Lancaster Conferences joins Venues of Excellence

Lancaster Conferences has joined Venues of Excellence as its latest member, increasing the number of venues in the portfolio to 34.

This university campus-based venue is surrounded by 360 acres of parkland and offers conferencing for up to 800 delegates suitable for all budgets. Three key venues have joined the Venues of Excellence portfolio: Green Lane Conference Centre, Forrest Hills and The Great Hall. Across these three venues, Lancaster Conferences offers a wide range of flexible venue space and outstanding conferencing facilities.

Green Lane Conference Centre is a purpose-built venue offering 14 meeting rooms for up to 100 delegates. This is an ideal venue for events with multiple breakout sessions.

Forest Hills is the newest venue at Lancaster conferences and has the ‘wow’ factor with 180 acres of countryside, 2 meetings rooms, an 11 hole golf course and a4 acre fishing lake.

The Great Hall is part of the main University building and seats up to 800 delegates, making it the ideal space for large conferences and seminars.

Mandy Jennings, Sales Director for Venues of Excellence, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Lancaster Conferences as the 34th member venue of Venues of Excellence.  As a top 10 University the academic facilities at Lancaster offer a variety of high quality, flexible meeting spaces across the campus, including their purpose built Conference Centre which is available all year round, suitable for or up to 100 people and only 5 minutes from junction 33 of the M6. The Great Hall has held many historic events over the years for Lancaster University, accommodating up to 800 delegates, with the versatile hall that can be used as a meeting, exhibition or dining space.

“A new addition to Lancaster Conferences is the Forrest Hills facility situated on the edge of the Forest of Bowland in a naturally beautiful, country setting that can be used for meetings, conferences, corporate events and management training. We believe Lancaster Conferences are an excellent addition to our portfolio and helps us provide our clients with an excellent facility in the North West of England.”

Chris Jarvis, Business Development Manager at Lancaster Conferences says, “At Lancaster Conferences we are looking to increase our presence in the meetings market and felt that Venues of Excellence offered us the opportunity to project our venues as a quality product offering excellence in meeting facilities. We also felt membership would allow us to attend a number of trade shows and exhibitions at a shared reduced cost and allow us sales and marketing opportunities that would be difficult to do as an individual unit on a limited budget.

“Since joining we have seen that Venues of Excellence is all this and more. There is a real culture that allows sharing of ideas & best practice across all areas of the business (Procurement, F&B, etc.) over and above the sales and marketing opportunities. In addition, we have received 4 leads in the first 2 weeks of membership with 2 that are real possibilities.

“There is also a wide range of training and development courses that are specifically designed for our industry needs.

“We have attended the Venues of Excellence Annual Conference which was excellent and very informative. It has been a very good start to our Venues of Excellence membership.”

Venues of Excellence is the leading collection of exceptional venues delivering excellence in conferences, training and events.  The consortium has 34 venues with a geographical footprint of Scotland to the south of England.  Venues of Excellence was rebranded from Conference Centres of Excellence in June 2016 and has been operating within the hospitality sector for over 28 years.