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MAGIC WEARS OFF FOR MERLIN
A boycott of Merlin Entertainment brands has been called for by the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) over Merlin's running of Sea Life aquaria, which dominate this sector in the UK (Ethical Consumer).

As well as Sea Life centres the called-for boycott by those who care about animal welfare also includes Merlin's UK theme parks Alton Towers, which recently admitted responsibility for a serious accident on its Smiler extreme roller-coaster, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures and Legoland, as well as attractions such as Warwick Castle, Madame Tussauds, The Dungeons, Blackpool Tower and the London Eye, along with other big wheels in other parts of the UK. In addition Merlin brands in Germany, Italy and Australia are included.

What has particularly upset CAPS, as well as conditions their undercover investigator found at UK Sea Life centres, is Merlin's empty and misleading PR in respect of its attitude to captive animals, which has led to the CAPS campaign being termed "SEA LIES" Merlin state in their UK Sea Life centres and online: "Sea Life believes it is wrong to keep whales and dolphins in captivity. No matter how spacious, no captive facility can provide such far-ranging, highly social and highly intelligent animals with the stimulation they need for a good quality of life".

Impressive words from a clearly caring and responsible company, until you find out, as CAPS have, that Merlin have purchased businesses with captive whales, dolphins and porpoises and that one of them in Shanghai currently features three beluga whales performing tricks three times a day for the entertainment of visitors, and the pockets of Merlin.

That's the magic of PR for you…

 

NIGHT TUBE SERVICE LAUNCHED
Transport For London (TFL) are launching a night tube service for Friday and Saturday nights.

Commencing in the wee hours of Saturday September 12th the service will run trains every 10 or 15 minutes on Saturday and Sunday mornings, until 04.30. Initially offered on the whole of the popular Jubilee and Victoria lines, the Piccadilly line from Cockfosters to Heathrow Terminal 5 and long lengths of the Central and Northern lines, the service will extend in future to parts of the Circle, District, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines.

Fares for the service will be standard off-peak, with those using Oyster and contactless payment cards enjoying the current capping arrangements setting a maximum charge. One-day Travelcards purchased on a Friday or Saturday will be valid for use on journeys commencing up until 04.29 the next day.

TFL say that passenger numbers on Friday and Saturday nights have risen around 70% since 2000 and that London is now a 24-hour city. They also say that the service will complement the services of London taxi and private hire vehicles, a view that may or may not be shared by London's cab drivers.

Unions representing TFL's well-paid tube drivers see the new service as an opportunity to screw even more money out of their employers, and have promised a summer of disruption if TFL don’t pay them more, starting with Wimbledon and holding tube passengers to ransom until TFL give in. So, what's new?

 

HOTEL NEWS

o The Radisson Blu hotel in Leeds is spending £3.5 million on a revamp, due to be completed in 2016. Half of the hotel's 147 bedrooms have been refurbished, along with the meeting spaces, and a cocktail bar and grill restaurant have been added. (The Business Desk)

o Bredbury Hall Hotel and Country Club, near Stockport, has been bought out of administration after 15 months by a Bangladeshi investor who plans to spend an initial £1 million on it. This is to refurbish the 147 bedrooms, along with the nightclub, central lounge and reception, and planned for 2016 are new leisure and spa facilities. (The Business Desk)

 

GRAND IN LISBON
One of the best-placed five-star hotels in Lisbon is the Altis Grand, a business and conference property located between two Metro stations just off the North end of the Avenue da Liberdade, the city's upscale Champs-Elysees artery that runs several kilometres down to the atmospheric Baixa Old City and port. The city is built on seven hills and ladies not catching taxis everywhere will need to choose their footwear with care however, given the very steep slopes around the Altis, and uneven and broken pavements that could spell trouble for those in high heels.

