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30/10/2014
Now Sole Supplier to CIPD For Events

CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development), Europe’s largest network of HR Professionals has appointed leading Venue Finding Specialist Jigsaw Conferences Limited as a sole supplier to manage all its venue finding requirements.

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. It was established over 100 years ago - in June 1913 - and included Boots, Cadbury, Chivers and Rowntree as board members. It has over 130,000 members internationally - working in HR, learning and development, people management and consulting across private businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors.

The move marks a noteworthy victory for Jigsaw Conferences. Mandy Chagger, Operations Director at Jigsaw Conferences, said “we are delighted with the win and this demonstrates our strength in the venue finding area. We have already received over 200 enquiries which will be managed by the dedicated account manager at Jigsaw Conferences”.

The company aims to provide knowledgeable and objective advice on all aspects of event organisation and venue finding and to secure the best venue at the best price for clients within an agreed timescale. Jigsaw Conferences say they are more than happy to take care of planning events at no cost to clients, but are also experts in the field of venue finding & booking accommodation in the UK & Worldwide

Jigsaw Conferences has established a loyal client base that relies on their speed and service standards.

01/10/2014
JIGSAW CONFERENCES CELEBRATES 11 SUCCESSFUL YEARS IN BUSINESS

Leading conference and hotel booking agency, Jigsaw Conferences Ltd is celebrating 11 years as a highly esteemed player in the industry.

From a business idea that began 11 years ago by Co found Mandy Chagger, Jigsaw is now one of the leading providers of conference solutions and hotel reservations with hundreds of customers and contracts worldwide.

Chief architect & Operating Director Mandy Chagger is the industry business prodigy whose expertise and vision in hospitality arena domain spreads across UK and Pan-euro markets. Mandy Chagger is the brain-child behind the first UK hotel booking agency to be validated for the Pharmaceutical industry.

Today, the company manages the hotel and conference spends for some of the UK’s largest organisations.

Amo Singh ‘I.T Governance Director’: “We are pleased to be celebrating our 11th anniversary this year. Eleven years in business is a tremendous accomplishment these days and one that is due in large part to the excellence and loyalty of our staff.

“It is our consistent approach to excellence that has allowed us to persistently deliver the highest levels of customer service and helped us to grow to be one of the UK’s leading conference and hotel booking agencies.”

Another answer to Jigsaw Conferences success has been the ability to embrace new technology.

Jigsaw is implementing a new cloud-booking system in 2014 with cutting edge technology. For the past three years Jigsaw has been researching newer, faster and easier trading platforms for both agents, suppliers and clients.

Amo explains: “We will be well ahead of the game, in the hotel booking industry, when we launch the new agent system it will allow for bolt on technology on the fly so easily to take advantage of the coming mobile age aligning different platforms to talk freely.

“To put things in perspective, it’s all about Social Enterprise for Jigsaw Conferences Ltd allowing clients to see massive saving and suppliers to allow easier collaboration without taking away the personal service we traditionally offer.

“Mandy Chagger’, our unique selling point is the same now as it was 11 years ago – quality of service. The quality of service provided to our customers has been the one constant in all the years of change and it is that which makes JIGSAW certainly the leading conference solution and hotel booking agency in the UK today.

“We are very proud of our success and look forward to growing the organisation and taking our technology to new markets over the next 11 years."

For further press information please contact: Jigsaw Conferences Ltd on 0845 0000 790.

02/07/2013
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20/11/2012
Celebrating Ten Years of Success by Giving Away £10,000 Worth of Prizes at the Business Travel Show

Jigsaw® Conferences are proud to announce they will start their special 10th anniversary celebrations on the 7th & 8th February 2012 at the Business Travel Show by giving away £10,000 worth of prizes in addition to:

* FREE Global Venue Finder & Hotel Booking Service * FREE Bill Back Service: One central statement is issued monthly, providing a consolidated view of the total spend giving full transactional data, including invoice number, cost centre, charge date, travel date, passenger name, supplier name and VAT breakdown * FREE Your business have between 21-30 days' interest-free credit * FREE Out Of Hours Support: available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long through our UK-Based Contact Centres * FREE Bespoke management information, provides a full suite of reports including cost centres, project codes highlighting spend patterns. The reports can be tailored into a format so they can be directly uploaded into your existing accounts systems

To win one of the fantastic prizes why not visit us during the Business Travel Show 2012 at stand 266H and quote TEN YEARS.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Thistle, Accor, Guoman, Principal Hayley, Stapleford Park, Hotel de France, Vineyard, Barcelo, Think apartments, Menzies, QMH, Rezidor and many more … for all the prizes

01/02/2012
Family Mosaic appoints Jigsaw Conferences

Jigsaw Conferences, has been awarded sole supplier status for the provision of venue-finding services for Family Mosaic.

