With discussions for The North Wales Growth Deal underway, now is the time to start thinking about North and mid-Wales as the next destination for business events.
The North Wales Growth Deal has passed an important milestone, with talks which set a clear way forward for the deal and a focus on low carbon energy, digital connectivity, as well as land and property. Both the UK and Welsh Governments have agreed to provide £240 million of funding for the deal.
The spread of industries and economic activity in Wales provides many opportunities for synergy with business events. In 2016, 27.9% of Welsh economic output in 2016 came from water, energy, manufacturing, production and construction – the highest proportion of any UK nation. Events of this nature, and many of Wales’ sectors, can look for support from those involved in the sector and potential partners and sponsors from each industry.
Venues such as Bounce Below and Surf Snowdonia provide spaces for meetings as well as expert-led activities in unique locations. While, with a fully supported service across North Wales, including transport, accommodation, guiding and activities, Adventure Tours UK make it easy to take business out of the boardroom and deliver the wilder side of a business event. It offers a range of tailored adventure experiences set in the rugged coastline and mountains, such as a two-day team building finale including activities ranging from wild water rafting, precarious river crossing, to hiking in Snowdonia.
As well as stunning landscapes, North Wales boasts a range of accommodation, from four to five-star luxury hotels to purpose-built events accommodation. The Waterloo Hotel in Betws-y-Coed is currently developing its new and sustainable spa and exclusively designed rooms to reflect the areas’ rich natural beauty and heritage. The new development brings a dynamic venture that adds to Betws’ incredible location as the gateway to Snowdonia.
The Imperial Hotel, Llandudno’s largest four-star hotel, boasts stunning views across the bay and a choice of eight excellent conference and banqueting suites which cater for up to 150 guests. With tailored delegate packages, the hotel is perfect for mixing business with leisure in team building or post-conference activities; within 40 minutes of the hotel are some of the best coastal golf courses in the country, and other unique activity nearby.
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North Wales also has larger venues including Venue Cymru, a modern, purpose-built conference venue for anything from five to 5,000 delegates. It’s recently undergone a £3 million redevelopment, which includes a new conference centre adding to its existing 1,500-seat theatre, 1,500 capacity arena and conference rooms.
Nearby, mid-Wales has more than 2,000 sqm of breath-taking scenery, making it the perfect place to bring your group for a conference or event, with space to breathe, think and focus. The Royal Welsh Showground is located in picturesque surroundings and as part of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, it is a multi purpose event designed to cater for exhibitions and trade fairs, conferences and business meetings in prestigious exhibition halls and pavilions.
The region is also home to Europe’s foremost eco-centre WISE, an award-winning eco-building set in the grounds of the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), which makes for an ideal venue for any meeting in the sustainable and green industries. CAT’s newly developed group travel packages are perfect for businesses looking for something a bit different; expert tutors can guide visitors through unique experiences such as sustainable building, clay oven building, nature connection walks and building pallet wood furniture. CAT has impressive facilities for meetings and events, and accommodation of 24 rooms.
Listed as one of Lonely Planet’s Best Places to Travel in 2017, North Wales is known as the adventure capital of Wales. Along with the region’s stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites and the history of Conwy, Beaumaris, Harlech and Caernarfon Castles, it’s now also home to a vast range of unique, world-class attractions which offer spaces for events.