A conference can make or break a company. Holding a conference is the ideal opportunity to reach out to new clients, keep current ones satisfied and advertise your company's policies and philosophies. The venue that you choose for your conference should reflect your company's ideals perfectly. It should make your delegates feel motivated and your speakers feel inspired, and facilities, such as food and drink, should make all attendees feel welcome. Choose a poor venue and the reputation of your company could be tarnished. There is such an overabundance of venues for hire, though, that choosing one can feel like an impossible task. But by taking a few points into consideration, you can select your perfect venue, and hold a conference that your company can be proud of.
Your choice of conference venue should reflect your company's ethos and character. It should convey a level of professionalism that echoes that of your company. It can be interesting to choose a more unique, leftfield venue for your venue, but you need to make sure that it suits the nature of your company. But go too leftfield and you could end up alienating speakers and delegates. If you're in any doubt, then you should choose somewhere that is functional, yet inspiring.
You should spend some time thinking about where your conference delegates will be coming from. This should help you to decide on a location from where you can choose from suitable venues. The venue should be in a central location that is easily accessible for all attendees of the conference. There should be good transport links to your venue, and it should be close to train stations and accessible from the airport. If a lot of people are going to be driving to the conference, then there should be adequate car parking facilities within easy walking distance from the conference venue.
Make sure that you narrow your choice of venues down to one that is an appropriate size for the attendees. Try your best to gauge how many people will be attending before finalising a venue. Venues that are too large will make it look like your conference hasn't been a success, and could make it difficult for delegates to network and meet new people. On the other hand, venues that are too small could make attendees feel uncomfortable and could prevent them from getting the most out of all the facilities available at the conference.
While a lot of additional facilities are not essential for a conference, they can make guests more comfortable and feel like they are welcome, looked after guests. Many venues for hire offer facilities as part of the package, but you should look into what's included and whether it will be satisfactory. Look into whether the conference venue will provide any office equipment, such as whiteboards, projectors, pens and paper. There should also be enough facilities for all the guests to feel satisfied for the duration of the day, for example comfortable seating and heating or air conditioning.