On Monday 6 March, Brussels welcomed the firstGastronotrends. This day, planned by theMichelin GuideandS.Pellegrino, aimed to gather a high number of Michelin-starred chefs from all over Europe to discuss the future of gastronomy. Four themes were proposed: digitisation, sustainable development, customer experience and the clash of cultures.
“The idea was to go beyond the guide and the typical BookATable services”, explainedNicolas Beaumont, CEO at Michelin Travel Partner, who can pride himself on having assembled no less than 190 chefs for a day of various workshops at The EGG Brussels. “This project was conceived two years ago and, tonight, we can make an initial positive assessment”, addedStefano Agostini, President and CEO of S.Pellegrino. “The atmosphere was studious, the chefs showed a lot of interest and passion… That’s what we wanted.”
The EGG Brussels was booked for its Auditorium, which can accommodate from 350 to 900 people and has multi-purpose spaces and numerous subcommittee rooms ideal for workshops.
The congress center The EGG Brussels, situated at a stone throw from Brussels South Station started the year with a historical event! In only 2 short months we welcomed several political figures during national and international events. Our most prestigious guests were Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and our very own, King Philippe of Belgium.
The year started with a first-ever at The EGG Brussels, 2 universities joining together to confer an honorary doctorate. On Thursday January 12th 2017 Rector Rik Torfs (KU Leuven) and Rector Anne De Paepe (UGent) conferred a joint honorary doctorate to German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel. She received the honorary doctorate for her diplomatic and political efforts to develop the political strength of Europe, and for defending the values that allow our continent to find unity in diversity.
For this occasion, we had the honor of welcoming Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, but also Prime Minister Charles Michel and Minister-President Geert Bourgeois.
On March 9th 2017, we welcomed the second head of country, our country! King Philippe visited The EGG Brussels during the Tech Startup Days 2017. An event that gathers tech entrepreneurs & corporate innovators, providing hands-on examples and testimonials allowing startups to take their entrepreneurial project to the next level.
Welcoming high level guests is a great honor, but requires a lot of teamwork. The EGG Brussels works closely with local authorities, the city of Brussels & Anderlecht, Visit Brussels and many more. We would like to thank them again for all their efforts and help in realizing a smooth visit of these high-level guests.
Technology has strongly evolved these last ten years. Nowadays, people are continuously connected, whether it be through their smartphone, their tablet or their computer. The EGG Brussels has understood that very well: staying connected is primordial for their clients. That’s why they invest time and resources to deliver an outstanding and innovative service.
If you choose to organize your event at The EGG Brussels, you will immediately have access to upload and download speeds of 100Mb, optical fiber networks and the possibility to set up a personalized network with password. The EGG Brussels also offers separate VLAN’s, a back-up line of 500Mb and access points in the whole building.
The advanced and efficient online service makes live streaming perfectly possible and enables you to create a unique and engrossing experience for your target audience. The perfect solution for all your product launches, your exhibitions or other high-tech product launch.
The EGG Brussels opens its doors to an increasing number of foreign companies. Discover how The EGG Brussels has very quickly succeeded in convincing foreign companies to organise their international conferences.
The EGG Brussels is very close to the Midi Station and has a 5,000 m² multi-purpose conference facility. Thanks to this central location, this conference centre benefits from everyday connections with major cities such as London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, etc. It is also competitively priced compared to other capitals. The perfect opportunity to take an outing and discover a new city.
The advantages of ‘The Egg’ according to Gilles Baudier, General Manager, are the strategic location, but also the small team with ‘one point of contact’. “In-depth knowledge about the customers, great flexibility and a high level of service also help of course.”
“Our greatest asset is the internet availability with optic fibres of up to 100 Mbps synchro, installed in all the rooms, and we can also personalise networks. We provide international conferences with a lot of streaming facilities for instance. And we have a back-up line of 500 Mbps.”
“Our aim from the very outset has been to maintain the character of the building and add a modern touch”, Gilles Baudier went on to say. Since 2014, the focus has moved to conferences and trade fairs. “The product that we market is an all-in-one concept. Our experience with ‘Event Lounge’ that is more targeted at events has taught us that this concept works well. But, we also focus on conferences at ‘The Egg’.”
All rooms benefit from excellent technical set-ups. We have an auditorium for instance that can accommodate 900 people and four break-out rooms for 100 to 450 people in total. “Our customers can be broken down into three groups”, added the GM. “45% are government institutions and the European Commission, 30% are B2B customers and 25% events agencies. We don’t really organise private events; that is not our target group.”
Security is also a major priority. “We work very closely with the police and the local council”, said Gilles Baudier. “Timetables are sent through to the police and we also have monthly meetings with them.”
In April ‘The Egg Brussels’ opened a stunning new terrace so that it can also offer outdoor activities so that everyone can benefit from the sunshine. This 250 m² outdoor area is suitable for activities for up to 150 people. It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is ideal for delicious cocktails or BBQs with colleagues under the blue sky. And because the weather in Brussels can sometimes be a little uncertain ‘The Egg’ always has a Plan B. The terrace adjoining the restaurant has the ideal solution when the weather is less clement.
The EGG Brussels has received the great honour of being chosen by the leading social network for its “Boost your Business” corporate event. The choice of this location was no coincidence. And here’s why…
On 23 June, the British agency Concerto Live organised the Facebook event “Boost your Business” in The EGG Brussels. The Facebook team was in Brussels for a day providing in-depth information that brought together 300 companies with the aim of creating activities on the web.
More than 50 million companies throughout the world are present on Facebook. They are able to reach 1.65 billion people who visit the platform every month to maintain contact with people and local companies that are important for them.
