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Brand & Burnout

December 14th, 2018

News Digest

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The News Digest is a roundup of the latest talking points in the events industry designed to keep you up to date and get you involved in the discussion. Leading the debate this episode, we have: 

Edward Poland, Co-Founder of Hire Space

With

Charlotte Gentry formerly Wilson, Founder and CEO of Pure Events

Richard Groves, Group Business Development Director at SMART Group

 

Year in Review: A Look Back over the Events Industry Stories From 2018

 

Ethical Questions

[00:01:57]

The Natural History Museum is Hosting a Party for the Saudis. Shame on It - The Guardian

Design Museum Challenged over Private Arms Industry Event - The Guardian

 

Digital Progession

[00:05:24]

Sir Stelios orders a takeaway — to challenge Just Eat - The Times

Airbnb wants Experiences in 1,000 destinations, expands activities - Phocus Wire

 

Sustainability

[00:09:11]

OLIO

European parliament approves sweeping ban on single-use plastics - The Guardian

Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned within a year - The Guardian

 

Industry Business

[00:12:38]

APPG for the Events Industry - is the Government doing enough to support the sector?

Hilton and Marriott Cut Commission - Skift 

Clarion acquires Penwell - Conference News

Let us know your thoughts and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #EventLAB.  

 

Building Your Event's Visual Identity 

[00:23:01]

How do you create a clear visual identity for your events that tie in with and elevate your core brand? Gary Crane and Gerry O’Brien, the Directors of Ambition Creative, share their 20 years combined experience in creating events with a clear visual identity.

  

The Joy of Work: 30 Ways to Fix Your Work Culture and Fall in Love with Your Job Again 

[00:35:07]

Bruce Daisley, Twitter VP EMEA, joined us to discuss his new book The Joy of Work. At a time when the events industry is being described as one of the most stressful industries to work in, we need to curb burn out and find ways to improve work culture and get people feeling happier in their roles. Listen to the interview to hear Bruce's advice after his years of experience and research into creating a better work culture.

 

 

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EventLAB 2018 will offer cutting-edge insight, skill enhancing opportunities and fresh inspiration for the event planning journey.

To register for tickets to the event go to eventlab.online

 

You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram

 

If you have a question or topic you'd like us to discuss, you're opening a new venue or you're an events professional interested in appearing on the show, you can get in touch with us via email: Eventlab@hirespace.com

Dialogue & Development

November 16th, 2018

  

News Digest

The News Digest is a roundup of the latest talking points in the events industry designed to keep you up to date and get you involved in the discussion. Leading the debate this episode, we have: 

Charlotte Gentry formerly Wilson, Founder and CEO of Pure Events

Samme Allen, Founder of Sequoia Venue Solutions

Edward Poland, Co-Founder of Hire Space

Richard Groves, Group Business Development Director at SMART Group

 

AGEISM IN EVENTS

The last taboo to be broken?

 

FANCY A PUB WEDDING?

More venues are now able to host weddings thanks to the latest budget

 

TELL ME A STORY INSTEAD

Jeff Bezos Bans Powerpoint in meetings  

 

Let us know your thoughts and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #EventLAB.  

 

How Leaders Can Create a Better Work Culture

 

Thom Dennis, CEO and Founder of Serenity in Leadership joined George in the studio to share some essential wisdom for modern leaders on how to create a better workplace culture.

Serenity in Leadership is a learning and leadership platform, where people in positions of power have the opportunity to gain greater awareness of themselves in order to lead to a more equitable business and future

Follow Serenity on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for regular thought starters and to join their dialogue around leadership.

 

 

250 Insights to Develop Your Professional and Personal Life

 

LID publishing sent us 250 Insights to Develop Your Professional and Personal Life. We passed the book on to Ed and the News Digest team to discuss a few of the book's ideas and share their own thoughts.

 

 

Follow EventLAB 

EventLAB 2018 will offer cutting-edge insight, skill enhancing opportunities and fresh inspiration for the event planning journey.

To register for tickets to the event go to eventlab.online

 
You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram
 
If you have a question or topic you'd like us to discuss, you're opening a new venue or you're an events professional interested in appearing on the show, you can get in touch with us via email: Eventlab@hirespace.com

Coffee & Communication

November 2nd, 2018

 

Wake up and Smell the Coffee with Simon Mac Rory

George was joined in the studio by Simon Mac Rory, author of Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: The Imperative of TeamsIf you've just been put in charge of a team to organise an event, then Simon's book holds some excellent advice.

