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We believe that Coventry and Warwickshire is the perfect destination to hold any business event. However, there is more to organising an event than selecting a location and a venue and our team of enthusiasts creates a range of blogs, reviews and articles to help you get the most out of your conference, event or meeting. Read more below.


Belgrade Campaign Given Business Boost [News]

Belgrade Campaign Given Business Boost [News]

The fundraising campaign to support the development of Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre has taken a major step forward after the first businesses signed up to support the 2020 Redevelopment Project.

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Wildlife experts help Warwick Conferences develop first outdoor meeting space

Wildlife experts help Warwick Conferences develop first outdoor meeting space

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is helping Warwick Conferences to develop its first outdoor meeting space which has been created to enhance the wellbeing of delegates.

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Ricoh Arena adds new shows to events calendar

Ricoh Arena adds new shows to events calendar

Ricoh Arena has added 11 new shows to its existing events roster for the next two years.

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Local contractors creating Coventry's four-star hotel

Local contractors creating Coventry's four-star hotel

Award-winning developers are tapping into the expertise and skills of local companies to create Coventry’s first four-star hotel.

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Workplace learning accreditation for Warwick Conferences

Workplace learning accreditation for Warwick Conferences

Warwick Conferences, has again achieved the globally-recognised benchmark for workplace learning facilities

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Coventry Ambassadors invited to train Host City volunteers by Tokyo2020 Olympics organisers

Coventry Ambassadors invited to train Host City volunteers by Tokyo2020 Olympics organisers

The Coventry Ambassador volunteer programme that began in support of the 2012 Olympic Games is being used by the organisers of the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games.

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Vodafone signals new networking at Ricoh

Vodafone signals new networking at Ricoh

Vodafone has officially opened the Business Lounge at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

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Telegraph Hotel unveils transformed interiors

Telegraph Hotel unveils transformed interiors

Operators behind the transformation of the former Coventry Evening Telegraph building into the city’s first four-star hotel have revealed the first completed interiors.

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MTC Opens Aerospace Additive Manufacturing Innovation Hub

MTC Opens Aerospace Additive Manufacturing Innovation Hub

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, opened the new innovation and knowledge hub for metal additive manufacturing,

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Coventry Heritage accommodation takes a big step

Coventry Heritage accommodation takes a big step

Plans for the conversion of some of the city’s oldest buildings into exceptional places to stay have been given a major boost with £380,000 of grant funding.

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Hotel Indigo set to Open in Coventry

Hotel Indigo set to Open in Coventry

A new four star hotel is set to be built in the heart of Coventry - complete with a fine dining restaurant and themed bars.

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New Opening: Laura Ashley Hotel The Iliffe

New Opening: Laura Ashley Hotel The Iliffe

Laura Ashley Hotel The Iliffe, Coventry, formerly known as The Chace Hotel Coventry, opened its doors on Monday 29th July 2019, revealing its Laura Ashley transformation.

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Major refurbishment at Warwick Conferences

Major refurbishment at Warwick Conferences

The hub of a leading conference venue in Coventry and Warwickshire has undergone a major refurbishment to enhance visitors’ experiences.

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This is the progress being made for UK City of Culture 2021

This is the progress being made for UK City of Culture 2021

In the first of a series of blogs, Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, writes for CoventryLive as excitement builds towards 2021

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Major refurbishment at FarGo Village in Coventry

Major refurbishment at FarGo Village in Coventry

The Box at FarGo Village is being upgraded into a state-of-the-art performing arts and events venue and office space in Coventry’s Creative Quarter.

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RSC receives £3 million for developments

RSC receives £3 million for developments

RSC achieves fundraising target as major visible construction work begins on its costume workshop

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Warwick Arts Centre development is underway

Warwick Arts Centre development is underway

The Local Growth Fund is playing a pivotal part in the development of Warwick Arts Centre, the highly-regarded Midlands venue with a strong national reputation.

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Millington Travel Coming to Coventry

Millington Travel Coming to Coventry

Coventry city centre’s ambitious regeneration plans have helped entice a brand new business to take up residence and open up shop.

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Esquires Coffee Coventry Launches Catering Service

Esquires Coffee Coventry Launches Catering Service

The first Esquires Coffee shop in the country to offer the service and the first catering company in Coventry to use compostable platters and plates and recyclable napkins and cutlery.

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West Midlands reflect on successful Meetings Show

West Midlands reflect on successful Meetings Show

A West Midlands delegation of business tourism partners secured more than 200 appointments, worth a potential £2 million for the region, at this year’s Meetings Show.

