Why should you use a venue finder you ask yourself – I’ve got Google! BUT Google does not have all the answers!
We have compiled a list of 22 reasons (we’re in 2022 so why not!) on why you should use DeSouza Associates as your venue finder.
Here is our 3rd and final blog and reasons 15-22:
DeSouza Associates pride ourselves on the great service we provide our clients and we feel we do a great job – we just have to shout about it!
15. Saves you money – a bold comment but true. Venue finders place a large volume of business into venues so can negotiate excellent rates
What we particularly pride ourselves on is the willingness to negotiate hard on behalf of our clients. We don’t just accept the first rate offered by venues and will always work hard to keep costs within your budget.
We also have excellent relationships with venues and the senior contacts who work there, which once again means we do our best to get you the best possible rates.
I think it’s also worth a comment here regarding bedroom rates and why sometimes it would appear that one can see lower rates for accommodation advertised on various online sites – the devil is in the detail! These rates are often non-refundable, non-changeable and may even be a room-only rate, so no breakfast is included. We’re always very clear on what the quoted rates include and the cancellation terms too.
16. Source the most suitable option for your event based on your brief and budget
We’re not tied in with any specific venue groups or individual properties so we’ll always strive to recommend the venues which most match your brief and budget.
Occasionally, it’s impossible! In these circumstances, we’ll speak to you and suggest alternative options or perhaps recommend a change to your event brief or format which might be the room layout or set-up time or dinner package etc. which might then reduce the total cost of your event.
We do also often throw in what we would call a ‘wild card’ venue option as we’ve learned over the years that on so many occasions even though a client may not have requested a particular style of venue (ie it doesn’t tick all their boxes) they often love the wild card we suggest and end up confirming it. Thinking outside the box is positive!
17. Impartial advice – that’s important!
Another point that is probably self-explanatory, but we will expand just a little for those of reading this blog who may not be so familiar with venue finders.
We have worked with a number of our clients for many, many years and often they will pick up the phone for advice on one thing or another relating to their event.
As indicated above, not being tied to any specific venue group but being an independent and boutique venue finding agency, we always have our client’s interests at the heart of what we do.
As all members of the DeSouza Associates team have worked in the hospitality industry for a large number of years, we can offer advice which is not only impartial but also based on wide experience.
18. Extension to the venues team – venues consider a venue finder as part of their sales team as they’re introducing business to the venues
The venue finding agency market is well established in the UK. This is how venue finders such as DeSouza Associates are able to offer a free venue finding service as we earn our revenue in commission from venues which is paid to agencies after the event has taken place and after our clients have paid the venue invoice in full.
Overall, venue finders are much valued by hotels and non-hotel venues as we generate a large volume of business for venues. We really are part of the sales team for thousands of venues!
19. Avoid chase up calls and emails from the venues all keen to win the business – taken care of!
Following on from the above, as we’re your extension to the ‘venues team’ and we’re holding the venue options on your behalf, we field all chase up calls and emails.
We’ll update you on a regular, timely and in an appropriate manner, regarding any updates on the option status. So, for example, over the course of the option when the booking moves from second to first option, we’ll let you know immediately. We therefore save you, our client, much of your time
20. When you use a venue finder on a regular basis they will get to know your ‘likes and dislikes’
This is probably self-explanatory however worth a couple of lines.
We note on our venue system your likes and dislikes which could be something very simple such as ‘the meeting room must have natural daylight’ to ‘8-hr chairs’ required for meetings (as opposed to banqueting chairs) to ‘no basement spaces’.
Alternatively, it might be something more complex but none-the-less if it’s important to our client, we will note it down. We’ll also check on an on-going basis that your requirements remain the same. When bookers within an organisation change, their likes and dislikes can often change and quite dramatically too at times!
On rare occasions we may put forward venues or spaces which may not tick all your boxes but we’ll speak to you and explain why.
21. Share information – a particular venue or something that worked well for another client could also be good for your event – a venue finder will share that information with you
Being a small and cohesive team, we follow-up each and every event with our clients. Therefore, we build up our knowledge of venues and spaces and perhaps what to be aware of the next time we book the same venue for another client.
We obviously never disclose client names but will always share with you whatever insights we may have which will assist you with your venue decision or during the event itself.
22. UK & International – most venue finders will be able to help you book your events in the UK and Europe too
DeSouza Associates can help you with venues not only in the UK but in Europe and further afield too. We have a lot of knowledge and experience particularly in booking hotels and other venues across the major European cities and hubs.
We also work closely with Destination Management Companies (DMC’s) who have additional local knowledge of more unusual venues. They can also assist with offsite activities such as dinners and local ‘experiences’ plus teambuilding and incentive activities in your chosen international destination
Realising there’s a bit more to planning an event? Need some professional help?
We can help in liaising with both venue/supplier and client to ensure nothing is forgotten and can help you with the pre-organising and onsite running of the event too.
Nothing is too small or too big, we will work on all kinds of events and help negotiate competitive rates.
Knowledge – it’s our job to know all the great venues
Our team has years of experience of booking venues for clients so we know some great contacts and also built up relationships over the years with our suppliers.
Our database has over 70,000 venues and is constantly being updated. It has a vast range of venues and includes major hotel chains, training centres, conference brands and many funky, unusual and unique properties.
We are not tied into any partnerships, specific chains or venues. This ensures that you are proposed the venues that match your brief and budget.