Edgbaston Events to Reopen for Conference & Events
The events team at Edgbaston Stadium, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, have revealed its Safe Meetings & Events Promise to existing and prospective clients who plan to stage meetings, conferences and events when the venue reopens from Monday 6 July.
Yarnfield Park sets up Market Stall to sell fruit and veg to community
Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, set up a pop-up market stall to sell their surplus fruit and vegetables to the community.
The events industry pledge to #LIGHTITBLUE
Events and entertainment industry leaders are contacting every major building and landmark in the UK to invite them to #lightitblue in order to salute the NHS and thank them for their hard work in the face of COVID-19.
Construction begins on the new stand at The Kia Oval: One Oval Square
Construction has begun on the exciting new stand at The Kia Oval, which will add seven conference and event rooms at the iconic venue.
Somerset House Announces New Collaborative Programme for 2020
Somerset House, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, announces a full programme of exhibitions throughout the year - curated by the venue’s in-house team - which organisers can combine into events as a cultural curtain-raiser or use as a stand-alone reception.
Jo Austin Joins Meetings Industry Association Board
Jo Austin, Sales Director, Lime Venue Portfolio has joined the board of the meetings industry association (mia). The appointment underlines Lime Venue Portfolio’s continued support for the meetings and events industry, having been a long-standing member of the association.
Beyond Food Report Looks at the Role of Food and Positive Mental Health
Lime Venue Portfolio has launched Chapter III of its Beyond Food Report, this time looking at the relationship between food and mental health.
Lime Venue Portfolio Appoints New BDM
Lime Venue Portfolio has today announced the arrival of Greg Knight, Business Development Manager for the South of the UK. The move underlines the progression of the Lime Venue Portfolio and the continued growth of the many thousands of new business enquiries that the team takes from event professionals every month
Twickenham Stadium Launches 'Circular' Food Waste Strategy
Twickenham Stadium, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has launched a new food waste strategy that includes an innovative internal ‘circular economic model’ that maximises every ingredient, reduces food miles and tracks the source, multiple use and outcome of every ingredient used on the menu.
ExCeL London set to celebrate its 20th year with more than 20 new shows
Twenty-four relocated or new shows are coming to ExCeL London, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, for the first-time this year, meaning 2020 is going to be the venue’s best year on record for exhibitions.
Lime Venue Portfolio Choose FareShare as 2020 Charity Partner
Lime Venue Portfolio has pledged its support to FareShare, the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste as part of its ongoing CSR commitments including tackling food waste.
Event Organisers Insist on Choice for Plant Menus
New research by Lime Venue Portfolio has shown that event buyers are more inclined to offer plant-based menus to delegates than ever before.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to Join Lime Venue Portfolio
New home of Premier League Club Joins Award Winning Venue Group
QEII Centre calls on event industry to support London's most vulnerable this winter
London’s QEII Centre, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, is once again calling upon event professionals and members of the public to donate their old, unwanted or unused coats to provide for the homeless, the elderly and refugees.
QEII Centre contributes record £153.1m to the UK economy
Central London’s leading large events venue, the QEII Centre, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has recorded its highest-ever net economic contribution to the UK of £153.1m.
Sibos breaks all previous records at ExCeL London
Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event broke all previous records during its week-long event at ExCeL London (23rd – 26th September 2019), part of Lime Venue Portfolio.
Royal Berkshire Conference Centre relaunches as Reading FC Conference and Events
Royal Berkshire Conference Centre (RBCC), one of Thames Valley’s premier destinations for private and corporate events, has undergone an exciting rebrand and name change, relaunching as Reading FC Conference and Events to better align the venue brand with its Madejski Stadium location.
QEII supports growth of Black Business Show for its third edition
The UK’s biggest dedicated trade show for black business owners and entrepreneurs is returning to London’s QEII Centre, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, for the third year, for what promises to be its busiest year yet.
ExCeL unveils new arrival experience for world-leading events
Today, on the opening day of Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event, ExCeL, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has unveiled a new arrival experience.
Sibos set for record breaking attendance at ExCeL London
Next week (from Monday 23rd September 2019) ExCeL and London will host Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event, for the first time.
ExCeL London announces significant investment in technology infrastructure
Following a run of successful events and relocations in 2019, ExCeL London, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has announced significant investment in its technology infrastructure.
Lime Venue Portfolio Strengthens Stadia Options for Event Organisers
Lime Venue Portfolio has once again expanded its portfolio of unique and unusual venues with the arrival of Molineux Stadium, home of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
Lime Venue Portfolio & BCD M&E Partner to go “Beyond Food”
Lime Venue Portfolio and BCD Meetings & Events, are partnering to carry out a far reaching and extensive research into food and sustainability within the meetings and events industry. Read more...
