Tags: apprentice, chef, conference centre, head, Lane End, masterchef, Mike Day, steven edwards, the professionals
A previous student of Lane End’s Executive Head Chef is whipping up a storm in the final of MasterChef: The Professionals.
Steven Edwards, 26, was originally recruited as an apprentice by Mike Day, the Executive Head Chef at Lane End Conference Centre.
Mike, who has led kitchens at some of the most prestigious hotels and venues in the country, said: “I first met Steven when I was Head Chef at the Burnham Beeches Hotel in 2003.
“Steven applied for a chef apprentice programme and his passion and drive was clear from the moment I met him.”
Steven, who is currently based in Horsham, West Sussex, has survived four intense weeks of the MasterChef: The Professionals competition.
Having secured his place in the final, he must now do battle with three other chefs to claim the overall MasterChef: The Professionals title.
Mike said: “MasterChef is notorious for its difficult challenges; Steven will have to pull out all the stops this week to impress the judges but I am sure he can do it.”
MasterChef: The Professionals final starts tonight at 8.30pm on BBC 2.
Mike is no stranger to the limelight himself. His show stopping dishes have earned him runner-up in the national Chef of the Year competition and two Rosettes at the Burnham Beeches Hotel.
Mike is currently channelling his culinary creativity into producing delicious, flavoursome menus at the popular Lane End Conference Centre, Buckinghamshire.
Here Mike and his team of seven chefs take conference catering to a whole new level.
“Whether we’re creating an informal lunch or three-course gala dinner, everything we do not only has to look good but taste out-of-this-world too.” says Mike.
To find out more about Lane’s Ends dedicated conference venue and catering services visit our official website www.lane-end-conferences.co.uk or contact Heni Fourie on +44 (0)845 521 3013, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We were delighted to welcome 18 members of a global media company to Lane End Conference Centre.
The international company – who produce a range of popular entertainment and news programmes including the US version of the The Voice and Saturday Night Live – chose Lane End to host its quarterly team building event.
The team away day, themed ‘Motivation,’ featured a series of interactive of presentations as well as a talk from motivational speaker, Neil Clough – one of the final five contestants in this year’s series of The Apprentice.
Of course no team building event would be complete without an exciting, adrenalin-charged outdoor activity which is Lane End’s speciality.
For the afternoon session delegates joined Lane End’s team building experts, Hi5 events, to try their hand at off-road Segway driving.
Segways are futuristic two-wheeled scooters which are fast and fun to drive, however, getting them to run smoothly requires perfect balance.
A spokesperson for the media company said: “The highlight of the day was the Segway challenge, we had a really good time and the weather was great!”
See more about Lane End Conference Centre’s team building challenges here
The group topped their day off with a special three-course dinner prepared by Lane End’s eight professional chefs.
Delighted with how the event went, the media company said they would definitely recommend international conference centre Lane End. They commented it ‘met the exact needs of what we wanted from an away day’ including: close to the M25, great facilities and overnight accommodation.
For more information about Lane End’s dedicated conference facilities visit our official website: www.lane-end-conferences.co.uk or call us now on: 0845 521 3013.
Tags: 2013, camera, Christmas, conference, conference centre, jessops, Lane End, retailer
Renowned camera retailer Jessops held its annual Christmas Conference at Lane End Conference Centre in November.
The company, which famously went into administration earlier this year after accruing debts of £81m, was successfully re-launched by Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones two months later.
Since then the Jessops brand has gone from strength-to-strength and is expected to turn a profit in their first year under new ownership.
It’s certainly been a productive year for Jessops and the company brought together 50 of its members at Lane End Conference Centre, Buckinghamshire.
The aim of the event was to discuss future business plans and ensure employees stay at their top of their game by getting hands-on with latest camera equipment.
One of the largest purpose-built conference venues in the UK, Lane End’s location and facilities were well matched to Jessops’ needs.
“It was a pleasure to welcome members of the Jessops team,” said Heni Fourie, Sales and Marketing Manager at the specialist conference centre.
“As well as close to their Head Office in Marlow, Lane End is easily accessibly via motorway and rail networks so was easy to find for guests travelling further afield.
