FARNCOMBE Conference Centre near Broadway has been named Best Conference Venue for Customer Service outside London in a glittering ceremony at the capital's Battersea Evolution.

The national award is organised by the Global Conference Network and celebrates the best in conferences and meetings, from major venues to meticulously-planned events.

The judges’ verdict on Farncombe said: "With a very long client list and a lively set of examples of services and products, this entry stood out through its highly innovative projects.

"They also showed good HR and training policies and are clearly taking their staff with them on an exciting journey."

Farncombe operations manager Richard Howdle added: "This award reflects the fantastic service we offer our customers all year round.

"This is an award for everyone in the team, whether they wash up, make beds, cut the grass, cook the food or face customers day in, day out.

"It shows that our can do approach to customer service is paramount to our success."