Conference News July/August 2017 - Page 9

9 News Blue Hat back in business NewcastleGateshead wins BIM The BIM Show Live conference is set to return to Newcastle in 2018 following a successful edition in February 2017. The win bolster’s NewcastleGateshead’s reputation as a leading technology hub and digital construction powerhouse. This year’s show attracted 400 digital construction enthusiasts, including architects, engineers and construction professionals to the North East from all over the world for a sell-out innovation in technology led show. The two-day event, delivered by Newcastle-based BeaconHouse Events, will return to the newly renovated Grade Grade II Listed Boiler Shop in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter for a second year. Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, says: “BIM Show Live 2017 was a brilliant conference, buzzing with ideas, and the Boiler Shop was the perfect location for it. It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the high concentration of tech and BIM specialists in Newcastle.” The founders of teambuilding fi rm Blue Hat, which went into liquidation earlier this year, have brought the brand back and say they are intent on returning to their roots. Owners Ben Parkinson and Neil Harvey have been working together on client projects for over 20 years and were the creative force behind award-winning events that helped build Blue Hat into a leading force in teambuilding before it collapsed into liquidation with debts of over £750,000. “Blue Hat UK Ltd. went into liquida tion due to diversifi cations between October 2014 and March 2015,” Parkinson told CN, “from which it was unable to recover. Recognising the teambuilding part of the business was always strong, Neil Harvey and I bought the assets from the liquidators. In the fi rst three months of trading we have delivered 50 events.” The pair applied to be able to use the name Blue Hat in trading, which was granted. “It’s the brand that clients associate with innovative and engaging teambuilding solutions and we wanted to ensure that it was still available to both agency and corporate bookers who are looking for a more sophisticated, intelligent and worthwhile interactive based activity for their teams,” said Parkinson (pictured). Over 165,000 visitors attended the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which took place at Royal Hospital Chelsea, west London, between 23 and 27 May. Intuitive venue search and booking boo king with 45,000 ,000 venues at home and abroad www.conference-news.co.uk