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The Heath's events space energises Hydrogen Economy NW Expo

The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn, Cheshire is proving to be an ideal place to host conferences, seminars and exhibitions in the North West.

Ideally situated between the cities of Liverpool and Manchester, and with superb road, rail and airport links, The Heath has a wide range of conferencing facilities from small meeting and interview rooms, a 120-seat tiered lecture theatre and an Events Suite that can accommodate up to 300 people.

In June The Heath was able to showcase the extent and flexibility of its events space when it was selected to host the ‘Delivering the Hydrogen Economy NW’ Expo. The event brought together key stakeholders from across the region to discuss how the North West is poised to deliver the UK’s first hydrogen economy which could deliver billions of pounds to the regional economy, driving inward investment and creating thousands of jobs.

The event attended by Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Mayor, and Stephen Speed, Director of Energy Development at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, showcased the extensive range of hydrogen projects already happening in the region.

Around 250 people attended for a series of keynote speeches, to view a range of hydrogen fuelled vehicles on display and to meet some of the cutting-edge businesses working on innovative hydrogen energy programmes.

Tim Leather, Principal Business Development Officer of Halton Borough Council, said: ”Organising a major national hydrogen conference in a few short months was always going to be a challenge so it was critical that we firstly, identified a suitable venue and secondly, put together a professional event management team. The Heath Business and Technical Park scored highly on both counts.

“The venue had to be flexible. We required a large conference hall, exhibition space, a separate catering area and numerous other breakout rooms. We also needed a large area of hardstanding to hold a major exhibition of hydrogen powered vehicles and other hydrogen powered equipment. The venue also had to be well located, with respect to the rail and motorway network, and have ample free parking for delegates.

“Having met with the Conference Staff at The Heath we quickly identified the facility as the perfect venue for the event and invited the in-house team to attend event management planning meetings. Working with the in-house Conference Team proved invaluable. The Conference Team were endlessly helpful and ready to take on board any challenge thrown at them.

“For example, given the subject of the conference it was suggested that a ‘carbon neutral buffet’ would be appropriate. Within days the Catering Manger put together a menu that not only sourced most of its ingredients from local suppliers within a ten mile radius but excluded all single use plastics. The event itself was a huge success, not only ‘selling out’ but also attracting considerable TV and other media interest.

“Following the event we have received countless positive messages from delegates, many citing the venue as a key contributor to the success of the conference. In all likelihood we’ll run the event again next year only this time make it even bigger and better. Needless to say we’ve already selected the venue.”

In addition to the Lecture Theatre and Events Suite, The Heath has 17 meeting rooms and two day offices. It can provide space for small meetings, one-to-one interviews or larger gatherings in a variety of room layouts for specific requirements. There’s also free Wi-fi, access to audio visual equipment and bespoke catering. Visitors also have use of the business park’s popular café and restaurant facility.

The Heath’s Conference Services team is led by Tracy Whitlow, Conference Centre Manager, supported by two conference co-ordinators Joanne Burns and Claire Henry. Anthony Stonebanks, Catering Manager at The Heath, works closely with the team to ensure a range of tempting and creative menus are always available to meet customer requirements.

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About The Heath
The Heath, which was established as a business park in 2000, has attracted over 175 British and international companies, ranging from bio science firms to IT specialists, from food industry consultants to website designers, and from government agencies to telemarketing specialists. Residents have been attracted by the 60-acre business park's vast range of impressive facilities and its flexibility in space management and in attitude. The Heath offers a wide range of office and laboratory space, together with a purpose-built conference centre that includes a 120-seat lecture theatre. Residents can also choose from a wide selection of additional services, including telephone and broadband connectivity, laboratory support services, scientific glass-blowing and precision engineering facilities, to name but a few. Residents also have access to The Heath's fitness centre and gym. Combined with 1,700 parking spaces, its first-class transport links - and the ability for residents to select and pay for just the services they require - it's no surprise that the number of companies on The Heath is continuing to grow rapidly.

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6th August 2019