Business Meetings: Face-to-Face or Virtual?

Technology now enables the majority of meetings to be held virtually; this technology growth has also coincided with cuts in business travel budgets. But is this a false economy?
Forbes asked 750 business executives about their meetings and travel preferences. Executives reported that their use of virtual meetings had risen by 59% as a result of cuts in business travel budgets. However, despite this rise in the use of virtual meetings, 84% expressed a preference for face-to-face meetings.
When questioned the reasons for their choices, the explanations were split into two simple categories. Preferences for virtual meetings related to functionality and efficiencies.  Whereas, preferences for face-to-face meetings identified benefits related to the quality and depth of relationship building and the creation of conditions conducive to strong decision-making.
It seems that pitching face-to-face Vs virtual meetings is a false argument; the best thing to do is to combine them. Decisions on how to hold meetings should be geared towards aims and objectives, not just cost-effectiveness >



Get the Most out of your Face-to-Face meetings by choosing a great location.

Milton Keynes: Inspirational Venues:


• Red Bull Racing – MK7

Space to Impress: MK-7 is designed to provide a relaxing environment for work and pleasure. MK7 is an inspiring space, flexible and dynamic, ideal for private functions. The remarkable meeting rooms make this the ideal venue for presentations, lunches, cocktail parties and more.
The museum area houses a complete collection of Red Bull Racing cars exclusively available to guests. With the state-of-the-art AV wall, the display area is guaranteed to attract the attention of the audience and give maximum impact to any event >

• MK Gallery

The new MK Gallery is a unique and inspiring venue for your event. The Sky Room auditorium, overlooking Campbell Park, is a multi-functional space of 9 m x 20 m designed by 6a architects and artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman on the second floor of the Gallery.Throughout the Gallery, there is a range of rooms to support a host of different events from conferences to private receptions, Christmas parties to banquets, BBQs to seminars and everything in between >

• Cornerstone

This unique and iconic venue is available for corporate events in Milton Keynes.  Located in central Milton Keynes, Cornerstone is the ideal venue for corporate events and conferences. We are just 1.2 miles from CMK train station and have a number of rooms to hire that can accommodate up to 450 delegates. On-site catering services, event planning and management services are also available >


• The Stables
The Stables offers an inspirational and unique setting for a wide range of meetings, conferences, team-building workshops and business-focused events. This location offers events, technical and catering teams >


• Stadium MK & Marshall Arena

Stadium MK can cater for a quiet interview for two, right up to massive, stadium-wide events that go well into the tens of thousands, and almost anything in between >


• Abbey Hill

Whether you’re looking for an intimate boardroom meeting or a larger corporate event, Abbey Hill is the perfect place for you and your delegates. There is a capacity of up to 150 conference delegates and additional benefits range from free parking to a fun Adventure Golf round >


• Milton Keynes Theatre

Milton Keynes Theatre is the perfect venue to host events; it has a huge glass foyer that presents itself as an impressive space for exhibitions and product launches. The Ambassador Lounges and the stylish Piano Bar offer a great location for business meetings and workshops. The modern auditorium can host large-scale conferences, lectures and award ceremonies for up to 1,400 people. Event services, including logistics management, production and catering services, are available >

Milton Keynes: a well-connected location.

Almost halfway between London and Birmingham and all the same distance from Cambridge, Oxford and Leicester, more than 18 million people live just an hour away from MK:


London – 33 mins Birmingham – 51 mins Manchester – 1 hr 37 mins Preston – 2 hrs 22 mins Glasgow – 4 hrs 47 mins Grid road system designed to avoid bottle necks and maximise flow to allow rapid movement.


M1 J14 – 4 miles from Central Milton Keynes M40 – Bicester – 49mins 21,000 Car Parking Spaces plus 350 Park & Ride Spaces 170 standard/fast electric vehicle charging points and 56 rapid electric vehicle charging points


Luton Airport –

  • Luton Airport – 35 mins via M1
  • Heathrow – 1hr 10min


Milton Keynes: a bed to suit everyone.

• Circa 3200 rooms

• Budget, 3*, 4* and B&Bs

• Serviced Apartments

Serviced Apartment offers a fully equipped furnished apartment available for short-term or long-term stays. Included in the price are; utilities, council tax, broadband, Wi-Fi, weekly housekeeping; linen and towels.