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".

Starting Out in Business > Working from Home

The topic for #BEDN today is ‘Workplace‘ and so I am focusing this post on starting out in business.  When I set up Events Northern Ltd back in 2004 I started out working from home – first from a desk under the stairs…

Do you Need to Be an Ogre in Business?

Today, 13th November, is World Kindness Day and todays #BEDN topic.  In planning this post I started pondering about kindness in the world of business.  At Events Northern Ltd we always try to go the extra mile for our clients,…

My Hometown > East Yorkshire

The Topic for #BEDN today is ‘My Hometown.’  Those of you that know me personally or follow my personal Twitter account will probably know that I am originally from East Yorkshire, but have been happily settled in Lancashire for over…

Remembrance Day > Picture Gallery of Past Events

Todays #BEDN topic is Remembrance Day.  In tribute I decided to create a ‘silent’ post, sharing pictures instead of words from a selection of past events we have organised…. Credit for many of the photographs is to Andy Whitehead Photography…

Tesco Hudl Review

The suggested task for #BEDN today is to talk about something different.  This is very convenient for me as I am itching to tell you about my new gadget!  I am now lucky enough to be the proud owner of…

Twitter Chats

Twitter chats, or tweet ups, are a great way to use Twitter to network virtually with individuals from a specific industry or with a shared interest or location.  It is a great way to find interesting people to follow and…

Lancashire Tourism Awards

The topic for #BEDN today is ‘A Day in the Life‘ so we thought we would share a little bit about what we have been up to!  Yesterday (7th November 2013) Becki and Gill from Events Northern Ltd were lucky…

10 Reasons to Organise a Conference, Seminar or Workshop

The #BEDN topic for today is “10 Things” so I wanted to share with you 10 Reasons to Organise a Conference, Seminar or Workshop. To share learning and best practice from thought leaders and experts To engage with like minded…

Event Management – a Stressful Career Choice?

Welcome to day six of Blog Every Day in November (#BEDN).  The topic today is National Stress Awareness Day. A recent article by the Telegraph has revealed that almost half of Britons consider themselves stressed.  Stress is one of the most…

Social Media for Women

On 26th November 2013 I will be speaking at Social Media for Women 2013 (#SM4W13), in Preston, Lancashire.  Everyone, male and female, can attend the conference but the line up of speakers are all female. A recent survey conducted in the UK…

Event Catering

Day four of Blog Every Day in November and the topic today is ‘Food Glorious Food.’  Relating this back to my own blog I wanted to specifically focus on event catering, specifically for conferences, workshops and seminars. Catering is important. …

Event Lighting Ideas

Happy Diwali!  It is the Hindu festival of lights.  It is also day three of #BEDN (Blog Every Day in November) and whether you are Hindu or not, the topic today is to think (and blog!) about light. Lighting is…

Starting an Event Management Company

Day two of #BEDN (Blog Every Day in November) and the topic today is ‘Something You Made.’  In this post I want to share a little about setting up the event management company Events Northern Ltd, which was incorporated in 2004….

#BEDN Blog Every Day in November Introduction

Events Northern Ltd is taking up the challenge to Blog Every Day in November (Twitter hashtag #BEDN).  This is a great initiative from Elizabeth of the Rosalilium Lifestyle Blog.  She has set the challenge to boost creativity, encourage people to…

Outbound Marketing is Dead

LEAD at Lancaster University Management School recently held a reunion for past students.  Becki was excited to return and hear from Nathan Smith of Smith and Smith PR.  Nathan gave a presentation entitled “Outbound Marketing is Dead: An Introduction to Inbound…

Event Management Lessons from the Apprentice

I am a huge fan of the Apprentice, however I think that the ‘Corporate Away Day’ episode in week six (Series 9, Episode 6) was probably the most cringe worthy and uncomfortable viewing I have ever experienced on television!  Event…

International DJ Playlists

Very soon we will be running a conference over in Germany.  On day three of the event, after the Gala Dinner, there will be a DJ playing through until the early hours of the morning.  The event will be attended…

Conference Trends 2013

We can’t believe the first month of 2013 has gone already! This inspired us to think about the changing landscape of the events industry and changes and developments we foresee for conferences in the next 12 months. It will be…

Business Speed Networking

Networking is important for business As an SME I certainly recognise the need and importance of networking, however often I feel frustrated with some of the networking events I attend.  This isn’t always the fault of the organiser; more often…

TechFest 2012

On Monday 18th June Becki Cross from Events Northern Ltd attended TechFest 2012  at the Mermaid Conference Centre, London.  Read more about the event in this blog post…. TechFest (http://tech-fest.co.uk/) is an event aimed purely at event organisers and focused on…

Social Media in 10 Minutes a Day

I am a social media convert; I believe that social media is good for business and also often adds value to the conferences and events we organise.  I also appreciate however that it can take up a lot of time;…

Pinterest in the UK

Pinterest has quickly gained in popularity and has already amassed over 13 million followers worldwide according to some sources. The site allows you to create ‘boards’ for different areas of interest and to ‘pin’ pictures onto these virtual pin boards.  Content can…

International Confex 2012

This week Events Northern Ltd had a whirlwind trip down to London for International Confex 2012.  Confex is an essential day out for anyone who organises events and this year took place between the 6th and 8th March, at ExCel,…

Business Etiquette Tips for Event Managers

The Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Event Management at the University of Central Lancashire recently asked for my top ten hints and tips on professional business etiquette for budding Event Managers.  I started thinking about my personal experience and…

Kindle for Business

The Kindle was a popular Christmas present again this year for anyone not yet already converted to the joys of the Amazon e-reader.  Between the 28 December and 3 January YouGov asked over 2,000 UK residents what they had received…

Is your event management company saving you money?

Image via Wikipedia There are countless benefits to using an event management company and in these difficult economic times it is crucial that every penny counts.  So what should you expect from your event management company when it comes to…

Liverpool – the UKs friendliest city

Congratulations to Liverpool, winners at two important award ceremonies recently! Readers of Conde Nast Traveller voted Liverpool “the UKs most friendliest city” for the second year running and also recognised it as a place that offers best value for money. …

Discover 2011

Becki and Gill from Events Northern Ltd were invited to attend ‘Discover 2011’ – a familiarisation weekend to Telford and Shropshire taking place on the weekend of 16th – 18th September.  Organised by Telford and Shropshire Conferences and the Southwater…