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From Initial Plans To Lasting Impressions

From Initial Plans To Lasting Impressions

Your event transport solutions made easy with Event Connect.
With a UK wide network of road transport partners and vehicles ranging from coaches, luxury minibuses and executive cars, Event Connect will work as an extension of your team providing a full service, tailored transport solution to suit both you and… your customers.
No matter what type of event you're planning, we've got project planners with the expertise and experience to match and we'll assign you a dedicated project team with the right skills to deliver a transport plan, which offers efficiency and reliability.
With years of experience in event transport and the additional support from our 24 hour control room, our regionally tailored service will ensure you are in safe hands, leaving you free to focus on planning the rest of your event.

Email: nadia.hutcheson@abellio.co.uk 
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Tobacco Dock aims to build events industry community at the heart of successful venue

Tobacco Dock aims to build events industry community at the heart of successful venue

Tobacco Dock, The City's iconic conference and events venue, is also home to a stunning complex of offices, meeting room suites and semi-private workspaces. TDVL, operators of Tobacco Dock, are now aiming to attract a range of businesses in the events space - including suppliers, event tech innovators, production companies,… hospitality specialists and ticketing businesses - to base themselves in characterful offices at the venue.

Patrick Donovan, Managing Director of TDVL, says "Over the last decade we've seen a trend towards clustering where your clients are. FinTech in Canary Wharf, creative industries in Shoreditch and Soho etc. It seems to make sense for events professionals, SMEs and specialist suppliers to be co-located with one of the capital's busiest events hubs. We can't promise that our clients will become their customers, but it makes sense to be on site and in a position to showcase your ideas in a venue where more than half a million visitors a year, and some of the world's biggest brands, are passing through".

The Dock offers private and semi-private offices for businesses from 2 to 30 people and, thanks to the recent explosion of development in the Wapping and Shadwell area, as well as new facilities on site like Dock St Cafe and the super-cool Skylight rooftop bar and lawn-club, the neighbourhood is really coming to life. New residential and retail projects are springing up next-door at London Docks & St Katharine Docks and Thomas More Square also boasts a range of new bars and cafes as well as access to tube and overground networks.

Donovan is convinced about the attractions of the kind of office facilities that he has created at The Dock 'Who wants the hassle of long-term fully repairing leases and all the investment required for reception, security, print room, IT, super fast wi-fi and other facilities? By packaging all that up and being able to offer a business of say 6 people a smart, fully serviced office for less than £20k pa including rent, rates and all service charges - we think The Dock will make the perfect home for small, but fast growing events industry enterprises'.

For further information email larissa@thedocklondon.com, phone 0203 846 9201 or visit http://www.thedocklondon.com

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Open-Air Theatre Festival

Open-Air Theatre Festival

Dean Close School's idyllic outdoor venue, The Tuckwell Amphitheatre has established itself as the premiere location to enjoy exciting theatre, not least open-air Shakespeare productions. The festival team have hand-picked another selection of sizzling Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Speaking on behalf of… the festival team, Clara Hambling said: 'Shakespeare in the evening sunshine, with a picnic and some fun loving friends! What could be more civilised?!.'

On 19th July Cheltenham will play host to Folksy Theatre's Twelfth Night, in which two twin siblings, Viola and Sebastian, are separated in a shipwreck. Viola takes on the appearance of a man to be accepted to work in Duke Orsino's household and then the fun really begins! Twelfth Night is a play about mistaken identities, about love and the madness it can drive us to. Filled with Folksy's touch of live music, bold characters and audience interaction, this will be the perfect start to the summer.

On 26th July you are invited to Heartbreak Productions' 1928 Fete of Misrule to enjoy a playful outdoor adaptation of Shakespeare's unlikely love story; The Taming of the Shrew. Everyone wants to marry Bianca, Kate's younger sister but Kate must be married first and no suitor can be found. Enter Petruchio, a gamester on the make who surprises them both with the most unconventional courtship in English literature. A controversial, passionate and tender story of sexual politics brought to life with Heartbreak's hallmark live music, humour and audience interaction.

On 3rd August festival favourites The Pantaloons Theatre Company return with Shakespeare's most iconic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his musical fairy band told a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem. This critically-acclaimed theatre company tell the Bard's timeless comic tale in their own distinctive and anarchic style.