Levy UK receive ‘Food for the Brain’ accreditation at Royal Berkshire Conference Centre
Royal Berkshire Conference Centre (RBCC), part of Lime Venue Portfolio, and official catering partner Levy UK have been awarded a ‘Food for the Brain’ catering accreditation for their commitment to nutrition and wellbeing and achieving high standards of nutritional excellence in their food offering.
Survey Sheds Light on Industry Food Waste
Food waste is a major issue in the meetings and events industry, according to new research conducted by Lime Venue Portfolio, in partnership with BCD Meetings and Events, as part of its Beyond Food Report. Read more...
Lime Venue Portfolio to Change Industry Thinking on Food
Lime Venue Portfolio, alongside its catering partners Levy UK, have today outlined a new proposition for food within the meetings and events industry. The approach acknowledges the impact that meeting and event food has on the planet, and looks to challenge the industry to make changes that will reduce waste, support global sustainability, and promote healthy eating.
Edgbaston Stadium makes sustainability pledge ahead of Ashes opener by staging Green Week
Edgbaston Stadium, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has further underlined its ambitions to operate the most sustainable cricket stadium in the United Kingdom by launching its Edgbaston Pledge during a themed ‘Green Week’ at the venue, that’s designed to highlight its current progress and inspire staff, commercial partners and suppliers.
Tigers Choose Lime
Welford Road, the home of Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, has become the latest stadia venue to join the Lime Venue Portfolio. The historic ground joins the group of 80+ unique and unusual venues, further adding to the portfolio’s geographic reach, particularly in Leicester where it joins the King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City Football Club.
Payne & Gunter retains accreditation with Merlin Events
London’s original caterers, Payne & Gunter, has retained their position as an accredited catering supplier for Merlin Events. Merlin’s world-famous attractions are some of the most visited in London; but by night they turn into lively venues for corporate events, dinners and receptions.
ExCeL London Cements its Position as a Global Events Powerhouse
Over the past eight years, events hosted at ExCeL, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, have been responsible for driving 50% of all ICCA-rated delegates who come to London and 20% of all ICCA-rated delegates who come to the UK.
London's Natural History Museum welcomes Museum of the Moon
Summer 2019 will see the spectacular Museum of the Moon, by artist Luke Jerram, installed in London’s Natural History Museum. The world renowned art installation, measuring six metres in diameter, features detailed NASA imagery to perfectly recreate the moon’s surface.
Food Makes a Move in the Exhibition Industry
Research conducted by UFI earlier this year has shown an increase in the importance of food amongst exhibition organisers looking for new ways to attract and keep audiences. Lime Venue Portfolio has supported these findings, with its own insights that also demonstrate changing attitudes towards food amongst exhibition audiences.
Lime Venue Portfolio to Lead Debate on #FORO
Lime Venue Portfolio will lead on an educational session taking on the issue of food wastage in the hospitality and events industry at The Meetings Show later this month. The session will discuss the impact of #FORO - fear of running out – within the events industry and its negative impact on the planet.
Industry Needs to Get Over #FORO
With food waste growing as a major issue for event organisers and their delegates, the brand has coined the hashtag #FORO, fear of running out, to underline a new approach.
Keith Prowse Launch Hospitality White Paper: People Buy Experiences
After conducting a study into the future of hospitality, Keith Prowse, sister company to Lime Venue Portfolio, reveal that hospitality, premium seat entertaining, ticket plus and VIP are terms we will hear more and more as the summer sporting season comes into full bloom.
Jockey Club Catering raises thousands for Claire House Children’s Hospice
Jockey Club Catering, the official food, beverage and hospitality partner to Aintree Racecourse, has helped raise over £7,500 for local charity Claire House Children’s Hospice during this year’s Randox Health Grand National.
Event Convergence on the Rise – Could it Boost the 2019 Summer Party Market?
Lime Venue Portfolio is reporting on the continuation of ‘event convergence’, a trend spotted by the brand last year, that has the potential to add value to both the summer events market and the wider meetings and events industry.
Twickenham Appoints New Sales Manager
Twickenham Stadium, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has announced the appointment of Jennifer Church to the venue’s sales team.
Lime Venue Portfolio Predict Summer Event Trends
Lime Venue Portfolio have uncovered a series of trends that could dominate this year’s summer events programme. These trends have been identified as a result of research conducted across the brand’s customer base, in-house chefs, and extensive consumer insight surveys.
Success at CHS... again
The portfolio represented over 80 amazing venues on just one stand, giving delegates the chance to speak directly to multiple conference and event experts. The industry event was a great opportunity for Lime Venue Portfolio to showcase the largest collection of diverse venues throughout the UK, connected by great food and memorable experiences.
