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Acclaimed fashion label, E. Tautz, unveiled its Spring Summer ’19 collection in a stunning catwalk show at Congress Centre during London Fashion Week Men’s

Attended by over 60 leading fashion journalists, E. Tautz’s SS19 invitation-only catwalk show took place in the Marble Hall at London’s Congress Centre on Saturday 9th June 2018. The contemporary collection, entitled ‘Give Me A Future’, featured a stunning range of British-made garments and was extremely well-received.

E. Tautz explored its own roots in order to create the collection, rebuilding historic supply chains in the north of England and revisiting the social history of the UK’s textile regions as the design house came to terms with the very difficult issues the fashion industry faces in its future, a future that needs to address the spiralling issues of sustainability and ethics.

According to Ian Samuels, Commercial Director at E. Tautz, “A friend who works for a venue-finding service immediately suggested Congress Centre as a possible location for the show after we discussed the inspirations behind the collection. I’m so glad they did as the venue is amazing – the Marble Hall couldn’t have been more appropriate for unveiling the collection as its heritage is rooted in the UK trade union movement. The room is bright and airy with high ceilings and the added benefits of a wonderful sweeping staircase and views of the famous Epstein sculpture in the building’s central courtyard, which provided additional interest to some of the shots we took. It was the perfect backdrop for the collection.

“The service at the venue went above and beyond; the guys on duty couldn’t have been more helpful if they tried. Location-wise, we needed to be somewhere near the Strand and interesting venues with a large enough capacity are hard to find in the area so I’m really pleased we discovered Congress Centre.”

E. Tautz’s SS19 menswear collection features British military denim from Cookson & Clegg of Blackburn, hand-appliqued and embellished by the Royal School of Needlework, upholstery fabric and Oxford shirting from John Spencer, one of the few cotton weaving mills to survive in Lancashire, and UK-made sweatshirts and t-shirts from yarn spun in Greater Manchester, knitted and dyed in Leicester and sewn in Blackburn.

To find out more about holding a fashion event or press day at London’s Congress Centre, please call 020 7467 1318 or visit www.congresscentre.co.uk.


A choice of images taken at Congress Centre are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/juf1i1508kz0yks/AABh37yty-WKddnc9xWEw2pVa?dl=0. (Please credit ‘E.Tautz SS19’).

For press information please contact Anne Wright, PR Consultant to Congress Centre, T: 01582 629172, E: anne@wiz.ltd.uk.

Note to the Editor

About E. Tautz

E. Tautz is a ready-to-wear fashion label with a Savile Row aesthetic. Founded in 1867 by Edward Tautz, E. Tautz catered to the sporting and military elite of its time, traditions that inform the collections today. Headed by owner and creative director Patrick Grant, E. Tautz was re-branded in 2009 and launched as a ready to wear label to wide critical acclaim. Awarded BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund 2015, E. Tautz provides men with a 'uniform for a life less ordinary', taking the formality out of tailoring. For further information visit www.etautz.com.

Congress Centre is pleased to announce the opening of a brand new space at the venue – The Congress Suite – following extensive renovations over the summer. The completion of the new room has been carried out ahead of Elizabeth Line services commencing in late 2018 from nearby Tottenham Court Road tube station, just two minutes’ walk from the mid-century modern venue, which will allow direct access to Heathrow in around 30 minutes.

The Congress Suite, which measures 17.7m x 10.4m, has been created from four smaller interconnecting meeting rooms to form one large contemporary space, complete with air conditioning and LED colour changeable lighting. The room also features original 1950s’ parquet flooring which has been carefully restored, while two sets of glazed double doors have been added to access the new space.

Situated on the same level as Congress Hall (the largest space at Congress Centre), when booked in conjunction with the Hall, The Congress Suite makes an ideal exhibition area and it is large enough to accommodate 14 3m x 2m exhibition stands. Alternatively, the room can be used as a breakout area for catering, workshops and meetings, accommodating up to 190 people for a sit-down meal or 200 standing.

The venue is well-known for providing quality AV equipment and The Congress Suite has been fitted with a Yamaha LS9 16-channel digital sound desk with 2 top-table microphones, as well as lectern and roving microphones. There is also a Sennheiser infrared hearing loop with 6 lanyard units for the hard of hearing, while 14 double sockets around the room, free standard Wi-Fi, 7 double data sockets for hard-wired internet connection, Cat 6 connections and 63 amp 3 phase complete the technical specifications.

