A NEW EVENT FOR SMALL ACCOMMODATION PROVIDERS IN
Dorset | East Sussex | Hampshire | Isle of Wight | Surrey | West Sussex | Wiltshire | And surrounding areas...
The team behind Be My Guest understand that a day away from your customers is a big deal for accommodation providers.
That's why we have developed a unique event spanning three immersive zones which helps businesses maximise productivity, boost learning and save money.
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Be My Guest has been designed to deliver maximum impact on the businesses and lives of small accommodation providers who want to drive business growth, increase their property portfolio and seize new business opportunities.
And all on your doorstep as we travel around the UK to help providers develop local and national partnerships.
Visitor profiles of Be My Guest include:
Each Be My Guest event has 4-6 learning roundtables with a sharp individual focus on very specific topics. The tables are hosted by experts and allow owners and hosts to develop their businesses and become the best that they can be.
Roundtable topics for our Southampton event include:
Be My Guest is shaping a market leading speaking stage delivered to the doors of small accommodation providers on the South Coast.
We will cover technology, digital marketing, dealing with disruptive guests, cost-saving tips, new trends, smashing reviews, being top-rated and everything in between including legal and financial topics.
Great speakers are critical to the success of Be My Guest roadshows - it's great to learn from others.
Henry is Co-Founder & CEO of YourWelcome, one of the fastest growing vacation rental technology companies in Europe. YourWelcome is a transactional tablet that is installed in holiday lets and vacation rentals, enabling owner/operators to monetise their guests whilst in property by up-selling additional services such as food delivery and airport transfers.
Henry has more than 15 years of delivering software products across multiple industries including entertainment, hospitality and sport. Prior to founding YourWelcome, Henry set up and exited one of the first mobile app agencies in London whose clients included the BBC, Universal Pictures and ITV.
Henry is an experienced speaker with the vacation rental industry.
After graduating with a first class Masters Degree in Public Policy from Lincoln University (NZ), Kurt worked for the New Zealand Department of Conservation on the development and implementation of strategies for the management of New Zealand’s National Parks. He was subsequently employed by the New Zealand Tourist Board to develop national and regional tourism strategies before moving to Britain in 1997 to work as Policy Manager for VisitEngland and the VisitBritain. Following the separation of the two organisations, he became the Head of Strategic Planning for VisitBritain with responsibility for Policy, Strategy, Sustainable Tourism, Business Planning and Marketing Evaluation.
Kurt left VisitBritain in 2004 to become the Director of the Tourism Alliance, an umbrella trade association for the tourism and hospitality sector that comprises over 50 industry associations that together represent almost 200,000 businesses of all sizes throughout the UK to lobby Government on issues that support the development of the UK tourism industry.
Elliott joined Booking.com in January 2017, and is the Account Manager for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight working as part of the wider South East team. Prior to working at Booking.com he worked in Business Development at a communications agency and as a Financial Analyst for Tesco.
For over 10 years Colin has been teaching people on a personal level and professional level how to communicate more effectively and achieve greater results from life.
With a friendly warm and fun approach to life and people, Colin’s love of questions, communication and life make him a valuable and approachable coach.
His experience of how to implement the key elements required to achieve high levels of success in business were gain whilst working and living in New Zealand , Australia and the UK.
Mentored and trained by Dr’s Tad and Adriana James, leaders in the field of NLP worldwide, Colin has a understanding and knowledge of how to develop the mind to achieve greater levels of success that make him an engaging and flexible teacher of these valuable business skills.
Colin has skills and easy to use tips and techniques that can teach you to make the most difficult guest in the world becoming your friend and leave your accommodation property with a smile on their face. He will teach you how to build rapport with all kinds of people from all 4 corners of the globe.
Ross Calladine is the Head of Business Support for VisitEngland providing online and offline activities to support micro, small and medium tourism businesses to succeed and grow. As part of his role, Ross oversees a Business Advice Hub, which incorporates the popular Pink Book, and the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence that celebrate and champion the very best of English tourism.
