England's heartland is as packed with cutting edge financial service industries and Nobel Prize winning universities, as it is with stories of Shakespeare. The National Ice Centre is ideal for ice-breaking skating lessons and towering Nottingham Castle's ducal meeting rooms are full of heart-warming Robin Hood legends. Inspire speech writing with tips from top wordsmith William Shakespeare with a 'No Holds Bard' tour through his leafy birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. Product launches take off in the futuristic rocket tower at Leicester's National Space Centre and. there's plenty of headspace available on away days at fairytale Warwick Castle and in log cabins in the National Forest. The sky is the limit with delegate numbers at Birmingham's colossal International Convention Centre and Coventry's stadium-scale Ricoh Arena. More intimate meetings take place over tasting menus at chic, Michelin-starred Purnell's and Turner's restaurants or in front of Dutch and Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces at the grand Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.