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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.