Willows Training Centre opens its doors

Wyboston Lake’s meetings and conference facility, Willow Training Centre has opened following a £1m investment.

The venue has 13 fully equipped, fully serviced training rooms with natural light, vibrant colours all supported by modern technology.

The training centre is accompanied by 183 ensuite bedrooms complete with their own workspace, and public areas offering a place to rest, shut off after the day and generally have time to yourself.


The Stables launches in Convent Carden

Situated in the heart of Covent Garden and a stone’s throw from Seven Dials, 'The Stables' is a purpose-built event venue and gallery, spanning two floors and a stunning Courtyard.

Boasting modern AV and lighting, breakout rooms, temperature-controlled air conditioning, three-phase power, luxury bathrooms, catering kitchen, floating walls and so much more, this versatile and innovative concept space is aiming to set a new standard for what a venue can offer individuals, businesses and brands.

Other features include easy access to Covent Garden, Holborn and Charing Cross stations, Street level access and a total capacity of 400.


Conrad London St James invited you to work from the hotel

Conrad London St. James, part of Conrad Hotels & Resorts, has launched The Perfect Address - new private offices, transforming select hotel rooms and suites to cater for and align with a new market of customer.

With workspaces from 26sqm available, Conrad London St. James provides spacious, clean and quiet offices, featuring state-of-the-art technology in a central London location.

The bookable private offices start from £75 per hour or £150 per day and come complete with all the workspace and high-tech essentials, from a large desk; complimentary high-speed internet access; Chromecast with 42-inch satellite HDTV; international media hub; Bose Sound System; and two desk phones.


Accor introduces ‘ALL Meet Well’ for meetings and events in Europe

Accor has introduced ‘ALL Meet Well’ policy for meetings.

ALL Meet Well safety procedures include daily cleaning, disinfecting light switches, door handles, chairs, tables, hangers and consoles; vacuum cleaners will be equipped with HEPA filters; and cleaning checklists will be provided to the event organisers prior to meetings taking place.

Accor has also launched the Reconnect initiative to encourage event planners to book. Reconnect offers planners and agents double ALL Meeting Planner Points, flexible meeting space in accordance with government guidelines on social distancing needs and flexible and transparent contracts with applicable Covid-19 clauses (UK hotels).


Exclusive Collection creates ‘meeting pods’ across its venues

Each of Exclusive’s six meeting and event venues has been working to create safe environments for face-to-face meetings and have taken this one step further with the introduction of ‘meeting pods’ or ‘bubbles’.

The dedicated areas of the hotels can be exclusively allocated, limiting access to just one company meeting or event. Dedicated service staff will be assigned to each company event, while sections of bedrooms off a single corridor can be reserved to work hand in hand with conference rooms.


ACC Liverpool launches virtual tour of facilities

ACC Liverpool has created a virtual visitor tour to show the measures the campus has put in place to ensure it is Covid-secure.

The flythrough features new compliance plans, introduced in line with the government-approved ‘All Secure Standard’ and as part of a series of accreditations received including VisitEngland’s We’re Good to Go industry standard and the Meetings Industry Association’s ‘AIM Secure’ standard for business events.

Measures include protective screens at welcome desks; hand sanitisers throughout including wall-mounted and free-standing; one-way systems; anti-viral electrostatic spraying machines; socially distanced meeting rooms and bathrooms as well as new digital and print messaging across the campus.


Hari Hong Kong hotel to open at the end of 2020

Harilela Hotels Ltd has announced the opening of The Hari Hong Kong in Winter 2020.

The hotel comprises 210 guest rooms including three signature rooftop suites showcasing a layered approach to the design created by Tara Bernerd, the founder and CEO of Tara Bernerd & Partners, an international interior architecture and design practice based in London.


Somerset House reopens with the Visit England safety accreditation

Somerset House is now open for small events and to the public. The acting head of commercial events, Lorraine Thorne said: “We’re thrilled to be open again and welcoming people back in a socially acceptable way. At Somerset House we marry art with events so we hope this marks the beginning of some positive return and we can continue to open up further.”

With the estate’s team working during lockdown to ensure the safety of all visitors ahead of its reopening, this venue has been granted the ‘Good to Go’ Covid-19 Industry Standard Certificate in partnership with The National Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Hart Shoreditch Hotel London reopens following February soft launch

Hart Shoreditch Hotel London, a 126-room lifestyle hotel with meetings facilities, from Curio Collection by Hilton in East London is reopening.

Hart Shoreditch general manager Lina Zakzeckyte said: “When we soft launched in February, we barely had a chance to welcome guests before being forced to close like the rest of the hospitality industry.

“We can finally introduce Hart Shoreditch and what makes us different. Not only is it the perfect base for the curious traveller to explore London but we also want to be an integral part of our community and offer a hub for those who live, work and play in the Shoreditch area.”


Exclusive Collection launches new meeting concepts

Exclusive Collection has created Homespace; a new meeting concept, centred around the kitchen table at the Royal Berkshire.

The kitchen-esque design of Homespace reflects the current working from home reality and gives businesses the option of a less formal atmosphere for meetings and get-togethers.

The space aims to strike a chord of familiarity with those who use it, helping to break down barriers and encourage collaboration after months of siloed working. Homespace is available to book from 26 August when the hotel reopens.