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    BMA House host isla’s Venue Roundtable

    On Wednesday 21st February, we welcomed in excess of 50 top level event organisers & venues to take part in the second isla Venue Roundtable.

    You could really feel the passion for sustainability in the room bounce off each other, and people’s commitment to improving the events industry was truly inspiring.

    Guests were treated to a delicious low-carbon breakfast provided by our sustainable catering partner, Company of Cooks, which included mushrooms on toast with watercress pesto, teff grain crepe with crème fraiche, raspberries & London honey and a Green detox juice (kale, cucumber, spinach, lemon & fennel).


    Part I saw us delving into different frameworks relating to emission boundaries and accountability for venues, event organisers and suppliers across different key areas: energy, travel, materials procurement, and waste, catering and post-evet reporting.
    We had an insightful conversation about enhancing the collection and exchange of environmental impact data, with the goal of eventually creating a common venue framework to scale up across the entire events industry.

    After a short break, Part II saw us collaborate to develop the basis for an aligned, voluntary standard for measurement and reporting across isla member venues.

    We concluded the day with venues tours, showcasing the best that BMA House has to offer, including our industry-leading sustainable practices.

    Ellie Ashton-Melia, isla’s Community Lead, commented, “Thank you for hosting us yesterday, the roundtable was a huge success. The low-carbon breakfast was delicious, our members thoroughly enjoyed the venue tours too.”

    Gold winners at the Greengage Sustainability Awards 2024!

    The Venues team took home a Gold winning trophy at the Greengage Sustainability Awards 2024.

    During a fantastic afternoon at the QEII Centre, which brought together our industry’s top sustainability event professionals, we were delighted to take home ‘Sustainability initiative – meeting venue’, a remarkable triumph for everyone involved. This award recognises the sheer amount of hard work, passion, dedication and time invested in making our beautiful building a successful & sustainable place in which to work and deliver outstanding events.

    Up against strong competition from ACC Liverpool, Kia Oval and Spaces at The Spine, we felt very lucky to be awarded a Gold position and couldn’t have done it without some key people at BMA; a special thanks goes to those in Estates, CSER, and our incredible catering partner, Company of Cooks, who have all helped us make BMA House the successful and reputable venue that it is.

    We’re so proud of our achievements and in the competitive national market it is a challenge to stand out from the crowd – we are delighted that we have been able to do just that!

    More information on the awards can be found here:

    We only went and won GOLD!!

    The Venues team took home a winning trophy at the London Venue & Catering Awards 2023.

    During a fantastic afternoon at The HAC, which brought together our industry’s top event professionals, we were delighted to take home ‘The Sustainable Award for Venues, under 400 Reception Style’, a remarkable triumph for everyone involved. This award recognises the sheer amount of hard work, passion, dedication and time invested in making our beautiful building a successful & sustainable place in which to work and deliver outstanding events.

    Furthermore, we were shortlisted for ‘Best Summer Party Venue’ and ‘The Sustainability Award for Caterers’, which in itself is a great achievement. There was some tough competition in these categories, so we congratulate the winners and learn from them for next year.

    Up against strong competition from RCP London Events, Lambeth Palace and Barge East, we felt very lucky to win this prestigious award, and couldn’t have done it without some key people at BMA; a special thanks goes to those in Estates, CSER, and our incredible catering partner, Company of Cooks, you’ve helped make BMA House the successful and reputable venue that it is.

    Judges’ comments from our winning entry include:

    The judges said the venue had a strong commitment to sustainability and recorded successes to date. Their initiatives engage potential clients and give the venue a story to tell. The judges said they were excited to see how the planned refurbishment helps improve the venue even further.

    We’re so proud of our achievements and in the competitive London market it is a challenge to stand out from the crowd – we have proved our ability to do just that!

    All winners, finalists, images & our winners’ video can be found here:

    Cup of coffee with beautiful Latte art

    Introducing our new coffee blend with a conscious

    ‘A partnership transforming lives through coffee’

    The Company of Cooks coffee team has been working with Union Coffee and their community partner Well Grounded to create their Community Blend coffee.

