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Venue Expo comes to Scotland for the first time

22nd September 2016

Edinburgh, Wednesday 21 September 2016
For the first time in its three-year history, Venue Expo, which will also be co-located with PA Expo, will be hosting a second show in 2017 by taking the eminent profile further up north to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

In just three years, Venue Expo has built a strong reputation for being the leading exhibition for the meetings and events industry in the North of England. Currently located in Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Venue Expo, which this year is co-located with PA Expo, has consistently delivered show stopping exhibitions featuring the very best products & services, world class content and the industry's leading keynote speakers. Visitors to the event represent Agencies and PCO's, Corporate companies, Associations and Exhibition/Event Organisers.

The EICC is one of the world's most outstanding venues for conventions, conferences and exhibitions alike so it is only right that it will now be the home to the equally-impressive Venue Expo and PA Expo 12 - 13 April 2017.

Past events have seen hordes of attendees, hosted buyers and exhibitors gracing the event to gain direct contact with event industry buyers. As the events marketplace continues to strive, it is imperative that there is representation of this via a dedicated large scale exhibition in Scotland.

Attendees to both the Venue Expo and PA Expo will have the opportunity to attend top quality CPD accredited seminars, benefit from priceless networking opportunities and will be able to benefit from a wide variety of exhibitors offering services and products all pertaining everything MICE.

President of UKFE Brett Bienias says 'This is an incredibly exciting time for the Venue & PA Expo. We have made significant progress in cementing these events as the largest MICE industry and PA focused events in the North and they have been absolutely incredible and tantamount to the fact that we have now been able to expand these profiles to Scotland. We have been working on our Scotland proposition for the last 12 months and are very pleased to announce this outstanding news and to be working alongside a world renowned venue such as the EICC.'

EICC's Chief Executive, Marshall Dallas commented 'We are thrilled that the EICC has been selected to be the host of the Venue Expo & PA Expo 2017 for its inaugural event in Scotland. We very much look forward to hosting representatives from venues and event suppliers from the UK and Europe who will exhibit to the thousands of event professionals and PA's which are expected to attend this high-profile event for our industry.'

For those wanting the perfect platform to do business with industry leaders in Scotland, this exhibition is not one to be missed.

Jon Morter On 'How To Beat X Factor' At Venue Expo 2016

14th September 2016

Venue Expo 2016, which is co-located with PA Expo lands back in it's birthplace...LIVERPOOL, for it's biggest exhibition to date, bringing Exhibition Centre Liverpool to a standstill as we invite unprecedented hordes of MICE industry professionals, business leaders and PA's into the North's largest and most important business exhibition.

To celebrate it's third year in the industry, this herculean exhibition not only consists of up to 300 exhibitors with the very best products and services but visitors will be joined by a true pioneer...

For the first year ever and running alongside our already glittering line up of key speakers, we are extremely proud to offer visitors world class content with an exclusive insight into the Award Winning Social Media Magnate; Jon Morter.

Heralded as a true 'Social Media Hellraiser' by the New York Times and praised for his gatecrashing of the music industry through his stratospheric and grassroot social media campaign, which successfully saw Rage Against The Machine beat the relentless might of music goliath Simon Cowell's X Factor for the race to Christmas number one.

After breaking a Guinness World Record for sales through this campaign, Jon's work has gone from strength to strength, securing him another two #1 chart toppers with The Justice Collective's Hillsborough Tribute Single and a Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street re-release as well as running a hugely successful campaign to Save BBC Radio 6.

Since this success Jon has gone on to work with some of the biggest artists in the world including Nirvana, Sex Pistols, Rod Stewart and Eagles of Death Metal, as well as holding classes for major industry giants including the BBC, Facebook and Dragon's Den Mentor Peter Jones' Academy.

Jon will be holding an exclusive masterclass at the Venue Expo & PA Expo over both days whereby he will be revealing the recipe to success and top secrets behind his world class social media campaigns.

