Event Organisers Update November 2016 ISSUE 146 - an independent information source published by the Society of Event Organisers (SEO).
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Event Organisers Update
The newsletter for organisers of events.
"Cut to the chase" proposed that much time at event industry networking sessions could be saved if organisers of such events used matchmaking software to identify what each delegate was actually looking for, and published this information on delegate's badges, so that delegates didn't waste valuable time networking with people who couldn't supply what they wanted.
Leaving out the software it is an intriguing idea to simply give delegates bigger badges and allow them to write their needs on it, perhaps after the words LOOKING FOR..... Thus those after employment could write " A job" and those looking to employ could write "Employees". Those with a venue, product or service to sell could write "Customers for my venue/product/service" and those organizing an event could write " A venue/product/service for my event", though at some networking sessions we've attended such delegates could be mobbed by takers. Event industry PR's could write "Publicity for my clients" and event industry journalists could choose between "Gossip", "Scandal" and "Anything free".
Worth a try?
MORE WHITE-KNUCKLE FUN
This time it's at Dreamworld on Australia's Gold Coast where a raft on the Thunder River Rapid ride flipped over when it was travelling on a conveyor belt throwing two children clear and killing two men and two women. Tragically the children thrown clear saw their mothers die.
The park is operated by Ardent Leisure which has suffered criticism for wanting to reopen a few days later and for using PR-talk that they had "reached out" to the victim's families, which they hadn't.
Over the last ten years the park has won a clutch of awards from Queensland Tourism, for what it's worth.
EXETER HOTEL DESTROYED
It was the first property in England to be called a hotel, back in 1769, and hosted such notables as Admiral Nelson, Franz Liszt, Beatrix Potter, Thomas Hardy, Clark Gable and Gary Cooper. Paintings destroyed in the Castle Fine Art Gallery included works by Bob Dylan and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.
The hotel's current owner Andrew Brownswood, who bought it in 2003 for £4.5 million has pledged to rebuild it.
FIRM'S COLLAPSE AT CUMBERLAND
The £35 million turnover company, Bay Construct Ltd, was incorporated in 2011 and went into liquidation last month with a loss of 95 jobs.
THE RICHMOND, LIVERPOOL
The 130 rooms are grouped into 52 apartments containing 2, 3 or 4 rooms, so individual rooms and/or apartments can be booked. All the rooms are individually designed and for those who like a traditional soak all the rooms have full-sized baths, some with showers over and some with separate shower stalls. All have large comfortable beds, good reading lighting and 41" flat screen TV's, as well as safe for lap tops and a comfortable work station. There is complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel. Larger suites have kitchen areas for self-catering with cooker, washing machine, toaster, iron and ironing board and fridge with real milk in. Those wanting a room with a view can select from one of eight on the top floor which have good vistas of the city. Rooms are priced from £79 to £300.
For events there are two rooms - the William and Kane Suite which will comfortably hold 160+ theatre style and 150 for a banquet and Florentyna's for 30 theatre style and 24 for a banquet.
The R Bar and Brasserie offers a changing menu of classic and thoughtful dishes and accepts the Tastecard discount dining card offering 50% off the food bill at selected times.
Tel. 0151 236 1220 Email email@example.com Visit www.richmondliverpool.com
With the atmosphere of a stately country mansion and furniture, paintings and 1790's decor to match Trinity House is a Grade 1 listed building that is part of England's maritime history, today operating as the working home of the General Lighthouse Authority as well as the headquarters of the Corporation of Trinity House, a registered charity that provides aids for maritime navigation as well as funding for cadetships and donations to other maritime charities. Past Masters of Trinity House, from its first in 1514, have included Admirals, Vice-Admirals, Captains, Earls, Dukes, Colonels, Barons, Baronets and Viscounts, along with the Rt Hon William Pitt and diarist Samuel Pepys. The current Master is HRH The Princess Royal KC KT GCVO who took the post in 2011 after her father, HRH The Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GBE had held it since 1969, a 42-year tenure making him the longest serving Master.
