The Priory Rooms news http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/feed/rss site_dscpn Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:16:00 +0100 Lots of Pennies Raised for Cord http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/lots-of-pennies-raised-for-cord http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/70 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:16:00 +0100 spend_a_penny.jpgThis Lent The Priory Rooms raised an incredible £45.00 for Cord’s “Spend a Penny” Challenge; vital funds for clean water and improved sanitation in Africa.

The Priory Rooms have been supporting Cord's "Spend a Penny" Challenge, asking staff and visitors to put a penny in the pot every time they flush the toilet! The challenge was designed to draw attention to how often we take water for granted when others in the world are deprived. We flush our toilets and wash our hands with clean water everyday and barely think twice about this being a luxury, yet many other countries have poor standards of sanitation which increases the spread of disease. All the money donated to Cord from the challenge will be used to help provide clean water, improve sanitation and promote hygiene education in Africa.

For 40 days and 40 nights, The Priory Rooms placed donation tubs and informative signs in the public toilets and the Atrium area kindly ask visitors and staff to donate to the charity. The Priory Rooms are delighted to announce they raised a total of £45.00 for the charity; a fantastic achievement when as little as £8.00 could provide clean drinking water for one person!

The Priory Rooms Team would like to thank all of their kind meeting and conference room users who donated to Cord’s. The Priory Rooms hopes that the fantastic feedback and support will inspire other companies to fundraise for charities. More fundraising events will be held at The Priory Rooms throughout the year.

For more information about Cord and the "Spend a Penny" challenge visit their website http://www.cord.org.uk/ To enquire about booking a meeting or conference at The Priory Rooms please contact the highly experienced Bookings Team on 0121 236 2317 or enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk

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Ed Miliband Returns to The Priory Rooms to Deliver Devolution Speech http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/ed-miliband-returns-to-the-priory-rooms-to-deliver-devolution-speech http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/69 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:04:00 +0100 ed-milliband1.jpgLabour Party leader Ed Miliband returned to The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre this April to deliver a topical pre-election speech to local councillors, Labour party members, businesses and the public. Mr Miliband’s speech was in respect of how a future Labour government plans to devolve power from Whitehall.

Speaking to over 200 people and local press, Mr Miliband engaged with the audience in The Priory Rooms’ 1930’s Quaker Main Meeting House. The speech was of particular interest to local businesses and council members, as Mr Miliband announced Labours plan to increase the devolution of power from Whitehall by offering “combined authorities” opportunity to bid on how they would use £20 billion available to spend on creating private sector jobs. Those attending were keen to hear how these new regional governing bodies would be responsible for major transport and economic development decisions and to consider the procedures needed for a major re-organisation.

Following a question and answer session around the Main Meeting House Mr Miliband met with the local press in The Priory Rooms’ Courtyard taking advantage of the sunny spring day.

Senior Regional Director for the West Midlands Labour Party Ian Reilly thanked The Priory Rooms for helping deliver such a successful event with an incredibly high turnout.

You can watch Mr Miliband’s speech at The Priory Rooms on the BBC News website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26940964 For information about booking a large conference at The Priory Rooms contact the Bookings Team on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk

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Learn how to write the perfect newsletter at Birmingham Social Media Café School’s workshop this April! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/learn-how-to-write-the-perfect-newsletter-at-birmingham-social-media-caf-schools-workshop-this-april http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/68 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:56:00 +0100 Karen Strunks of Birmingham Social Media Café School success is bringing her “Newsletter A-Z” workshop to The Priory Rooms on Friday 25th April.

New_Image.JPGThe newsletter inevitably beats social media and websites for building relationships with customers and increasing sales because readers have opted-in to receive emails about your news and offers! So how do you design the perfect newsletter to engage with customers?

Social Media expert Karen Strunks will bring her knowledge and experience to offer tips on topic ideas, work alongside you to develop a personal style and advise you ways to promote your newsletter!

This afternoon workshop at The Priory Rooms will cover the key principles on how to create the perfect newsletter;

  • How to invite people to opt-in to become a newsletter member
  • The no.1 thing to cause an email opt-in rush
  • 13 rules of newsletter etiquette
  • The system for building trust, developing relationships and providing value for your newsletter members
  • Set up a system that creates sales for you in your sleep
  • The rules you must abide by to keep your newsletter healthy and your customers happy
  • 10 ways of creating content for your newsletter so you never run out of ideas

Book your place at the workshop via the link http://birminghamsmc.com/bsmcschool/

For more information about Karen Strunks and her social media speaking, training and events visit her website http://karenstrunks.com/

To run your own workshop at The Priory Rooms contact the highly experienced Bookings Team on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk.

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New Summer Breakfast is light, healthy and fresh! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/new-summer-breakfast-is-light-healthy-and-fresh http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/67 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:43:00 +0100 new-spring-breakfast.jpgTo celebrate the start of British Summertime, The Priory Rooms have launched a delicious new breakfast selection for delegates;, offering a range of light, healthy and fresh choices perfect for warm summer mornings.

