry professionals are expected to attend the free-to-register event which is set to host over 120 industry exhibitors including hotels, venues, bars, restaurants and event suppliers.

Ahead of Venues + Events Live Manchester, Kane Thomas, Group Show Manager discusses the reason behind launching the Show.

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Why did you decide to launch Venues + Events Live Manchester?

After speaking to the industry it was evident that there was a need for a show that was dedicated to the northern events community. Over 67% of our visitors to the 2018 London Show, reported they organise events outside London. Therefore when Ocean Media acquired the show last year, we made the decision to bring the Venues + Events Live brand to the North. We’re delighted to be supporting the industry and promoting a destination of the North.


What types of suppliers will be exhibiting at Venues + Events Live Manchester?

You’ll find a mix of suppliers at the Show this year, everything from hotels such as The Lowry Hotel, Malmaison, King Street Townhouse and the Titanic Hotel. Venues include Manchester United FC, Yorkshire Event Centre and Emirates Old Trafford. Then there’s bars and restaurants such as Be At One, 20 Stories, Cloud 23 and The Alchemist. Not forgetting our event suppliers Hawthorn, Wow Grass and Thorns. We’ve had a great response from the industry so far and over 100 brands are booked in for the Show. So, if you’re looking to reach an events audience outside of London then please get in touch and join us in September.


Who will attend the Show?

In short, anyone who plans events! Venues + Events Live typically attracts a loyal audience of corporate event bookers and other event professionals including managers, directors, agents, partners, consultants, executives, PA’s/EA’s and many others working in the field.


What is the Hosted Buyer programme and what are the benefits?

Our hosted buyer programme is for those who organise more than 10 events a year and have a budget of over £100,000. We aim to decrease the weeks they spend on research, online planning and phone calls by providing you with key, innovative information. Hosted buyers will have access to our exclusive networking lounge, a VIP lunch and complimentary accommodation or travel to the Show.


Can you tell us a bit more about what visitors can learn at the Show?

Aside from saving the time on sourcing new suppliers, our visitors will leave with new tips and tricks to take back to the office! We fully understand that taking a day out to come to the Show can be tricky, if you’re busy event planner or PA, so we’ve tried to ensure visitors make the most of their time at the show by putting on an educational seminar programme and hands-on masterclasses.

Our sessions give you important face time with key industry experts to get top tips on how to improve efficiency when venue hunting and planning events. We’ve got some great names this year such as Liz Taylor from TLC and Mike Blake-Crawford, Social Chain.

Our masterclasses cover a range of topics, from what cocktails and wine to use at your events, to how to hack stress levels and confidence issues at work.


In a snapshot..

Venues + Events Live lets you explore a world filled with unlimited creativity and ideas for planning your next event so if you’re an event planner or organise any kind of event then Venues + Events Live is not to be missed.

Register now for your free ticket to Venues + Events Live, 24 September at Manchester Central: 

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 Sep 10th 2019

Destination Guide to London

Destination Guide to London

The best event venues, stellar eateries, a vibrant nightlife and a luxury hotel opening almost weekly, it’s no wonder event planners from across the globe flock to London. TLC has overseen many  events in the big smoke, both large scale and more intimate in nature. Here Lauren Worsley, Business Development Manager at TLC, uncovers the best of what the capital has to offer with her destination guide to London.

Best airline: British Airways

First of all, it’s hard to beat British Airways for a premium airline with a proven track record. Customer service is impeccable and there’s a huge route network and good frequent flyer reward programme.

Also once you (and your event attendees) arrive in London, it’s likely you’ll use a variety of means of transport to get around. It’s worth exploring whether a visitor Oyster card or travelcard is the best way to cover off your travel expense, opt for a black cab or book a private car to whisk you across the Capital.  However, worth remembering that London’s landmarks are sometimes deceptively close to one another. If it’s a pleasant day – a stroll to your venue could be a fabulous opportunity for guests to take in some of the historic sights of our capital city.