Simon Mac Rory is a specialist in team development. He works with senior staff leaders to help them discover that edge to becoming a truly high-performing team. Over his 30-year career, he has worked globally with a blue-chip client base in both the private and public sectors.

He founded The ODD Company in 2011 to deliver TDP (a cloud-based team development tool and methodology) to the international markets. Simon operates the business from London with a Dublin-based development and support office.

 

News Digest Live From EventLAB

The News Digest is a roundup of the latest talking points in the events industry designed to keep you up to date and get you involved in the discussion. This episode the News Digest was recorded live by London Filmed and hosted on the Conference Stage at EventLAB  2018. Leading the debate this episode, we have: 

Samme Allen, Founder of Sequoia Venue Solutions

Edward Poland, Co-Founder of Hire Space

Guests: 

Richard Groves, Group Business Development Director at SMART Group

Martin Fullard, Editor of Conference News

 

Should Venues Be the Moral Arbitrators of the Events and Clients They Host?

 

Could Netflix's Anti-Harassment Policy Work in the Events Industry? 

 

 

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If you have a question or topic you'd like us to discuss, you're opening a new venue or you're an events professional interested in appearing on the show, you can get in touch with us via email: Eventlab@hirespace.com

Excitement & EventLAB

October 19th, 2018

 

EventLAB 2018 

 

EventLAB 2018 is days away so George and Benjamin breakdown the highlights you can look forward to at this year's show. 

 

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If you have a question or topic you'd like us to discuss, you're opening a new venue or you're an events professional interested in appearing on the show, you can get in touch with us via email: Eventlab@hirespace.com

Pitch, Patch & Strong

October 5th, 2018

  

News Digest

The News Digest is a roundup of the latest talking points in the events industry designed to keep you up to date and get you involved in the discussion. Leading the debate this episode, we have: 

Charlotte Gentry formerly Wilson, Founder and CEO of Pure Events

Edward Poland, Co-Founder of Hire Space

Guests: 

Richard Groves, Group Business Development Director at SMART Group

Martin Fullard, Editor of Conference News

 

THE PARTY CONFERENCES

There's nothing like live events to focus the drama

 

MONEY FOR IDEAS 

Should agencies be paid to pitch?

 

NETWORKING NOT WORKING

How do you make networking events worthwhile?  

 

Let us know your thoughts and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #EventLAB.  

 

Venue Marketing Essentials for 2018

 

Matt Beech, Account Director at Patch Media joined George to discuss marketing essentials for venues looking to build awareness and make sure their brand stands out in 2018. 

You can hear more from Matt at EventLAB 2018 where he’ll be running a drop-in session for venues looking to supercharge their marketing output.

 

 

Better Event Experiences

 

Now we love a great experience here on the EventLAB podcast so when we saw Deborah Armstrong’s article in Access All Areas giving a rallying call to event planners to make their experiential offerings better, we invited her in to chat with Ben from the EventLAB team to find out more.

Deborah is the founder of Shangri-La at the Glastonbury Festival and the Managing Director at Strong & Co

 

Mentioned in the Episode

 

Tomorrowland

Boomtown

Evcom

Global Exhibitions Day

 

Follow EventLAB 

EventLAB 2018 will offer cutting-edge insight, skill enhancing opportunities and fresh inspiration for the event planning journey.

To register for tickets to the event go to eventlab.online

 
You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram
 
If you have a question or topic you'd like us to discuss, you're opening a new venue or you're an events professional interested in appearing on the show, you can get in touch with us via email: Eventlab@hirespace.com

 

Science and Sales

September 21st, 2018

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[00:01:18] News Digest

The News Digest is a roundup of the latest talking points in the events industry designed to keep you up to date and get you involved in the discussion. Leading the debate this episode, we have: 

Samme Allen, Founder of Sequoia Venue Solutions

Edward Poland, Co-Founder of Hire Space

Guests: 

Richard Groves, Group Business Development Director at SMART Group

Amanda Head, Account Director at the Events Management Company Melon
 

Venues on the Ropes

Venues are being sued by a production company after refusing to host Dwarfinator a Dwarf wrestling show

 

Yes Minister 

Does the events industry need more direct representation in Government?