“We were also able to accommodate those who needed to stay over with executive bedrooms.”
During the day Lane End’s self-contained Wycombe Hall and Wycombe Court buildings provided the ideal space for Jessops to discuss business and meet with suppliers.
Whilst in the evening Lane End’s large Pavilion room – which can accommodate up to 150 for dinner – provided a stunning backdrop for the group Gala dinner. Feast your eyes on our exclusive Gala menu here [link to Gala menu].
Of course no Jessops special event would be complete without Peter Jones and the team were thrilled when he made a surprise visit – it seems this Dragon is most definitely in!
If you’re looking for the perfect private function or conference venue take a look at Lane End’s official website: www.lane-end-conferences.co.uk or we would love to hear from you on: 0845 521 3013.
Tags: catering, centre, chef, conference, cuisine, Lane End, master, steven edwards, venue
Steven Edwards – who was tutored by Mike at the Corus Hotels Chefs’ School in 2003 – has been selected as one of the six best chefs in the cookery competition.
Steven, 26, will be put through his culinary paces again this week to compete for one of two places in the nerve-racking MasterChef semi-final.
Mike, who masterminds all our specialist conference catering at Lane End, said: “I mentored Steven when he was 17-years old. His parents are both in catering and watching Jamie Oliver’s programme ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’ inspired him to take the plunge.
“Steven was a very committed and talented trainee; it is great to see him in making his mark in the MasterChef quarter-finals. I will definitely be tuning in to watch his progress.”
MasterChef: The Professionals is on BBC2 Monday to Thursday at 8.30pm.
All the team at Lane End Conference Centre wish Steven well in the next stage of the competition.
Whipping future top chefs into shape is just one of Mike’s many talents.
During his career he has held senior posts at the 4 star Burnham Beeches Hotel and Sheraton Skyline. He has also won awards for his creative catering, including runner-up in the coveted national Chef of the Year competition.
Today you will find Mike doing what he does best – preparing exceptionally fresh, delicious, conference catering for Lane End’s delegates.
Whether it is a Gala dinner or a networking lunch, Mike and his team pay attention to every detail to deliver extra special dishes – even making their own bread rolls, yummy pastries, homemade ice creams and sorbets.
Mike said, “Our secret is to produce consistently fresh, good quality food in perfect balance with our client’s needs.”
Planning a business event? Lane End’s purpose-built conference centre can accommodate groups from five to 150 delegates.
To find out how more about our award-winning conference venue and catering facilities visit our official website www.lane-end-conferences.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)845 521 3013.
Tags: building, centre, conference, events, experiential learning, Lane End, team, venue
In business, traditional lecture-style training – sometimes referred to as ‘chalk-and-talk’ – is useful but how much information is absorbed?
This is where experiential learning comes into play.
Experiential learning makes a lasting impression by helping an individual learn from direct experience.
For example, rather than being told how to communicate or lead a group effectively, imagine building and testing an air-powered rocket with colleagues and actually putting these skills into practice?
As one of the largest dedicated experiential learning centres in the UK, Lane End Conference Centre, Buckinghamshire offers a variety of cerebral, physical and challenge based activities, each designed to enhance specific workplace skills.
“We believe the best lessons are those you learn from experience,” says Heni Fourie Sales and Marketing Manager at Lane End.
“Experiential learning techniques are a really ‘hands on’ powerful way to help individuals understand what they are learning about and how they will go about it in day-to-day life.”
Lane End provides experiential learning facilities for a diverse range of businesses and teaching institutions, from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to top construction companies.
Each experiential learning programme is aligned to a company’s specific learning objectives – from implementing an entire leadership course, to delivering a few experiential learning activities as part of a larger initiative.
Lane End Conference Centre also run a range invigorating outdoor activities designed to encourage team working. These include human football, air rifle scrabble, Segway racing and more.
If you’re worried your training is going in one ear and out the other, our experiential learning specialists can deliver the results you want.
For more information visit the Experiential Learning section of our official website www.lane-end-conferences or talk to us on +44 (0)845 521 3013.
