How to encourage delegates to stay until the end of your event

14 September 2021

There’s no getting around it: watching your audience decrease as your event progresses is pretty disheartening. You’ve spent days on the planning process, organising your catering, co-ordinating speakers, scouting out venues – only to watch delegates slip away hour by hour. Post-tea break, and the first escapees have made a dash for it; as rush […]

How to source the best temporary staff for your events

08 September 2021

At Congress Centre, we’ve witnessed a whole range of events: from large-scale annual conferences of 500 to 20-person director meetings, fashion shows to exhibitions, film shoots to dancing dinners — we’ve hosted them all! All this variety means no two days in the event industry are the same, but, when it comes to staffing, it […]

How your venue choice could save you money when planning an event

21 April 2021

It’s no secret the last year has been tough on us all. The events, leisure and hospitality sector has been one of the hardest hit and whilst we know the industry is raring to get going again, there’s a risk that smaller budgets might become a buzzkill for many in the coming months. That means […]

The roadmap back to events: Re-building delegate confidence

22 March 2021

By the time all restrictions on events are lifted later this year, it will have been more than 15 months since most of us attended an event (and that’s the best-case scenario!). But imagine for a moment you’re preparing to attend your first event as a delegate tomorrow: after 12+ months of non-stop warnings, being […]

Unique backdrops through time: London venue for filming

09 February 2021

From the 50s & 60s to the modern day. With venues looking like they’ll have to remain closed for a little bit longer, that means the activities we’re able to host are limited to essential education and training events, alongside photography and film productions. We know that across London there’s been an increase in venues […]

January 2021 events from around the world

21 January 2021

It’s no secret that 2021 hasn’t been the fresh start we were hoping for. With the UK back in national lockdown, we’re seeing tight limits on what type of events are able to go ahead. As an event venue, we know the ins and outs of what’s allowed and can say with confidence there is […]

10 ways 2020 has changed live events forever

12 November 2020

1. The world has gotten used to video comms When face-to-face meetings and chats suddenly became off-limits in March, we all had to get to grips with video calls and set-up makeshift home offices. Now, we might have had enough Zooms to last a lifetime, but a wider understanding of it has opened up endless […]

A user’s guide to hybrid events at Congress Centre

05 October 2020

The concept of hybrid events isn’t a new one, but it’s certainly becoming an important part of the event industry. Combining live and virtual elements allows event organisers to increase the reach of their events and allow more guests to attend thanks to easily-accessible streaming platforms – the sky really is the limit: your chosen […]

Congress Centre to host major virtual event, 152nd annual TUC conference

04 September 2020

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) are the official federation of trade unions in England and Wales. For 2020, it has confirmed Congress Centre will be the host venue for it’s 152nd annual Congress, where it will take place as a virtual event over the 14 – 15 September. Thousands of TUC members are expected to […]

Tips for managing events with social distancing

24 August 2020

If there wasn’t enough to think about in planning events before, organisers now have to arrange safety measures and ensure social distancing at their events for the foreseeable future. It’s something that is new to us all, but if anyone can handle a challenge it’s event professionals! Even with new guidance about hosting events being […]