Lighthouse Poole scooped two awards at the South West England Tourism Excellence Awards, being named Business Events Venue of the Year and landing the Bronze Award for Resilience and Innovation.
The winners were announced last Thursday (23 March) at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Lucy Funnell, Corporate Development Executive at Lighthouse, says: “We work very hard to make sure everyone who comes to Lighthouse has a great experience, whether they come to see a show, attend a conference, take part in a course, or present a trade fair.”
As well as its exciting programme of high quality and diverse arts and entertainment from national, international, and regional artists, over the last year Lighthouse has been proud to host an increasing number of commercial and non-artistic events from a gala dinner for Diverse Abilities, to live streamed webcasts with You Are the Media marketing and training community, and a wide range of meetings for clients including Poole BID, RNLI and BCP Council.
“Not only is Lighthouse able to support business users deliver their events, our clients find that hosting events in an inspirational arts space offers them a welcome change of pace from their usual business environment,” adds Lucy.
The South West England Tourism Excellence Awards are recognised for the rigour and quality of judging, with independent judges spending months poring over entry submissions, websites, social media and review sites, as well as carrying out business visits, many of them mystery visits. Reports and recommendations are then submitted to an independent panel, who select the winners.
As a regional winner, Lighthouse now goes forward to the national Visit England Awards for Excellence to be announced at a special event in June.