5 Top Tips for Charities looking for venues....
1. Have your meeting/event in a pub…
Pubs are one of the most under-rated and quickly rising stars in the venue industry… re-imagine how you can use your local pub that currently just houses the after work drink… we work with >1000 pubs, the majority of whom will rent their event space or meeting space at a minimum spend or very low cost to our charity and event organizers members.
2. Use someone else’s space
Do you have space in your office that you hadn’t originally considered but you could… with some imagination convert to an event space? Just like the local pub, how can you convert your garden or canteen into an event space? Bringing people to your personal space builds a rapport with your company and is a great way to host a fundraiser. If you don’t have an outdoor space, ask around and see if you can find someone who does…
If there is no one you can call on for a complementary space… could you think about a joint venture? Partnering with someone who owns an event space is a win-win. They get to promote their space/brand to your event audience and you get a free space. Although this might feel like sharing the glory, it could actually enhance your credentials in your customer's view plus you have a double promotion of the event.
This approach works even better for charities than businesses since there is a good chance you’ll be able to find a local business willing to help support your cause by lending you their space.
3. Minimum spend venues If you can’t find another business to provide you with space, the next best thing is to work out a ‘no risk’ profit share. This provides you with a free venue and offers the venue owner revenue when your customers spend. Usually, you can negotiate the minimum spend and this is a better option than sharing ticket fees where often the venue hire cost might have been lower than the ticket fees – always check this!
4. Event spaces in co-working buildings At VenueScanner we've seen a huge rise in the number of co-working spaces popping up. In particular, Barclays and other accelerators are opening space for entrepreneurs and start-ups. These spaces usually have meeting and event space that is often unused. Although they are not free to hire, they are rentable at a much more competitive rate than other venues. You can hire most of them through the VenueScanner platform.
5. Venues with charity rates If you're a charity, it is worth spending the time finding venues that have charitable rates and will offer you discounts. (This might not always be venues that are registered charities as they are also looking to save their pennies!). VenueScanner has a comprehensive guide to charity venues and any of our venue finding agents will be able to find you the best venue rates at no cost.
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Park Crescent Conference Centre
Named after the Gulbenkian Foundation, following the generous donation they made when the House was first established, this elegant and versatile room has floor to ceiling windows and views over Park Crescent Gardens with a mix of traditional yet modern decor.