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Priory Rooms' Director Wendy Burnett, also a member of Central England Quakers (CEQ) sends Christmas Greetings and wishes for a Peaceful New Year to The Priory Rooms customers, staff and associates on behalf of the Board.

"The Priory Rooms have enjoyed an exciting and busy 2015 and we have welcomed existing and new clients over the year.
This year we completed an eighteen-month refurbishment programme which included a new highly-efficient air conditioning unit, outstanding new lighting facilities in the Main Meeting House and the installation of fibre optic wi-fi throughout the venue. We were also delighted with the launch of the Midland Metro extension which stops right outside the venue. In the New Year the completed project will provide our customers with a quick and easy route from New Street Station through the city centre to our doorstep.

At the beginning of 2015, The Priory Rooms were able to gift over £40,000 to CEQ for projects which include West Midlands Peacemakers, Northfield Ecocentre, The Peace Hub and Hope Project. These have grown tremendously this year, expanding their work and outreach, to deliver a wide range of services. I would like to thank all of The Priory Rooms' customers for choosing our venue and supporting the invaluable work of each of these projects.

We have had some lovely feedback on your experience. at The Priory Rooms which is much appreciated. On behalf of the Directors we thank Andrew Callan, The Priory Rooms Manager, and all of the staff for their hard work and dedication over the past 12 months. The excellent service provided to customers could not happen without them!

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year and look forward to seeing you again in 2016."

Discover the CEQ charities http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/page/about-us/our-profits
The Priory Rooms are delighted to see a tram-mendous change in Birmingham city centre as trams now stop outside our venue doors every 8 minutes!
The Priory Rooms are located adjacent to the first city centre tram stop to be opened which takes passengers to and from Wolverhampton. The stop was officially opened by the Queen in front of a large crowd of spectators in November. The next stops leading to New Street Station will open in early 2016. Making it easier than ever before to get to our venue!
Shake off the colder mornings. Forget about the wet, dreary days. Warm up with The Priory Rooms serving scrumptious seasonal menus to make you melt!

The Priory Rooms' delicious winter menus will keep you bright, focused and pro-active whatever the weather.
Festive favourites are served in our seasonal hot lunch buffets; sausage and bean casserole, chicken and spinach pie, herb crusted salmon and butter bean and tomato stew.
Delicious puddings will blow away any mid-day moans about winter; walnut date and honey cake, cream and sultana shortbread, caramel apple loaf and chocolate walnut brownies.

Menus to Make You Melt http://theprioryrooms.co.uk/page/catering/catering-options
Freezing Prices to Make you Glow
The Priory Rooms are freezing our prices for 2016 meeting and conference bookings.

Rather than make you shiver, we want to make you glow this winter.
We have frozen our prices to ensure planning your next conference at The Priory Rooms is frost-free.
All room hire rack rates for Weekdays, Saturday's and Evenings in 2016 will be iced over to remain the same as this year.
Our Day Delegate Rates will also remain the ice-breaking competitive price of £35+vat.
The incredible Marvelous Mondays and Fabulous Fridays special offer stays at the chillingly good price of £25.60+vat per person.
And....with a large proportion of The Priory Rooms' profits supporting the community-based projects of Central England Quakers, you are sure to glow when you book a meeting room.

The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre
Donate to Decorate! Bringing Christmas to Birmingham Childrens Hospital
This Christmas, staff at The Priory Rooms are volunteering to decorate the Renal Ward at Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital. They hope to spread some festive cheer for the children and families who will be spending time on the ward throughout the festive period.

The Priory Rooms have a great relationship with local charity Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital after several years fundraising for them. This December, for the first time, Ann-Louise (Conference Support Executive), Beth (Business Development Manager), and Tom (Hospitality Assistant) are taking part in the Hospital Ward Decorating Project. Local businesses are invited to fundraise for decorations and create inspiring, festive displays around the hospital. This is a great chance for The Priory Rooms to meet patients and see the difference fundraising makes.
On Monday 7th December Ann-Louise, Beth and Tom will be decorating the Renal Ward. The staff and nurses on the ward work hard all year round treating children with kidney disease, acute and chronic renal failure, renal transplants, plasmapheresis, lipid apheresis and MARS therapy. The children are often coming back and forth to the hospital and waiting long periods of time, so it is vital they feel relaxed, comfortable and at home. Especially at Christmas!
The Priory Rooms are asking you to kindly DONATE TO DECORATE! Help us buy decorations to transform the Renal Ward this Christmas;
Pop in and Put in to the fundraising tubs at our Birmingham city centre venue, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF.
Applaud and Award Ann-Louise, Beth and Tom with your generous donations.
Click and Contribute on our Just Giving website page https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/theprioryroomsbirmingham-childrenshospitalchristmasfundraiser

Thank you! We will keep you updated of our progress and share pictures of the festive display so that you can see exactly what your generous donations helped us to achieve!

For more information about the Ward Decorating Project visit the Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital website http://www.bch.org.uk/?q=content/volunteer-us
The Priory Rooms’ Magnificent Macmillan Coffee Morning!
This September The Priory Rooms took part in the Worlds BIGGEST Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and raised a fantastic amount of money for the charity!

The Priory Rooms were thrilled by the turnout for the Macmillan Coffee Morning they hosted on Wednesday 23rd September with £102 being fundraised.

Guests and conference room delegates relaxed in our bright Atrium whilst enjoying fair trade tea and freshly filtered coffee with delicious home-made cakes; chocolate brownies, lemon and poppy seed cake, blackcurrant sponge cake and lemon curd sponge cake. Many of the cakes were donated by The Priory Rooms’ long-standing caterers Just Good Food, who played a vital role in the events success. Just Good Food was delighted to help with the cause and delegates praised the delicious cakes. All who attended the coffee morning donated generously to the charity, as did the many conference room users and The Priory Rooms staff.

Macmillan Cancer Support provides medical, emotional, practical and financial support and push for a better cancer care system. Each coffee morning held across the country this year will have raised life-saving funds for Macmillan’s on-going hard work. For more information about Macmillan visit their website http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/Home.aspx

Thank you to everyone who donated, every penny will help enhance the fantastic support Macmillan provides cancer patients. The Priory Rooms staff hopes to inspire other companies to fundraise for charities.

