In these tough economic times every savvy company looks at ways to reduce costs and make efficiency savings. 

If you book hotels, meetings and arrange business travel, when was the last time you reviewed your travel & accommodation policy (that’s if you even have one)? Can you tell in an instant where all your staff are staying and what they are spending? 

If you are responsible for costs control and tasked to make efficiency savings, then you you’d be mad not to just take a quick look at what we do here and what’s really going on in 

this changing market space! For way to long companies have paid over the top for inefficient processes poor service.

Our parent company Planet Venues will not only review or help implement your policy, we will consolidate your bookings into one manageable online space, control your expenditure, offer support out of hours, monitor staff whereabouts (now a legal requirement) and give you financial reports, so you can see just how efficient you have become.

So how much would you expect to to paying for a quality service like this and to make savings? Potentially how about NOTHING! If your company spend over 100K a year on travel, meetings and hotels, being informed gives you options!

Interested or know a colleague who might be, then pass us on.

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How do you reward a successful team?


With turnover up 23% on last year and to celebrate its recent summer success, Swindon based event company Planet Pursuits rewarded its team to a team away day . But just what does an event company choose to do for its staff?  “That’s a really tricky question” remarked Director,  Simon Maddison, “my team run so many events I don’t really don’t want to repeat any.” So this year the company voted for sky diving, well almost! They opted for indoor sky diving, the next best experience. “I really don’t think I could convince my team to do a real jump, so flying in a vertical wind tunnel seemed as exciting and a little more practical”, added Simon. The team went to Airkix in Basingstoke for their flight experience. Judging by the beaming smiles on the photos, the event was heralded as a great success and a break from the day to day of office life. “My team works really hard, in a very competitive market, so I see away days as a reward, a chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company. On events you see a real difference in corporate culture between those who invest regularly in their people and those who don’t and want a quick fix. Personally I think its money well spent and maintains my teams performance levels,” added Simon.

Planet Pursuits are no strangers to organising team events, conducting over 250 events a year across a wide range of event disciplines. Despite a difficult five years and recessionary impacts on event expenditure, the company has diversified and gained a market hold in venue finding and hotel booking consolidation, which has allowed continued steady growth. The company has seen a year on year average growth of 12% since 2009 with a massive 23% jump in year ending 2012 – 2013. “We have a cautiously optimistic outlook on the future” remarked Simon. “The business is there, you just have to work harder for it and deliver outstanding levels of service and value for money. Good companies recognise the need to reward effective teams and maintain performance ”.  Well that’s good news on the economic outlook for one Swindon based company.

Planet Venues – Helping You Get The Best Rates In The Market

In this ever turbulent economic client, sister company Planet Venues is constantly being faced with an ongoing challenge from its procurement and travel managers – How can you achieve us the best available rates whilst fulfilling all of our travel needs? The answer isn’t necessarily a simple one but combines a mix of established and trusted relationships with hundreds of hotel chains, negotiating skills and analysis on travel spend and advising on the best way our clients are going to play this far from level playing field.

The reason hotels are having to vary prices so drastically from day to day is all due to something called dynamic pricing. With the country going through such a tough time financially it is understandable that the industry is resorting to this strategy so as to gain the highest possible yield from each room as they can per night, and with advancing technology being used by revenue managers it is becoming easier for them to do so.

Whilst we do our best to reduce our clients average room rates, we do not control the market. Therefore it is our job to understand the market fully and be able to relay all of this experience and knowledge to our clients helping them to drive room rates down.

For more information on Planet Venues and what we can do for your company’s travel needs please contact the team today on 01793 772999 or

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Gin at the Feathers and Champange at the Manor

Having recently joined the team at Planet Venues, I was delighted to be invited along on my first weekend trip away to The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock. Being part of the Hotel and Venues Administration Support team, it is beneficial for me to see venues from a first-hand experience, so that we can advise our clients on the best properties that fit their requirements.

Located in the heart of The Cotswolds, The Feathers hotel is very well known for holding the Guinness world record for the largest selection of Gins. As part of our visit to the hotel we kicked off the weekend with a refreshing gin tasting session hosted by head waiter, Ben. After having a variety of gins presented to us from all around the world, we then moved along to the hotel’s restaurant where we were all seated for a sumptuous 5 course meal including Cotswold lamb, yellow fin tuna and banana mousse.

