Q: Please can you advise on venues able to rent out space, ideally 140sqm plus, for a two-week exhibition I've been asked to organise. I'm on an extremely tight deadline and need to find venues in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Oxford and Cambridge.
A: As your request is quite broad I would suggest you try a venue seeking service such as www.venueseeker.co.uk, which will help find suitable venues in each area that fit your event's requirements. The website can help find venues for conferences, Christmas parties and even weddings, and is owned and operated by event services firm The Concerto Group. An alternative is to speak with local convention bureaux, which will be able to recommend venues to suit your needs. Birmingham's www.birminghamconventionbureau.com, for example, offers a venue finding service as well as information on the area and local attractions for visitors.
Flying the flag
Q: I am planning a traditional British themed garden party in June and am trying to source the appropriate props. Can you suggest where I can find bunting?
A: House of Flags (01480 861678) is a UK based supplier of flags and flagpoles, with offices in Taunton, Birmingham, Cambridgeshire and Scotland. The firm has a fabric printing service that will allow you the chance to create bespoke fabric solutions alongside bunting, branded umbrellas and table flags. It also offers a 5% reduction for purchases made online.