For organisers the suite of five rooms on an exclusive hire basis comprise the Library which accommodates up to 130 theatre-style or on round tables and 180 for a reception, the Court Room for 80 theatre-style, 60 on round tables and 130 for a reception and the Pepys Room for 45 theatre-style, 30 on round tables and 50 for a reception. The luncheon room can take 20 on round tables, 40 for a reception and 18 boardroom-style, while the Reading Room takes 10 on round tables, 20 for a reception and 12 boardroom-style. Rates for the exclusive use on Weekdays range from £1100 for a Breakfast Meeting (7.00 - 11.30), £1900 for Midday (11.00 - 15.00), £3,300 for a Reception slot (18.00 - 21.30) and £4,300 for a full Evening (18.00-23.00) A Half day is £2,900 (8.00 - 15.00) and an All day is £3,900 (8.00 - 17.00). On weekends a 6-hour slot on a Saturday is £5,350, on a Sunday is £6,500.
Those booking Trinity House can also book tours of the property, with the history of the paintings, artefacts and statuary, as well as a team-building treasure hunt around the immediate historical area and a breakfast, powerboat ride on the Thames and Champagne lunch package.
Tel. 020 7481 6931 Email. firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk/events-at-trinity-house-london (short film to view)
GRANGE CITY HOTEL
Ladies are especially catered for here with a number of the Executive rooms designated female-friendly and incorporating a backlit make up mirror, extra shelving, long-corded hairdryer in bathroom with sunken bath, variable height shower and range of bathroom toiletries and beauty products. For security and peace of mind there are personal doorbells, chain locks and spyholes on the doors. Other Executive rooms are designated as Club rooms, giving express check-in and 24-hour access to the Business Lounge, with complimentary food and drink items. Also available are five exclusive top floor suites, with large separate lounge and sleeping areas and a kitchen, and the Presidential Suite, large enough to be used for meetings of 30 and private dining.
For larger events there is the Auditorium which can accommodate 500 theatre style and divides into two, the Beauchamp for 100, also divisible, the Crown for 120 and the Wakefield suite for 40 which divides into four rooms for 6 boardroom. All rooms are on the first floor, have natural daylight and come equipped with flat-screen LED monitors, WiFi and digital projectors.
The Grange City also boasts a private health and fitness club with a 25-metre swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, large gym and Ajala Spa with treatment rooms. Golf players can enjoy the on-site virtual golf facility.
Tel 020 7863 3700 Fax 020 7863 3701 Email: email@example.com www.grangehotels.com
COME AND NETWORK
There is normally no organised programme but October's session featured a speaker from health and safety consultants FPL who warned that organisers should always ask themselves how what they have done will sound in court, whether it sounds like enough and how it would look if a barrister read out their company's profit margins.
Sessions,which have been staged from April last year run from 08.30 to 11.30 and normally attract an average of 70 delegates, with overt selling discouraged and beverages, pastries and biscuits supplied.
At this year's presentation we sampled some Up & Go liquid breakfast, made from skimmed milk and oats. Apparently a 330 ml carton of this replaces a bowl of cereal with milk, and though it was pleasant to drink we personally prefer our big breakfast bowl of home-mixed museli with oat clusters for crunchy contrast. It is , however a growing trend for thrusting young types, especially in Australia, to ditch the bowl of traditional cereals in favour of something they can eat or drink whilst driving, perhaps with a mobile phone in the other hand, so who are we to carp?
Meanwhile the use of the Indian spice mixture called chai continues to grow as an added taste for tea, coffee and other beverages.Traditionally based on a mixture of ginger and cardoman and formerly just added to black tea, chai (origin of the British word char for tea) is now also likely to contain other ingredients such as cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel, peppercorn, nutmeg, mace, cumin and turmeric and allspice. Chilli chai liquid breakfast, anyone?
The days of crisps being just plain with a little blue bag of salt as an optional addition are long gone though with the passion for all things retro they could come back to join the hundreds of new flavours now on the market. Some of these are offered by Savoursmiths crisps who have truffle and rosemary, champagne and chilli and parmesan and port to tickle the tastebuds.
