What's Floating Around

What’s Floating Around Cloud 9? 11 July 2016

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Welcome to another week and we’re in Awards mode this week here at Cloud 9 Towers with three main events on the go.

Firstly, it’s the Midlands Media Awards which we run on behalf of the Birmingham Press Club and these are scheduled for Thursday 20 October at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Charlotte in the team who manages this project is being inundated with entries and as Headline of the Year is always one of the most popular categories, we are really looking forward to seeing some of the entries this year following the recent referendum on the EU.

The Fresh Creative Awards which we’ve run alongside Cloud 9 for many years are also having an overhaul or a refresh if you will pardon the pun. Although the competition in the market is fairly intense for awards in the creative sectors, Fresh is one of the only independent programmes in the UK and is totally integrated, covering all disciplines from Advertising through to PR. We’ve changed the model for these awards and also split the Fresh brand down into three core sectors with the Awards being the main platform.

The second platform is a new programme called Fresh Adventures which follows the model that we have successful used for judging over the years, and it’s a series of creative and inspirational trips for professionals working in the creative and communications industries, who can connect with likeminded people, and enjoy experiences in Europe and beyond to reignite their creativity and passion.

The third strand of Fresh is a little under wraps for now, but let’s just say its exciting times ahead and we look forward to sharing the news soon.

Last and by no means least is the CHS Awards which we run for the CHS Group and is aligned to the Conference and Hospitality Show which takes place in Leeds each year. Year one showed just how popular the awards were and this last year’s event which was held in April cemented the programme in the industry, and was attended by over 250 guests in a glittering ceremony in Manchester.

So, planning is well underway for next year and along with the CHS Group, we have big plans for the event!

In other news this week, did you know its International Cherry Day this coming Saturday? We thought this was a perfect opportunity to feature a hotel (as we do) called The Cherry Hotel. Now there are an abundance of hotels our there with names like Cherry Court, Cherry Tree, Cherry Tree and the Golden Cherry, but not one we can find called The Cherry Hotel – and we should know as venue finders!

In fact the only Cherry Hotel we can find is an historic hotel building located at Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina. It was designed by Charles Collins Benton in Beaux Arts style and built in 1917. It is a six-story, “U”-shaped brick building with approximately 200 rooms. The interior features a two-story lobby with Art Deco style lighting fixtures. The hotel closed in 1981 and was subsequently converted to apartments.

So if you can find a hotel with the correct name, we’d love to know, just for the sheer joy of it!

Have a great week and enjoy!