Maybe this is just because this is what the majority of us are used to, but no matter the reason we think like we do, maybe it is time to change the perception and look at more rural and countryside conference venues for your next big meeting.
When it comes to the reasons why rural conference venues are often ideal for business meetings, there are many you could take into account, but the main reasons why you should be thinking about holding your next conference outside of the nearest city or large town are below:
Peace / Tranquillity - With no phone ringing, no email bleeps and no chitter chatter of the office, not only can your team and delegates really start to concentrate on the task in hand, but they can also hear new sounds that can get their minds ticking. Imagine sitting around the meeting table, with the log fire roaring and the birds outside in the trees, as this type of environment will not only relax people but also bring out the best in them.
Something Different - A change in location or situation can often bring out the best in people, because when you are working in the same old office type environment, day in, day out, it can be really difficult to get the right level of inspiration. By going to a new location, based in the depths of the countryside, it can often bring out the more imaginative side of people, allowing ideas to flow and discussions to be more in-depth and meaningful.
Often Cheaper - Because you are not paying for a massive brand or high street name when it comes to conference rooms, you may well find that rural conference venues are often cheaper compared to what you might get for the equivalent in a city centre location. In a time when money is tight and every pound saved from a business point of view is important, saving all of the money you can, wherever you can, could prove fruitful in the long run.
More Availability - Many of the bigger city based conference venues, especially the most popular, are often booked well in advance, so trying to squeeze a last minute conference booking or meeting in can be a challenge. When it comes to the rural alternatives, because they are generally not used as much you should find they have more availability and are more flexible when it comes to when you can use the facility and how long for.
Unique Venues - As we mentioned right at the start of this article, many of the "normal" inner city conference venues can often be quite stale and uninspiring, often a hotel conference suite or a big board room that just feels very corporate and not very personal. Many of the rural alternatives offer totally unique rooms, maybe with antique furniture and open fires, just little touches that will make you and your team members feel more relaxed and then hopefully more open to discussion, planning and moving forward.