Best hotel: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Thirdly on my destination guide to London, it luxury, luxury, luxury. The rich diversity and sheer scale of London’s luxury hotel scene throws up an almost impossible quandary when selecting London’s best hotel. Consequenlty, for nostalgia and theatrical grandeur, it has to be The Ritz. Where the unique heritage of London’s ‘first hotel’ – Browns of Mayfair – is a must for those who want to follow in the footsteps of historical figures like Rudyard Kipling, Alexander Graham Bell and Agatha Christie.

Yet it’s the Edwardian architecture and un-tempered luxury of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge that makes it our hotel of choice. Lovingly restored under the keen direction of Joyce Wang, the refurbished hotel feels fresh and welcoming. Exemplary service, a Michelin star restaurant with Heston Blumenthal at the helm and central location are huge selling points, with views over Hyde Park the cherry on the cake. Queen Elizabeth II learnt to dance in the ballroom, which has now been transformed into a breath-taking event space.

Best venue for a corporate event: Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum is an imposing Grade II listed building within easy access of Waterloo. Consequently its certain to add to the wow factor to your next event. All types and sizes of event can be catered for within the building’s numerous event spaces. The entire venue can be hired exclusively, holding up to 1250 guests and with access to exhibits available at an extra charge. In addition, the roof terrace is truly spectacular, suspended from the barrel-vaulted glass roof with views over the galleries below.

Destination Guide to London

Best rooftop bar: The Roof Terrace at Vintry and Mercer

When it comes to rooftop bars London has plenty to choose from, each providing its own unique vantagepoint of the city’s landmarks. The Rooftop at St. James overlooking Trafalgar Square is probably one of the best; with an eye line view of Admiral Nelson it’s a magnet for selfie-lovers. Yet, it’s a new kid on the block that gets our vote for the best roof top bar. The roof terrace at Vintry and Mercer offers dinner with a view in a stylish and civilised setting.

Best lunch spot to wow a client: Sketch, Mayfair

Sketch is possibly the most beautiful restaurant we’ve ever stepped foot in. For that reason, it’s an Instagrammers dream,. Every inch of space is exquisite. Dine in The Gallery, The Lecture Room, The Parlour or The Glade – each more elaborate and theatrical than the last. Oh, and the food isn’t so bad either. Proven by the two Michelin stars.

Best restaurant for a business dinner: Chiltern Firehouse

It wasn’t so long ago that getting a table in the Chiltern Firehouse was a mission impossible. Celebrities and people of notoriety flocked to the venue when it first opened. However, where the initial mania has subsided, the food and impeccable service levels have not. After a sublime dinner in lovely surroundings, you can impress your client with a trip up the watchtower to take in the view – the perfect way to seal a business deal.

Destination Guide to London

A ‘hidden gem’: The Barbican Conservatory

You will have heard of the Barbican of course, but did you know that nestled between the theatre, dance, film and exhibitions is London’s second largest conservatory? Home to over 1500 tropical plants, it’s also a stunning event space for conferences, weddings and corporate events.

What interesting fact could you tell a client?

Finally, London’s black cabs are world-renowned, but becoming a driver of the iconic London taxi isn’t easy. Potential cabbies must pass a rigorous test known as ‘The Knowledge’, where they learn every street in London by heart. With 60,000 streets and over 100,000 places of note that’s some revision!

Destination Guide to London

If you have enjoyed Lauren’s destination guide to London, check-out Frankie Lyon’s Guide to Liverpool

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 Aug 20th 2019

Destination Guide to Liverpool

Destination Guide to Liverpool

Home of the Beatles, arguably the most successful footballing city in the UK (although I am not sure this Manchester girl can agree on that!), a unique maritime heritage and stunning period architecture. Liverpool has a lot to offer. And it seems that every week there is a new bar, restaurant or hotel opening in this vibrant city. Luckily, TLC’s Frankie Lyons has the lowdown on the best places to visit and shares them here in her Destination Guide to Liverpool.

