The Priory Rooms news site_dscpn Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:02:00 +0100 Join us for our Macmillan Coffee Morning 2016 - Wednesday 28th September from 10:30am Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:02:00 +0100 Macmillian_Coffee_Morning_Table.jpgWe are raising money this month for Macmillan Cancer Support by holding a coffee morning and you are all invited! Tea, coffee and cake will be available at The Priory Rooms to customers and visitors for a small donation.

Date: Wednesday 28th September 2016

Time: 10:30am onwards (until the cake runs out!)

All funds raised from the event will go to the national charity Macmillan, supporting their work to provide emotional, practical, medical and financial support and information to people facing cancer, as well as to campaign for better cancer care.

Let’s help make sure no one has to face cancer alone.

Heritage Open Days 2016 at Bull Street Quaker Meeting Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:00:00 +0100 Main_Meeting_House_2.jpg

Bull Street Quaker Meeting will be opening for Heritage Open Days on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2016 from 1.00pm to 5.00pm on both days.

Today the building includes the meeting house and Priory Rooms Conference Centre but there has been a Quaker meeting house on this city centre site since 1702. The current meeting house was completed in 1933. Information will be available on the meeting house today together with artifacts and information on the history of Quakerism.

The meeting house is accessible by wheel chair and has an accessible toilet on site.

Refreshments available

All welcome

August 2016 Offers Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:56:00 +0100 August_2016_PR_Offers_Flyer_-_Small.jpg

50% Off Room Hire or £25 Day Delegate Rate for bookings taking place in the month of August 2016

The Priory Rooms Supports Birmingham Children’s Hospital Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:16:00 +0100 This month The Priory Rooms raised much needed funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital as part of the charity’s annual Big Bandage event. This was the fourth consecutive year we have taken part and we are delighted to say over three days we collected £130 in donations. We also supported the Big Bandage street collections which raised in total £296.

BigBandage_Collage_2_for_Web.jpg Over several days The Priory Rooms promoted the charity with staff wearing bandages in support, offered cakes to customers and collected donations. Wendy, Clerk to our board of Directors, made a delicious Victoria sponge cake complete with jam made from her home grown blackcurrants. The Priory Rooms catering supplier Just Good Food donated some moreish brownies and sponge cakes too - many thanks to both.

At the end of the week Natalie, Nikki and Joanna helped the hospital’s fundraising team with morning and lunchtime collections in the city centre. They encouraged workers, commuters and shoppers to donate cash and gave out bandages to encourage people to participate in their own way and donate online.


All the Big Bandage funds raised will aid the charity’s valuable work to improve the lives of the hospital’s young patients and their families. This includes their Star Appeal which is concentrated on creating the UK’s first centre for children with rare diseases. This center will provide coordinated care, treatment and support to help to brighten the lives of children with rare and undiagnosed conditions.

Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Big Bandage. I’m pleased to say you don’t need to wait long for your next opportunity to have a cuppa and a cake for charity – look out for our coffee morning event at the end of September in aid of MacMillan cancer support…

Summer Special Offer Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:01:00 +0100 £25.00 day delegate rate

Available throughout July and August.

£25.00 day delegate rate inclusive of all-day meeting room hire, unlimited refreshments of tea and coffee and a light lunch of sandwiches with two finger buffet items from our tempting summer menu. We’ll also include the usual extras such as a data projector and screen, flipchart, delegate stationery and still and sparkling water.

This offer is subject to availability, minimum numbers apply. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Get voting for The Priory Rooms in the M⁢ 2017 industry awards Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:30:00 +0100 It’s the event industry’s biggest and most prestigious recognition the M⁢ Awards.

The Priory Rooms is entering the 2017 M⁢ Awards in the hope of obtaining recognition for being the UK’s best value for money conference venue.

Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the awards bring together various sectors within the industry to measure market reaction in rewarding excellence of service and product.

There are 19 awards voted for by the readers of Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine as well as those connected to the nominees and The Priory Rooms is seeking recognition for the UK’s Best Value for Money Conference Venue.

Simply visit to support us in achieving this great accolade and adding our venue name to category Q and completing your details.

Conferencing with a conscience! Fri, 13 May 2016 16:19:00 +0100 Have you thought about how sustainable your next conference or meeting will be?

Top of the agenda for many organisations at the moment is Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR), included within this is sustainability. Here at The Priory Rooms meeting and conference centre we've developed our "Conferencing with a conscience" initiative which is geared at ensuring our customers both existing and potential get a really strong understanding and overview of how we operate, which in turn can compliment good practice when it comes to choosing a sustainable venue and more importantly compliment their CSR policy.

We actively continue to build on our position in sustainable conference and meetings, we lead the way as one of Birmingham's most sustainable conference venues and just by taking a few simple steps we've managed to achieve BIG things:

  • Commitment to waste reduction - reducing the amount of waste that enters landfill by working with First Mile recycling and achieving Gold status for our efforts in the introduction of processes to improve our food recycling procedures.

  • Reduction in energy consumption - we actively encourage better efficiency in energy consumption. All lighting is censored around our building and all of our electronic equipment is developed with power saving mode. We also have a strong "switch it off policy" to ensure when anything is not in use it is not powered. We also invested £35,000 to install new glass in our atrium to become more energy efficient.

  • Rain water harvesting - We have invested significantly in technology to harvest the rain water by installing state of the art equipment on the roof of the building. This rain water is then filtered and recycled to provide the water used to flush the ladies lavatories within the venue, this cuts our water consumption significantly and last year we achieved a reduction of 25% in consumption.