Twickenham Confirms Incentive Agency Partnerships
Twickenham Stadium, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has agreed a series of partnerships, with leading incentive agencies, to bring the stadium to life for companies looking to create unforgettable staff experiences.
Lime Venue Portfolio to Exhibit at The Meetings Show
Lime Venue Portfolio will be representing more than 80 diverse, unique and unusual, UK wide venues on stand F202, at the Meetings Show, Olympia 26th-27th June 2019.
Somerset House Goes with the Glow for Sparkling Neon Showcase
Over 100 event professionals from the creative industries gathered at Somerset House, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, on Thursday 25th April for a glowing showcase of the venue’s newest space, the River Rooms.
European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) to return to ExCeL London in 2020
The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) has announced that it will return to London in 2020, overcoming stiff competition from other key European cities in winning the bid. The five-day event is to be hosted at ExCeL London and is expected to bring together over 10,000 hepatologists, doctors and medical professionals, to share recent data, present studies and findings, and discuss the hottest topics on liver disease.
Twickenham Stadium Unveils New Outdoor Space: The Patch
Twickenham Stadium, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has unveiled The Patch as part of the stadium's summer events portfolio for event professionals.
RA Group Formation Unites Family of Leading Food & Hospitality Companies
Compass Group UK & Ireland is proud to announce the formation of the ‘RA Group’, sister company to Lime Venue Portfolio. Bringing together Restaurant Associates, Levy Leisure, which will now be rebranded as RA Venues, and Rapport – a family of companies that together embody the highest standards of food and hospitality within the industry.
Levy UK, sister company to Lime Venue Portfolio, introduce new Mindful Meeting packages
Levy UK, sister company to Lime Venue Portfolio, introduce new Mindful Meetings packages, which include well-thought-out menus built on Levy UK’s understanding of health, wellbeing and the environment to be mindful of their guests and planet.
Kettering Conference & Leisure Village: A Premium Event Venue, Breaking New Ground…
Kettering Conference & Leisure Village, part of The Venues Collection, has announced a comprehensive upgrade to its largest conference room, the Fair Isle suite.
Live Group wins ExCeL London’s 2019 Great Agency Bake Off!
ExCeL London, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, celebrated the return of its Great Agency Bake Off on Thursday 13th March. Based on the popular TV Show, the event brought together agencies including Live Group, drpg, Shelton Fleming, TFI Group, GPJ, BCD and Sleek Events.
Somerset House Releases New Outdoor Activation Space for Audience Engagement
Somerset House Corporate Events Team have announced the launch of a new outdoor space that’s ideal for product launches and brand activations designed to inspire the general public.
Twickenham to Partner with Stress Matters
Twickenham Stadium, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has become the latest business to work with Stress Matters, one of the event industry’s most proactive wellbeing organisations. The partnership forms part of the venue’s commitment to wellbeing within its staff, its visitors at the stadium, and its own brand value of respect.
Lime Venue Portfolio wins Royal Armouries Leeds business
The Royal Armouries Museum, the national museum of arms and armour and one of the UK’s leading event venues, has chosen to join Lime Venue Portfolio. The partnership will add to both the group’s geographical reach, and the sheer quality of unique, attraction, and historic venue options within the portfolio. As part of joining the group, Lime Venue Portfolio will once again be adding to the venue’s food and beverage proposition.
Villa Park Tours Ranked No.1 in Birmingham
Tours at Villa Park, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, have been ranked as the best in Birmingham by travellers on TripAdvisor, and are available to delegates visiting the stadium for conferences and events as a way to upgrade their stadium experience.
LVP Reports Rise in Roadshows
Lime Venue Portfolio (LVP) has seen a significant rise in roadshow events, according to its year on year data from 2018. The research indicates a growing opportunity for the industry to work with brands to encourage events that engage delegates more locally.
Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram
Luke Jerram’s 7 metre wide Museum of the Moon installation is coming to the Natural History Museum, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, offering guests a truly one-of-a-kind event.
Wellness is a Leadership Opportunity
The subject of wellness in the events industry was again discussed this year at International Confex, with a panel of experts debating the importance of leadership in addressing mental health in the work place.
Somerset House hosts The Powerpuff Girls fashion showcase as part of London Fashion Week
Last week the East Wing at Somerset House was the backdrop for one of London Fashion Week’s must-see events – London College of Fashion x The Powerpuff Girls Showcase.
Bring on the Planquet
Chef Andrew Walker talks about plant-based event catering as he says "Bring on the planquet!"
