The Priory Rooms news http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/feed/rss site_dscpn Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Christmas Greetings and a Peaceful New Year http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/christmas-greetings-and-a-peaceful-new-year http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/95 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Priory Rooms' Director Wendy Burnett, also a member of Central England Quakers (CEQ) sends Christmas Greetings and wishes for a Peaceful New Year to The Priory Rooms customers, staff and associates on behalf of the Board.

"It has been an exciting and busy 2014 for The Priory Rooms and we have welcomed existing and new clients over the year.

Christmas1.jpgTen years on from the establishment of The Priory Rooms a programme of refurbishment has included new carpets, the ground floor ladies toilets remodelled and the wonderful new AV equipment in the Main Meeting House.

We have continued our commitment to environmental improvements with the addition of food recycling and increasing the capacity of the rainwater harvesting system.

A new internet network is in the process of being installed.

Further work to enhance the experience of our clients in the new year.

The Priory Rooms were able to gift £38,000 to CEQ at the beginning of 2014, for the various projects that were undertaken this year by their charities West Midlands Peacemakers, Northfield Eco-centre and Hope Project Uganda.

This year there has been the addition of the Peace Hub to CEQ projects, in the building next door to The Priory Rooms. Please do drop in and meet the project co-ordinator Peter Doubtfire to learn more about the Hubs 2015 projects supporting peace campaigns nationally and internationally.

I would like to thank all of The Priory Rooms' customers for choosing our venue for your meeting and conferences. We have had some lovely feedback on your experience! Finally on behalf of the Priory Rooms directors, we thank Andrew Callan The Priory Rooms Manager, and all of the staff for their hard work and dedication over the past 12 months. The excellent service provided to customers could not happen without them!

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year and look forward to seeing you again in 2015.

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Mo-mentous Moment this Movember! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/mo-mentous-moment-this-movember http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/94 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Mo_Boys_1.jpgThroughout November The Priory Rooms proudly supported The Movember Foundations’ “Movember” to raise awareness of men’s health issues. The Priory Rooms’ Mo Bros grew moustaches and the Mo Sistas championed the cause to the conference room users and visitors. The team were delighted to collectively fundraise a momentous £212 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!

Mo_Boys_2.jpgAll throughout this “Movember” The Priory Rooms displayed information and advice from The Movember Foundation in the Atrium area, where conference room users could also donate towards the charity. However, attracting the most attention was The Priory Rooms male staff who grew incredible moustaches to help raise awareness! Well done to each of them for involving friends and family, fundraising a fantastic amount and being great champions for the charity!

To celebrate fundraising a mo-numental amount of money for the Movember Foundation, The Priory Rooms’ long standing catering suppliers Just Good Food delivered “moustache cupcakes” for the men who took part. They were thrilled with the surprise cupcakes, thank you Just Good Food for your support.

The Priory Rooms would like to thank our conference room users, visitors and the family and friends of the staff who all supported this Momentous Month of Moustache Growing!

Follow us on Twitter to see pictures of The Priory Rooms’ Tache Tales and Mo Moments https://twitter.com/theprioryrooms To find out more about The Movember Foundation visit their website http://uk.movember.com/

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App-iness at The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/app-iness-at-the-priory-rooms-meeting-and-conference-centre http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/93 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:15:00 +0000 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/peace-hub-open-day-launch http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/92 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +0000 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/meet-the-priory-rooms-mo-bros-making-tache-tales-and-mo-moments-this-movember http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/91 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 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/a-successful-lupus-awareness-month-at-the-priory-rooms http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/90 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:30:00 +0000 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/winter-warmers http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/89 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000 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/10-discount-off-blue-kite-training http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/88 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:33:00 +0000 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/the-priory-rooms-support-lupus-awareness-month http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/87 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0100 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/the-priory-rooms-magnificent-macmillan-coffee-morning http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/86 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0100 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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