office* UK Exhibitor Show Highlights - Corporate Hospitality, Business Travel & Venues

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office* - the UK’s only dedicated event for PAs, office managers and executive support professionals - announces 2012 show highlights from its corporate hospitality, business travel and venue providers. The annual two-day exhibition and conference takes place next month at Olympia’s National Hall, London, on 12-13 September 2012.

office* show, London, 12-13 September 2012

office* show, London, 12-13 September 2012

London, UK: office*, the UK’s only dedicated professional event for PAs, office managers and executive support professionals, returns to London on 12-13 September. Taking place at the new venue of Olympia’s National Hall, the show will feature over 175 exhibitors – including many of the UK’s leading venues and corporate travel and hospitality providers.

Since many exhibitors will be offering show only deals on essential business purchases throughout the show, attendees will enjoy an increased opportunity to source budget friendly deals from numerous suppliers in one single, cost-effective visit. The following is just a taste of what show press and buyers can expect to see at this year’s office*.

The first company of its kind to exhibit at office*, Azzura Charters are specialists in sourcing and organising private air charter. As a new company, formed during 2012, office* provides the perfect platform to officially launch their air charter services, which are tailored to the business travel market (stand 4035).

With a new venue sourcing website due to launch in autumn 2012, it’s prime time to discover The Westminster Collection’s ‘one stop shop’ venue enquiry service at office* on stand 3039. A valuable and free resource for time-starved event organisers wanting fast, convenient access to rates, availability and room specifications, TWC brings together 54 charismatic event venues housed within London’s City of Westminster. The website will enable users to browse venue profiles, lodge a single enquiry, and await direct responses from all TWC venues.

First time exhibitor Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) will be hosting drinks receptions between 2-3pm on both days of the show (stand 1070A, HBAA Village) to unveil what plans exhibiting agent and venue members have in store for 2012/2013. HBAA members showcasing their premium services and venue facilities at this year's exhibition include: The National Motorcycle Museum; Accor Hotels; Absolute Corporate Events; etc.venues; Center Parcs; Holiday Inn London – Stratford City; Conference Care; and Ellis Salsby.

At office* 2012 Center Parcs Corporate will be showcasing the range of spaces and team building facilities available across its four UK locations (stand 1070F, HBAA Village). The corporate events team will be promising a touch of relaxation by offering luxurious Elemis gift sets to attendees who make a pre-arranged appointment to speak to one of the team, as well as asking visitors to ‘Grow with us’ by giving them small trees to take home or back to the office.

Holiday Inn London – Stratford City (stand 1070J, HBAA Village) is a new generation Holiday Inn, which opened in May this year, overlooking the Olympic Park in Stratford City. One of the onsite hotels for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is within minutes of the financial centres of London, Canary Wharf and the Excel Exhibition & Conference Centre. Hotel features include 188 guest rooms and 7 state-of-the-art meeting rooms catering for up to 80 delegates. The hotel’s restaurant, lounge bar and outside terrace have panoramic views over the Olympic Park.

Conference Care – the venue sourcing and event management agency, have recruited Andy Harmer – the world’s top David Beckham lookalike, to join them for office* 2012. Conference Care pride themselves on their client relationships and ensuring that their clients’ meetings and events deliver maximum impact and return of investment. Visitors to stand 1070M (in the HBAA Village) can find out more whilst having their photograph taken!

Newly launched hotel group Puma Hotels’ Collection offers 21 hotels throughout the UK. The new British hotel group focuses on the unique characteristics and location of each hotel, whether through the local cuisine, the grounds (particularly in the case of the flagship countryside properties), or the nearby facilities and attractions. With 2,800 bedrooms, 215 flexible meeting rooms and free Wi-Fi access, Puma Hotels Collection is rapidly becoming a top choice for corporate bookings (stand 1070N, HBAA Village).

Ellis Salsby Ltd organises ‘Really Successful Events’ for companies across the UK and Europe and will be unveiling a fresh new look at office* 2012 (stand 1070K, HBAA Village). Commenting on the new brand, the company’s CEO and founder, Mr Ellis Salsby, said: “We needed a revised look that is dramatic, stands out and can be used for both offline and online marketing. We want to demonstrate that we care but that we’re also modern and vibrant”.

