Lane End’s Hannah takes on the London Marathon

April 15, 2014 at 9:09 am | Posted in Meet Our Team | Leave a comment
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Congratulations to Lane End’s Conference and Events Executive, Hannah Field, who ran the London Marathon this weekend.

Hannah Field

Hannah Field

Running with her sister Debbie, Hannah joined 36,000 other participants to pound the capital’s streets in this major annual fundraising event.

Competing for a cause close to their hearts, the sisters ran for Action on Bladder Cancer (ABC) – a charity supporting people with bladder cancer – after their mum was diagnosed with, and successfully beat, the disease.

Hannah and Debbie have so far raised an incredible £2,900 for the charity. Lane End was very pleased to help in a small way towards achieving their goal.

Hannah, who admitted she actively disliked running prior to signing up to the London Marathon, went on to complete the tough 26-mile course in an impressive five and a half hours.

Speaking at the finish, Hannah said: “We did it! Thank you just isn’t enough, everyone has been more than amazing and there is no way we could have done it without your support and good wishes.

“My knees, hips and feet hurt beyond belief but it was so worth it!”

Heni Fourie, Sales and Marketing Manager at the meeting venue in Lane End, said: “Hannah trained really hard for the London Marathon. We were delighted to support her in her mission to raise funds and awareness of ABC’s important work.”

When not competing in gruelling marathons, Hannah is one of our fab team members at Lane End Conference Centre.

Situated outside London in leafy Bucks, the award-winning UK conference and meeting venue comprises eight fully equipped conference rooms, 24 meeting rooms and three dedicated dining rooms – all set in acres of green parkland.

To find out more about we do, visit our official website http://www.lane-end-conferences.co.uk/ or call Heni Fourie on 0845 521 3013.

A Fresh Idea for Working Lunches

April 3, 2014 at 11:14 am | Posted in Catering & Dining at Lane End | Leave a comment
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Tired of sandpaper sandwiches and sticky finger food for your working lunch?

Well, at Lane End Conference Centre we’ve come up with the perfect solution – Bento Boxes. These neat, Japanese-style boxes comprise compartments filled with freshly prepared, tasty food options.

And when you’ve finished there’s no more messy plates and lingering smells to deal with – simply pop the lid back on, job done!

Bento Box

Delicious Bento Box lunches available at Lane End

Bento boxes can be traced back to early 12th century Japan when the first dried rice meals were developed.

Today Bento is a big part of Japanese cuisine and is available to buy almost anywhere, from dedicated Bento shops to railway stations.

Bento has also evolved into a popular art form. Known as people ‘kyaraben’ (character bento) people go to painstaking lengths to create dishes resembling cartoon and video game characters.

Although we can’t promise to make your lunch in the shape of Sponge Bob, Lane End’s Bento boxes come packed with a delicious selection of fresh food, including:

• Tuna, salmon or vegetable sushi rolls
• Lightly spiced strips of succulent chicken, beef or fish
• Flavoured rice
• Fresh, crunchy vegetables and tangy pickles

And to complete your meal, each lunch box contains a tasty dessert.

Whether you’re planning a board meeting for 20 or a workshop for four, Lane End’s Bento boxes are a great way to satisfy without stopping work. Come and talk to us.

You can find out more about Lane End’s award-winning conference and meeting facilities on our official website http://www.lane-end-conferences.co.uk/ or call Heni Fourie today on 0845 521 3013.

Fresh Facts! Lane End over the Decades

March 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday to us – Lane End Conference Centre is 45 this year!

Lane End Conference Centre - 45 Successful YearsA pivotal conference and training hub for London, the South East and beyond, hundreds of companies book Lane End for events, exhibitions and exhilarating team-building days every year.

But if you think conference centres are all fresh coffee and flip charts, there’s so much more to Lane End. Check out these five fresh facts:

1. Our ultrafast broadband is completely free of charge – If you’ve ever been shocked by hotel charges for wi-fi access you will love this service!

Lane End’s direct fibre optic link delivers ultrafast wi-fi and hardwired internet connection with guaranteed speeds of up to 100MB – that’s 14 times faster than the average broadband. And because it’s free, you can enjoy unlimited, uninterrupted internet access from the breakfast table to the boardroom.