    Roasted in East London by Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, this exciting collaboration with Company of Cooks supports Well Grounded in their mission to help Londoners into work in the speciality coffee industry, providing barista training, qualifications, work placements, mentorship and employment to those who need it most.

    It also supports farmers and cooperatives in Peru via the Union Direct Trade sourcing initiative, ensuring that a fair price is paid for this special coffee so that the communities at both ends of the supply chain benefit.

    Meanwhile, those at Well Grounded will receive a donation for every kilogram of Community Blend sold, which is expected to amount to £75,000 in the first year.

    The coffee itself has a natural sweetness and gentle acidity with notes of red berry jam, dark chocolate and walnut.

    Company of Cooks is a long-term partner of Well Grounded, having provided over 3,000 work placement hours to Well Grounded trainees and employed 68 graduates to date.

    Holding your event at BMA House not only means you’ll be in a leading sustainable venue, but you’ll also receive great tasting coffee and a personal feel-good factor knowing every sip contributes towards the community.

    Our sustainable showcase – November 2023

    On 8th November 2023, we transformed our venue’s key spaces into the most luxurious dining layouts when we opened our doors to welcome more than 50 leading clients to experience an evening of entertainment, sustainable cuisine, and the opportunity to meet our trusted sustainable suppliers.

    Where it all began…

    Stepping under our archway lodge and across the Courtyard, guests were dazzled by the grandeur of the building, which was beautifully lit up in shades of blue (courtesy of SLA), and entered the Snow room where the evening soiree began. Our solo artist, Joe Ellis Bradley entertained guests with uplifting music, while we served delicious canapes including smoked aubergine, preserved lemon & pomegranate, paired with our signature Ridgeview Bloomsbury sparkling wine – a natural choice for a venue in the heart of Bloomsbury. The wine comes from a vineyard in Sussex where their sustainable practices include crop biodiversity and encouraging natural grape pests. To encourage guests to share photos of the evening on social media, we made use of our autumn leaves picked from the Garden with @bmahousevenue handwritten on them.

    Following a welcome given by our Venue Manager, Kat Winfield, we took clients on a tour of BMA House, beginning with our flagship space, the Great Hall, a real showstopper. Tables were laid out with 140 places, dressed with tall lamps (courtesy of TDC Cordless Lighting), and elegant pink lights which shone from floor to ceiling, the room provided an opportunity for guests to imagine using the space for their own dining event with a fully immersive experience.

    Next stop was our Prince’s room, a decadent and unique space for private functions for up to 90 standing, with an impressive marble-floored foyer, the room itself is adorned with gold-leaf detailing, Corinthian columns, large mirrors and windows creating a bright, luxurious space.

    The Garden room was on our route back. With botanic-themed artwork, this space leads out directly to our intimate & idyllic Garden, perfect for pre-dinner or post-event drinks with colleagues. Yes, we do have two outdoors spaces to enjoy in central London!

    Onto the food – the highlight of the night!

    The real wow-factor was our Paget room, which had been transformed into the most magnificent dining space. One long table ran down the centre of the room, dressed in subtle shades of sage, with tall plants provided by Amarante, flowers by InWater, and name cards made from leaves fallen from trees in the Garden.

    The menu was selected with sustainability at the forefront and to achieve this we worked with Doug McMaster, founder of Silo (the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant) to create dishes for the occasion. We applied Company of Cooks ‘local larder’ philosophy to all the ingredients, sourcing several of our products locally and around greater London. We incorporated a number of plant-based options in the canape offering, and since we are passionate about preserving the oceans, the trout we served was fully sustainable; Company of Cooks are proud members of the Marine Conservation society.

    The menu – introduced by Jeremy Ford Company of Cooks’ Food Director of Food

    StarterLemon husk salt baked Heritage carrots, mint stem and carrot top emulsion, crispy potato peel (VE)

    With an A carbon rating, carrots were one of the most sustainable dishes used on the menu. Carrots have a very low carbon footprint, are often overlooked, but the heritage variety used are delicious as well as very colourful.  We used the entire vegetable in this starter, the tops of the carrot were combined with mint stalks and turned into an emulsion dressing, the skin was dried and fried to create a crispy carrot ‘crumb’ then the main body of the carrot was baked in a salt crust with lemon husks that are usually thrown away after squeezing, all served with a silky smooth carrot puree.

