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Thursday 22 September 2016

Sales team makes new signings at St James Park

The award-winning sales team at one of the UK’s most famous football grounds is starting the season with a raft of new signings.

Newcastle’s St James’ Park, has welcomed four new recruits to its team which is tasked with overseeing and boosting the venue’s corporate and leisure business.

Danielle Cummings, from Chester-le-Street, who has worked extensively in sales and hospitality, will be tasked with driving new business to the stadium and increasing its event bookings.

She will be assisted on a part time basis by student Victoria Courtier, from Devon, who will combine her job at the stadium with her second year studies for a travel tourism and event degree at Newcastle University.

Luke Cuthbertson, from Gateshead, takes the role of sales coordinator, while Rachael Carmichael, a qualified wedding planner, from Jarrow, will be on hand to advise and steer couples through each stage of their nuptials at the stadium.

The recent recruitment drive follows a successful year for the team, which saw off competition from venues across the UK to win the Sales and Marketing Innovation Award, at Sodexo’s sales and marketing award ceremony, held annually to recognise the sales teams’ contribution to the growth of the business.

 Samantha Doyle, sales and marketing manager for Sodexo at St James’ Park said “St James’ Park is one of the North East’s leading conference and event venues with a very loyal and ever expanding client base. Rachael, Luke, Victoria and Danielle each bring different skills and experiences to the team and will be invaluable in helping us build the business, while ensuring our corporate and leisure clients continue to receive the highest possible standard of service.”

St James Park is a versatile venue which includes the Bamburgh Suite which is one of the largest single conference and banqueting facilities in the North East. It also includes 13 dedicated conference and event rooms and 80 premium executive boxes for smaller events.

For further information about St James Park and its award winning conference and events facilities visit

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Thursday 22 September 2016

Prestige Venues & Events launch new campaign for Christmas

Today sees the launch of our brand new Christmas campaign – 12 Weeks of Christmas!!

Visitors to the Prestige Venues & Events site will now have the chance to win a whole host of festive prizes in the run up to Christmas.

The new, interactive game is in the form of an online scratch card which visitors complete and reveal the prizes on offer.

Each week from now until Christmas there will be a wide range of prizes to be won which will be related to one of the venues in our portfolio. Prizes include VIP hospitality packages, afternoon tea, guided tours, Sunday lunch and even an aviation experience.

Even if you don’t win one of the main prizes you could still receive a £100 off your next event*booking voucher to redeem at any of our participating venues. To enter simply register your details and play the game to be in with a chance of winning.

Natasha Carr, Venue and Events Marketing Manager said “We always like to incorporate new and innovative activities at PV&E so the idea of a virtual game ticked both of those boxes. It’s open to everyone to play so whether you are an existing customer or looking for inspiration for this year’s Christmas party make sure you visit the website and take part.”

So what you waiting for – simply click on the link above and get playing. Best of luck

To play the game visit

To find out more information about our Christmas Party Experiences for 2016 visit

*taking place Jan –Mar 2017.Minimum spend applies.

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Monday 19 September 2016

How does your edible garden grow?

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has recently appointed Ben Dell as their new Market Gardener for the Edible Garden.

Ben, who has worked at RBGE for close to ten years and helped set up the Edible Garden project, will oversee the development of its vegetable patches with the aim of creating a sustainable supply of home-grown produce for Sodexo’s chefs to use in the John Hope Gateway Restaurant, Terrace Café the staff canteen and event menu’s.

Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, The Edible Gardening Project is also an educational initiative holding regular ‘grow your own’ workshops to teach people the skills and knowledge they need to cultivate their own produce.

The south-facing plot, which is nearly an acre in size, is home to an array of herbs and vegetables from staples like, leeks and lettuce to horticulture showstoppers such as beetroot, Brussel sprouts and kale.

Assisted by three volunteers, Ben’s duties will include working closely with Sodexo head chef Ben Harrison to ensure a steady stream of fresh ingredients is available for use on seasonal menus across the Garden’s food offering.

