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Academic venues are becoming increasingly popular with companies and organisations looking for somewhere different to hold events at a manageable price.  We have nine good reasons as to why you would choose an academic venue:

1.   Value for money – this is the number one influencing factor when booking a conference.  Conference business is valuable but incremental revenue to universities  – as the cost of the conference facilities is supported by a number of services often already employed to deliver a service to students, the cost is competitive when passed on to organisers.

2.   Flexibility – being flexible is key for an academic venue which is why universities offer very flexible space with equally flexible furniture to accommodate a number of different room layouts.

3.   Availability – with many universities having dedicated conference facilities at their finger-tips their portfolio of venues tends to increase massively out of term time giving greater chance of availability for conferences, meetings and events.

4.   Networking – universities are built with large numbers of people in mind with specific areas designed for congregating groups. These provide great networking/breakout spaces which is a key requirement for many organisers and the ‘most important aspect of meetings’.

5.   AV –AV is often built into the room and the overall cost, making it far more competitive in universities than in hotels/conference venues and free Wi-Fi often comes as standard. This can be cheaper, quicker and more practical and technicians are always on site to help out.

6.   Customer service – universities offer good employee benefits which results in a lower turnover of dedicated staff. For the client this means: continuity of service, attention to detail (as staff remember clients from previous bookings), friendliness and a more personal service.

7.   Choice – there is so much space to choose from including sports halls to great halls, lecture theatres to meeting rooms, exhibition spaces to large open outdoor areas.

8.   Unique experiences – universities offer something different from your standard hotel or conference room. You could be having your meeting in an unusual venue like an amazing historical building or the latest architectural masterpiece with fantastic views.

9.   Corporate social responsibility (CSR) –from reducing waste, pollution and carbon emissions to working with local suppliers (who also have strong sustainable credentials), universities tend to be leaders in the CSR field.  Sustainability is also a key part of a universities wider policy on CSR where they closely examine their impact on resources, environment and the local community.

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Life Conferencing and Banqueting - Newcastle (NE1 4EP)

If you are looking for a contemporary backdrop for your next event, then Life in Newcastle is a venue to consider.  Situated just 2 minutes from Newcastle Central…

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National Centre for Early Music - Yorkshire (YO1 9TL)

The National Centre for Early Music, an award-winning building, is available to hire for conferences and meetings , recordings and concerts, celebrations and dinners.

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Sheffield Hallam University - Sheffield (S1 1WB)

Here at Sheffield Hallam, we've got a range of facilities that we're happy to share. Bespoke events in a choice of stunning venues. We can provide the perfect…

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British Museum - Central London (WC1B 3DG )

The Museum's unique grade-one listed public galleries are complemented with a suite of contemporary conference facilities, designed by Lord Foster, for daytime and evening events. Guests and delegates…

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The Science Museum - South West London (SW7 2DD)

If you’re looking for a London event venue with a difference for your next corporate or private event, then look no further. Fashionably located in South Kensington, the…

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University of Manchester Innovation Centre (UMIC) - Manchester (M13 9XX)

As the UK’s second city, Manchester is a perfect destination for your next event.  Located on the Manchester Corridor and part of the University of Manchester (UoM), UMIC…

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Benzie Building at Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester (M15 6BR)

Exceptional customer service, state-of-the-art technology and accessible buildings make Manchester Metropolitan University a great venue for events. Located in the city centre, the University is easily accessible from…

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Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester (M15 6BH)

Exceptional customer service, state-of-the-art technology and accessible buildings make Manchester Metropolitan University a great venue for events. Located in the city centre, the University is easily accessible from…

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Brooks Buildings, Birley at Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester (M15 6GX)

Exceptional customer service, state-of-the-art technology and accessible buildings make Manchester Metropolitan University a great venue for events. Located in the city centre, the University is easily accessible from…

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Royal College of Music - South West London (SW7 2BS)

The Royal College of Music occupies a unique place in the history of musical. Founded in 1882 by The Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII,…

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The People’s Palace - Central London (E1 4NS)

In 2013 Queen Mary, University of London unveiled a £6.3m refurbishment of this much-loved art-deco building to mark the 125th anniversary of the original People’s Palace, home to…

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Emmanuel College Cambridge - Cambridge (CB2 3AP)

Emmanuel College hosts a wide range of events including weddings, conferences, dinners and summer parties for businesses, arts organisations, charities, academics and last, but by no means least,…

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