Well, that was one heck of a way to spend a Monday night! 200 top event professionals gathered at Merlin Events London’s fabulous Madame Tussauds for The BNC Show’s Christmas Networking Party! From the selfies with celebs, to finding out about the charity, StreetVet, we hope you found something interesting and engaging to make your evening a memorable one.
Over 700 approved senior buyers spent the day at Central Hall Westminster on Wednesday 10th July for the 15th BNC Event Show which took the theme of sustainability for the first time...
60 eventprofs 2 days, 1 objective... to connect, share & learn
Welcome to The Show EventProfs Recommend! A H U G E THANK YOU to all of our BNC Event Show exhibitors, sponsors, partners & eventprof guests who came along on Wednesday 20th February for our 14th fantastic BNC Event Show.
Powerful face-to-face networking and a serious amount of fun...
Madame Marie Tussaud is legendary. She survived the French Revolution (complete with a threat of beheading) then, escaping not just the authorities but a bad marriage too, she immigrated to London and became a fiercely hardworking single mother of two boys.
Survival tactics kicking in, Marie quickly honed her skill of mask making, something she’d learnt from a French master during her youth. He focused on famous death masks but Marie, being the PR-savvy businesswoman that she was, recognised the fascination that people have in observing not just masks but full-sized waxworks and the idea to open a museum was born.
People came in their droves, turning 'Madame Tussaud' into a household name and one of the first females to successfully execute a commercial exhibition.
The tiny Frenchwoman from Strasbourg had created something unique in London, building things literally with her own hands, focusing on fun, attention to detail and on quality (values that mirror our own here at The BNC).
And the test of time didn’t faze her either. She was forever recreating and updating her events and exhibitions, refusing, even, to let a fire in 1925 and WWII bomb attacks in 1941 destroy what she had built. This belief in her brand and dogged determination threaded throughout time and in more recent decades the company expanded and is now a worldwide attraction.
Such an impressive back story and such an impressive venue.
We were therefore thrilled when Merlin Events London (owners and operators of Madame Tussauds, as well as the London Eye, the Sea Life London Aquarium, Shrek’s Adventure London and London Dungeons) wanted to partner with us as co-hosts for our annual Christmas Networking Party.
Hollywood’s greatest film sets, iconic pop stars striking a pose; world record-breakers and sporting heroes of our time and key (and sometimes controversial) figures from political and cultural history provided an inimitable and stunning backdrop to our event.
This unique appeal took half of our event management woes away as the entertainment, the intrigue, the ice breakers and the selfie opportunities we already there in a series of themed spaces - all we had to do was roll out the red carpet and let in the 200 awaiting eventprofs from the cold and bustle of Marylebone Road.
BNC Show Directors Kim Paulden and Alec Mumford were delighted with the evening, reporting that it was the busiest and most successful BNC Christmas Networking Party to date.
“Our Event Manager, Emily Everall, did an outstanding job aided by Merlin Event London’s Matt Worthington and Lauren Grieve who were so accommodating. Through their recommendation we were introduced to foodbydish – the caterer for the evening – who got rave reviews and delighted our guests with hot bowls of chicken and tarragon mousse, teriyaki salmon, beetroot gnocchi and a superbly flavoured couscous salad.
“As well as the catering the highlights of the evening for us were many: seeing the room full of BNC Show guests and suppliers networking over wine and waxworks(!); helping our Feb 2020 Show charity partner StreetVet to spread their story throughout the eventprof community; the traditional sing-a-long where Tina Knowles of The Jockey Club took the mic and belted out a version of All I Want for Christmas Is You that would rival Mariah Carey’s efforts and seeing each and every guest carrying home some festive cheer, some new contacts and a huge Christmas hamper courtesy of our Feb 2020 BNC Show exhibitors.”
But just before everyone headed home a traditional game of Heads and Tails was played on stage where the prize for the last person standing was a coveted Mulberry handbag, to the value of approximately £800. The lucky winner this year was Carina Salem Senior Events Executive FieldFisher who said:
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and The BNC team for having me at the party on Monday – and of course for being the lucky winner of the beautiful Mulberry handbag! I still can't quite believe I won – it was a very close competition! Looking forward to seeing you at the show in February.”
Thanks received from other guests echo Carina’s sentiments:
“I just wanted to say a big thank you. It was a brilliant evening with a lot of networking. I am very happy I met you and am looking forward for the 19th of February!!!!!!
