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March 16, 2021

Go West – unique conference & events venues in West London

London has so much more to offer for meetings, conferences, and events than the historical and contemporary buildings of The City, the elegant venues of Park Lane or the funky venues of the West End. You will find a variety of venues in West London. From Battersea to Hammersmith and ‘West of London’ within the … Continued

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March 3, 2021

Bien Venue: Future Planning Guide

Live events are back! Are you ready to press play on your event planning? Since the government announced their roadmap for getting back too normal in England, Bien Venue have been receiving a number of enquiries for face-to-face events. This is an extremely positive sign that confidence is growing ahead of the return of live … Continued

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February 24, 2021

BV Review: New Hotel Openings 2021

In this blog Bien Venue’s Director of Client Services, Mark Dixon has been speaking with our venue partners about some of the exciting new hotel openings in UK planned for this year. A central London landmark is gaining a brand new 5* hotel. Plus the launch of a new hotel brand to the UK and … Continued

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February 16, 2021

Virtual Events Calendar – Q2

The virtual Christmas party may seem a distant memory and whilst there are encouraging signs that we may be able to host live events in the coming months there are still plenty of excuses to bring your colleagues, family, or friends together for a virtual event. Here are some of Bien Venue’s chosen highlights for … Continued

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February 10, 2021

Employee Wellness Experiences

Employee wellness, engagement, and mental health are high priorities for most businesses at the moment. While employees are working remotely, juggling work, life, and home schooling, taking on new areas or for team members being on (and returning from) furlough, employee engagement and wellness is more important than ever before. Working with our partners; Bien … Continued

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February 1, 2021

Virtual Activities: BV Review

Bored of the weekly Zoom quiz? Completed too many virtual escape rooms? This blog explores some of Bien Venue’s favourite virtual activities which offer something different to the standard virtual team building activities. Virtual Activities: The Benefits As companies continue with remote working, employees on furlough and the challenging environment we are living in; employee … Continued

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December 1, 2020

BV Review: Virtual & Hybrid Events

For some the transition to virtual events may have been a blessing, or a leap forward to a longer-term strategy however; others find the interim transition to virtual / hybrid daunting. Hybrid and virtual events have been on everyone’s mind this year and will continue to be part of some people’s future event planning strategies. … Continued

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October 15, 2020

Virtually Christmas

Remote working, rule of 6 and social distancing. Three obstacles to overcome when planning your office festivities in 2020. With employee engagement, motivation, and morale high on most employers list when working remotely or in socially distanced offices, these ideas will bring the team together in a fun, vibrant and interactive way. Bien Venue have … Continued

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September 30, 2020

The benefits of using an event agency in the new norm

Organising an event is stressful at the best of times but in the ‘new norm’ you have additional measures and guidelines to adhere to such as keeping track of guidelines and safety requirements for the potential host city, region and country.  Combined with a whole new way of thinking about event spaces and layouts for … Continued

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September 3, 2020

BV Review: The hotel perspective

In this blog we review the hotel perspective of hotel’s reopening, but what challenges did hotels face to reopen safely? What has evolved for a guest staying in hotels? And what does the future hold? A few questions which our Head of Client Services, Mark Dixon discussed on a recent site visit with Annie Brown, … Continued

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August 13, 2020


As we continue to move into the new norm and now business events for up to 30 have been given the green light and with a timeline in place for meetings over 30, what makes the perfect meeting venue? 1. What is the aim of your meeting? It is important right from the start to … Continued

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July 28, 2020

Bien Venue Announcement

We’re delighted to make the announcement that Kerry Edwards has been appointed the new Managing Director of Bien Venue. Kerry, previously our Client Director has been given a promotion to replace agency owner Sam Elliott in the Managing Director role. Kerry will now lead sales, operations and finance teams as Sam moves to a CEO … Continued

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July 15, 2020

Bien Venue Review: The new norm of hotel stays

Clean promises, reduced contact check-in, touchless transactions, and sanitising stations – just a few of the key changes hotels included within their re-opening policies for the new norm of hotel stays. But, what does this look like in reality? And do these measures have a positive or negative impact on the guest’s experience? Two questions … Continued

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June 23, 2020

Spotlight On: Bristol

Visit Bristol describes the city as a destination full of creativity and culture, combining a rich maritime heritage, state-of-the-art attractions, and world-class events. Bristol is one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK, with two main railway stations, an international airport and close proximity to both M4 and M5 motorways – making Bristol … Continued

