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3RD MARCH 2016 (18:30 - MIDNIGHT)

Simply put, one minute you are COOL, the next minute you may not be.

COOL Is A Matter Of Opinion. It Is Perhaps The Greatest Currency You Can Possess; Whether You Are Running For President, Or Pitching For The Next Big Event! It Is What Gives An Events Venue The Position Of Strength When Negotiating With An Event Organiser. The COOL Venue Awards, An Entirely Unique And Defining Accolade, Were Developed In 2007 By Wesley Mendy Of Prestige Events Magazine To Recognise An Unsung, But Probably The Largest Influential Element That Emerges In The Process Of Planning A Corporate Event – How Exciting Is The Venue? Will The Invitees RSVP? Will They Turn Up?

In The Current Economic Climate, The Pressure On An Event Organiser Is Even More Apparent. The Need For An Event Venue To Gain The Chance To Position Itself Aside Form It’s Rivals Has More Emphasis Than Ever Before.

Every Corporate Event Organiser Strives To Ensure Their Next Event Is THE Hot Ticket.

Over The Past 14 Years, Prestige Events Magazine (Est. 2003) Has Tried To Identify For Its Readers, Venues Which Will Make The Difference And Set Its Editorial Compass On What's COOL For The Benefit Of Its UK Readership Of Event Organisers.

The Barometer Should Not Be Biased Towards All That Is ‘New’ In Our Opinion. There Is Always A Place For The Classic / Heritage Venue. They Often Possess A Character, Charisma, And Class That Many ‘Newer’ Builds Cannot Yet Match.

So What Is The Criteria Used To Determine Who Is COOL?

A COOL Venue Should Have: Charisma, Originality, Style, Innovation, Sex Appeal, Authenticity, Aspiration, And Uniqueness.   COOL Is A Very Personal Opinion. Therefore, A Panel Of Judges Was Selected To Form A Judges Council.  Each Understood The Intrinsic Factors, Elements And Characteristics That Deem A Venue To Be COOL.

The Judges Council Represents A Diverse Collective; Writers, Industry Figureheads, And Event Organisers / Specialists.  They Have Applied The Strict Guideline That Each Nominee Should Not Be Selected As A Result Of Its Technical Capabilities, Since Many Of These Facets (Lighting, AV, Etc) Can Be Imported. We Have Continued To Decide Against Giving You A Couple Of ‘Runners-Up’ In Each Category. Firstly, It Gives You – The Event Organiser – No Wide Scope Of Alternatives, And Secondly, As A Magazine We Are Supposed To Be Giving You Advice And Guidance.

How Do I Enter My Venue? 

There Is No Charge To Enter And Nominate Your Venue. Shocked? You Are Not Alone. However, We’ve Always Listened…We Do Things Differently. 
Then A Judging Panel Of 18 Peers Taken From The Editorial Team On Prestige Events Magazine, And The UK’s Leading Event Agencies And 
Corporates Choose Over A Two-Week Period Their Top Three Venues In Each Category. These Scores Are Then Tallied And We Arrive At The Final List 
Across 22 Categories. Creating A Large Judging Panel Allows For A Democratic Process To Take Place And Produces A True Gauge On The Event 
Industry’s COOLest Venues. This Is Part Of What Makes The Awards Unique And Generates The Immense Currency Value So Engaging Within The 
Industry. The List Of Categories And Winners From Last Year Can Be Found At Http://Prestige-Events.Webflow.Com/Previous-Results-Awards 

Simply Email To Wes@Prestigeeventsguide.Com, Your Entry (100 Word Supporting Statement Plus 4 Images) And Address The Judging Criteria By Detailing What Makes Your Venue Charismatic, Original, Stylish, Innovative, And Aspirational. Deadline Now Closed.

Tell Me About The Last Event?

On An Evening Sponsored By Mont Blanc And Merecedes-Benz, Guests Were Treated All-Night To A Complimentary Range Of Fabulous Drinks Courtesy Of Tanqueray Gin, Ciroc Vodka, Smirnoff Gold, Baileys, Gypsy Lager, Moses Vodka, Zeca, Tiger Beer And BLK Water. Fed By The Award-Winning Eden Caterers Who Replenished Guests With A Combination Of Streetfood, Whilst All Were Being Entertained The Vernon Sisters, The Girly Show, Streetdancers (WAC Arts College), Burlesque Performers (The Cheek Of It), Anna Hulagan, Close-Up Magic (Zap’s Magic), And A Music Playlist That Had All And Sundry Throwing Shapes Courtesy Of Peter Poyton (Officially The World’s 2Nd Best Soul/Funk Dj).  

The Category Winners Were The Beneficiaries Of Beautiful Crystal Awards Created By The Craftsmanship Of Efx (Hey, Good Enough For GQ, And Google, Then Good Enough For Us).The Evening Was Captured On Film By Bold Content (Creators Of Coca Cola Commercials), And The Brilliant Martin James Photography. We Cannot End This Reflection Without Thanking Other Sponsors Including Kudos For Their Amazing Technical Production, Megabooth For The Coolest Photobooths, And C3 Imaging For The Fantastic Sponsors Walls, Banners, And Graphics. Special Mention To Cafe De Paris' Andrew Birnie And Their Incredible Private Hire Events Team Who Helped Create An Event That Was On The Tongues Of The UK Corporate Events Industry For Months!