Over Lunch with… Toby Lewis, CEO, The Live Group
We chat with Toby Lewis, CEO, The Live Group, who shares his vast knowledge about roadshows, an event the company have been carefully perfecting for decades and have gotten incredibly good at.
Lime Venue Portfolio to Exhibit at CHS in April
Lime Venue Portfolio are representing more than 80 diverse, unique and unusual venues on stand G11, at the Conference and Hospitality Show, at Leeds Arenas, on the 30th April 2019.
Connections will Fly at IWM Duxford
This one-day event will showcase over 80 companies from a range of sectors across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, bringing hundreds of visitors to take advantage of special offers, free speed networking and a seminar offering tips to take away to help grow your business.
Bristol Zoo Gardens Team Up with The Venues Collection
Bristol Zoo Gardens have teamed up with Alexandra House, part of The Venues Collection, to offer an exciting April fam trip exclusively available to our Agent Partners with a free stay at Alexandra House.
ExCeL London launches ‘No Plastic’ campaign
With more than eight million tonnes of plastic being thrown away each year, single-use plastic is one of the world’s most talked about topics. ExCeL London is taking positive steps to reduce waste and is launching a ‘No Plastic’ campaign to outline the venue’s commitment to this global issue.
24 Hours of Training Bliss
What does a dreamy, blissful 24 hours of training excellence look like? Find out here!
Are You a Radiator or a Drain?
The event spaces in which teaching take place can make a huge difference to the quality of the training outcomes. Find out more of Chef Andrew Walker's thoughts on training venues, teachers and of course, the FOOD, as well as the meaning behind this month's blog title.
Over Lunch with… Gareth Otton
Being zeitgeists of the meetings and events world, we like to keep a keen eye on training, it’s a good indication of economic event trends and the desire of business to invest in people. Who better to speak to, in that case, than Gareth Otton, Learning & Development Manager for Compass Group UK&I?
Introducing 'A Segment of Lime'
We're hosting our first 'A Segment of Lime' event on Thursday 4th April 2019!
Launch of New Conference & Events Menu at Madejski Stadium
Come and join the team at the Madejski Stadium for the launch of the new Conference & Event Menus on Friday 05th April 2019.
Meet the Team - Q&A with Flora Donnelly
January's 'Meet the Team' Q&A introduces Flora Donnelly, Marketing Executive at Lime Venue Portfolio.
Will You Be A Conferences Superhero in 2019? Part 2
Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s the second instalment of our list of 30 superpowers that will be essential to organising knockout conferences in 2019.
Make sure your meetings are kick ass by doing this one thing…
If you’re organising a meeting this year settling for a traditional format just won’t cut it. Here’s 5 great reasons why you should be hosting your next meeting offsite.
New Year, New You, New Venue?
In our opinion (and thanks to the unique and unusual venues market) event organisers are spoilt for choice when it comes to professional, interesting, and effective meetings and events venues. So, how do you separate the venue you want from so many great options?
Healthy food event experiences
Now more than ever, event planners are requesting healthier food and drink options, driven by what their customers want. Lime Venue explore the healthy event experience in this blog.
Make the Most of Your Meetings
Meetings come in all shapes and sizes, but the New Year is a great time to reassess your approach to meetings and how they could be made more productive and efficient. So, take a look at the points flagged up below and consider whether you could implement any changes and create new meetings habits.
Lime Venue Portfolio Close Curtain on Historic 10th Birthday
Lime Venue Portfolio’s 10th Birthday celebrations draw to a close this month following a year where the brand has launched a highly impactful market report, implemented a number of charity initiatives, and created a new conference brand for the event industry.
Our People: Charlie Metcalfe
This month we spoke with Charlie Metcalfe, Director of Sales at Alexandra House, part of The Venues Collection, who has raised just shy of £50k for a Swindon-based charity. So we wanted to know: what’s motivated her to organise charity balls and gala dinners that have raised such a show-stopping figure?
Integrity, Consistency & Authenticity: The Buzz Words for Modern Delegates
Modern delegations are looking for more emotional values from brands and businesses through their event programmes, according to a panel discussion that took place at Lime Venue Portfolio’s Beyond Conference
Meet the Team - Q&A with Kiera-Marie Rafter
Our latest Q&A session sees us quiz another of Lime Venue Portfolio’s Meetings and Events Consultant, Kiera-Marie Rafter.
Team LVP Talk Turkey and Christmas Pudding
We asked #TeamLVP about their fave Christmas treats and tipples to indulge in during the December months!
Edgbaston to Host Lunchtime Open Day with Networking Event
Edgbaston Stadium will be hosting a “Lunchtime Open Day with Networking Event” on Thursday 14th February 2019.
