Author Archives: Becki Cross

About Becki Cross

Becki Cross is passionate about the event industry and organising conferences is her forte. She set up SME, Events Northern Ltd, in Preston, Lancashire, 12 years ago. Originally from Yorkshire, Becki has embraced life on "the wrong side of the Pennines".
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Event Trends for 2017 [Panel Discussion]

EventMB – the number one blog for event professionals – recently launched their latest free report: 10 Event Trends for 2017. Covering event technology, meeting design, venues & destinations and marketing & social media it is essential and recommended reading for everyone…

Blog on MSI

Blog On MSI September 2016

Freshly back from #BlogonMSI, a blogging conference in Manchester, here are my event highlights in terms of conversation, brands and learning. This was my third Blog On event, and the biggest attendance by far, selling out in just three weeks….

Blog on MSI

Blog On MSI Ice Breaker

Next Sunday is the fantastic Blog on MSI Conference, which is a not to be missed event for bloggers at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. This will be the third time I have attended and I always…

Strong Woman – Karren Brady [Book Review]

I have always had a lot of respect for business woman Karren Brady CBE, and this has only increased now I have read her autobiography “Strong Woman – The Truth About Getting To The Top“. For anyone who isn’t familiar,…

Blogging Goals for 2016

As 2016 dawns I have been reflecting on my personal, business and blogging goals for the coming year, as is the tradition. Inspired by this New Years Resolution post I wrote for EventMB and this post by Sir Richard Branson…

25 Eventprofs You Need to Follow on Instagram

Instagram is the most recent social media phenomenon. The photo sharing tool has 300 million monthly active users worldwide, with 14 million of those from the UK (as at July 2015). Now owned by Facebook, it’s visual nature has made it a…

Event Blogger of the Week

Huge thanks to Square Meal who have voted me their event blogger of the week! What an honour and what a lovely notification to receive out of the blue! I will display the badge with pride! Many #eventprofs will already…

So What is Egg Rolling?

On Easter Monday I had my first experience of Egg Rolling. Despite living in Preston for 11 years I have to admit this was something I had heard about but didn’t really understand and had definitely never seen in action….

Event Trends 2015

Happy New Year! The dawn of 2015 is now upon us. Every year we look forward to the event trends we predict will impact on the events industry within the next 12 months. We think these are some of the major…

Is This the Best Twitter Wall Ever?

There are a number of event Twitter Walls (feeds) available and we have experimented with a number of different (largely free) solutions over the years. Recently however I discovered Tweetbeam and I was delighted when they offered me the opportunity to test the…

What Can the Apprentice Teach Us About Event Management?

Ten Event Management Lessons from the Apprentice 2015

I am am avid viewer of the Apprentice and I particularly enjoy any of the tasks that demand event management skills from the candidates.  Consistently the contenders get it seriously wrong and make mistakes which only highlights the skills of good Event Managers…

Be Brilliant in Business

Last night was the Central Lancashire Business Event.  This is an annual free event organised jointly by Preston, South Ribble and Chorley Councils.  The event has been running for seven years and this was the fourth year that we have supported…

Events Northern Contributor to Event Manager Blog

We are delighted to officially announce that Becki Cross of Events Northern is the newest contributor to the fantastic Event Manager Blog – the number 1 blog worldwide for event professionals. We have been regular readers of the Event Manager Blog for many…

Kirstie Allsopp and the Great Event Management Degree Debate

TV personality Kirstie Allsopp has once again reignited the debate around Event Management degrees via this tweet: Have just discovered you can study Events Management over 4 years at uni? WTF?! Go and work for an events company and they'll pay…

The Venue Expo 2014 Review

This morning I had a flying visit to the Venue Expo exhibition at Event City in Manchester.  It was the first year that the show has run and the first exhibition of its kind in the North West region aimed at MICE Professionals….

My honest V Festival 2014 Review

Regular readers of this blog and anyone that knows me will know that I adore V Festival at Weston Park, Stafford and have attended the festival religiously over the best part of a decade.  It is true that in the…

V Festival 2014 Must See Acts

I LOVE V Festival!  Many good times have been had over the years, although I admit that we now attend in style; 2 nights in a hotel rather than a tent in the muddy campsite!  I have only missed attending…

How to Add Live Interaction to Events

At the Meetings Show I really enjoyed attending a masterclass by Erik Peekel (@ErikPeekel) entitled “Session formats: how to add live interaction to your content.”   It is well documented that attention spans are short and that talking at people is…

How Do I Merge Two Google+ Pages?

I noticed recently that I had two Google+ company pages and no idea how to merge them together.  I had the brand page which I had created some time back and post to as often as I can (see here –…

The Meetings Show Exhibition Review 2014

Last week I attended the Meetings Show at Olympia, London (8th – 10th July 2014).  Here is my review of the exhibition, which I was attending for the first time. I spent Wednesday and Thursday at the show, days 2 and…

Our Favourite WordPress Themes

Regular readers will notice that our blog has undergone a massive overhaul and revamp within the last few weeks.  We have moved our blog from wordpress.com to a self hosted blog on our own domain.  Our blog is now almost…

Are event managers loud?

Do you have to be Loud to be an Event Management Student?

Do event managers / event management students have to be loud? Or is loud just used to explain the exuberance, sociability and enthusiasm of event managers? This week I had an interesting and entertaining conversation with two Course Leaders/Senior Lecturers…

Economic Impact of UK Live Music Festivals

I was honoured to act as an expert industry adviser to the FdA in Festival Management today.  This Foundation of Arts Degree will launch in September at Hugh Baird University Centre in Liverpool, accredited by UCLan (subject to approval). Liverpool is the…

The Meetings Show 2014 Preview

The Meetings Show takes place next week at Olympia, London (8th-10th July 2014).  The show is marketed as “a major event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry… Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around…

Business Blog Dilemma

Recently we were having a business blog dilemma and we asked for help and advice from our followers! Our blog had been hosted on WordPress.com since the start but I felt that the time had come to refresh and update the blog….

Festivals and outdoor events

10 Reasons Why I Love Working on Festivals

I get really excited whenever I have the opportunity to work on Festivals and Outdoor Events.  I love organising conferences; that is definitely my forte, however it is always good to have a change from the norm.  In my opinion…

Liebster Blog Award 2

Unbelievably I received a second Liebster Blog Award very shortly after receiving my first!  Annie from the OCD Squirrel was kind enough to nominate me.  Annie is a super talented and original writer – I really love her style.  Check…

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