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Coventry receives £31m to prepare for UK City of Culture

Coventry receives £31m to prepare for UK City of Culture

West Midlands Combined Authority to provide £31m to help Coventry prepare to be UK City of Culture 2021.

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West Midlands growth outpaces rest of the UK

West Midlands growth outpaces rest of the UK

The West Midlands is growing faster than any region outside London, according to the new State of the Region 2019 report commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

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Warwick Conferences launch Event Catering

Warwick Conferences launch Event Catering

Companies at Westwood Business Park in Coventry got to sample the flavour of a new enterprise being launched right on their doorstep.

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Young BID Board created to help shape Coventry

Young BID Board created to help shape Coventry

Young people in Coventry are being given the opportunity to shape the future of the city centre.

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Warwick Conferences sign 3 year deal

Warwick Conferences sign 3 year deal

Warwick Conferences has been selected as the official venue to host Frontline’s five-week Summer Institute training programmes for the next three years.

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West Midlands’ creative offer on show at The Meetings Show

West Midlands’ creative offer on show at The Meetings Show

The West Midlands will be attending The Meetings Show on I503 on 26 - 27 June 2019.

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NAEC Stoneleigh mixing with the big boys

NAEC Stoneleigh mixing with the big boys

A stellar twelve months has seen one of Warwickshire’s best kept secrets stepping up to make an even bigger impression on the events and conferences scene.

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MTC Digitalising Manufacturing Conference 2019

MTC Digitalising Manufacturing Conference 2019

Digital Manufacturing is already here – but is your business ready to take full advantage and be at the forefront of this exciting new era?

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West Midlands at the Meetings Show

West Midlands at the Meetings Show

The West Midlands is set to take its biggest delegation of partners to The Meetings Show 2019, as the region attends for the first time to promote its business tourism offer

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£4.8million redevelopment Belgrade Theatre

£4.8million redevelopment Belgrade Theatre

As Coventry’s year as City of Culture rapidly approaches, plans are now in place to get the Belgrade Theatre fully prepared

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GoApe Corporate Day

GoApe Corporate Day

Wasps players swung into action and put their bravery to the test after tackling Coventry and Warwickshire’s brand new tree-top tourist attraction.

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Chefs at Warwick Conferences set for international competition

Chefs at Warwick Conferences set for international competition

A trio Warwick Conference's chefs are preparing to compete for the chance to represent the UK on an international stage.

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Regeneration of The Burges confirmed

Regeneration of The Burges confirmed

£2m funding for regeneration of The Burges confirmed as Coventry announced as a national demonstrator project for High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme

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IPG Photonics HQ in Coventry

IPG Photonics HQ in Coventry

Global manufacturer IPG Photonics invests £15million in Coventry to create new UK headquarters

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UK Battery Industrialisation Centre Invesment

UK Battery Industrialisation Centre Invesment

Coventry to get £28m to develop electric vehicle technology as part of first local industrial strategy

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Johnsons Coaches Win Gold

Johnsons Coaches Win Gold

Local coach company Johnsons Coach Travel took home gold for their Domestic Coach Travel Brochures at the UK Coach Awards.

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Meet in the West Midlands

Meet in the West Midlands

Meet with the West Midlands at The Meetings Show 2019 on stand I503

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Coventry at British Travel & Tourism Show

Coventry at British Travel & Tourism Show

Coventry made a big impression with the tourism industry at a major show for the sector – and was helped by the work of a local amateur photographer.

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The Learning & Development Thought Leaders’ Conference 2019

The Learning & Development Thought Leaders’ Conference 2019

Now in its 4th year, Sundial Group is proud to present the Learning & Development Thought Leaders’ Conference 2019.

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Dunchurch Refurb

Dunchurch Refurb

Dunchurch Park Hotel has been undergoing a full venue transformation, which began at the beginning of January 2019 with a fresh new look to the inside of the beautiful Edwardian Manor.

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New Warwick Sport and Wellness Hub now open

New Warwick Sport and Wellness Hub now open

​​​​​​​Event organisers can now significantly reimagine and enhance their event and delegate experiences after the University of Warwick’s world-class Sport and Wellness Hub has opened

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Coventry & Warwickshire must make the most of 2021 & 2022

Coventry & Warwickshire must make the most of 2021 & 2022

The West Midlands will have two years in the international spotlight – and that will mean major opportunities for Coventry and Warwickshire businesses to help grow the regional economy.

