If you are looking for a Heathrow venue, this is an ideal option with a covered walkway linking it to Terminal 4. Ali visited and was impressed with the bedroom refurbishment - all rooms are now soundproofed and have black out curtains. There is a gym, pool and 3 restaurants. For meetings there is a dedicated business centre and 15 flexible rooms for up to 300 people.
Ali recently managed an event at this very sleek resort. Decorated with neutral tones throughout, it offers a range of suites as well as villas. It has an impressive choice of 11 restaurants, including Nobu and it also boasts a New York loft style night club. There is a good selection of light and airy meeting rooms, the largest of which can seat 600 people. This is ideal for a conference or incentive group.
Nicola has seen this luxurious resort hotel and recommends it for incentive groups and conferences as it has much to offer. There are 139 bedrooms and 5 meeting rooms with doors leading directly out to the lush Moorish gardens. The Ballroom can take up to 600 for a reception and benefits from a seated courtyard which is great for dinners or lunches for 430 people.
As part of a supplier event, Kate has visited this industrial venue located in the heart of Berlin. This is a blank canvas and can be tailored to your requirements. Whether it is a product launch, fashion show or conference, there are 2 versatile indoor spaces that can take up to 320 or 600 people. The Sky Lounge on the roof has indoor and outdoor space for up to 200 with stunning views of the city.
This modern hotel is perfect for a large European conference group. Nicola says it has an impressive location overlooking the Victoria golf course, has 5 pools, a fitness suite and spa and is currently the largest conference venue in Vilamoura. It has 280 bedrooms, light and airy meeting spaces, most with natural daylight and the largest room can hold 700 delegates theatre style.
Ali recently had a show round of this stunning property which has just had a £7million refurbishment. The main house has undergone a complete refurbishment and around half of the bedrooms have been completed. The property boasts a fantastic collection of 18 meeting spaces, the largest of which can hold 240 theatre style. Perfect for conferences, meetings and team building events.
“I recently managed a European conference in Gibraltar on
the Sunborn, which is a five-star yacht hotel permanently
moored in the harbour. All the 189 bedrooms have a view
of either the Marina, the Rock of Gibraltar or the sea.
It has a versatile Ballroom which we used as the main
meeting room, taking up to 400 people theatre style and
it also made a fantastic space to hold the gala dinner too.
Gibraltar itself has some really lovely places to visit and
I organised a trip to the Upper Rock Nature Reserve
where you can see the famous Macaque monkeys. I also
organised a boat trip for dolphin spotting and a wine and
tapas tasting tour.
Gibraltar makes for a perfect destination for a European
event as the flight time is just over two and a half hours
from Heathrow and is only one hour ahead of the UK.
What is more, the national currency is Pounds Sterling so
there are no currency conversion issues.”
“I took a group on an incentive trip to this amazing country,
staying at the fabulous Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas,
Thailand really is a magical place and offers something
for everyone - whether delegates want total relaxation on
one of the many beautiful beaches, a Thai massage or a
more energetic activity such as elephant trekking, quad
biking or zip-lining through the jungle. Other activities to
give delegates a flavour of the Thai culture include a Thai
boxing display, authentic cookery lessons and a visit to a
local village combined with a monk’s blessing.
The food, which many travellers report as being the best
in the world, is of course another great reason to choose
this destination. The warm and inviting hospitality makes
this an ideal place to host an incentive trip as the Thai
people really go out of their way to make you feel special.”
We are being asked more and more by our clients to develop online and
mobile event solutions to enhance the delegate experience. To respond to
this demand we have invested in an in-house software solution that enables
us to create bespoke event registration, ticketing sites and mobile Apps.
These allow you, the event planner to showcase your event to your
delegates online and to give them instant access to content such as
agendas, speaker information, venue and location details, travel information
and delegate registration information – all through a secure environment.
We can run reports quickly and easily for you so that you have up to the
minute information on who has registered for an event, their dietary
requirements and chosen conference sessions or activities. What’s more it
enables us to create post event surveys where delegates can easily give their
feedback – a vital marketing tool, giving you the ability to reflect and assess
what it important for your next event.
Mobile Apps are becoming a ‘must have’ for any event too, with live event
feeds, instant chat and the ability to create individual event schedules – they
really add value both in the build up to an event and to create a buzz at the
“We have created event Apps for various clients and these have proved to be invaluable onsite tools with such features as delegate push
notifications to tell them when and where they needed to be at certain
times of the day, interactive maps, polling and content streams.”
We are proud to be part and also a member of the newly established Alliance of Independent Events Agencies. The alliance has been set up to support smaller agencies in the industry who account for a significant proportion of the business generated by the MICE sector.
“I feel passionate that the smaller agencies have a voice. The alliance will not only do this but also gives them access to valuable resources such as networking events, workshops, action groups and the opportunity for knowledge sharing.”
We are incredibly proud to have recently won the President’s Award at the Maidenhead & District Chamber of Commerce (MDCC) Annual Gala Dinner for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Maidenhead Town and District’. Nicola was surprised and overwhelmed to have received the award from MDCC President Olu Odeniyi at his last dinner before standing down as President.