Family Mosaic provide good quality, affordable homes and housing services to over 45,000 people in communities across London and Essex. They have over 20,000 homes for rent, as well as homes for people with extra support needs and temporary housing.

Mandy Chagger, Jigsaw Conference's Operations Director, said ' "It is a great result for the team, particularly in an economic climate that is not without its’ challenges. This contract award underpins our business strategy, further strengthening our position in the market".

12/11/2011
Jigsaw® supports 1,800+ delegates from around the world -14th biennial conference

The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) conference will be held in the UK for the first time this month.

Delegates will attend lectures and seminars at Exeter University’s four main conference hubs on campus, including the recently opened business school.

The event is set to attract more than 1,800 delegates from around the world and will take place between 30 August and 3 September. Jigsaw Conferences Ltd are supporting the event with FREE accommodation booking service, delegates can find everything they need to make the experience go smoothly at 14th biennial conference event rate card.

10/08/2011
PHARMA MEETINGS: In the line of fire

It is not the TAX MAN that companies supporting the Pharmaceutical industry should be concerned about, but rather having the appropriate training, internal processes and documentation to support the industry!

Operations Director ‘Mandy Chagger’ at Jigsaw Conferences Ltd states, one of the greatest strengths of the pharmaceutical industry is its mechanism to self audit and self regulate. However, with leading companies joining a long line of those facing ABPI Code clause 19 breaches and a potential PMCPA audit due to inappropriate meeting venues, subsistence and even activity it is even more important to get it right.

Jigsaw Conferences is a member of the ABPI and has been accredited by the Select Agency Support Programme (SASP). The company takes compliance very seriously and has done so for a number of years.

With the new 2011 a Code changes, it is important to stay completely up to date and as such Jigsaw has further developed its skill with all members of the team completing full ABPI 2011 training, the UK Bribery Act and a strict validation.

Jigsaw Conferences has an industry standard process captured within a company Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and prides itself on supplying meeting information in the form of a ‘DOC Pack’ that details Code compliant venues and assists by easily fitting into the certification system of companies.

Jigsaw Conferences is SASP registered which gives assurance to its clients that the company has completed a full compliance development programme including:

  • Full company audit
  • SOP development/revisions/updates
  • ABPI Code training
  • Validation of training
  • SOP training and validation
  • Corporate/affiliate training
  • Anti Bribery and corruption

For more information please contact Jigsaw Conferences team, Pharma Meetings Team or call +44 (0)800 158 44 00

06/06/2011
Venue Registration Started

After months of research, planning and development, JIGSAW® CONFERENCES is pleased to announce the NEW launch of its website phase 2.

Jigsaw Conferences Ltd, have launched a brand new version of their successful website (http://venuemap.jigsawconferences.co.uk) featuring state of the art venue search map which uses the latest search engine optimisation techniques to help event venues promote and position themselves better on the major search engines.

The agency is already a giant in the world of MICE within its conference centre industry, with the company's old site consistently ranking highly within the organic search results lists on all major search engines. However Jigsaw are hoping to build on their current success with the introduction of their newly revamped website with the launch of the new service (phase 2 - beta version 1.0). This will be provided to its existing client base of over 7000 users as well as all UK and international venues that are looking to increase both enquiry levels and target niche traffic both in the commercial and domestic sectors.

Jigsaw Conferences has employed a team of highly experienced search engine optimisation experts to ensure the new site is highly optimised and continues to be a dominant force with the online venue hire industry.

The agency is also planning to extend its links with social media networks via the new website. This will enable customers to keep up to date on any special offers or one off discounts being offered using the venue map search through their Facebook or Venuefinder Twitter feeds account.

The main Jigsaw site has undergone a complete overhaul in preparation for the launch of the venue map search site. State of the art computer graphics, as well as a new logo design help give the site a fresh new look, with a selection of exclusive high quality images, new video integration showcasing the Venues in action for those who upgrade their listings, plus helpful articles with tips on how to make the most of venue hire and advice on how to get the best deal. The new website aims to offer a comprehensive service for existing and potential customers to source their perfect venue for their meeting, corporate event or special occasion.

Mandy Chagger 'Operations Director' said these are very exciting times for Jigsaw Conferences. The new site is a platform in its early stages and has been developed and aligned with the latest search engine white hat optimisation practices. This uses an object oriented formula so that as advances in the major search engines occur Jigsaw can quickly adopt those changes and position itself correctly whilst leaving its competition behind. The venue map search will drive niche targeted traffic to those venues that have upgraded to take advantage of our services. Users will find the search facility fast, quick and easy to navigate. Phase 3 will include mobile phone technology along with Jigsaw utilising the latest cloud services within its operations so that contract business and venues can adopt a mash up of our services on the fly.

