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The new commercial director of Stoneleigh Park, Paul Southern, wants to introduce the Warwickshire venue to the corporate market.

Despite 20 years in the events industry Mr Southern says he was unaware of the facilities at the Royal Agricultural Society of England’s base.

He said: “The phrase “hidden gem” and “best kept secret” are over used in the event industry. However, Stoneleigh Park has over 1,000 acres of land, 7000m2 of exhibition space, a suite of conference rooms, a hotel, a permanent party structure and an off-road driving track.

“There is a fantastic team here and we cannot wait to introduce Stoneleigh Park to the corporate market.”

Mr Southern was a director and owner of The Ultimate Event Company until it was sold in 2000 and a director of European Events from 2000 until 2009.

More recently Mr Southern has been working with a number of agents and venues as an interim consultant including an assignment as the head of sales at Alexandra Palace.