Rothamsted Conference Centre achieves Venues of Excellence accreditation

Posted on by Claire Flawn of Rothamsted Conference Centre

Rothamsted Conference Centre has become the newest accredited member of independent venue consortium Venues of Excellence (VofE).


Rothamsted Conference Centre, part of the world-renowned Rothamsted Research institute, has been awarded VofE accreditation in recognition of its high-quality facilities and excellent customer service.


Assessors particularly praised the site’s charitable status, which sees all profits made by Rothamsted Conference Centre put back into agricultural research at Rothamsted Research, as well as the venue’s modern amenities, its proximity to London, and the variety of food offered at events.


Nicole Sadd, CEO at Rothamsted Enterprises, said: “We’re thrilled to have been awarded Venues of Excellence accreditation in recognition of our conference centre here at Rothamsted Enterprises.


“We’ve made some big changes over the last 12 months, including a major rebrand, a new website and refreshed conference and events menus. This accreditation proves testimony to the hard work of the team here, and to our ongoing commitment to excellence in everything we do.”


Located in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, Rothamsted Conference Centre’s events facilities include a 300-seat Auditorium and the Fowden Conference Hall, capable of holding up to 250 people. The site is less than half an hour by train from London St Pancras, just 10 minutes from Luton Airport, and an hour from Heathrow.


Mandy Jennings, executive director at Venues of Excellence, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Rothamsted Conference Centre to our growing list of accredited members. We were impressed by the venue’s high-quality facilities, its great location and its charitable ethos, too, which sees all profits channelled back into the vital research conducted at the site.”


Venues of Excellence awards membership to high quality conference, meetings and training venues throughout the UK. In return, members can access a range of services including sales and marketing support, discounted access to specialist industry training from the Learning and Development Academy, 12 member events, an annual conference and promotion at industry exhibitions.


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Established in April 2015, Rothamsted Enterprises is a joint collaboration between Rothamsted Research (RRES), the Lawes Agricultural Trust (LAT) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)[1] . It is based on the historic, world-renowned Rothamsted Research campus in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and is the first stage in the development of a larger campus on the site in Harpenden.

Rothamsted Enterprises, the commercial arm of Rothamsted Research, is a unique hub focused on promoting collaboration and innovation by partnering with commercial agricultural technology businesses and opening up the research process. It supports agritech start-ups, spin-out companies, growing SMEs and more mature businesses by offering conferencing and meeting space, hot-desking, office and lab space and business support services. Its state-of-the-art conferencing and meeting facilities as well as the stunning Grade 1 listed Rothamsted Manor are a perfect location for for special events, awards ceremonies, gala dinners, VIP drinks and parties.


[1] As from 1 April 2018 BBSRC became part of United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) – established as a body corporate through the enactment of UK Higher Education and Research Act 2017 – with the property, rights and liabilities of BBSRC being acquired by UKRI.




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