Best Venue for Employing Women and Gender Equality

Arsenal Football Club

Emirates Stadium is one of the world’s most breath-taking sporting arenas, not only as a pioneering football stadium, but also a ground-breaking meetings and events venue. Boasting an array of versatile, modern and luxurious suites, our unique event venue provides everything you would expect of a stage hosting one of the world’s most successful football clubs and much more.

When it comes to our staff, our Club truly believes that a more diverse organisation is a more successful one. For this reason, we work hard through our ‘Arsenal for Everyone’ programme to ensure we are an inclusive Club.

We are proud of the strong female leadership at our venue, however we recognise the room for improvement. As with all issues around equality, there is always more that can be done. We acknowledge that football has been a male dominated industry – therefore working for a football Club in any capacity has often not been considered by some women as a career path for them. We are working to change this. We recognise our gender imbalances and are committed to ensuring any perceived or actual barriers to women progressing are tackled.

CCT Venues-Barbican

CCT Venues Barbican is part of CCT Venues, a female led business created by Caroline Bull. Opened in 2006 CCT Venues Barbican has always been managed at a senior level by women and has grown every year producing great commercial results in a competitive market.

Developing and promoting women in CCT Venues is a natural process and the business has a policy to identify and develop talent regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. Many strong women, have played a significant part in the leadership of the business through ability and talent.

Whilst the business employs and promotes an equal number of men and women, CCT Venues employs more female Executive, Managers and Senior Managers.

Measures like removing name and gender from applications submitted to managers for consideration, helps avoid bias and strong policies and training in equal opportunities and diversity are prioritised. The business also supports flexible working and family friendly policies.

A system exists for reviewing Motivation and Development for all staff by the CEO and Operations Director and internal internships offer great opportunities for development.

This application was supported by 6 strong testimonials from female employees past and present, whose stories demonstrate a very gender positive culture.

Lumiere London

Lumiere London is centrally located near Waterloo and home to four unique 1900 sq. ft. loft studios. Each loft has high ceilings, loads of natural light, fully equipped with A/V and their own stylish personalities.
Our unique studios host a multitude of events ranging from workshops, corporate events, photo and film shoots, cooking shows, fashion shows and private dinners.

Supported by a young and experienced team, we pride ourselves in guaranteeing a reliable and personable service. We offer a large set of equipment and facilities that are at your disposal to make the most of your event.

Prince Philip House

Prince Philip House is located in the heart of Royal London, with views over The Mall and St James’s Park. Prince Philip House is part of the Neo-Classical John Nash terrace built in the early 1800s and is the historic home of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Accommodating events from 20-300, the venue has played host to a number of high profile fashion companies and well-known consumer brands for their promotional events and private entertaining.

Spread over two floors and 7 spacious rooms Prince Philip House has 540 m2 of event space which are easily dressed to suit any creative vision or style. The interconnecting nature of the rooms means that it is so easy to take your guests on a journey through the venue and your event.

Its classical facade hides an interior of clean, contemporary, and well-proportioned spaces with large windows and high ceilings. The hidden gem of the House has to be the terrace, this amazing area has beautiful views over the Mall and St James’s park. It accommodates up to 250 guests and works perfectly for summer receptions who want a great view.


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) was founded in 1834 for the ‘advancement of architecture’. Its current headquarters were built in 1934 and the training and entertaining spaces have been used as a venue for over 20 years. With contemporary and traditional design, three terraces and fantastic views of London, the light flooded building represents the best of British architecture.

Located between the buzz of Oxford Circus and the tranquillity of Regent’s Park, RIBA is easily accessible and close to a wealth of local London attractions such as Oxford Street, Marble Arch and a number of popular museums.

The venue is an iconic building located on a street known for its decadent Georgian architecture. Befitting RIBA’s role as the leading architectural professional body, the venue has some of the finest facilities in London for high-level meetings, conferences, receptions and dinners. In addition to this, the venue boasts three terraces with fantastic views of London.

The RIBA team comprises a high-level group of creative, innovative thinkers ready to take a client idea and create a successful event that surpasses expectations.

Tobacco Dock

Tobacco Dock may boast an outstanding location and a supremely versatile Grade 1 Listed building whose size and scope is matched by a scant handful of venues in London, but we know that our biggest asset is our motivated and experienced team. As such, we work hard to create a working environment that will not only attract but also retain the cream of the event industry talent.

We are proud to have a convincing female presence at all levels of our team. Our Directors of Sales and of Operations are both women, heading strong teams. In a team of 29 we have 8 women and 5 men at manager level.

We provide flexible working opportunities to those members of staff who need to juggle the practicalities of work and parenting, with four members of our team currently making use of flexible hours or regular days where they work from home.

We have quarterly HR catch ups focusing on providing motivational and developmental feedback and providing an open forum where we can listen to our team members. Our mentorship programme ensures all team members provide practical assistance to other team memberships to foster a sense of collaboration and support.