Banquets: Good, Bad & Ugly
It’s time to send Bad Banquets into the history books, it’s time to get rid of the ugly parts of these events for good, and to develop events with a better culture, more heart, and a greater respect for those that are attending. At Lime Venue Portfolio, we’re running a campaign to ‘Ban Bad Banqueting’ and shine a light on the new wave of banquets that are getting this right.
Spot the Elf!
Can you spot the Elf on the LVP website?
An Event Profs Guide: How to Relax over the Festive Season
Working in the events industry is a lot of fun, but with the Christmas period one of the busiest times for events of all kinds, in all shapes and sizes, it can be hard to ensure the festive season really feels like a holiday. Read our list of suggestions on how to unwind...
Our People: Wayne Spicer
This month we’re introducing Wayne Spicer, Conference Services Manager from the University of Sussex who works for Chartwells, part of the wider Compass Group UK & Ireland family. Each year Wayne has the task of raising over £20k a year for his chosen charity, so why does he do it?
Meet the Team - Q&A with Jo Austin
November is almost over so it's about time we bring on our next Q&A session, this time with our fearless leader, Jo Austin, Lime Venue Portfolio’s Sales Director. Jo has been with the business for 8 years and helps #TeamLVP by steering the way forward for the unique & unusual within the MICE industry, as well as heading up the new residential venues that have joined the portfolio, The Venues Collection.
Redevelopment Plans Outlined for the Kia Oval
Surrey County Cricket Club has announced that it has received full planning permission for the redevelopment of the Lock Laker Stand at Kia Oval, expanding the ground’s capacity to nearly 28,000.
Twickenham Stadium Unveils State-of-the-Art East Stand
Twickenham Stadium has opened its state-of-the-art East Stand, unveiling an enhanced hospitality offering for meetings and events that will immerse event planners in an even greater destination experience.
Will you be a conferences superhero in 2019?
Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s a conferences and events planner! The events industry is constantly evolving, with innovations and advances from both within and outside the industry.
Over Lunch with... Dr Rob Davidson
November is a time of year when the industry unleashes a series of new data, reports, trends, and opinions, into what the world of meetings and events will look like. Its busy out there, and there has been a lot documented, so we decided to invite Dr Rob Davidson, owner of MICE Knowledge, to hold our hand through this tricky terrain.
#TeamLVP invite you to their January boot camp at Eastwoood Hall to get active and learn about nutrition, health and wellbeing.
Twickenham Prepares to Unveil New East Stand to the Industry
The new East Stand represents a multi-million pound redevelopment at the home of England Rugby, and offers space that not only provides new-found match day hospitality options, but also unexpected and dynamic settings that go far beyond a simple conference or banqueting space.
An Interview with... Ben Smith, Levy Chef
It's an exciting month in Manchester as Manchester Airport will be celebrating its 80th birthday, so we managed to speak with Ben to find out what inspires his cooking and what guests can expect when visiting the Concorde Conference Centre.
Ever Considered Using an Auditorium?
With our very own #LVPBeyond conference taking place last month and November being prime conference booking time, we wanted to discuss auditorium and tiered seating venues and how suitable they can be for these types of event.
8 Conference Hacks for your January Conference
We've put together 8 conference hacks to help you ensure your January conference is a success.
Meet the Team - Q&A with Deborah Simons
October’s Q&A instalment introduces Lime Venue Portfolio’s Central Sales Team Leader, Deborah Simons.
A Self Proclaimed Scrooge discusses Christmas Parties
“The end of summer is not the end of the world,” says Chef Andrew Walker. Nevertheless, Christmas is the next thing on everyone’s minds, or at least in the world of events, so we turned to the Chartwells chef to discuss the topic of the notorious Christmas party.
Over Lunch with... Jacob Scroby, Eventologists
“Events are all about experiences, they are created to leave a long-lasting impression," says Jacob Scroby, Eventologists.
PA Life Club Members Invitation to the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre
On December 4, PA Life Club members will be given an exclusive opportunity to view the conference centre and its facilities.
Testimonials for Imperial War Museum North
"My company held a full day training course at this venue and I was more than impressed."
An Interview with... Jason Allan Scott
‘For me, beyond means the next step, the next stage, an evolution. We look at the world together and we see challenge or opportunity. For me ‘beyond’ is about embracing the Chinese version of the word ‘Crisis’, which means both opportunity and disaster. I like the idea that beyond takes on both these sentiments,’ comments Jason.
The Gift of Giving
Christmas is the season of good will, and this is one of the reasons why December is a fantastic time to raise money for charity, whether it is simple fun and games within the office or a black tie charity ball. Take a look at our suggestions to raise money and awareness this festive season...
