Corporates including EMCAS boost Exeter University event space

Since being opened by Her Majesty The Queen in May, the Forum, a £48m investment at the University of Exeter, has welcomed corporates including financial compensation company EMCAS.

Corporates including EMCAS boost Exeter University event space
Corporates including EMCAS boost Exeter University event space

During the Forum's first five months, the National Union of Students (NUS), with its three-day residential conference for 600 delegates, along with a British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) conference for 350 delegates, were both held over the summer.

Financial company EMCAS held a number of events with the Forum since opening its Exeter based office in June, ranging from one-day conferences to evening events.

EMCAS chief executive Craig Bernhardt said: "We wanted to create a launch event that had real impact among EMCAS staff and our stakeholders, one that allowed us to communicate the inspiration behind our new brand and how it represented our continued commitment to righting the wrongs of financial mis-selling.

"The Forum's setting and atmosphere helped us achieve just this, with the Event Exeter team bringing everything together as planned. Not only was the main Auditorium presentation a great success but the Forum's extensive facilities also allowed us to deliver staff workshops which focused on ways they could use the new brand in their role while reinforcing EMCAS' aims, ethos and mission."

Most recently, the national Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) annual conference was held in September, having been previously hosted in York. More than 700 delegates from CAB offices across the UK convened at the three-day event, where networking and sharing best practices were top of the conference agenda.

Elsewhere, recent events include: The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services' two-day conference, TV's talent pool of future creativity, The National Student Television Awards, for 500 attendees and The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) in April 2013 for 400 guests.

Sarah Snow, assistant director Campus Services (sales and events), University of Exeter, added" "We are seeing huge demand from the association market due to our location, cost effective pricing and, most importantly, our state-of the-art facilities. Delegates are now learning in very different ways to the traditional PowerPoint presentation, and we are delighted to be able to support this via our technology labs which feature multi-touch surface tables. With the quality and quantity of events the Forum is attracting, it is definitely playing a huge role in putting Exeter on the map as an emerging conference destination."

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