In this edition of unusual venue of the month, we talk to Laura Marr, Sales Executive at Motorpoint Arena Nottingham & National Ice Centre. The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham is a premier venue for entertainment and ice sports. It is also an ideal facility for large scale conferences, AGM's, product launches and exhibitions.
Lime Venue Portfolio (LVP): Hello Laura, thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us. Firstly, please could you tell us all about the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham & National Ice Centre and what does it offer for Conference and Events?
Laura Marr (LM): 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, graduation and fresher’s balls, University varsity sports, competitions and gala dinners. The flexibility within the arena allows you to create an event that ticks all the boxes and realises your vision. We have event managers who have a wealth of experience having worked within the arena and field of events for a long time.
LVP: From ice sport events to gala dinners; that certainly is a range of events that the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham & National Ice Centre can cater for. What sort of clients do you work with?
LM: We work with a variety of people including large blue chip companies holding their annual conferences, regional and national sport organisations, both Nottingham Universities, and private bookings from event promoters.
LVP: Due to the fact that the arena can cater for such a variety of events, it’s not surprising you work with many different clients. What do delegates and guests love about this venue?
LM: The fact that they are in a venue where there is ice below them usually surprises a lot of people who attend events in our arena bowl. Our insulated floor does such a good job of keeping the cold at bay that people don’t notice it’s there. In addition to that we receive excellent feedback on our event managers. They are experts in their field and have many years’ experience in hosting superstars such as Rod Stewart, Beyonce and One Direction so delegates and guests can be confident that their event is in good hands.
Lime Venue Portfolio: How amazing is that? Having an event on top of the ice used by the GB speed skating squad! What events work well at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham & National Ice Centre and why?
LM: We have hosted a wide variety of events that have worked extremely well here over the past 15 years. To name but a few, large sporting events such as the ICC British National Championships (Cheerleading), large conferences such as the ones we’ve held for both Capital One and Npower, and large religious conferences. At the other end of the scale we host exams annually for a City based college and team building events for local companies who utilise one of the two ice pads for some fun and games to enhance their meetings.
LVP: Large events, small events, all events work well. Has there been any recent investments at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham & National Ice Centre?
LM: Major changes to the venue have been a £750,000 extension and creation of two new bars, including a bar accessible to the floor, installation of a Wi-Fi system in the Arena bowl, two new merchandise concourse stands and a £150,000 refurb of a hospitality area.
LVP: Those are undoubtedly major changes. In your opinion, what is the importance of food within a day delegate rate?
LM: The catering within any event is very important and this includes everything from the food itself down to the service from the catering staff. It’s your chance as a venue to show off and show the delegates just how creative you can be.
LVP: Catering is one of the most important factors when it comes to the events and hospitality industry. What do you think the future holds for live events?
LM: For the past couple of years we have seen a decline in companies having the large budgets they once had to be able to dress venue spaces in such an extravagant manner and utilise some of the newest technology for their conference. With the future being uncertain in terms of Brexit I would imagine this to continue. Luckily there are ways in which to turn this around, especially for ourselves, how many conferences can say they’ve been held in an arena where Beyoncé once graced the stage?
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