In addition to the creation of The Congress Suite, Congress Centre’s summer renovation programme included the refurbishment of the extensive women’s and men’s washroom facilities on the same level to increase capacity and install new LED lighting, as well as installing new LED lights in Congress Hall.

According to Ruby Chagger, conference & sales manager at Congress Centre, “The Congress Suite is a welcome addition to the venue as clients have been crying out for another large space, particularly for use as an exhibition area to accompany events taking place in Congress Hall. The new space has turned out to be even better than I envisaged.”

To arrange a personal tour of Congress Centre please call 020 7467 1318 or email: congress.centre@tuc.org.uk.
The central London conference and events venue, Congress Centre, has announced plans to turn the Congress Suites, currently four interconnecting meeting rooms, into one large space as part of a summer programme of refurbishment at the venue, which is due to take place between 20th July and 10th September 2017.

The Congress Suites are on the same level as Congress Hall, the venue’s largest room that accommodates 500 theatre style (850 standing), and are frequently used as breakout areas for events taking place in the Hall. However, in recent years an increasing number of clients have been booking the Congress Suites to hold exhibitions and by breaking down the partitions between the rooms and incorporating the adjacent corridor, the floor area will increase significantly from 143 sqm to 191 sqm.

During the renovation work, it is hoped that the original 1950s’ parquet flooring in the listed building, currently covered by carpet, can be restored and two sets of glazed double doors will be added to access the new space, with colour changeable LED lighting installed throughout the room.

Congress Centre’s summer renovation programme also includes refurbishing the extensive women’s and men’s washroom facilities on the same level to increase capacity and install new LED lighting, as well as installing new LED lights in Congress Hall.

According to Ruby Chagger, conference & sales manager at Congress Centre, “We’ve decided to schedule the renovations for this summer in preparation for the opening of the Elizabeth Line at Tottenham Court Road station which is around two minutes’ walk from the venue. When Crossrail services commence in 2018, the venue will benefit from direct connections to Heathrow Airport by train in around 30 minutes.”

To find out more about Congress Centre go to www.congresscentre.co.uk or email congress.centre@tuc.org.uk
London's Congress Centre launches new gin & tonic networking packages
Event organisers bored with the usual wine, beer and soft drinks networking packages are in for a treat. This autumn hi-tech Congress Centre has launched a choice of drinks packages featuring a range of delicious handmade hot nibbles washed down with one of Britain's favourite tipples, good old G&T. (For traditionalists, wine, beer and soft drinks will also be available!)

For further information call the Congress Centre team on 020 7467 1318.
London venue breaks new ground in the war against food waste
London’s Congress Centre is currently the only known conference and events venue in the capital to embrace the principles of leading chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in their campaigns to put an end to needless food waste and promote ‘wonky veg’.

The environmental and financial impact of food waste came to the fore on the TV series, Hugh’s War on Waste, which blamed supermarkets for much of the food wasted in this country, while the concept of selling wonky vegetables was championed by Jamie Oliver and farmer, Jimmy Doherty, in their programme Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast on Channel 4.

Hi-tech Congress Centre, located near Oxford Street, recently reached an agreement with its existing vegetable supplier, Kent-based Watts Farms Catering Ltd, who will now supply the venue with seasonal ‘wonky veg’ on an ongoing basis as part of Congress Centre’s regular order. Watts Farms already supplies a number of office caterers and restaurants in central London and also supplies wonky veg to Asda, one of the supermarkets that has started selling vegetable selection boxes. Watts Farms recently appeared on The One Show discussing the issue of food waste in farming and, according to company director Ed Gray, “As far as I’m aware Congress Centre is the first large conference and events venue in central London to really get behind wonky veg.”

According to Ed, “Approximately one third of the produce farmers currently grow ends up as food waste. One of the main reasons for this is due to products not meeting the exacting specifications set by large supermarket chains and being the wrong shape or size. The “wonky veg” we sell is still top quality premium produce, it just happens to be slightly bigger or smaller than the products you are familiar with seeing in the supermarket, or it may be slightly crooked, but the taste and quality remain the same.”