Keith Prowse, leading corporate hospitality service provider, will be offering visitors to their stand 5016 the chance to win a Mulberry Bryn Oak bag in natural leather worth £695. The company, who has more official appointments than any other corporate hospitality supplier, holds contracts with some of the most prolific sporting events in the UK, including The Championships at Wimbledon; Henley Royal Regatta; Twickenham Stadium; The Kia Oval; The Ageas Bowl; Edgbaston Cricket Ground; and Audi International Polo Day. Keith Prowse representatives at office* will be showcasing their impeccable hospitality offering via video trailers and free corporate hospitality guide, ‘Your Season’, which will be available to take away.

Saracens – Allianz Park (stand 6043) will be showcasing details about its new stadium in London NW4, which is due for completion in February 2013. As well as being the new home for Saracens Rugby Club, it will also offer the very best in meetings, events, parties and sporting facilities in North London, and with an all weather pitch, it will be open for business 12 months a year.

Ever wondered what it would feel like to be a jockey in a world class horse race? Jockey Club Venues (represented by Cheltenham, Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park Racecourses) is inviting office* attendees to test their skills as a jockey and to race in the Epsom Derby – Britain’s most prestigious flat horse race. Visitors to stand 6040 will be expertly guided by an ex-jockey on how to ride a mechanical horse, against the backdrop of some thrilling Epsom Derby footage. The person who can race for the longest time will win a fantastic hospitality package courtesy of Jockey Club Racecourses.    

Group Hotel and Meeting bookings need not be a nightmare with HRS (stand 4048). HRS, Europe’s leading corporate hotel portal, is removing the headache from making group hotel reservations and booking meeting rooms with a completely free booking service for groups of business travellers. A specialist ‘meetings and groups’ team is available at every one of its offices, by phone or email, to suggest suitable hotels for individual requirements at the best possible rates, chosen from the 32,000 hotels worldwide.

Independently owned, Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, has recently opened the new Follifoot Wing; including 48 new bedrooms, a spa, gym, and 14-seat private cinema (stand 3046). Commenting on these developments, Peter Banks, managing director of Rudding Park, says: “In addition to the investment in the Follifoot Wing, which has increased our capacity for residential conferences, we’ve also recruited a new Guest Services Team. Rudding Park provides guests with an experience that is equivalent to, if not better than, some of the most well known hotels in British hospitality.”

Historic country-house conference and meetings venue, Stoke Rochford Hall in Lincolnshire, aims to add a little more fizz to its office* stand. The Victorian mansion offers stately comfort with state-of-the-art facilities, and is now the only place in Britain to find Champagne exclusively imported just for them. Visitors to stand 6010B (in the AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village) can discover more about the venue and, for a limited time each day, sample the Champagne. Plus, enter a prize draw for a luxury Stoke Rochford Hall break.

Find out more about the multi-million pound refurbishment at the iconic De Vere Hotels – The Grand, Brighton at office*. Improvements are now underway and will include refurbishing all bedrooms to the highest standards, modernisation of conference and meeting facilities, and refurbishment of the Victoria lounge, bar and terrace. A luxurious well-being spa, further syndicate space, and an exciting new seafood restaurant will also be added. All works are scheduled for completion in early 2013. Be one of the first to experience a luxury weekend of top-to-toe pampering at The Spa at The Grand, by entering the free prize draw on stand 6010Q (in the AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village).

Chartridge Conference Company has recently invested in excess of £25,000 in a major upgrade to the Wi-Fi broadband coverage at all four of its conference and meeting venues in the Home Counties and West Midlands (stand 6010N, AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village). This new system is the latest development to ensure that all facilities meet customer demand and means that visitors can now access the free Wi-Fi service in all areas within each venue. Venues include Chartridge, Hitchin Priory, Lydiard House and The Beeches.

