Become an Urbano Venue Host Partner

Urbano Network is London's leading independent networking community, connecting hundreds of companies across our different business communities: Build/ Finance/ Host/ Media/ People/ Tech, UWACTE (Urbano Women in Architecture, Construction, Technology & Engineering) & Women In Business. You can view a list of the kind of companies we are proud to call members and assocites of Urbano, plus our upcoming and past events, plus some of our illustrious speakers here: Urbano Business Community

Each event we host is designed to introduce different companies and their senior representatives in one or more of our communities to each other - and to open the doors and bring in a relevant, quality audience to that particular Host Partner Venue. Hosting an event with us is the start of a year of connections and opportunities for you and your venue.

BECOME A HOST VENUE AND BECOME AN URBANO MEMBER
In return for hosting ONE URBANO EVENT of a type and date to be agreed, we offer our Host Venues and their sales/events/marketing teams a unique Annual Urbano Host Venue Partner Membership with access to exclusive mailers, and a range of other ways to develop their connections and promote their spaces across our community of over 5,000 Members & Associates.

Event professionals receive the following for their venue:

  • Annual Host Membership (Corporate Urbano Membership + Urbano Venue Promotions) for your venue and its marketing/sales/events team
  • 2 Free places at Urbano's member evenings in a calendar year
  • 2 free places at a networking event of your choice subject to availability (or one place at two events)
  • Your event mailer send to 75,000 business subscribers three times
  • Promotion of your own events throughout the year to Urbano's business database  (wedding showcases, gin tastings, cocktail masterclasses, breakfast events etc.)
  • Invitations to Urbano members' own networking and other events
  • Receive direct event/venue enquiries through our business community
  • Weekly Tender Opportunity List including conferences, events, catering

EVENT HOSTING OPTIONS - ONE EVENT PER VENUE = FULL YEAR OF MEMBERSHIP

Networking Lunch: 12:30 - 14:30 - Host provides a buffet lunch + 1 complimentary drink pp (wine/soft drink). Space and hospitality for 28 attendees.

Networking Evenings: 18:00 - 20:30 - Host provides 2 drinks pp (wine/beer/soft drink) + canapes. Space and hospitality for 50-60

Networking Breakfast: 08:30 - 10:30 - Host provides showcase breakfast/brunch menu for 28-35 attendees. 

Networking Tour/Viewings: 08:30 - 10:30 OR 18:00 - 20:00 - Exclusively for galleries and museums. Capacity and format tbc with venue and flexibility on timings.

** Our 2020 host roster is almost full but we always leave a few spaces for the perfect venue to add to our calendar. This allows us to offer our business audience new and exciting spaces that may be opening or having a new refurbishment launch etc. **

The Venue Collection launched in February 2020! We use this to promote all our events at every event we host and generate enquiries from outside the network.

Download the latest URBANO VENUE COLLECTION HANDBOOK 2020

But you can still enquire about hosting to promote your venue and get access to other benefits to connect to a new audience.


Caroline Brock
Director - Memberships, Events & Partnerships 

** URBANO HOST VENUE PARTNER TESTIMONIAL **

“We hosted an Urbano networking lunch in Soho recently. As someone newly arrived at our venue, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I had no expectations as I didn’t know Urbano, its team or the types of companies who are members or who come to events. I must say, I was more than pleasantly surprised.

It was a really diverse mix of companies, from media agencies to large tech companies, lawyers and financial advisors, companies in construction and property tech (drones!), recruiters and PRs – and even a novelist!

What struck me was how friendly and open everyone was. Mark and Julia created a great atmosphere, and everyone was willing to talk to me and were genuinely interested in our venue. I don’t know if it will lead to bookings but without meeting and talking to people, we can never start to develop those key relationships that do lead to new business opportunities. I know I had over 20 great meetings in the space of two hours – and I didn’t have to leave my venue. No amount of cold calling would lead to that in two hours.

I can honestly say it is the best networking event I have ever attended – except the ones I organise myself, of course!"

Sales Manager. 100 Wardour Street


 

FAQs

Is there a cost to for Host Venue Partner Membership?
No. Host Venue Partners receive Annual Company Membership for you and your venue events team. This includes access to our networking events (including member-only receptions and hospitality evenings), free venue enquiries passed on directly to you by email, facility to upload and promote your own events to our 5,000+ members (tastings, wedding open days, cocktail/whisky/wine masterclasses, etc.), and Christmas Promotions sent to our 75,000+ database.

Urbano Host Membership allows those venues and their teams to engage with businesses on the Urbano system, so we can introduce our venues event teams to prospects on their doorsteps when they are running promotions, or help when they need legal or HR advice.

Can I take out Urbano Membership and attend networking events without hosting?
No. Urbano is a closed network to venues which means ONLY representatives of Host Venue Partners can book and attend our networking events in their calendar year of membership.

What areas do you cover?
Central London locations only including City of London, Canary Wharf, Clerkenwell, Farringdon, Covent Garden, Soho, Euston, King's Cross, Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Bloomsbury, Holborn, Hoxton, Shoreditch, Mayfair, St James's, Westminster and Chelsea & Kensington.

My venue is part of a group/chain. Does the membership extend to all venues?
No. Membership is on a venue-by-venue basis. Only the venue and venue event representatives (two named people) receive membership and access to promotional benefits.

I run a Dry Hire Venue, how would this work for us?
We don't host our events without food and drink supplied, but we offer dual membership for those with tied caterers.

Can I pick the Urbano event attendees?
No. Together with the Urbano team you select the best event type and audience to match your brand and venue (women in business breakfast, for instance) and we agree a date. We focus our mailers and activities on connecting your venue to that database and encourage attendees who match your perfect profile of visitor. But everyone is connected. Urbano just has more connections than most and you can 'target' people long after your event.

FOR MORE DETAILS & TO CONFIRM HOSTING:

Caroline Brock 
Director, Urbano Events & Venues 
Tel: 020 7205 2215 

Email Caroline with your enquiry regarding hosting and brining your venue into the Urbano business community in 2020.

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