Are Event Management Agencies Undervalued?
Hippo Event Management Agency
by Steve Catling
1w ago
In the bustling world of events, where every detail matters and success hinges on flawless execution, event management agencies play a pivotal role. Yet, despite their indispensable contributions, there’s a looming question: Are event management agencies undervalued? In this analysis, we’ll explore the intricacies of the event management industry, shedding light on whether these agencies receive the recognition and appreciation they truly deserve. Event management agencies operate behind the scenes, orchestrating events with precision and finesse. Their work involves strategic planning, logi ..read more
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Staying Safe On-Site
Hippo Event Management Agency
by Steve Catling
1M ago
Undoubtedly, the significance of health and safety in the realm of events cannot be emphasised enough. Every individual involved in orchestrating an event, be it organisers, venues, suppliers, or contractors, bears a legal obligation to establish a secure environment for both the workforce and attendees. Navigating through numerous variables, a spectrum of risks and hazards, and the inherent uniqueness of each event can make health and safety seem like a complex terrain. The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), representing premier suppliers to the events industry, places a centra ..read more
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What Is Impacting Client’s Destination Choice?
Hippo Event Management Agency
by Steve Catling
2M ago
In the ever-evolving landscape of corporate event planning, strategic considerations play a pivotal role in shaping destination preferences. As we navigate the post-pandemic era and looming economic uncertainties, a myriad of factors, from budget constraints and safety concerns to the growing emphasis on sustainability, are influencing decisions. This blog delves into the intricate web of considerations that event planners grapple with, exploring the nuanced trends and shifting paradigms that define the choices for corporate events in the upcoming year. From the resurgence of domestic option ..read more
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The Growing Importance Of Independent Venues, Hybrid Events, And Inclusivity As Event Managers Top Priorities
Hippo Event Management Agency
by Steve Catling
3M ago
A recent study conducted by Athena, the Art Deco events venue in Leicester, sheds light on the top priorities for event planners in 2024. The findings reveal that independent venues, hybrid events, inclusivity, accessibility, and sustainability are the key focus areas for planners this year. Melanie Else, Events Manager of The National House Building Council, emphasises the growing interest in independent venues due to their adaptability, flexibility, and bespoke services. She notes that planners are increasingly considering independent venues to maximize value and provide a unique experienc ..read more
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Do I Still Need An Event App?
Hippo Event Management Agency
by Steve Catling
3M ago
The demand for Event Apps has steadily increased for a number of years now. Whether event organisers aimed for sustainability, sought operational efficiency at live events, or simply desired a better user experience for attendees, an app became the preferred solution to introduce a digital element to their events. The current state of technology has advanced significantly, making apps more sought after than ever. Several factors contribute to this trend. A notable one is our increasing reliance on mobile devices. Studies indicate that people now spend an average of 4.8 hours per day on their ..read more
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Sustainable Horizons: Hotel Chains Paving The Way In The Events Industry
Hippo Event Management Agency
by Steve Catling
3M ago
In a global shift towards environmental consciousness, the events industry is witnessing a remarkable surge in sustainability initiatives. This green wave extends beyond event planning, with hotel chains taking a lead role in adopting eco-friendly practices. Let’s explore how these chains are setting an example and contributing to the rise of sustainability in the events industry. Marriott International, a global hospitality giant, has been at the forefront of sustainability efforts. The hotel chain has committed to reducing its environmental footprint by setting ambitious goals. Initiatives ..read more
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Get To Know A Hippo: Steve Catling
Hippo Event Management Agency
by Steve Catling
4M ago
Here at Hippo we like to get to know our clients and suppliers well, but we also like for them to get to know us! So, throughout 2024 we’ll be running a series of ‘Get To Know A Hippo’ interviews of our Hippo team. So, to start off, let’s find out a little bit more about our Director, Steve… Why did you want to work in events? I love creating something from nothing. From having that initial conversation about an event to then actually being there seeing it take place with everything is going well brings with it a huge sense of achievement, pride and that internal satisfaction that all the ha ..read more
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My First Year At Hippo
Hippo Event Management Agency
by Steve Catling
4M ago
1 year since I started working at Hippo Events and what an exciting year it has been! Despite Steve’s well-crafted gradual development plan for me, I found myself diving headfirst into the thick of it right from the beginning. It feels like I blinked, and a whole year has passed! Over the past year I have learnt more than I could put on paper, from how Venue Finding works and the details of basic AV equipment right through to using formulas on Excel (although arguably those formulas are still an area I need to work on!) Having worked on the hotel operations side of events previously, my perc ..read more
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What We’re Seeing As Trends In 2024 So Far
Hippo Event Management Agency
by Steve Catling
4M ago
In 2024 so far the events industry has been characterised by a surge in short-lead events, most notably for the months of May and June (peak season!), and a concurrent shift towards prioritising the quality and scale of the events. The prevalence of short-lead event planning persists as a prominent trend in 2024 so far, reflecting the industry’s ability to act swiftly to find meeting space. Whilst February is looking like an average month the back half of January and March / April are extremely busy, with availability on venues still quite hard to come by. We are also seeing an ever present ..read more
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My First Year In The Events Industry
Hippo Event Management Agency
by Steve Catling
4M ago
1 year since I started working at Hippo Events and what an exciting year it has been! Despite Steve’s well-crafted development plan for me as his first full-time employee, I found myself diving headfirst into the thick of it right from the beginning. It feels like I blinked, and a whole year has passed! Over the past year I have learnt more than I could put on paper, from how Venue Finding works and the details of basic AV equipment right through to using formulas on Excel (although arguably those formulas are still an area I need to work on!) Having worked on the hotel operations side of ev ..read more
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