Think Venue, Think Third Sector

Further to this recent post, Birmingham’s new co-operative venture aimed at marketing and promoting all of the city’s third sector and social enterprise conferencing venues is now live! Anyone looking for a third sector venue and other event support services can now use the Think Venue, Think Third Sector website to search by delegate capacity, location, access arrangements, opening times and parking facilities to identify the provider that most suits their needs. Make sure you bookmark the site — the address is — and tell your friends, colleagues and conference bookers.

Launched as one of three new co-operative enterprises during Co-operatives Fortnight, Think Venue is an idea whose time has come and as Ed Mayo, general secretary of Co-operatives UK said during his speech at the launch event, other areas will be watching Think Venue very closely indeed because “it’s such a bloody good idea — as soon as it’s explained to you, you think ‘Why hasn’t this been done before?'” Well, now it has!

Believe it or not, there are almost sixty venues registered in this new online directory — ranging from the smallest community-based provider to the grandest — The Town Hall and Symphony Hall, which are managed by Birmingham Performances Ltd, a registered charity. The launch is covered here on the Town Hall/Symphony Hall website. Cllr Paul Tilsley, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, in his keynote address at the launch waved his arms airily around the magnificent Town Hall interior and said, “Amazing what you can do with thirty-seven-and-a-half million quid, isn’t it.”

Congratulations  to everyone who has worked so hard over the past year or so to make Think Venue a reality.

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