Why Do Charities Love Events?

We talk to Elizabeth Quill, Macmillan Cancer Support, about the importance of events for Charities and ask what value they offer.

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Interview with an #EventsProf - The Charity Special Events Forum

Lizzie Charles from Action Against Hunger, introduces us to the Special Events Forum hosted by HMS Belfast. She discusses, how she chooses venues to work with and gives us her thoughts on unusual venues and HMS Belfast.

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Step It Up - May Competition - ENTRY NOW OPEN

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

Each month from April to August, one of our team will be tracking the number of steps that they take on a specific day. Take a guess as to how many steps they take and you could win a fabulous pair of Nike Trainers!* CLICK HERE TO ENTER NOW

Join Us: To Experience Weston Park and Camper Jam - 7 - 8th July 2017

The popularity of our last Showcase event at Weston Park was overwhelming, meaning many people who wanted to join us and experience the venues. So we have another exclusive opportunity to discover the delights of Weston.

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Join Us: Your first class ticket to cocktails and fun...at Sandown Park

We would like to invite you to our exclusive showcase afternoon at Sandown Park Racecourse on Friday 5th May.

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Join Us: National Railway Museum’s Murder Mystery Brunch - Thursday 11th May

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

You are cordially invited to the National Railway Museum for a morning of networking and brunch on the Countess of York our beautifully restored atmospheric railway carriage set in its own courtyard.

FIRST EVER UNIQUE & UNUSUAL VENUE REPORT LAUNCHES

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

Read the first ever market report into the unique and unusual venue market sector. Find key stats, industry interviews, videos, and have you say! View the report here

JOIN US: BIG KIDS LITTLE KIDS 4 at Yarnfield Park

Join us for a weekend of family fun and catch up on the new developments taking place at Yarnfield Park - 5th-6th August 2017!

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Join Us - DMC Tour of London - 10th May 2017

Are you a DMC? Join us on 10th May 2017 for a Unique Experience London tour specifically for Destination Management Companies. Click here to find out all the details.

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Summer Showcase at Twycross Zoo - 4th May

You are invited to discover our newest venue as Twycross Zoo opens its doors for a unique Showcase event on Thursday 5th May from 5pm –8pm.

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Join Us: Summer Event Showcase at MSI Manchester in partnership with Pier Fun Casinos

Lime Venue Portfolio, are excited to give you the opportunity to join us at on of our most exciting Manchester venues, the Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday 11th May 2017.

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Join Us: Aston Villa Football Club Conference & Events Invitation Only Event

Join Lime Venue Portfolio to discover the most recent stadium to join our portfolio- Aston Villa Football Club on Thursday 11th May, as the events team open the door for #eventprofs to explore the venue and find out more about the venue.

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Lime Venue Portfolio: Officially the COOLest Venue Portfolio

Lime Venue Portfolio picked up the ‘COOLest Venue Portfolio’ award at the COOL Venue Awards, run by Prestige Events magazine group, earlier this month (9th March). The win brings more silverware to the LVP trophy cabinet, and further establishes the brand as one of the most contemporary and respected in the events industry.

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Edgbaston Stadium crowned Midlands Wedding Venue of the Year

Edgbaston Stadium has been crowned Midlands Wedding Venue of the Year by the prestigious British Asian Wedding Awards. Edgbaston beat off competition from eight local venues to be crowned Midlands Wedding Venue of the Year by the judges in front of over 400 guests.

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Jockey Club Catering ready for Cheltenham Festival 2017

With The Cheltenham Festival (14-17 March 2017) under way, Cheltenham Racecourse and Jockey Club Catering are ready to cater for 260,000 over the four-day event. Read about the huge logistics to cater for this huge event.

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Interview with an #Eventprof - Edgar King, Trinity House

The meetings and events industry is full of people who are truly knowledgeable about what they do. They are founts of information! We meet Edgar King, from Trinity House to get benefit of his experience.

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Interview with an #Eventprof - Sarah Perry, Mercia Group

Mercia is one of the leading providers of training and support services to the UK accountancy profession. Over 6,000 firms have attended their training events. We speak to Sarah Perry, Training Events Executive about the Group's history, and work

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Press Release: LVP Launches Charity Partner Program

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

At Lime Venue Portfolio, we think the work done by Charities up and down the UK everyday is invaluable.To add a little bit of support to help this work continue, we're delighted to launch the Lime Venue Portfolio Charity Partner Program to help charitable organisations meet the cost of hosting fundraising events.