Tags: business, conference, conferencing, facilities, Lane End, meeting, training, venue, video
Step away from your company car – meeting in person is like so last year!
A recent survey of 1,205 business decision makers shows that 96% consider video conferencing removes distance barriers and improves productivity.
Furthermore, video conferencing is set to become more popular with more than half of respondents (52%) anticipating video will be their preferred way of working by 2016.
At Lane End Conference Centre, one of the largest residential conference venues in UK, these figures come as no surprise.
Heni Fourie, Sales and Marketing Manager at the International conference centre, said: “We took steps to implement a direct fibre link a year ago to support effective, reliable video conferencing over the internet.
“Since then we have seen a steady increase in the number of companies, large and small, using video conference facilities to collaborate with colleagues in the UK and abroad.”
The direct fibre link at Lane End guarantees visitors super fast internet with a top speed of 100 MB – ideal for video conferencing.
What are the business benefits for communicating via video? The main reasons include:
• Reduction in fuel costs
• Less impact on the environment
• More time to get on with the job in hand.
So what are you waiting for?
Lane End conference centre offers hi-tech video conferencing facilities across the site and free super speed internet – currently only available to one per cent of the UK.
Combined with airy conference rooms, over 100 en-suite bedrooms and delicious on-site catering this award-winning UK conference venue offers the best of everything.
The conference centre is located 30-minutes drive from the centre of London in the idyllic village of Lane End, Buckinghamshire.
For more information visit the official Lane End website or call Heni Fourie today on +44 (0)845 521 3013.
Tags: 007, bond parties, centre, Christmas, conference, Lane End, office, parties, venue
The countdown to Christmas is on. If you are looking for a Christmas party venue in Buckinghamshire, come and enjoy a fun, festive welcome at Lane End.
Our Christmas party packages range from a James Bond themed dinner to Christmas lunch parties – but with 2013 dates almost sold out it’s time to get cracking.
Due to demand our last remaining dates are Saturday 7 December and Saturday 21 December.
Choose from one of these unique Christmas party packages:
‘007 Licence to Party’ – a fully themed glittering Bond extravaganza!
Set in our stunning pavilion building which can accommodate up to 130 people, guests can enjoy a red carpet welcome – complete with glass of Kir Royale – three course Christmas dinner and disco until 1am.
Also at only £36 per guest, your budget will definitely be more stirred than shaken.
Lodge Christmas Parties – If you’re looking for Christmas parties in High Wycombe for up to 50 guests, then our Lodge Christmas Parties are perfect for group celebrations.
Set in our festively decorated Wycombe Lodge dining room, guests can expect a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a three carvery menu and a disco and bar until late.
Christmas lunches – If a lunchtime Christmas party is the order of the day, why not try our delicious three course Christmas menu?
Lane End Conference Centre is within easy reach of High Wycombe, Marlow and Maidenhead. Visit our official website for directions.
Overnight accommodation is available on Saturday nights throughout December.
Time is running out, to book your 2013 Christmas party – or secure your 2014 Christmas party at this year’s prices – contact Sales and Marketing Manager Heni Fourie now on 01494 887 662.
Tags: accreditation, centre, conference, customer, feedback, gold, Lane End, outstanding, service, standard
We are very pleased to announce that we are on track to retain the acclaimed VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation.
Lane End Conference Centre was awarded the Gold Standard for outstanding customer service for the 12 months ending September 2012. This year once again Lane End achieved the accolade for the first three quarters and is set to be awarded the Gold Standard for this year ending September 2013.
BDRC Continental’s VenueVerdict programme is a system of collecting feedback from conference organizers about venues they have used to host events. Venues are ranked in order of their achieved Net Promoter Score which indicates levels of customer satisfaction.
In order to achieve the accreditation venues must achieve a Net Promoter Score of +70 or higher from at least 40 individual pieces of feedback submitted by conference organizers. Feedback surveys must be received during the twelve month period October 2012 to September 2013 and each of the four calendar quarters is required to contain at least ten responses.
Lane End is one of only 33 venues to receive the Gold Standard for Q3. The VenueVerdict programme featured around 360 participating venues and hotels throughout the UK and Ireland.
