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Club or Group Meeting rooms? Any cheap ones around?

Postby offshoreoildude » Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:00 am

I'm on the committee of a local professional group. We are really struggling to keep our monthly meetings going thanks to the cost of meeting rooms. We've tried hotels, clubs (Tanglin and RSYC) and lately Harry's in Boat Quay. The basic cost is hard to keep under $1500 - even with basic food. with only 15 attendees some months the cost is pretty bad. Does anyone have any idea of some low cost options? We are registered with the ROS so everything is legit.

(note - we've been offered a room at the Masonic Lodge when it re-opens).
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Postby the lynx » Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:25 am

How about meeting rooms in town CC buildings? I do not know the price exactly but it should be cheaper than hotels and such. Used one before in one of those odd meetings I had.

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Postby offshoreoildude » Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:36 am

the lynx wrote:How about meeting rooms in town CS buildings? I do not know the price exactly but it should be cheaper than hotels and such. Used one before in one of those odd meetings I had.


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Postby Saint » Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:10 pm

What are your exact requirements?

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Postby offshoreoildude » Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:44 pm

Overhead projector, finger food and drinks, space for 20 to 25 people.
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Postby curiousgeorge » Wed, 14 Nov 2012 5:49 pm

offshoreoildude wrote:Overhead projector, finger food and drinks, space for 20 to 25 people.


OK well anyone in the meeting room business is offering a good deal if you can get all that for $1500, that's only $60 per head and most places start at $80.

(Seriously, I went to a place that wanted $46 a head just for coffee :o )

Your problem is low numbers, or indeed having to pay for 25 pax when only 15 turn up, then it sure seems expensive but don't expect the company you are using to discount because your attendees didn't attend.

Best aim for a really, really cheap place like community centre, buy your own projector then go Coffee Bean and buy a big take-out jug of coffee and some muffins. ;)


Or try http://www.dempseyhouse.com/ they have flexible spaces, no frills.
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Postby offshoreoildude » Wed, 14 Nov 2012 6:11 pm

curiousgeorge wrote:
offshoreoildude wrote:Overhead projector, finger food and drinks, space for 20 to 25 people.


OK well anyone in the meeting room business is offering a good deal if you can get all that for $1500, that's only $60 per head and most places start at $80.

(Seriously, I went to a place that wanted $46 a head just for coffee :o )

Your problem is low numbers, or indeed having to pay for 25 pax when only 15 turn up, then it sure seems expensive but don't expect the company you are using to discount because your attendees didn't attend.

Best aim for a really, really cheap place like community centre, buy your own projector then go Coffee Bean and buy a big take-out jug of coffee and some muffins. ;)


Thanks George - I think. The problem is compounded when you compare the prices to our neighbours.... and yeah - no one wants to pay $100 a head, only $50.
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Postby Zeenit » Thu, 15 Nov 2012 2:37 pm

Have you thought of asking one of your members if they live in a condo to book the function room $20.00 and then get outside caterers to bring in food.
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Postby Saint » Fri, 16 Nov 2012 8:42 pm

Zeenit wrote:Have you thought of asking one of your members if they live in a condo to book the function room $20.00 and then get outside caterers to bring in food.


I would imagine that the meeting discussion comes 2nd to food and drink!

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Postby offshoreoildude » Fri, 16 Nov 2012 9:09 pm

Saint wrote:
Zeenit wrote:Have you thought of asking one of your members if they live in a condo to book the function room $20.00 and then get outside caterers to bring in food.


I would imagine that the meeting discussion comes 2nd to food and drink!


We need a central condo for that. However in my own condo these types of meetings seem to be banned - they limit tightly the type of functions you can hold. Birthday parties and family gatherings seem to be the limit. No offical/religious/corporate type functions or 'association meetings'.
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Postby the lynx » Mon, 19 Nov 2012 8:43 am

Then I will still stick to my original suggestion, and curiousgeorge's.

The meeting room facilities in CC are not bad actually. Air-conditioned, clean room, long tables and chairs, decent flooring/carpeting and wallpaper work, some even have their own whiteboards (short of projector though).

And CC's available in every town. So far I've been to the ones in BV, Bukit Batok (West, I think) and also Moulmein. The one in Toa Payoh South are unfortunately not so nice because it is an old building. And the same to Mountbatten CC.

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