The Priory Rooms’ Summer Breakfast includes Light Bites; low in calories, high in fibre; Fresh Fruit; full of vitamins and Freshly Cooked Pastries; bite-sized treats.

The Priory Rooms ensure they offer guests a healthy breakfast choice providing the essential vitamins and minerals needed for a busy day of meetings. Eating a healthy breakfast of varied food groups helps to increase your alertness, concentration and mood; vital for those training days or important conferences. Breakfast also helps to stabilise blood sugar levels which regulates your appetite and energy.

The new Summertime Breakfast selection includes miniature cereal packs of Special K, Weetabix, Cornflakes and Alpen Swiss style Muesli, all served with semi-skimmed milk. Cereal is a low-fat breakfast option which provides iron, B vitamins and zinc with the milk adding calcium and protein to your diet.

Also new for summer is a range of delicious low-calorie Alpen cereal bars; Fruit and Nut bar, Raspberry and Yoghurt bar and Fruit and Nut with Chocolate bar. Enjoy them with a cup of tea; there are a range of flavours from fair trade supplier Clipper, or a glass of iced orange juice.

As always breakfast includes colourful fruit bowls, including apples, bananas, pears, grapes and oranges. Fruit helps to improve memory and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. They are also low in calories and provide sugars, fibre, and vitamins which are essential for a healthy lifestyle.

Every morning bite-size danishes, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins, croissants and blueberry muffins are freshly cooked for delegates. These bite-sized treats go deliciously with the freshly filtered coffee provided.

Book your next conference or meeting at The Priory Rooms to taste the new Summer Breakfast Menu.

To enquire contact the highly experienced Bookings Team on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk.

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Come See our Exhibition Stand at CHS14! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/come-see-our-exhibition-stand-at-chs14 http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/66 Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:56:00 +0000 conference_show_logo.jpgThe Priory Rooms are delighted to announce on Tuesday 8th April they will be exhibiting at the Conference and Hospitality Show 2014 at Leeds United Football Club!

The Priory Rooms' Centre Manager Andrew Callan and Business Development Manager Beth Reynolds will be looking to connect with event planners nationwide on their exhibition stand number 24.

Throughout the day Andrew and Beth will be showing off The Priory Rooms' nine flexible meeting and conference rooms, the exciting initiatives in place to be a low-carbon venue such as “Meat-Free Mondays” and rain water harvesting, and how profits have been supporting Central England Quakers local charity projects Northfield Eco-Centre, Peacemakers and The Hope Project!

You can register to attend this free event through the Conference and Hospitality Show website to meet over 100 exhibitors from across the UK, experience the interactive displays in the Demo Zone and hear about Gill Quirke’s involvement in the iconic Royal Wedding.

And of course, make sure you come say hello to Andrew and Beth on exhibition stand 24!

http://www.conferenceandhospitalityshow.co.uk/

To enquire about holding your next conference or event at The Priory Rooms contact Beth Reynolds on 0121 236 2317 or email beth@theprioryrooms.co.uk

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Vodafone Sure Signal http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/vodafone-sure-signal http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/65 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:08:00 +0000 mobile-person.jpgThe Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre have purchased the mobile phone signal boosting device Sure Signal to ensure guests have the best possible network coverage to receive those urgent calls whilst out of the office!

Sure Signal is designed to boost the signal on your Vodafone mobile phone, preventing signal loss or drop outs and providing reliable, fast network coverage.

The Priory Rooms understand that day delegates prioritise receiving urgent calls and messages when out of the office which is why we have provided this excellent service free of charge!

It’s easy too! Simply register your mobile phone number at The Priory Rooms Reception; you will then receive a text message alerting you that your number has been added to Sure Signal.

We can add up to 30 users at one time meaning all of your colleagues can access this service at the same time without compromising the level of coverage!

Once you have departed The Priory Rooms your number will be deleted from this service, so simply opt back in when you next return!

For more information about using Sure Signal at your next meeting or conference contact the Bookings Team on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk

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Ten Reasons to Love The Priory Rooms! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/ten-reasons-to-love-the-priory-rooms http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/64 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:59:00 +0000 This March The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre has been celebrating it’s 10th Birthday!

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After ten years of hosting successful meetings, conferences and events for a wide variety of customers The Priory Rooms has become one of the most sought after venues in Birmingham! Throughout the years The Priory Rooms has been committed to being a socially and economically responsible meeting and conference venue, providing outstanding service and exceptional facilities. The venue has been rewarded with a loyal customer base and new enquiries on a daily basis as delegates, enamored with the friendly and professional venue, go on to re-book and refer!

There are so many reasons why customers love to book our venue, here are ten of our favorites;

Perfect location as we are right in the heart of Birmingham city centre!

Reducing our carbon footprint through numerous eco-friendly initiatives!

Is a not for profit meeting and conference venue!

Open weeknights and Saturdays!

Rooms are bright, spacious and air conditioned!

You can enjoy fair trade refreshments and locally sourced lunch buffets!

Relax during your breaks in our beautifully kept courtyard!

On-site car parking is free for event organisers and we have a discounted rate with a local NCP!

Our team regularly fundraises for charities!

