Monday, August 08, 2011
Glasgow high on the agenda for meetings
Glasgow remains high on the agenda as a popular choice for meetings, largely down to its range of exciting new venues, purpose built conference centres and its tradition of innovation. The city remains in the top three European destinations in terms of value for money for association conferences and, with Edinburgh, is second only to London as one of the most popular destinations for business gatherings in the UK.
As Glasgow gears up for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and with the city’s Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre celebrating 25 successful years, the city is buzzing as never before. Here is a selection of venues in Glasgow, which are ideal for meetings and events.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is housed in an historic building in the heart of the city, offering a spectacular setting for a range of events. There are two venue hire spaces available, the Centre and the Kg café.
The Centre can seat up to 500 people for dinner and up to 1000 people for a drinks reception. Here guests can enjoy a magnificent combination of culture and fine cuisine while seated beneath the exquisite vaulted ceiling and ornate chandeliers.
The Kg Café, within Kelvingrove on the basement level, offers a great location for private dinners and receptions for up to 80 people, allowing guests to enjoy the beautiful outlook to Kelvingrove Park offered from within the Café’s attractive conservatory area.
Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre
The Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre has an enviable reputation for hosting outstanding conferences and events and catering for gatherings ranging from 10 people to 10,000. It features a variety of flexible spaces with five exhibition halls, the iconic Clyde Auditorium, the Crowne Plaza Hotel and 31 dedicated break-out rooms, all under the same roof.
The 3,000 seat Clyde Auditorium is not only a superbly equipped, purpose-built conference centre, it has become an icon of Glasgow and a symbol of the regeneration of the river Clyde.
The new £74m Riverside Museum sits beside the River Clyde at the mouth of Glasgow’s other main river, the Kelvin, adjacent to Glasgow Harbour and opposite Govan.
The futuristic structure has been inspired by Glasgow’s maritime history and designed by internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, replacing the Museum of Transport at the Kelvin Hall. The new museum, which opened in June, houses Glasgow’s transport collection as well as some impressive new exhibits. The Clyde-built Glenlee Tall Ship is berthed outside.
The entire museum can be hired on an exclusive-use basis and is capable of hosting a reception for up to 800 guests. The versatile venue boasts a number of self contained areas offering discreet spaces for corporate meetings and events, including a magnificently atmospheric recreation of a typical Glasgow Street spanning the years between 1895 and 1930.
Blythswood Square Hotel
Launched in 2010, this £26 million five-star hotel from the luxury Town House Collection is Glasgow’s compelling boutique option for the business market and boasts stylish private dining and events suites complemented with the latest technology. The building, which dates from 1823, was formerly the home of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club. Beautifully restored, the hotel commands one side of Blythswood Square, a lovely green space in the centre of Glasgow.
There are seven areas available to hire, including the Monte Carlo suite, which has a 52-seater meeting table and which can also be adapted to accommodate up to 120 people for a reception.
Glasgow Science Centre
Located on the banks of the River Clyde opposite The SECC, the Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland's must-see visitor attractions - presenting concepts of science and technology in unique and inspiring ways. It offers a distinctive five-star venue for corporate events.
Glasgow Science Centre offers a variety of unusual and exhilarating venue spaces set in the height of contemporary cool. These include the IMAX theatre, which can take up to 385 people theatre style and the First Floor Science Mall, which can accommodate up to 1000 for a reception.
Grand Central Hotel
The Grand Central Hotel is located in the heart of Glasgow and is one of the city’s best-known hotels. The venue has undergone a £20 million refurbishment, transforming it into one of Glasgow's superior conference destinations.
The stunning Grand Room has capacity for 400 people and there are a further 21 unique and flexible event rooms. From its stunning decor to the beautiful champagne bar and guest rooms, everything at the Grand Central Hotel has been beautifully renovated and loving restored to reveal a truly magnificent hotel and meetings venue.