May I ask the name of the catering company from last night? It would be great if you could share.”
Marina,Church House Westminster
“Many thanks once again for the lovely party yesterday. Brigita and I were so impressed with the organization, and it was so much fun! Kudos for a perfect evening
Whether this was your first or 15th visit, to The Show Eventprofs Recommend - We hope you had an incredibly informative and enjoyable day here with our exhibiting partners and educational seminars and in between the networking and learning we hope you enjoyed being a delegate for the day!
"This was my first time on our stand at the BNC Event Show and I was honestly bowled over by how well the show was run. The venue was lovely and worked very well in terms of stand space, having the chill out room and seminar location all in close proximity to one another. Our stand spot (162) was ideal as we captured buyers right at the entrance as well as those coming out of a seminar. I’d choose this spot again if the same venue is hosting next year. The support we were given by your team was great, I was met by a very helpful guy who showed me our stand and gave a brief overview, such a lovely personal touch. Food was excellent too; the catering team were always on hand to feed us! Having the tea, coffee & water refill stations was also a bonus, at many trade shows we barely get a break however this show gave us the opportunity to be served catering at the stand and pop to a water station which was very nearby. The informal atmosphere made the day really fun and the hours just flew by."
"Just a quick thank you for all the organisation yesterday. I was running an event at Banqueting Hall so managed to pop in and have a good look around for an hour. Met some really great contacts and also spoke with several suppliers that we are currently working with, so very useful. Please keep me up to date with future shows, they are really useful!"
"Thanks for having me and my colleagues today – we found it very informative and fun!"
"Congrats and thankyou for a great event for event professionals! The seminars were great and I made great connections at the event. Many thanks again!"
"It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in the BNC, you are all such lovely people to deal with and I really appreciate all the hard work, care and thought that goes into the show. Thanks again so much for your support!"
Andrew, Bloomsbury Films
"Thank you so much for the opportunity, Martin and myself were so pleased with the number of people who came along to listen, and then again with how many people showed an interest by speaking to us afterwards. I have had a few people emailing asking for the slides already, so definitely will be sure to send them along to the whole list."
"Well done on another successful event.
I attended the “How to sell your event with Smarter Marketing” seminar yesterday afternoon and would appreciate receiving copies of the slides if that is possible. It will help me with my marketing ideas going forward. We are running a lot more events of our own now but also are working with a wider range of clients so new info is much appreciated.
Keep up the good work."
Tina, Tx2 Events
"Congratulations on putting on a great show today! I particularly enjoyed the seminar programme – it was jam-packed with relevant topics, inspirational speakers and actionable takeaways. I’d love to hear more about BNC Forums and join the BNC Transparency Network. Looking forward to February already – and after benefitting so much from the BNC over the years I hope to join the next #BNCGivesBack activity."
International Council of Shopping Centers
"A wonderful event, well done. Pleased to be a part of it. Please find in cc our Head of Communications for our potential contribution to BNC Green."
"Thanks for a great show last week…only being 2 weeks into a new role I didn’t get around as much as I wold have liked to have done but looking forward to the next show when hopefully I’ll be able to visit for longer and re-acquaint myself with / get more contacts… meanwhile, could I please join the Sustainability Action Group?"
“We really enjoyed the show it was great for a first time and well done on an amazing event."
"I just wanted to say what a great time we had at the event on Wednesday. We came away with some real quality leads which we are already following up with and will hopefully yield some success. We were surrounded by some really friendly exhibitors and each and every person who we spoke to was receptive and interested. It was also lovely not being sold to at every turn which often happens as other exhibitions! We loved the app and hope that this develops with the next show. Ana & I would love to have an option of making appointments at the show to have a more on-on-one chat with interested parties away from the stand. I am not sure if this would be possible but if it could, we would use it. All in all, we had a great day!"
"I really enjoyed the show and loved the Noodle technology which made lead capturing so easy! The event was very well organised and I would love to join you at The Brewery"
"Great event as always!"
"Congrats on a great show. Think of me for the next one! x"
An important take-away from today was that we wanted everyone – including us – to carry back with us to our workplaces the lessons on sustainability.
Through our research we’ve discovered that although awareness regarding events and the impact our industry has on the environment was raised decades ago, ‘sustainability’ is still very much a buzzword and one that companies use too freely and with not a lot of substance or understanding behind it.
