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LVP launches three-peaks campaign

Lime Venue Portfolio (LVP) has launched its Christmas charity campaign with a three-peak challenge for event professionals, comprising three high-altitude meetings with clients, customers and supporters.

The challenge is part of a wider campaign developed between LVP, Meeting Needs (MN), and Happy Days, one of MN’s partner charities. The campaign runs throughout September, with a fundraising target of £2,500.

The three-peaks challenge takes place on 27-29 August. Event professionals will scale the top of mountains Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, with meetings held at the tops of each peak.

For those that can’t make the three climbs, LVP has will donate £10 for every enquiry taken in September that quotes the hashtag #sparkle.

Richard Kadri-Langford (pictured), head of marketing at LVP, will lead the challenge. He commented: “As meetings and events professionals, we’re lucky enough to be a part of creating the very best experiences, every day. So the idea of supporting a charity whose mission is to provide disadvantaged children with great experiences really resonated with us.

“It’s a great way to launch our Christmas campaign and I’m looking forward to having three of the highest meetings of the year in the space of three

Lime Venue Portfolio debuts new brand

Lime Venue Portfolio is preparing to launch its new brand identity, website and marketing collateral this month.

The new brand slogan, ‘Unusual Venues, Unique Experiences’, aims to appeal to event organisers and bring them into the fold of the brand’s portfolio of venues.

“The new logo ensures that Lime Venue Portfolio continues to engage the event organising community and represents both the value and service quality of the business. Our customers want to create the most memorable event experiences they can, and do so by choosing spectacular venues with restaurant quality food,” said Richard Kadri-Langford, head of marketing, Lime Venue Portfolio.

“We’re a people led brand; the value we offer our customers is that we provide a portfolio of venues, connected by food, and that represent a common standard of performance. Our aim is to use our refreshed identity to help explain the value of what we do for the industry and to continue in our mission to represent and promote the very best meetings and events.

“Obviously more and more organisers are using online search to identify venues that fit their needs. Our research identified that great imagery, clear capacity charts, detailed location & travel information, and the ability to download brochures and floor plans are really important for organisers.”

Record year of growth for Lime Venue Portfolio

Venue catering group Lime Venue Portfolio (LVP) has announced record figures and another year of growth for the business.

The brand posted an annual turnover of £40m across its portfolio of managed venues for 2015, an increase of 11 per cent from last year, with eight venues achieving growth of 20 per cent year-on-year or more.

LVP sales director Jo Austin said: “These are stunning figures, ahead of the market and underlining the faith that out customers have in Lime Venue Portfolio venues. Our venues have performed magnificently in a tough market.”

LVP, a division of Levy Restaurants UK the sport, leisure and hospitality division of Compass Group UK & Ireland is also already gearing up for a strong 2016.

“We’ve really strengthened our offer to the market with the addition of the Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast in London, and Weston Park in Staffordshire, allowing more choice for our customers,” added Austin. “We are also focused on keeping our customers delighted with the service and quality food that they now expect from us.”

Earlier this year, the group added three branches of IWM (Imperial War Museums) to its growing portfolio of historic landmarks.

Lime Venue Portfolio adds IWM venues

Lime Venue Portfolio, the portfolio of sporting and cultural meetings and events venues, has added three branches of the Imperial War Museum – IWM Duxford, the Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast (pictured above) – to its group.

The three venues have signed a five-year contract worth £7.3m with Levy Restaurants UK, the sports, leisure and hospitality sector of Compass Group UK & Ireland. Levy will cater to guests, delegates and visitors while Lime Venue will be responsible fro driving events business.

IWM Duxford in Cambridge featured a 200-seat tiered lecture theatre, seven meeting and events spaces and the AirSpace Conservation Hall. The Churchill War Rooms in Westminster offer four meetings and events spaces, with capacity for up to 400 guests. Finally, HMS Belfast includes rooms, event suites, dining hall and decks, and facilities and views overlooking London and Tower Bridge and the Thames Docklands.

“We’re very excited to work in collaboration with IWM to help establish IWM Duxford, HMS Belfast and Churchill War Rooms as a pre-eminent choice for corporate, association, agency and private conference and event oragnisers,” said Jo Austin, director of sales for Lime Venue Portfolio. “The museums are a valuable addition to our portfolio and we’re looking forward to introducing complete event solutions that encompass innovative and sustainably sourced food to provide high quality and memorable events.”

V Festival site signs five-year deal to join Lime Venue Portfolio

Stately home Weston Park, on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border, has signed a five-year, £5m contract with Levy Restaurants UK, the sports, leisure and hospitality sector of Compass Group UK & Ireland, to take over the event and retail catering services to visitors to the venue.

Weston Park joins the caterer’s Levy Restaurants UK under a deal which will see Lime Venue Portfolio provide support to the on-site team, as well as central sales and marketing support.

With its classical architecture and parkland setting Weston Park also hosts conferences, leadership away days and board meetings, and has a long history of hosting high profile events including the G8 Summit Retreat Day, the Northern Ireland Peace Talks and the V Festival.

This summer will see a new opening on the estate, a luxury self-catering holiday property, the Temple of Diana, which can also be used for corporate stays.

Jo Austin, head of sales for Lime Venue Portfolio, said: “The addition of the beautiful Weston Park is a great step forward for Lime Venue Portfolio, as it further increases our geographic spread and ability to offer our customers greater choice. With its superb facilities and 28 bedrooms we are sure it will prove a very popular addition to our portfolio.”

Colin Sweeney, chief executive of the Weston Park Foundation added: “We’re delighted with our decision to work with Levy Restaurants UK to provide our venue catering, as we believe they are the right partner to support our growth through their experience and expertise. We are looking forward to joining Lime Venue Portfolio and working with their experienced sales and marketing team to highlight our outstanding venue to an even wider audience.”