Venue Hire; Horses for courses
There are many different kinds of events for which one may need a venue.
Everything depends on the kind of event that is being planned. A wedding reception or a sit down banquet requires usually a large flat hall with a wooden floor. Extensive kitchen facilities, parking and a reception area with a bar on hand are all essential. Depending on the size some form of sound equipment will be essential, although often a wedding party will hire a disco which usually brings its own equipment.
Of course there are multiple specialized wedding venues, from Castles in Scotland to the SS Great Britain, from a Barge cruising on the Thames through London, to a dinner dance at one of London's famous hotels. A lot depends on the budget, the number of guests expected and what the planners envisage and have agreed.
But there are many other events that do not require such facilities; Conferences, lectures, private screenings, Award ceremonies and product launches to name but a few. There is a large supply of specialized Conference venues in the UK. One has only to check the yellow pages and many jump out.
Type in the query "Conference venues near London" into the search box of yell.com and there are 342 results from hotels in Marble Arch to a Farmstead in Essex, from an Imax theatre near the South Bank to facilities at Lords Cricket Ground to name just a few from the first page.
What one selects is obviously dependent on a number of factors, budget being one of the most critical but also location desired is important. If one is giving a conference for people working in Reading for example it would be reasonable to suppose that most of them live reasonably close and so it would be contra-indicated to use Lords Cricket Ground or even Marble Arch as access for those people would be inconvenient to say the least. One had far better find a venue near Reading. The same would apply to place like Oxford.
The specialized conference venues, as opposed to general venues that could be adapted for this kind of event, tend to require quit a large budget and a good deal of forward planning. This of course doesn't help if you have just invented, developed or imported a brand new widget that is going to be in high demand. It is now early November and you want to launch it at once and then do a road show to get wholesalers in Oxford, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool to stock this widget in time for the Christmas rush.
In that even this kind of venue is unlikely to be available or suitable.
But what about one of the cinemas in the multiplexes around and about. Odeon has launched an enterprise where they are offering their various screens for Venue Hire. The big advantage is that everything for a product launch is already set up, The auditoriums are comfortable, there is state of the art audio equipment already installed and a large screen and good acoustics.
If it is a road show you are planning Odeon has more than 100 venues country wide and arrangements can be made to deliver one in Crawley on Monday Milton Keynes on Tuesday, Oxford on Wednesday, Birmingham Thursday and so on.
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