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And the award goes to… 31 Oct 2017

Who doesn’t relish an opportunity to get dressed up in an evening gown or black tie, to sip chilled champagne while listening to soft music, before being led into a dining room with hundreds of other guests to enjoy an evening of entertainment? 

If you are the organiser, then most likely you don’t. 

Organising a dinner or awards ceremony, no matter how rewarding the end result, is hard work. And for most, it’s hard work that has to be done in spare time or alongside full-time responsibilities.

Between choosing a venue, chasing menu choices and organising accommodation, by the time the evening comes around, you’d rather curl up in the corner.

But it doesn’t have to be this way, with EventStop you can take some of the pressure off, sit back, and look forward to the night. Here’s how…

You can invite everyone at the touch of a button

Now, paper invitations are lovely, but how often do you find yourself following up with an email or a call to chase up something you put hours into designing but the recipient threw on the pile of post in the hall?

By uploading your guest list, your custom email invitations can be sent to everyone at the touch of a button, but still be personalised to your event style, brand and message. No fighting with mail merge, no calling to make sure it arrived. 

Public event without a guest list? No problem! Use the link provided from EventStop to promote the event on social media, in newsletters or on marketing materials to direct all guests to your personalised event page.

Tracking is easy

Constantly updating a spreadsheet after every email, call or sometimes hand written response is arduous at best. Using EventStop means you can see who is attending, who has declined and who has cancelled. Not only that, you can see the payment status of those attending and their full details, all in one place.

With an easy way to track ticket sales and revenue, you are able to further promote the event if needed, or cut back before you become over-subscribed.

Offer the best seats in the house

If your dinner includes a VIP drinks reception, premium seats or any other special experience, promote them! EventStop gives you the opportunity to list as may ticket options and prices as you like to maximise opportunities at your dinner or award ceremony, so make sure this is used.

Make your venue’s life easier

An event organiser’s life can be ten times worse without the support of a great venue, so make sure you ease their burden while also keeping your admin time minimal.

‘How?’ I hear you ask? Simple; include the menu options in your ticket selection. By not being able to progress with purchase until the options are selected, this removes the need for you to spend hours making endless phone calls to get them, as well as alleviating the chance for guests to upset the chef with last minute indecision.

These are just a few of the ways EventStop can help ease the burden of planning your dinner or awards evening, giving you more opportunity to think of the decorations and entertainment.

The only thing we can’t help with is the table plan; that’s up to you.

For more information on EventStop and how to use it for your next event, please contact Emma on 0344 822 3227 or emma@hospitalityguaranteed.co.uk

Emma Hall


 

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Build your team the right way 18 Oct 2017

What do you think when we say; ‘Away Day’?

Let us guess; raft building, a stuffy meal and maybe even a trust exercise that leaves you feeling less than trusting of your colleagues.

Now, we understand that this is the reputation they have gained over the years, but things have moved on! There’s no reason why your residential conference and team building should be anything other than a great opportunity to bond with your team (with a presentation or two thrown in).

Need some inspiration? Well, we’ve thought about it and here’s what we think will make your next away day one to top!

Put your Google maps skills to good use

We use it every day to get to meetings, find a friend’s house or just to see how long it’ll take you to get home – so why not step up your digital navigation skills with a spot of Geotagging (that’s digital orienteering to you and I.)

Giving you the opportunity to explore the location you find yourself in, you’ll solve clues and answer problems to gain points – and what do points mean? Prizes! Some systems even provide a real-time score board, so you can see how rival teams are doing and where you need to step it up!

Sports day, but not as you know it

We all know the drill; a five-a-side tournament, some canoeing and maybe some rock climbing thrown in for good measure.

While it is important to get everyone out of their seats and blood flowing, reverting back to the days of school trips might not be the best way to go about it.

We love the idea of Office Olympics. A great way to mix things up, this activity can be so much more than just the sports! Throw in activities such as creating a country, a uniform and team anthem and before you know it, you have a competition like no other. 

But, hands down one of the best activities we’ve found is a Haka workshop. Train as a team or split the senior managers from the employees so you have something to really scare each other with when back in the office!

Be at peace

Not something that always springs to mind when it comes to being around your colleagues, but perhaps this is your opportunity?

With spa facilities available at a range of venues across the country, spend some time really getting to know those you work with around the pool, in the sauna or with a magazine on a lounger.

Being able to relax around each other gives you the opportunity to really get to know who you spend eight hours a day with and, you never know, you might develop some great ideas in your zen state.

Plus, a hot stone massage on the company? You can’t lose!

Back to school

We all love learning something new but don’t always have the time to commit to evening classes.

Why not get the team together for cookery classes, wine making or even the latest craze; spy school? All useful skills in the workplace…

Unfortunately, there is no way around the content of your training, AGM or conference potentially being a little less interesting than you’d prefer, but that doesn’t mean your team building should be too!

For help and inspiration on putting together your next residential training course, give the team a call on 0344 822 3227, or visit our website www.hgonestop.co.uk  

Emma Hall

Smart, streamlined, supportive 03 Oct 2017

Are you running, or thinking of running, an apprenticeship programme, but finding yourself weighed down, or scared off by administration?

It doesn’t have to be this way!

ApprenticeStop is a bespoke, streamlined, online system that supports you from start to finish.