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The Arden Hotel's New Restaurant

The Arden Hotel's New Restaurant

The Arden Hotel has re-opened Waterside Brasserie with a stylish new look, name and menu sure to draw a crowd

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#20percentless Campaign

#20percentless Campaign

#20percentless is a brilliant & important campaign from encouraging venues to reduce reliance on single-use plastics. Read on to find out more.

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Global Technology Centre coming to the Region

Global Technology Centre coming to the Region

Work has started on an engineering group's new £10m global technology centre in Leamington Spa.

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Mercure Brandon Hall Refurbishment

Mercure Brandon Hall Refurbishment

Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel and Spa, is a four star hotel which is undergoing a £2.5million refurbishment

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Virgin honours Coventry with Lady Godiva train

Virgin honours Coventry with Lady Godiva train

Celebrating Coventry being UK City of Culture, a Virgin Train will be named Lady Godiva, and bear the city's new flag.

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Coventry and Warwickshire's time at Confex 2019

Coventry and Warwickshire's time at Confex 2019

Coventry and Warwickshire has successfully attracted future interest in the region following one of the UK’s leading events shows.

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Made for space: new manufacturing opportunities

Made for space: new manufacturing opportunities

Made for Space is a two-day intensive conference examining the opportunities and challenges for manufacturing within the global space sector.

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New fine dining restaurant opening in Coventry

New fine dining restaurant opening in Coventry

One of the UK’s best-known chefs has agreed terms to open a new fine-dining restaurant in one of Coventry’s most historic buildings.

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Homes England trials co-location in the Midlands

Homes England trials co-location in the Midlands

Homes England is trialling shared office space with Coventry City Council to see if the centre of the country location could work as a new national centre for the agency.

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Coventry Celebrates £5.2million investment

Coventry Celebrates £5.2million investment

Midlands’s actress Helen George celebrates National Lottery funding for Coventry City of Culture 2021.

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West Midlands unveils £10bn investment programme at MIPIM

West Midlands unveils £10bn investment programme at MIPIM

The Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street has launched £10bn worth of housing, regeneration, commercial and infrastructure development opportunities to international investors at MIPIM.

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Work has begun on GoApe Coventry

Work has begun on GoApe Coventry

Work has begun on a new tree-top obstacle course at Coombe Abbey which is on track to open to the public next month.

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Warwick Conferences enjoys successful night at M&IT Awards

Warwick Conferences enjoys successful night at M&IT Awards

Warwick Conferences has once again been named as one of the UK’s best academic venues after winning the silver accolade at the M&IT Awards.

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Coombe Abbey wins big at M&IT Awards

Coombe Abbey wins big at M&IT Awards

A historic Warwickshire venue has added another trophy to its long list of awards after claiming a top prize at a prestigious national ceremony.

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What's New in Electronics Live

What's New in Electronics Live

With the recent announcement that What’s New in Electronics Live will begin a new chapter this September with its relocation to NAEC Stoneleigh at Stoneleigh Park...

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Woodland Grange Owner EEF Venues to Become Make Venues

Woodland Grange Owner EEF Venues to Become Make Venues

Venue Group Unveils New Brand & Growth Strategy

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Woodside Hotel's newest refurb

Woodside Hotel's newest refurb

Woodside Hotel in Kenilworth has completed the refurbishment of its new Orchard Lounge

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Are you ready for Go Ape Coventry?

Are you ready for Go Ape Coventry?

Now open at Coombe Country Park

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Trade Local Business Festival

Trade Local Business Festival

The Trade Local Business Expo will give you the chance to meet with hundreds of local companies in the space of 1 day! It’s one not to missed!

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New Boutique Hotel coming the Coventry City Centre

New Boutique Hotel coming the Coventry City Centre

£120 million deal signed for major regeneration programme in Coventry

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Vélo Birmingham & Midlands launches brand new 42-mile route

Vélo Birmingham & Midlands launches brand new 42-mile route

New route will take 3,000 riders on journey from Birmingham to Coventry on closed roads.Riders will finish by the historic Coventry Cathedral.

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Coventry will play host to the Rugby League World Cup 2021

Coventry will play host to the Rugby League World Cup 2021

The city’s Ricoh Arena will be hosting action as part of the biggest event in the international Rugby League calendar.

