We combine networking with curry, and it’s a winning combo. We’ve sourced our venue with great care, the same way you would source a venue for a client meeting or internal event. This time we thought we’d look at a popular venue for businesses like yours – Shoreham Airport.
If you’re a local you will probably still call it Shoreham Airport. Others use its new name, Brighton City Airport. Either way it’s an unusual alternative to hiring ordinary office space for meetings, seminars and small business events you can’t host at your premises, particularly handy because the city centre is invariably busy, saving time and hassle for you, your clients or delegates.
A stylish, historic place to hold small business events
Founded in 1910, the airport has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence, which means it’s allowed to provide flights for the public transport as well as flying instruction. It’s the UK’s oldest airport and the world’s oldest purpose-built commercial airport , and features a glorious Grade 2 listed Art Deco terminal building, a wedding cake of an affair in typical Deco style.
Getting there – And the business support facilities
Easy to get to by bus, car or train, you’ll find it just to the west of Shoreham-by-Sea, south of the A27 Brighton and Worthing road and north of the West Coastway train line. You can even fly in. Brighton City Airport can provides full catering facilities, either restaurant or buffet, and the level of equipment hire you’d expect for a hired business venue. There are two smart conference rooms on the ground floor of the main terminal, all with disabled access.
Room hire is good value. Depending on the suite you choose, it’s either £300 or £200 per day plus VAT to hire the space itself, projector hire is £15 a day and extra flipcharts at a tenner each, both plus VAT. The larger Pashley Suite caters for 30 people in a boardroom-style set up, 55 theatre-style, 50 for dining and 65 for a reception-type event. The Miles suite is perfect for 16 people in a boardroom setting, 24 theatre-style, 16 for dining and 25 for receptions.
A setting designed to impress
As you can imagine, the airport’s setting and age make it perfect for movie and TV settings, and for photoshoots. Helen Mirren was filmed in The Woman in Gold here, as was Tom Hanks in the hit movie The Da Vinci Code, plus episodes of Poirot and Tenko. The lovely South Downs march along to the north, paralleling the airport. The Adur estuary is fascinating, with scenic walks along either bank. And Shoreham itself is a delightful town, with a really good curry house and several great pubs.
Steep your event in local history
Host an event or meeting at the airport and you’re steeped in history. Harold Piffard was the first to fly from the airport in 1910 and the original flying school set up shop in 1913. WW1 saw it taken over by the Royal Flying Corps, and during the Second World War it was home to a variety of military aircraft, a vital air-sea rescue base. One Messerschmitt Bf 109 was shot down and crash landed next to the terminal building. The massive pre-war Municipal Hangar was Listed Grade II in 2007, a unique historic building preserved for future generations. Because the place hasn’t really changed that much, bar a few newer buildings scattered around the fringes, you get a real feel for how it once was.
Corporate entertainment on steroids!
Because the airport is home to several flying schools, there are plenty of sightseeing and pleasure flights, with an experience flying one of two T-6 Harvard World War II training aircraft the cherry on the cake. If your budget runs to client entertainment, you can’t get much more exciting than that.