Volcanic ash clouds and the financial crisis are the catalyst for more companies using video technology to bring together their employees, according to the Edinburgh Conference Centre @ Heriot-Watt University.

The conference centre has recently invested in new, cutting edge video conferencing facilities to meet a growing demand with companies preferring employees ‘dial-in’ to conferences rather than travel long distances to attend, running the risk of ash cloud delays and incurring huge costs.

Commercial Operations Manager for the Edinburgh Conference Centre, Lynne Geary says that more and more companies are looking to use video conferencing as an integral part of their conferences and events.

"We have seen a large increase in the number of people asking whether or not we can offer video conferencing facilities to delegates.

"There is no doubt that the travel disruption caused by the volcanic ash clouds and the financial crisis putting pressure on the money available to companies to bring together employees at conferences has led to more demand for technologies that can bring people together without them having to leave their offices.

"We are the largest not-for-profit conference centre in Scotland with all of our profits ploughed back into the academic work and development of Heriot-Watt University. We have invested in this video conferencing facility to meet demand but also to enhance the first class facilities we can offer at the centre."

To find out more about the video-conferencing facilities on offer contact Lynne Geary on 0131 451 3666.