Tuesday, 6 February 2007

That New Year Excitement - again!

Another new year! Our 18th in the business. Ever since we started organising and managing events, we've always looked forward to the new year. There's something about January that brings out the creative in us!

2006 saw us organise events in the UK, France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. In addition we visited Norway, Germany, Italy, Spain and Ireland carrying out research on exciting new destinations.

So, we start 2007 with some big ideas and some fresh ideas.

Our overseas schedule for the first half of the year is hectic and includes:

February Brussels for EMIF
March Bruges for the Ostend to Bruges 10 Mile Race
Montreuil-sur-Mer, in Northern France for a corporate wine and dine weekend
April Paris for the Paris Marathon
Frankfurt for IMEX
May Montreuil-sur-Mer for the Ramparts 10K
Luxembourg for the Night Run

In addition we are continuing to plan our late 2007 packages which will, once again, include visits to markets in France and Belgium plus Christmas shopping and wine and dine packages suitable for both private and corporate groups.

Closer to home, January saw us involved in a number of fundraising events including race nights - one for a junior football club in London in mid month raised over £2,000 - a music quiz and bingo night for a Kent school's PTA and casino nights.

Bookings for Race Nights, Quiz Nights, Bingo Nights and Casino Nights remain strong throughout the early part of 2007 and we have only a few Friday and Saturday nights with availability. Bingo Nights are staging something of a comeback and they're proving great fundraisers - particularly for community groups looking for a family night out.

Corporate events tend to be fewer in number in January although we are managing a number of business seminars for one client in East Sussex. Our work involves marketing the events as well as media and pr support. Our delegate management skills are also in demand as we manage meet and greet, delegate registration - and even catering for some of our client's events.

Only one small private event this month. We took a group to Lingfield by coach for the races. We are used to taking groups to some of the larger racecourses such as Goodwood and Epsom - but Lingfield was a really pleasant surprise. Even on a bitter cold Saturday in January the racecourse was welcoming and warm - and we'd have no hesitation in recommending it as a venue for corporate or private entertaining. Let us know if you'd like more information.

We're also looking forward to an interesting February with a book launch, our first overseas visit of the year and the launch of our annual three day overseas sponsored walk which we organise for local charities - this year we base ourselves in Bruges and our visit coincides with the four-yearly pageant held in this wonderful mediaeval city.

More news on this and some more exciting events news soon.

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