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From left to right : Heather Swatkins – Client Services Director – venuedirectory.com, Chris Peacock & Andrew Deakin – Business owners – Conference Care

As part of the continued growth and expansion of Conference Care in the UK Chris Peacock and Andrew Deakin, the business owners, have signed an exclusive agreement with venudirectory.com for their end to end venue sourcing software, GRATIS.

Chris Peacock commented “With Strategic Meetings Management Programmes now so key to our clients and the wider UK business market, it was vital for us to have the best software system in place to meet our client’s needs, both for now and the future. We have known the team at venuedirectory.com for many years and watched how they have developed a system that is an excellent solution for both our clients’ needs and those of our business”. Andrew Deakin said “As a specialist in the MICE industry content is key to us, venuedirectory.com work with all the major meeting and events venues in the UK and the key ones globally. They have excellent relationships with the industry and the feedback we have had from our supplier network has always been very positive”

Michael Begley – Managing Director of venuedirectory.com “This is a significant client win for our business, and is a reflection of the considerable investment we have made into our venue sourcing and management software over the last 5 years. I am delighted to be working with Chris and Andrew, we have some exciting plans to develop the client side of the application to keep them at the cutting edge of technology in the meetings and events industry”

Formed in 1995, Conference Care employs over 50 event specialists, placing more than £25million of event spend annually. They provide venue sourcing services on a contracted basis to a range of clients in the financial, FMCG and media sectors.

Venuedirectory.com was launched in 1993 as the first electronic repository for meeting venue data distributing venue data via floppy disk, then CD and now via the internet. Today the company has over 20,000 meeting and events venues in the UK and 40,000 globally, plus over 5,000 additional event suppliers also listed. In 2008 venuedirectory.com launched the first Meetings Management and Venue Sourcing software, GRATIS. Today this software is used by over 50 specialist businesses and organisations throughout the UK. GRATIS is a key component in any Strategic Meetings Management Programme providing an end to end venue sourcing solution from corporate booker through to venue and supplier. In addition venuedirectory.com have developed an open API allowing organisations to implement bespoke online client solutions. The Bournemouth based company employs 35 full time staff, develops its own technology entirely in house and is a Microsoft

www.conferencecare.com/

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