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June 9, 2020

Bien Venue: Future Planning Guide

As governments around the globe start to look towards the future and how they can ease lockdown measures by changing guidelines and allowing more industries to open the time has come to review you future short, medium and long term meeting and events strategy. A common question that is being asked of Bien Venue over … Continued

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May 27, 2020

Meeting & Events: Why you should consider a wildcard venue

In its simplest term a wildcard is a playing card that can have any value, suit, or colour. For meeting and events Bien Venues ethos is that Wildcard Venues fuel imagination and inspire attendees. This blog explores why Bien Venue propose wildcard venue options within our client proposals? and how do we identify what a … Continued

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May 14, 2020

Meetings and Events: Life After Lockdown

As we pass the pandemic peak what will life after lockdown look like for meetings and events? Venues have been working hard during the lockdown period to proactively plan for their re-opening and many venues will have active working documents and guidelines in place ready to launch once the latest government advise has been factored … Continued

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April 28, 2020

Spotlight On: Liverpool

Liverpool – home of the Beatles, Cilla, The Liver Birds, The Reds, The Toffees and many historical and iconic buildings. Located in the north-west of England, Liverpool offers excellent transport links to both the rest of the UK by road and rail and Europe via Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Liverpool is home to a vast … Continued

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April 20, 2020

Bien Venue’s Top Tips for Working From Home

The idea of working from home sounds appealing – the chance to work in your own time without interruption or missing the daily commute in the comfort of your dressing gown! However, the reality of working from home, especially with so many people self-isolating and living in lockdown, can be very difficult and stressful. At … Continued

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March 17, 2020

7 helpful COVID-19 articles for event professionals

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, things are changing at a very rapid pace. In these turbulent times the news can feel pretty overwhelming. Indeed, with thousands of articles and opinion pieces providing differing advice and perspectives, it can be hard to know where to look for information. Here at Bien Venue, we make … Continued

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February 12, 2020

Manchester’s stock is rising: our view on the new Stock Exchange Hotel

Looking for a luxury oasis in the heart of the city? Manchester’s former footballers score big with the Stock Exchange Hotel. The Stock Exchange Hotel is the latest addition to Manchester’s hospitality scene and has already attracted a buzz for a handful of reasons. Firstly, there are the owners themselves, class of ’92 former Manchester … Continued

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January 20, 2020

Alpine Slovenia: incentives, team building and much more!

At Bien Venue, we know that Slovenia is an up-and-coming destination for international meetings and events. So, hot on the heels of our Venue Consultant Miriam’s trip to the capital, Ljubljana, our Head of Sales, Zoe, spent a few days in Alpine Slovenia taking in the venues, hotels, culture and stunning surrounds. Here, she shares … Continued

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January 9, 2020

Have you thought of holding a conference in Slovenia?

To ensure we always offer honest, first-hand knowledge, members of the Bien Venue team often jet off to new locations to inspire your choices for bespoke business event. With our finger on the pulse of industry news, we were told Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, was an ideal short-haul option for your next event. It’s picturesque, well-equipped and … Continued

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December 3, 2019

Event profs: out and about! Winter edition.

Back in July, we shared what our Bien Venue event profs had been up to over summer. With the end of 2019 drawing ever closer, we wanted to update you on what the second half of the year has held for us. Our team have been so busy travelling up and down the country – … Continued

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October 21, 2019

A corporate celebration that will ‘wow’!

What do when you need a corporate celebration that truly has the ‘wow factor’? You call Bien Venue, of course! When one of our clients in the aviation sector wanted to celebrate a recent success, our own Kimberley Money was on hand to create a one-off weekend spectacular, planning everything down to the last detail. … Continued

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September 13, 2019

Bien Venue recognised in The Parliamentary Review

The Parliamentary Review 2018/19 An important event in the diaries of both politicians and business leaders, the September release of The Parliamentary Review sees the documents highlight the best practice of organisations across the private and public sectors. The document shares some of the most exciting and forward-thinking work that has occurred in the country … Continued

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September 5, 2019

Our Guide to Manchester Christmas Party Venues in 2019

In our latest blog our Business Development Manager, Daniel Rankine, gives his guide to Manchester Christmas party venues. There are a very few occasions it’s acceptable to mention Christmas in September but sorting the festive party is one of them. As the nights start drawing in it’s time to get your party planning started! Our … Continued

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August 11, 2019

Network & play in Belfast!