Based in the heart of the Midlands, Warwick Conferences (stand 6010S, AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village) offers one of the widest choices of meeting space in the UK. Comprising three dedicated training and conference centres – Scarman, Radcliffe and Arden – and the main campus Conference Park; Warwick Conferences expertly cater for up to 1200 delegates. The state-of-the-art facilities are supported by unprecedented customer service, award-winning catering, and a dedicated events team

Sixways Stadium’s new £8m club extension, which is due to open on December 1, will feature a plethora of sporting and fitness facilities (stand 6010C, AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village). Commenting on the latest phase in the exciting Sixways development, Jason Andrews, regional director at David Lloyd Leisure, says: “We are very excited about coming to Worcester and providing the community with what will be a fantastic club, offering excellent facilities, classes, programmes and expertise. The Sixways site is a fabulous location for our racquets, health and fitness facilities and we are very much looking forward to working in partnership with the Worcester Warriors, a first-class rugby team.

Conference Torquay is the local Conference Bureau, responsible for the marketing and promotion of Torquay as a conference destination (stand 6010K, AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village). The Bureau offers conference and event organiser’s professional advice and expert assistance on all aspects of conferencing and event planning in Torquay. Torquay, on the English Riviera, offers a wide choice of conference and exhibition venues: from 1500 capacity, purpose built Riviera International Conference Centre; to a range of excellent business hotels.

Euston based conference and meetings venue, Friends House, will be using the office* exhibition to showcase the next stage of its ‘inspiring refurbishment’ set for completion in 2014 (stand 6010D, AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village). The venue launched the first stage of works to the second floor in September 2011. Friends House will be unveiling their stunning refurbishment plans for its 1,100 capacity, flagship auditorium, which will be flooded with natural light from a new large fixed glass roof as well as being an inclusive and sustainable space.

The Ascott Limited – Serviced Residences & Apart’Hotels Worldwide launched its new Citadines Prestige Trafalgar Square in March 2012. It is the 3rd Citadines Prestige Apart’hotel in London and the 6th in Europe, joining one in South Kensington, one in Holborn-Covent Garden and three in Paris. Also new this year is the Club Apartment, which is available in most Citadines Apart’hotels. A small supplement guarantees enhanced comfort, greater space, increased privacy and inclusive hotel-style services (such as breakfast, daily housekeeping). Ascott, global leader in the serviced residence industry, operates three brands – Ascott, Citadines and Somerset – in more than 70 cities across 20 countries worldwide. Visit stand 2046 to enter a prize draw to win one free night’s stay in a studio.

Corporate entertainment and travel specialist Hospitality Line (stand 5042) will be showcasing their recently launched, first fully interactive site; dedicated solely to the pursuit of creating the ultimate corporate festivities. Fusing a full service offering with a simple e-commerce concept; the new portal allows users to search and design their ideal event, taking into account very specific criteria including location, food, entertainment, themes, budget and much more in a few simple steps. Hospitality Line is ideally suited to provide the ultimate party packages based on more than twenty years’ experience of delivering meetings, exhibitions, events and more to the corporate sector.

The third edition of office* will take place on 12-13 September at the new venue of London’s Olympia National Hall. For further information and to register for a free entry pass to office* 2012, which includes free entry to Keynote Theatre and new office* Interactive Theatre, please visit and use priority code OFF119.

Keynote speakers for 2012 include Dragons’ Den business investor Deborah Meaden; celebrity chef Ed Baines; Sir Richard Branson’s former EA Penni Pike; and celebrity PAs Josephine Green and Merryl Futerman, whose clients include Emilia Fox, Joseph Fiennes, Miranda Hart, and Julian Clary. (

Media enquiries & press pass requests:
Emma-Louise Jones, PR Manager
t: +44 (0)1273 645134                    e: ejones (at) divcom (dot) co (dot) uk

office* exhibitor enquiries:
Ali Mead, office* Event Manager
t: +44 (0)1273 645124                    e: amead (at) divcom (dot) co (dot) uk!/officeshow


Diversified Business Communications UK (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton. In addition to office*, Diversified UK’s portfolio includes SITS – The Service Desk & IT Support Show, Natural & Organic Products Europe, Natural Products Scandinavia, lunch!, camexpo, Natural Products magazine and the Natural Beauty Yearbook.

Diversified UK is part of Diversified Business Communications, a leading international media company, with a successful portfolio of sector leading exhibition, conferences, publications and websites.

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