Thanks to these activities companies are able to discover how other companies use digital solutions such as Facebook in order to contact new customers, to generate greater visibility for their brand as well as increase turnover and growth for their company.
The EGG Brussels was chosen as the location because it offers a lot of great advantages. First and foremost The EGG Brussels is the perfect reflection of the modern and dynamic image of Facebook. The location is easily accessible by public transport so that visitors had no problems at all getting to the meeting. The large number of smaller rooms gave the organisers the opportunity to create different work groups and thus provide an explanation about the fine details of the campaign and to play more specifically to the individual target audiences.
The EGG Brussels is pleased to announce that it has submitted an application for the “Ecodynamic Enterprise” label that rewards companies that adopt a strong environmental management policy.
The EGG Brussels respects the environmental law and regulations in force within the Brussels Capital Region, but it wants to go one step further. It carries out careful monitoring of water and energy consumption so that it can ensure ongoing improvements to the infrastructure and equipment and to guarantee increased performance.
As part of its environmental policy, The EGG Brussels is committed not just to reducing waste, but also to reducing its impact on the air, water and soil by using an efficient system. The EGG Brussels also ensures that its employees are aware of the plans and informs customers so that they too can contribute to protecting the environment.
In order to implement this policy coherently, The EGG Brussels is committed to meeting the requirements and criteria of the “Ecodynamic Enterprise” environmental label.
The application was submitted in June 2016 and we look forward eagerly to see the results of the jury in October 2016.
The ‘Tech Startup Day is regarded as a significant annual fair among Belgian start-up technologies (#Be Tech). The fifth edition of the event organised by ASBL Startups.be was held this Thursday in Brussels. Even before the doors opened, the 1,100 tickets available had already been snapped up!
The Tech Startup Day involved more than fifty speakers (entrepreneurs, investors, mentors etc.) using thematic workshops (finance, growth, strategy etc.) to provoke reflection about a Belgian ecosystem growing every year in significance and robustness. Everything was scrutinised in the space of one day with the support of ‘startups’ having already made the grade (such as Proxistore, TextMaster, Take Eat Easy etc.).
For the first time this fifth edition, closed by the Minister for the Digital Agenda Alexander de Croo, awarded its ‘Tech Startup Awards’. A jury of professionals had selected five nominees in four categories. It was Teamleader, a Ghent-based company offering CRM services for SMEs, who was awarded the title of ‘Start-up 2015′. Last year this start-up raised no less than 2.5 million euros from Duco Sickinghe’s (former owner of Telenet) Fortuneo venture capital fund. Teamleader, managed by Jeroen De Wit, already has an impressive portfolio with in excess of 1,500 companies and offices in the Netherlands and Germany. The other award winners are ‘Take Eat Easy (‘Scale-up Of The Year’, Cr3do (‘Student Start-up Of The Year) and Foodpairing (‘Disruptive Innovation Of The Year’).
It’s incredibly important for The EGG Brussels to be able to share their extensive expertise and knowhow with their customers, as specialists in ‘Venue Management’. “After the Paris attacks and the psychosis which has continued to grip Brussels, we need to, now more than ever before, reassure our customers of the reassuring frameworks surrounding their event. This is exactly why we have strengthened our security even more”, according to both organisations.
The EGG Brussels has strengthened their security policies even more since the end of 2015. In addition to the long-established safety procedures, we have introduced a number of important extra measures in order to guarantee the safety in and around their venues.
“We work very closely together with the police, by consistently providing them with a detailed plan of our events. Depending on the specific threat level analysis, the police may decide to introduce surveillance patrols, which pass by our locations every five minutes to keep a very close eye on things. Any real threat and armed policemen will take up a firm position at the door of any particularly ‘sensitive’ events.”
“We have a metal detector at our disposal and can, providing the customer grants his consent, decide to check visitors’ bags and/or perform searches.”
“We keep the baggage allowance very limited and strengthen control in the cloakroom.
“We always ask visitors to bring along their invitations. This will allow us to identify every single person who enters the building.”
“We have installed surveillance cameras at every entrance of the venue.”
“We also position guards at the emergency exits, making sure access to the building is very strictly monitored.”
In combination with the long-established package of safety measures and rules, these additional measures should allow visitors to peacefully and safely enjoy their events.
The problems around mobility in Brussels are all over the media these days. The traffic has been disturbed due to the closing of several tunnels, numerous traffic jams, introduction of the pedestrian area, etc. If you chose for The EGG Brussels, you will not have to worry about this.
The EGG Brussels is one of the best accessible event locations with public transport in Brussels. The prestigious location is situated in the heart of our capital, within a stone’s throw from the Brussels South train station (700 meters).
Furthermore, there is a bus stop right next to the conference center.
From experience, the organization knows that no less than 75% of the visitors and/or guests come by public transport. If, however you prefer to come by car, it is also possible without a (parking)problem: The EGG Brussels has 2.000 parking spot within a reach of only 700 meters.
A new year, a new terrace! The winter can be long and dark, that is why, as from April, people look up the first rays of sunshine to recharge their batteries. Unfortunately, the venues with an outside space are rare in Brussels
On the 11th of April 2016, The EGG Brussels will reveal their brand new terrace in order to offer you an outside space for sunny events. The 250 m² outside space is ideal for events up to 150 people. Equipped with advanced technology, the terrace is the perfect place for cocktails or a colleague’s BBQ under the clear sky.
As the weather is not a sure thing in Belgium, The EGG Brussels worked out a plan B. The adjoining Restaurant offers the perfect solution if the weather gods are not on our side.
Let’s meet on our sunny terrace with our very own Red Devils for the Euro 2016!