In the spotlight: Judith Sloane, Meet Cambridge

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As the industry prepares for the next step in the government's roadmap to recovery, we caught up with Judith Sloane, Head of Meet Cambridge, to discuss what the beautiful city of Cambridge has to offer as they welcome back delegates to the destination.

Meet Cambridge is the conference and events bureau for the city of Cambridge. As well as a free venue finding service, they offer a host of services to help organisers deliver outstanding events.  The organisation is owned by the Cambridge Colleges; their portfolio of over 50 venues includes the historic Colleges and spaces at the University of Cambridge as well as hotels, museums and other properties in and around the city.  

Describe your day-to-day duties

I head up the team here at Meet Cambridge, day to day, I check in with the team and then its time to check emails. My job is very varied, I could be presenting at a member meeting one minute and writing a press release the next.  Most recently, a lot of my role has involved research and staying on top of Government guidance and getting that information out to our members as quickly as possible.

What inspires you?

The people in the events industry in Cambridge. I’m lucky enough to work with a great team of passionate and driven professionals and wider, the teams at our member venues.  Cambridge is such a beautiful city that has inspired people for centuries, I like to think that a little of that has rubbed off on me too!

What has been your favourite event / project to work on?

That’s a difficult one, there have been so many but overall, the Cambridge Ambassador Programme. Through my work with conference ambassadors, I am lucky to meet some of the most incredible people, experts in the fields of science, medicine and technology;  there’s always something new to learn and it’s such an incredible feeling when an idea comes to life and the conference takes place in Cambridge – knowing that you helped create something very special that enabled great minds to come together is something to cherish, that’s for sure.

What is your favourite thing about your destination?

The fact that at every corner there’s a story to tell, if the walls could talk we’d hear from people who really have changed the world we live in today. The history is incredible but it’s also the fact that all of that research and incredible spirit is continuing to transform our lives today.  New ideas flourish here and that’s exciting.  Cambridge is also incredibly beautiful, small and we have cows in the city centre, what’s not to love?!

Why should people visit your destination

Cambridge offers a warm welcome to visitors and whether it is for business or pleasure, there’s so much to see and do, discover quiet corners and beautiful gardens or shop in one of our arcades and of course, you have to take a chauffeured punt along the famous College Backs. It’s a great destination for foodies too with lots of independent, artisan bakeries, cafes and we even have our own gin distillery.  On a cultural level, the city has more museums, galleries and collections in a square mile than any other UK city outside of London – and everywhere is walkable – no need for transport when you’re here!

As we begin to welcome back business, what are you most looking forward to?

Getting out to meet up with our members and seeing Cambridge filled with happy conference delegates again.

Where can people go to find out more about your destination and services?

We would love to hear more about your event plans and tell you more about Cambridge and the services we can offer, you can contact us by email to enquiries@meet-cambridge.com or call us on 01223 768740.  Visit our web site www.meet-cambridge.com