Altis Grand offers 300 bedrooms comprising 82 singles, 209 twins and doubles and nine triples, breaking down into 82 Superior with 23 - 29 square metres of space, 206 De Luxe with 25-33 square metres of space, seven Junior Suites with 55 square metres of space, three Ambassador Suites with 85 square metres of space and a Presidential Suite sized 135 square metres. There are two restaurants serving authentic Portuguese cuisine, an informal Rendez Vous Coffee Shop for light meals and the Restaurant Grill D. Fernando for fine dining with views over the city - see our review in the last (June) issue of this newsletter. There are also three bars, with one on the 12th floor with city views. The more active will appreciate the large 950 square metre spa area with gym and swimming pool, and then relaxing in the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath or one of the four treatment rooms.

For conferences there is an impressive range of 20 meeting rooms, combinations of rooms and multi-functional banqueting suites offering spaces for between eight and 750 delegates, around half of them with views and natural light including three for 190, 230 and 750.

One impressive feature of the hotel we enjoyed as guests from overseas was the customer-caring complimentary welcome pick-up service that whisked us in a taxi from the airport to the hotel - this is subject to advanced booking and availability - a service that was kindly extended by the management to get us on to our next hotel in Estoril. And another was that on arrival at the Grand we were met by Rita, our charming Guest Service Ambassador, who showed us to our room and helpfully answered all our questions. Sometimes it's the little things that leave the biggest impression.

Note. Altis Grand Hotel is a member of Great Hotels of the World Luxury Collection, which organised our press visit. Double room rates start from EUR.142. For more information or to book please visit Web: ghotw.com/hotel/home/hotel-altis.htm or call 020 7380 3658

 

SAME OLD SAME OLD COMFORT IN BRUSSELS
Fans of Hilton hotels looking for the group's high levels of comfort in Brussels won’t be disappointed with the Hilton Brussels Grand Place, until last November Le Meridien.

Like many luxury hotels these days this one presents itself as a four-star, to get and keep the highly-lucrative business from pharmaceutical companies that are strongly discouraged, on ethical grounds, from using five-star facilities to incentivise doctors and others buying or prescribing their products. Comfort levels, however, we judged as definitely top drawer on a recent two night stay there.

It was the large and well-lit bathrooms that won our heart. These featured a full-sized bath with shower for hair washing, a long and wide shelf for storage of the good-quality toiletries offered, as well as for holding cups of tea/coffee, glass of single malt and paperback book, and a grab handle for getting in and out safely Over the sink was a useful magnifying mirror, ample towels were big, white and fluffy with matching dressing gowns and in one corner was a large shower stall with a dinner-plate sized shower head. It was a room we couldn’t improve.

In the spacious bedroom area was a large and sleep-inducingly comfortable bed with big pillows to match, and those ideal bright reading lights on a stalk that don't keep awake anyone sleeping alongside. There is also a large work area with comfortable seating, a platform to put luggage on, a wardrobe with safe, a mini-bar with spare space for one's own bottle or two, a TV with lots of channels, free bottled water and very welcome tea/coffee facilities, not always available in other European parts. Given, however that our July trip coincided with the two most oppressively sweltering days and nights of this year so far, we were especially grateful for the powerful air conditioning that, when we left it on, was like walking from an uncomfortably hot and steamy sauna into a wonderfully refreshing fridge as we came in sweating from outside.

The Hilton Brussels Grand Place, located very close to the city's most famous square and opposite the entrance to Brussels Central station, offers event organisers 224 bedrooms, including 27 suites, and 17 meetings spaces giving 20 combinations. Capacities, theatre-style, comprise one of 200, one of 180, one of 120, one of 90, two of 70, three of 50, one of 45, two of 20 and three of 15. Boardroom capacities only are for 6/10/15/15 and there is a ballroom foyer for buffets or receptions for up to 150. For those running larger events the Hilton is a few minutes walk from the Square conference centre with five auditoria for 140/300/500/1200/2100, seven halls and combinations for 92/216/252/271/1260/1260/2530 and around 30 meetings rooms for 20-95, all capacities theatre-style.

Web: brusselsgrandplace.hilton.com

Trip organised by visitbrussels, with transportation from London St Pancras to Brussels Midi station by Eurostar in two and a half hours, inclusive check-in time

 

CLICK IN CAMBRIDGE
The free one-day conference for event organisers, clic+ 2015, is taking place at Robinson College, Cambridge, on Thursday October 1st.

