We can’t believe that another year has passed and Bell Events is now entering its fifth year!!! The past 12 months have seen much success, considerable change and even more milestones! Continue reading to hear about our last 12 months….
A big change happened to our team with Hannah sadly leaving after spending over two and half years with Bell Events. Hannah left to follow her dreams of organising weddings and although it was sad for the Bell Events team we are very proud of her!
But, when one door closes another opens! So we began looking for a new member to join the team. Within a couple of months we hired our new event coordinator Rebecca, who is fresh from graduating at Chester University with a first in Event Management!
Sarah has gone from strength to strength too, taking lead and completing her Level 2 in Business Administration, which resulted in a well-deserved promotion from Junior to Event Coordinator!
This year we have welcomed many new clients who have been keeping us busy alongside our existing loyal clients, with new enquiries for a variety of destinations! The team have worked on a total of 244 enquiries in the last 12 months – ranging from award dinners, incentives, board meetings, product launches, conferences, private dining, hospitality events and team building days, covering the entire globe!!
We have also confirmed our first event in Australia this year, which coincidentally is also the largest event we have organised!! The event is for a total of 1,750 delegates over 4 days, the chosen venue was the Sofitel Sydney – the 9-hour time difference was an interesting challenge too, but with Laura’s home office it meant she could easily call venues during the early hours of the morning and ensure the speedy turnaround, which we promise to our clients.
Our other standout enquiries this year included an ultra luxurious week long partner meeting for 75 guests at the Four Seasons Florence – this is an annual event we organise for our client with each year trying to find better than the year before – we are already in the process of organising 2019’s event which is looking likely to confirm at a luxury resort near to Lisbon!
Other international events include a 2-day conference for 250 delegates in Denver, a roadshow in Athens for 120 delegates and many more!! We love the variety of enquiries we receive and not knowing where we might be searching next!
We do our best to attend as many forums, exhibitions and roadshows as possible so we can continue to build our contacts, relationships and venue knowledge in this ever changing industry! This year Sarah has attended the ‘Meetings Space’ in Berlin and is booked to their second forum next month in Rome. Rebecca is going to the M&I Cannes in October and they both attended the Meeting Show at Olympia, London in June!
Along with attending the shows, we try to visit as many properties and destinations as we can!! In the last 12 months, the three of us have site-visited a total of 87 hotels!!! We have stayed overnight in 25 hotels, across 7 different countries!! Even when we go on our personal holidays we try to visit hotels and restaurants with future events in mind!
We are also keen to share our hotel experiences with our clients too so we host a number of fantastic client events throughout the year. So far this year we have hosted 7!! Our client events are the perfect opportunity for venues to welcome Bell Events’ clients into their venue to showcase what the hotel can offer for future events, demonstrating their service, culinary delights and of course showing their unique event spaces. The 7 host hotels we selected this year were Billesley Manor, Café Royal, Tewkesbury Park, Four Seasons Trinity Square, Radisson Edwardian Manchester, Lucknam Park and finally Resorts World in Birmingham this weekend to coincide with our anniversary – we love to use a variety of hotels in different locations to try and suit all of our client’s varied requirements! We are extremely pleased that these client events do tend to lead to new enquiries and confirmations for the chosen venues. It’s also a fantastic way for us to spend time building relationships with our lovely clients, in a very nice environment!!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful clients, hotel contacts, account managers, suppliers, family and friends for supporting us for another great year!
We really love what we do and can’t wait to see what will happen in our next year - we have lots of exciting events, fam trips and plans for the future so watch this space!! :)