site_authorenquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk The Priory Rooms news 2014-11-24T19:15:00Q http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/feed/atom The Priory Rooms news feed running on finetune cms site_dscpn App-iness at The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/93 2014-11-24T19:15:00Q Book meeting and conference rooms in Birmingham? Always on the move? Struggle to find time to enquire from your desk? Well The Priory Rooms Meeting and conference centre have the perfect answer with their new mobile phone App!

TPR-Mobile-App.jpgMeeting and conference room bookers can now download The Priory Rooms’ mobile phone App, with all the useful information you need to know about booking rooms at the Birmingham city centre conference venue! The Priory Rooms realised many customers are often working on the move, around the country making their mobile phone one the most important way to research venues, so they created customers an easy to navigate and interactive App to download.

The Priory Rooms’ App enables you to browse on your phone details and pictures of the nine meeting rooms, check the open hours, discover the room hire rates and so much more! It even enables you to send an email enquiry to The Priory Rooms’ conference team who will respond with detailed quote outlining how the venue can meet your requirements. The highly experienced bookings team will promptly check availability and create a tailored packages to meet your budget. In the meantime discover how The Priory Rooms’ profits support local charity work, the long list of sustainability initiatives in place to support the environment or read the latest news and special offers. The App is informative, interactive and interesting, making booking conference rooms more fun than ever before!

Most exciting of all, this clear and concise App was created by The Priory Rooms staff themselves! Business Development Manager Beth Reynolds, Premises Manager Dragan Obrenovic and Conference Support Executive Ann-Louise Rowlands worked together to design and develop the App alongside Bournville College and partners Smartphone Media. The group took advantage of the free course being offered to businesses by Bourneville College through funding given by the European Social Fund. It was an opportunity to learn more IT skills and provide a resource for The Priory Rooms’ customers to have information in the palm of their hand! A win-win situation. The course was enjoyed by the staff and only took a couple of months to complete.

Beth Reynolds, Business Development Manager at The Priory Rooms, said “This has been a brilliant experience for us and produced a fantastic new communication tool for the business. We are so excited it is now available to download, we have been showing it off to all the customers! Thank you Bourneville College for this opportunity, it has greatly enhanced the resources available for customers to interact with The Priory Rooms.”

The trio’s hard work has been recognised with an NCFE award in Mobile App Development for Business.

The App is now available to download through the Apple and Play stores on smart mobile phones, simply search “The Priory Rooms”. Download it today to provide yourself with easily accessible information about The Priory Rooms and make the process of booking your next meeting or conference even easier!

The Priory Rooms would like to hear your thoughts about their App; call the team on 0121 236 2317, email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk or tweet the Twitter page @theprioryrooms.

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Peace Hub Open Day Launch http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/92 2014-11-06T09:00:00Q On Sunday 9th November Central England Quakers warmly welcomes local Quakers to celebrate the launch of the Peace Hub Centre on their open day.

From 2pm the Peace Hub will open its doors for the first time to the public. Guests are invited to meet at the Bull Street Meeting House for a reception with light refreshments with tours of the new Hub being held throughout the afternoon. There will also be a performance of a new short play called "Over the Top" at 3pm, which explores Quakers and World War One.

Quakers believe that a peaceful world is possible if we work together in our own lives and build local, national and international structures that support peace and justice. Central England Quakers’ Peace Hub will be a centre for Quakers, the wider peace movement and the general public who sympathise with this call for action to join together.

From Monday 10th November, open weekdays 11.00-14.30, the Peace Hub will deliver a rolling programme of themes to inform and stimulate dialogue on peace and justice; encourage people to affirm the humanity of others; and provide opportunities for people to take action through advocacy, solidarity and positive changes in our everyday lives. The centre will also support community and interfaith cohesion and to uphold activists and groups working for peace and justice.

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Find out more about the Peace Hub, the open day and how you can get involved on their website http://www.peacehub.org.uk/

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Meet The Priory Rooms’ Mo Bros Making Tache Tales and Mo Moments this Movember! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/91 2014-11-04T10:00:00Q The Priory Rooms are proudly supporting MOVEMBER to raise awareness of men’s health issues. The Priory Rooms’ Mo Bros will be growing stylish moustaches and the Mo Sistas will be championing the cause to all of our conference room users. Please get involved, show your support and kindly donate to help The Priory Rooms fundraise for The Movember Foundation!

The Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health. The Movember community has raised £346 million to date and funded over 800 programmes in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

Each year The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programmes. To date 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide!

A Mo Bro takes action by changing their appearance through the growth of a new a moustache for the 30 days of November to change the face of men’s health. But Movember is more than just an excuse to grow a fine piece of moustachery; it’s about having conversations while raising funds and awareness, it’s about having fun and doing good.

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So meet The Priory Rooms’ Mo Bros…

  • Andrew, Centre Manager aka Mo Manager, Mo Problems
  • Jim, Company Director aka Tash-Tastic
  • Dragan, Premises Manager aka Beast of the Beard
  • Sri, Hospitality Supervisor aka Catering to the Tache
  • Tom, Hospitality Assistant aka Mo Bro, Ready to Grow
  • Barry, Hospitality Assistant aka Casual Cat whiskers, Full time Mo
  • Joel, Hospitality Assistant aka Mo’Stashe Supreme

And of course the Mo Sistas; Beth, Hannah, Ann-Louise, Natalie and Jean.

Movember.jpg A Mo Sista loves moustaches and is dedicated to supporting the men in her life and promoting the importance of men’s health. Mo Sistas are champions of men’s health, not only encouraging the men in their lives to grow a Mo, but actively signing up and raising funds and awareness themselves to change the face of men’s health.

The Priory Rooms would appreciate all of our conference room users’ support through this Momentous Month of Moustache Growing!

Please support our Mo Bros todays by donating to our Movember campaign either through;

The donation tubs in our Atrium and Reception

Or online by visiting The Priory Rooms Mo Space http://moteam.co/the-priory-rooms Follow us on Twitter to follow the latest Tache Tales and Mo Moments https://twitter.com/theprioryrooms

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A Successful Lupus Awareness Month at The Priory Rooms http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/90 2014-11-03T16:30:00Q Throughout October The Priory Rooms proudly supported the charity Lupus UK in their Awareness Month, as better awareness of Lupus is needed in the UK to reduce the delay in diagnosis.

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Photo: Business Development Manager Beth Reynolds & Conference Co-ordinator Hannah Baynes with flyers and leaflets from Lupus UK’s campaign

The Priory Room’s Atrium displayed booklets and posters from Lupus UK explaining the symptoms of Lupus, with advice and support for patients living with the illness. Items were available to purchase including bookmarks, badges and car stickers to make a donation towards the charity’s work.

A recent survey by Lupus UK of over 3,000 people showed that the average number of years between somebody experiencing their first symptom and receiving a diagnosis of lupus is 7.5 years. During this time patients are unlikely to receive the necessary treatment to lessen the impact of the main symptoms and to limit potential damage to the kidneys, heart, lungs or brain.

Lupus is an illness of the immune system, the body’s defence mechanism begins to attach itself through an excess of antibodies in the blood stream, causing inflammation and damage in the joints, muscles and other organs.

Lupus UK organised an “Awareness Month” throughout October with the Primary Care Rheumatology Society and The Royal College of General Practitioners to increase awareness of symptoms amongst GPs and patients. The Priory Rooms hoped by supporting the campaign their many conference room users would learn valuable information about the illness.

By the amount of flyers and booklets taken away from the Atrium display, it is fair to say a great quantity of visitors took an interest in finding out more about Lupus which may be life-changing for themselves or others!

The Priory Rooms’ conference co-ordinator Hannah Baynes, who has a family member with Lupus, was delighted with the amount raised saying “Thank you to all of our meeting and conference room users throughout October who have kindly donated to Lupus UK, I know every penny will help towards faster diagnosis and improving treatment.”

For more information about Lupus UK and the illness, please visit their website http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/

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Winter Warmers http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/89 2014-10-31T10:00:00Q Shake off those cold mornings and forget about the dark, dreary days! Stay warm and feel festive this winter at The Priory Rooms with our scrumptious seasonal menus!

The Priory Rooms’ delicious winter menu will help keep you bright, focused and proactive throughout your busy day of meetings.