This commences with breakfast at 08.30 and concludes with drinks at 17.30, incorporating a range of educational sessions and a networking lunch.

Some accommodation is available and there is also a fundraising dinner on the night of Wednesday September 30th in aid of the Muscle Help Foundation, tickets price £50 plus VAT

 

MEMPHIS
Those who enjoy whoopingly feel-good musicals with exuberant vocal gymnastics and great dancing will be truly sorry if they don't catch MEMPHIS, the story of the rise of "nigger music" in 1950's segregated America, before it finishes in the West End in October.

Originating in California and Massachusetts in 2003 the show ran on Broadway for nearly three years between 2009 and 2012, picking up a Tony award for Best Musical and a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Musical in 2010, along with a crop of awards and nominations for the orchestration, the original score, the performances and the choreography. It is loosely based on the life and times of pioneering white Memphis radio DJ Dewey "Daddy-O" Phillips, a big fan of rock n' roll, jazz, boogie-woogie, rhythm and blues and country music. Phillips was one of the first to play the "race music" of the black community to America's young white community. He was also the first to play the Sun Record's 1954 debut of a white boy singing like a black one on upbeat versions of "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky", lorry-driver Elvis Presley.

In a radio interview with Presley, Phillips cleared up any confusion his listeners might have had about whether the Presley they could hear but not see was white or black by asking the 19 year-old which high school he'd attended, settling the question in racist, segregated America at that time. Phillips, a heavy drinker and amphetamine user with a manic delivery on the air faded into obscurity as the "devil's music" became mainstream for the young around the world and died early of heart failure 14 years later, in 1968.

For MEMPHIS Dewey Phillips is Huey Calhoun, inspiringly played by the talented Killean Donnelly in the performance we saw, an amiable and eccentric white drunk who stumbles into the Underground black music club on Beale Street on the black side of town one night, drawn in by the performance of a beautiful black girl singer. Felicia Farrell is played by Beverley Knight, a petite and demure lady with a voice and raunchy soul style that are anything but, though she does sweet ballads and uplifting gospel just as well. Initially rejected but then accepted for his genuine love of their music by the denizens of the club, Huey starts a dangerous relationship with their singer, the sister of the club's owner, Delroy, who keeps a watchful eye on the romance. Huey eventually becomes a DJ, and later a TV presenter, and makes good his promise to put Felicia on mainstream white radio. This starts her on the road to TV stardom, a success that sadly Huey is not destined to share, thanks to the cynical money-men who move in on anything that might turn a buck or three.

For our money - we queued up early on a Saturday morning in June for £20 same-day matinee tickets in the right-on-top-of-the-action front row of the stalls - MEMPHIS was an exhilarating experience. Right from the rousing opening number it kicks in hard and stays there, though our enjoyment was not just from the hugely impressive singing and acting talents displayed by the leads in the numbers they performed, or the strong support from all the other cast members playing characters, but from the seriously superb dancers, white and black, men and women. And though it is grossly unfair to the excellent and athletic chaps this male OAP (Old And Perverse?) gazing up from the front row as skirts swirled fetchingly up around swivelling hips to visceral rock music, enjoyed the ladies most, with all the wiggles, bumps, grinds, and sexy shimmying, shaking, sashaying and strutting alone being well worth the entrance fee.

MEMPHIS is performed at the Shaftesbury Theatre until October 31. As well as the CD soundtrack to the UK show an excellent two-hour plus DVD of the Broadway show, filmed in early 2011 and taking the best of five performances, is available from the theatre shop.

 

LIFE OF RILEY
Those who enjoy Mike Leigh's intelligent and bitter-sweet dissections of humanity will enjoy Life of Riley, the last film made by the famed French "New Wave" film maker Alain Resnais, who died suddenly on 1 March this year, aged 91. In a career spanning more than 60 years and nearly 50 films the highly-rated works he left - and some were too irritatingly ambiguous for some tastes - include Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) in which archive footage of the horrors of the bomb is juxtaposed with scenes of a French film star enjoying the caresses of her Japanese lover, while recalling a previous affair with a German lover, and Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog, 1955), a painful but poetic and utterly memorable 30-minute documentary about Auschwitz. Later films celebrated the similarities between film and theatre, as did his last.