A keen supporter of the London Living Wage, Congress Centre is also proud to support any initiative to reduce food waste. According to the venue’s in-house chef, Damon Shorland, “Not only does purchasing wonky veg reduce needless waste, but with food costs ever increasing, it helps to keep Congress Centre’s budget on an even keel, which means that we can continue to offer some of the most competitive day delegate rates in central London without cutting any corners when it comes to the quality of our offering."

Special late availability rates just released at London’s Congress Centre
If you're planning to hold an event in central London, make sure you check out Congress Centre’s fantastic late availability rates for February and March 2016! Call the Conference Centre team now on 020 7467 1318 or email congress.centre@tuc.org.uk to find out more.
Congress Centre becomes an M&S preferred supplier
In December 2015 Congress Centre was delighted to become one of Marks & Spencer's preferred suppliers and the leading high street retailer held its first event of 2016 at the venue in Congress Hall this month.

The week-long International Buying Fair showcased women's fashions for Autumn 2016 and involved a complex set-up with bespoke fashion pods created for the Per Una, Autograph and Indigo collections among others.
Congress Centre celebrates the end of improvement works with new-look statue
A client drinks reception held last night in the Marble Hall at Congress Centre marked the first appearance of our new-look Epstein sculpture, which has recently been meticulously cleaned. The cleaning of the sculpture, overlooking the building’s Marble Hall, was the last phase of work at the venue, which began with the successful installation of a new Eden Project-style canopy roof over the summer.

Carved from a 10-ton block of Roman stone, the statue is a memorial to victims of the two World Wars and was originally created in 1956 by the famous sculptor, Sir Jacob Epstein. It depicts a lone woman supporting the limp naked body of a dead soldier and is a memorial to the sacrifices made by trade unionists during the wars. It was officially first unveiled in 1958.

The statue takes pride of place in the central courtyard, now protected from the elements by the new canopy roof, and provides a striking backdrop for events taking place in the Marble Hall.

Please call us on 020 7467 1318 if you would like to arrange a tour of the venue.
Foyer outside Congress Hall
The spacious Foyer outside Congress Hall can now be transformed into a relaxed seating area, ideal for coffee or informal lunches for up to 140 delegates, thanks to the recent acquisition of some stylish wooden coffee tables. Why not enquire about using them for your next event?
Further improvements planned at London’s hi-tech Congress Centre
Leading central London conference and events venue, Congress Centre, has recently announced plans to install a stylish new glazed canopy roof to protect its central courtyard from the elements and preserve Congress Hall’s original listed space-frame ceiling.

The scheme, which will maintain natural ventilation and light levels, is supported by both English Heritage and Camden Council and will be installed in July 2015, causing minimal disruption to the conference hall.
Following a competitive tender, the canopy roof contract was awarded to Vector Foiltec, the company which invented the technology some 30 years ago and which has completed 95% of all ETFE projects worldwide and more than 800 projects in the UK. Congress Centre joins many prestigious buildings in adopting the technology including the Eden Project, the Natural History Museum and the Beijing National Aquatics Centre (known as the Water Cube) for the 2008 Olympics.

According to Ruby Chagger, conference & sales manager at Congress Centre, “Once complete, the new canopy roof will be a stylish feature that will both enhance and protect our architecturally renowned modernist venue for years to come.”
Winter Newsletter
Congress Centre’s ‘Vitality’ package becomes a permanent fixture
Last year Congress Centre introduced a special ‘Autumn Vitality’ DDR package in response to demand for fresh and healthy options. The menu has proved so popular that they have decided to make it a permanent fixture in 2015. The comprehensive day delegate package costs £62.50 per person + VAT and includes:

• arrival Fairtrade tea/coffee with fresh fruit and yoghurt bowls
• exclusive hire of main meeting room
• an additional breakout room for your complete use throughout the day
• mid-morning Fairtrade tea/coffee with energising oat cookies
• a delicious ‘food for the soul’ lunch comprising a selection of healthy bowl food
• afternoon Fairtrade tea/coffee served with macaroons
• data projector, screen & flip chart
• conference pads, pencils and mineral water
• Wi-Fi
• Dedicated account manager

Minimum number of delegates: 50
Case Study: Major health industry event takes place at London’s Congress Centre for the third year in succession
On Thursday 13th November 2014, the largest political event in the health & fitness sector’s annual calendar, the ukactive National Summit, took place at London’s Congress Centre in Great Russell Street, WC1. The event examined the future of physical activity and the public health agenda, as well as providing attendees with practical evidence-based interventions, advice and initiatives to put into place.