Jon Morter says ' I am honoured to be involved in this outstanding event, which is extremely relevant to my work. I am really looking forward to meeting many business professionals from both the Venue and PA expo's wherein I can share my knowledge, wisdom and business sense'

Brett Bienias, President of UKFE said 'From the feedback we received from last years Venue Expo, visitors asked for more support on maximising social media within their roles. As such we have secured the best social media guru in the country to coach our visitors and provide unrivalled insight in achieving world class results with their online skills'

Jon will be holding his bespoke, exclusive masterclass, Q&A and networking sessions throughout the two day event. Entry to the event is free and visitors can enjoy the many features within. To purchase tickets to the VIP area and Jon Morter's masterclass, please visit:

Global Event Tech: Event Technology is heading to Liverpool

11th May 2016

Global Event Tech 2016, a free to attend event which will take place on the 27th & 28th June from 10:00 - 16.00 across both days at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Showcasing 42 of the leading event tech providers worldwide as well we have attracted high profile keynote speakers who will share their
live event experiences, industry knowledge and expertise. Liverpool continues to increase its momentum to become one of Europe's leading destinations for large scale exhibitions, ensuring it to be the perfect location for Global Event Tech to grow. Our aim is to provide both an innovative and thrilling platform for learning, sharing and developing new business as part of the International Festival of Business. Global Event Tech is set to connect the events industry with a vast array of suppliers and events professionals. You can find the leading event tech providers such as ITM Mobile, D2i Systems and Glisser only to name a few, who will showcase the very best in the industry from latest emerging technologies and developments. The audience will range from event organisers from all backgrounds such as corporate or agencies as well as venues of whom are looking to enhance their own event experiences. We will be attracting international delegates by delivering a strong Hosted Buyer Programme by organising dedicated 1-2-1 meetings based on the Hosted Buyer's requirements and preferences. In return this will provide our exhibitors with outstanding business opportunities by connecting with the right people. At Global Event Tech, we believe that much there better place around the word to do business but in the heart of Liverpool.
To register to attend Global Event Tech as a Hosted Buyer visit our website:
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Bacon Theatre Summer Season 2016

Bacon Theatre Summer Season 2016

6th May 2016

May to August
The Bacon Theatre team are raring to go with a new summer line-up, running from May till August 2016. Audiences can expect fantastic live music, event cinema and outdoor theatre to fill their social calendars.
The National Theatre Live screenings continue, broadcast live in stunning High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound. With two favourites returning for encore screenings: A View from the Bridge [12A] an Olivier Award winner broadcast from the Young Vic and The Audience [12A] starring Helen Mirren at Queen Elizabeth II. There is also time to squeeze in a live broadcast from the RSC with their Hamlet [12A] directed by Simon Goodwin.
Other indoor events include superb live music from Voodoo Room, Cotswold Clapton and musical entertainment with Summer Dreaming; more great films that have been hand-picked for audiences to enjoy on the big screen including Love & Mercy [12A], Brooklyn [12A] and The Danish Girl [15] in particular with incredible performances from Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.
July and August bring an exciting collection of outdoor theatre events, as the picturesque Tuckwell Amphitheatre opens its gates for the annual Open-air Theatre Festival. Two weeks of energising live stage productions and quirky films under the stars include: As You Like It, Murder on the Terrace, Robin Hood, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Gulliver's Travels, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dotty the Dragon, Romeo and Juliet, Around the World in 80 Days, plus films under the stars Man Up [15] and Chicago [12A].
Speaking for the Bacon Theatre, Theatre Administrator Alicia Norman said: 'We are excited to be opening the doors to the Tuckwell once again, for another jam packed line-up. This year we will be debuting our vintage refreshments van, where you can treat yourself to an ice-cream, a hot chocolate or a little tipple!'
All these events are now on sale and may be bought online at or from the Bacon Theatre ticket office on 01242 258002.

Robert Juliat brings changes to Prolight+Sound 2016

Robert Juliat brings changes to Prolight+Sound 2016

18th April 2016

Robert Juliat was very happy with its position in the middle of the Lightpower Village in Hall 3.0 where its products attracted a constant stream of visitors for the whole duration of the show.

The array of RJ Zep LED profile and Fresnel fixtures drew much attention from theatre, event and display technicians, as did the Merlin 2500W HMI touring spot and the 300W LED Roxie followspot, which both continue to lead the way in followspot innovation.

But perhaps the biggest scene-stealer was the Dalis LED cyclorama light which brought with it some exciting new developments to the technology that took the show by storm in 2015. In addition to the award-winning Dalis 860 Cyclight, which has been flying off the shelves since last year, Robert Juliat also unveiled a new Dalis footlight batten and a Dalis wash light.

The Dalis LED Footlight 862 is a 150W LED batten with 48 white LED sources arranged in a double row. It shares the Cyclight's exclusive patented optical system of 48 micro optical asymmetric reflectors giving an even spread of light and perfect dimming from 100% - 0%. The two rows are arranged to give long or short throw options, to give low level lighting on performers from the front to the back of the stage. Each row is controlled independently or in groups of four via DMX /RDM, Art-Net and sACN with 16-bit control.