From finding the right accommodation, to providing a system that automates your joining instructions and creates clearly accessible audit trails to track attendance, ApprenticeStop does it all, and even allows for bespoke online feedback and mobile booking!

When it comes to choosing the right accommodation, it can take hours of searching, shortlisting, calling and negotiating with hotels before you find the right one. ApprenticeStop takes all of this off your plate, reviewing and shortlisting hotels based on your preferences and negotiating the best prices to meet your unique needs.

ApprenticeStop can also lighten your load when it comes to the general administration of an apprenticeship programme. You will be supported by a dedicated team who will chase all your learners and provide 4-way communication between you, venues, clients and learners so you can focus on the content of the programme.

Often, the hardest thing to manage on an apprenticeship programme is safeguarding and duty of care responsibilities. As such, ApprenticeStop users benefit from both system and administration support in outlining, communicating and monitoring aspects of safeguarding and care for all learners whilst onsite at a venue. The online dashboard gives instant visibility of key documentation and online feedback to support continuous improvement. The system also benefits our clients supporting with a full audit trail and accessibility for duty of care 24/7.

If you would like to learn more about how ApprenticeStop could help you, email Michelle Land michelle@hospitalityguaranteed.co.uk or go to https://www.hgonestop.co.uk/apprentice_stop/packages.

Emma Hall

 

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Five reasons to start planning your Christmas party NOW 30 Aug 2017

Five reasons to start planning your Christmas party NOW

Yes, it’s Summer.

Yes, we know you’re thinking more about beaches than Christmas markets.

But with so much going on between now and then, Christmas will come around in a flash. Still not convinced? Then here are five reasons why you should start planning your Christmas party now. 

1. Get the first choice of venues and dates
If you have your heart set on a specific venue or date, you’d better be quick! It won’t take long before the best, most quirky or accessible venues and key dates are snapped up. Not sure where to host your party? Or need somewhere with plenty of bedrooms? We can help with that. 

2. Price
By booking far in advance, you have the opportunity to negotiate on price and package. While this might not always mean a reduced rate, it could mean some added value, such as a free overnight stay for the organiser, a drinks reception or additional menu choice.

3. Greater flexibility with other suppliers
Photobooths, caricature artists, venue dressers and other suppliers are keen to fill their diaries as quickly as possible. With so many extras to add to your event, when you have your date and venue organised, you can let your imagination run wild to make your event even more unique with a wide choice of suppliers.

4. Give plenty of notice for decision making and payment
We understand it’s not always easy for everyone to agree and there are often a significant number of people involved in this decision. Starting now gives you the opportunity to provisionally hold venues while the decision is being made. If you leave it any longer, you might find you don’t have many choices to make a decision from! 

Remember Christmas is an expensive time of year for everyone and factoring in a Christmas party can often be a luxury guests can’t afford as the festive season approaches.

The earlier your party is arranged, the more time guests have to plan their payments or even pay early.

5. Allow time for new recruits
It’s all very well and good arranging a party for your current workforce but the chances are, people will come and go before the party arrives.

Venues don’t mind adding or removing guests, within reason, up to a set period before the event, so book now to give you flexibility, rather than people missing out if the only venue you can book last minute holds half the number you need. 

If you’re starting to plan your Christmas party but worried about sending multiple invitations, managing menu choices, accommodation and responses – never mind chasing everyone who has seemingly disappeared from the face of the earth – don’t worry.

EventStop gives you the opportunity to create a dedicated webpage branded to your Company, custom invitations, online delegate registration and payment. By managing everything for you, you can then focus on your daily role and making the event look fantastic. 

For more information, call our team on 03448 223227 or visit www.eventstop.co.uk

Victoria Brunton

 

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Let's make life simple 18 Jul 2017

In this modern world, we’re all guilty of making life that little bit more complicated than it needs to be. But we’ve got ask ourselves, ‘why?’

As a charity, sports club, organisation or association, you may often find yourself suddenly organising an event; perhaps the Summer party, tournament abroad or just the bi-monthly knees up. Sounds easy enough right? Well, that is until you have to do it three times a year, for lots of people and factor in accommodation, travel and food! Suddenly it doesn’t sound so simple.

That’s where we come in.

EventStop is a handy tool that can save you time and money as well as helping you to stay in control.
Let us tell you how…

Personalised webpage and email invitations
Unlike other event registration tools, EventStop allows you to create your own personalised webpage and email invitations, maintaining your brand and identity.
By following a simple step by step process, you can add your own logos, images and content, making your page look like an extension of your own site. 

Online registration
You can ask for all the information you could possibly need, all in one, easy to use place.
When registration has closed, simply export the details and you have your guest list right there.

Online payments
There’s nothing worse than constantly chasing guests for payment. Following up the “I’ll pay next week” and “My dad/son/friend is going to pay you next week” excuses.
By using the flexible payment options available on EventStop, not only do you save valuable time, your guests can pay by credit or debit card, as soon as they book. No excuses.

Keeping an eye
Need to make sure you’ve not gone over capacity? Want to check payments are being made? The event dashboard gives you an overview of your function at the touch of a button, helping you plan any further promotion – or to get in touch with the venue to increase your tables!

With these and many more advanced features, such as:

•    Accommodation options
•    Badging, scanning and tracking
•    Event management

EventStop is the perfect tool to support your charity or organisation’s event planning, helping you to concentrate on what’s really important – raising funds and doing what you do!

Victoria Brunton