Confex 2012

Confex 2012


An apple iPad is on offer with every £8,000 worth of bookings from 1 March to 4 May 2012

Hand Picked Hotels, a collection of 17 country house hotels across the UK and Jersey, will showcase its latest business facilities at International Confex, London’s Excel, 6 - 8 March 2012. From large scale events with 300 delegates, to a more intimate alfresco boardroom setting, Hand Picked Hotels is the perfect choice for any meeting, event, training or conference.

Hand Picked Hotels has invested more than £500k in the past year in its new meetings, events, training and conference offering (meetings etc.), providing companies with an opportunity to focus on the business without the distractions of the office, with strategic locations, imaginative event organisation, the very latest technology, delicious food and drink, backed by excellent service. The investment continues, with the refurbishment of the Ballroom at Norton House Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, and a new Garden Pavilion at Audleys Wood Hotel in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
Douglas Waddell, Operations Director of Hand Picked Hotels, said: “Our presence at International Confex provides us with an opportunity to showcase our investment and to offer an exciting incentive to bookers to back our superb offering to companies and organisations."
The latest developments from Hand Picked Hotels:
Inspirational spaces
January 2012 saw the re-opening of the traditional Ballroom at award-winning Norton House Hotel & Spa, a Victorian country house in Ingliston, Edinburgh. The Ballroom has a fresh new look without compromising its traditional character. With a capacity of up to 300 guests, the Ballroom is the largest conference space at Norton House Hotel & Spa.  Delegates can also enjoy the Garden Suite, which opened in 2008, the Verandah, with its lovely views over the grounds, and the Patio, a more modest space for up to 40 guests.

The new Garden Pavilion at Audleys Wood Hotel in Basingstoke, Hampshire, with its smart bar and stunning chandeliers, is the ideal place to hold a conference or event for up to 200 people. Set in the grounds of the former hunting lodge, but with all the comforts and warmth of an indoor venue, the Garden Pavilion opens this month (March 2012) to host corporate events and weddings. For companies looking for inspirational team building events, the grounds of Hand Picked Hotels provide the perfect setting for unusual outdoor activities such as archery and geese herding, organised by the events team.
Business incentives
A must-have in business meetings and the boardroom, iPads are the future for conducting business, no matter how traditional the surroundings. With a new iPad booking incentive, bookers will secure a FREE apple iPad* when they book a new meeting, event, training session or conference worth more than £8,000 to take place between 1 March and 4 May 2012 at any of the 17 Hand Picked Hotels.
Join the club
 Meetings, event or conference bookers will now benefit from points that can be redeemed for high street shopping vouchers. Points are obtained by signing up for the Hand Picked loyalty scheme, The Club, and being awarded Associate membership, which specifically rewards bookers. Associate members receive one point for every £15 of business booked, with rewards starting from only 25 points for afternoon tea.
A quality offering
The residential inclusive meetings package, for a minimum of eight delegates, starts from just £145 per person. Day rates are from just £40 per person. Hand Picked Hotels’ guests will benefit from the finest locally sourced cuisine, complimentary WiFi, spacious meeting and event rooms - all complemented by personal service. 
The Hand Picked Hotels service promise
 Hand Picked will respond to a single site enquiry within two hours and a multi hotel enquiry within four hours. Planners will receive a full proposal within 24 hours of making the provisional booking.
The 17 Hand Picked Hotels are conveniently located across the UK, with easy access to major rail, road and airport gateways, from Edinburgh to Yorkshire, the New Forest to Jersey.  Each Hand Picked Hotel makes an ideal and unique venue for formal board meetings, events, training and conferences, with ample free parking for delegates.

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*(16g wi-fi model)

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About Hand Picked Hotels
The award-winning Hand Picked Hotels collection, created by former City lawyer Julia Hands, are luxurious country house hotels renowned for exquisite food, fine wines and excellent service in stylish, relaxing surroundings. There are 17 hotels across the UK, with locations ranging from the New Forest and Jersey to Yorkshire and Edinburgh.  Hand Picked Hotels has focused on the quality of its service and cuisine and in the last three years 16 hotels have achieved two AA rosette status with Norton House in Edinburgh winning three AA rosettes.  Eight hotels have achieved red star status, being recognised as amongst the AA's Top 200 hotels in the UK & Ireland.  Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa has been awarded and retains 5 bubbles from the Good Spa Guide.

The spa hotels include Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa in Kent, Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa in Surrey, Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa in Cheshire, New Hall Hotel & Spa in North Birmingham, Wood Hall Hotel & Spa in West Yorkshire, Norton House Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh and L’Horizon Hotel & Spa in Jersey.




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