Author of ‘How to be a PA’ Maria Fuller explains why Bristol should top your list of potential 2020 conference destinations and how Meet Bristol can take the stress out of planning.

By now, you’ve probably finished organising the 2019 Christmas party and it’s on to planning the first corporate event of the new year – the 2020 conference. Landing that conference ‘gig’ is often a nightmare for personal assistants and business admins, that can be time-consuming and daunting. But you don’t have to manage it alone or do everything yourself. If you know where to go, a team of conference professionals are at your disposal – for free.

Image credit: Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

Enlist the help of Meet Bristol

There are teams outside of your organisation who are there to help. The local team in the beautiful and buzzing city of Bristol is known as ‘Meet Bristol’. Think of them as ‘the amazing events experts who will support you with your annual conference for free’.

There must be a catch? I hear you ask – well actually, no there isn’t. Meet Bristol is part of Destination Bristol, the Destination Marketing Organisation for the city and surrounding areas, which is a not-for-profit company part funded by Bristol City Council. That’s why they won’t ask you for a fee. 

Amelia, Amy and Vicki - the Meet Bristol team

Amelia, Amy and Vicki - the Meet Bristol team

Meet Bristol work with local suppliers and venues and after you’ve shared your event brief with them, they diligently put together a proposal for you. They will provide a full document suggesting venue hire options with costs, accommodation rates and even entertainment or evening activities your team could participate in. Meet Bristol do not work on a fee basis, so any supplier they propose is because they match your event criteria. Ultimately, you make the decision on where to place your event.

The team can also support with creating a bespoke web link that your guests can use to book accommodation, arrange site visits on your behalf and basically take the leg work out of venue finding.

Why host your conference in Bristol?

Well, Bristol is one of the best-connected cities in the UK. With direct international flights operating daily into Bristol Airport, it’s an easy commute for your colleagues based in Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Brussels, Lisbon, Glasgow and many other places to hop on a short flight into town. With a dedicated airport taxi service on site, your colleagues will be transported directly to your conference venue within 30 minutes, without experiencing the stress of an underground system or lengthy taxi queues.

For long-haul travellers, indirect routes are readily available into Bristol Airport, with direct flights to major European hubs. Bristol can be accessed directly from Heathrow Airport by coach or via the Heathrow Express Connection to London Paddington, where tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate. Yes – that’s discounted rail travel for your delegates, with the price of an anytime open return at only £44 from London Paddington when travelling to a business event in Bristol with GWR. 

It’s just 1 hour 45 minutes from London to Bristol by train. If you have considered the capital as your conference destination but are concerned about costs, many Bristol venues will certainly offer a more cost-effective alternative.

Great Eastern Hall at Brunel's SS Great Britain

Image credit: Brunel's SS Great Britain

If you don’t know much about Bristol, rest assured it's a stand-out city. It’s famous for being home to Wallace and Gromit, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Aerospace Bristol (home to the last Concorde to ever fly) and the birthplace of Banksy, to name but a handful of city icons. Plus, it offers some great activities for delegates such as river cruises, indoor golf, inland surfing, theatres and galleries, a variety of museums and a zoo.

So, to shake up your 2020 annual conference, pick it up and place it in Bristol. Your delegates will enjoy the beautiful city of Bristol and you’ll have a superb conference support team at your disposal.

Ready to start planning your conference in Bristol? Contact Amy, Amelia or Vicki on 0117 946 2200 or conference@meetbristol.co.uk for professional and impartial advice. Alternatively, you can submit your enquiry here.

About the author

Maria Fuller is an Executive Assistant and author of the #1 best-selling book ‘How to be a PA’.  Based in Bristol for a large part of her career, Maria has placed many meetings and events in the City and enjoys visiting Bristol regularly.

Front cover of How to be a PA by Maria Fuller

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