Our corporate account managers pride themselves on knowing exactly which venue space will suit each client brief perfectly. In order to keep up with all the exciting new venues and quirky event spaces us Eventonians follow the latest trade press, and attend as many industry events as our busy schedules allow.
One of the most important trade events of the year is Square Meal’s Venue and Events Show. Held at Old Billingsgate in the heart of London, it’s an incredible venue with a real ‘wow’ factor. Where better to showcase some of THE best restaurants, hotels and event suppliers than one of London’s best venue spaces?
September is our busiest month for booking Christmas parties, our team split in two to sample both days of the event. While one team held down the fort back at Eventa HQ, the other half came to the show to meet with business partners and new suppliers, as well as getting to enjoy someone else putting on the event for change! On day one, we sent down some of the real foodies of the team in the shape of Megan, our Corporate Event Organiser, Kate, our Head of Corporate Events and Dearen, our newest Corporate Account Manager.
We enjoyed some fantastic weather in London. The first day of Autumn making the iconic Old Billingsgate Market look truly spectacular in Autumnal sun. We have a busy day of seminars and taster masterclasses, but Event shows allow us a lovely opportunity to get out the office and bond during a time of year we’re busy perfecting corporate parties for our clients. It’s great to see so many new venues all under one roof and we spend our time in seminars learning about these fantastic spaces, as well as spending time maintaining quality suppliers and business contacts.
Being event organisers, we love to get involved. So the wide range of hands-on activities are fantastic, giving us the chance to test out a whole range of suppliers. We join the Cactus Kitchen canapé workshop – the work of the renowned chef Michel Roux Jr. As well as all being foodies, we’re a competitive team as well – so we make sure that we win our challenge!
Feeling very satisfied with ourselves and our expertise, convinced that we could become chefs if we desired we bump into Marcus Wareing. One of the very best known celeb chefs of the moment. His pedigree as a Two Michelin Star winner, as well as a judge on Masterchef: The Professionals puts us in our place, though we do remember to ask for a cheeky snapshot and have a quick chat.
As we’re off to one of our last venue meetings we bump into Tom Kerridge. You’ll perhaps recognise him from a whole range of TV shows including Food and Drink, or perhaps his country pub, the Hand and Flowers – which enjoys a deserved reputation as one of the world’s best gastropubs (with Two Michelin Stars), and a waiting list over a year long. We were so delighted to meet him that he was happy to stop off on his even-busier-than-ours-schedule to say hello and get a snap with the Eventa team.
Day One of the Event and Venue show was a hugely successful one for all involved. And Day Two looks be just as fun. We’re getting sent images from the rest of our team who are there today.. and it looks like they’re having some fun in the Super Booth!
The Eventa team are always on the lookout for new ideas, new venues and new suppliers so we can provide our clients with the very best events. We provide a whole range of services from venue finding to theming, from booking team building activities to throwing some of the best Christmas bashes around.
Whatever your corporate event need, we’d love to hear from you so contact our events team and we’ll see if our expertise can help you.