Meat Free Monday’s is the day we only served vegetarian lunch, another way to reduce our carbon footprint!

....So don't delay, enquire today!

Book your next meeting, conference or event at The Priory Rooms through our highly experienced Bookings Team on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk.

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Eco-Conscious Priory Rooms receive Silver Award for Recycling! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/eco-conscious-priory-rooms-receive-silver-award-for-recycling http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/63 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:29:00 +0000 This March, The Priory Rooms were delighted to receive a Silver Award certificate from First Mile Easy Recycling; for their outstanding achievements in recycling throughout 2013.

First_Mile.jpgThe Priory Rooms, celebrating its 10th Birthday this month, prioritise delivering outstanding services within an eco-conscious meeting and conference centre facility. Over the years large investments have been made to the 1930’s Quaker Meeting House and the 2004 extension to improve the building management system; sensors to control heating, energy efficient lighting and insulating the roof are just a few examples!

More recently The Priory Rooms implemented positive changes to their services and operations to further reduce their carbon footprint; now this eco-conscious building has an eco-conscious team! Popular with delegates is on Monday’s only having vegetarian buffets, biodegradable “doggy boxes” for those lunch time leftovers, toilet twinning to donate latrines across Africa and using harvested rain water used to flush the toilets!

These green initiatives were embraced by The Priory Rooms following Quakers in Britain’s 2011 commitment to become a low-carbon sustainable community, and the exciting challenge to become Birmingham’s greenest meeting and conference centre begun!

Recycling by staff and delegates is heavily encouraged throughout The Priory Rooms; bins are in every room, lobby area and office with signs on most walls! Each week First Mile collects the large quantities of recycling produced by the conference centre. They have acknowledged the incredible efforts made by The Priory Rooms throughout 2013 with a Silver Award Certificate; recycling 2,000kgs, saving 23 trees and off-setting 2.9 tonnes of CO2!

The Priory Rooms Conference Centre Manager said “I would like to thank First Mile for the award and the delegates and staff who help everyday with the recycling campaign.”

Lean more about The Priory Rooms environmental initiatives on the website http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/page/about-us/environmental-initiatives and why not visit the First Mile website to discover how to become a greener company http://www.thefirstmile.co.uk/about-us/

If you would like to hold your next event at the eco-conscious Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre contact the highly experienced Bookings Team on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk

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We Challenge You to Spend a Penny! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/we-challenge-you-to-spend-a-penny http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/62 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:30:00 +0000 spend_a_penny.jpgThis Lent The Priory Rooms will be supporting Cord's "Spend a Penny" Challenge, asking staff and visitors to put a penny in the pot every time they flush the toilet!

For 40 days and 40 nights, the "Spend a Penny" challenge will raise vital funds to help Cord provide clean water, improve sanitation and promote hygiene education in Africa.

The Priory Rooms are delighted to be taking part in the challenge and hope to generate a significant donation for Cord. Every penny counts when as little as £8.00 could provide clean drinking water for one person!

You can help The Priory Rooms meet the challenge by booking your next meeting or conference at our venue throughout March and April and putting a penny in the pot! View our nine flexible meeting rooms* and contact our highly experienced

Bookings Team for a quote on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk. For more information about Cord and the "Spend a Penny" challenge visit their website http://www.cord.org.uk/

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It’s The Priory Rooms’ 10th Birthday! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/its-the-priory-rooms-10th-birthday http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/61 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:30:00 +0000 happy-bithday.jpgThis March, The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre celebrates it’s 10th Birthday since The Lord Mayor of Birmingham officially opened the centre on the 3rd March 2004!

At this incredible milestone The Priory Rooms reminisces over a successful ten years of hosting meetings and conferences; becoming one of the most sought after venues for a wide variety of customers to hold their events!

Over the past ten years, The Priory Rooms has been committed to being a socially and economically responsible meeting and conference venue, providing outstanding service and exceptional facilities which are regularly reviewed to ensure customers receive the best possible experience! In turn, The Priory Rooms has been rewarded with a loyal customer base and receive new enquiries on a daily basis as delegates, enamored with the friendly and professional venue, go on to re-book and refer!

The Priory Rooms’ exciting journey all started ten years ago when Central England Quakers carefully designed a sympathetic extension to their 1930's Bull Street Quaker Meeting House, creating nine flexible meeting and conference rooms for hire in Birmingham city centre. The Priory Rooms was born with all profits made supporting the charity projects of Central England Quakers.

Throughout our tenth year The Priory Rooms has exciting developments ahead including renovating the Main Meeting House with state of the art AV equipment and improved seating, upgrading the air conditioning in all our rooms, and installing energy-efficient lighting throughout. Customers will continue to see The Priory Rooms investing in the building and services to meet our objective of becoming Birmingham’s greenest meeting and conference centre, without compromising on value for money and always providing an excellent customer experience!

As we celebrate our birthday, The Priory Rooms would like to thank Central England Quakers for their unequivocal support, our loyal customers and hard working team for an exceptional ten years!

Book your next meeting, conference or event at The Priory Rooms through our highly experienced Bookings Team on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk.

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