Our annual BNC Christmas Networking Party is known as the best in the business. Top people, Top networking at The Top of London's Highest Building....
We are really pleased to be at our new summer venue, Central Hall Westminster and we hope that we will be here for many years to come!
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With sold-out stands, over 1400 pre-registered visitors and a storm of excitement brewing on social media we knew we were in for a good day on 15th February, the day of our winter 2017 BNC Event Show....
To celebrate two decades of events industry networking, The BNC - Europe’s leading association for event professionals - relaunched its Corporate Networking Forums in style at the Dolce CampoReal, Lisbon...
The BNC once again launched into the festive season with a fantastic Christmas celebration for its top customers...
Event professionals from companies such as Hyundai, Sanofi Pasteur, Moneyfacts and the Cambridge Weight Plan made BNC history on Friday 14th October when they participated in the first ever BNC Gives Back Charity Day...
When The BNC was looking for a forward thinking venue that cares about people and the community The Barbican was top of its list as the key place to kick off its BNC Gives Back campaign...
The amazing ninth BNC Event Show took place this summer this time not aboard a jolly ship but safe on dry land at the impressive Gibson Hall in the banking heart of London...
The BNC made event industry history on 13th April when it held the very first corporate dinner at new super playground Kidzania...
The 8th BNC Event Show, our flagship event, was on the 17th of February 2016 at The Brewery in London. This was the busiest and best show to date...
When The BNC Directors were looking for a venue to relaunch the popular annual BNC Forum, they chose well in the country house quality offering of Cliveden – an historic, intriguing and indulgent retreat that is just a leap from London...
Where am I? A ski lodge in Vermont? A loft apartment in New York? Is this a hotel at all? This IS a hotel but it is a DIFFERENT kind of hotel. This is fun and new and......I LIKE IT!
On 10th November 200 buyers and suppliers were invited for an evening of festive networking at The Playboy Club London, a relatively new venue on the corporate events scene...
The first in a brand new series of BNC Networking Forums took place on 5th November on the subject of Awards Dinners...
The BNC Transparency Action Group met formally for the first time on 28th September in the beautifully appointed Boardroom at The Dorchester Hotel, London...
On Wednesday the 1st of July, in more ways than one, The BNC Event Show has become the Hottest Event Show of the Year when temperatures soared to the highest on record for twelve years this was the seventh bi-annual BNC Event Show on board the historic and now iconic HMS President 1918...
When Northern Belle - one of the many timeless passenger trains from the Belmond collection - came to London on 5th May The BNC just had to send some of its members aboard to sample the ultimate in luxury travel.
The World Is Not Enough without the gadgets and gizmos, glitz and glam of a Bond film where fast cars and characters are thrown into action, deceit and drama - and The BNC Grand Dinner was set to provide all of that and more...
On Wednesday the 18th of February 2015 The BNC Global Event Show proudly took to the Porter Tun room of London’s The Brewery once again, welcoming suppliers and buyers to its sixth successful show...
250 industry professionals joined together on Monday 17th November for a networking evening at one of the city’s sleekest hotels...
Jewels, cash, gold, a pirate’s wooden leg – that’s what some of us thought we’d discover along the foreshores of the Thames during our #GreatRiverRescue clean-up event.
Well, ok, maybe that was just me, but most who joined us for the day dreamed-up a scenario in their heads of uncovering some kind of cheeky little treasure that would make a great ‘tell-at-the-pub’ story.
We knew we’d find crisp packets, plastic bottles, old newspapers, and odd boots – plus other recognisable household items - but the curious creatures among us couldn’t help but think that in all that silt, sand and water there might be ‘something’ worth digging up and talking about.
We weren’t disappointed.
However, the ‘something’ turned out to be a shocker – and not of the good kind, either. Instead of treasure, we found ...................well, think the opposite of treasure and you’ll find the collective word for piles and piles of sodden, heavy, wet wipes clearly used and discarded without a thought. Over time they had tumbled through the system, fought in the waters and become tethered together by the iron-like fibres that weave these cloths into brilliantly strong bottom-cleaners for babies.
