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VENUEMASTERS, the Sheffield-based consortium that promotes academic venues to event and conference organisers, has secured its first client outside the British Isles.

The University Autònoma of Barcelona is one of four new conference centres to have joined the consortium, based at The Workstation, which represents more than 85 academic venues.

New members include the Methodist International Centre Hotel and Conference Centre in Central London, the University of Sussex in Brighton and, closest to home, Sheffield Hallam University.

The recruitment of the University Autònoma of Barcelona follows hot on the heels of VENUEMASTERS’ move into the Republic of Ireland earlier this year.

The University Autònoma boast an hotel and convention centre, a hall of residence, meeting rooms and lecture halls, sports facilities and catering services at its campus outside Barcelona.

The University also manages a convention centre in the centre of Barcelona.

VENUEMASTERS chief executive, Terry Billingham, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome four new venues to the consortium, which increases the choice for event organisers in terms of the locations and types of facilities available.”