Four small, DMX-controlled, blue LED are located between the reflectors to serve as stage edge lighting.

Dalis Footlight offers a true tunable white from 6500K to 2200K giving true (non-coloured) shadows which makes it ideal for display applications. All controls and connections are on the bottom of the fixture to maintain clean sight lines.

Silent, fanless operation makes Dalis Footlight perfect for opera houses and television studios and any sound-sensitive applications, but it is equally happy in shop windows and exhibitions where its clean lines will add a touch of class to any display.

The Dalis LED Washlight 861 takes the same technology as the original Dalis Cyclight and reconfigures into a rectangular format with 24 asymmetrical micro-reflectors and 8-colour LEDs arranged in four rows. Sharing the qualities of control, colour mixing, coverage and silent operation as Dalis Cyclight and Footlight, it is the perfect wash complement to the Dalis range.

'The new additions to the Dalis range expand the Dalis technology into a versatile, multi-functional product line that widens the design possibilities for lighting designers in many markets,' says Robert Juliat Sales Director, Claus Spreyer. 'We were very pleased with the level of attention our new products received, with the only (enjoyable!) distraction being a performance from the Dead Daisies, arranged by Lightpower's Ralph-Jörg Wezorke, as after-show entertainment! We are very happy to see people so excited by all our products and the eagerness with which the new Dalis developments were received. The show, as always, has brought about new business opportunities and continues to be the best showcase for Robert Juliat products in Europe.'

More information on all Robert Juliat products, including the new Dalis Footlight and Dalis Washlight, can be found at

Link to DALIS video:

Robert Juliat at Prolight + Sound 2016, Frankfurt

Robert Juliat at Prolight + Sound 2016, Frankfurt

21st March 2016

Robert Juliat returns to Frankfurt in 2016, in a new location, where it will celebrate the show's re-imagined layout with its German distributor, Lightpower GmbH, in the Lightpower Village (Hall 3 Stand C44).

The award-winning DALIS LED cyclorama and wall wash light will be on show in all its multi-coloured glory, and promises some exciting new developments this year. Since its introduction twelve months ago at Prolight + Sound 2015, Dalis has really taken off with demand coming from all corners of the globe.

Compact, lightweight and easy to install with a quick-rig mounting system, Dalis' 8-colour mixing LED system and 16-bit control result in an almost infinite range of repeatable colour possibilities, including true tunable white from 6500K to 2200K. Its exclusive patented optical system composed of 48 micro optical asymmetric reflectors, ensures an even spread of light, smooth colour transitions and perfect dimming from 100% - 0%. Its massive output belies its small power consumption, while silent, fanless operation makes Dalis perfect for opera houses and television studios and any sound-sensitive applications. Each 1m Dalis batten has four separately controllable sections allowing precise control of linear sections and can be mounted horizontally or vertically. Whichever way you look at it, Dalis has all the right ingredients to spice up your light!

This year's Prolight + Sound stand will demonstrate the Dalis effect in large format as 20 Dalis units are used in unison over a 8m x 7m cyclorama. New ideas will also be presented, rendering the Dalis family especially attractive to lighting designers of dance and ballet.

To see Dalis in action view our video presentation here: Spice up your light!

Robert Juliat's ZEP Family, the Zep 660 SX 300W LED profile and its Fresnel counterpart, Zep 360LF, will both be on show. The RJ Fresnel can be used as a direct replacement for traditional 1k or 2k Fresnel units but uses only 300w of long life LED power resulting in huge cost savings. Retaining all the key features of a traditional RJ fixture, the Zep family presents a genuine energy saving alternative to traditional fixtures, without the compromises.

Of course, no show would be complete without an appearance of Robert Juliat followspots, and this year Robert Juliat will present both the largest and the smallest of its range, as the 2500W HMI touring spot, Merlin, stands alongside the compact LED followspot, Roxie.

Merlin is a hot-restrike, flicker-free, 2.5k 6000k output beast with a built-in ballast that is powered from a just a single 16a connector. Designed for a tough life on the road, Merlin is built of aluminium and stainless steel for strength and anti-corrosion properties; its 4:1 optical range covers 3°-12° making it suitable for short and long throw applications. All RJ standard features are present, with the addition of separate horizontal and vertical shutters and advanced diagnostics which are accessible locally or remotely via RDM. Merlin is the perfect rental investment for concert touring.