When you ‘innocently’ flush one teeny, tiny wet wipe thinking it will go ‘poof’ once the lid closes, you are unaware that through the dark and gloomy underworld of sewerageland these ickle wipes find one another and form an impossible chain that slinks through the pipes and expand. They can not be processed as toilet tissue can and so are expelled through the overflow pipe and reappear, lurking like tentacled monsters on the shores. Utterly disgusting.
And if that wasn’t enough of an assault on our beautiful waterways we also found sanitary towels that had being carelessly flushed away and flung out – not by residents of nearby million pound properties, surely, but by people who were quite clearly dragged up through the woods or who had just crash-landed here from another planet.
Who are these people who think these items are ‘flushable’. Bravo London for NOT throwing onto the streets and into the rivers the aforementioned crisp packets, plastic bottles, newspapers and old boots but shame on you for flushing quite obviously non-flushable items through our systems.
What an eye-opening lesson that was for our group of 30 eventprofs who had gathered one windy Friday morning for a networking session of a difference.
Under the #BNCGivesBack initiative they came dressed for river exploration and willing to join a formidable team of ‘River Rescuers’ alongside environmental experts from Thames21.
On went the steel toe-capped willies and reinforced gloves and with black bags, spades and litter-pickers in hand they and The BNC staff team all set about clearing a stretch of the mighty River Thames just by Battersea Bridge.
Working in groups or getting stuck into an area on their own, our fearless bunch – which included suppliers from Richmond Hill Hotel, Jardin Blanc, Hotel Desk, The Stafford London and YEP Enterprise - weren’t afraid to dig deep and fill bag after bag with waste, making the riverbanks and foreshores beautiful once again. Give an events professional a job to do and they will get it done, goes the adage, and in this instance it was certainly true!
“This is very typical of what we find on a daily basis,” said one Thames21 representative as she clawed at heaps of wet wipes stuck hard to the sand. “It’s a big problem in London. We’re not exactly sure why but it is heartbreaking to see and makes so much work for our teams of volunteers.”
Thames21 works on a daily basis to keep our waters and wildlife free from litter and pollution and offer events like this to corporate groups who want a hands-on experience helping a charity and the environment at the same time.
“We can go out as frequently as people want,” says corporate partnerships officer Seren Nelson. “It takes about three weeks to organise an event for the average group size of 50-60 people and we offer all the gear and support you need.”
Seren worked alongside her Thames21 team at The BNC Gives Back charity day and says we did an amazing job. “Everyone worked really hard and we’ve had reports from the River Port Authority that your group collected just over a tonne of rubbish that day.”
BNC Director Kim Paulden, who, along with co-Director Alec Mumford, helped on the day says:
“We want to do more for charity and after organising fundraising raffles, advice clinics with charity event managers and donating bottles of toiletries to homeless charities we wanted a hands-on activity that people could do whilst chatting."
"Working with Thames21 has been a fantastic and educational experience and a great way to give back to the city that most of us do business in. I am so pleased with the results from the day and we look forward to doing another activity with them in July.”
Viki from Schroders agrees with Kim. “I will be telling everyone about this event one day in the old people’s home!” she jokes. “Seriously though, it was a great event for you to arrange for us Event Managers to give something back to the city we all love so much.”
Comments from social media on the day showed similar enthusaism for the city an the project:
"Huge thanks @bnceventshow for organising today’s Thames Clean Up with @thames21 totally eye opening. We cleaned up about a tonne & half of rubbish mostly face & baby wipes. Please, please don’t flush these! Londoners get involved & show your river some ❤️ "
"Today we're giving back to London in collaboration with the Buyers' Networking Club and @thames21. Our Senior Sales Manager Rachel masters the shovel and gets her hands dirty to clean the river banks of the Thames, together with fellow industry professionals. What a great Clean Team, or may we say Dream Team!"
As we gathered at the end of the day over hot tea and chocolate biscuits to reveal our ‘best find’ there was a little light at the end of the murky tunnel.
Some of our gang had uncovered - to their glee - lost wallets (empty), an ancient vase (possibly) and a moment of huge comedy came when one of our intrepid river rescuers, an event manager from Barclays, pulled out a pair of (surprisingly) clean and bright false teeth from the riverbed.