For the period in question the results were derived from about 22,000 individual pieces of feedback.
Visit our official website for more information about the facilities and service at Lane End Conference Centre.
“We are very pleased to be one of only 33 venues amongst 360 competitors throughout the UK and Ireland to receive this accolade.
“I believe we were only able to achieve this because of our wonderful staff and the underlying culture of continual improvement at Lane End – follow us on twitter and search #ConferenceFresh to see what I’m talking about.” Mike Gough Operations Director.
Tags: centre, conference, event, experiential, Lane End, learning, near London, royal veterinary college, rvc, training
Royal Veterinary College (RVC) chose Lane End Conference Centre for its first UK-based experiential learning event.
Over 60 trainee vets, veterinary nurses and veterinary science students from across the country descended on the training venue for the three-day residential course.
Designed to help the undergraduates develop their business and leadership skills, the agenda included morning lectures followed by a series of energetic team building activities to get everyone working together.
In the evenings delegates enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Head Chef Mike Day and his team.
Building on the course’s aim to enhance delegates’ communication and leadership skills, the training venue made sure to incorporate networking opportunities into the evening meals.
On the first night the vets-to-be swapped places between courses. Whilst for the group dinner, each table was supplied with paper table cloths and marker pens to note down ideas to be shared in an open discussion post-dinner.
Visit our team building website to find out more about Experiential Learning and other events at Lane End.
RVC were thrilled with how the course went and feedback from the students and staff members was extremely complimentary.
Dr Mandi de Mestre, the main organiser from RVC, said: “The course proved to be a really inspiring and effective learning experience.
“The conference centre facilities presented the ideal environment for facilitating the delegates learning.
“A number of the students also remarked on the value of using a dedicated experiential learning venue with fixed activities to demonstrate effective team working skills.”
Lane End’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Heni Fourie, said: “We were really pleased to welcome RVC. The group made great use of the facilities, particularly the team building challenges.
“Experiential learning is really popular in America, so it is heartening to see more professions adopting learning through action as part of their training and development programmes.”
For further information about Lane End’s award-winning conference centre and experiential learning facilities visit our official website.
Tags: centre, conference, facilities, Lane End, refurbishments
The transformation of our award-winning conference centre facilities at Lane End is almost complete.
Our top team of builders, designers and decorators have been working hard to deliver five major refurbishment projects in as many months.
Alongside the regular perks of fresh on-site catering and seamless customer service, delegates can now enjoy a host of new facilities.
1) New Wycombe Lodge Dining Room
The renovation of the Wycombe Lodge Dining Room was a major undertaking but has created a great new dining hub at the centre.
As well as adding a spacious conservatory catering for 60 covers, a large private deck has been constructed – perfect for a spot of al fresco dining or post meeting catch up.
2) Luxurious Executive Bedrooms
Who said conference centre accommodation had to be dull?
The second improvement is the complete refurbishment of 35 bedrooms at the Wycombe Lodge.
Alongside structural changes, including individual balconies and brand new en suite bathrooms, comfy full sized double beds and air conditioning have been added; ensuring delegates get the best night’s sleep.
3) New and improved Coffee Bar
We understand that fresh, piping hot tea and coffee is a conference centre essential.
Improvement number three is a state-of-the-art coffee station in the lounge.
Now guests can help themselves to freshly ground coffee and a selection of teas anytime they need a caffeine kick.
4) New French doors and balconies
Improvement number four is the installation of French doors and balconies in the building’s Conference Suite foyer.
Overlooking the conference centre grounds, these allow delegates to take in the views and the fresh country air between sessions.
5) New Gala Dinner Menu
Not all the improvements have involved construction work.
To tantalise delegates’ taste buds, improvement number five is a new Gala Dinner menu.
Created by Head Chef, Mike Day, the Gala Dinner menu has something for everyone – from herb scented rump lamb to delicious vegetarian dishes – just the thing for a business dinner to impress.
Not all conference centres are the same. To find out more about the Lane End conference centre experience contact Heni Fourie on +44 (0)845 521 3013 or email email@example.com