With Roxie, it is all about efficiency. This compact marvel of efficient optics sports an Osram LED source with an output to rival a traditional 575W fixture. It is available in three colour temperatures and offers perfect beam shaping from 10.5° to 22.5°. Roxie is the ideal energy-efficient solution for all those venues where running costs need to be significantly reduced.

'Prolight + Sound is the highlight of the tradeshow calendar in Europe,' says Robert Juliat CEO, François Juliat. 'It is the ideal opportunity to gather our distributor family together, reinforce strong partnerships, and meet international end-users and all our Robert Juliat customers face to face.'

More details of all Robert Juliat products can be found at

Link to DALIS video:

Jockey Johnson's top Cheltenham tips

Jockey Johnson's top Cheltenham tips

14th March 2016

As Birmingham prepares to decant en masse to the Cheltenham Festival next week, soon-to-be-crowned Champion Jockey Richard Johnson has offered punters his top tips.
And he should know given he is one of a select few to have won the Big Four - the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, World Hurdle and Gold Cup.
Eventmasters' horse racing ambassador - the sports hospitality agency is hosting thousands of race goers across a range of facilities and has sold out all four days at its premier Silks @ Frontrunners offer - he pledged: 'The Gold Cup for me is the best race of the week and it is the pinnacle.'
Johnson won it in 2000 on Looks Like Trouble riding for his father-in-law Noel Chance and there is a special postscript to the story. 'Looks Like Trouble now lives at home with us, he has become a family pet, we love him. I haven't got a ride in the Gold Cup at the moment but fingers crossed something comes up because I would love to win the race again.'
However, Johnson thinks that an old-favourite who has made a blistering return to form this season could be the horse to beat. 'Looking at this year's Gold Cup I'd love to ride Cue Card. It's amazing for a ten-year-old to show the improvement he has when most horses are usually on the decline. And of course he's won at The Festival before.'
In the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase, Johnson believes Balthazar King can bounce back from injury. 'Balthazar King is in great form. He missed the race last season and was aimed at the Grand National, but this year he has been specifically trained for the Cross Country and is looking to win it for a third time. He is my best chance of the week.'
Elsewhere he fancies Garde La Victoire, which, dependent on the ground, could go in the JLT Novices' Steeple Chase.
And Saddlers Encore in the Pertemps Final is in the frame. 'He is still improving and won nicely at Sandown last time out. He is trained by Phillip Hobbs and doesn't have many miles on the clock.'
As for The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy, Douvan is the pick. 'He really looks to be the up and coming star at the moment and I really can't see him getting beat.'
Johnson is having a fantastic season and, now the legendary AP McCoy has put his feet up, is way ahead in the jump jockey championship.
He said: 'At the start I didn't really set myself any specific targets for numbers of winners, the main aim was the title. But the fact that I have had over 200 winners so far this season, combined with reaching 3,000 career winners has made it a very special year.
'I've been really shocked by the support I have received from the industry - it has been amazing to be honest and the season couldn't have gone any better. Hopefully we can continue with a good week at Cheltenham.'
Quizzed on the possibility of retirement, he replied: 'No chance! I've been trying to win this title for 22 years, so there are definitely no thoughts of retirement.'
Eventmasters managing director Denise Sheasby, a horse racing enthusiast, was a part owner of the popular 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander.
She said: 'It was great to have AP McCoy as our racing ambassador in his retirement year of 2015. We are delighted that Richard will be joining us at Silks both before and after racing on what should be a very special occasion for everyone especially as he is charging towards the jockeys' title which he has been seeking for so long.'

North East Women In Business Champion Awarded Obe In New Year Honours

North East Women In Business Champion Awarded Obe In New Year Honours

1st February 2016

DURHAM entrepreneur Nickie Gott is to be awarded a OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list 2016 for services to women into business and female entrepreneurship in the North East.

Nickie, 49 founded She's Gott It! in April 2002 and the company based on the Lambton estate has now become renowned for creating exciting events internationally, including the recent Hitachi plant opening attended by the Prime Minister and Chancellor and the opening of the new Crowne Plaza Newcastle

A previous winner of the North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, NE Entrepreneur of the Year and Region's Best Small Business award, most recently Nickie's company has been awarded two national event awards; Best Practice and Best Event at the National Outdoor Events Awards.
Following being named North East Woman Entrepreneur in 2007, Nickie became actively involved in supporting and growing the region's female business community and entrepreneurs. 