If you would like to enquire about availability of meeting and conference rooms at The Priory Rooms call the team on 0121 236 2317. For full details of Just Good Food’s services, visit their website http://www.justgoodfood.com/
Starlight is one of the 89 individually decorated owls on display in Birmingham for the Big Hoot Trail this summer. The beautiful, hand-crafted mosaic owl was created by internationally renowned artist Caroline Jariwala. Caroline, who lives in Bearwood and a member of Edgbaston Quaker Meeting House, designed the owl with a group of young people from residential care in Birmingham. Through mosaic depicting children holding hands the owl raises awareness for the need for more foster and adoptive parents in Birmingham. Starlight, named by the children, is a star attraction on The Big Hoot, standing outside the Pavilions shopping centre in the High Street.
The group of ten young people, aged 11-17 years old, are from Camborne House and Clissold Street children’s homes. Their creative design was recently commended at the High Sheriff Awards. The group were nominated by the Lord Mayor’s office for the Young Person’s Inspiring Others category and won!
Caroline is a highly prolific artist who has been working in the field of fine art since 1986. She is enjoys being part of school and community projects which help others explore emotion and memories. Most of Caroline’s artwork is inspired by her Gujarati Indian heritage, a fusion of Hindu symbolism and Quaker spirituality, developed through investigating themes of ritual, custom and culture.
“I move between two cultures; this has enabled me to develop my own personal faith journey. My work is meditative, exploring a range of emotion and experience.
I define myself as picassiette mosaic artist. Picassiette is a French slang term meaning “stolen from plate.” It is as though I am freeing the crockery pattern from a cup or serving dish to give new life.
The mosaic speaks to people’s conditions. It works on many levels. People are reminded of crockery from their childhood, there is a positive reminiscence connected to their own story.”
Caroline has been delighted to be part of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s fundraiser and how The Big Hoot trail has brought the community together, introduced art to a wide audience and raise awareness of great causes. Starlight will be auctioned with the other owls on The Big Hoot in October to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Caroline is currently exhibiting with two Quaker women artists at Inside Out-Outside In, Internal and External Human Landscapes at St Martin in the Fields Crypt Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London from Tuesday 11 August to Sunday 6 September 2015.
In addition, Caroline runs one day mosaic workshops at her home studio in Bearwood. She is also an Associate Tutor at Woodbrooke, and will be running a 4-day mosaic course in August 2016. A solo exhibition of mosaic works inspired by the patterns in flora and fauna is planned at Winterbourne Gardens, Birmingham, in Sept 2016.
Caroline’s website is: www.carolinejariwala.co.uk
Caroline Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/mango.mosaics
Bull Street Quaker Meeting House is once again taking part in Heritage Open Days on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September from 1.00pm-5.00pm. You are invited to come through the doors and discover the history!
Bull Street Quaker Meeting is part of Central England Quakers who own The Priory Rooms, also located at the same building. This September they warmly welcome you to explore the Meeting House during the Heritage Open Days.
Heritage Open Days is a nationwide event opening the doors of sites that are not normally open for the public. Bull Street Quakers are delighted to take part, for the public to learn more about Quaker convictions, beliefs and practices past and present. Refreshments are also available on both afternoons.
The current Bull Street Quaker Meeting House was built in 1933 on a city centre site occupied by Quakers since 1702 with many of the old gravestones retained. Throughout the two Heritage Open Days volunteers from the Bull Street Quaker Meeting will provide informative show-rounds, illustrate Quaker history, introduce modern practices, share their memories of the building and answer any questions.
Heritage Open Days was established by the Civic Trust (no longer in operation) in 1994 as England's contribution to the European Heritage Days. It began with 700 sites, that are not normally open for the public, being opened free of charge in September for four consecutive days.
The event is now managed by Heritage Open Days National Partnership, participation has now doubled and the list of sites being opened more wonderful and varied each year. It celebrates the historical venues and attractions within local districts that make these areas unique and participants aim to encourage discovery and a sense of pride to bring communities together.
Come through the doors to meet our heritage!
Heritage Open Days http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

On Wednesday 23rd September The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre will be taking part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

Come along to our Birmingham city centre venue between 9.00am and 5.00pm where there will be a variety of fair-trade teas, coffee and juice along with freshly made cakes available in our Atrium. Each item will cost just £1 and guests can network, read the newspaper or simply relax outside in our terraced gardens.
MacMillan Cancer Support provides medical, emotional, practical and financial support and push for a better cancer care system. Each coffee morning held across the country will help raise life-saving funds for MacMillan's on-going hard-work. Last year everyone who participated fundraised an incredible £25,102,796!
So come along on Wednesday 23rd September, bring a friend, enjoy the cakes and help fundraise for MacMillan Cancer Support to make this year the best yet!

We look forward to seeing you here www.theprioryrooms.co.uk
MacMillan Cancer Support http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/
Congratulations to The Priory Rooms' Business Development Manager Beth Sadler who has been shortlisted for an award at the Future Faces First Annual Awards Ceremony.

Future Faces, part of Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, develop the skills, knowledge and experience of young ambitious professionals to create the future business leaders. The Future Faces judging panel have selected eighteen finalists for five award categories. Beth is one of three shortlisted for the award of the Future Face of Leisure and Hospitality. The panel has been chaired by the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce's Group Director of Membership and Business Services Russell Jeans and a representative from each of Future Faces' five patrons.
Beth will attend the gala ceremony at Edgbaston Stadium on Friday 11th September. It will be a special evening highlighting the outstanding talent emerging in Birmingham and the contribution they are making to their sector.
Beth was recognised by the panel for her contribution to The Priory Rooms. Since joining the business in 2010 Beth has worked closely with the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Future Faces to promote The Priory Rooms services.
Beth, delighted with the nomination, commented,
"Thank you to the judging panel for shortlisting me! I am over-whelmed, especially in light of the high calibre of candidates. The Chamber and Future have been incredibly supportive of my ambitions for The Priory Rooms and created many opportunities.
I am so proud to work for The Priory Rooms and this definitely contributes to my success. Without the team's support and my love of everything we do, I would not have been nominated for this award!"

Good Luck Beth!
Meet the Three Candidates http://www.future-faces.co.uk/Events/Annual-Dinner---Awards-2015/Future-Face-of-Leisure---Business-Hospitality.aspx
Find out more about the Future Faces First Annual Awards Ceremony http://www.future-faces.co.uk/Events/Annual-Dinner---Awards-2015.aspx
The Priory Rooms are installing a £20,000 lighting refurbishment in the Main Meeting House this August. It will make the large, unique, city centre conference space even more A-Main-Zing! Enjoy superb atmosphere and flexibility in the stunning 1930’s venue. The spotlight will shine brightly on your event and guests will leave feeling illuminated.

The state-of-the-art lighting upgrades will showcase the Main Meeting House perfectly for your large conferences. It will also complement the £20,000 Audio Visual upgrade put in place last year. The room, which seats 200 people theatre style, had installed a new two speaker PA system, choice of microphones and a high-spec projector and screen. Each of these are controlled by a dedicated iPad, so facilitators can co-ordinate the entire event at a touch of a button. An impressive stage area was also built which transformed the room into a show-stopping venue!

The new lighting system will be added to the iPad to create bespoke event mood lighting. Organisers can set bright welcoming lights as delegates take their seats. Close the black out blinds during the projector presentations. Switch on the stage spotlights to focus on key speakers. Then finish with the up-lights beaming on the beautiful high ceilings for a striking visual. The Main Meeting House will definitely put you in the spotlight!

A-Main-Zing Special Offer Now Available!

To celebrate the Main Meeting House's refurbishment we are offering a 19.33% discount marking the year it was first opened.

Book your next event in the Main Meeting House before December 2015 to receive 19.33% discount off any date in 2015 and 2016!
Call our Bookings Team on 0121 236 2317.

Further information and pictures of the Main Meeting House are available here http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/page/meeting-rooms/main-meeting-house
Have a “Hoot” in Birmingham!
Be “wise owls” and explore Birmingham’s The Big Hoot Trail when you visit The Priory Rooms this summer. Take your colleagues out for a “flight” around the city centre on your lunch break and “ruffle their feathers” with this unusual team-building challenge. The innovative art project of giant owls has “landed” right by The Priory Rooms.
So we are offering delicious packed lunches for your team to take away and discover the collection on their break.
The Priory Rooms will also donate £20 to Birmingham Children’s Hospital on your behalf!
Fun, unique and interactive, the Trail is a real “hoot”!
Wild in Art, has “swooped” in 89 colourful giant owls in Birmingham city centre and beyond for The Big Hoot Trail. Each has been beautifully decorated by artists; individually designed to showcase the varied and vibrant culture of Birmingham. A Trail map has been created, which alongside The Big Hoot App enables you to discover the owls, scan the QR code at each location and release special offers.
The Big Hoot Trail is the perfect team-building exercise whilst you are using The Priory Rooms meeting and conference rooms. We are providing guests with Trail maps and packed lunches for a “hooting” time. Enjoy an extended break from the boardroom with a map and delicious packed lunch for only £6+vat per person. Take in the city’s culture and atmosphere by eating lunch in one of the many beautiful public realms, such as Victoria Square and St Philips Cathedral. And don’t forget to take an “owlie” with the ones you come across to show The Priory Rooms team on your return. We can’t wait to see your best pose and find out how many you discovered!
The Big Hoot Trail is being displayed all summer. On the 15th October the owls will be sold at auction to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Auction day will soon be here, so don’t delay, book your packed lunch for next time you visit The Priory Rooms! You can download The Big Hoot App for free on the App Store and Google Play. Trail maps are available in our Atrium area. Remember to upload your pictures to the twitter page @thebighoot using the #thebighoot2015 and include @theprioryrooms.

