25th May 2016
That this year we turn 30! Yes, we're 30 (I know it's hard to believe when you look at how young we all are!!) and we're all really excited!
When we started out, back in June 1986 - there were just two people, our current MD, Robert Enefer and his business partner Maggie Doyle. They had one room, two desks and two phones - and that was it! Our first offices were in an old Drill Hall, a Grade I listed building called Pillory Barn.
The company soon grew, and we took on two new members of staff, quickly joined by a third; Mel Arto (or Mel Roberts as she was back in those days!). Mel has now been with us for 24 years - what she doesn't know about our industry isn't worth knowing!
We continued to grow and moved into new offices in the town centre, where we stayed for a few years - but we were soon too big and moved again into a beautiful converted town house in Lismore Road.
(We had a really deep snow fall that year as you can see!)
Lismore House was only a couple of streets back from the seafront. We occupied all four floors and had brilliant views of the annual air show Airbourne. We happily lived there for almost sixteen years.
In 2012, our Event Management department moved to the Midlands, whilst we loved being in Lismore House, with a smaller team we wanted to be more open plan - and in July 2014 we moved to where we are now, Upperton Farmhouse. We take up the first floor - and our offices are now almost entirely open plan which we love!
It's another Grade I listed building and has some fabulous history. It was one of the first farmhouses in Eastbourne, and as you can see - hasn't really changed that much - although the road outside doesn't look like that anymore!
So from small beginnings, we're now approaching our 30th birthday, in our second listed building, with a few more people. a few more phones, a few more desks - and a lot more Clients!
13th April 2016
Recently my colleague Liz and I went to view some of the wonderful venues in the ITA portfolio, varying from traditional livery halls to London Zoo. We started our day in Canary Wharf at Level 39 and as expected the views were spectacular of London and did you know its Europe’s largest technology accelerator?
Next we went to the Museum of London Docklands. It is a riverside Grade I listed building full of history and would be great for all sorts of meetings! Connected to the museum is ‘Rum and Sugar’ which is ideal for a drinks reception.
After a short hop on the tube, Clothworkers’ Hall was the next stop and this did not disappoint either! Entering the building to a magnificent marble staircase splitting in to two at the top with beautifully decorated high ceilings and grand furnishings this is the perfect venue to impress your guests for a dinner party.
Then it was time to move on to the Little Ship Club, a lovely members club with five meeting spaces with beautiful views over the Thames. Here, we were treated to a delicious lunch after which it was time to move on.
Our next venue was definitely the grandest of the day – Goldsmiths Hall. The perfect venue for a spectacular event to wow your guests, ideal for larger groups.
It was time to head to our penultimate venue, Haberdashers' Hall is an open and bright space with exquisite features and a small outside space. From the entrance you would never guess a livery hall, with a modern twist, was tucked away here. High ceilings and tasteful décor create a perfect space for any event.
We finished the day at London Zoo, one of the most unique venues of the day. If a meeting opposite the kangaroos isn’t what you’re looking for then maybe a drinks reception with the penguins is! Did we mention included in your DDR package is free pass to the zoo for a whole hour?
So thank you very much ITA for giving us a snapshot into their collection of over 40 venues!
9th March 2016
Wow, what a busy start to the year here at The Conference People! We can't quite believe that it is March already! January flew by with lots of new enquiries in our FREE Venue Finding department, and our Event Management team were preparing for one of our largest events which took place at the end of February for Penguin Random House UK (more to follow on that exciting event!).
We've got a really exciting year coming up; The Conference People are turning 30! It's a big deal for any company to reach 30 - but even more so in our industry; where agencies come and go. It proves we know what we're doing; that we never stand still - and are always looking to improve our services and our offerings to both our Clients and our suppliers.
We've taken on some fabulous new Clients in the last few weeks; with some varied and interesting briefs - it's what we love about our job - no two days are ever the same!
If you've got an event you're planning, and you need our free venue finding help - give our team a call now on 01323 644644. Or if you're pushed for time - fill in our quick online form here!
We're here and ready to help you!