JOIN US: UNIQUE EXPERIENCES TOUR OF BRISTOL - 1st APRIL 2017

Join us on April 1st as we go on a wild adventure in Bristol! Not only will you get to understand how these venues deliver great event solutions, you’ll get to have some unique experiences of your own...

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COMING SOON: Unique and Unusual Venue Market Report

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

We'll soon be launching the industry’s first market report for the Unique & Unusual venue sector. If you would like to be notified when the report is launched, please complete the form here

Discover Westminster’s Best Kept Secret!

Join us on 15th March 2017 at Westminster’s Best Kept Secret for drinks, canapes and the opportunity to see our fantastic meeting and events space at our exclusive Churchill War Rooms venue.

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ExCel London - Focused on Food

ExCeL London is celebrating the completion of an 18-month, multi-million-pound project to deliver a food and drink proposition with a difference. Read here to find out how and why ExCeL is focused on food.

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Meet Ricoh Arena at Confex

The Ricoh Arena is looking to Confex 2017 to help the venue break last year’s record-breaking 777 events – including 583 conferences, 58 exhibitions, 60 sports events and 13 music concerts.

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Join us for: Olly Murs - Live at The O2 - *FULLY BOOKED*

Join us for a fantastic night at The O2 as we enjoy Olly Murs, one of British music’s biggest stars, as he brings his tour to The O2 on the 30th and 31st of March 2017.

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QEII Taste by Leith’s - Releases new Seasonal Menu's

QEII Taste by Leith’s, the in-house catering department at the iconic QEII Centre in Westminster, run by Leiths Dining has launched new seasonal menus available from April 2017.

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PRESS RELEASE: Aston Villa Partners with Lime Venue Portfolio

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

Aston Villa FC has become the latest venue to join Lime Venue Portfolio’s sporting and stadia division. The partnership will see Lime Venue Portfolio enhance the venue’s visibility in the local and national agency market, as well as exposure to key corporate clients.

EDGBASTON SETS NEW OFF-FIELD RECORD IN CHRISTMAS PARTY SEASON

Edgbaston has announced December 2016 as the best month of sales ever reported by its conference and events business, after staging 31 Christmas parties over the festive season.

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INTERVIEW WITH AN #EVENTPROFS - Gaia Saccomanno

In this Interview with an #eventprofs, we talk to Gaia Saccomanno, MD of GS Live about event entertainment, discover her personal journey and how to use unique venues to create memorable events.

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JOIN US: UNIQUE EXPERIENCES TOUR OF LONDON - 6th APRIL 2017

Join us on April 6th as we help you discover four of our unique London venues in just one day!

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Unique Experiences: Sporting Greats

At Lime Venue Portfolio we’re proud to work with some of the UK’s finest sporting venues. In this sport focused Unique Experience, we’re providing an exclusive opportunity for 10 #eventprofs to be wined, dined and entertained.

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Unusual Venue of the Month: Royal Berkshire Conference Centre

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

This month, we bring the spotlight onto one of our busiest stadium venues, the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre in Reading. We talk to Rob Brumell our new General Manager and discover the best bits about the venue and his top tips for #eventprofs

Why Events Create Momentum | Get Ahead of the Competition

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

There is a buzz associated with attending a live event. Our industry helps facilitate communication. We help spread the word, help create the very roots of word of mouth discussion and advocacy. Events in short are a crucial tool for creating momentum and help successful companies get ahead of their competition.

Interview with an #eventprofs - Deborah Kelly - London & Partners

We chatted to Deborah Kelly, Head of UK Sales at London & Partners whose remit to build London’s international reputation and create additional jobs and growth for the London economy has such a massive effect on the meetings and events industry.

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Unusual Venue | Unique Experiences - Join us to discover London's finest venues

#Eventprofs - Join us to discover some of London's finest venues - From the base of Churchill's war time shelter to last surviving 20th Century Royal Naval Ship. From the grandeur of Somerset Houses neoclassical architecture and onwards to the luxurious modernity of NY-LON at The O2.

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Get Ahead of the Competition - Conferences and Meetings with Lime Venue Portfolio

Author: Jo Austin, Sales Director

It’s become a much-repeated maxim in the meetings and events industry that ‘corporates hate uncertainty’. Turbulence is unsettling and let’s face it, there have been few more turbulent years than 2016 of recent.

