Exeter is one of the south west’s major commercial centres and the county capital of Devon. Around half a million people live within a 45-minute catchment of the city, including a labour force of around 300,000. The city’s major employers include the Met Office – which relocated to Exeter ten years ago – plus the University of Exeter and Devon County Council. While tourism is key to the wider county’s prosperity, Exeter’s economy is based primarily on services, retail, education, science and research
Name: Sandy Park
Address: Sandy Park Way, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7NN
Tel: 01392 427427
This award-winning conference and banqueting centre is home to Devon’s premiership rugby team, the Exeter Chiefs, and is one of the host venues for the Rugby World Cup 2015. It is conveniently situated by junction 30 of the M5 and caters for meetings and events of up to 500 delegates. There are four main conference suites plus a range of smaller seminar rooms.
Name:Royal Albert Memorial Museumn
Address: Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RXB
Tel: 01392 265384
The RAMM is Exeter’s most visited cultural attraction, the grade II-listed building housing over a million objects and specimens from the world of antiquities, ethnography, natural history and the arts. Its Victorian splendour and rich exhibition programme make for a venue with a twist, with its galleries providing space for receptions of up to 500 people. It’s also suitable for seminars, lectures or boardroom-style meetings.
ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Fresha Conferencing
Address: 23 Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7LW
The Fresha conference centre lies on Exeter’s eastern fringe, close to the M5. There’s a range of meetings and event spaces with capacity for up to 45 delegates, and equipment includes HDMI projectors, cinemaquality screen, surround sound and videoconferencing facilities. The rate for breakfast meetings between 6.30 and 8.30 is £8.45 (+vat) per delegate and includes room and equipment hire, breakfast and drinks.
Name: Innovation Centre, University of Exeter
Address: University Of Exeter Campus, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4RN
Tel: 01392 247931
This high-tech research and development centre comprises around 3,500m2 of laboratories, offices and flexible meetings space. It attracts companies from across the public and private sectors and counts some of the fastest-growing small firms in the country amongst its clients. There’s an onsite café and a team of staff to coordinate bookings and events.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Southernhay House
Address: 36 Southernhay East, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1NX
Tel: 01392 439000
Southernhay House in central Exeter promises to “bring you closer to the gregarious and glamorous Georgians, with a touch of repressed Victoriana, a fizz of Colonialism and lashings of modern comfort”. It’s a bold statement, but the House has bags of character, just ten hotel rooms, a bar and restaurant. The latter can be booked exclusively for up to 30 diners, but there’s also a private dining room for up to 14 seated around a long Edwardian table. The room has wifi connectivity, natural daylight and flatscreen TVs.
OUT OF TOWN
Name: Powderham Castle
Address: Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter, Devon, EX6 8JQ
Tel: 01626 890243
The impressive manor house of Powderham Castle is a short drive south of Exeter, set beside the scenic Exe estuary. Its impressive state rooms were designed to impress and they continue to do so to this day. The First Library, Second Library, Music Room and State Dining Room are available for corporate hire, ranging in capacity from a boardroom set-up for 30 delegates through to theatre-style events for 100.
Getting there: Exeter International airport is served by flights to/from a range of UK cities, several European destinations and many more seasonal services. By train, Exeter is around 3h20m from London, and by road it lies at the southern terminus of the M5 motorway.