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Meet the academic way and invest in the future

28th November 2007 – for immediate release

Conference Aston, the leading academic conference facility in the heart of Birmingham, has seized the opportunity offered by National Meetings Week (October 15 to 19) to focus businesses on the corporate value of choosing an educational venue for their conferences and training.

A Harry Potter themed luncheon hosted by Conference Aston at their flagship venue, Aston Business School Conference Centre, attracted representatives from some of the region's leading names in industry and commerce. Here they were given an insight into the little known fact that surplus money made by Conference Aston goes straight back into funding the teaching and resarch at Aston University. Therefore businesses that opt to use educational venues are helping to sustain our cultural legacy’, the central theme for National Meetings Week.

‘With this years theme of sustaining our cultural legacy, we were only too pleased to host an event for Birmingham’s business community in celebration of National Meetings Week. Corporate Social Responsibility is becoming a huge agenda item for organisations of all sizes and those who have realised and recognised the value of choosing an educational venue for their conferencing and training have made this an integral part of their Corporate Social Responsibility purchasing policy,’ comments Lynne Snow, Head of Conference Aston.

The Keynote speaker at the luncheon was Mr Andy Cole, Head of Training and Development at Birmingham based Dollond & Aitchison who regularly uses Conference Aston's facilities and participates in Aston University's placement and graduate programmes.

‘We have been organising conferences and training programmes for Dollond & Aitchison staff at Aston Business School for over 10 years now. Not only does using the facilities sit nicely with our Corporate Social Responsibility policy but we are also happy to be contributing to such an excellent University. The level of service and quality we receive is second to none here and the flexible approach to meeting our needs means we come back year after year,’ said Andy.

Robin Martin, Aston University’s very own Dumbledore, Professor of Social and Organisational psychology explained to guests why the university is such a great establishement to invest in: ‘Aston Business School is ranked 2nd in the UK and 12th in Europe. 48% Aston graduates remained in the West Midlands region and Aston University has one of the highest graduate level employment rates in the UK. Conference Aston plays an important part in contributing to the growing and world-renowned teaching and research facilites at Aston University. The statistics speak for themselves these people are essentially the lifeblood of tomorrow's business and the economy.’

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For more information on Conference Aston visit www.conferenceaston.co.uk, call 0121 204 3011.

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Notes to editors:

Conference facilities at Aston University

Under its Conference Aston brand, Aston University boasts an impressive portfolio of conference and hospitality facilities including the Lakeside Centre and Aston Business School Conference Centre which benefited from a £20m expansion and refurbishment last year. Conference Aston provides a one-stop-shop for both residential and non-residential conferences, meetings and events and in the summer vacation Campus Conferences includes in excess of 1000 beds on campus, all at the heart of Birmingham city centre.

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Lynne Snow (Centre), Head of Conference Aston and her team proving that meetings are magic at Conference Aston.

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Lynne Snow (Centre) Head of Conference Aston - Andy Cole, Head of Training and Development (Left) - Robin Marton, Professor of Social and Organisational psychology (Right)

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