Last but not least for this fan of Japanese cuisine and all things sushi we loved the seaweed snack from Welsh firm Selwyns. This is made from top grade nori from Japan, pressed into wafer-thin, feather-light sheets and triple roasted with a number of additional flavourings. Our clear favourite was the simple but highly effective sea salt and vinegar combination, which for us added to the strong taste of the sea experience, but they also have coconut and chilli and honey and sesame. Healthy eaters will want to know that there are only a dozen calories per pack and that nori is stuffed with vitamins, minerals such as calcium, omega 3 and iodine.
Wanted for murder and dying in mysterious circumstances in 1610 at the age of 38 Caravaggio has been described as "mad, bad and dangerous to know" The fact that he painted a number of homo-erotic pieces, such as fruity boys, clothed and unclothed, with come to bed eyes and no female nudes convinced many of his sexual orientation, this not detracting from the power and depth of his paintings with their boldly highlighted subjects against pitch-dark backgrounds. The exhibition shows how many talented others were influenced to the point of imitation.
Tickets are £16, including a voluntary donation. www.nationalgallery.org.uk
TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING
This one did poorly at the box office when released in 1977 (perhaps people don't want the truth?) but has since grown into a cult hit since as questions have been asked about Vietnam and because an appreciation has grown over the years of the plausibility of the clever plot and the likely and ruthless reaction of the US military, embodied by Richard Widmark, to the subversive challenge from one of their own Its promotion was also hampered on release by all the split screen shots that dramatically worked to show things happening simultaneously but were difficult to put on video tape, now no problem for DVDs.
The film's title is taken from the words of the US National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner which begins: "Oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light / What so proudly we hailed as the twilight's last gleaming", a reference that works for a film about a public being kept in the dark. For this viewer it was also a joy to see the three leads together at the height of their powers, and now sadly no longer with us - Lancaster, who died in 1994 aged 80, Widmark, who died in 2008 aged 93 and Durning, a king of character actors, who died in 2012 aged 89. We'll be watching it again, to see the reality of the "land of the free, and the home of the brave".
Twilight's Last Gleaming was released last month by Eureka Entertainment in a Dual Format DVD and Blu-Ray presentation and as part of its Masters of Cinema series. It is directed by Robert Aldrich and the package includes a feature-length documentary, Aldrich Over Munich, about the making of the film in Bavaia, as well as a 39-page booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Neil Synyard and an interview with Aldrich in 1977.
January 23-25 2017 Great Hospitality Show NEC Birmingham
January 28 2017 Excursions Alexandra Palace, London
February 22-23 2017 Business Travel Show Olympia, London
April 12-13 2017 Venue Expo EICC Edinburgh
Apparently two trusted Lloyds customer services assistants and a trusted Lloyds business advisor were paid to pass details of Lloyds business customer accounts to a gang of fraudsters who then called up the companies, 750 in all, claiming to be from their bank and using details from their accounts to persuade them to give internet bank security details and passwords that allowed them to clear their victim's accounts.
The gang netted £113 million from Lloyds customers, and customers of Santander, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland before they were caught and the ringleaders jailed.
As readers will know Lloyds were also in the news recently over their overpaid boss, Antonio Horta-Osorio having networking sessions with a female former aide of Tony Blair in his Singapore hotel room during a conference there. Old Grit cant help but wonder if Horta-Osorio spent more time on crucial Lloyds security for the business customers who pay his generous salary, and less time with women in hotel rooms whether his bent staff and the fraudsters would have got away with so much.
One regular snoozer at events was the late and much-missed whisky expert Michael Jackson who, according to a colleague, had "an ability to fall asleep in a meeting" and then "suddenly awake in order a specific question, or contribute to the conversation, without skipping a beat".
So snore away - you're in good company.
Fernandez and Howell should have both known better. Pass the sick bag.
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Text only ANNOUNCEMENTS can be run once for new products, new venues, venue refurbishments, new packages, organiser's trips, and industry showcases, receptions, seminars, conferences and exhibitions likely to be of high interest to event organisers.
Sizes, when printed out on an A4 page, and prices of ANNOUNCEMENT boxes available are:
One fifth page, 45mm x 170mm £200
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org
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