The Priory Rooms wish Birmingham Children’s Hospital a very successful fundraiser.
We look forward to hearing about our guests having a “hoot in Birmingham” on the trail.
Packed lunches are available by pre-ordering with the Conference Team. For £6+vat you will receive a sandwich, crisps, fruit, cake and drink. Minimum of 5 packed lunches to be ordered in conjunction with room hire.
For further information about The Big Hoot Trail visit http://thebighoot.co.uk/
The Priory Rooms partnered with their sister venues, from across the country, to hold an interactive and informative workshop by Disability Rights UK focusing on hospitality venues.

Staff from The Priory Rooms, Manchester Friends Meeting House and Woodbrooke Conference Centre attended a one-day course at Woodbrooke to understand best practice of the Equality Act 2010.
In attendance from The Priory Rooms were Premises Manager Dragan Obrenovic, Conference Support Executive Ann-Louise Rowlands, Hospitality Assistant Tom Bennett and Directors Jim Green and Sue Thompson. Each brought a unique perspective to the course and left with tips and advice on practical resolutions and invaluable customer service provisions.
The course was delivered by Mark Shrimpton from Disability Rights UK. Mark works at expert level in community care and discrimination law. Mark was an advisor and former Chair to the national voluntary organisation Assist UK and is currently a Trustee of CHANGE the charity of and for people with a learning disability. Mark also sits on the First-tier tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber, he is a judge for the National Diversity Awards, and the Excellence in Diversity Awards and he is a Director of Disability Solutions Worldwide.
Dragan complimented Mark's workshop, "Mark really cared that he opened our eyes to the barriers to access around a building. I left with a detailed understanding of how a building should function in order for everyone to feel welcome and at ease."

Find Your Answers with Disability Rights UK http://disabilityrightsuk.org/
The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre wrapped up a successful "Big Bandage" fundraising week for the Birmingham Children's Hospital by unravelling an incredible £2,000 donation!

The Birmingham Children's Hospital's "Big Bandage" campaign encouraged everyone to show their support by wearing a bandage with pride and donating to the charity. The Priory Rooms, based in Birmingham city centre, were delighted to take part for the third consecutive year! Once again they were supported by Just Good Food their long-standing catering suppliers, and Balfour Beatty contractors who are working on the Midland Metro extension in Birmingham.
The Priory Rooms’ conference room users donated generously throughout the week and many purchased the freshly-prepared cakes donated by Just Good Food.
The very kind-hearted Balfour Beatty Metro team, staff and operatives all dug deep and donated an exceptional amount. The Priory Rooms would especially like to thank Lisa Zdravkovic, J.A Rattigan & Son Ltd, Workforce Civils Ltd, PIER UK Ltd, Highway Traffic Management Ltd, Planacre, Central Tipper Hire and Fortel for their generosity.
All of the money raised will go to Birmingham Children's Hospital's Magnolia House Appeal; a facility where families can come together for support and peace. The Priory Rooms' Centre Manager Andrew Callan praised the successful week, "As the Children's Hospital are regular customers of The Priory Rooms, the staff and I always delighted to get involved with the Big Bandage campaign. We know first-hand the outstanding support the staff provide children and are thrilled at how much money has been raised! We would like to thank everyone who donated!"

Details of how to fundraise for Birmingham Children's Hospital are available on their http://www.thebigbandage.org.uk For further information about The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre call 0121 236 2317 or visit the website www.theprioryrooms.co.uk.
Award Winning Group!
The Priory Rooms congratulate their sister venues Woodbrooke and Friends House for both recently achieving incredible awards. Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham has received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and Friends House in London have been named Carbon Champions for Camden. These awards recognise their commitment to outstanding customer service and socially responsible behaviour. All of the sister venues prioritise these values and are incredibly proud of each other’s success.

Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre have been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The centre based in Selly Oak, Birmingham will run over 150 courses and retreats throughout 2015. Its historic building is surrounded by 10 acres of organically managed gardens, offering a beautiful and inspiring location for adult learners. Their Trip Advisor award is recognition of the quality, quantity and recency of opinions submitted by travellers on Trip Advisor over a 12-month period; testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers.

Friends House have been declared Carbon Champions in Camden by Camden Climate Change Alliance. The award is recognition of their enduring efforts not only to reduce their own impact on the environment but also to influence and support the local and wider community in living and working more sustainably. Since 2009 Friends House has reduced its total emissions by 22% and is working to continue these reductions. The award comes just after their unique venue space “The Light” won a Regional Royal Institute of British Architects Award. The Light is a magnificent refurbishment of the Quaker Meeting House's Main Hall. It features a breath-taking skylight over the 1,000 seater contemporary space and careful eco-conscious design; it embraces efficiency in its lighting, insulation and temperature control.

The Priory Rooms were delighted to announce recently that they had successfully completed The Venue Standard assessment; achieving high praise for their facilities and customer service. Top marks were given for the quality of their rooms, the equipment provided, catering service and overall customer experience. The Priory Rooms are proud to be part of an award winning group of venues, each one ideal for your meetings across the country.
The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre are proud to be once again supporting The Big Bandage; Birmingham Children's Hospital’s annual fundraising event. On Friday 10th July the Children’s Hospital encourages you to show your support by wearing a bandage with pride and donating to the charity. The Priory Rooms are getting involved by holding a week of fundraising; hoping to beat last year’s donation and raise greater awareness of the local charity.

For 2015 the Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Big Bandage is raising money for their Magnolia House Appeal. Magnolia House will be a facility within the Hospital grounds where families can compose themselves and come together for support and peace. The Priory Rooms are delighted to support the Children’s Hospital for the third consecutive year. From Monday 6th July the team will be holding a week of fundraising; selling and wearing customised bandages, asking for donations, and selling freshly-prepared cakes. All visitors to the conference centre will be encouraged to get involved by wrapping up in bandages and donating. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to show their support for the Hospital's brave children, their families and the wonderful staff.
The Priory Rooms are thrilled to once again have their fundraiser supported by Just Good Food their long-standing catering suppliers and Balfour Beatty contractors who are working on the Midland Metro extension in Birmingham city centre. Just Good Food are providing the freshly-prepared cakes for sale and Balfour Beatty Metro team, staff and operatives are digging deep to top up the donation.
As the Children's Hospital are regular customers of The Priory Rooms, staff are delighted to be fundraising again for the charity; knowing first-hand the outstanding support they provide children. Last year The Priory Rooms fundraised £310, fingers crossed this year will be even more successful!

Get involved with the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Big Bandage through their website www.thebigbandage.org.uk For further information about The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre call 0121 236 2317.
The Priory Rooms' Conference Centre Manager Andrew Callan is now volunteer Assistant Treasurer for Central England Quakers' project Northfield Eco-centre.

Andrew has always highly regarded the Eco-centre which offers the local community practical and inspiring ideas on how to green up your life-style, home or business whatever the size or budget.
He now joins the other volunteers of the Management Committee to support the development of the Eco-centre's projects and expand its partnerships across the Midlands.

Since becoming The Priory Rooms' Centre Manager in 2009 Andrew has enjoyed watching the Eco-centre grow its resources, projects and services. Andrew commented "The Eco-centre is a valuable asset to the local community; showing that being eco-conscious is practical and fun for people of all ages and backgrounds."

