Events can be business, purely social or somewhere in between. The industry is growing at a rapid pace and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Research conducted by HBAA, the trade association for the hotel booking agency, apartment and venue community in the UK reveals that, ‘the events industry generated an annual income of £36.1 billion in 2010 which is estimated to increase by £48.4 billion by 2020.’
Events can be categorised into conferences, meetings, exhibitions and fairs, promotions and product launches, weddings, birthdays, official ceremonies, fundraising and social events. An event planner is responsible for the overall production, right from conception through to completion. The event planning checklist includes-
Liaising with the client to ascertain event requirements – A clear understanding of what clients want and expect is very crucial. Never do anything based on your assumptions. It is very important to gather as much information as possible from the client before proceeding.
Agreeing to and managing a budget – Sorting out the budget before preparing the proposal is crucial as you could end up wasting hours of work with something the client might not be able to afford.
Event design and detailed proposal – An event design refers to the overall theme of the event which includes décor, music, entertainment, lighting, props and so on. After sorting out the design, it is necessary to prepare a proposal for the client to discuss issues and come to an agreement on points that are laid out in the proposal.
Finding a venue – Choosing the right venue can make or break the success of an event. You have to take into consideration peak season so it is wise to look for a couple of venues instead of one so that you have the option to choose between 2 to 3 places.
Ensuring Insurance – Getting insurance for the event is important in case of an accident taking place. General liability insurance covers everything involved in the event such as the planner, caterers, venue etc.
Arranging and coordinating catering, décor, contractors and equipment hire – Coordinating involves supervising and executing all the details from setting up to tearing it down. It involves pre ordering everything and ensuring each vendor shows up on time and performs appropriately.
Organising transportation and parking facilities – Transportation facilities is usually outsourced to a transport provider for those that require transportation to and fro from the venue. For parking services it is usually prepared with manned points and equipment such as cones, rope, sign boards etc.
Co-ordinating staffing/volunteers requirements and briefings – Organising manpower for the event requires proper briefing and instruction. Draw out a plan and note down things to be assigned to each group and individual. Advertising for volunteers is a great way to keep cost down.
Invitation – Invitations should be send out weeks in advance. It is better to send out invitations not just by post but by email as well, this creates a good impression and invitees are pleased about the fact the organisers are going all the way to welcome them to the event.
New year’s eve, just like Christmas, comes but once. Chances are you do not want to miss an opportunity to make a big day out of it. Just as anywhere else in the world, it is now all systems go in anticipation of the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Hate it or love it, the New Year is just around the corner. Preparations are in top gear as hotels, restaurants and other entertainment places position themselves to make a kill on that day. Short of any unforeseen inconveniences, there is a lot to expect from New Years Eve Events in Croydon. Indisputably, the New Year’s Eve is billed as the biggest night in the clubbing calendar. Continue reading →
Christmas is just around the corner; the festivities are about to begin time of the year where everyone wants to party, have fun. Haven’t planned for the run up to Christmas yet? Let’s check out top five Christmas events in Croydon that will light up your Christmas. Croydon, one of the most energetic, youthful and modern towns in south London is all set to dazzle this Christmas. It is a popular location for the Christmas period those seeking lively events amongst the festive fun, as there are some of the best hotels in Croydon that are located in close proximity to the festive events. Continue reading →
Located in the southern part of London, England, Croydon falls under the category of London’s metropolitan centres. The town lies between the transport corridor of central London and the south coast of England. Having started out as a small market town, it has grown tremendously as a result of the economic activities i.e. trade and tourism. The towns growth though, is mainly attributed to the opening of the railway line in the area as such fuelled the town to expound on its capacity.
As a result, it boasts of a number of tourist destinations that are a must for visiting, characterized by its robust culture. Accommodation is well catered for by the availability of world-class hotels in Croydon, and wonderful refreshment pubs such as the Spread Eagle that are both affordable and offer quality services. Continue reading →
Holidays are sacred, as they rescue us from all our anxieties. Considering today’s Hustle and Bustle it’s no less than bliss to be on a holiday. Choosing the right destination seems to be a decision difficult to arrive at. But the truth is that, any place could be utopia for you if you a have the zeal and inquisitiveness. Continue reading →
Croydon is a town within the county of Surrey but since 1965 it has been considered part of London. Croydon is a large busy urban town that has become increasingly popular with tourists all year round. The town is best known for its varied art and culture as well as the historical heritage. Croydon is a popular place for a relaxing weekend, a city break, or a family holiday. There are many hotels within the area to fit within your budget. Continue reading →
Croydon Airport – An Introduction
The Croydon airport in South London was the world’s first international airport and was the main airport for London before it was substituted by London Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport. It has earned a place in history, as it was the world’s first airport to adopt air traffic control and also boasts of the first air terminal. People would flock to visit the airport, often staying over in the Croydon Airport Hotel, which it was known as back then, and many other Croydon hotels. But the sad thing is that it is no longer functional and many people seemed to have forgotten about it as many people drive by barely noticing it.
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Thinking of Staying at a Croydon Hotel?
Croydon is a large town situated in the south of London. The town is ideally located for travellers who wish to avoid the congestion of the city yet remain close to London. For this reason, many hotels in Croydon are becoming increasingly popular. The affordability of price also makes staying in Croydon the number one destinations for the budget conscious tourists to England. These hotels are of varying standards; so the five star traveller as well as a budget traveller can have their needs met.
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Planning a Memorable Getaway…
When it comes to visiting new places, you need to check out what there is to do and what there is to see at your chosen destination. Whether your looking for a fun filled getaway with activities, enjoy visiting famous landmarks or viewing historical buildings, carrying out some brief research beforehand can make the whole getaway more enjoyable. Croydon has a range of activities and things to do.
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There are literally hundreds of reasons for holding your next meeting or conference in Croydon but to go through them all would be extremely tedious for both you and I and so I have listed just my top three reasons below. Continue reading →