New research into the UK’s conference and meetings sector - UK Conference and Meeting Survey 2017

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Southampton Solent University’s Conference and Events team are delighted to have received not one, but two nominations this year.

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New research reveals a buoyant but competitive meetings market

14th July 2017

New research into the UK’s conference and meetings sector, entitled the ‘UK Conference and Meeting Survey 2017’ (UKCAMS), reveals that, in 2016, the highest numbers of face-to-face conferences and meetings were held at UK venues since 2008. This is despite, or possibly because of, the uncertainty and instability created by Brexit. The research estimates that the sector was worth an estimated £19.4 billion in venue and destination direct spend in 2016, a rise in line with inflation compared with the estimated value of £19.2 billion in 2015. Read more...


6th July 2017

Southampton Solent University’s Conference and Events team are delighted to have received not one, but two nominations this year. Read more...


12th May 2017

Renowned chef and restaurateur, Marco Pierre White (MPW), is bringing his popular Steakhouse Bar & Grill to Southampton this May 2017. Read more...

Southampton Hoteliers Association Welcomes Their New Vice Chair

3rd April 2017

The Southampton Hoteliers Association is a collective of hotels in Southampton which aims to promote the vast range of fantastic hotels there are across the city. The group meet regularly to discuss how they can combine efforts to improve and enhance the visitors experience in the city and provide jobs and careers for the local community. Read more...

The Whitebeam launches fine dining concept in city centre

2nd December 2016

The Whitebeam, a new addition to Southampton’s eclectic dining scene, launches this December in the innovative ‘Spark’ venue, part of Solent University’s recently expanded conference centre. The restaurant is a new concept for Solent, celebrating the abundance of locally sourced ingredients and foraged food available in Hampshire. Located in the University’s £33million building in the heart of the city’s East Park, the restaurant presents seasonal menus handcrafted by Chef Oliver Bloxham who joins the venue from Chewton Glen and Claridge’s. Oliver was also the recipient of the prestigious ‘Egon Ronay Scholar of the Year’ award in 2013. Of his new menu, Oliver says: “I created the menu on the basis of nature, with autumn as the key factor, as it brings a bounty of nuts, seeds, wild fungi and the most amazing fruit and vegetables. With all this great produce the menu can quite simply write itself.” Focussing on lunches, set menus are priced at £18 for two courses and £24 for three courses. The menu will change each month with a seasonal theme from Oliver’s hunter-gatherer adventures around the county. The launch of the new concept takes place at 12pm on Tuesday 20 December, guests are invited to book in advance. Bookings for the speciality seasonal lunches are being taken now on the below dates: 20 December 24 January 14 February 24 February Further dates throughout 2017 have been set and will be released in the New Year. There will also be a special Valentine’s Dinner on 14 February with 3 courses from £24 per person. The Whitebeam is also available for private hire for drinks receptions, dinners and parties and can hold up to 120 guests. Enquire here today! . Read more...

Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa on target to open in 2017

24th October 2016

On Friday 21st October The Lord Mayor, business leaders and dignitaries headed to the rooftop of the new Southampton Harbour Hotel , to celebrate the milestone progress of the exciting new development. Read more...

Solent Conference Centre relaunches with a spark!

5th October 2016

Ready for take-off….

Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel £1.5 million bedroom refurbishment

25th August 2016

Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel Southampton Hampshire is extremely proud to announce the completion of a £1.5 million bedroom refurbishment, with phase two to follow. All rooms benefit from free Wi-Fi and complimentary use of our state-of-the-art Health Club and swimming pool. Read more...

MATERNITY COVER: Conference & Events Administrator

23rd May 2016

We are delighted to announce that our Hannah is soon to be going on maternity leave to welcome baby Dixie to the world. . Read more...

Solent Conference Centre team nominated for two national awards

3rd May 2016

Southampton Solent University’s Conference and Events team are delighted to have received not one, but two nominations for the international Conference Awards this summer. (more…). Read more...