Inspiration: Behind the scenes: View from the city

Agency KC Jones director Rebecca Cadman-Jones takes us to the East Midlands.

THE NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE (0116) 261 0261

Located in the heart of the Midlands just a mile north of Leicester city centre, The National Space Centre is an unusual venue that is perfect for either medium or small creative events. The venue can accommodate 30 guests for a seminar or up to 300 for a canape and champagne reception. It also has its own event management team to help you sort out the details.

RED OLIVE CATERING (01332) 331 866

This caterer's chef, Charlie Thellusson, has worked with the likes of culinary superstars Gordon Ramsay and Ken Hom and has established Red Olive as one of the East Midlands' leading creative event catering companies. We have always enjoyed working with this company, which offers everything from bespoke canapes to lavish meals.

PERA CONFERENCE CENTRE (01664) 501 501

Pera Conference Centre in Melton Mowbray, Leicester, is an excellent venue that can host up to 500 guests. The main room has a large stage, along with very good acoustics and audio-visual facilities, which is included within the delegate package.

PRIDE PARK STADIUM 0870 444 1884

The largest and most versatile venue in Derby is Pride Park Stadium, home to the city's football club. KC Jones has held numerous successful creative events at this location. Like many football stadiums Pride Park has a large capacity for events but it also has a selection of smaller event spaces for more intimate parties. I have always found the staff very helpful and it is a very cost-effective venue.

RISLEY HALL HOTEL (0115) 939 9000

Risley Hall is a small boutique hotel on the outskirts of Derby. It is situated just off of the M1, offering convenient access from all areas of the country. The hotel can cater for all clients, from one-to-one meetings for up to 110 people theatre style in the magnificent grandeur of the Baronial Hall.


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