Our events agency team are often out and about! At the beginning of August, our Sales Executive, Kimberley Money, travelled to Belfast for the C&IT Agency Forum. This annual event for senior event professionals is a chance to catch up on trends and network with others in the industry. Kimberley had such a great time … Continued

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July 29, 2019

Event professionals: out and about

At Bien Venue, it’s important to us to keep up to date with all the latest developments in the meetings and events industry. So, we send our team of event professionals out to see venues, meet suppliers and sample experiences first-hand. We’ve been busy over the past few months, so we thought we’d share what … Continued

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July 17, 2019

Corporate Events at Center Parcs

Back in May, Cath Sloan and Chelsea Mould, both from our Finance team, were invited to a family day at Center Parcs Sherwood forest. They were shown around the park before being able to sample the facilities themselves. With so much to offer, we asked them to report back on their recommendations for corporate events … Continued

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June 14, 2019

Away day ideas to treat your team this summer!

It may not feel like it right now, but summer is well and truly here for the UK. This is often a time of year that businesses like to treat their employees to a summer party or team building away day. Here at Bien Venue, we’re experts in managing events like this, so we thought … Continued

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April 27, 2019

Fantastic summer venues for your business events!

Summer is on the horizon at last with the promise of blue skies, sunshine and outdoor fun. At this time of year, many will be thinking about where to host corporate summer parties and team away days. We’ve some locations that we think are simply fantastic summer venues, so why not take a look? London … Continued

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April 15, 2019

Meet our Client Director: a Q&A with Kerry Edwards

Back in December shared a Q&A with our Director, Sam Elliott, to give you an insight into our management team. Next up, it’s our Client Director, Kerry, who is in the hot seat! What does being Client Director at Bien Venue entail? I act as the main point of contact for Bien Venue’s clients. I … Continued

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March 25, 2019

Clear, no-pressure hotel booking online with BVine

Hotel booking sites under fire You may have seen major hotel booking sites in the news last month after six of them agreed to change their practices following a probe by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into their practices. The CMA had found that many of the sites employed pressure tactics, displayed misleading ‘discounts’ and charged … Continued

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March 7, 2019

Our International Women’s Day Inspirations!

For International Women’s Day 2019, we asked some of the amazing women in the Bien Venue office to choose a woman who inspires them. From supermodels to World War Two rebels, we got a real range of answers that we’re excited to share with you! Rosa Parks “My inspiration woman is really easy; it’s Rosa … Continued

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February 20, 2019

Bien Venue Director, Sam Elliott, announced as a judge for the CHS Awards

The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS) Awards are a celebration of the very best in UK hospitality. Each year a host of categories recognise the venues, hotels, buyers and suppliers that represent the very best in the business. This year we are proud to announce that Sam Elliott, the Director of Bien Venue, will one … Continued

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January 23, 2019

Planning your annual business events calendar

As the new year gets into full swing we’re seeing a lot of clients begin book their business events for the year ahead. Planning ahead has many advantages, from ensuring you get the venues and dates you want, to securing value for money. If you’re thinking about how your business year is going to look, … Continued

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December 30, 2018

Bien Venue’s 2018 Highlights!

What a year it’s been! It seems to have flown by but looking back on our 2018 highlights we’ve also packed a lot in! As a boutique events agency, our aims are always clear; to grow our business without compromising on quality. Developing relationships with partners, growing as a team and exceeding our clients’ expectations … Continued

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December 12, 2018

How to survive the Christmas party season!

The festive season is full of parties and events, which is great but can also be draining, especially when the fun begins in late November and lasts until New Year’s Day. As event professionals we get our fair share of invitations at this time of year, not that we’re complaining! But it’s worth going into … Continued

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November 30, 2018

Meet the Director: a Q&A with Bien Venue’s Sam Elliott

What’s is like being the Director of a boutique events agency, and what makes Bien Venue special? As 2018 begins to wrap up, we sat down with our Director, Sam Elliott, to get some insight into the company’s past, present and future. A quick one to start: Describe Bien Venue in 3 words! Personal, Collaborative, … Continued

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October 29, 2018

Fresh ideas for your staff incentive scheme this winter!

