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How To Get Ahead!

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Being new to the events industry can be a daunting experience. How do you mark your mark? Prove your worth? Pick up on that enthusiasm and passion that everyone talks about and thrives on?

At EWL London we wanted to prove that we are friendly bunch and not as scary as we may seem, so we invited the friendliest faces of the industry and Event First Steps founders – Boulevard Events Sales Manager Priya Narain, ILEA Operations Manager Elena Clowes and GPJ Junior Marketing Strategist Caitlin Kobrak – to talk to us about getting your career out of the starting blocks. Read the rest of this entry »

We Can’t Be Afraid To Use Data!

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Whenever data is mentioned to a group of event professionals you will almost immediately see the colour drain away from their faces as they stare back at you looking rather bemused, therefore, here at EWL London we thought this would be the perfect topical debate for our March coffee morning.

#Eventprofs from 8 Northumberland, The Meetings Club and Venue Scanner joined guest hosts Clemi Hardie, Head of Pencils at Noodle Live and Rebecca Hyson, The Event Raccoon Director who led a very interesting debate on this very important topic at etc.venues Prospero House. Read the rest of this entry »

EWL Stateside: From Surviving to Thriving – Key Strategies for Event Planner Well-Being

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The good news is – it wasn’t a heart attack. It was anxiety and stress. The bad? I was told I had to slow down or it could get worse…much worse. I am an event planner. “Slow down” is not in my vocabulary.

In 2007, at the young and healthy age of 25, I was working for a high profile institution on professional education events. Our summers were insane and 70, 80, 90 hour weeks were not out of the question. During one particularly challenging week, I awoke at 4:00 a.m. to get ready for another 16-hour day. Read the rest of this entry »

Wellbeing and the Events Industry

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Question: How many of us associated in or with the Events industry truly love ourselves? Do we even know what loving ourselves is?

At the beginning of this year (2017) a survey was undertaken to find the top 10 most stressful jobs and to much astonishment the role of an Event Coordinator was listed as Number five! The only jobs listed as more stressful were the roles of military personnel, fire fighters, airline pilots and police officers. The least stressful job was an information security analyst……really?? Read the rest of this entry »

Are You a ‘How’ or a ‘What’ Event Professional?

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EWL London held their first Mastermind lunch of 2017 in February on the topic of making events memorable at etc.venues Avonmouth House.

The lunch attended by event professionals from Sequoia Partnership, Jeremy Jacobs Communications, Evotion and Tentickle Stretchtents, looked to address how our event offering is formulated. Read the rest of this entry »

The Rapidly Changing World of Events

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579f202766155On Thursday 2nd February 2017, a group of innovative and passionate MICE professionals came together for EWL London’s mastermind coffee morning, and discussed trends that they saw in the rapidly-changing world of meetings and events.

Conversation flowed for the entire morning which was held in the lovely and convenient etc.venues Prospero House. Read the rest of this entry »

EWL News – We’re Rocking A New Look For Our Third Year

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img_0319It’s our third year of operation and our second since EWL Club UK officially launched January last year.

With our new year comes a brand new look! Read the rest of this entry »

Realise Launches First Event Apprentice Training Programme

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david-prestonThe first fully recognised and industry created apprenticeship training programme has been launched today by Realise. The programme, which has been developed by long term industry trainers David Preston and Richard John, is ready to use and follows on from the announcement of hiring of the first event apprentice. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Customer Service falling short?

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img_0128Our November coffee morning was held at the London’s magnificent 18th century aristocratic palace, Spencer House, with guest hosts and Event Director Chris Stallworthy and Component Events Director Charlotte Picot.

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Member Spotlight: Sarah McAnulty – Emerald & Mae

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Sarah McAnultyA fantastic spotlight with Emerald & Mae Director and Venue Consultant Sarah McAnulty this month, as we chatted about talking that leap to start a new business and expecting the best… from yourself! Read the rest of this entry »

Gender & Diversity in events, 18 months on!

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img_060118 months from the very first EWL lunch we revisited the gender and diversity topic for our October coffee morning, but this time with guest host Fay Sharpe, Zibrant – Top 50 company for women to work for – Managing Director and Founder of Fast Forward 15, the event industry’s mentoring programme exclusively for women looking to further their careers in events.

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Evolve Networking & Mentoring Launch – in pictures!

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Two weeks ago we saw the eagerly anticipated launch of EWL Evolve, six months in the making and the event industry’s first all-inclusive mentoring programme for its rising stars and established talent.

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Member Spotlight: Selina Waterman-Smith – Dark Horse

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Selina Waterman-SmithFor September’s member spotlight we speak to BBC Apprentice Candidate and Dark Horse Creative Director, Selina Waterman-Smith, who tells us all about costumer design, being an avid reader and being hand picked by an Arab King! Read the rest of this entry »

Where’s The Food!

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img_0213Our September lunch was held at the stunning Restaurant Ours and expertly hosted by Susan Heaton-Wright of Viva Live Music, during which we discussed the importance and value of trustworthy relationships in the events industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Partner News: Harilela Hotels launches new brand concept – The Hari

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Hotel WelcomeFollowing a 58 year heritage in hotel development and management, Harilela Hotels are introducing their own new hotel concept for the global travel market – The Hari. Read the rest of this entry »

Partner News: Apprenticeship in Events Management passes milestone, getting closer to full Government approval

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apprenticeships-logoThe event industry’s Trailblazer Scheme has reached the final stage of a long process to gain government approval and finally allow employers to hire Apprentice event managers. Read the rest of this entry »

Member Spotlight: Hannah Luffman – Freelance/Contract Event Director

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Hannah Luffman (2)We’re delighted to have interviewed freelance event director Hannah Luffman for this month’s member spotlight, who talked to us about the boss’s wedding and creating a workspace for event profs with babies and puppies… Read the rest of this entry »

Industry News: International Confex Launches #myConfex

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CcntK2mXEAAmHyNInternational Confex has launched a new campaign for its 2017 show; #myConfex. The marketing will now see a series of new advertising creatives that support the wider event strategy of making the visitors the ‘hero’ of the show. Read the rest of this entry »

Member Spotlight: Irina Trofimovskaya – The Mice Blog

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IrinaIn this month’s EWL London member spotlight, The Mice Blog editor, Irina Trofimovskaya talks to us about why she launched #EventPlannersTalk, having no regrets, and how if she had the investment she would organise the best fitness convention in Europe! Read the rest of this entry »

Member News: ExM Live Forum – 22nd June 2016

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AR Experiential have launched a new event series to debut at London Technology Week. The first edition of “ExM Live Forum” will be co-hosted by AR Experiential, Engine Creative, EVRYWHERE Group and Sublime. Read the rest of this entry »