That was 2014!
By Alan Wight
As we load the van for the first event of 2015, it's worth reflecting on another busy year completed - the year we never got around to celebrating our 18th birthday! These are some of the highlights...
We moved office after 16 years at Carrington to newly fitted out offices in Sale, Manchester. We welcomed Amanda, Katy, Louise and Amie to the team. Jo flew to New York to get married and Jennifer left to have a baby (Harry Matthew Houlihan was born on 3rd January, somewhat behind schedule).
We started to work with several new clients this year and continued some longstanding relationships with existing ones working on a wide variety of projects. Some of which included:
Store openings and new office openings, a 21st birthday, retirement dinner, leased lighting equipment, Christmas parties, a thermal marquee, exhibitions in Paris, Dubai, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.
We ran an incentive trip to Ibiza that included private yachts, private jets and private villas. Worked in cinemas in London, Dublin and all over the UK, flew delegates into the UK from 3 continents and worked with children's charities and national charities. We supported two outdoor weddings and got away with the weather at both, organised factory tours and fashion shows, sales briefings, change briefings and business briefings. We produced a number of road shows and outdoor festivals, supplier conferences and burns night dinners and worked on Wembley's pitch and on the grid at Silverstone.
We pushed our technology boundaries using video drones, we used live video streaming and took over Caerphilly castle for filming. We changed our app and registration technology as well as adding direct train and flight bookings to our services.
We had Jo recognised in the top 35 event professionals aged under 35 and we also won a C&IT award for best use of a small budget for the National Trusts Convestival event.
We ended the year successfully supporting two private events on Christmas day.
Thank you to everyone who we worked with in 2014 and we look forward to more adventures in 2015.