Meet the Team - Q&A with Maria Scullion
September’s Q&A introduces #TeamLVP's National Sales Manager, Maria Scullion.
Testimonials for Farnham Castle
"We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the team at Farnham Castle. We had an absolutely fantastic day! "
Safari Tours: November Showcase
Book your place on the Safari Tours showcase on Wednesday 21st November 2018.
Safari Tours: January Showcase
Book your place on the Safari Tours showcase on Wednesday 16th January 2019.
Introducing: Keith Prowse
We would like to introduce you to one of our sister brands, Keith Prowse, who are the official hospitality provider for many iconic venues and stadiums across the country, and who are passionate about delivering the ultimate experience.
Considering joining an Association?
Whether as a business or an individual, there are numerous associations out there that offer various benefits to their members across a variety of industries.
What Makes a Great Event?
"For me great events capture the right mood, in the right place, at the right time."
Your Christmas Party A - Z
Planning a Christmas party? Don’t panic! We’ve got an A-Z to help you get started…
11 Tips to Improve Your Awards Ceremony Social Media Strategy
Social media is a great way to share what your organisation is doing and an awards ceremony is the perfect event to get people talking and excited about who you are and what you’re up to.
An Interview with... Mark Stormont, London Event Productions
“Tie everything you can about the event into your company values and ensure that something interesting and engaging is always on the horizon."
Making the Unusual, Usual
In our latest blog, Jo Austin, Sales Director for Lime Venue Portfolio, reflects on the state of the unique and unusual venue market.
IWM to host Food for the Brain showcase
To celebrate their recent Food for the Brain accreditation, IWM North are hosting a launch and showcase day on Friday 28th September. from 12.15pm - 2.30pm.
Meet the Team - Q&A with Jo Kenny
August’s Q&A instalment introduces Lime Venue Portfolio’s Head of Central Sales, Jo Kenny. Jo has worked within the hospitality industry since leaving school, "It’s in my blood and I couldn’t imagine working in any other industry."
The National Railway Museum to celebrate return of Flying Scotsman with exclusive even
The iconic locomotive, Flying Scotsman, is set to return to the National Railway Museum, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, from October to January 2019. To mark the occasion and showcase the new themed corporate dinner package with drinks reception and Scottish-inspired cuisine, the museum is hosting an exclusive launch event on Wednesday 24 October.
Chef Andrew Walker: Make Award Ceremonies Great Again!
“Award ceremonies should be about celebrating success and should be great networking opportunities to meet and mingle within your industry." So where have they gone wrong and how can we make award ceremonies great again?
The Libra Company are the first to experience IWM Duxford new innovative 'Team Building with Purpose'
Having identified the challenges many companies face when looking to inspire and engage with their employees, Levy UK at IWM Duxford have developed a new concept - Team Building with Purpose - which combines a unique and memorable experience alongside thought provoking, leadership development.
Menu Trends: What we’re eating in 2018…
The business of food is changing.
Lime Venue Portfolio Unique & Unusual Market Report Returns
Lime Venue Portfolio will be bringing back its highly acclaimed Unique & Unusual venue report.
How to Run a Successful Fundraising Event
Pulling off a successful event is always satisfying, but your achievements can pack even more of a punch if the purpose of your event is to raise money and awareness for a good cause. We’ve put together some essential tips to keep in mind before running your charity event.
Twickenham Stadium Christmas Preview Night: Fairy Tale in New York
Twickenham Stadium, proud to be part of Lime Venue Portfolio, invite you to their September showcase, a Christmas preview.
Andrew Walker - Chef, Designer, Psychologist, Theatrical Director...
Read our latest blog with Chef Andrew Walker, who dishes up his thoughts on banqueting, “an almost Victorian approach to dining” and how the roles and requirements of the chef are changing…
What’s Hot in Banqueting?
In an ever-changing landscape, event planners need to stay up-to-date with the latest in events and event catering. Get this right and your guests are guaranteed an unforgettable experience.
GET UP CLOSE AND PURR-SONAL WITH ED SHEERAN
Madame Tussauds London reveals new Ed Sheeran figure as sold-out gig tours the UK. Payne & Gunter, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, have been accredited caterers with Madame Tussauds for over 20 years.
Meet the Team - Q&A with Emma Devey
In our second 'Meet the Team' instalment we introduce you to one of our central sales star-players, Emma Devey, one of LVP's Meetings & Events Consultants.
Lime Venue Portfolio Celebrates a Decade of Unique & Unusual
Over the past decade, the business has made a significant contribution to the establishment of the unique and unusual venue market and has established itself as a key player in the UK events industry.
