About The Venue Group
The Venue Group was created to offer a unique service and solution to country house and estate owners looking to either setup an event offering, or outsource the management of an existing enterprise. We always ensure that we fully understand the estate and business objectives before suggesting a solution, so that our clients have an edge in the market place.
Our vision and values are to create unique, innovative and desirable environments to run events, whilst developing sustainable and strong financial returns for the estate, and making a positive contribution to local economy.
The directors have an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of farms and estates due to their personal rural backgrounds which we feel builds deeper working relationships with our clients and venues. We have built a team with expertise and knowledge across the whole of the events sector, from catering, marquee design and business management, through to marketing, corporate event planning and managing celebrity clients and bands.
Having been brought up on the family farm in Warwickshire, Gwil went on to graduate from The Royal Agricultural College with a BSc (Hons) in International Agri Business Management, followed by a fast track graduate trainee programme for two years working within the FMCG and Fresh Produce sector. He then returned to the farm and set up a successful catering company specialising in wedding venue catering and corporate event hospitality. He is also a non executive director of Heart of England Fine Foods, the largest regional food group in the country set up to support and develop small food businesses.
Richard's background is branding, marketing and business management which he has built up over 15 years in a variety of commercial sectors, as well as founding and running a successful marketing communications and events business. His team make our venues and clients' brands more visible and valuable, ultimately improving the return on investment. He has a thorough understanding of estates due to growing up in a farming family, and attending the Royal Agricultural College where he graduated with a BSc in Rural Estate Management. He has also organised the Law Society Rugby 7's tournament for last 13 years.
Ben has over 10 year's business management experience within the catering and events sector. He has a wealth of knowledge in the wedding and outside events market, achieved by running a specialist catering and events business, which has delivered in excess of 1000 weddings and catered for a variety of corporate business. He started his career after gaining a BA in License Retail Management from Bournemouth University and spent 2 invaluable seasons managing the cellars with one of the world's largest catering company's at Lords Cricket Ground. He is passionate about the countryside and all forms of country pursuits having grown up on a livestock and arable farm.
Amanda Irby - Consultant
Amanda has over 15 years experience in the world of events, corporate hospitality, conferences and exhibitions. Working as a freelance Sales Consultant, she helps to introduce new business to venues. Most recently Amanda has worked for The Woburn Estate, Cliveden and De Vere Hotels generating new corporate, private and leisure business. Prior to this, Amanda organised corporate events at various major sporting venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Twickenham, Wimbledon and Monza for the Italian Grand prix. She has a passion for sales and a large "little black book" of contacts. Amanda lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, two small boys and two mad cocker spaniels!