Author Archives: Becki Cross

About Becki Cross

Becki Cross is passionate about the event industry and organising conferences is her forte. She set up Events Northern Ltd in 2004. Originally from Yorkshire, Becki has embraced life on "the wrong side of the Pennines".

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…

Liebster Blog Award

I was absolutely delighted to find out this blog had been nominated for a Liebster Award!  The fantastic Events Blogger Caitlin Kobrak nominated me (read all about it and check out her fantastic blog here > http://www.eventmanagementstudent.com).  Caitlin is a really…

What the Arctic Monkeys Teach You About Event Management

One of the major talking points from the Brit Awards 2014 is the Arctic Monkeys acceptance speech for Best Album (their second award of the evening).  Alex Turner certainly divided opinion with his talk of sludge, swamps and rock ‘n’…

Is This the Best Event Thank You Gift Ever?

Over the years we have been lucky enough to receive lots of lovely and unexpected thank you gifts from happy clients.  These have ranged from thank you notes, flowers, wines, chocolates, teddy bears and other token gifts.   I always…

Conference Essentials for Event Managers

We have lost count of the number of conferences and events we have organised over the years but there are certain essentials which we ensure are on hand at every single event we organise. We started putting together our list,…

Event Trends 2014

The event industry is constantly evolving.  Last year we wrote a blog post on Conference Trends 2013.  Reading back over the post we think that we predicted the year ahead fairly accurately (even if we do say so ourselves!) and…

2013 In Review: WordPress Annual Report

Happy New Year! The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for the Event and Conference blog (how kind of them!). Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times…

Becki Cross, MD, Events Northern Ltd

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013

We thought it would be interesting to look through our WordPress stats and identify and recap our most viewed blog posts of 2013. Not all of the following blogs were written or published within the last year but they are…

Hotel Barcelona Princess

On my recent trip to EIBTM I was lucky enough to stay 2 nights in the Hotel Barcelona Princess.  This is a 4* hotel in front of the CCIB International Congress facility & the new yachting harbour in Barcelona. It is an avant-garde hotel opened…

Gallery Hotel Barcelona

During my trip to EIBTM as a hosted buyer I was invited to a dinner at the Gallery Hotel, Barcelona.  This is a 4* hotel located in Barcelona city centre and renovated in 2013. The hotel has 110 rooms with complimentary internet,…

Are Event Management Degrees Worthwhile?

Are you thinking about studying event management at university? Are you wondering if an event management degree is worthwhile? We look into the arguments and myths about what an event management degree can and cannot offer. With a twenty year…

Personality Traits of Event Managers

At EIBTM last week I had the opportunity to mingle with many event organisers (#eventprofs as we are affectionately known on Twitter).  Whenever you attend event industry exhibitions such as EIBTM, Confex, the Conference and Hospitality Show, etc or go…

All the Right Noises: Enhancing Your Seminar through Sound

If you’re planning a seminar or business conference and are wondering how to give it that extra dimension it needs to really become something special, the answer is simple – introduce sound. Bringing extra auditory aspects into your conference not…

Why I Love Organising Conferences

Recently I was talking to a fellow event manager who is tasked with organising various conferences and they were saying that they would much prefer to be organising a dinner or team building exercise, or indeed any other type of…

EIBTM in pictures

Becki has had a fantastic time visiting the EIBTM events industry exhibition in Barcelona. We wanted to share some pictures from our trip! [gallery  type=”rectangular” ids=”620,618,617,619,621,623,622,624,625,626,627,628,629,630,631,632,633,634,635,636,637,638,639,640,641,643,644,645,646,647″]  

Hull 2017 City of Culture

Congratulations Hull City of Culture 2017

Hull is City of Culture 2017! Driving to the airport this morning ahead of EIBTM I heard the announcement that Hull has been selected as the UK City of Culture 2017. I couldn’t stop smiling at the news – I am…

10 Facts About Events Northern Ltd

The topic for #BEDN today is ‘Newsflash’ so I thought I would share a quick post with you before I finish my packing for EIBTM 2013 tomorrow.  Here are 10 facts you may not know about Events Northern Ltd. Events…

Ensuring Your Event Attendees Arrive Relaxed and Happy

For your event attendees to get the most from an event you need to ensure attendees arrive happy and relaxed, rather than stressed and frustrated. When I attend events organised by other people it often surprises me how they sometimes…

EIBTM

Next week I am attending EIBTM for the first time (see www.eibtm.com).  I believe EIBTM stands for European Incentive and Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition.  EIBTM is the global expo for the meetings and events industry, taking place 19th-21st November in Fira…

Hull for UK City of Culture 2017

Today the topic for #BEDN is ‘Favourite Folk.’ As shared in my earlier blog post My Hometown I am extremely proud of my Yorkshire roots. I want to dedicate this blog post to Hull and its people in support of…