Destination Guide to Liverpool

Having worked as PA to TLC’s founder and managing director Liz Taylor for over fifteen years, I have supported the team on many events and been fortunate enough to travel to some amazing destinations.

There is one northern UK city that I love for its unique energy and scouse humour. In my Destination Guide to Liverpool, I am bringing together some of the places that I love to visit for both business and pleasure – enjoy!”

Best airline: Private Jet

Ryan Air and Easy Jet are the main airlines operating from Liverpool airport, so it’s an easy and affordable place to fly from destinations all over Europe. For those who prefer a little more privacy and luxury, the XLR Executive jet centre at Liverpool is a discreet and efficient service for VIP passengers and private aircraft owners. For that reason, it would definitely be my choice of how to travel in style.

Destination Guide to Liverpool

Best hotel: Titanic

First of all, although it’s situated a little out of town, the Grade II listed former warehouse that’s now known as the Titanic Hotel is worth a taxi ride. It boasts 153 extremely spacious and distinctive rooms. Many come with impressive vaulted ceilings and all of them have supremely tasteful décor. It’s completed by an amazing subterranean spa. And within the boundaries of this cavernous hotel are two unique and inspiring event spaces. Also ideal for corporate events and weddings alike. The beautifully renovated 1950s Rum Warehouse hosts up to 500 guests, where characterful West Bay, with its steel pillars and stone floors, can hold 180.

Best venue for a corporate event: Royal Liver Building

As Liverpool event venues go, they don’t come more iconic than the Royal Liver Building. Famed for the mythical creatures that roost on its rooftop and with panoramic views of the river Mersey. This venue embodies the spirit of Liverpool. Two contemporary gallery style rooms are available for events, complete with a private Royal Balcony overlooking the waterfront. Each has tasteful, neutral décor that’s a blank canvas for corporate messaging or wedding décor. For that reason – you can let your imagination run wild.

Best rooftop bar: Goodness Gracious at Oh Me Oh My

My Destination Guide to Liverpool wouldn’t be complete without this. A beautiful hidden venue in the heart of downtown Liverpool, Oh Me Oh My is described as ‘a casual and creative space’. By day it operates as a café and tea house with a laid-back Parisian vibe. By night, it transforms into a unique event space available for private hire. It also frequently opens its doors to the public for evening ‘secret sessions’. The jewel in the crown of this enigmatic venue is Goodness Gracious. The rooftop terrace with a bird’s eye view of Liverpool’s Three Graces. It’s open whenever the sun shines from March to October.

Best lunch spot to wow a client: Panoramic 34

Breath-taking views and fine dining within easy reach of Liverpool’s central business district. What more could you ask for? As the name suggests you can enjoy 360° views of the city along with menus inspired by the seasons that evolve daily.

Destination Guide to Liverpool

Best restaurant for a business dinner: The Art School

In the unlikely setting of a former home for destitute children (which later became an art school), celebrity Chef Paul Askew’s 50 cover restaurant is certain to impress clients. In fact, it’s Liverpool’s first ‘Michelin star contender’ according to a recent review from Cheshire Life magazine. Therfore, a perfect choice for TLC clients.

A ‘hidden gem’: Dirty Little Secret

Hidden in every sense of the word. Consequently, you have to be very committed to visit this place. But oh, is it worth it! Dirty Little Secret is an intimate and atmospheric speakeasy bar that’s well concealed from partygoers. It’s located by ‘finding the key on Wood Street’. And once inside it’s renowned for even more surprises. Customers have been treated to random ‘free bar’ nights on more than one occasion.

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Finally, Liverpool has doubled for Paris, London, Dublin and Moscow in numerous feature films and TV shows. A thriving film industry ensures its continued popularity amongst film crews. With Sherlock Homes, Creed, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Tolkien, Harry Potter – The Deathly Hallows, Captain American and The Fast and The Furious just some of the films that have been shot in the city.

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