12/01/2011
Jigsaw® hits Financial Times headlines

Venues hit by drugs industry's attack on hospitality

By Andrew Jack

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23/11/2010
Jigsaw® Website Relaunch

After months of research, planning and development, JIGSAW® CONFERENCES is pleased to announce the relaunch of its website.

The new website delivers timely, well-organized information to a diverse global audience. It is easier to navigate and allows greater interaction within the Events and Travel industry. On the site, users will be able to find current and informative content on the services JIGSAW® offers in the UK and worldwide.

The website includes a number of new features including 1000's of new articles, video material introducing JIGSAW'S services.

In the next weeks and months, JIGSAW® will continue to improve its website. We invite you to come back often to check out the latest developments of our phase 2.

We hope you enjoy our new website and find it useful and informative. In the meantime if you have any venue finding enquiries, accommodation or travel needs you can contact our friendly team on +44 (0)800 158 44 00.

09/06/2010
Jigsaw wins 400 training events

JIGSAW WINS PENINSULA BUSINESS SERVICES TRAINING EVENTS

Peninsula have appointed Jigsaw Conferences to source venues for approximately 400 training events which are planned to commence in January 2010.

Mandy Chagger, Jigsaw Conference's Operations Director, said 'these are really exciting times at Jigsaw Conferences. We aim to keep building our client-base in 2010'.

08/10/2009
Metropolitan Housing Partnership appoints Jigsaw Conferences

Jigsaw Conferences is the organisation's sole conference, venue-finding and accommodation supplier.

Metropolitan Housing Partnership has appointed Jigsaw Conferences as its sole events supplier following a competitive pitch.

Jigsaw Conferences operations director Mandy Chagger said the contract included management of venue-finding and accommodation for the partnership's members.

Its members include Clapham Park Homes, Granta Housing Society, Metropolitan Housing Trust, Metropolitan Support Trust and Spirita.

10/07/2009
Salon International Booking Service

If you are planning to visit Salon International 2009, take advantage of an array of high quality, free planning and organizational services from Salon International Booking Service. Salon International consists of three days of live hairdressing and is an excellent educational experience, a chance to network, and offers wonderful professional opportunities. You will find inspiration at Salon International as you watch the work of some of the best hairdressers in the world. Exhibitors offer you the chance to experience new products, technology and methods at Salon International.

Salon International offers many seminars teaching techniques, professional exhibitions, business tips, and an array of interesting and entertaining events. Stylists from around the world visit Salon International to learn, network and experience this all around amazing hair styling event. Consider bringing your team of stylists to Salon International to inspire and bring a renewed enthusiasm to their work. All the members of your hairstyling staff will learn from the experience, from your salon manager to the assistants in your salon. The quality educational and personal opportunities at Salon International will benefit your hairstyling team for years to come.

You can find everything you need to make your Salon International 2009 experience go smoothly at www.jigsawconferences.co.uk/saloninternational.aspx. A well organised Salon International plan, from experienced organizers like those at Salon International Booking Service can help you get the most out of Salon International 2009. Not only can the Free Booking Service help you plan your trip, but also secure your lodgings and transportation at excellent rates. Rates of up to 40% off typical prices for lodging, and including a full English breakfast, are available through Salon International Booking Service.

So, you’re organising an event and you need to provide an accommodation and travel service but don’t want the hassle or don’t know where to start! Save your team the time and inevitable expense of finding the right hotels at the best prices and sorting through the whole booking process. Jigsaw Conferences are delighted to offer you a complete accommodation & travel reservation service ABSOLUTELY FREE and completely customised to your requirements.

Clients, however large or small, you may use this comprehensive service. There is no need to ‘open an account’ or be cautious of any ‘small print’ catches.

For more information contact Kashy on +44 (0)8700 490000 or visit our Events Rate Cards to see our clients benefiting from our services.

09/04/2009
Follow us on Twitter.com

Hey there! Jigsaw Conferences is using Twitter.

Twitter is a free service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? Start following us today to start receiving Jigsaw conferences updates by clicking here Venue Finder

01/04/2009
Pharmaceutical meetings compliance programme

Meetings held and organised by Pharmaceutical companies are an essential way of communicating and evolving scientific research, clinical development and medical education. However, there is always the danger that they can be seen as a blatant attempt to railroad Health Care Professionals into prescribing products by using lavish surroundings and hospitality to influence them.

This is where the ABPI 2008 code of practice comes into its own, specifically clause 19 which deals with the arrangement and holding of HCP meetings within the Pharmaceutical industry. The key requirement being that the main purpose of the meeting should be its content and any hospitality offered during these meetings should not only be secondary but in fact no more than basic subsistence.