The events industry is a dynamic and powerful community of proactive people – with just the right kind of people in it to bring about big change. Our events influence what our companies and customers do and that influence ripples out, reaching thousands, possibly millions. Your education and knowledge sharing really makes a difference.
If talking about sustainability interests you – and you’re keen to keep the conversation going long after the Show, we’d love to hear from you. Please write to: ask@ thebnc.co.uk
Put 19th February 2020 firmly in your diaries now and give us a call to lock-in your favourite spot at London’s The Brewery!
We’ve lots planned in the forthcoming months so get in touch and get involved.
- A BNC Gives Back activity day with O3e
- The first meeting of our BNC Sustainability Action Group
- BNC Round Table event – a discussion session on event industry issues
- The launch of BNC Green – our events industry sustainability-focused feed https://www.thebnc.co.uk/bnc-green/
- Our BNC Gives Back Charity Events Networking morning
- The BNC Christmas Party at Madame Tussauds
Event buyers and suppliers – joined us for our annual BNC Forum, this year at the HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 5-Star luxury property, Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa.
The BNC trademark style of an educational event that mixes:
Here is a snapshot of what our guests had to say:
Firstly, thank you so much for organising such a great couple of days at the Forum. I have such a brilliant time for my first experience and would definitely recommend to other suppliers. I found it worthwhile being able to have the 1-1 meetings and be with genuine buyers, certainly have some nice enquiries to get stuck into.
Our exciting programme is especially devised to ensure that you achieve the right balance of business and personal development whilst making new connections, starting new friendships and supporting each other as you explore topics, tips and tricks of the trade.
Attending a BNC Forum gives you a unique chance to:
1. Network with QUALITY like-minded event professionals around our campfire sessions and over networking breakfast, lunches and dinners
2. Raise your company’s profile - and raise your profile amongst peers
3. Build on blossoming business relationships within the industry through our scheduled face to face meetings and across the event
4. Learn and talk over key industry issues – and arrive at solutions together
5. Relax – and become a delegate for the entire experience. Enjoy the meetings, development sessions and networking but also explore the venue and make some time for yourself
It was so useful and I could have talked for hours with everyone.
Thank you so much for a brilliant forum, I had such a lovely time and it was great to meet everyone.
Hogan Lovells International LLP
Such an amazing event! I’ve made some great connections for projects we have coming up, and of course met/caught up with some amazing people too!
Thank you so much for a fantastic event
It was fantastic to meet so many great suppliers (venues in particular) and I am already arranging follow up meetings with many of them – a really worthwhile event.
It was an amazing event and I thoroughly enjoyed not only meeting suppliers but found it really interesting to speak to other buyers about their experiences and other tips for events e.g. we talked in depth about food wastage and how the events industry can help homelessness and provide leftover food from our events to help within these charities which I thought was great and definitely will be something I will be looking into.
THANK YOU so so much for organising the BNC and having me, I really found it useful and fun!
It was amazing.
It was lovely to meet you at the weekend thank you so much to you and the team for your great organisation and making me feel so welcome and looked after! I really enjoyed the weekend and have definitely come away having learnt a lot and met some great contacts.
What a brilliant forum and a great welcome back to work this was for me
One Great George Street
The Lowdown on Luton’s Main Attraction:
• Exclusive-use mansion house hotel in Bedfordshire
• 228 bedrooms and suites
• 25 meeting rooms – choice of Mansion House or purpose-built conference suites
• Team building options in 1,065 acre estate
• Plenty of wellness options available with a spa onsite
• Only a 30-minute train journey from central London and just off junction 10 of M1
Over the years we’ve had wonderful feedback from event professionals from both sides of the stand - saying what a quality event we produce. That’s why we’re proud to call ourselves The Show EventProfs Recommend as nothing means more to us than putting on an event that you’re all proud to attend and rate so highly.
Our organisation encourages event professionals to raise industry standards by recommending the best in the business and we believe a stamp of approval from the country’s top eventprofs is a great honour indeed.
We hope you enjoyed the day and made the most of the opportunities to network, learn and to have some fun!
I just wanted to thank you for organising and inviting me to attend the above event. Another very valuable time, spent connecting with new and current suppliers and continuing to build relationships.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Thank you for putting on another amazing event, I personally had a great experience and was glad to see a bigger inclusion of suppliers in event tech, exhibition builder, AV etc. Looking forward to the next one!
‘Attending the BNC show was great for me - I made so many useful contacts that I wouldn’t have otherwise met and learned so much from the valuable sessions. I look forward to the next one!’
