In the past decade, the event management industry has enormously grown. Based on research conducted recently by a certified special event professional, Dr Goldblatt, over $500 billion is spent annually on special events worldwide. Profits in this industry continue to rise, with an average profit for an event entrepreneur said to be up to 40 percent.
Anytime you intend to host an event, you are left with two choices: to hire a company or do it on your own. If you have never organised an event before, take a heads up and prepare, as this can be a complex and demanding task. However, if you decide to hire an event management company in London, there are a few things you should know. First of all, an event management company in London will save you time, and secondly, they can make your event to be more memorable, attractive, organised, efficient, and most importantly, successful. Choosing the right one might seem like an easy task – just Google them and choose any company. But the problem is which one do you choose from?
“A truly stunning event, yesterday. I could see that it really helped the Agrimetrics team realise what a significant endeavour they are involved in and I think a lot of the attendees were blown out of the water by the opening video – I’m sure many of them won’t have expected, or indeed, seen, such a professional and stall-setting start to an ‘Agri-Tech’ event. Same time next year?”
“The quality of the end result, is a credit to you and your team. It was a great success – we now need twice as many people to deal with the potential leads”
"Thank you for all your efforts to make this customer event a success. Your choice of restaurant and menu was great. Hope we have more chances to work in future. And best of luck for your future events”
“Bloody brilliant day! The audience were captivated. You’re the best. Thanks”
“If we’d done it ourselves it would’ve looked homemade. Thanks for not letting us do that”
“Huge thanks to you and your team for a FANTASTIC series of events this week, topped off (!) nicely, with today’s extravaganza. It was certainly a challenging environment for you all but you delivered it, as always, seamlessly with your usual professional, unflappable style. The space looked fantastic and I have had amazing feedback from everyone who attended. The caterers were also brilliant and looked after our guests really well.”
There are thousands of event companies online. To choose the best, you need to have some things at the back of your mind:
1.Know what you need
Begin by making a wish list. Make sure the company you go with can meet all your expectations. Don’t spend much time describing, be concise and state exactly what you need. You can ask for an official offer from the company and know the kinds of events they organise.
2.Carryout a background check on them
Due to the quality of work, as well as contractual and legal obligations, it is safe to get to know the company you intend to work with. If you go for a small company, it is necessary you check the authenticity of their papers and ensure their office exists. You don’t want to pay in advance and never hear from them again.
3.Are they experienced?
Their level of experience should play a big part in picking the company to deliver you quality work. Experience is gotten through practice, and through completing some jobs successfully. Ask for references from the company and if possible a video presentation showing some events they have planned. Having a quality presentation can be a decisive factor to how serious they are. Additionally, you can contact previous and current customers and ask for their opinion on the company.
4.Don’t forget the 3 A’s
The right event management company will be available, approachable and accessible. These three skills are important since working with many people require good social skills. Ensure you make the most out of the first conversation you have with the company’s representative. Use this opportunity to ask everything you intend to know.
5.Consider your budget
This is one of the most important things to consider when picking a company. Although the pricing should not be too important, it can sometimes be a deal breaker. If you don’t have enough budget, remember that when you hire a cheap company, it will not necessarily lead to a low quality work.
6.Do they have quality equipment?
If your event requires logistics, sound system, light, or other particular equipment, ask the company if they will be able to provide. Otherwise, you’ll be left to do most of the job yourself.