We often hear that travelling within the UK (or a staycation!) is great because it’s cheap, easy and convenient. There’s no jetlag; it’s considered to be the Brexit-beating holiday choice, according to The Independent [1].

However familiar it may seem to us, we shouldn’t view domestic travel as a fall-back or a second-best option, for pleasure or for business purposes.  The UK has an unbelievably rich heritage, monumental landscapes and mouth-watering local delicacies.  That may explain why tourism into this country is such a vital part of our economy.  Foreign visitors tend to gravitate towards big cities and famous landmarks, but some of them are more independent and adventurous. They are increasingly discovering the hidden treasures which are also available and waiting to welcome you, for your next corporate event.

No compromise

Whether you are planning a sales or marketing meeting, team-building activities, a company conference, or a hospitality event for customers or channel partners, there is a vast selection of world-class locations, venues and services available to you, right here on your doorstep.  Saving budgets on air travel and valuable working time can sometimes be the right decision.  Compromising on quality and return on investment, however, is not negotiable.  You can be absolutely certain of making a positive impression and creating unique lasting memories with corporate events here in the UK.

We have decades of experience and hundreds of successful events behind us, which makes choosing just a few examples quite a challenge.  Having operated corporate group travel programmes, conferences and incentives in over 50 countries around the world, we believe in Britain as a comparable (and often unbeatable) alternative.

Take your pick

For high-level exclusive team meetings, two great venue examples are Hound Lodge, on the glorious 12,000 acre Goodwood Estate near Chichester in Sussex, or Foxhill Manor, in the peaceful Cotswolds countryside. Features include exclusive use of the venue for your distinguished guests, butler service, private dining, meetings and recreational activities including shooting and fishing and much more [2].

For really special private corporate hospitality events, our recommendations include The Vineyard (a 5-star Relais & Châteaux Hotel) near Newbury in the Royal County of Berkshire with its outstanding restaurants and award-winning wine cellars, or Oulton Hall, an 18th century mansion near Leeds, in West Yorkshire, with its beautiful hills and dales golf course, health club and spa, restaurants, private dining room and exclusive Champagne Bar.

In contrast, there are many superb themed venues in the UK that provide the ideal backdrop to an important business event.  We were delighted to be able to take over the London Transport Museum for dinner where our client – a leading Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer – hosted an elite gathering of top European officials investing in zero-carbon transportation solutions for the world’s capital cities [3].

All on your doorstep

Whether your next corporate event is a small-scale, intimate meeting, or a major product launch with a global audience and a complex logistical programme, this country competes with all the World’s leading destinations.  The ingredients for a successful event are all here – tradition and history, contemporary design and technology, world-class creativity, excellent and imaginative hospitality services and reliable, responsible and professional event management industry experience.  Right here in the UK.