TPR-Food-3.jpgStart your day the right way with our brain-boosting breakfast. The locally sourced fruit bowls, with cereal packets and bars offer a low calorie option and provide essential sugars, fibre, and vitamins. Or treat yourself with freshly-baked mini pastries, including danishes, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins, croissants and blueberry muffins. The original and maple syrup flavoured porridge pots we serve are perfect winter warmers, simply stir in hot water and they will keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Why not upgrade your breakfast with tasty freshly-cooked bacon and egg baguettes served with tomato and brown sauce. For only £3.50+vat per person these will definitely brighten up your day, especially we have a special offer of order 5 and get the 6th one free! Find out how to brighten up your morning on our special offers page http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/page/special-offers/brighten-up-your-morning-with-our-breakfast-baps

Chat to colleagues about your festive plans whilst enjoying our mouthwatering hot winter buffet menus! Our latest lunch menus are packed with seasonal favourites, including Beef and Mushroom Casserole, Creamy Fish Pie, Shepherd Pie and Sausage Pasta Bake. All are served with a side order, two hot savoury bites and a selection of sandwiches. Why not add scrumptious home-made soup to the menu for only £2.25+vat per person!

Finish your lunch time chatter with our delicious desserts Toffee Brownies, Pear and Almond Tart, Ginger Cake with Lemon Icing and Apple and Blackberry Crumble Tartlets. These heavenly home-made puddings served with freshly-filtered coffee will definitely blow away any mid-day moans about the weather!

Book your next meeting and conference at The Priory Rooms to taste our specially designed winter menu; call 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk

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10% Discount Off Blue Kite Training http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/88 2014-10-27T19:33:00Q Blue Kite Training provide engaging and practical safety related training courses. From October several courses will be held at The Priory Rooms with a 10% discount available!

Blue-Kite-Paul-Smith.jpgBlue Kite offer a range of courses from First Aid to Food and Health, with all the trainers having appropriate certification in teaching and subject areas.

Why not choose The Priory Rooms in Birmingham city centre to attend a comprehensive one-day course on Emergency First Aid at Work on either the 24th October, 21st November or 26th January.

As a life skill, first aid can be considered relevant at work or home; making this course essential to attend if you are seeking hands on knowledge and skills to confidently deal with first aid situations.

Blue-Kite.jpgTo book on either of the dates at The Priory Rooms contact Blue Kite Training on 07913 332 855. Quote "PR10" to receive your 10% booking discount!

Full details of the courses available are listed on the Blue Kite Training website http://www.bluekitetraining.com

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The Priory Rooms Support Lupus Awareness Month http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/87 2014-10-09T09:00:00Q The Priory Rooms is proud to support the charity Lupus UK in their Awareness Month this October. Better awareness of Lupus is needed in the UK to reduce the delay in diagnosis.

Lupus.jpgThroughout October The Priory Room’s Atrium will have a display of booklets and posters from Lupus UK explaining the symptoms of Lupus, with advice and support for patients living with the illness. There will also be items to purchase, bookmarks, badges and car stickers to make a donation towards the charity’s work.

A recent survey by Lupus UK of over 3,000 people showed that the average number of years between somebody experiencing their first symptom and receiving a diagnosis of lupus is 7.5 years. During this time patients are unlikely to receive the necessary treatment to lessen the impact of the main symptoms and to limit potential damage to the kidneys, heart, lungs or brain.

Lupus is an illness of the immune system, the body’s defence mechanism begins to attach itself through an excess of antibodies in the blood stream, causing inflammation and damage in the joints, muscles and other organs.

Lupus UK is currently campaigning with the Primary Care Rheumatology Society and The Royal College of General Practitioners to increase awareness amongst GPs. The Priory Rooms are supporting this campaign and hope visitors to the conference venue learn valuable information about the illness which may be life-changing for themselves or others!

The Priory Rooms’ conference co-ordinator Hannah Baynes, who has a family member with Lupus, is delighted the charity are raising awareness, “Sadly I have seen the discomfort Lupus symptoms can cause when they are not being treated. The quicker a GP can spot the signs and diagnose the illness the better, because with the correct treatment patients can live their lives more fully!”

All throughout October The Priory Rooms will be fundraising and raising awareness for Lupus UK in our Atrium. For more information about Lupus UK’s Awareness Month and the illness, please visit their website http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/

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The Priory Rooms’ Magnificent Macmillan Coffee Morning! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/86 2014-10-03T09:00:00Q This September The Priory Rooms took part in the Worlds BIGGEST Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and raised an exceptional amount of money for the charity!

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The Priory Rooms were thrilled by the high turnout for the Macmillan Coffee Morning they hosted on Wednesday 24th September with a grand total of £108 being fundraised!