Another reason to keep talking about this brilliant day and this brilliant charity for quite some time.
This is just a small part of what the wonderful Thames21 charity does. Please find out more at:
We'd planned an awesome event, including all the trademarks of our now famous networking exhibition but this year we went that extra mile to showcase the best in the business by making use of new events space at London’s The Brewery which enabled us to welcome scores of new suppliers to The BNC Event Shows brand and to extend our welcome area.
We also built-in extra special touches as it was the occasion of our tenth – yes, 10th!!! - show and there was the opportunity to celebrate!
There was a Champagne party, free makeovers for guests, extra goodies to take home, over 25 giveaways and luxury prizes to be won plus a stellar line-up of excellent and awe-inspiring speakers including Simon Weston CBE and Brexit experts Nick de Bois and Simon Hughes.
Buyers involved too in gift-giving, too. Their mission, under the #BNCGivesBack campaign, was to bring in unopened toiletries for us to create hampers for cancer patients. Watching everyone happily donate bottles of lotions, perfumes, creams, make-up and bath sets was inspiring and is something we hope to repeat with every show.
“From start to finish it was a non-stop incredible day,” says The BNC’s Director Kim Paulden. “It was our best show to date and I am so pleased that we marked our tenth anniversary with gifts for others. I’m proud of this initiative and thank everyone who took part.”
Another thing we hope to repeat with every show is a phenomenal presence on Twitter! During early afternoon #BNCEventShow was the number two trending hashtag on London Twitter!
Tweets relating to fascinating seminars, informative stand holders and a fun atmosphere flooded the number one social media channel and we topped the likes of Robbie Williams as the hot topic of conversation for the day. Wow!
In a message to BNC members Kim says:
“Thank you for coming to our show and for being such fantastic buyers. You filled the aisles and took the time to speak to the exhibitors and enjoy the day who were thrilled with the energy, atmosphere and engagement levels you brought to the day.
“We organise our BNC Event Shows just for you and are so pleased when year after year the buzz gets greater, the aisles become busier and you - the buyers - go home happier after a few really well spent hours doing research, networking and learning new trends and tips of the trade.
“We're really proud of what we do but we owe it all to you - your enthusiasm and passion for events with quality suppliers at quality venues and destinations challenges us and impresses us and drives what we do. Thank You.”
Are you a full BNC member? Missed the show but would like some notes from seminars, or for us to connect you with exhibitors? Just drop us a line and we’ll sort it for you. Please write to: [email protected]
To celebrate two decades of events industry networking, The BNC - Europe’s leading association for event professionals - relaunched its Corporate Networking Forums in style at the Dolce CampoReal, Lisbon...And to bring the event into the 21st century, and as a way of celebrating twenty incredible years, The BNC team added a charity element to the four-day trip and The BNC Gives Back Forum was born.
To qualify all participants had to already be doing, or commit to participate in, some form of individual or group charity work and whilst there, Portuguese DMC EMVIAGEM brought in local charities to join in the networking. At the end of the Forum all attendees agreed to a series of BNC charity initiatives that will be carried out through 2017 and beyond.
It is one of the oldest cities in the world and has practically the warmest winters in Europe! Flying time is just over two hours and there is no time difference!
The large bedrooms and amenities
The chairs in the conference room were c o m f y (it’s the small things!)
The covered courtyard breakout space was so Mediterranean and a welcoming place to sit in between sessions!
The ‘nourishment station’ as it was called was plentiful, stocking piles of delicious snacks that never ran out
The unique canapé options that were beautifully displayed and explained to us when asked (that’s really important!)
Service with a genuine smile – the Portuguese did this a lot (something other hotels and suppliers could learn from)
The thoughtfulness of our arrivals team –the hotel served homemade hot chocolate and melt-in-the-mouth biscuits, the perfect pick-me-up after travelling and it made the check-in process for 50+ people not so bad!
“There’s something really buzzing and ‘alive’ about Lisbon. It has a wonderful energy to it and it’s my favourite place for a short break. There is so much culture and history and the people are incredibly friendly and to top it off the hotels there are outstanding. That’s why I chose Lisbon as the destination for our BNC Gives Back Forum 2017. Our hosts were so accommodating and warm and welcoming, they made The BNC’s 20th Anniversary all the more special.”