    Main coursePackington estate fallow deer, Szechuan pepper cream, venison kofta, kimchi or Roast Crown Prince Squash, dressed woodland mushrooms, sage, winter truffle (VE GF)

    We wanted to showcase a menu that didn’t have to only be plant based. The reasoning behind selecting this dish was that culling wild venison is an important part of land management, ensuring the protection of habitats and acting in absence of natural predators. Eating wild venison from the UK is a sustainable way of eating red meat, as long as it is traceable and in moderation.

    Food was perfectly paired with red and white wines from our sustainable supplier, Ellis Wines.

    Time for dessert, photos and music

    Following a sumptuous dinner, guests were welcomed back to the Snow room for an interactive ‘build-your-own autumn trifle’, citrus posset, or tonka bean vegan panna cotta station, completed by our pastry chef with a selection of seasonal fruits, coulis and crispy toppers. Our sustainable bar served a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, such as Idyll Rewilding. Further networking and good times were had as guests had their pictures taken in front of an eco-wall (courtesy of Mobile Moments), and we wrapped up the evening with some more great live music, provided by Liquid Strings.

    We’ve received nothing but praise for our show stopping showcase and can’t wait to welcome back our special clients to experience their own event at BMA House.

    A special thank you goes to all of our sustainable suppliers who helped transform the evening & contribute to overall lower carbon emissions.

    Celebrating double success at national awards!

    The Venues team came home with an impressive third place prize, plus a special win for Hannah Robinson at prestigious industry awards last Friday at the miaList 2023.

    During a fantastic evening at Park Plaza Victoria, we were delighted to take home a third-place recognition for the ‘Sustainability Award’. Now in its thirteenth year, competition for a spot on the sector’s landmark roll of honour was well contested, as judges revealed an unprecedented level of inspiring sector talent with teams & individuals going above and beyond.

    Furthermore, our incredibly hard-working Business Development Event Manager, Hannah Robinson, took home a shiny trophy as winner in the ‘Individual Award’ category. This award is given to those who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and innovation in their field. We are so proud of Hannah and grateful to have such an exceptional person in our team who epitomises excellence in the sector.

    Securing a place on the miaList is no mean feat. To get this far in a hugely competitive, national event in both categories is something we feel honoured about and couldn’t have done it without some key people at BMA; a special thanks goes to Ian Wade and the Estates team, to Darshna Gohil in Corporate Development, to Jonathan Reynolds at Company of Cooks, and for those who provided testimonials to support the submissions, you’ve helped make BMA House the successful and reputable venue that it is.

    We have one more awards ceremony to go for 2023 so fingers crossed for more recognition for our leading London sustainable venue and team who are award-winning standouts in the events industry.

    Platinum Inner Circle roundtable with Greengage

    This week we hosted an intimate & successful roundtable with key Platinum Inner Circle members for Greengage. Greengage works with event agencies, event managers and venues to reduce the environmental impact of meetings and events. The approach includes carbon emissions measurement, best practice knowledge-sharing, educational sessions and training.

    We were delighted for our venue to be classed as “one of the UK’s most outstanding sustainable meeting venues“, as quoted by Andrew Perolls, CEO at Greengage.

    The meeting focused on identifying the best in sustainability innovation, looking at the pathway to net zero for venues and how to market yourself as a sustainable venue.

    And here we all are (above) in our stunning Courtyard with our biodiverse lawn in the background 🌻 and below as Winners of ‘Best Accommodation & Meetings Sustainability Initiative’ at their 2023 Awards ceremony.

    💚 Here’s to celebrating, collaborating & sharing our sustainable wins!

    BMA House is proud to have retained it’s Platinum ECOsmart status for two consecutive years.

    Here we are receiving our Platinum ECOsmart award back in 2022

    BMA House shortlisted as finalists at the London Venue & Catering Awards 2023 in three categories!