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Sundial Group starts the year with gold for customer service

Sundial Group starts the year with gold for customer service

Sundial Group’s Woodside in Warwickshire, has started the year on a high, being awarded the ‘VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation' by BVA BDRC for providing excellent customer service in 2018.

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Ricoh Arena hosts water leisure show

Ricoh Arena hosts water leisure show

The UK's only dedicated Show for water leisure is coming to the Ricoh Arena next week.

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The Chace Hotel open Laura Ashley tea rooms

The Chace Hotel open Laura Ashley tea rooms

Following the success in Solihull and Burnham, The Chace Hotel Coventry has opened its very own Laura Ashley Tea Room alongside 17 Laura Ashley styled bedrooms.

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Major exhibition on one of Coventry's best loved exports

Major exhibition on one of Coventry's best loved exports

One of Coventry’s most famous exports will be in the spotlight at a major new exhibition in the city.

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Warwick Conferences are supporting the local economy

Warwick Conferences are supporting the local economy

A meeting and conference venue in Coventry, nationally recognised for championing local produce on its menus, is backing a campaign to drive doorstep business.

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European City of Sport 2019

European City of Sport 2019

It is officially the year for Coventry to be European City of Sport 2019

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Three Secrets of Success from The Millionaire Party Planner

Three Secrets of Success from The Millionaire Party Planner

Liz Taylor - star of Channel 4's Millionaire Party Planner shares her three top secrets for a successful event

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Warwick Conferences to host Digital Pathology Conference

Warwick Conferences to host Digital Pathology Conference

Warwick Conferences has been selected as the next host destination for the European Congress on Digital Pathology (ECDP) to be held in April 2019.

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City of Culture 2021 - One Year On

City of Culture 2021 - One Year On

Coventry has marked the first anniversary of being named UK City of Culture – and is looking ahead to 2021.

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Warwick Conferences Career Campaign

Warwick Conferences Career Campaign

An event manager who had ambitions of becoming an air hostess until a career-changing opportunity took off with Warwick Conferences is flying the flag for working for the organisation.

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Tourism Sector Deal Update

Tourism Sector Deal Update

The Government has signalled its intention to deliver a landmark sector deal for the UK tourism industry to attract more domestic and overseas visitors and help drive major economic growth.

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Success at Academic Venue Awards for Warwick Conferences

Success at Academic Venue Awards for Warwick Conferences

Warwick Conferences wins the Best Conference Venue accolade at the Academic Venue Awards.

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Ashorne Hill launches the Sheddon Centre

Ashorne Hill launches the Sheddon Centre

Ashorne Hill has added to their extensive conference, meeting and learning facilities by launching a dedicated assessment and development centre.

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Coventry's Trip to Tokyo

Coventry's Trip to Tokyo

Coventry's Env Ambassador programme has been a global success and will be used in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics

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Village Business Club OPEN!

Village Business Club OPEN!

Village Hotel Club Coventry, has been chosen as one of the new locations in the Midlands for the Business Club.

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Visitor Economy Seminar

Visitor Economy Seminar

This event will be happening as part of Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival

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Europe Corporate Games 2019

Europe Corporate Games 2019

Coventry has been awarded Europe Corporate Game 2019

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Spice Girls are coming to Coventry

Spice Girls are coming to Coventry

STOP RIGHT NOW, the speculation is over! Get ready to SPICE UP YOUR LIFE!

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Ricoh Arena nominated for large venue award

Ricoh Arena nominated for large venue award

Ricoh Arena has been nominated as Large Venue of the Year at The Drum Experience Awards.

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C&W Event Organiser Expo

C&W Event Organiser Expo

Do you book conferences, meetings or events for your company? Are you a PA or event organiser? If so, we have the perfect fun and interactive event for you!

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CWRocks Returns for 2018

CWRocks Returns for 2018

The Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce is known for delivering the biggest and best expos and networking opportunities in our region.

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Coventry Telegraph Hotel Development

Coventry Telegraph Hotel Development

The UK’s largest independent hotel group has reached an agreement to operate a 1950s-style boutique hotel at the former Coventry Telegraph offices.

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Pub in the Park at Coombe Abbey Country Park

Pub in the Park at Coombe Abbey Country Park

A refreshing pint is now on the menu at a popular beauty spot as a brand new pub has opened its doors.

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Culture Secretary visits Coventry to discuss UK City of Culture plans

Culture Secretary visits Coventry to discuss UK City of Culture plans

Coventry is Jeremy Wright’s first regional visit since being appointed

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Holiday Inn Coventry's Refurbishment

Holiday Inn Coventry's Refurbishment

Holiday Inn Coventry just off of the M6 Junction 2, has now completed their exciting refurbishment!