Over the past 5 years Andrew has implemented many environmentally-friendly policies within The Priory Rooms. Inspired by the Quaker commitment to being eco-conscious and the achievements of the Eco-centre, The Priory Rooms look at all business decisions from a "green" perspective.

Andrew joins the Eco-centre's Management Committee at an exciting time as new manager Michael Addison started in March. Michael brings fresh ideas to expand the Eco-centre's impact further afield and possibly start a social enterprise.

Andrew added "All of the Committee look forward to helping Michael and his hard-working team achieve the exciting ideas they have in the pipeline."

Join a Northfield Eco-centre Project http://www.northfieldecocentre.com/
Venue Assessors Praise Priory Rooms
The Priory Rooms have successfully completed The Venue Standard assessment achieving high praise for facilities and customer experience. Launched last year The Venue Standard provides meetings and event buyers with a clear indication of the quality of both product and service offered by venues.
The Priory Rooms were delighted to receive exceptional feedback from the assessment. Top marks were given for the quality of their rooms, the equipment provided, catering service and overall customer experience. It commended the hard-working team for delivering “very good hospitality” and being “friendly and welcoming.”
The Venue Standard, which has been created by Excellence Squared, was benchmarked late last year across a range of venues across the UK, including The Priory Rooms. Gary Swarbrooke from The Venue Standard explained why the new assessment has been introduced to the market. “Demonstration of quality is the key to success within the modern meetings and events industry. Our plan includes the establishment of The Venue Standard as the first global assessment, ensuring fair comparison of venues by event buyers researching and planning events in a wide variety of different locations around the world.”
The assessment is carried out by staff experienced in certifying businesses for Investors in People, The Matrix Standard and a multitude of ISO standards. They examined The Priory Rooms on the four key areas; customer feedback, administration, the quality of product and service delivery.
The Priory Rooms were thrilled to receive a glowing report, with Gary Swarbrooke commenting on;
“Evidence of a well-trained and knowledgeable team who are able to support the equipment on site and ensure the smooth operation for clients.”
“A team able to anticipate problems before they arise and enabling expedient solutions to be found.”
“A good selection of beverages and good quality biscuits, snacking items, fruit and also dietary options offered.”
“Rooms are set up to a very good quality, attention to detail in the set-up of rooms. Pads, pens, delegate cards and sweets provided, plus a well-stocked conference stationery box.”
“The food was good quality, looked substantial and a good overall imaginative choice.”
“Very good feedback from the customer service forms regarding the team.”
The Priory Rooms was one of the first venues to undertake The Venue Standard. Business Development Manager Beth Sadler commented: “The assessment was an opportunity to consider the successful practice of our administration, service, products and customer feedback processes, and have them benchmarked against competitors. Most importantly, The Venue Standard rigorously questioned our practices and procedures from the customers’ perspective. The final result - a customer-orientated, well-rounded judgement of the venue which has helped set us apart in an increasingly crowded market. In particular it demonstrates that we take being compliant and consistent seriously, that investment and improvement is crucial and above all the customers’ expectations will be met. We are very happy to be one of the first to join The Venue Standard.”
The Priory Rooms team are delighted by the praise as they are dedicated to delivering excellent quality conference facilities and continuously strive to improve. Well done to all of the staff!
Sensational Summer Menu Launched
We have launched our new summer menus with fresh, seasonal, locally sourced products, offering a varied choice. Your delegates will simply love our delicious summer breakfast and lunchtime buffets, leaving them energised for the day!

Make sure you start the day the right way with our scrumptious and healthy summer breakfast! Served from a cooler, our sensational breakfast menu now includes a colourful selection of fresh sliced fruit. Enjoy orange, melon, pineapple and strawberries, delivered daily from our local grocers, with individual pots of yoghurt, crunchy muesli and honey. Our popular freshly-baked croissants and pastries, breakfast bars and cereals are still served each day. Breakfast is served with our unlimited refreshments package; fair-trade and forever flowing!
The sensational summer lunch menu offers seasonal products that will leave delegates satisfied and sustained! New choices to our hot meals are Lemon and Thyme Marinated Chicken, Herb Crusted Salmon with Watercress Mayo, Sweet Potato and Spinach Lasagne, Hot Bacon and Broccoli Quiche and Salmon Fishcakes.
Our hot savoury bites include are Garlic Chilli and Lemon King Prawn Skewers, Homemade Pork Pies, Chicken Liver Pate and Apple Chutney Bruschetta and Mini Jacket Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives.
The delicious cold savoury bites feature Ricotta and Red Onion Tartlets, Plaice Goujons with Tartare Sauce, Courgette and Feta Quiches and Flat Mushroom topped with Tallegio Cheese.
Make sure you leave space for our mouth-watering desserts; Elderflower and White Chocolate Cake, Summer Berry Pavlovas, Lemon and Coconut Loaf, Mango Cheesecake and Coconut Macaroons are just a few tempting choices!
It may all sound “Too Good To Waste”, but sadly sometimes it doesn’t all get finished! However not to worry; eco-conscious Priory Rooms have put in place several initiatives to reduce the waste of catering. We provide bio-degradable “doggy boxes” so delegates who wish to take any food home can box it up, ask for it to be stored in our fridge and collect it at the end of the day. In addition all food waste is now collected by First Mile Recycling, who take it to be decomposed at a local site. Plus we serve "Meat-Free" Monday lunch buffets as reducing the amount of meat we serve reduces our carbon footprint.
If they are not enough reasons to book your summer conference at The Priory Rooms, then our landscaped garden with outdoor seating to enjoy your lunch from should be!
So don’t delay, enquire today!
THANK YOU to all of our new and long standing customers who have booked meeting and events with us throughout 2014. Through your support we have been able to make this exceptional donation to Central England Quakers' community projects!

Several of the projects are based in Birmingham including educating and empowering children in nearby schools and working within communities to establish peaceful relations and improve sustainability.
The West Midlands Quaker Peace Project (Peacemakers) work with adults and children in local schools developing skills for conflict resolution. Last autumn they were delighted to relocate their office to Birmingham city centre and recruited a new Peace Education Trainer for the highly successful Whole School Approach Project.
Northfield Eco-centre bring the local community together and educates them about protecting the environment. The popular campaign "Green Generation" invites children to learn about the environment in a fun and interactive way including building dens, sensory sessions and wildlife adventure trails!
The Hope Project provide peace building skills consultancy to projects all over the world. Recently they have concentrated on improving education in the remote rural communities of Uganda including funding towards school building and teachers.
Peace Hub is based in Birmingham city centre where the public are welcome to come in anytime to find out how they can get involved with peace campaigns and projects. The Hubs official launch day this February was a huge success and attended by many local public figures including the Deputy Lord Mayor.
Each year these projects are becoming even more successful. Your bookings enable The Priory Rooms to continue to support their outstanding work.

You can find out about these projects on our website
The Priory Rooms are delighted to announce another £20,000 will be invested in the stunning 1930s Main Meeting House this summer.
State of the art lighting upgrades are being installed to illuminate the venue perfectly for large conferences. The upgrade will offer a choice of mood lighting all controlled via iPad, complimenting the £20,000 AV upgrades put in place last year.

The Main Meeting House which seats 200 people theatre style had a new two speaker PA system, choice of microphones and a high spec projector and screen installed last year. All controlled by a dedicated iPad, facilitators can co-ordinate the entire event at the touch of a button! An impressive stage area was also built in the room which transformed the city centre venue into a showcase space!
The new lighting system will be added to the iPad to create bespoke event mood lighting. Organisers can set bright welcoming lights as delegates take their seats. Close the sun blinds during projector presentations. Switch on the stage spotlights to focus on key speakers. Finish with the up-lights beaming on the beautiful high ceilings for a show-stopping visual.

