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Skene House Conference Suites

Let’s hear it from our customers

 

Skene House’s meeting rooms, located at Skene House Rosemount, 96 Rosemount Viaduct, opened its doors in the summer of 2008 and has grown in popularity to the stage where it welcomed around 4000 delegates last year alone.

During May, we are bringing you a behind-the-scenes look at our contemporary event spaces. This month you’ll find out some of the reasons why our regular customers love to book their training events at Skene House. We’ll also be bringing you some top tips from our Meetings and Events Co-ordinator on how to plan the perfect meeting, event or training session and much more. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for behind-the-scenes pictures of conference room set-ups and lunch menus for all your dietary requirements.

This week a few of our customers kindly answered some questions for us…

Jee Ltd has been providing subsea engineering and training to the oil, gas and renewables industries since 1988, and have been holding their Aberdeen training courses at Skene House for the past 7 years.

Platinum Productions, a bridal make-up company who hold regular masterclasses at Skene House meeting rooms.

Why did you choose Skene House for your training courses ?

Jee Ltd: “The Skene House facilities are in a great location and the meeting rooms and services provided are of a high standard. We have built a strong relationship with Skene House over the years, and we always get great feedback on the venue from our course delegates.”

Platinum Productions: “I chose Skene House ConferenceSuites after staying in the apartments and noticing the fantastic meeting rooms.  My stay was extremely pleasant, welcoming & exceeded all expectations.  The laid back vibe was so refreshing, and guests are made to feel free to see to themselves & come and go as they wish, yet staff are there whenever needed. The perfect scenario. When I hired the meeting rooms for the first time, the experience was as positive as the accommodation. Therefore I have returned again & again.”

What are your top 3 event organising tips?

Jee Ltd.

  1. “Use your time wisely and plan ahead
  2. Introduce a live checklist and keep this updated
  3. Build strong relationships with your suppliers”

Platinum Productions
1. “Do your research; what do your clients want? and what demographic will you need to cater for?
2.  Always leave plenty of time on the day of the event to arrive, unpack, set up & have a Plan B in the event of technical issues with your laptop or USB, have hard copies of the presentation.  If you have a bit of time before delegates arrive, you can always relax with a cup of tea!
3. Have a session plan, and a rough time scale to ensure you are on time and don’t run over or finish far too early. Always have extra material prepared just incase!”

How important is social media to promoting your event?

Jee Ltd. “LinkedIn is a great platform for us to keep in touch with our customers and inform them about upcoming events.”

Platinum Productions: “Social media is a fundamental tool for promoting events. It’s easy to commuicate messages & keep in touch with delegates too. You can keep everyone up-to-date & build hype!”

What key things do you look for when choosing an event venue?

Jee Ltd.

  1. “Excellent customer service
  2. A competitive rate for a complete meeting room package
  3. Flexible and short cancellation terms
  4. No deposits required are also important”

Platinum Productions

  1. “Reasonable cost – many venues are very expensive and don’t consider small businesses needs, only quoting rates for multinational organisations that do have the budget. At Skene House, they are very reasonable with making conference hiring affordable. It’s great value for money and as such has resulted in repeat business & recommendations to others.
  2. I also seek somewhere that’s nice, but not too extravagant to the point it puts people off coming. I feel at Skene House, it’s fresh, modern, pleasant but yet people still feel relaxed & don’t have to worry about dressing up. Skene House is the perfect balance between avoiding pretension but still having an excellent reputation locally.
  3. The range of room sizes available is excellent; too large a room & the class would feel less intimate. However, if there ever was a significantly larger number of people attending, I know Skene House could accommodate that too.
  4. The central location is an added bonus”

Let’s here from some more happy clients….

 

“Many thanks for all your help with our event yesterday. It went really well and we have had excellent comments on the food, venue and staff. Everything ran to plan and you accommodated any last minute requests with ease – you and your team could not have been more helpful. Our compliments also to the chef for his excellent catering. I will definitely be recommending your venue to our clients.” – Big Partnership

“Melissa was extremely helpful throughout the whole booking process , a pleasure to deal with – Has gone above and beyond.” – SFEDI

“Many thanks for your kind hospitality yesterday – everyone was very happy with the venue and we’re already talking about using Skene again for any external seminars. The venue ticked lots of boxes for us as you were very handily based in the city centre and near our office, had plenty parking on site, and you came in with the lowest quote out of a number of hotels we had contacted. The room was the perfect size for us as well as there was plenty of space for networking before and after the event without having to move to another room.” – CMS 

“Thank-you chef for the amazing food” – Suchita Verma Raj and family

“Thank you to you and your team for looking after us so well on Saturday. Everything was great, from the room layout, the food, the service and your lovely decorations which made us all feel very special. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for any of you and I appreciate that very much as it made everything run very smoothly. Thanks too to the breakfast team who very kindly allowed us to have breakfast in the room. Excellent! I hope we weren’t too demanding! I will definitely be recommending you to others.” – G. Turnbull

“Thank-you so much for making our day so special, everything was perfect” – Suchita Verma Raj and family

Are you looking to host a meeting or events venue for up to 70 people? If so, contact Melissa, our dedicated Meetings and Events Coordinator, to find out about our competitive rates and packages.

+44 (0) 1224 659 293 or meet@skene-house.co.uk

We would love to hear about your meetings and events experiences, please share these on social media and follow us on Twitter @skenehouse and tag your pictures #skenehousemeetings

 

Thanks to our guest bloggers Jee Ltd and Platinum Promotions

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