Adapting to change
Posted on 15th July 2020
Overnight the Leicestershire hospitality industry, like everywhere else in the UK, went from flourishing to nothing. Hotels, pubs, restaurants, and event venues shut their doors and had no clue when they would be able to reopen them, if ever. Now, as hospitality starts to open its doors, recover, and adapt to the changes, St Martins House Conference Centre and St Martins Lodge tells us how they look forward to welcoming visitors and guests again in the near future.
As a conference and events venue, café, and hotel, for St Martins House Conference Centre and St Martins Lodge in the heart of Leicester, the news of lockdown was huge. “Like everyone in the industry and indeed all businesses, we were concerned as to what it would mean for us. We are more than a business, and our work with the Diocese of Leicester means that we are community company too and we were naturally concerned about that work within the community stopping so abruptly,” Nigel Jobson, Business Manager told us.
With the current uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, St Martins House Conference Centre and St Martins Lodge has adapted in many ways, both quickly and efficiently, to ensure the safety of everyone entering the building and hotel. With in-house event technology to help event organisers combine the benefits of both face-to-face and virtual communications, as close to live audiences can get, the technology will allow for delegates to meet from all over the world. “This is important to event organisers as we prepare for a post Covid events world where physical and live in-person audiences might be limited due to social distancing guidelines,” Nigel adds.
Plans for the introduction of new modern event technology within the stunning Grade II listed surroundings, physical barriers are effectively removed to reach a wider audience with no geographical limitations and the ability to host remote keynote speakers. This means that one event can then cover an entire audience which in turn, increases ROI for events and its cost-effectiveness. For event organisers, the opportunity to host hybrid occasions means that their events will have a lower carbon footprint and be more sustainable by avoiding delegate travel more than a set number of miles from the physical venue.
St Martins Lodge offers beautifully appointed non-serviced accommodation and lends itself perfectly to social distancing with the building free of public spaces such as a lobby and bar area. With exceptional levels of cleanliness in every detail, St Martins Lodge is a safe and welcoming location for those looking to stay in the city for business or leisure.
“St Martins House Conference Centre and St Martins Lodge will soon be once again open to customers and guests. Everything has been carefully arranged so that we can do so safely and in accordance with government guidelines. We are very much enjoying seeing the buildings bustling with people once again,” Nigel adds.
“St Martins House Conference Centre and St Martins Lodge will soon be once again open to customers and guests”
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