Stoke

A hot air balloon rises over the lake at Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire, while the early morning sun illuminates the Italian Garden, featuring fastigate Irish yews, herbaceous borders and planters containing Portuguese laurels (Prunus lusitanica)

Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire

Event planning in the heart of England where theme parks and Victorian pottery factories share equal billing.

Getting here

Staffordshire’s venues, hotels and attractions are flanked by two major UK motorways, providing fast access to the county’s towns and cities.

BY PLANE

Three international airports:

  • Nottingham East Midlands is under an hour to Staffordshire. It serves Edinburgh, Belfast, Glasgow and over 80 European destinations.
  • Birmingham International is an hour south of Staffordshire and serves global destinations. 
  • Manchester International is an hour north of Staffordshire. It is one of the UK’s busiest airports and is directly connected to over 200 global destinations. 

BY TRAIN

Under 50 minutes from Birmingham or Manchester Airport and under 90 minutes from London.

BY CAR

One-hour drive from Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham East Midlands Airport.

Expertise

 

Ceramics

As well as advanced manufacturing operations, ceramics is still a key sector in the area, with Stoke-on-Trent in particular boasting a rich history stretching back to the 17th Century. 

The traditional Wedgewood and Burleigh potteries still operate today and Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramics industry continues to thrive with the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone

As well as high-end manufacturing, the ceramic skills base has attracted a growing number of specialised companies including Biocomposites and Mantec Technical Ceramics.

 

Agricultural technology

Staffordshire and the broader Midlands region has the UK’s largest concentration of food processors and supply chain companies (including Princes, Mondelez and Müller), and is home to world-class centres of excellence supporting the agri-food industry. 

Agri-tech is not just limited to crop farming either. Keele University has partnered with Harper Adams University to establish a joint veterinary school. From 2020, the vet school will build on the research specialisms in agriculture and animal sciences at Harper Adams University, complemented by Keele University’s established track-record in the fields of life sciences and medicine. 

   
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Energy

Many of the major firms involved in the energy transmission supply chain, such as GE Power Conversion, ABB and Siemens Wind Power are all located in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. 

GE’s Staffordshire training facilities include generator and steam turbine engineering training centres, a state-of-the-art welding facility, and a world-class lifting and rigging facility.

Siemens Research Centre at Keele University is a significant investment in wind power research and development. The centre specialises in developing power converter technology, which converts and controls the electrical power from wind turbine generators into a form compatible with the electricity grid.

Where to stay

Stoke-on-Trent has an abundance of quality accommodation, with 5,050 bedrooms available in the city and more across the Staffordshire county. From a converted silk mill, set amongst the Peak District’s most beautiful scenery, fantastically themed hotels, first-class country houses and a luxury AA-Inspectors Choice hotel in a prestigious setting, Staffordshire hotels really could be ‘just your cup of tea’.

Venues

Every Staffordshire venue is unique in its own way, from theme parks to ceramic attractions, academic centres of excellence to centres of sporting prowess.

Alton Towers Resort
National Memorial Arboretum
St George’s Park
Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre
Keele University Events & Conferencing

Incentives

From making a china pot and sampling beer, to white knuckle rides, sporting events, and touring historic houses, Staffordshire has something to appeal to every incentive programme.

Experience ceramics
Monkey business
Moddershall Oaks
Drayton Manor Hotel & Theme Park

Dining & social

The Regent Theatre & Victoria Hall
Lichfield Cathedral
Stoke City Football Club

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