Not to be confused with The Life of Riley 2002 biopic of American blues singer Riley. B. King (B.B.King) Life of Riley is a theatrical, knowing and involving comedy-drama about six people affected by the terminal prognosis given to their much-loved friend George Riley, who we never see. However, through the dialogue the character of George emerges and it becomes clear that far from needing his friend's help to enrich his last days he is very capable of helping himself, particularly where the womenfolk are concerned as he enjoys liaisons with his male friend's wives, and in one case of a male friend with a mistress, his 16 year-old daughter too. The much-loved Georgie-boy, it might be safely concluded, is a steward in a bar, as it were.

Life of Riley is based on a play by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, filmed in French with the highly-talented actors Resnais worked with for many of his later films, including Sabine Azema, Andre Dussollier and Hippolyte Giradot. It is set in Yorkshire and repays more than one viewing, if all the subtle nuances are to be enjoyed.. It was released in a Dual-Format Blu-ray and DVD on May 25 this year by Eureka Entertainment as part of their Masters of Cinema series, and includes interviews with critic Geoffrey O'Brien, and the cast, as well as a 32-page booklet featuring new material from critic Cristina Alvarez Lopez and Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

Note for film trivia buffs. One of the writers of Life of Riley is shown in the film as "Alax Reval" This was a pseudonym used by Resnais in several of his later works, where he had participated in the writing but didn't want his name to appear twice in the credits.

Diary Dates

o Sept 8/9 Venue Expo exhibition, Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.
Web: thevenueexpo.co.uk

o Sept 23/24 Square Meal Venues and Events, Old Billingsgate, London.
Web: venuesandevents.co.uk

o Oct 1 clic+2015 conference, Robinson College, Cambridge.
Web: robinson.cam.ac.uk/clic2015

o Nov 2-5 World Travel Market exhibition, ExCel, London.
Web: wtmlondon.com

OLD GRITS DIARY

Monday
A bitter legal row has erupted between Shangri-La Hotels and Irish contractor John Sisk and Son, who Shangri-La are suing for a total of £57 million. The Hong Kong luxury hotel group say that their action is because of mistakes made and long delays in fitting out the 202 guest rooms at their Shard-based property, which led to it finally opening more than nine months late in May last year.

Sisk were replaced by rival firm Chorus in August 2013, an action that Sisk claim was unlawful. Sisk are contesting all Shangri-la's claims as they launch a counter claim for substantial costs.

Oh dear.

 

Tuesday
Did you realise that those on incentive travel jollies spend lots more than the average tourist on personal things to take home? And were you aware that this was because the cost of their travel, accommodation, food and drink was already covered, so that shopping was the only thing they had to pay for themselves?

This and more has been revealed in a penetrating study of Asian incentive delegate's habits when being incentivised in Australia, released by Business Events Sydney. Apparently the combined spend of the organisations sending them and the money they personally drop while shopping in the destination can be up to ten times the spend of the average tourist. Favoured shopping items for the Asian delegates to take home were clothes, handbags, shoes, souvenirs, jewellery and toys.

So, are you including an essential hour or three of retail therapy in your incentive programmes?

 

Saturday
Fans, like Old Grit, of Mike Leigh films might remember an amusingly apt comment on modern culture from his 1990 black comedy Life is Sweet.

Sensible daughter Natalie (Claire Skinner) is asked by her Mum Wendy (Alison Steadman) about her plans for her first USA holiday and answers that she’s going to New York, Chicago and New Orleans. " Aren't you going to Disney?" asks Mum, which draws the retort "No. I want to go to interesting places". "Cor blimey" says Mum, "Fancy going to the States and not going to Disneyland!"

Fancy indeed. Also starring Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Stephen Rea and David Thewlis, and well worth seeing.