Developing Markets in an Uncertain Economy

Author: Jo Austin, Sales Director

Jo Austin, Sales Director, sets out her vision for 2017 in our latest blog post. She looks back on 2016, and then forward into 2017 with the only real certainty being uncertainty!

HMS Belfast Showcase

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

Join us on 19th January to discover HMS Belfast on Thursday 19th January. Steeped in history, HMS Belfast is an inspirational and memorable venue for private dining, meetings, product launches, receptions, parties and more.

SnowDome Showcase

Join us at the SnowDome on Thursday 26th January 2017 for an exclusive opportunity for #Eventprofs to discover this fantastic and unique venue in the Midlands.

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Cardiff City FC - Match and Meet Showcase

Cardiff City Stadium is one of Cardiff’s largest conference and events facilities. With rooms holding anything from an informal meeting for 2, up to a dinner for 600, the stadium can cater for all your event needs. As a welcome, we would like to invite you on the 21st January 2017 to come and sample some great food and drink and to showcase the stadium.

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INTERVIEW WITH AN #EVENTPROFS - CIEVENTS

The event management world is a very competitive one. With over 30 staff and responsibility for delivering over 170 events a year, we talk to Lucy Francis, General Manager of cievents UK to find out more about how they aim to stay ahead.

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Lime Venue Portfolio joins ABPCO

Lime Venue Portfolio has joined the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO). “Joining ABPCO means we can work in partnership with PCO’s and contribute to the work being done within this sector."

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National Motor Museum and Hampshire Chamber of commerce Networking Event

Ever wanted to find out more about Beaulieu, our unique venue in the heart of the New Forest? Join the team on Thursday 15th June 2017, for an afternoon with The National Motor Museum and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

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Join Us: Unique Experiences Tour of Manchester - March 2017 * FULLY BOOKED*

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

With three of Manchester’s most loved venues within our portfolio, we offering #eventprofs the opportunity to join us to discover all of them in just one action packed weekend from 10th to 11th March 2017.

Exclusive Showcase: A Unique Experience at Weston Park

We are delighted to be hosting an exclusive By Invitation showcase of Weston Park. Our guests and their partners will be invited to join us to discover this fantastic venue in the most unique of ways, with an exclusive overnight stay.

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THE KIA OVAL YESTERDAY SET A NEW RECORD FOR NON-MATCH DAY ATTENDEES AT THE GROUND

The Kia Oval set a record for non-match day attendees at the ground with over 1,350 people being welcomed at the venue for a range of events.

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London's Originals! The reawakening of one of London's most iconic event caterers

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

BREAKING NEWS: Payne & Gunter, one of London’s leading event caterers, has launched its new look as ‘London’s originals’, reflecting the company’s long history, which dates back to 1786.

Join Us for #UniqueExperiences - Ricoh Arena Christmas Speakeasy 2016

We have a limited number for places for you to join us as we prepare for a night of 1920’s glitz and glamour at Ricoh Arena’s Speakeasy on 9th December 2016. Featuring fantastic entertainment, fine food and friendly service, we can promise you and evening to remember. We look forward to celebrating this festive season with you.

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Bryn Williams pop up opens at ExCeL London

Renowned Welsh chef Bryn Williams and ExCeL London Hospitality have joined forces, bringing Bryn’s signature dishes from his brand-new restaurant in Porth Eirias, North Wales, to ExCeL as part of a new pop-up series.

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INTERVIEW WITH AN #EVENTPROFS - MAKE EVENTS

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

We've heard a lot about Manchester based Make Events from our team at the Imperial War Museum North. So we thought it was about time we found out a little bit more about this growing company by speaking to it's Director, Holly Moore.

QEII Centre takes centre stage at Grand Challenges Conference

The QEII Centre in Westminster played a pivotal role in last week’s annual ‘Grand Challenges’ global conference, which showcases and funds cutting-edge health and development research and featured Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson, will.i.am among its high-profile speakers.

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Ricoh Arena scoops top honours

Coventry’s Ricoh Arena scooped top honours at the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards winning the headline Company of the Year Award. The multi-purpose venue, which has hosted 777 events in the past 12 months including over 600 exhibition, conferences and meetings and concerts by Rihanna and Bruce Springsteen, beat off stiff competition to win the award.

