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CDM2015 - Six months on

Back in March we ran an event to discuss how the new CDM legislation was likely to affect event planners. We have continued to follow the developments in this area and in this guest blog Lee Holloway advises event industry organisations to take a second look at the new legislation. First, I'd like to say a thank you to John for his invitation to write a guest post on CDM and for his efforts over the past year to engage with different parts of the events industry and enthusiastically myth-bus...

November 6, 2015

Making time to volunteer

In the event industry there can be a temptation to slow down over the summer. If your focus is the "corporate" events market then the general rule is that August is a time for getting your house in order – much like the end of December and start of January are the time for planning for the year ahead. Of course there is much to do in finalising events for quarter four, when we will all again look back and wonder how the summer can feel so far away as we start another 18-hour day; but wha...

July 23, 2015

How to organise an awards show on a budget

Not everyone has an endless budget to host an awards show; but that doesn't mean the look and feel should suffer. We have decided to share some advice on ways to enhance an awards evening without breaking the budget. Venue selection Look for venues that include elements of AV within the room hire. Some venues (Grange St Pauls, 8 Northumberland or Lancaster London as a few London examples) include their room lighting within the hire and this can be controlled by your AV team to give colour c...

July 7, 2015

NEWS UPDATE - New website, CHAS accreditation, London Marathon and much more!

It's been a busy month here at GMG, we've been beavering away working not only on forthcoming events but also on our fab new website – what do you think? Isn't it great?! In addition to that we have also achieved CHAS accreditation, which is good news in our continued focus on Health & Safety and means you can be assured that we do exactly what we say we do. So, what else have we been up to we hear you ask… Some highlights of the last few months include working on the London ...

June 23, 2015

The benefits of face-to-face meetings

We all know that it takes more time and effort to arrange a face-to-face meeting than it does to send an email, arrange a Skype call or pick up the phone.But by reducing person-to-person interaction do we really build the same relationships we used to years ago? I believe there is real value in making the time for face-to-face meetings. So much can be said for the non-verbal communication in our body language that simply can't be transmitted via email, phone or video.There's also the small t...

May 27, 2015

Talking the Talk or Walking the Walk?

It was only this morning whilst trying to explain to a client that Risk Assessments are a legal requirement for any event that I was brought back to my experiences over the last month – in particular now that the UK event space has picked up the CDM2015 requirements from the construction trade. I don't wish to dwell on the details of the requirements so much (we've discussed this in the past, Lee Holloway has summed up some of the key points and ESSA are hosting a roadshow with Simon Garrett...

May 12, 2015

Time for a Spring clean?

Spring is definitely in the air, the trees are covered in blossom, the daffodils and tulips are in bloom and the sun is shining. It's the time of year when the people around you seem to brighten, much like the sun. Both at home and at work it's time for a good spring clean before the summer season sets in. However, this year, with the Election looming, it is felt by many that making plans, which could well be affected by the outcome of the vote, may be a waste of time. Is there any point in ...

April 17, 2015

Health & Safety: The CDM2015 Regulations – at an Event Near You from 6th April 2015

On 17th March, GMG hosted an event for a number of end clients and production managers from across the industry. The evening included a panel discussion with leading H&S advisors within the industry (Simon Garrett of X-Venture and Lee Holloway of Freeman) – covering how the impending CDM2015 legislation will affect events. When we first shared our thoughts on CDM in January, we promised to keep you up-to-date so below we have outlined the main points raised during panel session. It was...

April 17, 2015

A global network

In an industry where you are only as good as your last event, it is important to choose wisely when it comes to suppliers and partners. Years spent dealing with everyone from AV companies to Venues and Entertainment to Florists mean I have come across some of the best as well as some that were, how shall I put it, not so good. It is easy of course to appoint suppliers in your own country; you can jump on the train or in the car and meet in person easily enough to discuss, in person, how you ...

March 11, 2015

Exhibitions - why do you attend and what do you achieve?

There are a huge number of industry exhibitions that take place throughout the year, as recently as last week of course International Confex and The Event Production Show took place at Olympia. But how do you approach these? Do you have great intentions of attending all the key exhibitions, expanding your knowledge, networking with suppliers and potential clients, attending the seminars and making the most of the entire event? Or do you, like some people I spoke with last week, avoid them like...

February 23, 2015

The key to a successful site visit

Site visits are for many people something that gets in the way of their to-do list. A chore that takes them away from the office for a few hours, a day or even a couple of days depending on the destination. Over the years I have been involved with hundreds, if not thousands of site visits and in my opinion, a well planned site visit is the difference between choosing the right venue and the wrong venue. You wouldn't buy a car without test driving it would you? Then why chose a venue for your e...

February 5, 2015

Putting the pieces together

Is building a bike like organising an event? When this arrived last Monday, I knew it meant I would lose my other half for a few days very soon... a few days very soon... He's a keen cyclist you see, in fact all things bike related – he currently owns two mountain bikes (MTB), one road bike and a motorbike plus the parts to build a single speed. That's the next project so I'm told. So this weekend, in the frosty garden, there he was – in shorts of course – taking great care to replace...

January 23, 2015

Corporate event health & safety 101

In an age of blame, how much responsibility do you actually have? The role of Health and Safety (H&S) within the event environment isn't a difficult one to understand – across most aspects we do things that may be more hazardous than in a more traditional work environment so we need to be aware of and manage those hazards. The biggest players (think festivals, exhibitions, international venues) on the whole have enough resources to take a proactive approach to H&S. Further down the ...