 

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Unique Venues of London celebrates its 25th birthday  

 

Let us know your thoughts and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #EventLAB.  

 

[00:17:18] Venue Talk

 

Hire Space Venue Experts Jake and Nathan bring you more of the greatest venues opening soon in London

The Science Gallery

 

 

The Flower Pot

The Flowerpot is a beautiful loft space on the canal in Hoxton.

 

[00:25:18] No Such Thing As Sales: An Interview with Kevin Jackson

 

Felicity Cator, the Head of EventLAB and Benjamin Edmonds, part of the EventLAB Team and an Account Specialist at Hire Space, sat down with Kevin Jackson the Editor in Chief of Live Magazine and Director at The Experience is the Marketing. They chatted about his new book No Such Thing as Sales, the tips it has for marketing teams and the late, great Terry Wogan.

 

 

Follow EventLAB 

EventLAB 2018 will offer cutting-edge insight, skill enhancing opportunities and fresh inspiration for the event planning journey.

To register for tickets to the event go to eventlab.online

 
You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram
 
If you have a question or topic you'd like us to discuss, you're opening a new venue or you're an events professional interested in appearing on the show, you can get in touch with us via email: Eventlab@hirespace.com

Crossrail and Company Social Committees

September 7th, 2018

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News Digest

The News Digest is a roundup of the latest talking points in the events industry designed to keep you up to date and get you involved in the discussion. Leading the debate this episode, we have: 

Samme Allen, Founder of Sequoia Venue Solutions

Edward Poland, Co-Founder of Hire Space

Guest: Martin Fullard, Editor of Conference News
 

AIRBNB ENTER THE MEETINGS SPACE

What does this mean for online bookings? 

 

IS TEAMBUILDING TERRIBLE? 

The BBC weighs in

 

A NEW DELAY FOR CROSSRAIL

What does this mean for London's venues?  

 

Let us know your thoughts and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #EventLAB.  

 

Company social committes- an interview with Audley Travel

 

Ed sat down with Lauren Ainsley and Christina Gordon who work at a Luxury Travel Company to chat about organising events and hear some of their anecdotes about their work behind the scenes.

 

Follow EventLAB

EventLAB 2018 is just 6 weeks away. 

EventLAB 2018 will offer cutting-edge insight, skill enhancing opportunities and fresh inspiration for the event planning journey.

To register for tickets to the event go to eventlab.online

 
You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram
 
If you have a question or topic you'd like us to discuss, you're opening a new venue or you're an events professional interested in appearing on the show, you can get in touch with us via email: Eventlab@hirespace.com

Ethics, Accessibility & Mental Health

August 24th, 2018

  

[00:01:06] News Digest

The News Digest is a roundup of the latest talking points in the events industry designed to keep you up to date and get you involved in the discussion. Leading the debate this episode, we have: 

Charlotte Gentry formerly Wilson, Founder and CEO of Pure Events

Edward Poland, Co-Founder of Hire Space

Guest: Richard Groves, Group Business Development Director at SMART Group
 

ARTISTS VS ARMS DEALERS

To what extent should venues be the moral arbiters of the events they host? 

 

LE PEN WRITTEN OFF

The xenophobic far-right leader disinvited from World’s largest technology conference  

 

THE GLOBAL DISABILITY SUMMIT

What can the industry learn about accessibility?  Let us know your thoughts and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #EventLAB.  

 

[00:23:18] Interview with Tim Etherington-Judge, Founder of Healthy Hospo

 

Healthy Hospo is a Community Interest Company that aims to provide information, advice, support, and training on all aspects of mental and physical health for those working in Hospitality

Tim himself has a long background in the hospitality industry so alongside getting his advice on steps to improve workplace mental health, I asked him about his take on Hackney Borough Council’s new licensing policy.

 

[00:43:22] The Hire Space Awards - Shortlisted Venues

 

The Hire Space Awards celebrate the very best of the events industry by recognising and rewarding hard-working, innovative and forward-thinking venues and event organisers from across the UK.

