You will have seen that in 2017, the EQE will be held in the Conference Centre at Walsall Football Club. There have been questions as to how this will compare to Bristol. I have investigated this venue personally and can assure you that it will be a very suitable venue. The Conference Centre is a large single room on the first floor of one of the stands. It is used as a theatre, conference centre and wedding venue. It is fully insulated from the outside environment, has working heating and air conditioning and it is well lit. It has a carpeted floor and a PA system so that announcements can be easily heard. There will be sufficient room for candidates to bring as much reference material as they want.
The venue is readily accessible by road, rail and air. It is just 5 minutes from Junction 9 on the M6 and there is more than adequate free parking at the venue. The venue is 5 minutes’ walk from Bescot Railway Station (over a footbridge). The station is served from Birmingham New Street and it is easy to get to Birmingham New Street from Birmingham International Airport.
There is a very nice (not luxury) Park Inn Hotel on the same site as the Conference Centre. CIPA has already arranged that 50 rooms are set aside for EQE candidates to book at the preferential rate of £75 bed and breakfast when you quote code: WFCCON. There are only 50 rooms available on Sunday 5th March, 2017 but up to 75 rooms on other nights. As CIPA has not made a block booking, you must book the accommodation yourself if you wish to use this hotel.
There are also other reasonable hotels less than 5 miles from the venue.
If you have any further questions, please send an email to HonSec@cipa.org.uk.