    The venues team are on a roll having been shortlisted as finalists in not one, not two, but three categories for prestigious industry awards, the London Venue & Catering Awards. Our magnificent venue will be fighting for a winning trophy in the following three categories:

    ⭐ The Sustainability Award for Venues – up to 400 attendees reception style

    ⭐ The Sustainability Award for Caterers (joint entry with Company of Cooks)

    ⭐ Best Summer Party Venue

    These awards recognise and reward outstanding achievement in London-based venues and catering companies. A considerable amount of time, hard work & love has been invested into making BMA House the incredible venue it is today.

    Up against strong competition from Friends House, RCP London Events, The View at The Royal College of Surgeons, Tobacco Dock, IET London: Savoy Place, The HAC to name just a few, we feel very lucky to be shortlisted in these three categories.

    We’ll find out if we’ve been successful at the awards ceremony on 24th November 🤞 but for now we’ll enjoy these three achievements and well done to everyone involved at BMA House and Company of Cooks for your hard work in getting us this far.

    Case Study: Reimagine Sustainability London 2023

    Event Overview

    Reimagine Sustainability London 2023, organised by emc3, was a remarkable event focused on promoting sustainability within the marketing and events sectors. As part of the Reimagine series, which aims to explore different themes in various locations, this event specifically emphasised sustainability in close alignment with The Economist’s Sustainability Week.

    The primary objective of the whole suite of Reimagine events is to provide networking opportunities for industry professionals and clients, allowing them to connect and learn about sustainable practices while also promoting other events organised by emc3.

    Venue Selection: BMA House

    According to the emc3 team, “BMA House was the ideal choice for hosting Reimagine Sustainability London 2023, not only because of its stunning architectural setting, but it also aligns perfectly with the event’s sustainability focus. BMA House stands out among other sustainable venues due to its historic charm, often seen as a unique characteristic that can be challenging to combine with sustainable practices. However, BMA House successfully achieves this balance, ensuring that sustainability is a priority throughout its operations.”

    During the site visit, the event organisers were thoroughly impressed with our sustainable credentials. BMA House’s sustainability policy, encompassing every aspect of our operations, left a lasting impression. The catering offering stood out because it embraces a wide range of sustainable practices, receiving great feedback from the attendees. A key part of this was BMA House’s commitment to minimising food waste by utilising every part of the produce, from “stock to stem.” Such attention to detail and sustainability not only impressed the guests but also fostered meaningful conversations about sustainable practices during the event.

    Differentiating Factors

    Reimagine Sustainability London 2023 aimed to go beyond environmental sustainability by adopting a holistic approach to sustainability. The event organisers made deliberate choices that distinguished it from other sustainability-focused events. Firstly, the use of multiple spaces within BMA House added an interesting dynamic to the event. Despite unfavourable weather conditions that prevented the use of the outdoor space, the indoor Garden room was still able to be used to provide a delightful setting that complemented the sustainability theme.

    Also, the Snow Room was used for the presentations, which allowed attendees to explore different areas of the venue, enhancing their overall experience. In addition, the incorporation of an Accessibility Coordinator guaranteed the event was accessible to all individuals.  The result was an event that demonstrated commitment to CSR beyond sustainability, in this example – inclusivity.

    The event featured speakers from various industries, including Philippe Homsy, co-founder of L0CI, a sustainable fashion brand, and Saskya Liney, co-founder of consultancy From Now, who both shared insights on sustainability from their different perspectives. BMA House’s very own Business Development Manager, Hannah Robinson joined the panel giving expert advice from a venue perspective, alongside Samuel Gordan from IAG Group. These speakers were complimented by a wealth of other experts, creating a truly inspiring content line-up.

    Further Collaboration

    Waste Knot, a partner of BMA House was involved with the event from the outset.  Waste Knot, known for repurposing surplus food from farmers and supermarkets, played a vital role in ensuring the produce used was “rescued” adding another dimension to the event’s sustainability credentials.