According to Christina Edscer, ukactive Events Manager, “This was the third year in a row that we’ve held our Summit at Congress Centre. We chose to return to the venue again in 2014 because of Congress Centre’s excellent location close to multiple transport links which makes it extremely convenient for delegates to get to. We also wanted a daylight venue with plenty of breakout space, along with a purpose-built stage set in the main room to avoid having to bring in extra equipment. The Congress Centre ticked all those boxes for us.”
The ukactive National Summit attracted more than 400 senior influencers from across physical activity, health, policy, brand, media, research, the charity space, and local authority commissioning. It was chaired by The Guardian & Observer’s Health Correspondent, Denis Campbell.

Among the many high profile speakers in attendance were former Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell OBE, Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England, Parliamentarian and former Paralympian Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE, former Director of Strategy at number 10 Lord Andrew Cooper, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison MP.
Healthy eating can be delicious
It's National Obesity Week from 12th-18th January 2015 and to mark the occasion Congress Centre’s Head Chef Damon Shorland has come up with the following delicious recipe which proves that healthy eating can be extremely tasty as well as good for you. Why not try it at home?

Sticky salmon with stir-fried vegetables

4 skinless salmon fillets, 150g/4oz each
3 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp teriyaki sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp oil (a mix of vegetable and sesame)
1 tbsp finely grated fresh root ginger
1 garlic clove, finely sliced
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
500g mixed green vegetables - bok choi, sugar snaps and broccoli, bean sprouts

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
Place the salmon on a baking tray. Mix together the oyster sauce, teriyaki and honey, then brush a little over the fish. Roast for 8-10 mins until glazed and just cooked through. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a wok, then fry the ginger, garlic and chilli for 1 min. Stir-fry the broccoli or any larger, harder veg for 3 mins, then add the leafy veg and cook for 1-2 mins more.
Stir in the rest of the sticky sauce, heat through and serve with the fish.

Did you know?
Salmon is packed full of nutrients; it is an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and vitamin B12) but it’s the content of omega-3 fatty acids that receives the most attention as it’s great for the brain, heart and general health.
A typical 100g serving of salmon contains just 85mg of cholesterol, 3.2g of saturated fat, 25g of protein and 231 calories.
Congress Centre invests in new equipment
Congress Centre has recently added to its impressive range of hi-tech equipment with the addition of four new top-of-the-range 55" Panasonic HD LED screens.

The monitors each come with built-in sound and a stand and are available for individual hire in any of the 16 rooms at the venue.
Customer Feedback
8th January 2014
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Hi-tech central London conference and events venue, Congress Centre, has revealed the results of its customer feedback questionnaire based on events held at the venue during 2013.

In the run up to their event, on average 96% of Congress Centre’s clients were either satisfied or very satisfied with the venue across a range of criteria including ease of contacting the venue, how their booking was handled, menu and wine list choices and the handling of catering requests leading up to the event.

During the event itself, an impressive 100% of respondents were either satisfied or very satisfied with the standard of their room, suitability of equipment and the efficiency and helpfulness of all staff, including IT specialists, along with the quality of the catering and standard of service.

A significant proportion of clients had either used the venue before or had heard about it via word of mouth.

According to Robert Girvan, Centre Director at Congress Centre, “We know from the results of previous research that customer service is something that really sets Congress Centre apart, but we were blown away by the results of our customer feedback survey during 2013. A staggering 100% of respondents said they would use the venue again and recommend it to others which is an incredible achievement for a busy London venue.We’re hoping to aim even higher in 2014 by ensuring that we achieve even more ‘very satisfied’ ratings and we also hope to encourage every client to provide us with post-event feedback. If there are negative comments out there it’s important tohear them so that we can further improve our performance as a venue.”