 

Wednesday
To London, to spend time at Centaur's Meetings Show at Olympia. Sadly this wasn't to be owing to tube driver's strike and resultant London traffic gridlock, so went to see matinee performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman in the West End instead. (brilliant)

 

Thursday
Up to London again on second day of tube driver's strike. Buses from Kings Cross to Olympia took two and a half hours for the one-hour journey, so time at show limited to around three hours. Never seen a show so quiet and felt sorry for the organisers and exhibitors (especially those travelling from overseas) that had put so much time, effort and money into it, only to be let down by greedy, well-paid men and women who just want to squeeze more from their employer and who are prepared to damage other people's lives and cause them loss to get it.

The Meetings Show, however, was well worth our efforts in getting there. There was a proper printed catalogue - rather than the hideous modern "have an app" cop-out becoming more common - with contact details of exhibitors, and we made a number of useful contacts for future editorial, said hello again to those we knew and attended an interesting seminar, quickly and sensibly switched to a round table discussion, with eleven others on the increasingly ethical and regulated pharmaceutical sector. We than spent another two hours plus on a hot bus back to Kings Cross, pleased that we hadn't let the greedy actions of tube train drivers stop us from attending.

Back at home our top mate Steve had sent us a fascinating comparison between the earnings and conditions of tube tran drivers, who have the legal right to strike and damage others, and hospital doctors who don't. Apparently, tube train drivers, after 18 months paid training, enjoy a starting salary of £35.000 raising to £50-£60,000 after five years for an average 35 hours a week and a maximum of five days worked in a row. Hospital doctors, after a minimum of five years training, unpaid, start on £23,000 a year, raising to £45,000 after five years, for a minimum of 48 hours a week, and a maximum of twelve days worked in a row.

Oh, and by the way, the doctors save and improve people's lives...

FOODIE NEWS

o It will be interesting to see if the restaurant concept of everything out of a can gets revived in the UK.

Tincan, inspired by the Can the Can restaurant in Lisbon, was a pop-up that ran for 6 months in Soho before closing in December last year and re-locating to New York, leaving a gap in the market, and possibly a market in the gap. It all depends whether UK diners regard eating tinned products as gross or gourmet, and whether they are prepared to pay someone for the tricky job of opening tins for them.

Certainly there is an argument for moving some tinned fish, very popular in Spain and Portugal, up the gourmet agenda. These days the familiar tins of pilchards, sardines, mackerel fillets, tuna, and anchovies are joined by other fare, such as squid, octopus and tentacles, smoked eel and other smoked fish, mussels, cockles, trout fillets, clams, razor clams, swordfish, scabbard fish, lamprey and roes of various kinds. There's a health argument too with dieticians and doctors recommending three portions of oily fish, such as sardines, mackerel and pilchards a week to reduce the risk of a heart attack and improve concentration with boosted omega 3 levels. And - clever marketing this - a lot of the canned fish from Portugal now comes with the traditional very colourful and arty paper wraps around them, making them showy enough for a tasteful and tasty gift, with the papers becoming collectors items.

For those not visiting Portugal or Spain any time soon and wanting to try a range of tapas from tins beyond that available in UK supermarkets there are two London shops worth knowing about. R. Garcia and Sons at 248-250 Portobello Road, Notting Hill stock a wide range of Spanish products. (020 7221 6119) And A Portuguese Love Affair at 142, Columbia Road, Shoreditch have a large range of good Portuguese tinned fish brands, some wrapped in those colourful papers with which to start a collection. (020 7613 1482) A mail order online option for mostly Spanish stuff is the Tapas Lunch Company, which also offers very tasty Chilean razor clams, perfect straight out of the fridge with a squeeze of lemon.

 

o It's always a pleasure to be given food to try at really good restaurants and the recent invitation from the Mandarin Chinese Restaurant at the Casino in Estoril, Portugal, was no exception.

The food here is seriously authentic, going by the number of Asian diners tucking in, though we avoided the eight different versions of shark's fin soup ( priced from £13 to £58) on ethical grounds and happily slurped a bowl of the excellent won-ton soup (£3.30) instead. This we followed with a large portion of very tasty chicken pieces cooked in a hot pot with sweet white Chinese wine.(£8.40) and an equally impressive "foo yung" classic combination of scrambled egg with stir-fried shrimp (£11.30) Our only choice of expensive luxury item was some braised sliced abelone, the rich and gamey tasting ormer mollusc with the lovely iridescent shell, served here in various ways but our choice was with oyster sauce (£55). This, through no fault of the restaurant was our mistake since in our view the taste of the abalone meat really cannot be improved and needs no enhancement, and the oyster sauce, for our taste, made the dish far too salty.