Whilst in the Cotswolds market town of Woodstock, we were advised to visit Blenheim Palace, which is situated just at the edge of town. Due to the venue being closed for 2 months of the year, we were unable to enter the building, however we did manage to get a good idea of what the Palace has to offer due to its grand appearance and the well maintained grounds. The Palace is not short on wow-factor and offers a stunning backdrop to host an array of events.

Following our trip to Blenheim Palace, we then made our way across to Upper Slaughter where we arrived at The Lord Manor House, the sister hotel of The Feathers. This wonderful venue has a stunning setting, meeting areas and bedrooms of an impeccable standard.  Here we enjoyed a champagne lunch, consisting of a variety of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and cakes.

One thing that particularly stood out to me about both hotels was the service provided by the staff, which immediately welcomed us into their properties and instantly took care of all our needs – nothing was too much trouble. Apart from a venues facilities and space, service is one particular factor that we look for when conducting site visits and fam trips.  We need to be assured when our clients stay at a hotel they will be looked after to the best possible standard.

I am very much looking forward to receiving enquiries so that our team can recommend these spectacular venues. For further information on our services that we provide, please click the link.

Stunning Druids Glenn Fam Trip

I was recently invited to Druids Glen in Wicklow Ireland for a FAM trip.

Whilst the hotel which is currently undergoing a refurbishment, I was extremely impressed with the size of the rooms and how well appointed they were.

The conference facilities are excellent with 2 smaller boardrooms and a larger room for conferences. There’s first class spa and leisure facilities and two championships gold courses. The hotel also boasts an impressive ballroom which would be suitable for gala dinners, weddings or product launches.

Johnnie Foxes pub is well worth a visit, boasting to be the highest pub in Ireland with excellent food and traditional Irish entertainment. A swift tour of the Guinness store house completed my trip and a longing to return to Ireland very soon.

If you would like details of Druids Glen or other venues in UK and Ireland, call our venues team who will conduct a no obligation free search. T 01793 7772999 http://www.planetvenues.comImage

Planet Venues are always happy to inform you of the best special offers that are available in the market place.

The Mercure Hotel Village and Spa, Bolton – Day Delegate rate for only £25 or 24 Hour rate for only £89!!

Devere Village Urban Resorts – 2 night B&B breaks from £25.75 per person, per night including dinner on the first night.

Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hal Hotel and Spa – Day Delegate rate for only £25 per delegate inc VAT or 24 hour delegate package from £110 per delegate inc VAT!!

The Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel – Day Delegate Rate inc VAT for £35 or 24 hour rate, inc VAT for £130!! This offer is available when booking for a minimum of 20 delegates on a Day Delegate package OR a minimum of 30 delegates for a 24 hour package.

The Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa – Day Delegate rate from £33 per person or 24 hour rate for £110!! Offer applicable for bookings taking place in January,
February and March 2013 with a minimum number of 10 attendees.

Mercure Windsor Castle Hotel – Dinner, Breakfast and Bed for 2 people for £150!!!

Dewsell Court, Herfordshire – Day Delegate Rates at £120 per person inc VAT or a Corporate Rate of £290 per person, per night inc VAT (minimum of 8 people)

Greenway Hotel & Spa, Cheltenham – B&B offer in a Classic or Superior room for £87.50 plus VAT per person or a 24 hour rate for £125 plus VAT per person available Sunday to Thursday until end of March 2013 and subject to availability.

Mallory Court, Warwick/Royal Leamington Spa – B&B offer for £99 per person, available on Fridays and Sundays or Day Delegate packages for £35.00 per person and 24 hour Delegate packages for £169.00 per person.

Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa – Stay and Spa offer from just £117.50 per person per night, available through Sunday to Thursday or 24 hour Delegate package for £165.00 per person for meetings booked in January and February 2013

Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel – Buckland’s popular romantic escape deal for only £399 for the two of you! Includes a 2 night stay, a bottle of champagne and chocolates on arrival and a 2 course dinner on both nights. Not valid Fridays and Saturdays from March –
October, Christmas/New Year or Valentines. Or
a 24 hour Delegate rate for £155 per person.

Stoke Rochford Hall –  Day Delegate Rates now £24 per person or 24 hour residential rates are now £99 per person. 

Cheltenham Park Hotel – 24 hour rate for £130 inc VAT or Day Delegate Rates for £30 inc VAT.

To take advantage of one of these deals today, please contact one of our team members on 01793 772999.





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