It was a great show – thank you!!
Thanks for an amazing event. The food and technology were really impressive!
Huge congratulations to you for hosting a fantastic show, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the show and look forward to attending next year’s event.
The Parts Alliance
Just to say thanks for a great show today - always enjoy it. Found the data seminar particularly useful.
The show was very useful – I haven’t been for a couple of years but was so glad I was able to make this one and make new contacts.
Global Events, Dechert
We loved meeting some new suppliers and have set up meetings already.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Thank you for a lovely event :)
Just a quick note to say that I found the show wonderful this year – as someone new to the industry in the country it was a crucial element to getting to know the venues, and I have since found a lot of exhibitors who we could make use of.
I just wanted to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our day at The Brewery.
I was very impressed by the organization throughout; helpful people on arrival to take our stuff to the stand and extremely polite. You were extremely helpful throughout the whole process and also accommodating by escorting our MD to see the stand, Kim checking all exhibitors were happy, the food service, the café, a quiet room to escape to.
The quality of exhibitors and buyers was excellent, all well qualified and no time wasters.
I will spread the word for sure
Firstly congratulations for putting on such a hugely successful event. The significant amount of hard work that went into it was apparent, made even harder I imagine by the audience you were targeting!
Secondly, thank you so much for inviting me. Not only did I learn valuable new ideas and information from my fellow buyers and suppliers, I had such fun doing it too! We’re all connecting and I’m sure the conversations will continue.
Bravo BNC! Hope to see you on 14th February. Warmest wishes, Jane
What a great networking trip! So nice meeting and laughs, and good friends.
We have very nice connection. Thanks a lot for your amazing smile and organisation.
BNC you rock it … Maud
A *MASSIVE THANK YOU* to you and all of the team who worked so hard this weekend to make the event such a huge success. For me, the opportunity to network with – and learn from – other senior-level buyers was brilliant – sometimes it’s so hard to see past your own office front door, and talking with, and sharing experiences with, buyers who have the same day-to- day experiences, regardless of company or event types, was invaluable.
Thanks again – see you on 14 Feb! Very best wishes, Clare
I hope you are well and safe after our amazing trip to the Canary Islands. Just wanted to pass on my huge congratulations to the team for putting on an expert forum and by far my favourite one to date. The group size was perfect for us allowing us to spend the right amount of time with suppliers and buyers alike. The hotel was fab and the service levels were exceptional. Emily was the jewel in the crown, all communication leading up to the event and during was really incredible and she always had a smile on her face. So much so I will replicate her itinerary for my future events. She really did cover everything and was the most gracious of hosts. Really appreciated the networking sessions too which allowed us time to see everything from both perspectives. Despite us not answering all the questions in the quiz!
Had a really productive time and met contacts old and new. All round 10 out 10 for the event!
Wishing you a fabulous rest of the week ahead. Thanks for a memorable trip and superb execution, Emily
Hi Emily, Hi Kim
Just to say a massive thank you for the networking weekend you have just organised. It was truly helpful and greatly appreciated.
Please pass on my thanks to Nathan, Alec, Charles, Kimberley and Chezzie.
See you on the 14th February, Helen
A massive thank you on a well organized, successful, positive and overall fantastic event. You and your team were amazing and set a standard in organizing events! But a particular hats off to you for being so calm, collected and smiley for the whole trip.
I made some great contacts and it has really motivated me to get more involved in the industry.
If you need any help with the 14th or anything ever, then please do ask,
Awesome event! You nailed it!
Thank you for organising a great BNC Forum – I hope you are feeling relaxed and rested after a couple of days of normality.
It was a great event at which I made useful contacts, both suppliers and buyers. I particularly enjoyed the Friday afternoon discussion session; it’s always so interesting to hear different/similar experiences across the industry (really pleased to hear that I’m not the only one who’s fallen foul of the ‘joint first hold’ issue). If you have any of these sessions running in the future I’d love to hear about them.
Got a few venue viewings booked in over the next couple of weeks so fingers crossed these turn out to be fruitful!
Thanks again Emily for everything – looking forward to seeing you again on the 14th!
All the best, Sophie
I’d also like to take this opportunity to say big thanks to Emily and the rest of the team organising the most memorable networking event I have ever attended. Really productive and well organised! I have learnt so much from the experienced buyers and get to understand more of how the suppliers work.
