..AND THE WINNERS OF THE 7TH ANNUAL COOL VENUE AWARDS ARE....

 

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To discover who are the winners from the 7th annual COOL Venue Awards at the COOLest night in the events industry,  visit http://www.coolvenueawards.com/the-winners-of-the-2014-cool-venue-awards/

 

For the full list of nominees, visit http://www.coolvenueawards.com/nominations/ 

 
DUE TO PUBLIC DEMAND: NEW 2014 DATES FOR PRESTIGE EVENTS' 20/20 SPEED NETWORKING EVENTS ANNOUNCED!

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What a year 2013 has been!

Prestige Events magazine celebrated it's 10th birthday, the 6th annual COOL Venue Awards was attended by 987 of the COOLest people in the events industry and were viewed by a global audience of 250,000+ and emerged as Twitter's top trending item on 28.2.13.....and our 20/20 Speed Networking hosted it's 30th (!) b2b event in just over 2 years making us the undisputed leader in bringing event buyers and suppliers together.

 

DUE TO DEMAND FROM BUYERS AND SUPPLIERS FOR MORE 20/20 SPEED NETWORKING EVENTS, WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT FOUR MORE DATES AND EVENT THEMES BEEN ADDED TO THE 2014 CALENDAR!

 

For more details and the event calendar, visit http://www.2020speednetworking.com/event-calendar/ 

 

 

 
...AND THE WINNERS OF THE 6TH ANNUAL COOL VENUE AWARDS ARE...

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Last night saw the 6th Annual Cool Venue awards at The Ministry of Sound. Not only was it the biggest awards done, but also one of the most decadent and fun. We aimed to bring the party back into events experience. Judging by the photos and vids on the #CoolVenueAwards hashtag, that is certainly the case.

The real reason we were all there is to celebrate the COOLest venues. Here are the ones who really go that extra mile in delivering an experience to their guests. 

Congratulations and well done to you all!

COOLest Hotel Chain: Radisson Edwardian

COOLest Venue Portfolio: Late Night London

COOLest Independent Hotel: Hoxton Hotel

COOLest Country House: Luton Hoo

COOLest Boutique Hotel: Bulgari, London

COOLest On-Water venue: HMS Belfast

COOLest Sporting Venue: Emirates Stadium

COOLest Museum/Gallery: London Film Museum

COOLest Conference / Expo Centre: De Vere Holborn Bars

COOLest for Galas: Ministry of Sound

COOLest Restaurant: Gilgamesh

COOLest Bar/Club: Fabric

COOLest for Film Premiere After-Parties: Kensington Roof Gardens

COOLest Spa: The May Fair

COOLest for Corporate Fun: Top Golf

COOLest for Awards Ceremonies: RSC Stratford-Upon-Avon

COOLest for Small Meetings: W Hotel, London

COOLest for AGM’S: The Savoy

COOLest for Product Launches: Saatchi Gallery

COOLest for Receptions: Sushisamba at Heron Tower

COOLest for Outdoor Events: Warwick Castle

COOLest Members Club Now Open For Events: 40/30 at The Gherkin

COOLest Venue Launch in 2012: Tobacco Dock

COOLest Temporary Structure: The Pavilion at The Tower of London

COOLest Overseas Venue: Disneyland Paris

COOLest Venue Architecture: St Pancras Renaissance

COOLest Historic Venue: Blenheim Palace

The Arthur Somerset Lifetime Achievement Award for Exampling Event Charisma: Mike Kershaw

 
STOP PRESS: Nominees for the 6th annual COOL Venue Awards (28.2.13 at Ministry of Sound)
 
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SO, WHO'S COOL??

WHICH VENUE'S GAVE OUR JUDGING PANEL OF WRITERS, PEERS, AND CORPORATE BUYERS THE GOOSEBUMPS OVER THE PAST YEAR?

Only one magazine has addressed the need for event cool for the past five years.
 
You ask yourself, how do you get the hairs up on the necks of your attendees?
In fact, how do you ensure they respond to your invite?
 
A cool venue guarantees they turn up enthusiasitically. Fact.

SO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO MADE THE SHORTLIST OF NOMINEES FOR WHAT WILL IS THE COOLEST TICKET IN CORPORATE EVENTS, THEN READ ON...
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5th Annual COOL Venues Awards - EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS FROM THE AWARDS

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Only one magazine has addressed the need for event cool for the past five years.

 

You ask yourself, how do you get the hairs up on the necks of your attendees?

In fact, how do you ensure they respond to your invite?

 

A cool venue guarantees they turn up enthusiasitically. Fact.

 

So on a cool early spring night, 400 of the COOLest people in the events industry came out to the incredible Shaka Zulu for Prestige Events magazine's 5th annual COOL Venues Awards and discover who were the UK's and Europe's COOLest and most glamourous and charismatic event venues in 2011.

