Your safety is our top priority. All of our conference venues are COVID-safe. For more information about what we're doing, take a look at our COVID Secure Standards and our COVID-19 FAQs.
Keeping your business moving and growing is as important to us as it is to you. We recognise that important decisions and deals still need to be made, working relationships need to be strengthened and new ways of working need to be found. Our COVID-safe venues provide a place for you to do all of this in a secure way.
Although our venues will have different safety processes in place, the quality of your experience won’t be changed. You can rely on our venues for award-winning catering, cutting-edge AV and expert teams to ensure your conference runs smoothly.
What are we doing to make sure all our venues are COVID-secure?
- All guests and staff are wearing face coverings and PPE.
- Hand sanitiser stations can be found across the venues.
- Social distancing is easy, as we will work your venue to ensure it is COVID-safe.
- Signage to help guests keep their distance.
- Changes to food service, including contactless and grab-and-go options.
More information is available on our COVID-secure FAQ page.
Conferences are big business
In the UK, conferences make up over half of the £42.5 billion events industry. While not being known as the sexy part of the sector, they are the poster boy for it. Conferences encompass the very best of business events - they create a forum for sharing knowledge, providing education, best practice for thought leadership and ideas to spread. Conferences prove that when large numbers of people are brought together, amazing things happen.
As with most live events, it’s not just the inspirational speakers, the well structured conference programme, the keynote speakers and CPD sessions, it’s also the networking, the chats in coffee shops, bars and restaurants in and around the conference venue that provide so much added value. As Richard Waddington, Chair of the Event Marketers Associations, commented: “Delegates come for the content, but they get an experience”.
For every conference organiser, the relationship with the host venue is a partnership of extreme value. Venues are conference enablers - whilst the creative event organiser is focusing on getting the best content, the venue is there to help them curate the content so that delegates are given an abundance of choice in an environment that truly engages them.
We believe conferences and meetings can help your business get ahead of the competition. Find out more in our blog here.
For the last few years, ExCeL London, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has hosted the stunning Talent Connect conference by LinkedIn. It’s a brilliant event that combines a central compelling theme with outstanding content, creative production and an engaged and contributory delegation.
Meetings Mean Business
It’s an event that underlines why we do what we do and it’s an incredible advert for the conference industry. In 2016, Lime Venue Portfolio launched Meetings Mean Business, a chance for us to show that we are the industry’s biggest cheerleader when it comes to great events. We believe it's conferences like this that are paving an exciting period of growth and value for this important sector of the industry.
As part of the Meetings Mean Business campaign, we’re especially keen to reward our own clients for choosing our unique and unusual venues. We believe that anyone that comes to our venues is already making a choice - they're not just creating an event, they're curating an experience. An experience that will engage their delegation, that will inspire them as well as inform them.
We created Meetings Mean Business as we know that most people still dread going to a ‘boring’ conference, and have no idea that, every day, experiences are being created that are the equivalent to a business funfair, not a traditional and stuffy chalk and talk affair.
We’re inspired by the fact that the LinkedIn Talent Connect conference is just one of many that take place every day - we know, because they are hosting many of them across our portfolio.
Around the world we see examples of great conferences - think of the event that coined the phrase Web 2.0, Cisco Live!, of Apple’s annual developer event, WWDC, and the global repercussions it produces, and how about TED? – ideas worth spreading.
These events work because they prize content and they use conferences as the medium to communicate their message to their audience. And why wouldn’t they? Messages are so much more powerful when delivered through the medium of a live event, face to face, with engagement and involvement opportunities throughout.
LVP conference venues
At Lime Venue Portfolio we have some amazing conference venues, including the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre and Olympia London, which provide inspirational and unique settings to set the tone for the conference early. They work because they offer flexibility and choice. They enable agile event organisers to create and change sessions while live on site - at the whim of delegate feedback.
Whether the conference is a residential, multi-day event or a full day experience, food inevitably plays a part. With Lime Venue Portfolio, organisers have a proactive partner. We understand the mental strain a full day of packed content can take on a delegate and we provide brain-boosting grub that sparks the delegation into life in the morning, re-fuels them at lunch and rewards them at dinner.
Food is a useful tool at the conference organiser’s disposal. It can be used to make the most of the conference, to complement its content and, through its delivery, underline the key messages of the experience.
The conference industry is full of intelligent people who create amazing experiences every single day. At conferences, delegates are educated, inspired and enlightened in the company of a community of peers and like-minded individuals.
When you plan your conference, don’t just organise an event, create an experience. And that often starts by booking an unusual conference venue.