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The blueprint of a PCO

The blueprint of a PCO

Of the extraordinary multitude of acronyms within the MICE industry, perhaps the most misunderstood is the one describing the professional conference organiser (PCO), writes Helen Brewer. Those dreaded initials used so glibly by all and sundry, PCO. If one had to ask... read more
Conference content creativity

Conference content creativity

John Fisher suggests there may be more than one way to present conference and meetings content. You know all about waste operatives (bin men) and talent managers (HR), now please welcome ‘meeting architects’. But it’s not as daft as it sounds. A book by Maarten... read more
Spruce up your event

Spruce up your event

Decor, if done correctly, sets the scene, creates the vibe and encourages social engagement. We asked the experts on how to get the right look that will leave a lasting impression on guests. Whether it is a corporate function, fund-raising event, networking occasion... read more
Event decor no-nos

Event decor no-nos

When deciding on what décor you want to use to realise your client’s event, remember the following: • Avoid abnormally large items, props and staging. They are expensive to transport and may pose problems when gaining access to the venue or fitting into the room. •... read more
The event planner’s guide to audiovisual

The event planner’s guide to audiovisual

From boardroom meetings to gala dinners and international music concerts, audiovisual plays an integral part. Martin Hiller brings you all the info you need to create a masterpiece. Meetings and events are communication tools and therefore nothing is more important... read more
Determining the AV you need

Determining the AV you need

When doing your site inspections, the following questions will help you determine the best venue for your next event: • What mood do I want to create for my event? • Is this an outdoor or indoor event? • What type of entertainment am I going to have? • Will I need... read more
The perfect AV brief

The perfect AV brief

Michael Collyer, CEO of TechRig Technical Solutions shares the most important elements that should be asked and shared with the AV supplier during briefing. PURPOSE The event name, theme/concept, aims and objectives THE USUAL SUSPECTS Dates, times, venues, number of... read more
Safety first

Safety first

Safety and disaster planning has become the most important aspect in the planning and hosting of any type of event, writes Mike Lord. Nowadays clients are engaging with health and safety specialists far earlier in the event cycle. This ensures that the decisions they... read more
8 ways to ensure you have the Events Act covered

8 ways to ensure you have the Events Act covered

1  PLAN FROM THE BEGINNING From the get-go, ensure safety is on the agenda of all your planning meetings. 2  APPOINT A SAFETY CONSULTANT TO THE EVENT The Events Act requires you to appoint a safety officer competent to perform this task on your behalf. 3  EVENT... read more

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