Venue Name: The Meeting Space at BioCity Scotland

Venue Type: Conference venue

Venue Contact Name:  Claire Kennedy – The Meeting Space Coordinator

Venue Website: www.the-meeting-space.com

Twitter: @TheMeetingSpace

1 – Describe the facilities BioCity Scotland offers for both event and exhibition organisers.

The Meeting Space is ideally situated just off the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh, with facilities that can accommodate 2 – 200 delegates it is the perfect location to host your event.

As well as a selection of meeting rooms, an Atrium and a double height breakout area, the venue has a fully equipped lecture theatre for up to 74 people, perfect for company away days, seminars, training or an all-day conference.

A range of menu options allows you to cater for delegates in a flexible and affordable manner – whether you are looking for breakfast pastries, a finger buffet lunch or a sit down dinner, The Meeting Space will provide a professional and cost effective solution.

With over 500 free parking spaces and close transport links, The Meeting Space is easily accessible and the perfect location whatever your conference or event needs.

2 – What unique selling points does BioCity Scotland have?

BioCity is the premier location for growing and ambitious life science businesses in Scotland

With more than 130,000 sq ft. of state-of-the-art laboratories, access to shared services, business support and investment, BioCity Scotland is a hot house for growing Life Science Talent.

In close proximity to Edinburgh and Glasgow, just off the M8 motorway, BioCity Scotland is already home to a number of dynamic, successful and growing Life Science companies. The site provides tailored bench space, incubation, grow on and large laboratory space for companies at all stages of their life cycle and has bold ambitions to build, anchor and attract the businesses that are the lifeblood of BioTechnology in Scotland.

Ideally placed for easily access the motorway network and the main Scottish airports, the 20 acre site was previously owned and built to exceptionally high specification by Organon Laboratories and is now a thriving Life Science community, well connected within Scotland and beyond. Within an hour’s drive of many of Scotland’s leading Universities and 15 miles from the South Glasgow University Hospital (Scotland’s biggest ever hospital building project, an £842M investment), BioCity Scotland is a major Player in the Glasgow BioCorridor and the Scottish Life Science Network.

The BioCity Team is committed to ensuring the success of your company and actively supports and connects our tenant companies to deliver opportunities for growth.

As a conference venue therefore, The Meeting Space lends itself to the existing prestige of BioCity as a company, and consistently meets the high standards already set from the life sciences industry.

3 – Tell us about some of the events that have taken place at BioCity Scotland.

We aim to attract events which sit within our life sciences industry focus and have therefore hosted events for a wide variety of customers with a pharmaceutical, medical, and technology base. We also host our own internal events including the recent Supercharging the Innovation Engine, which attracted our ever-growing life sciences partners and friends and acted as a perfect networking opportunity for Scottish companies within the industry.

4 – Do you have contractors/suppliers that regularly service your events and if so, how have they lent their particular expertise to the development of your events?

Big Bite Catering are our reliable caterers who have really helped develop The Meeting Space brand in Scotland by meeting our high standards. http://www.bigbitecatering.co.uk/

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5 – How has BioCity Scotland developed in the last 5 years?

As an ever-growing innovation hub, development is constant at BioCity Scotland. The Meeting Space brand itself has been in development stages for the past year as we have brought the BioCity venues together across the UK to unite them across the conferencing and events platform. This has allowed us to provide the same level of customer service and high standards across the group of venues and further strengthen the reputation of both BioCity as a company and the events brand.

6 – Are there any plans to develop BioCity Scotland over the next 5 years?

In July 2014 we announced the launch of MediCity Scotland which will take place later this year. As part of the £18million Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal over £1m will used to establish a MediCity Scotland campus on the outskirts of Glasgow.

MediCity Scotland will be a focus for the commercialisation of innovation in the fields of healthcare and wellness in Scotland. BioCity Scotland will provide a dedicated building for MediCity, on the site at Newhouse.

MediCity will address a need for a focal point for Scotland’s healthcare, diagnostics and med tech sector creating a critical mass of activity. It will bring together partners in academic institutions, including the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, the NHS, and large and small corporates. Moreover it will combine entrepreneurs, frustrated healthcare users, providers with unmet needs and technologies in a melting pot of innovation and creativity.

It will replicate MediCity Nottingham, which we created in England in 2013, as a joint venture with Boots and which is already proving incredibly successful.

7 – What strategies does BioCity Scotland employ to support events taking place within it?

All of our staff are trained to the highest level in all aspects of events management, customer service, and events support. We have recently expanded our team and we all work closely together to ensure The Meeting Space brand is strong and reputable for both our internal and external clients. All event bookers can be rest assured that they are well looked after and in capable, professional hands.

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