Changes in venue 'can keep regular conferences fresh'

Companies that want their conferences to remain fresh and different should consider moving locations regularly, an expert asserts.

Gillian Hibberd, president of the Public Sector People Manager's Association, tells Personnel Today that this can prevent regular events from becoming tired, which could lead firms to consider Derbyshire venues, Leeds venues or Newcastle venues.

Her organisation's annual conference is to move to Harrogate, with a second change in hosting location scheduled for 2010.

"Our previous venue had become slightly tired to us as we had been there so many times. We felt we were just doing the same thing again and again," she explains.

Ms Hibberd claims that the move is designed to inject additional freshness to the event.

She says that it will add a spark to proceedings, as Leeds venues, Newcastle venues or any new location could give attendees somewhere new to discover and enjoy.

Earlier this month, chair of the Health and Safety Executive Judith Hackett claimed that many event organisers are confused about the regulations regarding staging outdoor conferences.

She says that a sensible and proportionate approach to preparation is required and that health and safety does not require excessive paperwork to be prepared.ADNFCR-1752-ID-19298373-ADNFCR

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