Central Hall Westminster surpasses £1m target
Central Hall Westminster has announced that it has exceeded its sales target by £1m and has achieved its highest turnover on record of £9m since the venue opened in 1912.
As a non-profit organisation, its money will be used to maintain its landmark building and to support charitable activities.
The venue has also spent £200,000 on refurbishments to the building. It has also contributed £1.7m to the funds of the Trustees of CHW Ltd, a charity which provides grant funding for local and international charities including the homeless cause, The Passage.
Central Hall Westminster’s 2019 annual review has revealed that the record turnover was achieved due to its 60% increase in conferences. This included events which covered subjects such as the ‘Care International’s March 4 Women Jamboree’ and Megan Matthews’ ‘Megan’s Menopause Conference.’
Another area of growth illustrated a 150% increase in discussion events such as the ‘In Conversation with…’ which were hosted in the venues Great Hall to an audience of 2,000. It also hosted ‘How To Academy’ events which featured authors Elizabeth Gilbert and Lionel Shriver.
The venue was also chosen for CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden for the third year running and the BBC’s New Year’s Eve live broadcast for the seventh consecutive year.
Paul Southern, managing director, Central Hall Westminster, said: “Even though we were preparing for a year of huge change and faced many challenges in 2019, we are surprised and delighted that it has proved another record year for us and the range of events held here were more diverse than ever before.
Southern added that the venue aims to reach a target of a “£12.2m turnover in 2021 which will further benefit a number of great charitable causes and help maintain our beautiful building.”