A new online venue search service called Beautiful Schools has launched to showcase the UK’s top schools as potential venues for meetings, conferences and events. It’s the first-ever independent school-specific venue search portal.
Beautiful Schools is a free-to-use service for venue bookers, offering a simple, one-stop shop window of spectacular schools as venue options. The service has launched with the likes of Harrow School and Dulwich College listed on the website. A list of a further 60 schools, which all want to let their facilities and are often located in areas where multi-purpose venues are currently limited, is set to be added by the end of the year.
The concept was borne after research showed that event organisers are under increasing pressure to find multi-purpose venues with distinctive or unique features and world-class facilities. Despite matching their search criteria, organisers have not typically considered schools as venue options, as there has never been a central, easy-to-use schools showcase and booking enquiry platform. There is also the misconception that schools are tired and out-dated. Beautiful Schools aims to provide the solution to these issues and challenges.
Dorothy McLaren, Co-Founder of Beautiful Schools said: “The UK schools sector is a huge untapped resource for the meetings market – many of the buildings, grounds, facilities and history are world-renowned and we’re extremely excited to have launched our new online search and matching service.
“Whether you want to book a private dinner where Game of Thrones was filmed or hold the annual company away-day where your colleagues can swim, shoot, dine, drink and sleep, all in one location – we’ll find it in Beautiful Schools.”
Guy Collins-Down, Director of Finance & Operations at South Hampstead High School said: “Beautiful Schools has a profound understanding of the independent school sector and we couldn’t think of a better company to represent our industry. Schools are a vastly untapped resource for events with unique spaces never-before used. The Beautiful Schools team has a vast knowledge bank of the most prestigious school locations the country has to offer.”