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There are a wide range of different types of venues available for hosting meetings and conferences in the UK. These vary in size and design from small meeting rooms in the heart of the city to well-appointed country houses that have been adapted to serve as conference venues, and from museums and university facilities to racetracks and football stadiums. Finally, of course, there are dedicated conference and exhibition centres, and these may well be the preferred option for really large gatherings. Whatever your conference needs, though, contemporary venues can often be an excellent choice, as you can be sure that they will be able to meet your requirements and help your important event go off without a hitch. Contemporary venues for conventions and seminars can cover a very wide range of locations, from hotels and exhibition centres to sports grounds. However, for the purposes of this article we will concentrate on a couple of different types of contemporary venue: conference and exhibition centres, on the one hand, and sports facilities and racetracks on the other. While this encompasses quite a wide spread of different types of venue, they tend to have a number of similarities in common that make them great choices for your conventions or meetings. Conference centres are a popular place to site business conventions and exhibitions, for obvious reasons. Conference centres are by their nature set up to welcome large numbers of people, and better conference venues will have a wide range of rooms to suit all sizes of gathering. This may include using the main hall for a large plenary session and then the use of breakout rooms for smaller seminars or presentations. In addition, many contemporary venues have rooms that can be reconfigured at short notice thanks to the use of modular furniture and specially fitted partitions. So, for example, a large auditorium can be split in two quickly and easily, simply by closing the partition between the two halves saving on costs and improving the acoustics of the hall if you don't require the full room, or allowing you to run two large presentations simultaneously. This flexibility also applies to smaller seminar and meeting rooms. Contemporary venues are set up specifically to allow you to configure these rooms to your specifications. Lightweight tables and chairs are moveable and stackable for ease of use; so, for example, the same room can be set up in a boardroom layout in the morning to hold a meeting, and then be converted into a theatre-style format over lunch in order to host a video presentation in the afternoon. Some of these facilities may be on offer in other types of venues, but contemporary venues tend to be able to handle these issues with greater flexibility; after all, this is what they've been designed to do. This can save on space and budget, allowing you to book one room, say, where you might have expected to require two or three. As you would expect, contemporary venues are normally equipped with all the modern technology that companies require when holding conferences. These include not just the obvious audiovisual aids and projection equipment, but also good telecommunications links and video or Internet conferencing facilities for those who require them. It's important to check before booking, of course, but you will find that many contemporary venues offer such state-of-the-art technology as standard. The final major boon of contemporary venues like conference centres is that they tend to be sited in locations readily accessible to both private and public transport. Major exhibitions centres will have plentiful car parking, and typically be close to bus and train stations and the like. Don't underestimate the importance of this; for someone who has to drive for five hours to get to your chosen location, the last thing they want to have to do is get stuck in a one-way system for half an hour and then find there's nowhere to park. The same applies to different types of contemporary venue such as sports stadia and racetracks. In contrast to many conference centres, these are often sited on the outskirts of town, but also tend to boast good transport links and parking facilities. For this reason, if nothing else, they are always worth considering for your conferences and PR events. However, they also provide ancillary benefits. Taking your team building events to a racecourse, for example, provides you with an easy way to reward your staff for their hard work over the course of year. Hold your meetings and seminars in the morning, enjoy a lunch overlooking the racetrack, and relax in the afternoon with a flutter on a couple of likely looking thoroughbreds. This allows you to combine work with pleasure, which is a great way to improve productivity and job satisfaction in the long run. Contemporary venues have a number of advantages, both in terms of accessibility and flexibility, and offer a professional service to companies looking to host meetings and seminars both big and small.
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