Congress Centre is set within an architecturally-renowned modernist building and offers 17 flexible conference and events spaces for 2-850 people. The venue is located in the heart of London’s West End, moments from Tottenham Court Road Underground Station and a short walk from Oxford Street, Covent Garden and Soho. To find out more, please visit www.congresscentre.co.uk or call 020 7467 1318 to arrange a site visit.


For press information, please contact:
Anne Wright, PR Consultant to Congress Centre, Tel: 01582 629172, Email: anne@wiz.ltd.uk
New UK Fashion Awards to be held at London's Congress Centre
An exciting new fashion awards show with an ecological twist will take place at London’s Congress Centre on 27th August 2013. More than 450 people, including leading figures from the fashion industry, the fashion press and members of the public are expected to attend the progressive Sponsor Me Awards, which honour eco-conscious designers. The Awards will be judged by fashion luminaries including entrepreneur Gillian Osrin, founder of the eco-ethical fashion website Style With Heart, and award-winning fashion designer, Manpreet Singh.

Emerging fashion designers will be invited to compete at the show for prizes including the chance to dress a well-known celebrity for a high profile star-studded event. The winning designer will see their fashions sold online through Style With Heart, as well as in a number of high street stores. 360Fashion Network will be offering the winner a branded mobile app powered by the 360Fashion MobileMags platform in its role as the Sponsor Me Awards paperless app supporter. Colourful Radio is the event’s media partner.

Radio One presenter, Gemma Cairney, will host the evening event, which will also feature a performance from Kelly Marie Smith of BBC’s ‘The Voice’ fame. The Awards will take place in Congress Hall, the largest space at Congress Centre which accommodates up to 500 theatre style. On arrival, guests will be greeted in the Foyer with drinks, snacks and canapés from 6pm and the fashion show, with proceeds going to homeless charity Centrepoint, is due to begin at 7pm. An open bar will run throughout the event, which is scheduled to end around 9:30pm.

The organisers are intending to make use of much of the built-in equipment at the venue, but plan to provide their own runway for the event. The Congress Suites (four interconnecting rooms on the same floor as the Hall) will be used for storage and changing rooms, and upstairs a number of fashion stalls will be set up in the venue’s Marble Hall which overlooks the famous Epstein statue in the building’s central courtyard.

A series of Sponsor Me Awards pre-catwalk events began in July to raise awareness of the importance of ethical fashion, including a once-in-a-lifetime fashion workshop. Held at a London boutique, the workshop gave four unemployed youngsters the chance to produce a customised clothing item from a charity shop find. Highlighting the importance of recycled and reused clothing for the homeless, the item will be auctioned at the Awards, with proceeds also going to Centrepoint, which supports 1,000 homeless young people each year.

Online voting for the awards show has already begun, and fashion lovers are invited to log on to support their favourite designers and select who will go through to the semi-finals.

Awards Director Sommer Currie says, “The Sponsor Me Awards were created to act as a progressive funding platform for emerging designers. Our aim is to tap into a pre-existing fashionable market by helping to raise awareness of the industry and the life struggles of emerging designers. We call this the retro alternative to the ‘British Fashion Awards’ and we seek to create the same vibe for undiscovered designers. By incorporating a night of glitz and glamour, coupled with fundraising initiatives for our chosen charity Centrepoint, we will be honouring those who seek to create sustainable and eco-conscious designs through their work.

“Congress Centre is an ideal venue for the Awards because of its brilliant position in the centre of London, just around the corner from Tottenham Court Road Underground Station. The venue also meets all our space and technology requirements and, most importantly, it has the contemporary yet retro vibe we were looking for.”

Tickets for the Sponsor Me Awards event are now on sale. To find out more, vote for an emerging designer or bid for the one-off item created in the workshop, please visit: www.sponsor-me-awards.biz.

For press information, please contact:


Anne Wright, PR Consultant to Congress Centre, Tel: 01582 629172, Email: anne@wiz.ltd.uk


Rebecca Appleton, Dakota Digital, Tel: 01623 428996, Email Rebecca@dakotadigital.co.uk


Chris Gerrard, Media & PR Officer, Tel: 020 7423 6887 / 07540 678234, Email: c.gerrard@centrepoint.org
Justin Bieber book signing at London's Congress Centre
London’s Congress Centre was packed with excited fans on Saturday 23rd February when teen pop legend, Justin Bieber, held a book signing for his latest book Just Getting Started at the central London venue. The event, which was organised by WHSmith, proved enormously successful with approximately 1,000 ‘Beliebers’ eagerly lining up to meet their idol and get their books signed.