It has been a really exciting 18-months for the Chamber as well as Lime Blue and it all started back in November 2016 with a phone call from Olu, where he pitched his idea of launching a Business Awards for the local area. He asked if Lime Blue would be interested in getting involved and of course Nicola and I didn’t hesitate to say ‘yes’.
Fast forward a few weeks and we were sitting in a meeting at the Maidenhead Advertiser offices with other members of the newly formed committee, tasked with delivering the inaugural Maidenhead & Windsor Business Awards 2017. The first few meetings were full of trepidation of how we were going to pull off the project, but we soon realised our individual strengths and formed a tight group brimming with great ideas.
We were delighted at the success at every step of the way, from the huge interest we received at the Launch Lunch and then the take up of the sponsorship packages by local businesses, to the quality of the entries and then the final ticket sales for the Awards Dinner. On the night over 260 people and nearly 100 companies attended. Headline sponsor was Heathrow and we were honoured to have Adrian Moorhouse as the compere as well as the Deputy Mayor handing out the awards. Everyone who attended remarked on what a fabulous, fun filled night of celebration it was - needless to say, there were probably a few sore heads the next day. The whole night ran like clockwork - something we only hoped in those very first few weeks of planning it.
Lime Blue’s initial role was of design partner and we created the logo, developed all the branded marketing materials and website. As the awards dinner grew nearer we took on the mantle as the dedicated events partner managing the online registrations, all the logistics and liaising closely with the venue (Holiday Inn – Maidenhead) and delivering the event on the night.
IMEX, the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events brings the global meeting industry together twice a year - in Frankfurt and Las Vegas.
In May this year I attended IMEX Frankfurt. This was the first time I have visited this particular show and for first timers it can be quite overwhelming as the venue is vast and there is so much to see and do over the 2 days that I was there. Having attended other trade shows luckily I knew what to expect!
The usual routine is an early morning start to catch your flight (I had my alarm set for 4am!) On arrival you are taken straight to the venue and appointments begin. I had about 8 appointments per day plus 2 group appointments and 2 seminars, this was then followed by having a general look at everything at the show.
When you arrive in the exhibition hall there is a bright array of stands, each trying to provide you with an experience and snapshot of their destination or product. You will find a stand for almost every country in the world and these consist of hotel chains, destination management companies and convention bureaus. Many of the stands offer local delicacies, refreshments and gifts and you usually come out with bags of brochures and memory sticks with information to take home with you! You are also never far from a glass of bubbly with all of the networking events that happen on the stands.
In the evenings you will either be whisked away for a dinner by your hosts or you have the chance to explore Frankfurt. It never takes long until you are invited along to the Gibson Club, the famous nightclub where the majority of IMEX attendees end up!
A couple of tips on how to make the most of your visit. I would definitely advise pre planning your schedule beforehand. With over 3000 exhibitors, countless seminars and educational shows and networking events it is impossible to see and do everything but it is worth prioritising the ones you want to see or do. It is also worth looking at the floor plan before booking appointments to try and book areas at a time so you are not running from one end of the hall to another! Also comfy shoes are a must!
The show provides a fantastic opportunity to connect and build relationships with suppliers and fellow meeting planners. It provides innovative ideas for events, opportunity for researching and extending knowledge on destinations and the industry. They also showcase various entertainment acts and hold insightful educational sessions discussing hot topics.
It’s been a year since our Creative Designer, Natascha joined us and she is still loving being a part of our ever-growing family. She started with us straight from university where she studied Visual Communications and has brought a vibrant energy and fresh creativity with her.
So, we asked her: What do you do and what inspires you and your work?
When I tell people I’m a designer they almost always assume I’m really ‘artsy’ and spend all day drawing pretty pictures. The truth is, there is a considerable difference between an artist and designer. My days are filled with deadlines, perfectionism and problem solving and the closest I get to drawing is scribbling ideas quickly in my notebook that pop into my mind before they go or having to draw a quick diagram to explain my idea to a colleague or client.
I get excited about selecting a colour or font, which may seem like a boringly simple task to most, but in fact it’s everything. Choosing between ‘Pantone Forest Shade’ or ‘Pantone Forest Green’ or Arial regular or bold can simply make or break a design. To a designer the art of spacing and aligning is everything - the smallest millimetre in-between objects or text not lining up is enough to frustrate any designer and send them into melt down.
I am inspired by pushing a client brief to the absolute maximum and solving it to create something that delivers beyond their expectations. Seeing creative solutions coming to life and watching the client’s face light up when you know you have hit that brief bang on.
What is your favourite thing about working at Lime Blue Solutions?
I love being part of a team and Lime Blue has a strong team focus. The creative team work closely alongside the event and project managers, all supporting each other to achieve a clients’ goals. Even when the events team may not always share our enthusiasm about a particular paper stock or website we have found, we can certainly appreciate and see the funny side of our differences.