The project will be completed by September. Our highly experienced Conference and Events Co-ordinator Hannah Baynes has been enjoying showing off the Main Meeting House to bookers and telling them about what's yet to come.

"I've had lots of viewing of the Main Meeting House since the new equipment was added and each time they are over-whelmed about how unique yet practical the venue is."
Hannah would be delighted to work with you to create your perfect event.

Call 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk
On the 26th March Uprising held one of their National Youth Debates in The Priory Rooms' Main Meeting House. The evening event had over 130 young people talk directly to local parliamentary candidates, across all five main parties, on the issues young people care about.

The evening was one of eleven debates being held across the country on the same evening, as UpRising strive to increase youth involvement in current affairs and politics. More than 1000 young people grilled local politicians across the UK on the same night, as part of the first ever nationwide election debates for 16-25 year olds.

The panel for the Birmingham audience were; Rachel Maclean (Conservative, Northfield), Phil Simpson (Green, Edgbaston), Jess Phillips (Labour, Yardley), John Hemming MP (Lib Dems, Yardley), Clair Braund (UKIP, Ladywood) and Online Journalist and Lecturer at Birmingham City University, Paul Bradshaw. The enthusiastic audience asked them all hard-hitting questions about the economy, education, employment, immigration and the NHS. UpRising used the event to launch its new “My Voice My Vote” campaign to engage young people in the election, encouraging participants to register to vote and sign up 10 friends.

UpRising Youth Debate co-ordinator Nichola Twemlow said: “We were delighted so many young people got involved in the debates nationwide, showing stereotypes about an ‘apathetic generation’ are a tired old myth. UpRising organised the debates to show young people not just how politics influences them, but also how they can influence politics, giving them a national platform to do so. With only half of young people voting in 2010, there’s a real risk young people slide right off the political agenda unless they make their voices heard.”

UpRising is a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation. Their mission is to open pathways for talented young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. They equip them with the knowledge, networks, skills and confidence to fulfil their leadership potential, find new opportunities and transform the world around them through social action. UpRising's patrons include Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron MP and the Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Nick Clegg MP. Since 2008 UpRising have been delivering programmes across the country, with a growing alumni of over 650 young people. Due to the generosity of supporters, participants do not have to pay to attend any of the programmes.

Discover UpRising's programmes on their website http://www.uprising.org.uk/
Meet the Metro
The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre, in Birmingham’s Business District, is highly-anticipating the launch of the Metro extension. Running through Birmingham city centre the new line will create a direct link between Snow Hill and New Street train stations and join the Metro to the Cross City Line and other main routes. With a Metro stop right outside The Priory Rooms’ front door, Business Development Manager Beth Sadler expects that this fast, easy transport to and across the city centre in addition to the transformed retail and hospitality industry will make Birmingham the top destination for meetings and events!

Birmingham is bright, booming and brilliant, says Beth! It’s never been so exciting to work in the city centre. Everyone is beaming with pride as nearly £1 billion worth of investment comes to life. 2015 is Birmingham’s year to boast! The New Street station refurbishment with the Grand Central Shopping Centre featuring a flagship John Lewis store; the redevelopment of the Mailbox and Bullring Selfridges; and the new Resorts World set to be the biggest leisure and entertainment destination in the UK and the whole of Western Europe, have all transformed the look and feel of Birmingham. The revitalised city is attracting more business and tourism than ever before!
Beth and everyone at The Priory Rooms have been thrilled to share with colleagues across the meeting and conference rooms industry an incredible rise in bookings. Beth believes it is because Birmingham has become a UK hot spot for business growth, cultural development and investment. Major national businesses have set up offices in the Business District and over 18,000 new businesses were registered in Birmingham during 2014, more than any other city outside of London. In the same year foreign investment was higher than all the other LEP areas in the UK and international flight routes to Birmingham airport have been increased due to demand. With such a buzz in the city it was inevitable Birmingham was voted the most popular conference and event destination in the UK outside London in the British Meetings and Events Industry 2014 survey.
But surely this is just the start for booming Birmingham? Beth thinks. The new Metro extension, due to open this autumn, is only set to enhance the attractiveness of meeting in the city. It will connect even more commuters from across the country to Birmingham city centre and offer them a quick and easy way to travel through the area. The project, costing of £127 million, includes a new depot at Wednesbury and fleet of trams. Snow Hill train station will feature a £9 million viaduct with trams travelling through the city centre to New Street train station via The Priory Rooms on Bull Street and Corporation Street. In the next 5 years it will be extended to Centenary Square and along Broad Street and a second route is being planned to the International Airport and NEC. With the trams designed to evolve how people travel around Birmingham, they are estimated to bring 3.5 million passengers a year into the city’s business district, with 1,500 city centre jobs being created and a regional economic growth of £50 million a year. Alongside the outstanding retail and hospitality developments, providing a vast choice of quality accommodation, conference space, shops, restaurants and bars, Birmingham will simply be the place to meet.
With connected and competitive Birmingham set to attract more meeting and conference bookings than ever before the retail and hospitality industry are ready! Beth exclaims. The Priory Rooms have invested over £50,000 in their conferencing facilities to provide the top-quality services new customers to Birmingham expect. Most of the city’s hospitality industry have done the same, knowing the improved transport links to Birmingham from across the country make it a practical place to hold business meetings. The Priory Rooms are excited to have a Metro stop outside their front door enabling customers to easily get to their venue. With a great choice of shops, bars, restaurants and hotels on the doorstep, customers can experience the best of Birmingham after their meetings. The team look forward to welcoming more new customers through their doors!
Beth concludes, meet in Birmingham to meet the Metro extension, connecting you to a transformed city centre. Travel through booming Birmingham and experience the new retail and hospitality offerings that will make you want to keep coming back.
Meet the Metro; making Birmingham the place to meet.

Sources; Marketing Birmingham, Birmingham Mail Online
The Peace Hub is the exciting new project created by the Central England Quakers charity; one of four which The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre profits contribute towards. Last month they celebrated their opening with a special launch day. Local representatives from faith groups, the public sector and peace workers attended to support the new community project.

During the day Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Leddy and Lord Lieutenant Paul Sabapthy met local school children taking part in educational activities at the Peace Hub. These were led by the Central England Quakers' project Peacemakers who are based on the first floor above the Hub. Peacemakers work with local schools to help build more peaceful communities by delivering training to adults and children in skills such as peer mediation and conflict resolution. At the launch day the children enjoyed fun interactive workshops designing posters and playing games to learn about fair-trade. Fair-trade was the Peace Hubs’ first community campaign; including rallying support for a petition for local supermarkets to stock more fair-trade goods.

On the evening the High Sheriff for West Midlands Tim Watts and his wife joined a crowd of enthusiastic guests who work on peace and justice initiatives. The group watched an inspiring presentation outlining how the Peace Hub plan to promote their peace building projects in Birmingham by working with the local community. Held in The Priory Rooms' Main Meeting House, the guest speaker was Matthew Burnett-Stuart who introduced the Hubs' next campaign; conscientious objection. In 2014 Matthew was awarded one of three UK Peace worker placements funded by Quaker Peace and Social Witness to support organisations working for peace at the local, national and international level.

Peter Doubtfire, the Peace Hub Co-ordinator, was overjoyed by the diverse group of people who came to the launch and the opportunity it had created to build new relationships within the local area, "Now that we are "officially launched", I'm looking forward to the Hub progressing and working with the community. I hope all that attended are too!"

The Peace Hub is located next door to The Priory Rooms in the heart of Birmingham city centre. Pop in for a coffee to find out how to get involved! http://www.peacehub.org.uk/
Make a Note of How Good The Priory Rooms Sound!
The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre, in the heart of Birmingham, have just purchased a beautiful new Yamaha U3 acoustic upright piano. The impressive instrument can be used for rehearsals or performances in the 1930’s oak-panelled Main Meeting House, which seats 200 people theatre style.