“From the minute we arrived at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 our group started networking. I could hear them in the check-in queue! It was brilliant! They were a lively, engaging and incredibly friendly group of event professionals who clearly enjoyed each others’ company and the opportunity to learn more about a destination together and to meet suppliers in a less traditional set-up.
On our second day we had supplier-buyer meetings that went really well and then on the third day we broke off into groups to chat through industry issues and event management problems. Of course, there was lots of storytelling and recommendation sharing as well!
During the day we discussed all things events in conversations that included buyers, suppliers, our Portuguese hosts and charities from the local area.
Key topics were: Transparency, Contracts, Brexit and its Impact on the Events Industry, ROI, Creativity, After Dinner Entertainment Ideas, Health and Safety, Service Levels, Supplier-Buyer Communications and Relationships. We finished with a large group session on charity work and how we can all be more charitable in our own events, as a Club and as an industry as a whole.
Our group literally chatted non-stop throughout the four days: in the hotel’s elegant lounge bar, over breakfast, lunches and dinner in the beautiful Grande Escholha and Manjapão restaurants and then during pockets of free time where they went to the gym, the pool, out on bike rides and to nearby towns. The final excursion – an evening spent at the trendy Museu da Cerveja in the heart of Lisbon town saw the group really bond over a unique tasting and dining experience. By the end of the trip it was evident that solid connections had been made.”
On The BNC Gives Back initiative:
“We’re very lucky to work in the industry that we do,” says Kim Paulden, Director of The BNC and the driver behind The BNC Gives Back initiative.
“It’s a multi-million pound industry and we all arrange or attend very extravagant and privileged events.
To balance that, The BNC wants its members to come together to work towards good causes and to leave a lasting legacy wherever we are – at home or overseas.
I am so pleased with the efforts made by the BNC team and by our members and supplier contacts during the latter part of 2016 and with the Gives Back Forum in Lisbon. There’s a lot more to come as the initiative takes hold and grabs the hearts and imagination of many more BNC people.
It was an honour to meet with charities from Portugal and we hope that we helped them in some way. We will keep in touch and look forward to hearing their updates.”
What the buyers said
“Thank you for a wonderful four days that not only allowed me the opportunity to meet with some amazing people on a professional and personal level but to learn a great deal. I came away from the whole experience with so many tips and ideas. It’s given me back the confidence in my own abilities. Working for a membership organisation, creativity isn't needed and I’d forgotten that I'm creative because I don't get to be creative. Everything is done online these days and you don't get the human interaction that last week’s adventure gave us. You forget the value of face to face meetings even though our careers are about selling face to face meetings to delegates. It’s been an eye opener and will definitely change how I market my events moving forward. I also picked up some secret tricks to use when booking hotels for my holidays thanks to Rita from Sofitel.”
“Thanks so much for having me at the event, it was really useful and hopefully I have found a venue for our London event from it! I really appreciate all the organisation that you guys put into such a great event and look forward to seeing you at another event soon.”
“I just wanted to say thanks again for letting me be part of the forum. It was such a useful event - I still feel like my head's going to explode from learning so much and meeting so many great people, but it was definitely worth it! I'm sure you're well aware of this already, but in addition to being a fantastic networking opportunity it was also superbly organised - Emily is an absolute wonder!”
“I would just like to say a huge thank you for inviting me to the Forum, I had the best time and really picked up some amazing venue contacts. You did a great job in organising and the BNC family are a great team! They made me feel very welcome. I would love to stay in touch and shall be at the London show so hopefully see you then. If you do another Forum I would absolutely love to attend.”
Maria Lourenço, ABMAV
Patrícia Pinto, ABMAV
Telma Teixeira, ABLA
Elsa Pereira, ABLA
With thanks, to our wonderful hosts:
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We have already sold over half of the supplier spaces and have taken some registrations from buyers for the 2018 overseas BNC Gives Back Forum! If you would like to find out more please contact [email protected]
By Melissa Paulden
By Melissa Paulden
Being creative and as curious as ever, The BNC Directors wanted to see if this 'zany' venue would appeal to big kids too, and it certainly did. Over 200 event professionals and suppliers joined together for The BNC Grand Dinner, an annual evening of 'thanks and celebration' for clients and guests of The BNC Event Shows.