Guests and conference room delegates relaxed in our bright Atrium whilst enjoying fair trade tea and freshly filtered coffee with delicious home-made cakes; Victoria sponge, date and oat meal bars, fruit cake, carrot cake and chocolate brownies. Many of the cakes were donated by The Priory Rooms’ long-standing caterers Just Good Food, who played a vital role in the events success. Just Good Food was delighted to help with the cause and delegates praised the variety and taste of cakes offered throughout the week. All who attended the coffee morning donated generously to the charity, as did the many conference room users and The Priory Rooms staff.

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Macmillan Cancer Support provides medical, emotional, practical and financial support and push for a better cancer care system. Each coffee morning held across the country this year will have raised life-saving funds for Macmillan’s on-going hard work. For more information about Macmillan visit their website http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/Home.aspx

Thank you to everyone who donated, every penny will help enhance the fantastic support Macmillan provides cancer patients. The Priory Rooms staff hopes to inspire other companies to fundraise for charities. More fundraising events will be held at The Priory Rooms throughout the year.

If you would like to enquire about availability of meeting and conference rooms at The Priory Rooms call the team on 0121 236 2317. For full details of Just Good Food’s services, visit their website http://www.justgoodfood.com/

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Celebrate The Priory Rooms’ Refurbishment TODAY http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/85 2014-09-30T16:45:00Q Exciting AV upgrades have been made to The Priory Rooms’ stunning 1930’s Quaker Main Meeting House, creating a unique state-of–the-art conference hall with character and history in Birmingham city centre!

To celebrate the 200-seater Main Meeting House’s refurbishment The Priory Rooms is offering a 19.33% discount, marking the year it was first opened.

the-Main-Meeting-House-set-up-180-people-theatre-style.jpgBook your next event in the Main Meeting House before December 2014 to a receive 19.33% discount off any future date! The not-for-profit Priory Rooms have invested over £20,000 worth of facility upgrades to their large conference room, which now boasts a high spec audio visual system and impressive stage area for award ceremonies and presentations. Added to the venues beautiful high ceilings, tiered seating for 200 people, 1930s design and city centre location makes the Main Meeting House the ideal space for your next Birmingham conference!

Bigger, Newer and Better state-of-the-art audio visual equipment has been sympathetically integrated into the 1930s original oak panelled walls and in keeping with the traditional Quaker Meeting House. Speakers can engage with the audience through the two speaker PA system and four roving microphones available, ideal for question and answer sessions.

The new hand crafted large stage area has been designed to be practical yet blend seamlessly into the traditional Quaker Meeting House style. Featuring a top table for four presenters, multiple plug sockets for laptops and a bespoke lectern, it is an impressive space to address delegates from.

The brand new projector and screen display your presentation clearly in the conference room which seats 200 delegates. These and all the other equipment are controlled by the event facilitators through a simple to use iPad. However any concerns on the day will be dealt with by our trained staff who are there from start to finish!

The Priory Rooms’ Business Development Manager Beth Reynolds has been enjoying showing off the upgrades to event bookers. “I’ve had several viewings of the Main Meeting House since the new audio-visual equipment was added and each time they are over-whelmed about how unique yet practical the venue is.”

Book this incredible Special Offer by calling The Priory Rooms on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk.

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A New Home to Meet in Manchester http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/84 2014-09-26T10:00:00Q The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre’s sister venue Friends’ Meeting House in Manchester is celebrating their recent refurbishment with an Open Day on Monday 6th October. The not-for-profit Manchester venue provides modern and flexible meeting and conferencing facilities within a traditional Quaker Meeting House from only £28 per person!

The Open Day at Friends’ House is an opportunity to view the outstanding venue and discover a new home for your next meeting, conference or event. The range of flexible rooms provide modern, state of the art facilities within the peaceful, traditional Quaker Meeting House located in Manchester city centre.

On Monday 6th October from 7.30am-7.00pm explore the 400-seater Main Hall and two floors of meeting space whilst enjoying fair trade refreshments and flavoursome buffets! As a not for profit organisation Friends’ Meeting House Manchester support a number of charitable projects; project representatives and Manchester Quakers will be available to talk about this work and the history of the Meeting House.

Find out more information about the Open Day on Friends’ Meeting House Manchester’s website http://www.meetinghousemanchester.co.uk/ . For enquiries about availability and rates contact the highly experienced Bookings Team on 0161 834 5797.

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Friends’ Meeting House 6 Mount Street Manchester M2 5NS office@manchesterquakers.org.uk

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