This year we have 15 awards across 4 categories:

MODERN VENUE MARKETING
MOST POPULAR
FORWARD THINKING VENUES
SUPERSTAR EVENT ORGANISERS

This episode we exclusively revealed the final shortlist for the category:

SUPERSTAR EVENT ORGANISERS

Events Team of the Year 

AUDLEY TRAVEL

DWF LLP

RANT & RAVE

 

Best All-Round Event Experience 

 

AURORA SPRING FORUM 2018 (AURORA ENERGY RESEARCH)

NATIONAL FREELANCERS DAY 2018 (IPSE, THE ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONALS AND THE SELF-EMPLOYED)

TIM PEAKE: ASK AN ASTRONAUT (PENGUIN LIVE)

 

You can find the full awards shortlist at Eventlab.Online

Book tickets to attend the Hire Space Awards here.

 

Mentioned in the Episode 

The Design Museum

Coupette Cocktail
 
BarBenevolent - The Drinks Industry Charity 
 
 

Follow EventLAB

For the latest EventLAB news and information on upcoming live events check out eventlab.online

 
You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram
 
If you have a question or topic you'd like us to discuss, you're opening a new venue or you're an events professional interested in appearing on the show, you can get in touch with us via email: Eventlab@hirespace.com
 

 

 

Music used in the Episode

« Little Idea » from Bensound.com

"Crinoline Dreams" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Plate Spinners and Prison Foodies

July 27th, 2018

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Update 31/07/2018: Statement from Olympia London

 

“Since opening our doors in 1886, Olympia London’s stunning architecture and unique atmosphere has drawn millions of visitors from across the world.

 

Following feedback from our organisers, exhibitors and visitors, we plan to continue to build on this distinctive heritage and are investing £700 million to create an extraordinary destination for events, the creative industries and entrepreneurship. By working with world-renowned design studio Heatherwick Studio and the award winning practice SPPARC, we envision a diverse cultural hub for London with more public and green space.

 

Retaining our renowned programme of exhibitions and events is a key priority. We want to keep things running as normal as possible, but we recognise some level of disruption is inevitable. If our planning application is successful, we will work in collaboration with organisers to minimise the impact of the construction works.”

For more information, please visit: https://olympia.london/future

 

 

News Digest

The News Digest is a roundup of the latest talking points in the events industry designed to keep you up to date and get you involved in the discussion. Leading the debate this episode, we have:

 

Samme Allen, Founder of Sequoia Venue Solutions

Edward Poland, Co-Founder of Hire Space

Guest: Martin Fullard, Deputy Editor of Conference News

 

THE WEATHER IS SCORCHING

What does it mean for events?

 

CHANGES IN THE MEETINGS INDUSTRY

Is it time to turn and face the strange?

 

NO LOUD MUSIC AFTER BEDTIME

Will Hackney Council’s new licensing policy kill the borough’s nightlife?

 

THE REDEVELOPMENT OF OLYMPIA

Good news for London as a global events destination?

 

Update 31/07/2018: Statement from Olympia London

 

“Since opening our doors in 1886, Olympia London’s stunning architecture and unique atmosphere has drawn millions of visitors from across the world.

 

Following feedback from our organisers, exhibitors and visitors, we plan to continue to build on this distinctive heritage and are investing £700 million to create an extraordinary destination for events, the creative industries and entrepreneurship. By working with world-renowned design studio Heatherwick Studio and the award winning practice SPPARC, we envision a diverse cultural hub for London with more public and green space.

 

Retaining our renowned programme of exhibitions and events is a key priority. We want to keep things running as normal as possible, but we recognise some level of disruption is inevitable. If our planning application is successful, we will work in collaboration with organisers to minimise the impact of the construction works.”

For more information, please visit: https://olympia.london/future

 

 

Let us know your thoughts and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #EventLAB.

  

Interview with Alex Head

 

Recently featured in the Evening Standard, Social Pantry is a dedicated team of experienced chefs, event planners and waiting staff. Since 2015, Social Pantry has worked to rehabilitate young ex-offenders, offering full-time and part-time work positions to recently released young men. Ed sat down with Alex, to find out more about Social Pantry and entrepreneurship in the events and hospitality industry.

 

Venue Talk

Joe Harry, another member of the Venue Expert team at Hire Space, joins Nathan this week to bring you more of London's latest and greatest venues.