How can we work out what would and would not be acceptable? In answering this question, you would need to consider all aspects of the meeting from the venue, timings, hospitality, content (including speakers) and all associated materials ie handouts, stand material and invitations and equally as important, the costs. All of these elements factor in how the end product, the meeting, will be perceived. This is how it would be deemed acceptable or not, the overall impression given from combining all of these elements.

There are many factors which could potentially lead to a breach of the code in booking a meeting for HCP’s. Some Pharmaceutical companies are seeking help in this area by using venue sourcing companies who have been certified by an industry consultant and have in-depth knowledge of what is and not acceptable under the ABPI 2008 Code of Practice. This is proving to be of great use to them and acts as a further safe guard in the need to comply.

Jigsaw Conferences - Pharma Divison Breakdown


  • Individually certified by an industry consultant
  • First UK Venue & Accommodation booking agency to be validated
  • Tailor made for the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • In house compliance department
  • Regular training on all updates as new PMCPA cases relating to the code arise
  • Full company SOP (Standard Operating Procedure)
  • Full documentation pack produced for each enquiry for job bag inclusion
  • Confidence in venue selection
  • Work within company specific spend limits
  • Contract reading/bill back/management information reports service available to contracted business

Objective

We ensure all operations related to the provision of venue selection, allocation, costing and all services related to JIGSAW Conferences comply with and are completed efficiently and in line with the ABPI 2008 Code of Practice.

For more information email pharma@jigsawconferences.co.uk or call 08700 4900004

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16/02/2009
VAT back on Irish conferences

The VAT relief applies to all conferences with a minimum number of 50 delegates. This deduction will be valid at most large venues in Ireland for a maximum accommodation period, starting from the night prior to the date on which the conference commences and ending on the date on which it concludes.

Annette Devine, President, Irish Hotel Federation, said, “It was vital this tax was reformed, as Ireland was losing out to other destinations where VAT was refundable. As Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, tourism is an extremely valuable economic resource that has doubled in size over the past decade. International communication of this VAT reclaim could see a doubling of the volume of Ireland’s share of international business tourism over the next seven years.”

For more information about how to reclaim VAT in Ireland, please contact Jigsaw Conferences - Ireland Division with an enquiry and they will supply expert advice on this vital saving. Click here for your Ireland Venues express venue finder enquiry form or call free on +44 (0) 800 158 44 00

20/11/2008
ABPI CODE AWARENESS WEEK 2008

Jigsaw conferences will help support Code awareness week that will run from 29 September to 3 October 2008

Awareness of the ABPI Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry amongst doctors has increased significantly over the last two years - 84% of GPs and 62% of hospital doctors are now aware of the Code compared with just 65% of GPs and 40% of hospital doctors at the beginning of 2006. This is a result of activities since the launch of the 2006 Code including the Code Awareness Days held in April 2006 and May 2007.

Please support Code Awareness Week 2008 by allocating time for sales representatives and others who have contact with external stakeholders to promote the Code to customers, doctors, pharmacists, nurses and NHS management as part of their regular programme of calls this week.

Note: This year PMCPA staff are offering to attend a limited number of 'Code-Busters' sessions with your employees during Code Awareness Week

For further information please visit PMCPA website

17/07/2008
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21/08/2007
Pharma Workshop Testimonials

"The workshop run by the instructor was an extremely informative and useful insight into the changes that have taken place within the Pharmaceutical industry over the last few years. The instructor experience as Compliance Manager and Auditor within in the pharma industry really helped us from the hospitality industry understand the new codes of practice. Lots of food for thought!" O’CALLAGHAN HOTELS

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05/04/2007
Conference Venues International

To assist you in your search for conference space here in the UK and overseas, we are launching our latest website InternationalVenues.com. The aim of the site is to provide agents and conference bookers with a one stop venue search tool with coverage of all the major conferencing destinations across the globe.

27/01/2007
Hello to Google Maps updated.

We have update our Google Maps, so now they come with directions. Search by postcode, street name, town or Landmark.

Jigsaw introduces Google Maps, specially designed for Venue Rate Cards/Events to support hotel locations. This service is easy, fast & friendly to use. When planning your forthcoming event, please ask Jigsaw to design your personal Google Map completely FREE.

Jigsaw always makes the difference, offering a wide range of I.T and e-marketing support to suit all client needs at all times.

To view, please click example..


17/11/2006
Jigsaw travels the streets of London.

The objective of the superside taxi media campaign is for Jigsaw Conferences to further build brand awareness on the streets of London.

The campaign clearly appeals to the corporate audience which showed how well Taxis can work for the Venuefinder & Accommodation booking agency. The results have exceeded our expectations in terms of visibility and increased sales.

Look out for one of the many Jigsaw Taxis and call:08700 490000 with the taxi registration number to claim your free gift.


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Taxi Media Photo Shoot.

10/11/2006

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