Businesses are in "the Blackberry era", according to Alistair Stewart, managing director of etc. venues, and are demanding ultra-modern training and conferencing facilities that are on their doorstep and all-inclusive.
"Staff are learning and being trained in a different way," according to Mr Stewart. "Three or five-day residential courses are not feasible any more, things have to happen faster and more efficiently."
Carrying out conferences economically and in a timely manner and providing training with the least amount of fuss is now of the utmost concern as companies do not have the time or money to splash out on expensive accommodation or residential courses.
Guy Booth, general manager at etc.venues, commented: "With companies under financial pressures, day training centres offer an affordable solution to residential packages, at approximately a third of the price. They can provide flexibility in terms of accommodation, cancellations, creature comforts, self service as well as the chance to budget your own finances."
City centre conference facilities also provide the flexibility to arrange all sizes of meetings and conferences, assessment centres, sales seminars, product launches, as well as graduate and mandatory training. Businesses are looking closer to home for organising out-of-office meetings partly because staff are becoming less willing to make long journeys in cars to drive across the country to out-of town facilities. …