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Monday 25 January 2016

Experience The View at this year’s Open

Making its debut at this year’s 145th Open (14th – 17th July) at Royal Troon will be The View – a new sleek and spacious setting to soak up the atmosphere in comfort and style.

Located on the upper level of the Hospitality Pavilion The View includes floor to ceiling windows and is set to provide the atmosphere of a VIP first class lounge and a starred contemporary fine dining restaurant.

The best in food a drink complements the location and is a feature throughout the entire day’s play. Guests can take advantage of over 10 hours of hospitality including a gourmet Scottish breakfast, 4 course à la carte lunch, afternoon tea and fine wines, Champagne, beers and spirits are all included.

The Open offers three distinctly themed ticket and hospitality inclusive experiences for you and guests to enjoy. In addition to The View, The 1860 Club captures the heritage of the Championship amidst an historic clubhouse atmosphere whilst The Champions Club offers modern British bistro cuisine in a design-conscious, minimalist setting, all a short walk from play.

All of The Open Hospitality inclusive experiences include parking and Fast Track entry privileges, easy access to live TV coverage, private washrooms and golf related entertainment.

A limited number of Open Hospitality Premier Suites are also available, on-course and with elevated views, for groups of more than 30 guests at Royal Troon.

Hospitality Experiences for this year’s Open are now on sale and early season pricing for inclusive experiences is valid until the end of January 2016 at TheOpen.com. To speak to one of our hospitality advisors for further information call +44 (0) 844 371 0883 or email Hospitality@TheOpen.com

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Monday 25 January 2016

Welcome aboard Hazel!

After a couple of weeks settling in, we are delighted to officially announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive, Hazel Peplinski. This is the first time in our 400 year history we have had a Chief Executive and Hazel has wasted no time in getting her teeth firmly into the role!

Hailing from a horseracing background – her father John Dudgeon was a permit-holder trainer and her brother Sandy a successful amateur jockey – Hazel has built an enviable reputation in Scottish racing holding positions that include Chief Executive, Director, Racing Manager and Clerk of the Course at Hamilton Park, as well as further Clerking roles at both Kelso and Ayr racecourse.  Earlier in her career Hazel was a Public Relations Officer for the Racecourse Association (RCA) and obtained Event Management experience in the golf and tennis arenas.

The decision to appoint a Chief Executive rather a new General Manager reflects just how far Perth Racecourse has come in the last ten years.   In what has been a difficult time for the industry we have consistently bucked trends to show a solid increase in both visitor numbers and fixtures.  With annual turnover now in excess of £2.5million it seemed like an opportune time to raise the bar!

Here’s what Hazel has to say after her first two weeks!

“I was hugely honoured to be approached by the committee and have grabbed this unique opportunity with both hands. Having been brought up in a large National Hunt racing family, I do feel as though I’m coming home and will be proud to welcome life-long industry friends and business contacts to Perth Racecourse.

Leading this amazing, well-established racecourse team into a new era and providing them with strong direction and the vision to maximise the full potential of our excellent location and newly improved facilities is a challenge I relish.

The team here were well underway with planning for the 2016 season and so I have simply immersed myself into learning how Perth Racecourse operates.  Indeed, much of my first season shall be spent watching and listening as I believe the key to defining our future strategy is to first and foremost fully understand the business, ensuring we make full use of the excellent skills and experience we already have.

I am grateful for the warm welcome I have been shown by everyone and I am finding the racecourse is held in high-esteem by the local business community, which is extremely heartening. Coupled with strong attendances and such tremendous goodwill within the industry, the platform for growth is most certainly here.

I know that starting the season with the Three Day Perth Festival in April quickly followed by Ladies Day and the Perth Gold Cup Day will keep me extremely busy and with the opening of our new hostel facility and the much-heralded new stable complex, it’s looking like a hectic baptism in my first year!  The legacy Sam Morshead has left after his long tenure is incredible.

2016 is turning into a big year for me personally and could well be a landmark year in the history of Perth racecourse. I have been presented with a wonderful opportunity and I intend to keep my hands firmly on these reins as I take the racecourse forward for the benefit of all.”

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Thursday 14 January 2016

Romance on the river

Loved-up couples can celebrate Valentine’s Day in a room with a view – arguably the best view in London.

On Sunday, 14 February, Bateaux London vessels Harmony and Symphony will take to the Thames for two romantic, dinner cruises, combining fine food with live entertainment against the stunning backdrop of London’s most iconic and historic sights.

Couples will be welcomed on board with a glass of Champagne before being shown to their table for the evening. They will then be served a four course meal, prepared and cooked on board by our team of chefs as well as a fine selection of wine, beers and soft drinks which will be served throughout the evening. A single red rose will also be given to you to give to the love of your life!!!

A live band will provide entertainment throughout the evening whilst couples enjoy the finest possible views of sites in the city such as the Globe Theatre, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard and the Houses of Parliament.

“Nowhere in London can match the views you get from glass-sided Symphony or from Harmony, which has the largest open viewing deck on the Thames,” said Bateaux London marketing manager Gareth Brown.

