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We have some wonderful Clients....!

26th March 2015

We've just had this from one of our lovely Clients at JISC......

"Hi Robert.  I know I have said it before, but I will say it again, your team - in particular Mel, are fantastic.  I have just said out loud 'The Conference People are amazing' which I don't often do so a big thank you as always for your support." 

So, if you want to experience our top class free venue finding service - give us a call for your next event!  Even the call is free! 0800 849 1042!


Introducing: Sophie Shepherd - Business Development Executive

16th March 2015

Hi, I’m Sophie

2015 has already been a really exciting year as I have now started my new role as Business Development Executive at The Conference People.  Even though I have only been here a couple of months now, I feel right at home.  The team are really friendly and everyone has been so very helpful and patient with the little newbie.

I have always been a people person and I have always been passionate about the hospitality and service industry.  I grew up in Henley on Thames and my first job was at the age of 14 years old in the local village pub, The Crooked Billet.  I loved waitressing in this gastro pub and caught the hospitality bug at a young age.  After university in Glasgow, I ended up staying in Scotland because although it was miserable weather, it felt like my new home.  I started looking after the meetings and events department at Abode Hotels in Glasgow and thankfully the management team saw potential and my career progressed from there!  I learnt so much from the hotel and worked in each department to gain an understanding on how the hotel industry works.  After a few years hard labour under my belt I went to go work as Meetings and Events manager at 29 Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow.  It’s such a prestigious venue and is famous for its Grill Room restaurant that overlooks the beautiful square, there’s also a nightclub, two cocktail bars, an outside terrace and four private function rooms!  The place was like a maze and I was certainly kept busy… I even served Paolo Nutini, Rod Stewart, Gordon Ramsay and even the PM Tony Blair!  Life was good but I got itchy feet in my early 20’s and decided it was time to explore the world.  Australia was calling me; I bid farewell to my friends and family to go venture down under with my friend Emily.  What a fantastic year of discovering new places, so many highlights it’s hard to narrow it all down.  In order to sustain my adventure, I worked in various cocktail bars and fine dining restaurants in Brisbane. Cocktails, food and sunshine.  What more could a girl want?  Sadly, my visa expired after a year and it was time to come back to reality and move back to the UK.

I decided to settle down in Brighton, (I must have been missing the seaside) and it instantly felt like home.  I got a job as manager in a lovely gastro pub called the Preston Park Tavern which funnily enough is now my local pub!  The then owner of the venue, Andrew Coggins used to be the old GM at the Grand so he had very high standards.  He knew that I wanted to progress my career so it came as no shock to him when I told him I got a new job but to his surprise I left him for his previous employer…. the De Vere Grand Hotel, Brighton.  I joined the team as deputy restaurant and room service manager.  When I joined the iconic hotel in 2011 the hotel had not undergone the huge £7million refurbishment it has today.  I absolutely adored my operational role at the Grand, no day was the same!  One day, I could be serving Mr and Mrs Smith breakfast, the next I could be looking after a private dinner and you should always expect to polish cutlery in this industry.  The hours could be long so I decided to review what my career goal because I wanted to spend more time with my partner, step children, family and friends.  I love working in events so when a job became available within the sales office, I was quick to express my interest to the GM Andrew Mosley. I joined the conference and events office in January 2013 (after the Christmas madness in the restaurant…) as event coordinator.  I progressed quickly and was looking after the larger clients, one of which was Penguin Random House which was organised by The Conference People.  I had worked with the team before when I was in a more operational role so it was great liaising with them to ensure the conference was yet again success from the administrative side!  When the hotel was changing hands in 2014 I decided it was time to move on and everyone at the hotel was extremely supportive.  The Grand taught me so many important skills and it really was a stepping stone for me; countless tales and so many great friends.  I joined the team at The Conference People this year and am looking forward to the new challenges ahead.  I am eager to get stuck in and continue developing the great relationships I have established throughout the years.

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Spotlight on..... Burford Bridge

22nd January 2015

Nestled in the stunning North Downs sits the wonderful four star Burford Bridge Hotel. Burford Bridge has recently undergone a refreshment, and is looking fantastic! Check out the pictures in our Gallery.  

All of the 57 bedrooms have everything you need whether you're at the Burford Bridge for business or pleasure.  If you're staying in one of the Privilege Rooms; enjoy a Nespresso coffee whilst you read your complimentary newspaper.

Fancy a dip?  The hotel has an outdoor pool which is heated - so no excuse not to get your early morning swim in.  
The conference facilities are excellent, and we've had some really positive feedback from our Clients. The Tithe Barn, with its exposed oak beams makes for a unique setting for your next conference.  It can comfortably seat 200 theatre style, 220 for a dinner.  The hotel has a total of eight conference rooms - great for events which need break-out space. 

If this is what you're looking for; give our Venue Finding team a call today! 01323 644644.