    A True Success

    Ultimately, Reimagine Sustainability London 2023 held at BMA House achieved remarkable success in promoting sustainable practices. Through careful planning, venue selection, and collaboration with sponsors, emc3 created an event that stood out in terms of its sustainable credentials, diverse speaker line-up, and engaging discussions. Attendees praised the event’s emphasis on sustainability and appreciated the efforts made to ensure accessibility for all.

    The partnership with BMA House, a historic and sustainable venue, proved to be a perfect match, exemplifying the fact that sustainability and heritage can coexist seamlessly.

    BMA House Case Study – Global Good Awards

    A partnership that delivers a lasting legacy Vital Stats Date: 13 October 2022 Attendees (in-person): 210 Attendees (on-line): 70 Sustainability highlights: The Global Good Award founder, Karen Sutton wore a dress for the 2022 event made from bubble wrap collected from deliveries! In previous years Karen has worn a dress made from crisp packets and recycled paper. In 2022 The Global Good Awards helped to protect four hectares of rainforest canopy for one year by supporting CoolEarth’s carbon capture projects.

    Background / Brief

    Time is running out to stop complete climate breakdown.  The Global Good Awards throws a spotlight on organisations and individuals who are driving change in social and environmental sustainability.  Ultimately, showcasing the companies trailblazing and sharing best practice across all sustainability sectors is a way of supporting and encouraging others to follow. 2022 was the eighth year of the awards, with previous winners including: Octopus, WWF, Triodos Bank, ITV and Polestar. Entering and winning an award supports an organisation’s ESG score and acts as a 3rd party endorsement.  It increases employee morale, whilst motivating and attracting new talent.


    BMA House was chosen to host the event due to the venue’s strong focus on sustainability, which include a variety of award wins and accreditations.  In addition, the venue’s focus on measurement highlighted that it reduced carbon emissions by 69% per delegate and reduced water usage by 5.4 million litres per year. 2022 was the fifth time the venue has hosted the awards (though the 2021 awards were virtual due to the COVID pandemic). The simple event format included: 18:00 Guests arrive via reception and register 18:00 Jazz trio to begin playing 18:00 Drinks and vegan finger food served in Courtyard (weather permitting) 18:55 Call to ceremony 19:10 Welcome and opening address 19:20 Key-note speaker 19:45 Awards begin 21:05 Ceremony ends 21:05 Bowl food service 23:00 Carriages

    BMA House, in addition to providing all the necessary space, technological support and logistics were an event sponsor, whilst in house catering partner CH&CO were joint headline partners with Revive. The teams from both organisations worked closely with the Global Good Awards to provide a vegan menu.  In 2022 this went a step further through the venue’s partnership with Waste Knot, who ensure surplus fruit and vegetables make it from the farmer’s field to chefs’ kitchens. Specifically, the chefs at CH&CO. personally worked with Karen to devise delicious vegan delights.  An entirely plant-based menu plus interactive dessert station was created, cementing the Award’s and BMA House’s dedication to reducing reliance on meat and saving / caring for the planet. All the beverages were also vegan including beers from Toast Ale – made from fresh surplus bread with all profits going to FeedBack, a charity combatting global food waste.  Non-alcoholic spirits were provided by Bax Botanics. Both Toast and Bax Botanics are previous GGA winners. From a technological point of view, BMA House ensured that the Awards were delivered as a hybrid event, meaning more than 70 people were able to join online, which avoided un-necessary travel emissions.

    Moving forward, the Global Good Awards will continue to evolve with the creation of an all-day conference called  “Winners’ Showcase: What GOOD looks like.” This will ensure even greater delivery of educational content whilst eliminating excess travel and its associated environmental impact for non-winners. Finally, the circulatory of successful partnerships is demonstrated perfectly in the BMA House / Global Good Awards relationship.  BMA House’s popular clean air walking route was originally drawn up for guests attending the awards. Since then BMA House has established a close working relationship with the Cross River Partnership to devise its walking route, with 57% less pollution. Feedback Karen Sutton from the Global Good Awards commented, “Most important to the successful delivery of this event is the need for honesty, ideas, passion and a focus on sustainability.  BMA House continually delivers all of this and more.  They are a core partner for our Awards and we look forward to developing that relationship even more in the years to come.”