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Incentive Planning in Manchester: Our Recce to Dubrovnik 2015

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Incentive Planning in Manchester: Our Recce to Dubrovnik 2015

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Private MICE Forum in Dubrovnik, run by Great Hotels of the World. I’ve never visited Croatia before, and haven’t really looked too much into Dubrovnik, but I guess that my limited knowledge of the country’s recent history meant that I was happily surprised by the stunning scenery, clean streets and overall fantastic impression of the city. More surprising was the recurring scent of Lavender in the air (Croatia is one of the largest producers of the plant that I would usually associate with English country gardens!).  I was beginning to think that this place may have incentive trip potential after all!

We stayed at the beautiful 5* Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik . You enter the hotel into an impressive lobby, full of natural light from the glass roof. Most of the rooms are on floors below the lobby, as the hotel is built into the rock face, and the majority of rooms face the Adriatic Sea where large balconies have views over the water towards Dubrovnik old town (a UNESCO site, only a 15 minute costal walk or short bus ride away), and Lokrum island. The hotel has a spa and both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as private access to the sea, all located on the bottom floor of the hotel.

I also had a fantastic dinner at the 5* Valmar President Hotel, down by its own private beach; this brand new hotel is also stunning, built into the rock face and the terrace bar provides fantastic views of the sunset over the sea.  When planning an incentive, it's important to see things through the eyes of winners and I think they would feel very special and spoiled dining here.

I got the chance to try my hand at sea kayaking (organised by DT Travel). I am most definitely not an athlete, and although I was looking forward to it, did think I would struggle. I was pleasantly surprised however; my paddling buddy and I had great fun bobbing over waves in our boat and easily kept up with the group. We paddled out to Lokrum, a beautiful island just off the cost of the city, home to a collection of free roaming Peacocks, an old Benedictine monastery and beautiful botanical gardens. Game of Thrones fans may be aware that the Dubrovnik old walled town is the setting for the fictional capital of Westeros - ‘King’s Landing’; as well as this a replica of the iron throne resides within a Games of Thrones visitor centre on Lokrum, within the old monastery that was also used a set!

After taking the decidedly more relaxed boat option back to the old city I had chance for a whistle stop guided tour of the old town. The old town is surrounded by walls which range from 1 metre to 6 metres thick in some parts, and the wealth of history within them is huge (it is worth noting that the old town can become incredibly crowded when up to 5 cruise ships dock in port on the same day and their guests visit the city, we were lucky!). Later that night I also visited the Revlin club, just inside the city walls; a great night spot for dance music and drinks!

My time in Dubrovnik was short, but I definitely want to make a return trip and explore both the city, and rest of Croatia, more.  What's more, Dubrovnik is now firmly on our list of potential destinations when planning incentive trip options for clients!

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Manchester Event Organiser Is Awards Finalist!

Manchester Conference and Incentive Specialist is Awards Finalist


Business of the Year Recognition for Manchester Event Organiser

Being shortlisted for the Business of the Year (£1-5M) at the Stockport Business Awards caps a busy few months for us!  It's brilliant to be judged as one of the top three in the most highly contested category.  We think it's partly a reflection of our journey in recent years.  

In 2012, following some major project cancellations due to the recession, turnover and staff numbers dropped.

However, since the end of 2012 to the end of 2014, Assured Events turnover has grown over 211% from £716k to £1.51M with net profit growing over 250%. This year we're forecasting approx. £1.8M t/o and a similar increase in net profit.  Our speciality of being a Manchester based conference and incentive organiser has really shone through.

We think that's only half the story that caught the judges eye, though.  We have high staff retention and offer Event Management Students paid, year-long placement opportunities, most of whom come back and work for us.  Three of the team came through this route and are now experienced Account Managers.

Our MD, Karl Perry was also a judge at the Stockport Young Entrepreneur Awards for primary schools at the Town Hall last month. Eighteen schools took part and the audience topped 300. Karl is the longest running judge & mentor having been there for all of the eight years that it has run.

That means that the first group of children he mentored will now just have finished their 1st year at University – that is scary!!

We've also just taken on two new Event Co-ordinators, Emma Bolam who managed golf days at Tytherington Golf Club and Roxana Mocanu, who has just graduated with a 1st in Event Management from Manchester Metropolitan University.  (You'll be hearing more from these two at a later date!)

The Awards with be taking place at Stockport Town Hall on October 15th – we'll be sending our hand-picked, elite, social-celebration squad... highly experienced at enjoying themselves in almost any scenario.

That'll be all of us then!

In the meantime, back to the day job of planning conferences, incentives and dinners in Manchester, Cheshire and the North West!

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Event Management in Manchester Looking at Bristol: Where to stay & where to dine

Planning an event with a difference try The Glassboat Bristol

Event management ideas for Bristol

We may be an event management company based in Manchester but our clients' projects take us all over the UK and beyond. Recently we have been researching Bristol for accommodation and dining for an event a client has asked us to organise and we thought we'd share some of our recommendations.

Set in the heart of South West England, Bristol is renowned for its great links to Cardiff and London, however, the city also holds many a gem worthy of considering. The city is home to a wealth of culture; world class art, drama and musical flare. Bristol is a diverse city and boasts something for everyone.  Here are our top recommendations for a visit to the city:

Accommodation:

Berwick Lodge
A beautifully renovated manor house, re-opened in 2009. With 10 boutique and bespoke designed bedrooms, this rural retreat is great for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, yet still be close enough to enjoy what the city has to offer. With converted mews now a Conference Centre and an onsite Cookery school, Berwick Lodge is great for corporate meets or incentives.

Number 38 Cliffton
Set in the sleepy village of Cliffton, minutes from the centre, Number 38 has recently been voted “Coolest Place to Stay in the UK” by The Times newspaper. Feeling like a home from home, each of the boutique, townhouse bedrooms are decorated with plush furnishings and comforts. Complete with an outdoor terrace overlooking the rooftops of Cliffton village, Number 38 is a highly recommended choice!

Food & Drink:

The Milk Thistle
Pitching itself as “the big brother” of Bristol’s secret cocktail bar “Hyde & Co”, The Milk Thistle is everything you image a private members club to be; dark mahogany decor, walls adorned with leather books and dim, candle lighting. The venue is open to us general riff raff, however, be sure to adhere to the “House Rules” – all rather tongue in cheek though darling!

Glassboat
Overlooking the iconic harbour, the Glassboat is set in the floating harbour at the heart of the city. (It’s name derives from the fact that the water level remains constant, the harbour is not affected by the tidal changes of the River Avon). As the name suggests, the Glassboat is simply that. Despite its contemporary decor, many of its fittings have a great history, for example the glass and walnut floors came from Courage Brewery on Temple Back. Occupying such a niche setting, Glassboat is an iconic backdrop for any event.

Cox and Baloney Tea Rooms
If you are looking for something a little different to your contemporary wine bars and cosmopolitan cocktail hangouts, why not try afternoon tea at Cox & Baloney Tea Rooms. Serving quintessentially English afternoon tea, complete with vintage china and the sweetest delights; let the team rooms take you back to simpler times! Cox & Baloney is also available for private hire and run various workshops; great for private parties or as a retro luncheon for meetings in the city!

Bristol looks an ideal location if you're looking for some unique event venues and don't be afraid to ask a Manchester event organiser to plan your project there!

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