With the evolution of meetings and events, there’s no denying it, the way we do business has changed dramatically in the last few years. The plethora of start-ups being run from home offices continues, however, now it seems that an increasing number of multi-million pound businesses are being run ‘remotely’ and it is this sizable shift that is altering the way we hold business meetings and events on a daily basis.
Thanks to a world that is constantly connected, the requirement for a corner office seems to have dissipated and even those companies that have the facilities are ‘hot desking’ now more than ever. Having meetings outside of the office is no longer a taboo subject, with many believing that stuffy meeting spaces, dated board rooms or clinical canteens, not only make for the worst Christmas party venue ever, but can also stifle creativity and make people less productive. Getting out of the office is not only great for motivation and inspiration, it also encourages networking, better client facing interaction and gives you the opportunity to get out of the office chair and moving.
As such, hotels like The Chester Grosvenor are seeing an increase in business bookings for a variety of uses. From simple meetings, where people just want a quiet space and a great coffee, to exclusive use of rooms for more official meetings, as well as increased demand for large event space within the city centre, the move out of the office is becoming ‘the norm’ in the corporate world.Set in the heart of the city, the five star Chester Grosvenor is steeped in history, yet its evolution has ensured that it incorporates all of the contemporary business requirements.
Here Sales Manager, Joanne Tipper, comments: “The way people do business is changing. We have seen a definite spike in demand for business space, with meetings and events being held throughout the hotel on a daily basis. The hotel itself is not unlike a Tardis, stretching all the way back from the main street, through meeting rooms, quieter areas for people to hold more intimate discussions, all the way back to conference and events suite that can accommodate up to 350 guests. From one man bands looking for an impressive venue to meet clients through to multi-nationals in search of an exciting space, this side of the business has never been busier.”
Joanne continues: “People are keen to investigate new ways of working and as such, we have developed a number of tailored business packages to meet demand. The hotel has had to adapt in a number of ways from state-of-the-art video and audio equipment to something as straight forward as improvements to the hotel wifi. This combined with dining and accommodation packages to meet the needs of fast-paced business guests, means that we are seeing an increase in return customers on a monthly and even weekly basis.”