Sponsored by Mont Blanc, Grey Goose Vodka, Asahi Beer, MCL , and EFX Corporate Awards & Trophies, they guzzled free champagne and cocktails, and sampled the delights of Shaka Zulu's unrivalled chef before a swift and slick awards presentation that was followed by a crowd throing the craziest shapes to the world's 2nd best soul/funk/disco DJ Peter Poyton (source: djlist.com), X-Factor's Jon Wilding (almost 1 million youtube hits), and Urban Soul Orchestra

Did we have to kick them out like last year after last orders and carriages had been called? Is the Pope a Catholic?

 

Enjoy the photos...

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The COOL Venues Awards would also like to unreservedly thank it's other sponsors (in no particular order of importance) without whom's expertise and support we could not have once again produced an evening that lives on the memories of those who attended:

Boko Creative  - the UK's freshest video/film production company (Coca Cola and Jam - eson, etc, would have in that too!)

Megabooth  - COOL enough for Prince Charles and The BRITS. COOL enough for us

Matt Chung Photo  - The unlaziest photographer you'll ever find

Sharp Printing Solutions -  Producers of stunning backdrops and sponsors walls

Red Snapper Net   - We haven't used anybody else for our event registrations systems that impresses us as much. Enough said?

Londonlaunch  - Led by the energetic duo of Will Broome (who you can never get hold off), and Peter Heath.

Caxton Manor -  Banke Laycock take a stand. If your event needs smiles, energy, and delivery, GO CAXTON!

 

and a special thank you to magnificent team at London's COOLest restaurant and event space, Shaka Zulu , led by the amazing Samantha Pettifer, and a last thank you to The Cumberland Hotel for accomodating our special guests.

 

NEED TO REMIND YOURSELF OF THE RESULTS? CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 
Time To Face The Music - When Things Go Wrong

 

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Time to face the music - when things go wrong!”
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I was hiding in the toilet cubicle.
 
It’s fair to say that this music event which had been filmed for a major network had not gone to plan.  A slight miscalculation with the dry ice machine and the power sockets had meant the guests, among them a fair smattering of big name celebrities, had narrowly escaped being electrocuted on their way in. My event co-ordinator and I, who’d organised the event, had envisaged a dramatic entrance, where awestruck party-goers would drift down a black-out tunnel, lit only with the dimmest of low-level lighting and atmospheric dry ice rising up eerily from the ground. Instead , the dry ice machine had leaked in a gloopy puddle all over the floor, and the low-level lighting, which had all been plugged in through the same socket ( dangerously close to the rising puddle of water) had shorted, leaving the guests to pick their way gingerly through the murky, slightly damp-smelling darkness, down a partially-flooded passageway.

 

 

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COOL Region: On Tour in Warwickshire

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An eye-opener!

 

Where we went:

Warwickshire’s Stratford-upon-Avon, and Royal Leamington Spa. Otherwise known as Shakespeare’s Country, sitting prominently in the UK’s West Midlands region, Warwickshire is a second home-from-home for the Prestige Events team. From the Battle of Edgehill in the English Civil War via the Industrial Revolution, Warwickshire has always been ‘in the middle of it’, excusing the pun.

We could talk about the many event venues the region has to offer such as Edgbaston Cricket Ground, or the Ricoh Arena, but in the interests of your time-sensitivity we profile two very different venues that we road-tested: Mallory Court Hotel, and the RSC

 

 

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Case Study: COOL Ideas For Teambuilding


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Teambuilding & Corporate Fun Days:  A justified spend

 

Comment by Nicky Upton, Head of Corporate Events, Merlin Southern Parks

 

Since the recession budgets haven’t been what they were during the ‘golden years’ of the events industry. With cuts significantly reducing budgets organisers are increasingly asked to do more with less and in turn suppliers and venues are required to do the same. The economic climate has produced a shift in the needs of teambuilding events, no longer do organisers pick the desired package and turn up for it on the day. With low budgets organisers want value for money and to see measureable results: ROI. Adaptable strategically focused activities that are tailored to the specific needs of the company that will genuinely help employees improve in their day to day tasks are also a requirement.

 

Teambuilding and corporate family fun days are seen by many companies as an integral part of the business as some employees face pay freezes

 

 

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FINAL RESULTS! 5TH ANNUAL COOL VENUES AWARDS

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There IS ONLY ONE EVENT INDUSTRY AWARD that showcases the X-factor

One minute you are COOL, the next minute you are not.

COOL is a matter of opinion. It is perhaps the greatest currency you can possess; whether you are running for President, or pitching for the next big event! It is what gives an events venue the position of strength when negotiating with an event organiser. The COOL Venues Awards, an entirely unique and defining accolade, were developed in 2007 by Wesley Mendy of Prestige Events magazine to recognise an unsung and largely influential element that emerges in the process of planning a corporate event – How exciting is the venue? Will the invitees RSVP? Will they turn up?

In the current economic climate, the pressure on an event organiser is even more apparent. The need for an event venue to gain the chance to position itself aside form it’s rivals has more emphasis than ever before.

Every corporate event organiser strives to ensure their next event is THE hot ticket. AND SO ONTO THE FINAL RESULTS....

 

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