A new service has begun operating in Portsmouth today, aimed at increasing the amount of business tourism into the City. Launched today at the annual Shaping Portsmouth Conference, the new Portsmouth Convention Bureau is a one-stop shop for any company or organisation looking to run a business conference, hire meeting room space, put on an exhibition, offer corporate hospitality, or find the perfect space for their events.
Under the leadership of the Guildhall Trust’s Andy Grays, the dozen-strong team have worked collaboratively to create an online portal, designed to enable businesses and organisations looking to hire events space, meeting room, or offer corporate hospitality the fastest and easiest way to find the right venue, as well as showcase the very best of what Portsmouth has to offer.
Speaking at the Conference, Andy Grays said “Portsmouth Guildhall is delighted to be a member of Portsmouth Conference Bureau. With Portsmouth boasting such a wonderful mix of heritage and contemporary venues and facilities, the Convention Bureau offers a much-needed service to Event Organisers to help them plan and ensure their requirements are best matched to the stunning array of what the city has to offer. All of the venues, accommodation providers and attractions across the city work so closely together alongside the Convention Bureau to make Portsmouth the natural destination of choice.”
The new Bureau is designed to be a one stop shop enabling event organisers to find the facility that best suits their needs. The Venue Finder function allows you to specify various requirements, including overall capacity, number of meeting rooms, overnight bed space, catering, and IT facilities. Once you’ve found your ideal venue, or have a couple in mind to choose between, the Make an Enquiry service puts you in touch with a member of our team, who will make sure you are connected with the venue(s) so they can take your enquiry forward.
The first not-for-profit partnership of it’s kind in Portsmouth, the Bureau has brought together twelve venues from across the City. Matt Mason, Centre Director of PCB member the John Pounds Centre, said “We joined the PCB as we saw this as a positive opportunity to find support for us, to grow our services, network with likeminded business across the city and find smarter ways of working, PCB membership already has great experience and expertise that can only be of benefit to everyone involved. Into the future I’m looking forward to the membership growing and in turn expanding the reach of the bureau and finding effective and innovative ways of working.”
Event planners looking to use the service should go to www.pcb.org.uk where you will find details of all our member venues, information about why Portsmouth is the best place to host your event, and the enquiry service itself.