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Hinchingbrooke House Joins Lime Venue Portfolio

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

Hinchingbrooke House has become the latest venue to join Lime Venue Portfolio. The country house venue becomes the 87th member of the portfolio and offers further choice on the leisure and heritage side of the group. The venue also fulfills the demand for event professionals to have a unique venue option in the Cambridge area.

Horses and 3 Courses - A Trip to Aintree

At Lime Venue Portfolio, we know a thing or two about how ‘seeing is believing’ and that only by visiting a venue can you really understand what it offers. With that in mind, our newest recruit to our central sales team, Fern Sargeant, headed off to find out more about Aintree Racecourse. Read her blog here.

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Growing with LVP - at NY-LON at The O2

Check out the video of our Growing with Lime graduates, enjoying a fantastic marketing workshop at NY-LON at The O2, before suiting up to take on "UP at The O2" a walk over one of London's most iconic landmarks.

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ExCeL London wins 'Event Caterer of the Year’ at the Foodservice Cateys

ExCeL London has been awarded the accolade for ‘Event Caterer of the Year’ at the Foodservice Cateys, taking place at Westminster Park Plaza on Friday 14th of October. The award comes following a £15m investment and partnership between Levy Restaurants UK and ExCeL London to deliver a pioneering new hospitality proposition.

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Join Us: Unique Experiences - Tour of London - November 2016

Author: Julia Simpson

Join us for a next Unique Experience tour as we take in four of our unusual London venues. We know that #Eventprofs can only select the best option for your customer if you know about all the options open to you. Of course there is a lot of choice and little time, so you’ll not only increase your knowledge, you’ll understand a bit more about what we do and how you can help, and have a great time doing it.

Interview with an #eventprofs - Creative Team Events

Fresh from our successful annual conference at the superb Sheffield United, we have first-hand experience of working with this month's Interview with an #Eventprofs - Helen Johnson, Senior Events Coordinator, at Creative Team Events.

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Interview with an #eventprofs - Right Venues

This month in interview with an #EventProfs we are lucky enough to talk to Liz Ackland, Director at Right Venues. Right Venues was established in 2006 and have unparalleled experience in all areas of conference organisation, planning and venue finding.

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Let's celebrate NY-LON's 1st Birthday

Take a direct flight to NY-LON this October and try the ‘Skyliner’ cocktail for only £6.00 to celebrate NY-LON’s 1st birthday. The Skyliner has been been designed by the O2's Head Mixologist Massimiliana Bau.

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Know Your Food - The Truth About Eggs

For years there has been research on whether eggs contribute to high cholesterol. There have even been suggestions to limit the consumption of eggs within the diet, so is this the truth or a myth?

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Halloween Dine & Stay at Hever Castle

Book now to attend Hever Castle’s spooktacular Halloween Dine & Stay taking place in the Luxury Bed & Breakfast on Sunday 30th – Monday 31st October, with special guest Ciarán O’Keeffe, a British Psychologist specialising in parapsychology and forensic psychology.

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Fluid Facts - Keeping Hydrated

Being well hydrated keeps us going, and with water making up around 70% of our bodies, it’s good to know the facts.

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Unusual Venue of the Month | Motorpoint Arena Nottingham & National Ice Centre

The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham is a completely unique venue – predominantly an ice arena we are able to host ice sports events. In addition to this we are capable of holding a multitude of other events including large scale conferences, exhibitions and gala dinners.

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Twickenham Stadium Appoints New Conference & Events Coordinator

Twickenham Experience today announces the appointment of Shirene Lalmahomed to the role of Conference and Events Coordinator. Shirene’s role at Twickenham Stadium sees her responsible for organising all conference and events bookings.

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ILEA UK Chapter Confirms Jason Allan Scott as President Elect

Event entrepreneur and presenter of The Guestlist Podcast, Jason Allan Scott will take over the Presidency of ILEA UK Chapter following the tenure of Alistair Turner next summer (2017). The announcement follows the chapter’s successful AGM and completes the current board

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Interview with an #eventprofs - Amethyst Events

In this month's interview with an #eventprofs we talk to Karen Doyle, Director at Amethyst Events. Amethyst Events is a privately owned venue sourcing, accommodation booking, and events management company based in Manchester. They manage events all around the UK and the rest of Europe along with offering Bespoke Event Management Packages.

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Roehampton Venues Unveils Elm Grove Conference Centre

Roehampton Venues Unveils Elm Grove Conference Centre! Adding this new venue to our portfolio we thought it was a perfect time for a change of name and with the help of our creative agency Yellobelly from the 1st September we will launch as Roehampton Venues.