Tucked away in an unassuming corner near M&S in London's Westfields, Kidzania is an oasis of fun for kids of all ages. There are 60 activities to explore over two floors in a 'kid sized' city starting with your 'arrival' through an airport departure lounge complete with check-in desks and boarding passes. Visitors to this multi-million pound complex then take a true exit from reality into a land where time suspends and dreams come true.
With 22 venues all over the world Kidzania has left nothing out in its planning. There are roads and buildings, a city square, shops and offices, a music studio, tv station, recycling plant, football stadium, theatre and more, – even the ceiling is covered with a blue and cloudy sky.
It's a place where kids can be kids – run around and be their own bosses, get messy with chocolate and do lots of dressing up but for grown ups the appeal is just as exciting: be who you always wanted to be, live out a fantasy of an alternative career as a weather presenter, rock star or fire fighter and let all of your stresses disappear as you indulge in childhood dreams. What a great place for a staff party, end of year thank you or incentive.
The evening started off with a drinks reception with a difference. With Champagne or cocktail in hand guests started their tour of this wonder-city, sampling what it's like to be a chocolatier in Cadbury's, reading an autocue as a live TV presenter in a fully equipped studio, learning how to be a drummer in the Roland Music Academy or acting the part as a member of British Airways' cabin crew academy. Ice cream making in the Walls factory had people queuing up in their dozens!
When playtime was over, the dinner bell rang and guests headed to the main square to eat 'al fresco' on tables of eight. Lots of networking took place over a Payne & Gunter triumphant three-course meal (the vegetarian was particularly outstanding) and on every table, we're sure, there was a 'what did you want to be when you were younger' kind of conversation that a place like Kidzania would inspire.
Speeches on the night from BNC Directors Kim Paulden and Alec Mumford talked of the new location of The BNC Summer Show (Gibson Hall, 6th July) and launch of a new initiative: The BNC Gives Back Corporate Networking Forum (January 17th-21st 2017 in Portugal) and guests were treated to complimentary tickets to a new production from The BNC Event Shows team – The London Motor Show (Battersea Evolution, 5th-8th May).
"The events industry is known for having a good time with Champagne so we wanted to do something different and really special," announced Kim Paulden of The BNC Gives Back Forum launch. "We're really excited about this: it's where buyers and suppliers will head to Portugal for three days of really great networking but before they join us, they must have completed some sort of charity work.
"We want to show that BNC members care about the world, care about people. The events industry is a very friendly industry and there are some amazing event managers who share knowledge with each other through The BNC. This is a great industry to be in and we hope you'll come on this journey with us."
After dinner the party headed to Kidzania's mini sports stadium to dance into the night to the live sound of the stunning Urban Soul Orchestra. With glasses in one hand and giant lollipops in the other (taken from the fun table centrepieces!), everyone had a great time.
The #BNCrecommends Kidzania – just one tip: plan lots of time to explore the city so that your guests don't stamp their feet, drop their shoulders and cry 'but whyyyyyy?' when you call them in for dinner.
The BNC is proud to announce that following a game of 'heads or tails' just under £500 was raised for Kidney Research UK, a charity close to the winner's (Laura Henwood from Event Prop Hire) heart.
Visit Belfast and Hotel Desk - A two-night trip to Belfast for two including flights and accommodation at one of the Hastings Hotels and the Galgorm Resort and Spa
Royal Garden Hotel - A night's stay in a Garden Suite for two with a traditional English breakfast
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts - A night's weekend stay for two including breakfast at the Andaz London Liverpool Street
Chocolate Tasting with Hotel Chocolat
By Melissa Paulden
By Melissa Paulden
By Melissa Paulden
By Melissa Paulden
By Melissa Paulden
For the first time ever at The BNC Event Shows, Poken were bringing people together with a high five, swapping essential contact information and promotional materials with the hottest new device on the market.
