Case Studies

Delivering Sustainable Communities Summit for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

John Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister, had long championed regeneration and the planning and development of sustainable communities.

In his own words: “to create communities where people want to live, not leave.”

We were appointed official organisers of the Delivering Sustainable Communities Summit which took place across the two venue campus of Manchester Central and the adjacent Bridgewater Hall – all tightly secured for this three day, high profile event.

The conference and 7,000 square metre exhibition was hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister and attracted the majority of the cabinet, including the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Home Secretary, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Secretary of State for Education and Skills and the Secretary of State for Transport.

In addition, a host of international luminaries spoke in plenary including the Mayor of Chicago, Bill Bryson, and Professor Sir Peter Hall. A full programme of 36 sub-plenaries, workshops, and master classes supported the plenary sessions at the Bridgewater Hall and delegates were given the opportunity to visit eight world class regeneration sites around the City of Manchester.  A series of fringe events was also organised.

Working with the ODPM Summit team, we managed over 1,750 fully paid delegates, 250 concessionary delegates, up to 1,000 day visitors to the exhibition, 500 exhibitors, 150 national and international broadcasters and journalists and 50 high level and VIPs.  This necessitated high levels of security at the event and we had to manage security clearance for every delegate and member of staff before the event.

Inspiring Leadership Conference And Exhibition

This inspiring and prestigious leadership conference brings together a unique blend of world class speakers from education, business, sport and the arts to share their insights into modern leadership, brought to the audience by trusted partners from education leadership – Education Development Trust, the Association of School and College Leaders and the National Association of Head Teachers.

Around 1,500 delegates and 100 sponsors and exhibitors gather each June at the ICC Birmingham for Inspiring Leadership, an annual leadership conference and exhibition showcase that excels in all that it does. The conference is already known for its positive, thought provoking and ultimately inspiring ambience, giving delegates time and space to learn, reflect and plan.
It has built a reputation as one of the most inspirational and influential events in the education calendar. Each year around 60% of delegates from previous years attend and has become firmly fixed in the educational calendar as an opportunity for leaders to come together, listen to high-calibre speakers, discuss issues and share ideas.

Dreamtoys for the Toy Retailers Association

Dream Toys is an annual event hosted by the Toy Retailers Association to announce the industry’s official prediction of the forthcoming Christmas’s best-selling toys.

The list is revealed at a media launch event held at St Mary’s church, Marylebone, London.

The event design and production brief is to create a Christmas environment that provides a platform for showcasing the toys to the invited media audience. It is vital that the toys remain the stars of the show and not the environment.

The environment design incorporates four main components including a central top toys feature, category areas, toy manufacturers exhibition and stage display area. This format provides multiple points of engagement for journalists and media.
With close to 3,500 mentions across online, print, broadcast and social media the coverage is estimated to have a reach to a potential audience of over 1.5 billion and an equivalent estimated publicity value of over £10 million.

On the day of the event participating toy industry suppliers have an opportunity to engage with journalists and industry opinion formers to promote their brands and key business messages.

For more information regarding this event, and to see our Interactive 360° Tour, please follow this link.

Train to Teach roadshow for National College for Teaching and Leadership

It is widely reported that recruiting teachers is increasingly challenging not least because of the competitive graduate jobs market. With around 450,000 qualified teachers in England around 10% of that number join the profession each year with a similar number leaving (including retirement).

Set against a backdrop of a 600,000 increase in pupil numbers in the next five years and a demographic dip in the number of graduates in their early 20’s the Government need to recruit a higher proportion of all graduates just to stand still.

Train to Teach is a roadshow series of events comprising full day ‘national’ and half day ‘regional’ events taking place in strategic towns and cities across England. Commencing in January 2014 the roadshow offers potential teaching candidates a broad range of information gathering opportunities from ‘just thinking about it’ to ‘how do I commence training’.

Candidates are able to ‘drop in’ to any event at any time regardless of whether they have pre-registered or not. On arrival at the event they have a range of options to choose from including talking to a practising teacher to a one to one with an expert teacher recruitment adviser.

Approximately 20,000 candidates have attended over 100 individual events including graduates, people looking to change career and former teachers exploring a return to the profession.

All visitors to the event programme are included in a CRM database and receive follow up marketing and guidance information.

Global Council Events For Health Action Partnership International

HAPI is an international health partnership bringing together leading professionals and organisations from across the world to improve the effectiveness of action to address the social and economic determinants of health, and to build capacity in countries to tackle health inequity.

The work of HAPI is informed and guided by input from a council of global leaders in health and related fields and relies on the work of partners and consultants who are established professionals and leaders in their field to provide a whole systems approach that recognises the importance of work across sectors and in differing settings to promote and maintain health.

Our team have worked with the London based secretariat for many years supporting and managing a variety of conferences, meetings and events including the Global Council, Commission on the Social determinants of Health International Conference and the EU Progress project final conference in Brussels.

Through our work with HAPI we have also supported projects for various World Health Organization offices.

Champions launch and Quality Mark events for Restorative Justice Council

Restorative justice brings those harmed by crime or conflict and those responsible for the harm into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.

This is part of a wider field called restorative practice.

To promote and advance the practice of restorative justice the council identified ‘Champions’ from across a number of sectors including the criminal justice system, education and social care. The work of the champions was celebrated at an event held at the QEII Centre in Westminster where a series of case study presentations was blended with a Q&A panel session and concluding celebratory drinks reception.

The Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) gives the public that confidence. Holding the RSQM is a celebration of the hard work undertaken by organisations offering a restorative service and is the best way of showcasing safe, high quality practice. A one day conference was hosted at Birmingham Town Hall for organisations looking to have their restorative practices officially accredited.