M&IT Awards Declare Imago Venues Best UK Conference Centre

Last Updated on: 22nd November 2023, 02:04 pm

Imago Venues, East Midlands’ leading venue brand, took home the gold award for its Burleigh Court Conference Centre & Hotel at the M&IT Awards 2023. Hosted by Russell Kane, the awards ceremony was held at Battersea Evolution with more than 850 event professionals in attendance.

Organised by Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine, part of the Northstar Meetings Group, the awards are the event industry’s biggest and most prestigious recognition programme. Its winners represent the best of the industry, chosen by the industry itself.

Burleigh Court was nominated for Best UK Conference Centre and was up against some stiff competition, including ACC Liverpool, Celtic Manor Resort, ICC Wales, Scottish Event Campus (SEC), and Warwick Conferences. On the night, Imago Venues were announced as the gold winners, with ICC Wales and SEC receiving silver and bronze respectively.

Commenting on the achievement, Commercial Director for Imago Venues, Emma Chamberlain, said: “We were extremely happy just to be named as finalists at such a prestigious occasion for our industry, and amongst some superb venues. So we’re absolutely thrilled to have taken home the Gold award! It really is an important award for us. As it’s voted for by our customers – who put their trust in us to deliver their events – it means so much more than other awards. Our company vision is “to create a place where people love to be” and to have that ratified by our customers and guests is a huge testament to our entire team who work so hard to deliver fabulous meetings, dining, and sleep. Congratulations to all the other finalists for a massive achievement, but especially to ICC Wales and SEC for sharing the podium!”

M&IT editor Paul Harvey added: “What a night! The M&IT Awards hold a special place in the meetings and events calendar because the winners represent the best of our industry. It was such a thrill to see so many eventprofs come together to celebrate the best our sector has to offer.”

Imago Venues is Leicestershire’s premier venue brand, combining year-round conference venues and hotels with Loughborough University’s campus facilities. They provide high-quality meeting spaces, venues and accommodation, along with world-leading sports and leisure facilities. Its portfolio includes Burleigh Court Conference Centre and Hotel, Holywell Park Conference Centre, The Link Hotel, the Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel, and Loughborough University campus.

The company has won multiple awards, including M&IT Gold for Best Academic Venue, Best UK Conference Centre, Best F&B Supplier, and Best Training Venue at the Academic Venue Awards. Imago Venues are a wholly owned subsidiary of Loughborough University and Gift Aid their profits back to the University, contributing over £1m per year towards research and academic excellence on campus. They are also part of The 5% Club which is a movement of more than 800 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers.

At the M&IT Awards 2023, Imago Venues’ flagship Burleigh Court property took home the gold award for Best UK Conference Centre, beating out some of the industry’s toughest competition. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Loughborough University and have been recognised with multiple awards over the years. A testament to their team, the award was voted for by their customers, who put their trust in them to deliver their events.

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