Buckinghamshire conference centre enters 50th year on a high

One of the UK’s first purpose-built conference centres, Land End Conference Centre in Buckinghamshire, has started its 50th year in business on a high.

The centre, which is currently undergoing an expansion of its catering areas, finished 2018 celebrating a 69 per cent increase in referrals and a five per cent increase in revenue.

Following a rebrand in 2005 and major refurbishment work in 2011, the site now houses 32 conference spaces and meeting rooms, as well as 111 en-suite bedrooms.

Now, the residential conference centre is gearing up to mark its Golden Anniversary milestone with a year-long programme of showcase events and celebrations with customers, agents and staff.

Mike Gough, director of operations at Lane End Conference Centre, said: “We’re extremely proud to be celebrating our 50th anniversary – an impressive milestone in the history of our business.

“The industry has changed so much in the last half-a-century, with huge enhancements in technology  and the wants and needs of delegates evolving dramatically, from how they want to book conference and events space through to the extra touches that make their experience special.

“At Lane End we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game when it comes to what our customers want and that’s been evident in our 2018 achievements.

“Last year saw us attract repeat business from 72 percent of our customer base – an increase on the previous year and great recognition of the work our team puts into delivering top quality conferences and events.”

The conference centre first opened in 1969 as the ‘Wycombe Centre for Management Studies’. The site initially comprised of two buildings – Wycombe Hall and Wycombe Court – before expanding in 1979 to open Wycombe Lodge – the largest and most private residential building.

Over the decades the property has expanded further to offer amenities including a nine-hole golf complex, a sports complex, a 140m2 outdoor team-building area and fitness trail.

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