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3 mountains defeated, 3 meetings completed* & 3 knackered men

Three mountains defeated, Three meetings completed and Three knackered men! Richard, Ben and Sam have completed the Three Mountains, Three Meetings, Three Days Challenge! Please watch the video to see how the mighty trio got on!

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Know Your Food - Carbs Fuel for Life

Don’t fall for the myth that all carbs are bad for you. Carbs deliver the fuel our body need to keep active and are vital for our organs to function properly. There are an important part of a healthy diet and a powerful source of energy. However, some carbohydrates are better than others.

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Venue Review Bites | Weston Park

Weston Park is a versatile venue that would be ideal for senior partners, VIP's or anyone looking for that WOW factor; there is even butler service in the house. Furthermore there is the added bonus of the land available for fantastic team building prospects.

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Walk this Way - Janet & Christian

Author: Frances Crompton Brook

We're delighted that Janet Cattell, the winner of our 'Walk this Way' competition has found her perfect pair of Christian Louboutin shoes!

Elegant Eat Launches at Edgbaston

Edgbaston Stadium, the home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and its official caterer Levy Restaurants UK has bought a new dimension to Birmingham’s burgeoning culinary scene with the launch of a new fine dining restaurant, ‘Elegant Eat’.

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Unusual Venue of the Month | M Shed

Author: Frances Crompton Brook

M Shed is a world-class cultural landmark set on the harbour side in the heart of Bristol. Their events suite and terrace offers guests panoramic views across the harbour and city scape making them feel like they are at the beating heart of the city. Read on to find out why M Shed is our unusual venue of the month.

Museum of Science & Industry to support Food Sustainability in European City of Science Program

The Museum of Science & Industry joined forces with catering partners Levy Restaurants UK, to host a food sustainability event as part of Manchester's European City of Science Program.

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Three Meetings, Three Mountains Challenge!

Our “Christmas with Added Sparkle” campaign has been launched with Meeting Needs to help raise money for the fantastic children’s charity Happy Days. As part of our money raising activities Richard, our less than intrepid, head of marketing will be setting off across the country to take on “Three Mountains, Three Meetings, Three Days” Challenge – climbing the 3 highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales

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QEII Centre conference numbers soar by a fifth

Revenue and occupancy figures at the QEII Centre in London have risen by 20 per cent since investing £12 million on a rebrand and refurbishment. The Westminster conference centre has invested in a new image and upgraded tech, plus a revamp of event spaces and foyer area since 2014.

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Interview with an #eventprofs - AllinAll Events

AllinAll Events' Managing Director, Emma Larkin, started her career three years ago by producing charity fundraisers for The British Red Cross and Brain Tumour Charity. She soon picked up the bug for organising and delivering events and was inspired by her passions for all things events to found AllinAll Events. We find out more...

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Venue Review Bites | Kia Oval

The Kia Oval is a very grand and spacious venue, however what caught my eye the most was the conference and events space on offer. The Kia Oval would be suitable for anything from small to large meetings and exhibitions.

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Venue Review Bites | Hatfield House

I would absolutely recommend this venue! Being a very grand beautiful Tudor house located in the beautiful surrounding of Hatfield Park, it would be a wonderful choice for a gala dinner or conference.

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Venue Review Bites | SnowDome

Author: Shana Sexton

This venue is a truly unique meeting location with an add on afternoon activity which would create a very memorable meeting. Meetings with team activities, product launches and Christmas parties would all work well at SnowDome - this is a very versatile venue.

Venue Review Bites | Edinburgh Zoo

I would definitely recommend the venue to event planners; the options are so varied, it really opens up the ideas you can give your clients. Indoor and outdoor options for strategic away days to family fun days – they have it all.

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QEII Taste appoints new head chef to focus on banqueting events

Jean Michel Viala has been appointed head chef at QEII Taste, our in-house catering team at London’s QEII Centre. Tracey Astles, head of sales at Lime Venue Portfolio commented: "As meetings and events professionals, we're really passionate about delivering high quality food at all the venues we work.

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Maria Scullion joins Lime Venue Portfolio as business grows

Maria Scullion has joined Lime Venue Portfolio as National Support Manager, with the remit of furthering the brand’s continued growth and service quality across the conference and events sector.

