Online venue finder expanding into Australia and the US

The UK company is recruiting staff to drive the global expansion

Overseas expansion: online venue finder
Overseas expansion: online venue finder

Online venue-finding service www.conferences-uk.org.uk is expanding beyond the UK with planned office openings in Australia and the US this year.

The online venue-finding service currently offers UK-based conference and meeting planners free access to a central database of some 5,500 meeting spaces in the UK and more than 10,500 overseas.

Managing director Simon Thompson said the company would establish an office in Brisbane in November, and then move into New York after that.

"Conferencevenues.com will be our international website and will be translated into multiple languages including French, German and Spanish," said Thompson. "We'll also be looking for multilingual employees, and so will be creating jobs and providing investment in these regions."

The company currently has offices in Manchester and London and its turnover has increased year-on-year since it was founded five years ago.

Its expansion comes on the back of the company placing more than £12.5m-worth of conference business in the past year.

The firm's clients include the NHS, the government and pharmaceutical companies.

"The next 12 months are going to be challenging but with a lot of hard work and determination, I am confident we will be successful abroad," said Thompson.

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