Her commitment to growing the region's female talent pool led to her forming the North East Women's Advisory board, part of the North East Chamber of Commerce, in September 2012.   

Through this group Nickie actively supports and promotes female entrepreneurship, as she believes passionately in the need to use networks and mentors to grow regional talent.  

Nickie also now drives and supports the annual North East Women Entrepreneur of the Year awards that take place each November and acts as a business mentor to a number of businesses.

On being told of her impending OBE, Nickie said: 'I was swept away with shock and gratitude when I opened the letter to see I have been being recommended for this prestigious honour. Championing women to start and grow their own business is my big passion, so being nominated especially for my services to women into business is wonderful.'
Nickie has overcome numerous challenges in her life to become the success she is today, including failing all of her 8 O-levels at 16, being made redundant at 3 months' pregnant with her first child, having a seriously ill second child and recovering from breast cancer and treatment in 2008.

The IIC Show Returns in 2016

25th January 2016

The 2016 IIC Show -
now in its second year, specialises in bringing forward the idea of inclusion, independence
and choice for people associated mixed ability. Taking place at the renowned Manchester Central
Convention Complex doors will open in just 9 days. The IIC Show is the most comprehensive retail and resource
event in the North West of England.
! The show will take place over 2
days on Sunday 31st of January &
Monday the 1st of February and will boast
a range of exciting, beneficial and essential products and services aimed especially at those associated with
mixed ability. Along with a selection of exhibitors at the show there will also be extremely invaluable and
high quality CPD accredited seminars and essential advice points which will be set out across the exhibition.
These seminars and advice points will be very useful for healthcare professionals, special needs educators,
occupational therapists and many many more.
! There will be up to 100 exhibitors showcasing products and services over the weekend. Including but not
limited to:
Mobility car showroom
Special Educational Needs zone (SEN Zone)
The latest innovations in mixed ability technology
Specialist free advice areas
Recruitment zone
Assistance dog demonstrations
Adaptive sports zone
These are just some of the excellent features available over the weekend at the IIC Show 2016. The exhibitors
who are taking part in IIC Show 2016 will be covering a wide range of disabilities including:
Physical and motor skills
Intellectual (learning and literacy)
Along with all of the features at the event, there will also be a selection of prestigious names sponsoring the
core elements of the show. Renault UK are on-board as the headline sponsor for the Moving and Handling
Theatre. Experia Innovations are also leading the way as headline sponsors throughout the show sponsoring
the Special Needs Education (SEN) stage, a perfect fit for the mixed ability educational sector.

Registration for the IIC Show 2016 is free and can be completed online before doors open on the 31st of January
The show is an excellent opportunity for both public and professional individuals to come and gain a
insight into the different aspects of mixed ability and explore the different solutions, support and
services available for those who are associated mixed ability.

Register online for free now:
The IIC Show 2016

31st January - 1st February 2016 10AM-4PM
Manchester Central
Windmill St
M2 3GX

Using Roller Banners To Boost Brand Awareness at Trade Shows

23rd December 2015

So we all know that roller banners are a great tool for marketing. They are super versatile, and as mentioned before on this blog we believe they are the ultimate guerrilla marketing tool. You can display them outside or inside, at conferences, shop windows, shopping centres… practically anywhere.

They really come into their own at trade shows giving any trade stand a slick, professional look which can really boost your brand recognition. Here's a few pointers to ensure that you make the most of your roller banners and help promote your brand.

Position is key
Positioning your banner is everything. You can have a kick-ass design and a banner print that knocks it out of the park but that won't matter if you're deploying it where nobody will see it. Look carefully at the layout of the trade show, pay particular attention on how people will move past your spot. You want to put your roller banner in an area that will get the message to the most people as possible. Think about how to angle the banner to ensure that people will read it as they walk by. That will make the difference in drawing people to your stall.

Use of both text and graphics
You can have the best quality banner money can buy but without a great design you're not going to attract anyone's attention. You can always use our design service (just contact us and we'll take you through your options) but if you already have a design in mind or even a graphic designer who does work for you then you probably want to use your own design. Remember make it clear, use imagery that's appropriate for the message you're conveying and as always remember to KISS (keep it simple stupid!).

Don't forget contact info!
You'd be amazed at the number of times people forget the basics. If you're going to be displaying your banner remember to include contact info at least somewhere in the design! Doesn't have to take up the whole banner especially if you expect people to contact you directly at the trade show but it's always a good idea to include your info somewhere on the design - someone might photograph your booth or banner. You want to make it as easy as possible for people to track you down after the show.