The new piano is free to use for any groups hiring the Main Meeting House for music rehearsals or performances. The unique style of the Main Meeting House and the venues city centre location makes it the perfect space for a show-stopping location!
The Priory Rooms’ regular customers the City of Birmingham Choir are thrilled with the new piano for their weekly rehearsals on a Tuesday evening.
For smaller groups the brand new Roland FP50 digital piano with full length 88 note keyboard, pedal and stand, is portable and practical for rehearsal in one of the Priory Rooms’ nine conference rooms. The venue is even open three weeknights and Saturdays to accommodate groups!
Even more music to your ears will be that The Priory Rooms donated their old piano to Coventry Quaker Meeting House. Coventry Meeting then donated their previous piano to local charity Carriers of Hope who support destitute families in the region. The piano was generously given to schoolboy Oni Misomali so he could practice playing and singing at home.
Oni was delighted and sent his thanks to Carriers of Hope “Thank you! I am practicing every day and hopefully one day I shall represent Carriers of Hope at a singing event”.
The Priory Rooms are thrilled that both theirs and Coventry Meeting House’s old pianos are being well-appreciated in new homes!
Find out more about Carriers of Hope on their website http://www.carriersofhope.org.uk/
To enquire about hiring a rehearsal room at The Priory Rooms contact the Bookings Team on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk.
New Coffee Hot-Spot!

We have created a new coffee hot-spot in our lower lobby area with brand new furniture and coffee machine; the latest project of our recent £50,000 refurbishment to the venue!
The new furniture consists of three square, tall tables with white tops and chrome finish with six comfortable and lightweight bar stools to match. The bright and modern furniture brings the lower lobby to life, with a relaxed and inviting feel. It is also extremely practical and versatile as the design layout can be changed to meet different requirements.
The lower lobby is now the ideal space for meeting and conference room delegates to hold informal meetings, enjoy our delicious lunch buffets, check emails on our free wifi or simply relax and gossip with colleagues!
So what are you waiting for? Call our highly experienced Bookings Team to book your next event at The Priory Rooms and make the most of our series of refurbishment projects! Call 0121 23 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk
The Priory Rooms Support Lupus Awareness Month
The Priory Rooms is proud to support the charity Lupus UK in their Awareness Month this October. Better awareness of Lupus is needed in the UK to reduce the delay in diagnosis.
Throughout October The Priory Room’s Atrium will have a display of booklets and posters from Lupus UK explaining the symptoms of Lupus, with advice and support for patients living with the illness. There will also be items to purchase, bookmarks, badges and car stickers to make a donation towards the charity’s work.
A recent survey by Lupus UK of over 3,000 people showed that the average number of years between somebody experiencing their first symptom and receiving a diagnosis of lupus is 7.5 years. During this time patients are unlikely to receive the necessary treatment to lessen the impact of the main symptoms and to limit potential damage to the kidneys, heart, lungs or brain.
Lupus is an illness of the immune system, the body’s defence mechanism begins to attach itself through an excess of antibodies in the blood stream, causing inflammation and damage in the joints, muscles and other organs.
Lupus UK is currently campaigning with the Primary Care Rheumatology Society and The Royal College of General Practitioners to increase awareness amongst GPs. The Priory Rooms are supporting this campaign and hope visitors to the conference venue learn valuable information about the illness which may be life-changing for themselves or others!
The Priory Rooms’ conference co-ordinator Hannah Baynes, who has a family member with Lupus, is delighted the charity are raising awareness, “Sadly I have seen the discomfort Lupus symptoms can cause when they are not being treated. The quicker a GP can spot the signs and diagnose the illness the better, because with the correct treatment patients can live their lives more fully!”
All throughout October The Priory Rooms will be fundraising and raising awareness for Lupus UK in our Atrium. For more information about Lupus UK’s Awareness Month and the illness, please visit their website http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/
Bigger, Newer and Better
Exciting high quality upgrades have been made to The Priory Rooms this summer to ensure the venue continues to provide the best meeting and conference facilities in Birmingham!
Over £20,000 worth of facility upgrades have been made to the large conference room which now boasts a high spec audio visual system and impressive stage area for award ceremonies and presentations. Added to the venues beautiful high ceilings, tiered seating for 200 people, 1930s design and city centre location makes the Main Meeting House the ideal space for your next Birmingham conference!
Bigger, Newer and Better state-of-the-art audio visual equipment has been sympathetically integrated into the 1930s original oak panelled walls and in keeping with the traditional Quaker Meeting House. Speakers can engage with the audience through the two speaker PA system and four roving microphones available, ideal for question and answer sessions.
The new hand crafted large stage area has been designed to be practical yet blend seamlessly into the traditional Quaker Meeting House style. Featuring a top table for four presenters, multiple plug sockets for laptops and a bespoke lectern, it is an impressive space to address delegates from.
The brand new projector and screen display your presentation clearly in the conference room which seats 200 delegates. These and all the other equipment are controlled by the event facilitators through a simple to use iPad. However any concerns on the day will be dealt with by our trained staff who are there from start to finish!
It is not just Main Meeting House that has been enhanced! Air conditioning has been installed into all the rooms; new carpet tiles have been laid throughout the Reception, Atrium and Lower Lobby and the reception ladies toilets now have an extra cubicle.
The Priory Rooms’ Business Development Manager Beth Reynolds has been enjoying showing off the upgrades to event bookers. “I’ve had several viewings of the Main Meeting House since the new audio-visual equipment was added and each time they are over-whelmed about how unique yet practical the venue is.”
Dutch visitors charge up at the eco-conscious Priory Rooms
This August, The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre were delighted to welcome all the way from Holland Raymond van der Stelt, his wife and their 100% electric car as they stopped by to use our vehicle charging points.
Following Quakers in Britain’s 2011 commitment to become a low-carbon and sustainable community, The Priory Rooms have put in place several eco-conscious initiatives as we strive to become Birmingham’s greenest conference centre. One of these initiatives was installing two 32A 3 phase charging points in our car park at the beginning of 2013. Several people have since used the charging points, but none have travelled quite so far to use them as Raymond and his wife!
Raymond contacted The Priory Rooms a year ago as he began planning a trip from Holland to England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and back again in his electric car. He designed a round-trip of 1,350 miles, taking 21 days, based on the location of charging points across the UK. Birmingham was an ideal charging point on his route from Banbury to Beddgelert. The Priory Rooms’ charging points, in the heart of Birmingham city centre, also offered the perfect opportunity for an afternoon of shopping and sight-seeing!
Raymond, a civil engineer, is 39 years old, owns his own project management company and has a passion for special cars. Last year the Tesla Model S caught his eye with it beautiful shape, similar to a Jaguar XJ, the 17 inch centre screen which you control the entire car from and its sports-car speed of 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Best of all for Raymond, a fan of long-distance car journeys, no engine means the Tesla has trunk and funk (storage space in the bonnet).
Raymond and his wife have previously travelled by car to Scotland, the Lake District and the South of England, but for 2014 they set themselves the exciting new challenge of doing it using their new premium electric car.
Skip forward a year and Raymond and his wife met with The Priory Rooms’ Business Development Manager Beth as he charged up the Tesla. Beth asked Raymond about the cost of running his electric car. He explained in Holland they pay 24 eurocents for a KWH and he gets about 4 kilometres from 1KWH; roughly converted it is 6 eurocents for every kilometre. The Tesla’s battery comes with a warranty of 8 years for unlimited miles.
But how convenient is it to drive an electric car in Holland? Raymond detailed to Beth there are 21 companies which provide charging points each with their own company payment card. However you can charge up at every public charging point with any of these payment cards; providing you access to over 9,000 charging points! Following a “fuel” up at The Priory Room’s charging point Beth bid Raymond and his wife farewell and a safe rest of journey!
You can see where Raymond’s journey continues to on his Googlemaps page http://goo.gl/wUhlsI. If you have any questions about driving electric cars you can also contact Raymond on raymondvanderstelt@gmail.com.
For information about The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre’s eco-conscious initiatives visit our website page http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/page/about-us/environmental-initiatives. If you would like to use our electric charging points or book a meeting room at the venue please call Beth on 0121 236 2317.
Right Place, Right Time Collection at The Priory Rooms

The Priory Rooms are delighted to now have on display in their meeting and conference rooms a selection of images from local photographer Lee Benson’s “Right Place, Right Time” collection.

