How to Hire the Right Event Management Agency

You know what you want out of your event – whether it be clients who are swept off their feet, or teams that work all the better together. You’re searching (and searching) for an Event Management Agency. You might have already been faced with a million+ Google search results, and may have been pitched to by numerous local agencies. Question is, how can you tell one, from the other? Here we take a look at six pointers for not only picking the right event management agency, but also for working alongside them – for a company event that delivers on every last one of those objectives of yours.

  1. Get those Requirements Written Down on Paper
    Before you pick up a phone or tap out an email enquiry, jot down the goals of your event – this removes the guesswork for both you and your events company (even the best of event management agencies aren’t in the field of mind-reading).
  2. Avoid the Event Management Agency That attempts to Wow with Team Size
    So, the event company before you has 200+ team members – a person for every last task for your event. Great, right? Hmm. Rather than benefiting from a wealth of experience, you’ll likely end up paying for skill sets you won’t even use. Instead of choosing a huge, bloated events company – opt for one that is lean and streamlined, with plenty of connections to talent and entertainers.
  3. Do your Research (and Make Your Short List Short)
    Don’t, whatever you do, fire off a round of emails to 10+ event companies. If you’ve done your research properly, you should have a qualified list of 2 – 3 agencies to speak with (and by research, we mean reading online testimonials, looking through portfolios and exploring the various solutions that could be tailored to your objectives).
  4. Look Out for a Flow of Creative Ideas and a Cast-Iron Focus on Those Requirements of Yours
    If you’ve created a clear, detailed brief, any good event management company should be able to field ideas and suggestions for making the most out of your budget and hitting every last one of your objectives. At this point, it’s critical to pay attention as to whether they’re paying attention. If they make a misstep now, by missing one of your goals or misunderstanding your needs, you can bet your bottom dollar from here on in it’s not going to be smooth sailing.
  5. Never Underestimate Your Gut Feeling
    You may have an excel sheet for weighing up the pros and cons of each event management company. You might even have a score sheet. But whatever system you have in place, never underestimate your gut feeling about the people you meet from each company. Something just not sitting right about their event pitch? Ditch it and move on, no matter the scores on the doors.

Your search stops here for the right event management agency. Get in touch to hear about what we could do. Call the Accolade team on 0800 083 1172 or send a message via the Accolade contact page.

Your last team building day – be honest, did it feel a little stale? A bit same-old-same-old? Here are our top six ideas for making your next team building day one to remember.


A TV-themed Team Building Day
We’re a national of TV addicts, watching on average 4 hours each and every day catching up with our telly-favourites. Whilst less than great for our waistlines, this habit can be perfect for teams that dive right into TV-themed team building – such as Company Bake Off!, Team Millionaire, Team Generation Game, Company Fortunes or the Crystal Maze.


A Strategy Day
There’s a big wide world out there beyond those office walls, and plenty of team building days that don’t involve blindfolds and trust exercises. A strategy day is led by a professional facilitator outside of the office – helping your team to master an opportunity or overcome a challenge.


A Luxury Overnight Retreat
Want to reward your team’s performance? There are few experiences as suitable for saying “well done, you!” than fluffy hotel robes, 1000 count bed sheets and a themed corporate party night (complete with can can dancers or a string quartet)


A Team Building Development Day
We do team building a little differently. First, we listen to your business objectives, then we shape our team building around them – and can even create team building development days that combine indoor events, with outdoor events. Put simply? This is a square peg, for a square hole approach – for optimal ROI.


A Challenging Overnighter
Doing away with the usual hotel comforts for an overnight stay away can really ramp up the corporate bonding. Go for team self-catering or consider a long weekend away out in the great outdoors of Europe (or anywhere else in the world for that matter – just make sure your team building company can host events worldwide).


A Motivational Speaker
We know what you’re thinking – it’ll be all group hugs and high fives. Not so. Motivational speakers are the ideal morale booster and are perfect for the larger of companies. Professional, proven speakers are inspiring and down-to-earth in equal measure.

Feeling ready for your next team building day? Let’s talk – send our team a message right here, or call us on 0800 083 1172.


Your Corporate Event Organiser – 5 Qualities that Shout “Hire Me!”

Whatever the day, whether team building event for ten or corporate fundraising for 10 hundred, you’ve got a lot riding on this event (not least of which is your reputation). For those who have ever spearheaded an evening that fell flat (complete with Dad-vibe DJ, painfully unfunny comedians or off-key party singers), they’ll know that failure is not an option.

Moral of the story? You need a superstar corporate event organiser in your life. But with so many around, each claiming to be “industry-leading”, with a fabulous “track-record”, how can you know who to trust? The answer, it seems, is to be shrewder than Alan Sugar when doing the hiring – and for that, you need to know exactly what you should be looking for.

1. Exceptional People Skills
Your corporate event organiser is going to be working with A LOT of people – from venue owners, to entertainers and caterers – they have to be a people person. They instruct without causing friction, and they naturally know how to get the best out of people. They could have wrote the book on How to Win Friends and Influence People, but they were too busy planning the next breath-taking corporate shin-dig.

2. Total Versatility
In the world of events, anything and everything can change on the turn of a dime. So organising an event that delivers the outcomes you want, demands a back-up plan to a back-up plan, as well as complete flexibility to face unplanned situations head on. Our top tip? Ask your potential event organiser about whether they have a contingency plan, or what they’d do if there was a last-minute supplier let down.

3. Copious Amounts of Creativity
A good corporate event organiser offers up original ideas. A great corporate event organiser will tailor those ideas around your exact goals – be it teambuilding, fundraising or a good-old fashioned company knees up. Key giveaways for this characteristic include immediate problem-solving and a portfolio of events that are unlike the line-up suggested by other event companies.

4. Unfailing Passion and Enthusiasm
A true corporate event organiser pro knows nothing about the Monday blues. From your initial chat, right through to the close of the day, their passion and enthusiasm is infectious.We proudly count experienced corporate event organisers among the Accolade team. From making your CEO feel just like Colombo during a murder mystery, to ensuring your teams get their 007 on over an evening of Casino playing. Ready to meet your corporate event organiser? Here’s their number – 0800 083 1172.


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