After something too salty the best choice is something sweet, and a bowl of sweet lychees and plain vanilla ice cream (£3.30) did the job.

The Mandarin, described by the casino management as "the best Chinese restaurant in Portugal" and we're not arguing, also serves a range of 24 authentic dim-sum dishes at lunchtime, priced from £2.50 to £4.50. And also at the casino is the excellent value, all you can eat buffet, with dozens of dishes offered with a half-bottle of house wine for £11. Even if you don’t gamble the casino at Estoril is a good place to go eat.

Web: casino-estoril.pt

Note. Euro prices converted to sterling at 1.37.

 

o Those putting together a cheese board at an event might like to know the result of a survey of 2,000 UK-based cheese eaters, carried out by pickle makers Branston. In order of popularity the top ten were:

1. Cheddar British
2. Mozzarella Italian
3. Red Leicester British
4. Brie French
5. Parmesan Italian
6. Stilton British
7. Wensleydale British
8. Feta Greek
9. Camembert French
10. Cream Cheese British + others

 

ANNOUNCEMENT
The Society of Event Organisers (SEO) is staging a public presentation of its Certificate in Conference Organisation qualification in 2015. This is a four-day course for organisers, with an examination, covering all the most important aspects of running an event and will take place in central London from Monday August 24th - Thursday August 27th 2015.

Cost per delegate, to include all tuition, documentation, lunches, teas and coffees, is £1,000, or £800 for members of the SEO. There is no VAT as the Society has de-registered.

Free sign-up to the SEO, and full details of the Certificate programme are available at seoevent.co.uk . Please email a request to peter.cotterell@eou.org.uk, or call 01767 312986, for a booking form to be sent.

VENUE CRITERIA SURVEY

The SEO is carrying out an on-going survey to identify what criteria in venue selection are most important to event organisers from the corporate, association and charity sectors.

Results will be published in the Event Organisers Update, Charity Matters and Marketing Matters newsletters.

Click here to take our survey.

NEXT ISSUE

An honest statement from Merlin Entertainments board of directors reads: "Although our PR presents us as a company that truly cares about animal welfare we do make exceptions when there's lots of money to be made".......... Another honest statement from rail unions to travellers reads: "As fare-paying passengers of our employers you are only of value to us insofar as we can deliberately inconvenience you to screw more money out of our employers. Otherwise you can all foxtrot oscar and die". London's mayor, Boris Johnson condemns their attitude as "utterly disgraceful", and London's shopkeepers start refusing to serve London tube train drivers, on ethical grounds and for putting people off coming to London to shop.......... Incentive travel organisers start selling programmes incorporating at least ten solid hours of free-time shopping for the delegates. One organiser comments: "It's all most of them want to do anyway.".......... and much, much more..........

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Text only ANNOUNCEMENTS can be run once for new products, new venues, venue refurbishments, new packages, organiser's trips, and industry showcases, receptions, seminars, conferences and exhibitions likely to be of high interest to event organisers.

Sizes, when printed out on an A4 page, and prices of ANNOUNCEMENT boxes available are:

One fifth page, 45mm x 170mm £200
One quarter page, 60mm x 170mm £250
One third page, 85mm x 170mm £325
One half page, 120mm x 170mm £400

To book email peter.cotterell@eou.org.uk

 

MORE FREE NEWSLETTERS

MEMBER'S DIRECTORY

This is published in every issue of Event Organisers Update and the cost to suppliers, based on a headline, forty words of text and contact details, is £95 for one year (twelve issues) or £65 for 6 months (six issues) Costs are being kept low to encourage small suppliers to participate.