 

The Unit Mayfair

Unit London is recognised for its pioneering approach to digital media and in expanding and diversifying contemporary art audiences using new technologies. The gallery's main focus is on generating mass engagement with the most exciting, talented and culturally-relevant artists of our time.  

Blame Gloria

Bring your dancing shoes and an open mind to this new bar and set to replace the Adventure Bar in Covent Garden.The bar is set in a basement with exposed brickwork, low lighting and a classic cocktail bar set up. IThere is no pretention at Blame Gloria, expect to end the night dancing and singing along to anything from The Beatles to Lady Gaga.

26 Leake Street

This brand new multipurpose venue has capacity for 1,200, is situated undereath Waterloo Station

Described by Vogue as a "Cavernous Concrete Hell Hole" and with celebrity appearances from Drake, Professor Green and Big Sean already, the location has fast become the epitome of cool.

 

 

Mentioned in the Episode

 

Martin's Article on the Meetings industry "Change Killed My Milkman" 

 

PCMA Convening Leaders

 

Hackney Council Noise Policy

 

Nicola Macdonald's Exclusive on the £700m investment in Olympia

 

Bentley's Oyster Bar

 

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For the latest EventLAB news and information on upcoming live events check out eventlab.online.

 

Enter for the Hire Space Awards

 

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Entries are now open for the Hire Space awards.

Final date for venues to enter is the 3rd of August

Final Date for Event Bookers to enter is the 20th of August

 

If you have a question or topic you'd like us to discuss, you're opening a new venue or you're an events professional interested in appearing on the show, you can get in touch with us via email: Eventlab@hirespace.com

 

Music: « Little Idea » from Bensound.com

 

Experience Inspiration

June 29th, 2018

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News Digest

The News Digest is a roundup of the latest talking points in the events industry designed to keep you up to date and get you involved in the discussion. Leading the debate, we have:

 

Charlotte Gentry formerly Wilson, Founder and CEO of Pure Events

Edward Poland, Co-Founder of Hire Space

Guest: Julian Saipe, Director of Zafferano

 

OLIO LAUNCHES FOOD SHARING APP

How can the event industry tackle its food waste problem?

 

DESTINATION MARKETING

Should there be greater collaboration between destinations?

 

AGENCIES NEED TO START CHARGING FOR THEIR SERVICES

Will we see them charge for venue finding?

 

Let us know your thoughts and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #EventLAB.

 

 

Inspired Experiences

 

We spoke to three people involved in creating exciting experiences that we reckon will thrill guests. If you’re an event planner or planning an event soon there’s certainly some inspiration to be found here.

 

Unlimited Brewing

Unlimited Brewing specialised in creating bespoke beverages. Their services are popular with restaurants and events looking to take a new approach to engage their guests. We spoke to Neil Soni about how you can use personalisation and bespoke elements to better tell your brand's story at an event.

 

clueQuest

clueQuest is a company that runs escape rooms - fully immersive puzzle experiences designed to be solved by a team. The first escape room opened in Tokyo around seven years ago and today there are around 3,000 operating globally. We spoke to Alexis King about escape rooms as team building activities and what events can learn about audience engagement.

 

Draughts London

Alongside immersive experiences like escape rooms, cities are seeing a rise in activity based venues with trendy spots like Flight Club, Bounce and Puttshack offer games like Darts, Ping pong and Mini-golf to create a more experiential way to socialise over places offering more traditional hospitality. Alongside these activities, board games are seeing a massive surge in popularity and dedicated board game cafes are opening up across the country. We spoke to Draughts, a board game Cafe in Hackney to find out whether the unique social experience of playing a board game is something that could be incorporated into events.

 

Mentioned in the Episode

City Harvest

 

Plan Z Heroes

 

Olio

 

Puttshack

 

Bounce

 

Flight Club

 

Anomalous Visuals

 

Conference News

 

James Heappey

 

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For the latest EventLAB news and information on upcoming live events check out eventlab.online.

 

Pre-Register for EventLAB 2018 Tickets

 

You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

 

If you have a question or topic you'd like us to discuss, you're opening a new venue or you're an events professional interested in appearing on the show, you can get in touch with us via email: Eventlab@hirespace.com

 

Music: « Little Idea » from Bensound.com

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