2017 | The Conference People

4th January 2017

As we come to the end of our 30th year in business we’ve had lots of opportunities to reflect on the years since 1986 when The Conference People was created.  Our free Venue Finding Service has found the perfect location for literally thousands of conferences, meetings and events, we have provided Event Management for a massive range of different clients, we managed Euro96 for the Football Association and we set up our own event series The World Social Marketing Conference.  Nothing has been too small or seemingly straightforward and indeed nothing too large – our largest conference was for over 5,000 delegates!  We pride ourselves in having the most up to date intelligence on venues across the world.

the Euro96 logo

The reflecting bit is done now and as ever we are looking to the future with new challenges.  If finding the right venue was easy you wouldn’t be needing us but in 2016 we increased our client roster to over 1,000 including world renowned organisations and associations – so the demand for what we do is stronger than ever! 

Our services are sharp and fit for 2017, built around providing tailored, personal attention to detail and we really hope to work with you! 

Here's to a Happy and Successful New Year from us all!

Robert Enefer
The Conference People.

Team building for beginners

14th December 2016

“Please can you organise some team building activities for an afternoon…..” one of my earliest conference clients asked me when I started The Conference People thirty years ago.  We obviously rose to the challenge, and arranged and afternoon of duck herding, archery, blind Landrover driving and raft building – it poured with rain but everyone had a wonderful time!

Duck herding

My goodness, team building has come a long way since then.  And a highly specialised service too; where you need to clearly identify objectives, delegate profile, budgets and so on.  This is an area that we have developed over the years as the opportunities and possibilities have become more sophisticated. We often work with consultants who major in particular types of activity – we always know where to get the best programme with real value for money.   Some of our recent events have included wine tasting, cocktail making and producing your own gin! (hic) 

Cocktails lined up after being made by delegates

With budgets under tight control these activities are not necessarily expensive and we love adding creative input to our proposals.  They can be outside or indoors and held almost anywhere, some take a more cerebral approach but can be no less exciting and those more physical activities can still involve people of all fitness levels and age groups. 

Tell us your budget and how much time we’ve got and we will give you a range of the very best ideas! 

Robert Enefer
December 2016

I want to make my event unique, a how to guide....

7th December 2016

The most important factor in making your event unique is the venue.  And that is where we come in to our own.  With 30 years specialising in the venue finding business we will know the right venue for your next event.

You’ll need up to date information on new venues, refurbishments and so on – it’s the perfect time to find something really unusual and different.  It doesn’t have to be a predictable conference venue as there are so many more special locations coming to the conference market place and it will not necessarily cost you any more than a traditional venue (and maybe much less), we always understand how important budgets are when planning meetings and events.  At The Conference People we pride ourselves on knowing about every location!  Think about what would excite and attract your delegates – an unusual museum, sports centre, nightclub, gallery, urban venue, boats, trains the list is truly endless.

There are other ways to ‘shake-up’ the predictable conference programme.  Have you thought about a more informal set up in the meeting room, encouraging delegate networking with structured conference games, introducing team building (this has come so far in the past few years and there is something for everyone)?  You can use Social Media in a creative way, using it to create anticipation before the event, to encourage during and to maintain interest afterwards. 

Finally you can make your event different with the presentations themselves (minimise powerpoint?) and the catering – lunch doesn’t have to be the usual buffet, there are so many different food options and everyone always remembers the food!

Robert Enefer
MD The Conference People