If, as an organiser you know of any good suppliers you feel other organisers should know about please forward this issue on to them, or refer them to the SEO website at seoevent.co.uk

 

SEO SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY

o AUDIO VISUAL AND IT COMPANIES

EXHIBITIONS & LIVE EVENT AUDIO VISUAL SUPPLIER COVERING UK & EUROPE
Located in London and Birmingham, Computec AV cater for all your rental requirements. Equipment available includes LCD/Plasma screens, PA systems, Projection Equipment and Lighting. Also in-house we have our Set Creation company specialising in staging, bespoke set design and build. Tel 020 8807 2002, Fax 020 8807 3818, email: sales@computecgroup.com Web: www.computecgroup.com

o EVENT CATERING

AUBREY ALLEN
Quality event catering services for private & corporate functions using the finest ingredients in delicious & creative menus that can be tailored for any occasion, taste & budget. We work with quality venues in & around Warwickshire, inc. Compton Verney. Telephone: 01926 409579 Enquire in-store at Aubrey Allen, 108 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa ,CV34 5DB Email: events@aubreyallen.co.uk Visit our website: www.aubreyallenevents.co.uk

o EVENT TRAINING

EVENT TRAINING - WITH A QUALIFICATION
The Society of Event Organisers, SEO, offers a four-day qualification course, the Certificate in Conference Organisation (CCO) running in Central London three times a year, and which can also be presented at your premesis - dates by arrangement. Contact Peter Cotterell Tel. 01767 312986, email peter.cotterell@eou.org.uk visit seoevent.co.uk

o MAGICIANS

TOP CLASS MAGIC AND ILLUSION ENTERTAINMENT FOR CORPORATE & PRIVATE EVENTS
Specializing in cabaret shows and close up Magic for galas, charity events, weddings, & corporate events Le Magician Dean Metcalfe is a master manipulator perfector of his own spectacular close-up Magic, performances worldwide, see website for live showreels and more details visit www.lemagicianilluminaire.com

o MEDIA COMPANIES

EMAIL MARKETING
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MOCHA:IDEAS, FILM AND MOTION CONTENT THAT CONNECT
Mocha offer a complete film and motion design service to corporate, association and charity event organisers, venues and others in the event sector. Mocha also offer a 10% discount to readers of this publication and visitors to seoevent.co.uk - just quote "SEO". Tel: 0151 706 0761 email: hq@mocha.tv Web: www.mocha.tv Vimeo:http://vimeo.com/user4995482/videos

o NEWSLETTERS

Association News
For all those who associate. associationnews.org.uk

Charity Matters
For those working in charities. ezinematters.com

Marketing Matters
For those working in marketing. ezinematters.com

o VENUES. LEEDS

CONFERENCES & MEETINGS UP TO 90 DELEGATES
LCI offers conferencing with an ethical edge in Leeds City Centre. Five Rooms (Max 90 people) with Smartboards, loop systems, WIFI. Disabled access. LCI supports community/voluntary groups by offering significant discounts. Very close to railway & bus stations. Contact Moira or Wendy on 0113 245 4700 or email conferencing@leedschurchinstitute.org

o VENUES. LONDON. NON-RESIDENTIAL

BOARDROOM OFF CITY ROAD
Our pleasant boardroom is available for full or half day meetings. It seats 14 people, boardroom-style, or can be arranged to suit your needs. Catering and equipment is available on request. We are conveniently located just off City Road. Call Claire/Nora on 0207 324 0750; fax 0207 324 0760; email: enquiries@keyring.org; address: 27, Corsham Street, London, N1 6DR

BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE. BEAUTIFUL INTERIORS. HEART OF LONDON
The classical regency terrace at Park Crescent, near Regents Park includes number 16, which offers seven beautifully appointed meetings rooms, all with natural light and modern facilities, for up to 60 delegates, and a dedicated team to ensure event success. Tel. 020 7612 7070, Fax. 020 7612 7078, email. enquiries@16parkcrescent.co.uk visit www.16parkcrescent.co.uk .

o VENUE TRAINING

VENUE TRAINING, WITH A QUALIFICATION
The Society of Event Organisers, SEO, offers a four-day qualification course, the Certificate in Conference Venue Marketing (CCVM) running in Central London once a year, and which can also be presented at your premesis - dates by arrangement. Contact Peter Cotterell Tel. 01767 312986, email peter.cotterell@eou.org.uk visit seoevent.co.uk

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