How To Organise A Corporate Charity Event
For many organisations, a fundraising event such as a quiz or games night is all that’s needed to reach their fundraising goals. But, if you’re looking to organise something really different and stand out from the crowd where do you start?
Lime Venue Portfolio Interviews Nicola Macdonald, Editor, EN
With such excitement abound within the world of exhibitions, we felt we needed to harness some high-powered wisdom, so this month we spoke to none other than Nicola Macdonald, Editor of EN magazine...
New Age Exhibition Venues
New age exhibition organisers are now thinking with the same agility that they show in the curation of their event.
Big Club, Little Club, Cardboard Box
Chef Andrew Walker shares his thoughts on food and exhibitions: "Food fuels the business engine of all successful exhibitions; not just the foodie ones."
Are your team building activities improving teamwork?
As a team leader, the most challenging part of the job often isn’t the work itself - it’s putting together a great team and supporting them throughout their day to day work life. This can mean dealing with the range of emotions and complicated issues that arise when people work in close quarters of each other. How can you ensure that your team building activities are improving teamwork?
GDPR, Bad Marketing Come Good?
We discuss some of the key aspects of the GDPR regulation, that have an impact on sales and marketing for the event industry.
Party by the Pitch at Twickenham Stadium
On the 6th June, Twickenham Stadium are hosting a party by the pitch to kick the summer season off.
PARTY AT WESTON PARK THIS SUMMER
Join the Weston Park Fam. trip on Thursday 10th May for a bite to eat and a glass of fizz, while exploring the venue and grounds for your next Summer event.
Boost your Brand Identity with a Summer Party
Over the last year, we’ve seen a growing trend towards organisations adding a Summer party to their events calendar. The thought of spending more time, energy and money organising a party halfway through the year in addition to the regular Christmas meal fixture may fill you with dread. But wait, before you decide it’s too much work, there’s actually a real benefit to holding a party in the summer season.
How can having a Summer party improve your staff’s productivity?
Recent research shows that organisations making an active effort to create the right environment and experiences for their staff are having a noticeable improvement in job satisfaction, therefore reducing the number of sick days taken, improving staff retention and overall productivity.
Will ‘Event Convergence’ Brighten Up the Summer?
Event convergence you say? Not the sort of phrase that could brighten up anyone’s day, let alone their summer. Well hear us out, because this is important and a sign of where this industry could be going in the short and long term.
VISIT LIME VENUE PORTFOLIO AND PARTNERS AT CHS
Lime Venue Portfolio are hosting eight amazing venues on stand G12, at the Conference and Hospitality Show, at Leeds Arenas, on the 24th April
HOW TO DRIVE DELEGATES TO YOUR EVENT…EVEN IN BAD WEATHER
Your big event day arrives and it snows! How can you ensure delegates still come to your event? Read Lime Venue Portfolio’s top 5 tips.
BAFTA winner Gary Oldman visits Churchill War Rooms
The team behind the Second World War Bafta winning film, Darkest Hour, spent hours of research in Churchill War Rooms but did you know it’s also a unique venue for meetings and events?
Celebrate Christmas with London's Originals, Payne and Gunter
You'll receive a free perk when you book either a Christmas dinner package or reception package with London's Originals, Payne and Gunter.
National Railway Museum - Wedding Showcase
Payne & Gunter, launch Autumn/Winter menus
Payne & Gunter, one of London's leading event caterers, has launched its new seasonal Autumn/Winter menu collection delivering renowned hospitality in all its quirky glory.
London’s QEII Centre launches brand-new chef’s table tasting room
London’s QEII Centre is giving event planners a taste of life in the kitchen with the launch of a brand-new chef’s table tasting room.
Your Exclusive Invite To Discover London's Most Iconic Venues
LVP exclusively invites you to our series of upcoming Unique Experiences tours in London.
All England Club Appoints Keith Prowse As Exclusive Official Hospitality Provider For The Championships, Wimbledon
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has appointed Keith Prowse as its exclusive Official Hospitality Provider for The Championships, Wimbledon, for a five-year period commencing 2019.
LVP Hosts ABPCO Roundtable Event at the Kia Oval
LVP as a member of ABPCO, organised hosted the September ABPCO Roundtable Event at The stunning Kia Oval.
LVP Encourages Organisers to Get the Best Value Possible from Christmas Party Budgets
Lime Venue Portfolio is encouraging late Christmas Party bookers to get the best value for money this season.
RFU Launches England Rugby Hospitality
From autumn 2018, England Rugby Hospitality will exclusively deliver on-site match day hospitality at Twickenham Stadium, supported by Keith Prowse.
Wellcome Collection announces new event spaces for exclusive hire
Lime Venue Portfolio's Wellcome Collection, London’s destination for the incurably curious, has revealed two new spaces for private hire; the Reading Room and The Atrium will both be available following growing demand for unique event backdrops.