Ross is also VisitEngland’s in-house accessibility specialist developing initiatives that help tourism businesses and destinations tap into the high value, growing accessible tourism market.
After graduating in 1972 in Information Science, Ken worked in various research roles in London including The Central Electricity Generating Board and Mars Confectionery. After relocating to the Midlands, he spent 16 years as the Information Science Development Manager for the RAC including the concept, implementation and project management of mobile PC technology into all RAC patrol vehicles.
In 2004 he decided to pursue his dream of renovating properties, and with the help of Paula, his wife, transformed dilapidated properties into contemporary homes. When the recession took hold in 2009 he diversified into letting and holiday letting and eventually converted his own detached home in Gloucestershire into an award winning B & B in 2012. In order to fully utilise his professional skills he started the training and consultancy business How to Run a Bed and Breakfast in 2014 with his wife, Paula.
“Chris Bowry is the Senior Marketing Manager at Visit Hampshire, the official tourism website for the County. With over 10 years experience in the travel and tourism industry, Chris started his career at Eurostar working within corporate sales and then transitioned to marketing. At Visit Hampshire his remit focuses on the strategy and delivery of marketing activity (on and offline). Promoting all the exciting things to see and do in Hampshire, with the objective of inspiring domestic and international visitors to the County.
In March 2017 Visit Hampshire launched a new website. The website features a refreshed visual identity, improved user experience and new functionality including accommodation booking via Expedia, Late Rooms and Booking.com.”
Trainer and Consultant at How to Run a Bed and Breakfast, Paula has a valuable wealth of knowledge on how to run a successful bed and breakfast after owning her own award winning B&B business. Paula’s proud of her qualifications in Financial Services and her Associateship with the Chartered Institute of Bankers which gives her detailed knowledge of lending, property law, accountancy, tax, marketing and banking.
With her skills and experience Paula has worked in many roles that cover all elements needed to run a successful small accommodation property including IT consultancy, project management and process improvement. This will all lead to helping you achieving top ratings and improved revenue. Want to start your own small accommodation offering?? Paula can help you get to your goal quicker with her experience and knowledge. Visit Paula at BMG Live 2018
A place to find new products, services, ideas and inspiration...
In Southampton we will be showcasing the very best of the South Coast hospitality supply chain at the BMG Marketplace.
We will introducing visitors to the national commercial big hitters as well as the variety of excellence held by the region's independent suppliers.
Mike Channon Suite
Halo Conferences & Events
St. Mary's Stadium
We will be open to welcome visitors from 10am - 4pm.
We provide free parking onsite for Be My Guest visitors
From the city centre, the easiest way to access St Mary’s Stadium is on foot. The stadium is a mile east of the city centre and around a 15-minute walk from the High Street. From Southampton Central, the walk is half an hour walking in mostly a straight line from the station.
Arriving at St Mary's Stadium by Public Transport
Southampton Central Station [SOU]
The station is located at Blechynden Terrace, Southampton SO15 1AL; 30 mins' walk from the ground. It offers the following services:
- South West Trains services to London Waterloo, Weymouth, Poole, Portsmouth and Salibury
- Southern services to Brighton and London Victoria
- First Great Western services to Portsmouth, Cardiff, and Brighton
- CrossCountry services to Bournemouth, Manchester Piccadilly and Newcastle
Routes 8A, 18 and 11 all pass the stadium
Arriving at St Mary's Stadium by Car
The stadium is served by the following main roads:
- From North: M3; via M25, passing Winchester and Basingstoke
- From East: M27; from Portsmouth, passing Fareham
- From West: M27, M271, A33; passing Copythorne and Nursling
The city centre is located roughly two miles west of the stadium. The A3024 and St. Andrews Road runs from the centre of the town, around the northern side of the stadium and onto Britannia Road.
The stadium is approached from Britannia Road and Belvidere Road from the north, Marine Parade from the south, and St Andrews road from the west. The River Itchen lines the eastern side of the stadium; meaning access from the east requires crossing the A3205 Itchen Bridge and heading north back towards the stadium