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Written by Luke Bull
October 6, 2022
Birmingham's best conference centre
A conference centre may seem like an afterthought – a big hall, a screen, enough burnt coffee to keep the sea of lanyard-toting attendees awake. Disregarding a good Birmingham conference is a mistake, if you ask us. Getting the right space can elevate your entire event. Getting everyone comfortable, getting the lighting right, and getting somewhere that is easily accessible – all of these contribute to the success of the conference.
At HeadBox we have put on a lot of conferences and we've seen a lot of spaces. Here are a few of our favourite Birmingham conference centres.
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1. A Birmingham conference centre to visit to make your 9-5 more exciting: IET Birmingham
Just a few minute's walk from Birmingham New Street Station, sitting on Cambridge Street, is this conference centre. IET Birmingham are determined to ensure that your 9-5 runs smoothly.
The venue offers flexibility on whether you are hosting an in-person audience, hybrid, or fully streamed. They also have a few rooms to choose from — each one is able to fit up to 150 people.
Their renowned Waterside Room, as you may have guessed from the name, has an amazing view of the canal (you must know by now that Birmingham has more canals than Venice). Moreover, their tiered auditorium is ideal for those looking for a more formal seating arrangement. Both rooms have AV built in.
2. A Birmingham conference centre which is the king of versatility: Millennium Point
Millennium Point has a total of 11 internal and 2 external spaces. You’d be reading all day if we described all of these, so we will just touch on our favourites.
Firstly, the Connect Event Space can hold up to 95 people. It’s got flexible seating and is ideal for those hosting a smaller conference.
However, this Birmingham conference centre does cater for larger numbers. Their auditorium can host up to 354 delegates. Moreover, it's got a huge 14m x 8m screen and comes with high-quality audio and LED lighting. Don’t worry if you’re a novice when it comes to these things, a fully qualified technician will be on hand to help the presentation run smoothly.
Take your pick.
3. A non-profit Birmingham conference centre: The Priory Rooms
This Birmingham conference centre is housed in the Quaker Meeting House in the centre of town.
The Priory Rooms have 9 different spaces, which can host between 2 to 210 delegates. Talk about range. Their largest space is the huge main meeting house. Moreover, the Sturge room can host a maximum of 20 people, and The William Penn room 46. Catering is available no matter where you choose.
Renowned for its tranquillity, the atrium overlooks beautiful gardens. However, what makes this conference centre different from the rest is that it’s non-profit — all of the proceeds are donated to the Central England Quakers.
4. A great Birmingham conference centre for those travelling: The Eastside Rooms
Woodcock Street holds this next Birmingham conference centre. The Eastside Rooms are in the city centre and easily accessible.
Their biggest conference room is the Affinity Space. Boasting 888m2 of space, it can hold up to 1200 delegates. As well as having its own foyer and bar, there are also retractable walls. Moreover, catering is available (with lots of different menu options).
Don’t worry if you’re not local to Brum. The Eastside Rooms have an adjoining hotel. Yes you heard us right. Containing everything from a gym to a bar and restaurant, it’s a great way to unwind after a busy day.
5. A Birmingham conference centre to hire for all occasions: The Human Academy for Development
The Human Academy for Development (HAD) is a non-profit company who are invested in training humanitarian experts. However, did you know that they have a conference centre which you can hire?
Located on Sampson Road, the Birmingham venue has a free car park. Moreover, it is available to hire from Monday – Friday and is competitively priced.
Their main conference room can hold a maximum of 60 people. As well as containing a large amount of space, the venue has a speaker system, microphone and a projector with a screen.
For when you get peckish, catering is available (for every dietary need).
The best conference centres in Birmingham
Conference planning can be stressful - finding the venue doesn't have to be. Birmingham has no shortage of beautiful conference spaces ready to impress and inspire your guests. Whether you're looking for an intimate conference room near you or the largest conference venue in Birmingham, we've got the best ready for you to browse and book. If you need some ideas for where to have your next convention, check out our comprehensive collection below. We've got everything from unique, creative spaces to huge venues with all the facilities you need for a successful conference. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best Birmingham venues respond to your enquiry.
Marco Pierre White at The Cube - Private Event Room
Marco Pierre White at The Cube - Marco Pierre Whites Birmingham
Council House Birmingham - Chamberlain Room
Birmingham New Street
Macdonald Burlington Hotel - Balmoral
Birmingham New Street
Newman University - Birmingham - Sturge 111 Lecture Theatre
Cineworld Birmingham Broad Street - Standard Screen
Macdonald Burlington Hotel - Sapphire
Birmingham New Street
Macdonald Burlington Hotel - Topaz
Birmingham New Street
IET Birmingham: Austin Court - Lodge Room 3
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Your guide to planning a Birmingham conference
A quality conference can act as a catalyst to a career boost. Birmingham is no stranger to conferences, with all manner of industries choosing the innovative city as their home for great conference events. Planning a great corporate event can feel like a gargantuan task – with high-level professionals in attendance the planner has to be on top form to deliver a memorable, engaging program of industry insight. If it feels like the pressure gauge is swinging into the red, and your hands are clawing at your head, relax. We know a thing or two about booking a Birmingham conference, and we're here to guide you through your planning predicament.
Getting the venue
A good conference needs a good venue. A great conference needs a great venue. Getting the choice of event space right is the first big decision you'll need to make. Approach Birmingham's best conference centres with your preferred dates and expected capacity and book your event early to avoid any stress-inducing last-minute panic.
Conference venues in Birmingham are a great option if you're planning an event that will house several of your colleagues under one roof. These venues offer delegates a huge range of facilities, from conference rooms and audiovisual equipment to on-site restaurants and bars. Consider what your attendees will need (if, for example, you have international guests you may want to host the conference at a hotel near an airport, or investigate the transport links to and from the Birmingham conference venue).
Speech! Speech! Speech!
You can plan the best conference in the world, but if your key speakers aren't providing interesting and entertaining insight, then it will have all been for nothing. Do a good amount of research before – check online recordings of highly-rated conferences to get an idea of the speakers that go down well with delegates. Then, when you're ready, approach your top selection with a watertight proposal and you should stand a good chance of securing the personalities that will impress your delegates.
For conference centres in Birmingham, you're spoilt for choice. Here's an extra special one that we vouch for:
Sturge 111 Lecture Theatre , Newman University – With seating for up to 180 guests, this lecture theatre is an impressive choice for any upcoming conferences.
There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of hiring a conference centre, or a conference room. Conference rooms will be well-appointed so will include facilities, but some things cost extra. It all depends on how many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon or an evening? Are you looking for catering? What about decorations? The good news is that you can find a conference venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.
There are lots of ways to book a Birmingham conference centre. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best conference centres in Birmingham and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.