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Business professionals set to benefit from the largest events exhibition in the South West

Business professionals set to benefit from the largest events exhibition in the South West

After a successful introduction in Scotland, the next step sees the Venue Expo, co-located with
PA Expo head to the South West. Aiming to replicate the success of Edinburgh, we will be at
the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on the 24th of May 2017.
The Celtic Manor is a fantastic venue, recently voted… the UK's Best Hotel at the Meeting &
Incentive Travel Awards held in London. This was the sixth time in the last 7 years that this
prestigious venue has been awarded this title.
This further confirms Celtic Manor's position as the leading destination for events in the UK, the
accolade recognises another outstanding year for Celtic Manor when it once again returned
record revenues, acquired a neighbouring 148-bedroom hotel and secured the final funding to
begin constructing the new International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) for 5,000
delegates.
Celtic Manor Resort Sales Director, Danielle Bounds says:
'We are delighted to be hosting Venue Expo 2017 and bringing this prestigious event to Wales
for the first time. Venue Expo has built a reputation as one of the leading MICE industry
exhibitions and hosting this event gives us an excellent opportunity to showcase the fantastic
facilities we have for staging meetings, conferences and events here at Celtic Manor. When we
exhibit at other show venues, we always say you really need to visit Celtic Manor to truly
appreciate the size and scale and quality of our facilities and the great thing about hosting
Venue Expo 2017 is that we can show the delegates all that while they are here for the event.'
The inaugural show will feature unrivalled networking for all attendees to benefit from, including
groups such as Womenspires & Zokit just to name a few. With a variety of networking taking
place, there really is something for everyone. Not to mention a variety of informative seminars,
covering topics from marketing to networking, as well as high quality exhibitors, all offering a
large variety of products and services.
This year's shows will see the team at UKFE - organisers of the Venue Expo, deliver their
strongest profile to date! All have been working hard to ensure that the inaugural event in
Newport is a great success by using the most current and in demand participants such as Stage
Sound Services, Newport City Council, Vale Resort & more... as they continue to strengthen
the title of a leading MICE industry and business focused event across the UK.
'We are all very excited as it's an incredible time for the Venue & PA Expo. Cementing these
events as leading Business and PA focused exhibitions in the North has been a long but
worthwhile journey. The fact we have expanded these profiles to include Wales is incredible. I
am exuberant for the debut in Newport and look forward to working with our exhibitors and
meeting all the attendees.' - President of UKFE Brett Bienias
All delegates will have the chance to return to the Celtic Manor Resort, the stunning setting for
Venue Expo and PA Expo, and treat a guest to a luxury overnight stay including dinner and
breakfast. To be included in the prize draw, simply drop your business card off at registration!
For anyone looking to do business and be exposed to industry leaders from Wales and across
the UK, this is an opportunity that you simply can't afford to miss.
You can can register by following the link or simply turning up on the day:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/venue-pa-expo-newport-wales-general-attendance-tickets-31059
629187
For further information, please contact
Paalan Sood - Marketing Executive
Marketing@ukfe.co.uk
0151 203 0043

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Change At The Helm Of Parallel Blue

Change At The Helm Of Parallel Blue

John Denton calls time on events
STROUD, UK, 26th April 2017 - CHANGE AT THE HELM OF PARALLEL BLUE
John Denton calls time on events - Paul Martin takes over as Managing Director
After 26 years at the helm of Parallel Blue, the live communication and events agency, John Denton has decided it's… time to step down as Managing Director and head off to a well-earned retirement. Paul Martin, currently Business Development Director, will take over as Managing Director with immediate effect and will be responsible for the company's ambitious ongoing growth strategy.
John formed the company in 1991 as Compass Event Management and has worked with many companies and industries over the years, delivering world class events and experiences. John said 'While it is a very sad day for me to leave the company I began all those years ago, I can look back with incredible pleasure on the fantastic times I, my colleagues and of course our clients have had. The moment is right for me to depart and spend more time doing the things I love such as sailing, travelling and of course indulge my passion for food and wine. I leave with Parallel Blue having a bright future ahead of it and I wish everyone all the very best.'
New Managing Director Paul Martin has over 15 years' experience in the events business both within the corporate sector and on the agency side. He has been with Parallel Blue for the last 3 and a half years as Business Development Director. Paul said 'We are very sorry to see John go; his customer centric approach, combined with his experience and expertise in all things events have been the bedrock for Parallel Blue's success over the years. He leaves us with a strong client base and an ever-expanding pipe line of new business opportunities and I am looking forward to leading the growth of Parallel Blue as an events agency with clients' needs at the heart of everything we do.
While John is formally stepping down, I know he intends to continue to act in a consulting capacity so we will no doubt continue to see him on a regular basis. We wish him a long and happy retirement.'

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