  • Fair trade - living true to our Quaker ethos we only use Fair Trade tea and have partnered with Kingdom Coffee to provide our refreshments in the venue. We're therefore confident from bean to cup coffee and tea growers globally are rewarded and paid fairly and equally for the work they do.

  • Sustainable sourcing and suppliers - we actively work with suppliers who instill the same vision and values we have on sustainability. This extends to our food as well, ensuring we source locally to reduce the amount of miles food is travelling to reach the venue as well as supporting social enterprise, start up and small to medium enterprises in our local community.

  • Recycling - we purchase plastics that are 100% biodegradable, they are made from plant starch with can be recycled back into compost.

  • Location - due to our central location we are walking distance from Birmingham's three main transport hubs New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street. Our Conference Sales Team actively encourage customers at the point of booking to travel to the venue by train thus reducing their carbon footprint.

Commenting on our initiative our Business Development Manager Mark McCloskey added:

"Sustainability is very much a hot potato in the industry and among many meeting planners. It is of significant benefit to our customers and equally our venue that so many of our initiatives ticks the box in complimenting many organisations CSR policy. I truly believe that our conferencing with a conscience initiative is extremely unique in the market place and more importantly in Birmingham. These simple steps really give us a point of difference against other venues in the city and something we can really use as a unique selling point when engaging with our customers."

These simple steps really go a long way in ensuring that when you book your next meeting or conference with The Priory Rooms that you're contributing not only to the environment but also to further enrich the lives of others in the local community but also further a field.

Contact our dedicated Meeting and Conference team today on 0121 236 2317 or

Opening The Doors To Our Heritage 2016 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:02:00 +0100 Bull Street Quaker Meeting House is once again taking part in Heritage Open Days on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September from 1.00pm-5.00pm. You are invited to come through the doors and discover the history!

TPR-Heritagepng.jpg Bull Street Quaker Meeting is part of Central England Quakers who own The Priory Rooms, also located at the same building. This September they warmly welcome you to explore the Meeting House during the Heritage Open Days. Heritage Open Days is a nationwide event opening the doors of sites that are not normally open for the public. Bull Street Quakers are delighted to take part, for the public to learn more about Quaker convictions, beliefs and practices past and present. Refreshments are also available on both afternoons.

The current Bull Street Quaker Meeting House was built in 1933 on a city centre site occupied by Quakers since 1702 with many of the old gravestones retained. Throughout the two Heritage Open Days volunteers from the Bull Street Quaker Meeting will provide informative show-rounds, illustrate Quaker history, introduce modern practices, share their memories of the building and answer any questions.

Heritage Open Days was established by the Civic Trust (no longer in operation) in 1994 as England's contribution to the European Heritage Days. It began with 700 sites, that are not normally open for the public, being opened free of charge in September for four consecutive days.

The event is now managed by Heritage Open Days National Partnership, participation has now doubled and the list of sites being opened more wonderful and varied each year. It celebrates the historical venues and attractions within local districts that make these areas unique and participants aim to encourage discovery and a sense of pride to bring communities together.

Come through the doors to meet our heritage!

Heritage Open Days

Budding New Supervisor Fri, 26 Feb 2016 11:57:00 +0000 Congratulations to our team member Tom Bennett who is budding with enthusiasm in his promotion as Hospitality Supervisor.

Tom-Bennett.jpgTom will be ensuring our hospitality team bring you excellent service and quality catering throughout your event. From our wide-range of refreshments, snacks and seasonal buffets, Tom will make sure everything meets your expectations! Tom brings experience, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to the role. He is also studying a Level 2 NVQ in Customer Service with HIT Training, providing him with valuable practical advice and skills.

The Priory Rooms Conference Centre Manager Andrew Callan praised Tom's promotion, "Tom is a hard-working and dedicated member of the team, we are delighted to progress his career. His great attitude, customer service and attention to detail makes him a fantastic Hospitality Supervisor. Tom will go above and beyond to ensure outstanding service is delivered to each one of our customers."

Meet all of our team

Projects Flourish With £75,000 Donation Mon, 22 Feb 2016 11:48:00 +0000 Thank you to all of our new and long standing customers who booked meeting rooms last year. You have enabled us to donate over £75,000 to Central England Quakers for their outstanding projects to flourish further in 2016!

Projects_Flourish.jpgSeveral of the projects are based in Birmingham, including educating and empowering children in nearby schools and working within communities to establish peaceful relations and improve sustainability. Each year they are becoming more and more successful, with 2015 no exception.

Peacemakers expanded their team to deliver training in a record number of schools, supporting around 1,000 children to be peacemakers and peer mediators and 300 adults who work with them. Their first publication "Learning for Peace" will be launched on the 20th April.

Northfield Eco-centre launched a new education workshop for primary schools and provided even more services to organisations on how to save energy and operate more sustainably. The annual Urban Harvest project rescued 3 tonnes of fruit from Birmingham gardens going to waste and either redistributed it to local charities or bottled it as juice.

The Peace Hub highlighted a whole range of peace and justice themes; supported Fairtrade, remembered the courage and conviction of conscientious objectors, were proud to be a place of welcome for refugees and asylum seekers, promoted the importance of sustainable food, called for a more economically equal society and helped to bring faith groups together in support of a Low Carbon Future.

The Hope Project worked in Western Uganda. They acquired land for the Ibanda Literacy Schools for a new nursery school, with the parents providing materials and helping erect two brick classrooms. Supported the Rwesande Community Centre training unemployed girls in dressmaking and hairdressing. And with the Rwenzori Peace Bridge of Reconciliation they launched a drive for non-violent elections in 2016, the culmination of a 3 year programme to reduce the levels of violence in the District.

Discover the projects your bookings support