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Warwick Conferences win big!

Warwick Conferences win big!

Warwick Conferences are delighted to have been presented with the Best Venue Chain or Group award at the inaugural National Venue Awards.

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Woodside's Charity of the Year is Myton Hospice

Woodside's Charity of the Year is Myton Hospice

Woodside Hotel in Kenilworth has Announced Myton Hospices as its Charity of the Year for 2018/19

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Coventry and Warwickshire at The Meetings Show 2018

Coventry and Warwickshire at The Meetings Show 2018

Conference Coventry & Warwickshire will be exhibiting at The Meeting Show on 27 - 28 June 2018 on stand I400.

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Hotel Du Vin & Bistro Opening in Stratford-upon-Avon

Hotel Du Vin & Bistro Opening in Stratford-upon-Avon

Hotel du Vin & Bistro will be opening their doors to Stratford-upon-Avon visitors and delegates this Spring! Find out more.

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Holiday Inn M6J2 Customer Award by BDRC Continental

Holiday Inn M6J2 Customer Award by BDRC Continental

Holiday Inn Coventry M6 J2 receives coveted customer service accolade by UK leading market research firm BDRC Continental.

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Ocean Media’s Wedding Fair says “I do” to NAEC Stoneleigh for 2018.

Ocean Media’s Wedding Fair says “I do” to NAEC Stoneleigh for 2018.

Following the launch of The West Midlands Wedding Fair in October 2017, Ocean Media has confirmed its return to NAEC Stoneleigh in October 2018.

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Coombe Abbey Hotel Win Big at the M&IT Awards

Coombe Abbey Hotel Win Big at the M&IT Awards

Coombe Abbey Hotel has been recognised for a third year by a leading national awards scheme – competing with the biggest names in hospitality.

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BBC Music - The Biggest Weekend in Coventry

BBC Music - The Biggest Weekend in Coventry

The Biggest Weekend is coming to the War Memorial Park in Coventry over the late May Bank Holiday! Don't miss some of the biggest artists performing!

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How to hack Social Media in the events industry

How to hack Social Media in the events industry

Some of us love it and some of us hate it, but like it or not we live in a world where social media is well and truly here to stay. ! Can’t beat them? Join them!

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Holiday Inn M6 J2 bedroom refurbishment

Holiday Inn M6 J2 bedroom refurbishment

Local hotel Holiday Inn Coventry just off of the M6 Junction 2, is undergoing an exciting bedroom refurbishment, making your stay better!

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Coventry is the UK City of Culture 2021!

Coventry is the UK City of Culture 2021!

We did it!!! Coventry is gearing up for one of the biggest years in its history after being named UK City of Culture 2021.

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Warwick Conferences takes home two awards

Warwick Conferences takes home two awards

Warwick Conferences has taken home two business awards recognising its outstanding service and innovative sales & marketing strategies.

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Ricoh Arena smashes record for number of events and visitors

Ricoh Arena smashes record for number of events and visitors

The Ricoh Arena has smashed its own record for the number of events and visitors it has hosted in 2017, proving why it is always excelling.

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Warwick Conferences - Radcliffe's New Look!

Warwick Conferences - Radcliffe's New Look!

Phase 1 & 2 of the Radcliffe's £6.5m refurbishment is complete and doors are open for brand new events and conference bookings to be taken!

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 New and exciting ways to make your event memorable

New and exciting ways to make your event memorable

Keep delegates and colleagues interested with these inspiring ways to host successful meetings and events.

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Why engagement matters and how to measure it

Why engagement matters and how to measure it

Financial gain is important and often Return on Engagement is over looked, read on to find out how to measure your ROE.

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Event trends that are taking over 2017

Event trends that are taking over 2017

Now that New Year has passed, the tinsel is safely tucked away and your January detox has already begun, it’s time to start planning ahead.

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10 tips for finding your ideal conference venue

10 tips for finding your ideal conference venue

As well as deciding the content and inviting delegates, one of the most important decisions you make in planning your event is booking the perfect venue.

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Productivity tips for event organisers

Productivity tips for event organisers

A day in the office can quickly disappear beneath a mountain of emails, constant telephone calls and questions from your team.

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Five things to scrap from your next event

Five things to scrap from your next event

It is 2017, times are changing, technology is developing and our habits for event planning should be adapting.

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