Keeping up with the Joneses in Shoreditch

The Jones Family Project, a multi-faceted independent restaurant and bar in Shoreditch, is available for corporate hire and Christmas bookings. Able to accommodate up to 200 guests at a seated dinner or 500 guests within the whole venue, The Jones Family Project is suitable for events from private dinners and awards ceremonies to corporate events and private parties. Menus can be tailored with bespoke themes, signature colours or personalised cocktails. The venue is available in its entirety or, for more intimate affairs; it offers private areas in its Ground Floor Bar, Orange Room and Green Room, as well as semi-private areas on The Tree Table and the Pop-Up Table.

Regus to open centres in two new locations

Regus is to open its second and third business centres in Leicester and Aberdeen respectively to meet growing demand for flexible places to work. The new centre in Leicester opens mid-October and features an attractive top-floor terrace overlooking the city, just a short walk from the train station. The Aberdeen location will open later in the year at the rapidly expanding ABZ Business Park next to Aberdeen Airport. Both centres will provide a range of fully-equipped workspace options and business services, including a business lounge, part-time and Virtual Offices, serviced offices, meeting rooms and video conferencing.

Latest phase of £2.3m revamp at ACC Liverpool

ACC Liverpool has completed the latest phase of its two-year refurbishment plan. The recent developments at the venue, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and, from next year, Exhibition Centre Liverpool, include the redesign of the BT Convention Centre’s galleria and central atrium. New facilities such as organiser offices and meeting rooms have been added, including a new boardroom facility sponsored by E.ON. The coffee shop - now known as 1207 Coffee, after the year Liverpool was founded - has also undergone a complete refurbishment and expansion, offering a coffee blend unique to ACC Liverpool, thanks to in-house caterers Centerplate UK. Other changes include an increase in the capacity of the cloakroom, new furniture in public areas and updated technical equipment.

High time for upgrade at Highlands resort

Macdonald Aviemore Resort in the Cairngorm National Park is to invest more than £1 million in its Academy Hotel and Aviemore Inn accommodations as the four-star resort aims to position itself as Scotland’s leading leisure and conference destination. The work will see 108 bedrooms within the Academy Hotel and up to 80 bedrooms within the nearby Aviemore Inn upgraded from January next year. These latest development plans come just months after the resort completed a £1.6 million investment in bedroom refurbishments at the Highlands Hotel, where 98 bedrooms were restyled to executive standard. In July the resort also opened the 1500 sqm, £600,000 Aviemore Activity Centre.

Middle Temple raises the bar with relaunch

London's Middle Temple will reopen its Rutledge Suite next month with a champagne breakfast launch. Its seven rooms can be configured for daytime conferences, meetings and events for up to 60 delegates, and lunch can be taken in adjoining breakout rooms or in the grand Elizabethan Hall below. Middle Temple Hall, one of the four ancient Inns of Court near Embankment, has also upgraded the AV and Wi-Fi offerings in the book-lined suite to enable many devices to connect to the internet at once. New day delegate rates and menus will also be unveiled next month. To request an invitation to the launch, call the events team on 020 7427 4820.

Say Halle to new Manchester church venue

The Concerto Group has launched Hallé St. Peter’s, a brand new event space in the centre of Manchester. Set in a Grade II listed church in the resurgent area of Ancoats, Hallé St. Peter’s is a historic venue for cor-porate and private events. Following a multi-million pound refurbishment the deconsecrated church has been transformed into a flexible space for entertaining up to 230 guests, complete with high ceilings and unique original features. Concerto offers fully inclusive event packages, incorporating catering, drinks, staffing, entertainment and free Wi-Fi. Accommodation will also soon be available at nearby boutique hotel Hotel Gotham, due to open next spring.

New rooms at Hedsor House after £1m refurb

Clients hiring Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire will soon be able to stay at the Georgian mansion thanks to a £1 million refurbishment programme. The 13 revamped bedrooms will be available from spring next year and will only be hired on an exclusive basis. Hedsor House features eight meeting rooms with natural daylight and far-reaching views. The air-conditioned ballroom can seat 140 or 180 theatre-style and has French doors opening onto the gardens. The grand hall can host private dinners for up to 140 people or intimate weddings for 60. Cocktail parties for up to 400 can be staged and the grounds provide a stunning setting for marquees accommodating up to 1,500.

Scrum down for meetings at home of the Chiefs

Sandy Park, the home of rugby union club Exeter Chiefs, has undergone a £10 million facelift, adding more than 1,200 sqm of event space. The capacity of the Devon stadium’s West Grandstand has been doubled for both match days and for use throughout the week. A new East Terrace has also been added, while four main function rooms have been doubled in size to meet with increased demand, allowing the venue to accommodate events of up to 1,500 people. Event space has also been boosted by the addition of six new executive boxes.

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