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Sodexo reports increase in demand for small meeting rooms

Sodexo Sports & Leisure has reported an increase in demand for small meeting rooms from space-strapped businesses keen to interact with clients and colleagues face to face.

Sodexo, which partners with sports stadia, galleries, museums and tourist attractions across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, takes enquiries from event bookers through a central sales hub. The team has noticed a growing trend for meeting rooms for around 20 delegates or fewer.

Sodexo UK sales hub manager Tracey McDade said: “This indicates two things. It shows that businesses are recognising the value of personal – rather than digital – communication and it also shows that, where many companies used to have spare, on-site office space, that is now at a premium.”

Sodexo is the latest venue provider to have noted an increase in demand for small meetings. Last year’s Global Planner Sourcing Report released by Cvent noted that in the EMEA region meetings of one to 20 attendees have increased by 13 per cent year on year, while larger events (101-500) have fallen significantly from 44 per cent to 28 per cent. And in the UK, venuedirectory.com estimates that nearly three quarters of events held in the UK welcome 30 delegates or fewer.

Sodexo’s portfolio comprises more than 50 UK venues, including Scotland’s national stadium Hampden Park, Belfast’s national football stadium Windsor Park, Bateaux London, The Crystal and Brighton’s AMEX stadium. Each has a variety of conferencing and events spaces that are available for everything from private dining and team building events to large scale gala dinners and award ceremonies.

While demand for large spaces has remained healthy, it is the smaller ones which are enjoying a surge in popularity and businesses increasingly value the importance of stepping away from their place of work when catching up with colleagues or clients in a different environment.

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