A newly refurbished bedroom at Lane End

A newly refurbished bedroom at Lane End

2. We have over 100 en-suite bedrooms – 104 to be precise! As one of the country’s first ever dedicated training centres, Lane End was designed to meet delegates’ every need.

As such, the centre has a range of fully furnished bedrooms with comfy double beds, modern bathrooms, spacious work desks and free, superfast wi-fi throughout.

3. Lane End has no less than three dedicated kitchens – This enables us to prepare our conference catering every day from scratch – from delicious warm cookies to accompany tea and coffee, to three-course sit down meals.

Our fully equipped, professional kitchens also enable us to offer an array of cooking courses, from unique chocolate making challenges to British Bake Off style competitions. Spatulas ready!

4. Lane End is a leading International Conference Centre – When we opened in 1969 major global players McKinsey & Company and Bank of America were amongst our first visitors.

With Heathrow half an hour away, we’ve been welcoming international companies ever since.

Coming Soon - Lane End Leisure Facility

Coming Soon – Lane End Leisure Facility

5. Our brand new Leisure and Sports Facility opens in early 2015 – Lane End’s wide range of leisure facilities is about to expand again with the addition of a new leisure and sports faciliy.

Located within our 26-acre grounds, the new double-storey, purpose-built building will house a state-of-the-art gym, indoor games, café and virtual golf facilities – perfect for some R&R after a busy day.

If you’re seeking fresh inspiration for your conference, come and see us.

Visit our official website http://www.lane-end-conferences.co.uk/ or call us today on 0845 521 3013.
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Fresh Ideas for Team Building This Summer

March 6, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Posted in Team Building Venues | Leave a comment
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Are you looking for fun, affordable activities to motivate your team this summer?

Whether you want a team-building event to reinforce ‘chalk and talk’ training, or simply a day to let loose with some outdoor fun, Lane End Conference Centre has a huge selection of exhilarating activities.

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I’ts A Knock-Out! at Lane End

It’s a Knockout! Go vintage with this hilarious games tournament! Think giant inflatables, obstacle courses and lots and lots of water. Or how about Celts’ Revenge, with catapults, cabbages and chariots a plenty.

These events are ideal for breaking the ice, bonding and basically having a good old giggle.

Experiential Learning Activities – Do you want your team to get to grips with new ideas while having fun? Experiential learning activities are a really enjoyable and effective way to engage colleagues.

As one the biggest specialist experiential learning centres in the South-East, Lane End has more than 20 purpose-built learning activities.

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Experiential Learning at Lane End Conference Centre

What’s more, our crack team of facilitators, Hi-5 Events, will devise the perfect programme to complement your classroom training. Prices start from just £40 per person.

Brainstorming on a Budget – You don’t have to blow the budget on a day out, there are lots of fantastic free activities at Lane End too.
Located in 26-acres of beautiful Bucks countryside, we have sports facilities galore, including a 9-hole golf course and tennis courts.

Why not organise a mini golf, volleyball or tennis tournament? You bring the team and we’ll do the rest.

For fun-filled, morale-boosting company days out, come and play at Lane End.

You can find more details on our official website http://www.lane-end-conferences.co.uk/ or call us today on 01494 881171

Lane End Conference Centre through the decades

February 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Case Studies of Recent Events, Refurbishments | Leave a comment
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Wycombe Court School at Lane End

Wycombe Court School at Lane End

1864Charles Forgett, former Superintendent of Bombay police, purchases the 26-acre site in Lane End. Following his death the building becomes Wycombe Court School.

1960s – Wycombe Court School, famously attended by British actress Julie Christie, closes in 1965 and the land is acquired by HTS Management Consultants.

In 1969 HTS Management Consultants Ltd open Wycombe Centre for Management Studies – one of the first companies in the UK to provide purpose-built, residential conference facilities. The site comprises two buildings, Wycombe Hall and Wycombe Court.

Wycombe Lodge - the third residential building to be built at Lane End

Wycombe Lodge – the third residential building to be built at the Lane End site

1970s – The Centre is selected to host top events for some of the world’s biggest companies, including Bank of America, British Petroleum and McKinsey & Company.