Delighted fans vied to catch a glimpse of their hero as he arrived at the venue. Doors officially opened at 3pm and the book signing began at 4pm, with a snake queuing system set up in the largest space at the venue, Congress Hall, to efficiently manage the large numbers present. Fans then filed through to Congress Suite One, on the same level as the hall, to meet their idol in person.

Just Getting Started promises fans a backstage pass, taking them behind the scenes to discover what life is really like for the world’s hottest pop star. Starting from the first night of his debut world tour, the book follows Justin on his rollercoaster ride to superstardom as he visits the far corners of the globe, makes his very own movie, records his new album, wins numerous awards and pens a bestselling book, to name just a few of the amazing feats he’s achieved over the past few years.

According to Ruby Chagger, Conference & Sales Manager at Congress Centre, “It was a real honour to have Justin visiting us for the day and WHSmith seemed very pleased with how the event went. There were large numbers of fans present but the event was managed by them very professionally. Everything ran like clockwork.”
Congress Centre undergoes comprehensive upgrade & introduces Free WiFi
17-room hi-tech conference and events venue, Congress Centre, has recently completed a comprehensive overhaul of its audio visual equipment, wireless internet provision and kitchen facilities.

The venue, which is located in the heart of London’s West End, has installed a new high definition 3D 20,000 lumens Panasonic projector in its largest space, Congress Hall, identical to the projector used in the main stadium at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is accompanied by two new 85-inch plasma screens of a similar high specification. Organisers can now make use of this equipment, along with a state-of-the-art digital sound desk and the option of 18ft/12ft x 10ft projector screens at no extra charge when booking a room hire or day delegate package at the venue.

Congress Centre’s wireless internet provision has also just been upgraded. Working with BT, 32 high specification access points have been installed throughout the venue, controlled via a cloud system and supported by a 100-meg fibre optic line. And, as of 1st March 2013, standard Wi-Fi connectivity for checking emails or Twitter will be free for all organisers and their delegates.

To assist organisers who are running events of a more complex nature, 13 new Sennheiser G3 radio microphones have been installed throughout the building to provide greater flexibility, whilst behind the scenes the in-house catering team has benefited from a range of new equipment, including a pot washing machine, six-burner gas hobs, brat pans, refrigeration and a large rational oven that cleans itself at the end of each day.

According to Centre Director, Robert Girvan, “We pride ourselves on being one of the best value purpose-designed conference and events facilities in central London and the new equipment, along with great food and service, will enable us to continue to deliver a top quality experience to our many clients.”
On 16th January 2013 leading high street bank, Barclays, held an important event entitled ‘The Big Barclays Apprenticeship Conversation’ at hi-tech central London conference & events venue, Congress Centre. The event coincides with Barclays hiring its 500th apprentice, an important milestone in the bank’s innovative programme to tackle youth unemployment.

The day-long London event was designed to inspire and motivate over 100 young Barclays’ apprentices, providing them with careers advice and enabling them to network as a group. Effective ways to tackle youth unemployment were high on the agenda and attendees also had the opportunity to map out their career plans for the future. Members of Barclays’ senior management team were in attendance, including Chief Executive, Antony Jenkins, and Chief Executive of Barclays Retail and Business Banking, Ashok Vaswani, who delivered motivational speeches. Delegates enjoyed a soup and sandwich lunch and refreshments courtesy of Congress Centre’s in-house catering team.

The London event was one of four being held across the country on the same day. Similar events took place in Coventry, Cheshire and Newcastle.

Ruby Chagger, Conference & Sales Manager at Congress Centre said, “Barclays is a loyal and regular client of Congress Centre’s and we were delighted to welcome them back to the venue and host such a worthwhile event.”

Barclays’ innovative apprenticeship scheme was launched in April 2012 and enables young people with no prior experience or qualifications to start a career. All apprentices who successfully complete the scheme are guaranteed a permanent job with the bank. They also receive full pay (equivalent to a new joiner) from day one of the apprenticeship and benefit from dedicated training towards recognised qualifications and regular mentoring. A further 500 apprentices will be recruited by June 2013 bringing the total to 1,000.

