The Meet in Nottingham team had a busy and productive few days at this year’s Meetings Show. Have a read on for our key take outs.
- Confidence in live events and the benefit of industry networking has returned
- 150+ quality expressions of interest in bringing events to Nottingham from sport events to large 3000+ conferences
- Huge levels of interest from the medical and life sciences sector thanks to our two world-class universities and NHS Trust hospitals
- Car-free solutions tick the box on sustainability as we progress on our journey to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral city by 2028
- An appetite to discover what’s new – from high end space at a new canalside fine dining and event location to an eco hotel on a green biodiverse university campus.
Showcasing Best of Nottinghamshire
We showcased Nottinghamshire’s comprehensive offer at The Meetings Show, the UK’s largest trade event, partnering with The Island Quarter; The National Ice Centre & Motorpoint Arena; Goosedale, Nottingham Venues and Mercure Nottingham Sherwood Hotel.
It was great to see the return of confidence in holding full live conferences once again, moving on from the hybrid or virtual options post pandemic.
It was clear that businesses recognise the benefit of industry networking as part of their events, and we saw a real appetite for the range of solutions and flexible options Nottingham is able to offer meeting and event buyers.
Top Destination for Life Sciences
We were delighted to generate many positive leads including a significant number in the life sciences sector which were attracted by our two leading universities and one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals.
Life sciences has been at the heart of our knowledge-driven economy for 200 years, and Nottingham is now the third largest MedTech cluster outside of London, making us a great choice of conference location for the sector.
We’re on a mission to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral city by 2028, with unprecedented levels of investment in an award-winning, clean and green public transport system, electric vehicles and sustainable energy sources.
The ability to offer car free solutions to delegates was something that came up again and again, so we are in a great position with our green credentials as one of the least car dependent cities in the UK.
New Kids on the Block
Finally, all our stand visitors were keen to hear about what is new in Nottingham.
The newest development for Nottingham, The Island Quarter generated a lot of interest with its three storeys of restaurants, bars, and events space. With a canal-side location, Binks Yard provides a unique city terrace featuring a huge outdoor performance stage and the LARGEST outdoor screen in the East Midlands which supports their ‘Live at Binks Yard’ events programme.
Cleaver and Wake is led by Chef Laurence Henry, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2018, and offers a modern, elevated dining experience. Upstairs at Cleaver & Wake is their dedicated events space located on the top floor of the iconic ‘One The Island Quarter’ building. With panoramic views across the city, this space is perfect for weddings, conferences, gala dinners, private parties and product launches for up to 200 guests.
We were also able to showcase the results of a recent multi-million pound refurbishment of The East Midlands Conference Centre with its state of the art meeting and event spaces and The Orchard Hotel, the 4-star eco hotel located next door.
Get in touch
We’re looking forward to generating lots of new business for the city and county that will bring significant benefits to the wider local economy.
If this has sparked your interest, or if you’d like some help bringing your next big event to Nottingham, contact Rachel Stewart at Meet in Nottingham on firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 18 July 2023