As the temperature drops and the long nights draw in there can be a slump in energy levels and employee motivation. An incentive scheme is a great way to boost morale and drive sales. Giving your staff something to aim for can be a key factor in hitting both individual and collective targets, whether they … Continued

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October 12, 2018

5 Tips to Make You Christmas Party Sparkle!

It may only be October, but the Christmas party season is right around the corner and many businesses are finalising their festive social calendars. Whether your office Christmas party is all booked or you’re only just starting to think about it, here are a few tips for those touches that will to make your event … Continued

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August 30, 2018

Scroll Free September

We have all heard of cleansing our body by eating healthier, avoiding alcohol and smoking for a period of time but have we ever considering going on a mobile phone detox or social media cleanse?

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August 20, 2018

Is Vienna travel the way to go for your next conference?

Vienna is a picturesque city with great transport, endless eateries and plenty of culture. That’s why we think it’s the perfect international conference venues. Want to know more about Vienna travel? Take a look at this video from our trip to Vienna! With romantically imperial venues living in parallel to its modern ones, this city is … Continued

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July 20, 2018

You Are What You Eat!

When was the last time you left a conference room feeling refreshed? Can you recall a time you struggled to stay awake during a presentation? Both are common problems affecting the efficiency of meetings, but how can businesses combat these issues? Planning ahead, factoring in healthy catering and making sure there is space and time to … Continued

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May 18, 2018

A Royal Affair

With this months Royal Wedding, Royal mania is well and truly gripping the world! Whatever you’re doing on the big day you know that the once it’s all over many folk will be left with a bad case of Royal withdrawal. For an instant cure why not consider planning ahead for your next royal fix … Continued

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May 4, 2018

The Bien Venue guide to rooftop bars in London this Summer

Summer is around the corner and when the sunshine is out it’s fair to say that our capital and its rooftop venues take a lot of beating, whether for client entertaining or relaxing with your team.  Where better place to be for soaking up those rays than several floors up with amazing views and of … Continued

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March 2, 2018

Top Tips For Planning A Summer Incentive

Spring is officially here, so as those wintry blasts become a distant memory it’s time to focus on the warmth that lies ahead. With summer incentive schemes increasing in popularity, we want to help you plan an unforgettable experience for your team that will keep them talking for years to come. Summer incentives are great … Continued

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February 12, 2018

Determined to be more organised? Time to reflect on that New Year resolution

January 1st may seem like only yesterday, but now we’re one month into 2018, it’s a good time to consider how well you’ve been doing with that New Year’s resolution to be more organised. If you’ve fallen a little by the wayside, here are our 4 top tips to get you back on track.   … Continued

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December 21, 2017

Bien Venue:- A year in review

Now that Christmas is all wrapped up and the snow is falling all around us. It’s time to put on our fluffy socks, take the mulled wine off the stove, sit in front of the fire and reminisce the most fantastic year we’ve had.

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November 7, 2017

5 reasons to use an events agency

Using an events agency may seem like an unnecessary measure to some, but if you’ve ever been tasked with organising an event for your company, you’ll know just what goes into it, and how much knowledge and experience can play a part in things running smoothly.

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October 16, 2017

Top 5 corporate hospitality ideas

What better way to enjoy the biggest sporting events in the world, than to sample top class corporate hospitality while entertaining your guests? From a box at Wimbledon to front row seats at the Grand Prix; there is so much to choose from. Our expert team have come up with five top corporate hospitality ideas … Continued

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September 26, 2017

12 Venues of Christmas

It’s September, which in the events world MUST mean you’ve got the office Christmas party all wrapped up with a sparkly bow… right?! Well, if you haven’t quite got around to putting your tinsel hat on yet, fear not as we take a look at 12 enchantingly festive Christmas party venues for 2017!

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August 30, 2017

A Day in the Life of one of our International Team

  Ruby Ortiz-Mulroy is a busy lady! She’s an International Venue Consultant, who joined Bien Venue earlier this year and works hard to ensure our clients international events run smoothly.

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July 24, 2017


  Teambuilding Are you looking for new ways to engage, bond with and improve the performance of your team? If the answer is YES, then you have come to the right place!

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April 19, 2017

Spotlight on: Ireland

Planning your next conference or corporate event? With exciting cities, dazzling countryside and excellent venues in abundance, Ireland is an international location that recommends itself!

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April 11, 2017

Have you thought about venues outside of the box?

Venues with wow factor for away days are sure to impress and keep your team talking about their adventures for a long time to come. From fun in the great outdoors to venues that are weird and wonderful, there are an array of possible options.