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Venue Review Bites | NY-LON

It would be very ideal for when clients require a less formal event or when they are looking for ‘something different’. Maybe an awards evening or drinks reception.

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East Wing of Somerset House is available for hire

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

For a limited time only this winter, the East Wing of Somerset House is available for hire. The East Wing offers direct access to the iconic Edmond J. Safra Fountain Courtyard and an opulent view of our world famous building.

Richard Kadri-Langford joins ILEA board

Lime Venue Portfolio (Well 'me', Richard, because I am now writing this blog about myself), am delighted to announce that I will be joining the board of ILEA, the International Live Events Society. I am very excited about joining the team as Marketing, director at Large. The full press release from the recent Annual General Meeting

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Venue Review Bites | Newmarket Racecourse

The food was amazing, the presentation was fabulous and the portions were perfect. There was something for everyone. The afternoon tea was the personal highlight of my day!

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Hospitality fit for Royalty

The British Social Season is now in full swing and the world looks to the UK as the high water mark when it comes to heritage, tradition and the creation of globally iconic experiences. There is a grandeur to the world of events and hospitality, especially given occasions from Royal Ascot and Wimbledon to the Chelsea Flower Show and the Polo, that see ‘mam’ embracing this unique industry.

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Trust the #Eventprofs

We have a number of review blogs coming your way FOR the people BY the people. No personal endorsements – just pure, freedom of speech by #eventprofs. So you can be assured that choosing an unusual venue with Lime Venue Portfolio is one that will suit your company, excite and you’re your guests and provide a return on both investment, and arguably more importantly, objectives!

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Unusual Venue of the Month| Weston Park

Author: Shana Sexton

Weston is your home for the duration of the event, nothing is behind ropes or out of bounds. From using the Victorian Library as a breakout room or for an informal briefing to a grand gala dinner in the magnificent Dining Room; guests use the house to rest and relax, escape from the office and get down to work.

BBQ Halloumi & Vegetable Skewers with a Tangy Herb and Lemon Dressing

As July kicks in, so does barbecue season! This month, HMS Belfast has provided us with the perfect recipe that is sure to impress your guests. And what makes it better - anyone can give it a go!

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Agent of the Year - a visit to the home of Levy Restaurants UK

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

We’re passionate about a few things at LVP - events; unusual venues; tasty food & great service. With these passions in mind, our 2015 Agent of the Year campaign gave us the opportunity to showcase what makes us really proud. Read about our trip here.

The future's bright, the future's purple

Author: Shana Sexton

Lime Venue Portfolio will launch its new brand identity, website and marketing collateral at The Meetings Show (14th – 16th June) next month.

Introducing Gin Corner at Kents Hill Park

Since 2010 Gin has had a massive revival. In particular the British Gin industry which had a record breaking year in 2015 with sales nearing £1bn.

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Key Promotions as Lime Venue Portfolio Continues Growth

Jo Austin and Tracey Astles have been awarded high profile promotions following the growth of Lime Venue Portfolio last year and the brand’s continued ambition in the events industry.

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Unusual Venue of the Month | Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is without doubt one of the most exciting venues for a meeting or event. We sat down with Selina McCready, sales manager of Edinburgh Zoo to find out more.

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Industry Interview with DeSouza Associates

DeSouza Associates are a specialist event and venue finding agency who have been offering a personal and efficient free service covering UK and worldwide.

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Tea smoked breast of duck, leg rillette, spiced rhubarb compete and blackberry gel

Once again, the Grand National had many of us on the edge of our seats as we watched David Mullins and Mouse Morris steam across the finish line.

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Tom’s Kitchen deli and bar at HMS Belfast now open

Our iconic World War II venue, HMS Belfast, has recently welcomed Tom's Kitchen to its quayside.

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Brand food: What dish would your brand be?

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

If your business were a plate of food, what would it be? The best answer sent in will win a platter for two and cocktails at NY-LON lounge bar at London's O2 Arena!

7 top tips to boost employee motivation this summer

Author: Shana Sexton

Days in the office shouldn't be spent waiting for the weekend to come. Welcome the summer into your business!

The Meetings Show & LVP to take Hosted Buyers out to play in KidZania

The word is out! We are heading back to The Meetings Show as the headline partners of 2016. And boy, do we have an unforgettable welcome reception lined up for you at Kidzania!

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The summer needs lovin'

We all look forward to a long, Indian summer, but it is a strange time for the UK events industry. For those in the outdoor events sector looking at festivals, sporting events and hospitality, everything goes mad.

