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…

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?

In October 2013 Conference and Incentive Travel Magazine published this article: The Big Debate – Are Event Management Degrees a Waste of Time?  The Event Wide Blog then responded with this piece: A Response from an Event Student and Joanna, another event…

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″]