Each image is a snapshot of Birmingham by local photographer Lee Benson FRSA. Several of the pieces are special commissions for The Priory Rooms observing Quaker heritage within the region.

All of the photographs displayed are taken by Lee, except “The Owl” and the “Four Boatman” which are by Dr Rob Galvin. As observationists, the camera is only an extension of what these two photographers see and capture. The images are not staged or manipulated. Nature and being in the right place at the right time are the very essence of their photography.

This collection is aimed to inspire us all to take a moment to admire the beauty around us. So often we walk around with our thoughts locked inside and see almost nothing of the landscape surrounding us. The photographs capture how sunlight beautifully highlights features of nature and city landmarks; a moment of tranquillity and calm within the busy city centre. This imagery reflects the peaceful and harmonious Quaker approach to life.

Lee and Rob came together in 2011 with likeminded views on photography. They exhibited their first collection on a narrow boat in Gas Street Basin. This was followed by an outdoor exhibition of twenty four photographs located around Brindleyplace which ran for several months. Both events were a success and since then Lee has continued to exhibit his work along with his other passion, painting in watercolours.

Book your next meeting or conference at The Priory Rooms to enjoy Lee Benson’s photographs by calling the team on 0121 236 2317. Lee may be contacted on 07970 142 703 or email leebensongallery@gmail.com. Images may be ordered and commissions considered.
The Priory Rooms’ enjoy a successful Big Bandage Day!
The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre wrapped up a successful week fundraising for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, taking part in their “Big Bandage Campaign”, by donating an incredible £310.00!

“The Big Bandage” campaign by the Birmingham Children’s Hospital asked for £1.00 donations for bandages to be worn on Friday 11th July, showing your support for the ground-breaking work of the hospital.

The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre chose to fundraise all week so the wide-variety of meeting and conference room users had opportunity to take part. Staff wore bandages around their arms, legs and even their heads to raise awareness of the local charity and encourage donations.

Generous delegates donated a £1.00, with many also purchasing freshly-prepared cakes for sale. The home-made cakes were donated by The Priory Rooms’ long-standing caterers Just Good Food, who played a vital role in the events success. Just Good Food was delighted to help with the cause and delegates praised the variety and taste of cakes offered throughout the week.

Balfour Beatty Construction Services, working on the Midland Metro extension outside The Priory Rooms building, also joined in with the fundraising event. Public Liaison Manager Lisa Zdravkovic rallied around the local team to raise an incredible £140.00!

All the money raised by The Priory Rooms will go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s research projects, help buy state of the art equipment and just as importantly, toys and games for the children to enjoy. The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre Manager Andrew Callan summed up the week “I am thrilled how much money has been raised for such a great cause. The week has been fun for the staff and delegates, but also helped raise awareness for the hard-work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the on-going support they need to continue this work.”

The Priory Rooms would like to thank all of their kind meeting and conference room users who donated to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. All of the week’s activities helped raise life-saving funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The Priory Rooms hopes that the fantastic feedback and support will inspire other companies to fundraise for charities. More fundraising events will be held at The Priory Rooms throughout the year.
Priory Rooms plan to wrap up another successful Big Bandage Day
The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre are fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Big Bandage Day, hoping to match last year’s incredible £235 donation!

Big Bandage Day on Friday 11th July is a campaign to raise life-saving funds for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Simply donate £1 and wear a bandage to show your support for the ground-breaking work of the hospital.

All week, from Monday 7th July The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre will be fundraising for the local charity. Staff will be wearing customised bandages and encouraging delegates to wrap in bandages too. As the Hospital are regular customers of the conference centre, The Priory Rooms staff are delighted to be fundraising again for the charity knowing first-hand the outstanding support they provide children.

The Priory Rooms is thrilled to again have their fundraising supported by the Balfour Beatty Construction Services working on the Midland Metro extension in Birmingham city centre. Last year the local team donated an incredible amount, which in addition to those kindly made by The Priory Rooms guests and staff meant £235 was fundraised for the Hospital. Fingers crossed this year will be just as successful!

All the money raised will go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s research projects, help buy state of the art equipment and just as importantly, toys and games for the children to enjoy.

Help The Priory Rooms fundraise for Birmingham Children’s Hospital;

• Donate £1 and buy a bandage from reception
• Donate your loose change to the donation boxes around The Priory Rooms

The Big Bandage - How will you wear yours?

For more information about the campaign and Birmingham Children’s Hospital visit http://www.thebigbandage.org.uk.

The Priory Rooms Go for Gold!
The Priory Rooms are delighted to announce all food waste is now collected by First Mile Recycling, who take it to be decomposed at a local site, becoming the recycling company’s first food waste contract in Birmingham!
The Priory Rooms place great importance on eco-conscious and sustainable business practices. Aiming to be Birmingham’s greenest meeting and conference venue they are always looking at ways to improve their efforts. The not for profit venue was recently awarded a Silver Award from their recycling contractors First Mile for an exceptional amount of paper, card and plastic being collected throughout 2013. Manager Andrew Callan was keen to set the bar higher for 2014 by aiming for a Gold Award; the main accreditation of the award being composting food waste. So Andrew set about discovering the most sustainable and practical way of achieving this!
The Priory Rooms has nine conference rooms open 6 days a week therefore large amounts of catering is regularly served. Two years ago the venue introduced an initiative to reduce the amount of buffet food being thrown away with free biodegradable “doggy boxes” for delegates to take home leftovers. However keen to achieve a Gold Award through decomposing food waste Andrew approached First Mile about the food waste collections they run in other areas of England and why one did not run one in Birmingham.
Enthused by The Priory Rooms interest, First Mile representative George Garrett took it upon himself to make the venue their first customer in Birmingham to have food waste collections! Collections began mid-June and The Priory Rooms now sustainably dispose and recycle an incredible 70% of all waste!
Northfield Eco-centre, supported by The Priory Rooms’ profits, run community activities to encourage sustainable living including cycling lessons and forest school sessions. Manager Georgia Stokes was thrilled to hear of the venues latest eco-conscious initiative and highlighted the importance of such business practices.
“It’s fantastic to see the Priory Rooms leading the way for Birmingham businesses to reduce waste streams in their quest to become a zero black sack waste organisation. So much of what we put in black sacks can be recycled or reused, much more than the normal kerb side collections, and through this scheme the Priory Rooms are making sure the energy & water used to produce this food is not wasted. We waste about 7 million tonnes of food waste in the UK at the moment, the Priory Rooms are showing us there is another way.”
This time next year The Priory Rooms should have achieved a Gold Award for recycling and hope to inspire other businesses in the area to follow in their green footsteps. Manager Andrew Callan said
“I encourage other local businesses to have their food waste collected by First Mile! Birmingham is becoming known for its green initiatives in transport, so let’s work together to support this great work through recycling and composting more!”
To book a conference room at the eco-conscious Priory Rooms visit the website www.theprioryrooms.co.uk or call 0121 236 2317.
Services provided by First Mile Recycling are detailed on their website www.thefirstmile.co.uk. To take part in Northfield Eco-centres activities visit the website http://www.northfieldecocentre.org/

