Perry Simmonds - 10 Jul 2012

Wellcome Trust Welcomes OGGSVenue & Eclipse

Photo courtesy of  Wellcome Images

June saw Wellcome Trust return to OGGSVenue for their 3 day Pacific Health Summit after a successful meeting with us in 2010. Held annually in Seattle until 2009, the meeting was taken off-shore for the first time in 2010 when it came to London and the decision was taken to run the event away from Seattle in alternate years, to the best Westminster venue in London town of course!

Eclipse-Presentations, our audio-visual provider was also chosen again. Eclipse have been our in-house audio visual business partner with a permanent staff presence since 2006 and was re-appointed in the tender of the audio-visual contract in 2011 for another 5 years which I blogged about back in February 2011. You can read that blog post here.

Clients with large scale AV productions deal direct with the Eclipse Production side of the business rather than the team based at the venue who concentrate on our everyday business. This system has worked well for many years and clients that are used to dealing with a production company, get the full service needed to meet their needs. This can include written proposals and presentations where required where more than one company tender is required.

The Wellcome Trust used a set in our Great Hall for discussions over dinner on the first night and then later for conference sessions in the days following. Plenary sessions which took place in the Telford Theatre were linked via our internal hard wired network to our Smeaton Room which was used as an overflow room. All the main sessions were filmed.

The video below is a promotional clip of their work some of which is filmed at our venue.  The Great Hall always looks stunning for awards events.

Here is a little extract from the nice feedback we received from Susan Bassam of Wellcome Trust:
“We choose One Great George Street to hold our 2nd London Pacific Health Summit as the venue staff and AV team had been so helpful and professional during our first event in 2010.  We were able to use many of the rooms with a different set up in each one, and filmed all of the sessions.  The Eclipse AV team provided a great service and were flexible to all of our last minute requests, which helped to make the event a success.”
I am really looking forward to blogging about all things London Media Centre too but as you can imagine this very same subject is keeping me very busy right now so I’ll save that until next time. Just watch this space!

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