Great work to the BNC team!
Kind regards, Maxine
Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful trip! Liam and I enjoyed it immensely and made some great new contacts who we are looking forward to following up with soon and at the show.
Thanks again and see you in a couple weeks!
Kind regards, Jen
Thank you also for such a well-organised, insightful few days – I learned a lot and it was lovely to meet you, the BNC team and the suppliers and buyers.
Thank you also for the contact information, I will ensure I share this internally also.
About to register for 14th Feb, see you again soon! So nice to know who you are now!
Kind Regards, Annabel
Clap clap to you Emily and the wonderful team… oh that Victor Wood (Charles) cracked me up so much!
Hope you rested a wee bit xxxx
Thanks Emily. Still reeling from the event. Came back into work today and I swear I left my brain on the balcony in Tenerife!
A huge thank you to you all for the invite and for well organised event, I couldn’t fault any of it. I have met some amazing people, some I hope to do future business with and others I hope to stay in contact with.
The discussions were spot on and very interesting.
Again, thank you for letting me join you and I hope to see you on the 14th.
Enjoy the rest of your week, Candice
Thank you so much for the forum - I always tell people its one of the best things I did for my career and this one did not disappoint (as if it would!)
Can’t imagine how exhausted you guys are so I hope you’re getting some well-earned rest.
One random piece of feedback - I really liked the narrow tables at the morning meetings… made it feel more like a chat than a super formal meeting which was really nice.
Love to all the BNC team and see you soon! Sophie
Thank you so much for having me! I had such a fun weekend and met some great people. I look forward to seeing you in two weeks!
Thank you so, so much for such a fantastic forum. It was such an amazing few days and well worth it with such a great variety of connections.
I will definitely be looking to join along again, look forward to seeing you again in a few weeks
A huge thank you to you and the team for organising such a valuable, interesting and fun trip!
I found the networking sessions really useful, particularly the group sessions, and learnt a lot from meeting so many different people with such different backgrounds.
From knowing no-one on the trip beforehand, I’ve come away with new friends and industry contacts – so definitely worthwhile!
It was also brilliantly organised and ‘just the right amount’ of both ‘work’ and ‘free time’ – so thank you!
Would be great to catch up properly with you over a coffee in the next few weeks.
Thank you so much for your email. I also wanted to express a huge Thank You to you for all your hard work – I had an amazing time and so many interesting chats with everyone.
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be part of this forum – I truly enjoyed it! See you on Valentine’s Day, Meike
A massive thank you for the last few days! The event was a real success with some great buyers. It was so well organised and the added sun just completed it all. Nice balance for work and relaxation. Emma
I just wanted to say thank you so much for having me at the Forum this weekend. That’s the first time I’ve attended anything like that and I must say how impressed I was with the whole organisation. I found the meetings and networking sessions very useful, and I’ve made some invaluable contacts and connections. It was such a fantastic setting to get everyone together and I’ve only heard good things from everyone I’ve spoken to as well. Such a lovely group of people to spend the past few days with.
A massive well done to you and the team for putting on such a good event and creating an amazing experience for us all. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it and looking forward to seeing you all at the February show.
I hope you are treating yourself to some well deserved (and much needed!) time off to relax.
Many thanks, Lauren
Thank you for trusting us to help you organize BNC Tenerife. It was a pleasure meeting the attendees and sharing not only know how, but many anecdotes and potential business ventures. Marcos
Jamie and I just wanted to extend our thanks for having us at the forum this weekend. We had a fantastic time and felt extremely well looked after. It was great to be a part of something that felt so productive and supportive to those working in events, and also to have the opportunity to meet suppliers who I’m sure we will be looking to work with in the very near future!
Thank you so much for all the hospitality and for putting together such a great event for all involved. Please extend our gratitude to your team, and we look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks at the Brewery!
Thank you so much for organising such a great trip. There was a great mix of people, both buyers and suppliers, which meant that there was always interesting conversation.
It was extremely well organised, which I know from experience is not an easy task.
Many thanks, Sarah
Thanks for sending this across. It was an excellent event, I made lots of potentially interesting contacts and I’m really glad I made the time to attend. I’ll see you at the show!
Kind regards, Melanie
The event was perfect! Well done again :)
We all made the most of the socializing to create great relationships with everyone, you guys included and, well.. it was great fun too!
Thank you for the list and can list wait to see you again at the Show!
Have a great week.
Kind regards, Luca