Priory Rooms Profits Launch CEQ Peace Hub
Throughout 2013, The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre were delighted to welcome a wealth of new customers in addition to their many long standing ones. As a result the not for profit venue was in an exceptional position to donate a considerable amount to the charity projects of Central England Quakers (CEQ). Most exciting was being able to help CEQ launch their Peace Hub in the building adjacent to The Priory Rooms.
The Priory Rooms provides meeting and conferencing facilities within the 1930’s Bull Street Quaker Meeting House to a wide variety of customers. All profits made are either re-invested into the building or donated to CEQ projects. By customers choosing to use The Priory Rooms they are contributing to the work that Quakers do in building peace, equality and sustainability on a local, national and international stage.
In addition to the projects The Priory Rooms annually support, this year they have been delighted to be able to help CEQ create a Peace Hub located next door to The Priory Rooms. Due to open this summer, the Peace Hub came about when previous tenants Johnsons Drycleaners decided to relocate. CEQ, who own the building, saw a perfect opportunity to create a resource centre on peace and justice in the busy and vibrant Birmingham city centre.
The Peace Hub will feature a large shop window showcasing Quaker peace campaigns and projects; inside a television screen will display visual information and there will be comfy seating for the public to enjoy the Quaker literature available. The centre piece will be the exhibition of archive material from Quaker history. Staff will be on hand welcoming questions about Quaker history and current peace objectives.
Above the Peace Hub will be CEQ charity West Midlands Peacemakers who are relocating their office. The team work with the local community to bring together education practitioners and others committed to promoting education in peace throughout schools and see this is an exciting opportunity to outreach to a wider audience.
The Peace Hub will open this summer and welcomes local businesses and city centre shoppers to come visit, learn about Quaker history, find out about the peace projects they have achieved and get involved with their current initiatives!
The Priory Rooms would like to thank their many customers for enabling them to continually support the work of CEQ. To find out more about CEQ visit their website www.centralenglandquakers.org
Book your next meeting or conference at The Priory Rooms to help support the work of CEQ. Call the highly experienced bookings team on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk
The Priory Rooms donate to Computer Aid International
This May The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre donated computers to Computer Aid International; supporting their projects in developing countries to provide access to ICT equipment and training for hospitals, schools and charities.

The Priory Rooms, a not-for profit meeting and conference venue in Birmingham city centre, were delighted to donate four computers with keyboards and screens to the charity following an upgrade of staff computers.

Computer Aid International envision a world where rich and poor have equal access to ICT and strive to reduce poverty in developing countries through practical ICT solutions. By providing affordable and environmentally sustainable ICT programmes and establishing partnerships with local organisations, Computer Aid aim to empower poor and disadvantaged communities. Training on how to use computers, practical knowledge on applying these skills and developing long-term projects within the community ensures productive and sustainable use of the equipment.

Computer Aid International is approved by the Environment Agency; ensuring all the IT equipment distributed is legitimately refurbished and handled in a responsible way. For over 5 years The Environment Agency has been one of The Priory Rooms’ largest customers for meeting and conference room hire. The Priory Rooms were overjoyed to have made the donation to Computer Aid International, which has only been possible from new and long-standing customers booking their meetings, events and conferences at the venue enabling the business to upgrade internal computers this year!

To find out more information about donating to Computer Aid International, including their free collection offer this spring, visit their website www.computeraid.org.

Enquire about booking your next meeting at The Priory Rooms with the highly experienced bookings team on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk.
Ed Miliband Returns to The Priory Rooms to Deliver Devolution Speech
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband returned to The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre in Birmingham this April to deliver a topical pre-election speech to local councillors, Labour party members, businesses and the public. Mr Miliband’s speech was in respect of how a future Labour government plans to devolve power from Whitehall.

Speaking to over 200 people and local press, Mr Miliband engaged with the audience in The Priory Rooms’ 1930’s Quaker Main Meeting House. The speech was of particular interest to local businesses and council members, as Mr Miliband announced Labours plan to increase the devolution of power from Whitehall by offering “combined authorities” opportunity to bid on how they would use £20 billion available to spend on creating private sector jobs. Those attending were keen to hear how these new regional governing bodies would be responsible for major transport and economic development decisions and to consider the procedures needed for a major re-organisation.

Following a question and answer session around the Main Meeting House Mr Miliband met with the local press in The Priory Rooms’ Courtyard taking advantage of the sunny spring day.

Senior Regional Director for the West Midlands Labour Party Ian Reilly thanked The Priory Rooms for helping deliver such a successful event with an incredibly high turnout.

You can watch Mr Miliband’s speech at The Priory Rooms on the BBC News website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26940964

For information about booking a large conference at The Priory Rooms contact the Bookings Team on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk
Ten Reasons to Love The Priory Rooms!
This March The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre has been celebrating it’s 10th Birthday!
After ten years of hosting successful meetings, conferences and events for a wide variety of customers The Priory Rooms has become one of the most sought after venues in Birmingham! Throughout the years The Priory Rooms has been committed to being a socially and economically responsible meeting and conference venue, providing outstanding service and exceptional facilities. The venue has been rewarded with a loyal customer base and new enquiries on a daily basis as delegates, enamored with the friendly and professional venue, go on to re-book and refer!
There are so many reasons why customers love to book our venue, here are ten of our favorites;
Perfect location as we are right in the heart of Birmingham city centre!
Reducing our carbon footprint through numerous eco-friendly initiatives!
Is a not for profit meeting and conference venue!
Open weeknights and Saturdays!
Rooms are bright, spacious and air conditioned!
You can enjoy fair trade refreshments and locally sourced lunch buffets!

Relax during your breaks in our beautifully kept courtyard!
On-site car parking is free for event organisers and we have a discounted rate with a local NCP!
Our team regularly fundraises for charities!
Meat Free Monday’s is the day we only served vegetarian lunch, another way to reduce our carbon footprint!
....So don't delay, enquire today!
Eco-Conscious Priory Rooms receive Silver Award for Recycling!
This March, The Priory Rooms were delighted to receive a Silver Award certificate from First Mile Easy Recycling; for their outstanding achievements in recycling throughout 2013.

The Priory Rooms, celebrating its 10th Birthday this month, prioritise delivering outstanding services within an eco-conscious meeting and conference centre facility. Over the years large investments have been made to the 1930’s Quaker Meeting House and the 2004 extension to improve the building management system; sensors to control heating, energy efficient lighting and insulating the roof are just a few examples!

More recently The Priory Rooms implemented positive changes to their services and operations to further reduce their carbon footprint; now this eco-conscious building has an eco-conscious team! Popular with delegates is on Monday’s only having vegetarian buffets, biodegradable “doggy boxes” for those lunch time leftovers, toilet twinning to donate latrines across Africa and using harvested rain water used to flush the toilets!

These green initiatives were embraced by The Priory Rooms following Quakers in Britain’s 2011 commitment to become a low-carbon sustainable community, and the exciting challenge to become Birmingham’s greenest meeting and conference centre begun!

Recycling by staff and delegates is heavily encouraged throughout The Priory Rooms; bins are in every room, lobby area and office with signs on most walls! Each week First Mile collects the large quantities of recycling produced by the conference centre. They have acknowledged the incredible efforts made by The Priory Rooms throughout 2013 with a Silver Award Certificate; recycling 2,000kgs, saving 23 trees and off-setting 2.9 tonnes of CO2!

The Priory Rooms Conference Centre Manager said “I would like to thank First Mile for the award and the delegates and staff who help everyday with the recycling campaign.”

Lean more about The Priory Rooms environmental initiatives on the website http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/page/about-us/environmental-initiatives and why not visit the First Mile website to discover how to become a greener company http://www.thefirstmile.co.uk/about-us/

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