Payne & Gunter launch menu collection in partnership with Dipna Anand
Payne & Gunter, our special events catering sister company, and one of London’s leading event caterers, is delighted to announce a partnership with culinary star Dipna Anand.
Camp Baboon launches new corporate packages in Bristol
Great news if you're looking for a really unique corporate meeting package! Wild Place Project, part of Bristol Zoo Gardens, has recently launched corporate event packages for Camp Baboon. Find out more here
Showcase Event: Royal Berkshire Conference Centre
Join us at The Royal Berkshire Conference Centre is hosting a Summer Nights WOW drop-in showcase of their impressive events facilities on 31st August between 4.30am and 7.30pm.
Showcase Event: Edgbaston Conference & Events Open Day – Monday 11 September
Join us at Edgbaston Stadium's Conference and Events Open Day on Monday 11 September and get the chance to experience our renowned stadium, meet our team and have a look around our world class facilities.
MORE VENUES, MORE CHOICE - Kettering Conference Centre Joins Lime Venue Portfolio
MORE VENUES, MORE CHOICE - Lime Venue Portfolio are delighted to announce the addition of Kettering Conference Centre to our portfolio, increasing our ability to offer a great solution for the Midlands venue market.
The Proof is in the Pudding! HMS Belfast – A feeling of pride!
We recently held our senior team meeting on board HMS Belfast and, put simply, the experience was superb. This blog is a thank you to the operations, sales and culinary team who delivered such a great experience. One that I can be proud of.
Step It Up - June Competition - ENTRY NOW OPEN
JUNE COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED - 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
Farnham Castle - Joins Lime Venue Portfolio
Farnham Castle has become the latest venue to join Lime Venue Portfolio, further strengthening the group’s status as the largest collection of unique and unusual venues in the UK.
ABPCO Round Table - September 15 - 2017
We're delighted to be hosting a fantastic round table event for ABPCO about - ‘What keeps you awake at night?’ The round table session is open to all ABPCO PCO members. Apply Now
Lime Venue Portfolio partners with Moët & Chandon
We're delighted to announce an exciting new partnership to bring the Moët & Chandon Bridal Collection to weddings and events in our selection of leisure and heritage venues.
Join us: At IWM North New Spaces Showcase - 7th June 2017
IWM North takes pleasure in inviting you to our Showcase and Networking Event taking place after work on Wednesday 7th June 2017, in partnership with Make Events.
FIRST EVER UNIQUE & UNUSUAL VENUE REPORT LAUNCHES
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
Press Release: LVP Launches Charity Partner Program
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.
COMING SOON: Unique and Unusual Venue Market Report
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
PRESS RELEASE: Aston Villa Partners with Lime Venue Portfolio
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.
Unusual Venue of the Month: Royal Berkshire Conference Centre
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
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.
Get Ahead of the Competition - Conferences and Meetings with Lime Venue Portfolio
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
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!
Join Us: Unique Experiences Tour of Manchester - March 2017 * FULLY BOOKED*
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.
London's Originals! The reawakening of one of London's most iconic event caterers
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.
INTERVIEW WITH AN #EVENTPROFS - MAKE EVENTS
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.
Hinchingbrooke House Joins Lime Venue Portfolio
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.
Join Us: Unique Experiences - Tour of London - November 2016
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.
Walk this Way - Janet & Christian
We're delighted that Janet Cattell, the winner of our 'Walk this Way' competition has found her perfect pair of Christian Louboutin shoes!
Unusual Venue of the Month | M Shed
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.
Venue Review Bites | SnowDome
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.
East Wing of Somerset House is available for hire
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.
Unusual Venue of the Month| Weston Park
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.
Agent of the Year - a visit to the home of Levy Restaurants UK
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
Lime Venue Portfolio will launch its new brand identity, website and marketing collateral at The Meetings Show (14th – 16th June) next month.
Brand food: What dish would your brand be?
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
Days in the office shouldn't be spent waiting for the weekend to come. Welcome the summer into your business!
Behind the Curtain – Catering for the BRIT Awards 2016
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.
Team Building at IWM Duxford with Classic Wings
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.
Small Meetings and Unusual Venues: A Match Made in Heaven
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.
Unusual Venue of the Month | Churchill War Rooms
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
2016 Predictions: Internal & External Market Trend Opinion
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...
Lime venue portfolio targets awards business with incentives for charities
Lime Venue Portfolio is looking to bring more charity awards and events into the portfolio with a series of incentives for charitable organisations looking to hold banquets, fund raisers, celebrations and awards.