Delivering digital business cards and brochures on this sizzling summer day was a pure pleasure as no-one wanted to be carrying around unnecessary paper which would no doubt be turned into a make shift fan!
Most of us are now using the new NFC technology such as the contactless payment method of debit cards – saving precious time this innovative device works in the same way but by swapping details with the corporates and suppliers you met on the day.
Exhibitors got in the give-away spirit with ice creams from Movenpick and sunglasses from Double Dutch and The Felbridge Hotel and Spa which more than helped with the summer sun as there was no dress code for the day - shorts and deck shoes were granted permission to board!
Lip-smaking and smoking hot the BBQ was ablaze on the Sun deck with an array of Asian inspired aliments for ALL to enjoy, complimentary of course as always at The BNC Event Shows
Working towards Event Industry Change The BNC are fighting the corporate corner and calling time on agencies and suppliers who:
We will be organising our first meeting soon and you are welcome! The more eventprofs we have on board the faster we can influence the industry.
Email your interest to: [email protected]
Are you a supplier? You can make a change to. We are hearing more and more stories were the corporates are not using agents, DMCs, Hotels and other suppliers for their events as they have been ripped off in the past. Stop this happening to you and join us now.
We will be giving venues and suppliers our seal of approval to those who want to stand up and make a change. Be confident and get more bookings by being backed with the BNC Transparent logo.
Like our BNC Event Shows?
Then you'll LOVE our BNC Forums!
We are bringing back the beloved BNC Forum, providing engaging, productive and rewarding opportunities for you to discuss industry issues with like-minded event professionals in an outstanding venue
Who will be there:
When: 21st - 22nd of January
Where: Cliveden in Berkshire
Come and network, connect and experience a motivating event, tailor made with you in mind
Register your interest today by emailing: [email protected]
When Northern Belle - one of the many timeless passenger trains from the Belmond collection - came to London on 5th May The BNC just had to send some of its members aboard to sample the ultimate in luxury travel.
Keen to experience the unique appeal of Belmond’s legendary style and service our group of corporate event managers joined over 100 other business travel professionals on Euston Station’s Platform 18 for a fam that required just a few hours out of the office but seemed like a world away.
Smartly dressed staff gave a red carpet welcome as they served canapés, mini dishes and glasses of bubbly to all. Livening up the platform with dreamy tunes from a bygone era was jazz band The Casablanca Steps who played Putting on the Ritz amongst other classics.
Stepping on to the gleaming, polished train our group were transported back in time to an age of class and refinement. They got to tour through the seven carriages - which are beautifully decorated and designed with craftsmanship, fabrics and fittings of the glorious 1930s – before settling down to enjoy the hospitality.
The attention to detail and clever theming of the carriages was something that impressed our group of experienced corporate event managers. That, and many other things about their once-in-a-lifetime excursion certainly didn’t disappoint.
Executive Assistant Marissa, from a credit management company, said that her expectations of the visit were high and they were easily met. Marissa was using the fam as research for a possible excursion for high level executives who are looking for something to do that is a cut above everything else.
“The Belmond Northern Belle offers a unique, special and memorable experience,” she says.
“It’s beautiful and has a lot of things worth doing. For senior leaders and clients I’m thinking of using it for a possible celebrity chef experience or visit to Ascot Racecourse.”
Lucy Clark, Director of Sales, Trains & Cruises, UK South & Nordic Countries adds: “Belmond Northern Belle is the perfect way to travel to some of the UK's most charming destinations such as Edinburgh, Bath, Portmeirion and the Lake District, as well as to events as such Ascot Ladies' Day and the Chelsea Flower Show.”
The Belmond Northern Belle seats 260 people and is available for private charter, or for smaller corporate groups. Regional departures are from across the Midlands, Northern England and Scotland.
About BNC Fam Trips:
As this example perfectly sets, The BNC likes to work with recommended suppliers who design fams with the busy corporate buyer in mind. This was a cleverly constructed three-hour fam, ensuring that participants only spent a few hours out of the office. Very often that is all that is needed to sample a venue, it’s service and atmosphere and to get a feel for how each individual’s events may work.
