Pros and Cons of London as a Conference Venue

By  USDR.

Recently USDR want to learn more about why London has grown in popularity as a conference venue.  We interviewed Robert Enefer to answer that  question.

Tell me a little about yourself and your firm?  What is the role in your  firm?

My name is Robert Enefer, I am Managing Director of The Conference People, a company that I created in 1986 to provide a unique service to the meetings industry. We provide a free venue finding service for any type of event in any location and we also offer comprehensive Event Management and Delegate Management using our own platform which is called UBook. We are very well established and place great importance on attention to detail and having a really professional approach. We work in the UK and all over the world, for a huge range of different client organisations including blue chips, associations and the third  sector.

What are the pros and cons of conference venues in London for businesses and  organizations?

London is an exciting conference location with both prestige and style; the advantages and opportunities with an event in the city are the wide variety of venues (with plenty of unusual locations), delegates like to be there with all its attractions and it often adds prestige to an event. There are excellent transport links both Internationally and also nationally within the rest of the  UK.

On the contrary there are some disadvantages when selecting London as a venue for your next event. London is often more expensive than other UK cities and also in comparison with other world cities, depending on the time of year. It may also be more difficult to negotiate good prices as availability is often restricted or limited. Some organizers see London as a distraction for their delegates if they are keen to keep them focused on the conference and maintain maximum networking during the event itself.

What questions should an event coordinator ask when considering  a  venue?

Will the venue enable the right atmosphere to be created for your  event?

Will it be interesting or an attraction for your delegates – especially if you select an unusual  venue?

Can your delegates get to the venue easily and  inexpensively?

Will the venue fit within my  budget?

Does it have all the space that is needed – breakout and networking areas for  example?

Will they offer you value for money – added  value?

Is wifi included at no extra charge, are drinks in the bar reasonably  priced?

Is the venue in a good standard – has it been refurbished  recently?

Does it have a good food and beverage  operation?

Do they really want your business – do they  care?

What is your website for our audience to get more  information?

Please do contact Robert Enefer at The Conference People at robert@confpeople.co.uk  for more  information.

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