“Few places in the world are as spectacular as London at night and what could be more romantic than gliding along the river, under Tower Bridge, with a glass of Champagne and the capital of England laid out before you?”

Boarding will begin at 18.45hrs for Harmony and 19.30hrs for Symphony with each vessel departing half an hour later. The cruises last for approximately three hours and depart from Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment. Guests are expected to adhere to a smart dress code.  

Prices start at £145 per person so if you are looking for something a bit different this is a great option. In addition dining cruise gift vouchers, which come with a souvenir map, are also available.

For further information about Bateaux London and the Valentine’s Day River Cruises visit http://www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com/venues/2/bateaux-london/

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Thursday 07 January 2016

Perfect wedding venues for your special day

Happy 2016 to all of you and a huge congratulations to all the couples who got engaged during the festive season. What a lovely way to start the New Year and exciting times ahead planning your dream day.

At Prestige Venues & Events we’ve got a wide range of venues for wedding ceremonies, receptions, celebrations or both. In our collection of unique venues throughout the UK we have award winning racecourses, historic buildings, boats, museums, galleries and stadia. Something for everybody’s taste, style or budget.

We also have lots of expert wedding planners based in our venues who would love to talk to you and help plan your special day whenever that might be.

So if you are just about to start planning your big day we’ve pulled together a few ideas which will hopefully inspire you when choosing that perfect venue:

Ascot Racecourse provides a stunning choice of locations for your big day including elegant lawns and terraces perfect for wedding photography. It also has an impressive array of rooms and spaces which are ideal for small or large weddings and can be dressed extravagantly or more conservatively depending on your theme or budget!

How about tying the knot on board Bateaux London? The Harmony and Symphony are both available for Thames Weddings throughout the year and boast some of the most stunning and memorable backdrops for wedding celebrations in the city.

Choose from three unique settings at Knebworth House for your big day. The 16th Century Tithe Barns and new Oak Cobbald Barn are both available for weddings as well as the beautiful Knebworth House itself.

Dundas Castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh enables couples have their very own fairy tale in real Scottish Castle. This exclusive use venue boasts lots of spectacular locations for couples to exchange their vows including a medieval fairy tale tower, the Georgian Croquet Room or even an outdoor ceremony with the castle in the background.

The Great Hall at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle is a magnificent wood panelled and tiled room with wonderful decorative metal arches. With a capacity for up to 350 guests it provides a stunning location for ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. 

The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh is an idyllic and purely romantic setting for a wedding of any kind. With a variety of outdoor spaces and venues across the garden brides and grooms are truly spoilt for choice.

We’ve also got lots of stadiums within our portfolio which provide a unique setting for any event in particular a wedding. You don’t have to be a fan of the team or the club – just make the most of the flexible facilities on offer for guests to enjoy on your special day. Stadiums include Goodison Park home of Everton FC, Newcastle United’s St James Park, Hampden Park – the home of Scottish football and the iconic AMEX Stadium in Brighton.

All of our venues have wedding brochures and special packages available on request so don’t delay in contacting them. They also host wedding shows, fairs and open evenings throughout the year so if you want to experience the venue for yourself pop along to one of these special events. Keep checking the venues individual websites for further details about dates and times.

For more information about wedding venues and packages visit www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com/venues/weddings-and-celebrations

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Thursday 07 January 2016

Dundas Castle awarded ‘Taste Our Best’ accolade

Dundas Castle has become the first business to receive the prestigious VisitScotland award celebrating Scottish food.

The prestigious venue located on the outskirts of Edinburgh has been awarded VisitScotland’s esteemed five star ‘Taste Our Best’ award in the Exclusive Venues category, for its strong commitment to sourcing fresh, local Scottish ingredients.

As part of the awards’ scheme, venues are required to keep food miles to a minimum by sourcing at least 40% of food from Scottish producers, highlighting local ingredients on menus and ensuring staff are able to explain the origins of each meal. 

Our team at the venue strive to source the majority of ingredients from local suppliers and is extremely proud of its strong relationships with Scottish suppliers, which include Patisserie Joldo of Edinburgh, Cuddybridge Apple Juice, Campbell Bros and Braehead Foods.

Tom Beauchamp, Head Chef at Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events said: “We understand the importance of using seasonal, local produce on our menus and are lucky to have access to some of the best produce in the world right on our doorstep in Scotland.

“We have great relationships with local suppliers and ensure all of our staff have a thorough understanding of the ingredients we are using and where they come from.”

The ‘Taste Our Best’ award will now feature on Dundas Castle’s menus and its website with a range of new menus being launched in the coming weeks.

Set in 400 acres of grounds, Dundas Castle is one of Scotland’s most beautiful and historic castles. It is one of the top five star Exclusive Use venues in Britain and is available for weddings, corporate hospitality, private dinners and much more.

For further information about Dundas Castle and its amazing range of spaces available for events visit

www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com/venues/48/dundas-castle/

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