Become a screen star at South Lodge

Colleagues can connect around the world at South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel in West Sussex, with its new video conferencing suite. The high-tech addition means up to 20 delegates to communicate and share content at the click of a button in luxury surroundings. The hote's Arundel Suite, which features the latest AMX Enzo system, is available to use as part of both day delegate and 24-hour rates to suit businesses’ needs. Day delegate packages include homemade treats, 10mb Wi-Fi connection and lunch at the Camellia restaurant, while those opting for a 24-hour package will receive luxury overnight accommodation at the hotel.

Put your team behind bars in Oxford

Jailbreak, a new team building game at Oxford Castle Unlocked, challenges participants to break out of a real prison cell. Participants will be provided with details of a case from 1952 when Oxford’s finest detectives were confounded by the disappearance of prisoner number D42. The group will have just one hour to solve the ingenious puzzles and clues left behind in order to make their escape.
Oxford Castle Unlocked is a 1,000-year-old castle, which was also used as a place of incarceration for over 800 years, until the closure of Her Majesty’s Prison Oxford in 1996. The attraction also offers a 40-minute guided tour with a costumed character from the castle’s history, exploring the Saxon stone-built St. George’s Tower, the atmospheric crypt and the preserved prison wing. Each one hour Jailbreak session costs £54 and is suitable for teams of between three and five people.

Regus Express roll-out continues apace

Regus has opened a drop-in business lounge and meeting rooms at Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield and Broughton Shopping Park in Chester, catering for local retailers and mobile workers. Further Regus Express locations are planned for Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park in Edinburgh and Drake Circus in Plymouth. The business lounges offer a workspace with secure Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, co-working spaces, private workstations called ‘Thinkpods’ and complimentary refreshments. The meeting rooms can be booked by the hour and are expected to be used by retailers based at the shopping centres as a location for team and management meetings.

Royal College of Physicians gets a facelift

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) re-opens its Platt room today following a £50,000 facelift. The event space, in London's Camden district, has a capacity of between 80–140 guests and can be used for drinks receptions, dining and barbecue events, taking advantage of the room’s large sliding windows which open onto the RCP’s Medicinal Garden. Fitted out in stylish grey to provide a canvas for client branding, the décor includes a range of original black and white images of the Grade I-listed building in the 1960s to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

Super AV technology boost for Butlins

Butlins has invested £240,000 in AV technology which puts its three coastal resorts in the same league as the Super Bowl. The venues are among the first in the UK to install Q spot equipment and the award-winning Clay Paky B-eye lighting: the same light technology used at the world-famous Super Bowl half-time show. The investment in its tech offering follows a £180,000 revamp of Bognor Regis’ Shoreline Conference Centre in 2013, and forns part of £5 million worth of investment in venues across all three resorts in Skegness and Minehead, as well as Bognor Regis, this year alone.

Royal Society opens library to event planners

The Royal Society - the UK’s national academy of science - is moving its library to a new location at its central London venue and is opening a new meeting space to cope with growing demand for events. At the same time it is refurbishing its kitchen and enhancing a new library space at a combined cost of more than £2 million. All three will be operational this September. Once refurbished the new Library Room - which overlooks The Mall - will accommodate between 50-100 guests and join the 12 existing rooms at the society that can host parties numbering between 10 and 300.

Ibis brings two new hotels to Cheshire

Economy hotel group ibis is bringing two new ibis budget hotels to the north west this summer, with the opening of ibis budget Warrington Lymm and ibis budget Knutsford. Ibis budget Knutsford is located just off the M6 in Knutsford and hosts 32 cocoon rooms. Ibis budget Warrington at Lymm Services, is based in the heart of Cheshire just off the M6/M56 and has 61 cocoon rooms. Each ibis budget hotel offers 24/7 check-in, a flat-screen TV in each room with a wide range of channels, free Wi-Fi and the large, ergonomically-engineered Sweet Bed by ibis.

New event spaces at Imperial War Museum

IWM London, the flagship venue for Imperial War Museums, opens on 19 July. With a spectacular new atrium designed by Norman Foster’s architectural firm, the venue will feature a hanging gallery in the rooftop providing dramatic views of the floors beneath. The reconfigured atrium and a new suspended gallery in the rooftop will both be available to hire for evening events. The central atrium space will be able to hold 340 people for a reception and 270 for a dinner. There will also be small meeting rooms available. The redevelopment of the building also involves the installation of new displays and large iconic objects.

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