Paul Mitchell, Catering Services Director, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, said: “We’re delighted to support the Edible Garden and champion sustainably grown produce. People today care more than ever about the origins of their food with access to fresh, seasonal produce front of mind for many foodies and consumers. The added benefit of the project is that it allows us to integrate more closely with the Garden and ensure that dishes our head chef, Ben Harrison develops, complement the Edible Garden programme to deliver fresh, seasonal produce to visitors and staff all year round.”

Jenny Foulkes, Edible Garden Project Manager, RBGE said: “Sodexo’s commitment and belief in the project has allowed us to deliver the next stage of the initiative. Ben brings a wealth of horticultural knowledge and experience to this role and with his help, we will be able to boost production and offer visitors the chance to enjoy fresh, organic seasonal food grown from just a few hundred yards away.”

To find out about events happening in the Edible Garden visit

To find out about conference and event facilities at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh visit

A new autumn winter menu is now available as well as seasonal afternoon tea.

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Monday 19 September 2016

St James’ Park to hold its first ever real ale festival

One of the UK’s most famous football grounds is tempting fans with pulled pork and pints – at its first ever real ale festival.

On 7 and 8 October, Newcastle United FC’s St James’ Park will play host to some of the North East’s best loved artisan breweries for two days of beer, music and food.

Along with 54 beers and ciders from breweries such as Wylam, Cullercoats, Blackhill and Firebrick, festival-goers will also be able to tuck into a menu of dishes designed especially for the occasion.

Our team of chefs will be serving up pulled pork baps, honey roast ham and mash, rustic potato wedges and burgers, to a background of live music provided by bands such as Champagne Charlies.

Samantha Doyle, sales and marketing manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events at the stadium, said: “We’re very excited to be hosting our first ever real ale festival and bringing together three North East passions; food, football and a good pint. The region’s home to some very impressive breweries and, by teaming their beers and ciders with food from our highly skilled chefs in this iconic setting, we hope to give festival-goers a great weekend.”

The Real Ale Festival, which will also feature a Bombay Gin bar, will take place at the stadium’s Platinum Club from 6pm to 11pm on 7 October and from 12 noon to 10pm on 8 October.

Tickets cost £10 for a one-day pass and £15 for a weekend ticket and entry includes a programme and a commemorative glass as a memento of the event.

CAMRA, student and group discounts are available and information and tickets can be accessed by calling 0191 201 8525 or emailing .

For further information about St James Park and its facilities to cater for large events visit

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Monday 19 September 2016

Everton Football Club named top venue in Liverpool

Staff at one of the UK’s most famous sports grounds are celebrating after scooping another top industry accolade.

Our team at Everton FC are toasting their success after the ground was named Sports Hospitality Venue of the Year 2016 at the Downtown in Business Work Hard, Play Hard awards.

Goodison Park beat off major rival Liverpool FC as well as Chester Racecourse, Aintree Racecourse and Formby Golf Course to claim the title.

The Work Hard, Play Hard awards are organised annually by Downtown in Business, one of the North West’s leading business organisations.

They celebrate the businesses, people and venues which have helped make Liverpool’s visitor economy with £3.8billion.

The team received their prize at an awards ceremony at Liverpool’s Hilton Hotel last week which attended by more than 200 businesses.

Debbie Slee, sales and marketing manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events at Everton Football Club, said: “This is another fantastic achievement for all of the team at Everton FC, and follows a very successful year for us. To be even nominated for the Work Hard, Play Hard awards was an honour, but to win was absolutely amazing. We are constantly striving to make Everton FC the best venue in Liverpool, and to be rewarded for our effort in this way proves we are doing something right. We are very proud of this award and look forward to raising our game even higher to ensure we remain the best.”

This latest award comes just three months after the Everton FC team racked up two major national accolades.

In June, Gareth Billington, Sodexo Sports & Leisure executive head chef at Goodison Park, won the People’s Choice award in the Craft Guild of Chefs awards, which acknowledge the crème de la crème of the industry.

And just a few days later, the team were also named Chef Team of the Year at the Stadium and Hospitality Awards.

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