Nottingham Venues Host ‘beam’s Great Supplier’ Showcase


beam (formally HBAA), the leading organisation for the business events, accommodation, and meetings sector partners with Nottingham Venues for national event at East Midlands Conference Centre. 

Delegates from 90 organisations within the UK’s business events, accommodation and meetings sector have visited Nottingham for beam’s winter ‘Great Supplier’ showcase. 

Hosted at Nottingham VenuesEast Midlands Conference Centre (EMCC), the event showcases the leading venues and agents within the sector which is worth £31.2 billion annually to the UK economy. The biannual event promotes best practice and education between venues and offers the opportunity for suppliers to network with their agency counterparts, promoting product knowledge and building genuine and integral relationships.

beam, the leading membership organisation within the business events sector, chose the EMCC for the national event due to its proven track record in hosting such events, and the combination of conferencing facilities and hotel accommodation available at the 4* Orchard Hotel on the same site within the 300-acre University of Nottingham campus.

The EMCC has recently undergone a £2.1 million refurbishment programme and is on course for a record year, with strong demand for conferencing and events facilities from organisations across the UK as the sector continues to recover from the pandemic.

Being chosen to host the beam winter supplier showcase is significant for Nottingham Venues as Melissa Sobo, Director of Sales explains: “We want more companies to choose Nottingham as a destination for conferences and events as this will bring commercial benefits to the whole city. Raising awareness of the first-class facilities available at the EMCC, alongside our other venues to beam members is a step in helping us to achieve that aim.” 

“beam’s Great Supplier Winter Showcase is always held at a venue which is considered to be amongst the best in the UK and one which can accommodate all needs of its members. We are therefore delighted that Nottingham Venues and the EMCC was chosen. Its another sign that our progress in developing our destination since the re-brand and re-launch in the summer of 2022 is being recognised and people like what we have to offer.”

Ryan Doyle, beam Board Member comments: “Nottingham Venues provided BEAM and our members with the perfect canvas for the event, with their auditorium and event space to allow for a free-flowing seamless event, accompanied by a delightful dinner and luxurious accommodation all under one roof.”

“Sustainability is at the heart of BEAM and echoed across the industry and we feel our ethical values aligned perfectly with Nottingham Venues and their sustainability initiatives.”

Nottingham Venues is a collection of independent venues specialising in meeting and events, set in the beautiful ground of the University of Nottingham campus. All venues, including the East Midlands Conference Centre, the Jubilee Hotel and Conferences venue, Campus Venues and the 4* Orchard Eco Hotel were brought together under one brand in July 2022 with the aim of providing an unrivalled guest experience.

Nottingham Venues provides meeting space from 5 to 1000 delegates, with over 40 meeting rooms, 2000 sq. ft of exhibition space and 300 bedrooms at the Orchard Hotel and Jubilee Hotel combined.