In 1973 HTS Group establishes the Euro Japanese Exchange Foundation (EJEF), to deliver tailor-made English courses to professional students from Japan.

The Centre acquires neighbouring land and Wycombe Lodge, the third and most private residential conference building, opens in 1979.

1980s – Demand for off-site conference and training venues continues to grow. The Centre invests in amenities including, a 9-hole golf course, sports complex and pool.

One of the first LCD Projectors at Lane End

One of the first LCD Projectors at Lane End

1990s – As technology advances, the Centre becomes the first company to install specialised giant projectors and projector screens in its training rooms. It also acquires dial-up internet access when it becomes available in 1995.

In 1998, the fourth dedicated conference building ‘The Quadrangle’ opens, complete with large training room and six break-out rooms.

2000s – Further expansion provides a 140m2 outdoor team-building area and fitness trail.

The leisure centre is remodelled to become The Pavilion, a new prestigious wedding venue and event space.

In 2005 the Centre is renamed Lane End Conference Centre and a new look website is launched: http://www.lane-end-conferences.co.uk

2010s – Lane End Conference Centre opens one of the UK’s largest dedicated experiential learning centre facilities, providing over 20 different team-building activities.

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A newly refurbished bedroom at Lane End

In 2011, a rolling programme of refurbishment begins, including full structural renovation of 20 bedrooms, conference suites, dining areas and public spaces. An extension, conservatory and outside deck are added to Wycombe Lodge.

In 2012, installation of Grade A+ broadband enables superfast, reliable internet access and video conferencing across the site. Soon after, JATO Dynamics broadcast its 120-delegate event to colleagues in 47 countries.

Lane End Conference Centre - 45 Successful Years2014 – Lane End celebrates its 45th Anniversary and launches a new customer advocacy scheme. Meanwhile work begins on a new, double-storey leisure and fitness centre, ready to open in 2015.

Business reaches seven year high

February 5, 2014 at 9:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Despite the downturn hitting the hospitality and meetings industry hard – confirmed bookings at Lane End residential conference centre are at a seven year high.

Conversations continued over lunch in Wycombe Hall

Conversations continued over lunch in Wycombe Hall

Sales and Marketing Manager at Lane End, Heni Fourie, says: “Demand for our conference and meeting facilities near London is at its highest since the recession kicked in. But while business is thriving, it is not something we take for granted.

“Our brilliant team works fantastically hard to remain recession-proof.

“As well as ensuring customers continue to beat a path to our door by providing exemplary customer service; we continue to plough profits back into making our facilities the very best they can be.”

Since the start of the recession in 2007, the purpose-built conference centre in Buckinghamshire has undergone significant redevelopment to meet the changing needs of the meetings’ industry.

Alongside equipping our six conference suites with cutting edge AV technology and installing a direct fibre link to allow mega fast browsing and video conferencing at the site, a discreet rolling programme of building work goes on behind the scenes.

One building which has been totally transformed is Lane End’s Wycombe Lodge.

Refurbished bedroom at Lane End Conference Centre

Refurbished bedroom at Lane End Conference Centre

With 35 bedrooms and able to cater for up to 80 conference delegates, upgrades to the self-contained conference building include a new light and airy conference room, stylish private dining room and spacious double-height conservatory.

Bedrooms for overnight visitors have also been fully remodelled to include private balconies, revamped en suite bathrooms and full-size double beds.
And the changes are paying off.

The international conference venue was awarded BDRC Continental’s VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation for the second year running in December.

Furthermore, over 80 per cent of visitors on Trip Advisor – renowned for giving unbiased views of venues – currently rate Lane End as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’.
One visitor says:

“Great customer service from start to finish.

“From the first enquiry I was given great information and options for our team building event and food/drink.

“Stunning grounds, different teambuilding events – something for everyone and an amazing BBQ to finish!

“Everyone in our team had a fun afternoon/evening – would highly recommend.”

To see how Lane End Conference Centre can transform your business meetings take a look around our official website http://www.lane-end-conferences.co.uk/ or call Heni Fourie on 0845 521 3013.