New figures which survey the first 500 apprentices show the real impact the programme is making by providing genuine opportunities for young people to get into work and start developing their careers through quality apprenticeships:

· 86 per cent of Barclays apprentices were previously not in any form of employment, education or training
· 76 per cent have come off state benefits as a result of securing a Barclays’ apprenticeship
· 51 per cent had been unemployed for more than six months, with 30 per cent unemployed for more than a year
· 37 per cent joined Barclays with fewer than five GCSEs (grade A-C) and 88 per cent had no further qualifications. As Barclays’ apprentices they can now retake English and Maths, as well as working towards QCFs in Financial Services.
The success of the programme is already being demonstrated with very strong retention rates and performance ratings, significantly higher than the industry average. Barclays’ line managers have also praised the excellent work ethic and attitude shown by apprentices and have been impressed by their ability to relate to customers.

According to Ashok Vaswani, “As a bank, one of the best investments you can make is in your people. We’ve given 500 young people that vital first opportunity to get into work, and will support a further 500 in the coming months.”

A significant number of the current apprentices were recruited in conjunction with charity partners who help young people into employment, including Action for Children, Tomorrow’s People, The Prince’s Trust, Business in the Community and Mencap.
Hi-tech central London conference & events venue, Congress Centre, has recently upgraded AV facilities in the Council Chamber, the second largest events space in the popular 1950s' listed modernist venue.

The stunning wood-panelled Council Chamber, which has a capacity of up to 160 theatre style or 200 standing, now boasts a new digital sound desk and HD projector enabling 1920-1080p. The room has also been completely re-wired with new front-of-house speakers, a large wide screen and built-in rack to make it more user-friendly.

According to Ruby Chagger, Conference & Sales Manager at Congress Centre, “The Council Chamber now has in-house AV facilities to rival those in Congress Hall, our largest events space, which means that there’s no need for event organisers to bring in external AV equipment to achieve outstanding results.”
New member of staff!
Alice Tadmor (28) has recently joined the team at London’s Congress Centre as conference & sales co-ordinator. Prior to joining the venue Alice was an events manager at the Goring Hotel for five years where she was responsible for overseeing a wide range of events and functions, frequently crossing paths with royalty, celebrities and politicians. Most recently she was an events manager and PA for a legal consultancy in Westminster.

Alice has replaced Rose Reynolds who returned to her native New Zealand at the end of 2009 to get married.

According to Ruby Lyall, Conference & Sales Manager at Congress Centre, “Alice was by far the strongest candidate at interview. Her experience, delightful manner and obvious competence make her ideal for the role. We’re delighted to have her on board.”

Alice has a BSc degree in Food and Consumer Studies from Sheffield Hallam University.
New Reception Area and Foyer
London's Congress Centre unveils new reception area and foyer – the location for new BBC drama

Before the paint was even dry on Congress Centre’s recently-completed reception and foyer it was snapped up by BBC2 as a location for its new drama, Money.

The stunning new space, designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, has successfully achieved its aim of introducing more space, colour and light to Congress Centre’s entrance and welcome area. Thanks to an array of LED colour-change lights, the venue can now adapt its colours – even its own logo – to the organisation hiring the space.

According to Centre Director, Robert Girvan, “We wanted hirers to feel that Congress Centre is an extension of their own brand or premises, and thanks to the new design this objective has definitely been achieved.”

The main wall in the reception area has been covered in striking large hexagons, reflecting the design of the original 1950s’ space-frame glass ceiling in Congress Hall. There is a new Corian desk with colour change LED lights to match the main bulkhead and a 42-inch plasma screen which can be used for the main conference welcome message. The main registration area, lit by a vast 30m x 1m linear Barrisol structure (the longest in London), has an impressive white glass wall measuring 3m x 9m with a huge 103-inch high definition plasma screen. The new glass registration desk also has colour change LEDs to match the illuminated Congress Centre logo behind, with colour-change down-lights along the glass partition. Up-lights illuminating the underside of the foyer’s impressive staircase add to the stunning visual effect.

To view Congress Centre’s new foyer and reception area, please call 020 7467 1318 or visit www.congresscentre.co.uk.
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