Corporates choose London City and Docklands for events

London City and Docklands venues were chosen by three organisations with very different needs. Prudential, Tesco and SQS Group share the results.

Corporates choose London City and Docklands for events
Corporates choose London City and Docklands for events

Prudential at Andaz Liverpool Street

Insurance giant Prudential was looking for a venue to host a two-day workshop and dinner for 100 of its employees, as part of its global leadership development programme.

It chose Andaz Liverpool Street, owned by Hyatt Hotels Group, as it wanted a venue that offered a contemporary feel combined with traditional architecture, together with the space and facilities to host a large group. It was also essential for the venue staff to be as flexible as possible, as the event called for several last-minute changes and was planned to a tight deadline.

"The venue was suitably impressive to cater for such a high-profile event and the quality of service kept our attendees very happy," said Sophie James, group resourcing and development consultant at Prudential. "The staff dealt easily with any changes and were always on hand to help and advise."

According to James, the new and old sections of the hotel in particular blended together well and the food, accommodation and meeting facilities also met the insurance company's expectations.

Tesco at the ICC London Excel

Tesco worked with agency BSI to host its biennial senior managers' conference on 3 November at the ICC London Excel, where 2,500 delegates from across the UK and the retailer's overseas markets gathered for a series of sessions on the theme of 'business for a new decade'.

With delegates from all over the world, a venue with good transport links and access to plenty of hotel rooms was important. Excel's ICC Capital Hall was used during the day to showcase new products and for networking between conference sessions held in the ICC Auditorium. In the evening, the space was transformed to host a dinner, which included live entertainment.

"Having used Excel London in previous years, we were attracted to the flexibility of the new ICC auditorium," says Kate Conway, events manager at Tesco. "We were able to accommodate an extremely wide screen, and liked the high-specification, sound-proof auditorium. The close proximity of Capital Hall and being able to use the boulevard area of the ICC for registration meant that we didn't 'lose' delegates during refreshment breaks."

SQS Group at The Nunnery and The View

Software quality management and testing services provider SQS Group took part in a training event based on the theme of the forthcoming 2012 London Olympic Games as a means of spreading the idea of change across the company and encouraging employees to develop a culture of continuous learning and development.

Working together with events company Altyerre, the software provider held the event for 40 of its most senior employees at several venues, including two in Bow, east London, over 14 and 15 October last year.

The Nunnery Gallery, situated in a former Carmelite nunnery built in 1850, and The View, located on the two top floors of a 16-storey building overlooking the Olympic Park and Stadium, were chosen, as they provided a relevant background setting for introducing the concept of the Olympics - the theme of the training event - to the group.

"It was genuinely an inspiring event and it exceeded my expectations, with the event running like clockwork," said Steve Fice, chief operating officer at SQS Group.

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