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March 2, 2017

Spotlight on Brighton

With a wealth of venues from modern to historic to downright quirky, in both city centre and countryside settings, what’s not to love about Brighton as an event destination?

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February 21, 2017

10 top tips for the perfect training or meeting environment

If you want your training session or meeting to be successful, ensuring the right environment is vital. Everyone in the room needs to be as happy as possible and that includes any presenters, trainers or visiting speakers as well as attendees.

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February 17, 2017

Spotlight On: South of France

The glamorous coastline of the Cote d’Azur is an attractive home for events in such well known destinations as Cannes, Nice and Monaco.

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January 30, 2017

5 ways technology will enhance events in 2017

In the 21st century technology impacts on every aspect of our lives; events are no exception.

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December 20, 2016

Spotlight On: Geneva

Geneva is one of the world’s most important financial centres and is host to over 200 international organisations, including the United Nations and the World Health Organisation.

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December 8, 2016

“Top tips for staying productive on a business trip”

Business trips can be tiring, time consuming and unproductive. A little planning and forethought, however, can turn travelling time into productive time. Here are our top tips for making the most of life on the road.

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November 29, 2016

Spotlight On: Barcelona

A dynamic and exciting city, Barcelona has everything required to be an outstanding event destination. Excellent transport links, a range of conference and meeting venues and 4-5 star accommodation,

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November 24, 2016

Incentives “The Greek Way”

Inspire and motivate your team with an incentive trip to Greece, a country that offers a huge variety of destinations and activity options.

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November 10, 2016

Choosing the right international location

As with so many things in life one major contributing factor to the perfect event can be summed up in three words…..location, location, location. Get the location right and, hopefully, the rest will follow. 

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November 2, 2016

Spotlight On: Denmark

Denmark is the home of Vikings, the Little Mermaid, 406 islands and 7314 km of coastline. It borders Germany by land and Sweden via the Oresund Bridge. The highest point in the country is only 170 metres above sea level.

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September 26, 2016

Spotlight On: Las Vegas

What makes Las Vegas a great destination for meetings, conferences and events?

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September 8, 2016

6 ways for your group to experience New York

Why settle for the ordinary when you can give your group a New York experience that will send them home buzzing?

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August 22, 2016

Spotlight On: Cyprus

Cyprus is the eastern most island in the Mediterranean Sea and the third largest in the Mediterranean. Separated into a Greek south and Turkish north, the capital and largest city is Nicosia, the only remaining divided capital in the world.

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August 8, 2016

“London” – more than just the West End

London has so much to offer for meetings and conferences, it’s hard to know where to start. When choosing an event location it’s tempting to think of central London as being just the West End or Euston areas but there is so much more to the centre of this vibrant city.

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July 25, 2016

Need ideas for your Christmas party? Bien Venue can help!

Tasked with organising your Christmas party? Worried about the usual office bickering about the costs, and whether or not partners are invited?

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July 19, 2016

Spotlight On: Chester, UK

Chester is one of England’s stunning heritage cities, renowned for its black and white mock Tudor architecture and its Roman history.  

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May 31, 2016

Why Qatar for your next business event?

Qatar of the United Arab Emirates, with its capital city Doha, is situated centrally between Europe and Asia, bordering Saudi Arabia to the south. 

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May 10, 2016

4 Summer Corporate Entertainment Ideas

The sun is out, the sky is blue, summer has arrived at last. Here are 4 of our top summer corporate entertainment ideas to wow your guests:

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April 27, 2016

Spotlight on Krakow

Krakow is one of Europe’s most interesting old cities. It is Poland’s second largest city and the country’s main tourist destination.

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April 11, 2016

Teambuilding – the why, what and how?

Spring is in the air, time to revitalise your team. Teambuilding or awaydays may sound like a great idea, but there is much to consider before deciding on what type of event would be best for you.

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February 16, 2016

Choosing a perfect meeting venue – 4 steps to consider

What is the aim of your meeting? It’s important right from the start to establish why the meeting is being held, and what the desired outcome is to be.

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February 15, 2016

Why choose Sydney for your next event?

With a world-class conference infrastructure and extensive accommodation options, Sydney is the perfect host for corporate events.

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February 15, 2016

Cape Town – so much to offer for corporate events

Cape Town, the coastal city at the tip of South Africa, remains the number one business tourism destination in Africa.

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