Macdonald Tickled Trout
Hotel in Preston has launched its new time-focused Macdonald
Meetings product to over 70 of Lancashire's business leaders
while unveiling the £50,000 refurbishment of its renowned
Macdonald Meetings, a personal and
efficient corporate events service, is aimed to make time for those
booking meetings at the hotel. Macdonald Tickled Trout
Hotel has introduced a swift new booking system, new delegate
packages, dedicated account managers and product specialists who
offer speedy enquiry turnaround times, with the promise of a 30
minute response time for bookers, and the best rates from the
Along with the new meetings offering, the self-contained
conference centre has received a renovation to its 10
meeting rooms which included new upholstery, upgrades to the
breakout area and a selection of murals specifically designed for
The breakout area features a six metre landscape view of the
River Ribble and the individual boardrooms feature old Preston
street scenes with quotes commenting on time from Mother Teresa,
William Shakespeare, Dr Seuss and Steve Jobs to continue the theme.
In the entrance of the conference centre, a map of Preston from
1900 has been added, opposite a modern day map of the area.
The new service was launched at the 'Gathering of the Clans'
networking event, held in partnership with Downtown Lancashire and
the Federation for Small Businesses, which attracted keen
networkers from across Lancashire. The evening included a Macdonald
Hotels spring barbeque, where Team GB butcher Tom Wood from
Huntley's Butcher provided some butchery knowledge and inspiration,
Cartoonist Jack Knight who drew caricatures of the guests, cocktail
masterclasses led by Tickled Trout bar manager Lauren Wright and
wine tasting from The Lancashire Wine School.
Bethan Johnston, General Manager at Macdonald Tickled Trout
Hotel, said: "The Downtown Gathering of the Clans event has
gone from strength to strength since we held our first in October
2014. Therefore it felt fitting to launch our new meetings product
and show off our upgraded conference facilities at one of our
get-togethers. It was a fun night, with a fantastic turnout.
"Time is a major factor that affects all aspects of business,
from the bottom line to simply finding the time, and we understand
how precious this is to our corporate guests. With this in mind, it
was integral that the theme of time formed a major part of the
evolution of our meeting and conference offering, hence our mission
statement; 'We make time for your businesses'".
Roger Jonas, Downtown Lancashire, said: "The Gathering of the
Clans has now become a much anticipated networking event in
Lancashire's business calendar. Downtown, in partnership with Macdonald Tickled Trout
Hotel, the spiritual home of the 'Clans' and where it all
began, were delighted to be working with the Federation of Small
Businesses, to deliver what was our best one yet."