Only full BNC members may take part in Fam Trips. To upgrade your membership please email: [email protected]
Belmond Ltd. is a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world's most inspiring and enriching destinations. Established over 30 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, its unique and distinctive portfolio now embraces 45 hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in the world's most celebrated destinations.
By Melissa Paulden
The World Is Not Enough without the gadgets and gizmos, glitz and glam of a Bond film where fast cars and characters are thrown into action, deceit and drama - and The BNC Grand Dinner was set to provide all of that and more.
London's iconic Dorchester Hotel played host to this annual event that has set the industry talking and in true BNC style a well-loved events theme was taken, turned on its head and polished it until it shone.
This exciting 007 evening was a night to Live and Let Die and, more importantly, to say thank you to the exhibitors and attendees of The BNC Global Event Show held on the 18th of February 2015.
The Dorchester Ballroom was For Your Eyes Only - a fitting scene for the black tie event which later, after dinner and a Champagne reception, was transformed into a Casino Royale hotel. White gloved waiters served flutes of Champagne and (shaken, not stirred) cocktails were awaiting guests before a red carpet entrance. Staring down the barrel to the Quantum of Solace, guests stopped for pictures taken by Agent L ,otherwise known as Ian Legge the event photographer, all dressed like they had a Licence to Kill.
Guests were seated on five-foot round tables of seven, named after famous Bond film titles, and they each had the chance to talk and listen to everybody on the table with ease and comfort. They may have been sitting next to a Dr. No - no-one knew who was who at the start - but if there were any spies in the room this was the best format to interrogate them or just have fun, laugh and enjoy. By the end of the night they were all firm contacts, especially after taking part in the James Bond trivia quiz which brought out a certain competitive nature in everyone where they could all 'bond' together'.
The three-course menu was indulgently divine and delicious, and guests were spoilt for sure and with the smart service to match they couldn't ask for more. In between courses more luxury prizes were given, courtesy of the outstanding exhibitors.
Before the speeches, in a true James Bond style, two silhouettes appeared trapped behind softly lighted screens. They fought against one of Bond's female arch enemies Octopussy and were victorious and lived to Die Another Day.
Showing their appreciation to all guests who are a part of The BNC Shows, Directors Kim Paulden and Alec Mumford took to the stage talking about the success of the shows and thanking everyone for helping The BNC drive the standards of the industry to new measures in events.
An enchanting magician, Spencer Wood floated around the room bewildering guests playing tricks on their mind, whilst the Urban Soul Orchestra put on a striking performance, giving Bond theme tunes a swelling, classical lift. Marc JB later set the beat and tone as the evening progressed. Overall it was an mission that M would be proud of!
One of the highlights of the Diamonds are Forever evening was a real diamond displayed in a top secret Bond case and guarded by a henchman On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
A Thunderball lottery style game of heads and tales was played, where the last remaining contestant took home the £2.5K sparkler. For just £5 a go guests took part in this bit of fun with all proceeds going to two charities (The BNC would later match their contributions and split the donations equally.)
"What a memorable night" says BNC Director Kim Paulden. "Our thanks and appreciation goes out to all who attend our events. See you all on the ship on 19th July! From....... The BNC with Love."
With special thanks to the BNC recommended suppliers:
See all the pictures here
On Wednesday the 18th of February 2015 The BNC Global Event Show proudly took to the Porter Tun room of London's The Brewery once again, welcoming suppliers and buyers to its sixth successful show.
This time the event manager's favourite show was given the royal seal of approval with HRH Prince Michael of Kent in attendance. The approachable and friendly first cousin to Her Majesty the Queen officially opened the show by cutting the red ribbon and saying a few words. Keen on promoting trade and travel, HRH was delighted to then visit standholders for photos, stopping to meet buyers in the aisles.
With a refreshing selection of new exhibitors and the return of suppliers who have been firm features from the start the buyers were spoilt for choice. Experienced Event Manager Lois Saville tweeted:
Adding even more substance to each buyers' visits was the seminar programme, a series of 15-minute talks by leading industry experts where every hot topic was discussed and every question answered from technology to adding personality in your events.
The keynote speaker, show president Ben Fogle, packed the presentation room with an inspirational and engaging talk on memorable destinations for incentive travel.