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Brand and deliver: Adding brand impact to your event

How can food create an impact within the event experience? Maximise the potential of your next event by placing focus on one of the most important elements - what goes on the plate!

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Know your Place Setting: What is Great Banqueting?

There is so much in a name. A ‘banquet’ for instance; it engenders a degree of prestige, of opulence, finest dining among friends and colleagues. Grandeur, decadence, indulgence.

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Behind the Curtain – Catering for the BRIT Awards 2016

Author: Shana Sexton

Shana Sexton, Lime Venue Portfolio's marketing placement student provides a wonderful insight into her recent experience of working with Payne and Gunter at the BRIT Awards 2016.

Industry Interview with Conference Business Agency Ltd.

We speak to Sara Young, Managing Director of Conference Business Agency ltd to find out more on what they offer to the C&E industry.

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Payne and Gunter Cater for Star Night at the Brit Awards with Mastercard

Payne + Gunter produced another flawless catering display at last night’s BRIT Awards with MasterCard.

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Team Building at IWM Duxford with Classic Wings

Author: Richard Kadri-Langford

Lime Venue Portfolio are delighted to work with Classic Wings to deliver the best in team building events at the fantastic IWM Duxford in Cambridge.

The Beginner's Guide to 'Clean Eating' Conferences

Levy Restaurants UK at London's Olympia reveal why and how you should adopt the 'Clean Eating' trend into your next conference.

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Classic Wings - Corporate Team Building

The Imperial War Museum at Duxford is home to Classic Wings and its corporate events. We speak to Terri Butcher from Classic Wings to find out more.

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Small Meetings and Unusual Venues: A Match Made in Heaven

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Often referred to as the ‘Month of Love’, home of Valentine’s Day, Sunday, 14th February. With this in mind we look at another match made in heaven; the union of small meetings at unusual venues.

Do You Know Someone Who is Recently Engaged?

Do you have a family member, friend or even a work colleague who is recently engaged? Our sister brand, Elegant Wedding Venues, is a collection of the UK's most unique and enchanting wedding venues.

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Unusual Venue of the Month | Churchill War Rooms

Author: Shana Sexton

In the heart of London's Westminster is Churchill War Rooms; a location in which some of the biggest decisions in British history were made, and consquently, shaped the country that we know and love today

Incentives Love Unique Venues

The incentive market is a fascinating one to watch. It is one of the easiest to attack and one of the first to go when things go bad, but increasingly it has the ability to bounce back with a vengeance.

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Winter Salad of Venison, Pancetta, Giant Couscous, Pomegranate and Pear Sherry Vinegar Jus

It's a brand new year and time to try something new. Here is a absolutely delicious recipe, courtesy of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and Leith's Dining.

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Meetings Mean Business - Let's Get Practical

Lets get practical. How is the best way to approach a meeting, to make it exciting, engaging and inspirational?

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Why we love that Breakfast is back…

Next week is National Breakfast Week (24th- 30th January) and once again the first meal of the day will get its rightful place in the sun.

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Know Your Food - Have a Breakfast Breakthrough

It's fuel for the brain and gets your metabolism moving - Breakfast provides around 25% of your daily nutrient intake and helps maintain a healthy weight.

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Twickenham Experience launches ‘Express Meetings’ package to target short-lead business meetings

Twickenham Experience has launched a new ‘Express Meetings’ package in response to an increase in demand for short-lead meetings space.

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An Interview with Kevin Jackson

With a title of 'The Most Influential Person in the Events Industry' and over 20 years of experience, it's not difficult to understand why we were so keen to hear from Kevin Jackson.

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Supplier Focus: MCLcreate

With over 25 years of experience, mclcreate are at the forefront of technical and creative solutions for events. We sat down with Simon Jelley, Sales Director of mclcreate to find out more.

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LVP Continues Success Story into 2016

Lime Venue Portfolio (LVP) has announced record figures and another year of growth for the business.

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Know Your Food - Oily Fish

Fish provides the body with protein and a rich variety of vitamins and minerals. oily fish in particular contains Omega 3, an essential fat for a healthy heart and healthy brain function.

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2016 Predictions: Internal & External Market Trend Opinion

Author: Jo Austin

As we enter 2016, it’s difficult for our business not to be obsessed with stats. Our team sat down together in October and we shared another year of growth...

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