New Sports and Fitness Centre at Lane End

January 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Leisure at Lane End, Refurbishments | Leave a comment
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Sport and Fitness Centre at Lane End Conference Centre

Design of Sport and Fitness Centre at Lane End

Working off Christmas excess will be easier than ever at Lane End Conference Centre as work is about to start on a brand new multi-use sports complex!

Having received the official go-ahead, construction of the state-of-the-art twin-storey leisure centre will start early in 2014.

The modern brick and glass building will offer a wide range of sports and fitness facilities, including a fully-equipped gym and spacious indoor sports hall.

Brocklehurst Architects in West Wycombe ­ the practice responsible for designing Lane End’s Quadrangle and Pavilion building – were chosen to design the new leisure centre.

Heni Fourie Sales and Marketing Manager at the award-winning conference centre in Lane End said: “We pride ourselves on delivering the best customer experience and the new leisure centre will be the perfect place for guests to let off steam.

“Although we have lots of outdoor sports facilities the English weather has a habit of stopping play.

New Sport and Fitness Centre at Lane End

Lane End’s new purpose-built sport and leisure centre

“Now if rain threatens a round of golf, guests will be able to come in and play on one of two virtual golf booths.”

As a leading residential conference centre, Lane End understands that some visitors simply want a little R&R (Rest & Relaxation) time at the end of the day.

Plans for the new leisure centre include a brand new sauna and steam room.

There will also be a café offering tasty nutritious snacks and drinks, fully-licensed bar and large outdoor terrace to sit and take in the views.

Lane End Conference Centre has been delivering its one-stop conference experience from its purpose-built site in Lane End village, Buckinghamshire for more than 40 years.

 

To find out more about Lane End’s conference room and meeting hire, visit the official website for Lane End Conference Centre or call Sales and Marketing Manager Heni Fourie on +44 (0)845 521 3013, email: heni.fourie@lane-end-conferences.co.uk

Lane End achieves ‘Gold Standard’ Accreditation once again

January 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Posted in Awards & Accreditations | Leave a comment
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Venue Verdict Gold for Lane End

Lane End Conference Centre received the Venue Verdict Gold Standard Accreditation

Lifting our spirits above the damp and drizzle this week was the news that Lane End has retained its VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation.

Furthermore, we are the only meeting venue in Buckinghamshire to hold the coveted Gold Standard status.

Lane End Conference Centre was recognised for its impeccable customer service once again in quarter four 2013 – the eighth successive quarter we have been awarded the accreditation.

The accreditation scheme – run by independent marketing company BDRC Continental – is based entirely on feedback from business event organisers and hosts who have visited the venue.

Based on feedback provided, each location is awarded a Net Promoter Score.

To receive Gold Standard Accreditation, a venue must achieve a Net Promoter Score of +70 or higher from 40 or more visitors in the last 12 months.

Factors which determine the Net Promoter Score include, how likely a customer would be to recommend the venue, overall satisfaction and value for money.

Lane End Sales and Marketing Manager, Heni Fourie, said: “As a recognised hallmark of excellence in the meetings and hospitality industry, we are thrilled to hold on to our Gold Standard status.

“Around 360 venues participate in the scheme nationwide and Lane End was one of only 31 to gain the Gold Standard.

“Furthermore, we were the only meeting venue in Buckinghamshire to be awarded the highest level of accreditation.”

Heni added: “As the accreditation is derived entirely from customer feedback it is testament to our ongoing commitment to deliver the highest standard of service for guests.”

Lane End Conference Centre, Buckinghamshire is a specialist conference and training centre 30-minutes’ drive from London.

Come and enjoy the Gold Standard conference experience for yourself.

Find out more at our official website or call us today on 0845 521 3013.
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Will Head Chef’s Apprentice Take MasterChef Culinary Crown?

December 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Posted in Catering & Dining at Lane End | Leave a comment
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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.

Steven Edwards

Steven Edwards

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.

Take a look at Mike’s gala dinner menu here.

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: heni.fourie@lane-end-conferences.co.uk

Neil Clough of BBC’s Apprentice Attended Event At Lane End

November 22, 2013 at 11:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We were delighted to welcome 18 members of a global media company to Lane End Conference Centre.

Neil Clough attended event at Lane End Conference Centre

Neil Cough

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

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The Segway Course at Lane End Conference Centre

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.

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