Event professionals said they were ‘bowled over’ by the fantastic surroundings of the newly refurbished Emerald Headingley Stadium – home of Yorkshire Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos – as the perfect venue for the CHS Summer BBQ on Thursday 8th August 2019.
In a change of pace, the team behind the Conference & Hospitality Show, hosted a laid-back, summertime networking event which brought together 32 hotels and venues from across the UK with event and conference organisers, PAs, EAs and conference agents.
Guests were greeted with sizzling summer food and drink on the terrace overlooking the world-famous Headingley cricket pitch, before mingling with exhibitors and adding to their little black books with the latest “tap” technology courtesy of Blendology interactive events solutions.
Liz Taylor, Managing Director of Taylor Lynn Corporate (TLC), was guest speaker for the day. Liz shared her insights of pushing the boundaries of design, technology and presentation, gained over a 30-year career at the forefront of the events industry. Liz said: “CHS events provide a unique platform for independent and branded venues and buyers to connect. I was thrilled to be invited to speak at this summer’s event, and after 30 years of planning some of the county’s leading events, delighted to share my advice on planning an outdoor event to remember….whatever the weather!”
Yorebridge House wowed the room with details of their Laurent Perrier cellar, perfect for private dining, and the news they will soon be launching the world’s first Laurent Perrier bedroom with stunning views over the Yorkshire Dales and a private outdoor hydro pool.
Guest, Jan Denning of NHS Digital said: “I have been a keen supporter of CHS for several years and enjoy the professionalism of their events. I feel it is important to constantly develop professionally and personally and enjoy being in a room full of likeminded individuals. I gain much more than just contacts at these gatherings and have established many strong working relationships.”
The summer BBQ was the first of a number of new events planned by the CHS Group as they begin a period of growth. Emma Cartmell, CEO of CHS said: “We’ve had a fantastic year so far as we celebrated our 10th anniversary of the Conference & Hospitality Show and our 5th CHS Awards in 2019.
“We’ve got some really exciting plans ahead for the remainder of this year and are well into our 2020 plans and beyond. We’ll be announcing details soon, so watch this space.”