January 14, 2015

Getting back in the saddle - seven steps to success

Happy New Year! So Christmas is over and the New Year has arrived, that was quick! The team and I at GMG are looking forward to what 2015 has in store, we've already got an event in Greece lined up for March and we're excited to be partnering with Pickevent to bring you an event focused on Health & Safety for the events industry which will be going live shortly so keep your eyes peeled for that! You'll remember I'm sure that just before Christmas we tasked you with making a traditional "...

January 5, 2015

Planning Ahead

As you are reading this you are no doubt yourselves planning ahead, be that for Christmas in three days time, for New Year's Eve next week or for next year and all those resolutions you are going to make (and maybe even keep one or two this time!) For GMG too the last couple of weeks have been a time for planning and reflection. As our regular readers know these posts started out as a diary of our start-up; now almost four months later they are more a means of sharing thoughts, advice and in...

December 22, 2014

What is effective networking?

It's the time of year when most people are thinking about wrapping up for the year, counting down to their Christmas party, planning Christmas & New Year celebrations, generally starting to switch off. And who can blame us? After all, we work hard all year round and when the festive season sets in with everything that brings - the lights, the sparkle, the music, the mulled wine, the sugar & spice - who can resist joining in with all the festivities? But if everyone is starting to wind d...

December 15, 2014

A day off?

Recently we've talked about event apps, how it feels to attend an event and our updated website content among other things. This week I wanted to share something more personal with you. Is it possible to have a day off when you run your own company? Every year of my working life I have taken my birthday as a day's holiday, taking great joy in setting my out-of-office and diverting my work phone to voicemail. I'm sure this stems back to when I was a child and my parents instilling in my young...

December 8, 2014

Event Apps - All the rage or ALL THE RAGE?

We've talked before in this blog about how technology, particularly in the realm of smartphones can be used to enhance events. This is, as you can probably imagine, an incredibly fast-moving area of the events industry, and so what's big now might be yesterday's news as soon as the next innovation achieves critical mass. What will drive development in this area is by identifying, or potentially even manufacturing, a need; and using the technology to deliver a solution to that need. Remember tho...

December 1, 2014

Putting ourselves in your shoes

We talk a lot about how passionate we are about events. As recently as last week we told you that job satisfaction makes our job glamorous. Part of our passion for events means that not only do we focus on organising events for our clients but we also make sure we attend events regularly – sometimes its to make sure we're up-to-date on current technology and event trends, sometimes it's a networking opportunity to increase our network of both suppliers and clients, and sometimes its for good o...

November 24, 2014

So you think events are glamorous do you?

People outside of the events industry often say things to me like: "An awards show? Oh that must be so much fun!" "Another 5* hotel? You must be sick of them!" "You're off to Paris for an event? That's just a holiday isn't it?" "What freebies did you get me from the exhibition?" And the like…those of you on the inside will know exactly what I mean. And to be honest, it is fun, but you have to be a special kind of person to really enjoy it. What no-one tells you about before you get bitten b...

November 17, 2014

Refreshed

Eagle-eyed readers might notice something ever so slightly different about our website. That's right! We've had a bit of a rejig; do you like it? This came about from looking at where the old design was at, what was working and what wasn't working, and trying to make it as good as it can be. We also listened to what others had to say about it. Because we like to listen, and we like to regularly take stock of what's going right, and what has room for improvement. No doubt we'll be making more cha...

November 10, 2014

Shaken not stirred

Some of our clients (and potential clients) will hopefully have noticed something drop through the door this week. No, it wasn't a nasty Halloween trick from some errant hoodlums, it was something from us instead. Specifically a cocktail recipe. We love our coffee here at GMG Network and thought we'd share one of its lesser known applications with some people who we thought might appreciate it. It's wicked tasty, and if anyone ends up trying it out then make sure you let us know how it goes! Or ...

November 3, 2014

No such thing as a free lunch?

Diary of an Event Consultancy Start Up – Week 7 A big part of what we do at GMG relates to tech. As recently as 10 years ago your average event would require no more than a few microphones and a big enough PA. Yet the march of technology has in the past decade given us more scope than ever to be clever, creative and innovative in producing slick, professional, memorable events. Nearly everyone has a smartphone these days, and earlier this week we attended a webinar looking at how that can be...

October 27, 2014

Diary of an Event Consultancy Start Up

Week Six Remember the old Mission: Impossible TV series? Not the Tom Cruise films, but the old, low-budget-but-good-clean-fun-nonetheless one from the 60s (featuring, among others, Spock and the guy from "Airplane!"). Well, at the beginning of every episode would be what they called the "Dossier Scene", in which the main character would sift through the dossiers of available agents in order to put together the most suitable team for the job. Whilst as events consultants we don't get much chan...

October 20, 2014

Diary of an Event Consultancy Start Up

Week Five I don't think I'm that old. I don't feel it. I embrace new music on the radio. I'm even considering trying that Insanity class at the gym. There's a spring in my step as I alight the train at London Bridge this week, off to meet prospective clients. I have embraced the modern world. One has to if one is going to work in the Events Industry. I pride myself on my ability to keep abreast of the ever-evolving technological world. The trouble is, everyone else does the same. I read artic...

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