The professional adventurer spoke at not one but two sessions, highlighting his favourite UK and worldwide travel destinations and sharing honest tips from his personal travels that corporates can harness for their own events. Food critic and writer Tom Parker Bowles also delivered a passionate talk, discussing topical food trends with an impressed audience.
The trademark BNC fun and flair was evident throughout the day. There was lively networking taking place at every stand whether buyers stopped by for breakfast, visited for lunch or stayed all day.
Exhibitors were thrilled to meet Royalty and celebrities who each took the time to talk to everyone they could, stopping to take photos to show those who missed out! A certain famous Mr Grey was seen schmoozing on one of the stands, attracting fans of 50 Shades to the Hotel Desk area. Top prize for creativity goes to you and your colleagues, Joanne Egan!
Snapping a selfie with Christian Grey was reward enough for some but for an extra bonus there was the chance of winning prizes. It may be an unlucky number for some but those who came to the show had the chance of winning 13 grand prizes including Jimmy Choos and the iconic Mulberry Bayswater handbag. One of the lucky winners was Victoria who tweeted:
At every BNC Event Show there is a Golden Stand competition. This year there were four top secret 'Golden Stands' (which none of the exhibitors knew about).
If you visited those four stands – and got the proof stamped on your passport - you had an amazing chance of winning one of TWO luxury 5* holidays: a week's all inclusive stay for two at Alpine Ski Resort Alpes D'Huez La Saenne including ski passes, flights and transfers courtesy of Club Med Groups and Incentives and five nights' stay for two in a junior suite with a seaview at Tropical Beach Hotel Hilton Phuket Resort & Spa including breakfast courtesy of Hilton Worldwide. Two incredible offers - what fantastic suppliers we have at The BNC!
Record numbers were recorded and we think it's safe to say it was a fantastic day for all. It was over too quick but if you didn't make it this time be sure to save the date for the next one:
I just emailed you to thank you for the BNC networking event on Wednesday last week. It was a great event and I made some new contacts and had some very useful discussions with people.
Always a useful event to attend thank you and your team for putting this together.
Linklaters Law firm
As far as I am concerned the BNC is the only event I need to attend each year.
It is the only meeting that provides me with real value with an overall great experience, and experience is what makes an event memorable.
Sanofi Pasteur MSD
Thank you for an amazing show! As ever the best and most helpful event gathering. Education was great and I got to give out four proposals for events on the spot! It's the only show I attend!
Field Fisher Law
Just wanted to say a quick but very big thank you for a wonderful day yesterday, again we found the show immensely useful – it was great to see so many familiar faces and also make new contacts – the day went far too quickly!
Thank you for inviting us along – it is now one of our favourite shows to attend and so much better than the larger tradeshows – works very well for us.
All the best
Hope you have managed to get some rest today and are having a feet-up week-end. You need it I should think.
I confess I was in awe of the show. What a stunning formula. Thank you so much and will definitely keep in touch from now on.
With very warm wishes
A very belated congratulations to you and the entire team for yet another amazing Show on Wednesday. The best to date!
We all know and appreciate how much work goes into the organisation of these events and you are all true ambassadors of the Club.
Looking forward to the boat in the Summer already!
I hope you are doing well and I just wanted to drop you a note as I attended the show on Wednesday and thought it was as usual brilliant and made some useful new contacts and met up with some former colleagues at the same time! It is by far the best industry event that I attend so always make sure I have it in my schedule!
Just had to drop you an email to say what a great show today! I was there from around 9 - 12 but couldn't see you anywhere, did get a glimpse of HRH Prince Michael of Kent though, so had to make do with him! Caught up with Melissa which was nice.
You really have put so much thought into making it a show that buyers want to attend, realising that most are women, and just knowing what they like. The food was outstanding and the staff you had on duty were so helpful. Met Lizz McDonald who was really charming.
Equally for exhibitors, they know all of the attendees are qualified, so no time-wasters making it a show they want to be at because they get results.
Attended the 9.30 seminar on Intelligent Spaces - very helpful.
Hats off to you Kim, and the BNC team. I believe the show was even better than last year - congratulations!!!!
Eisai Europe Ltd
Thank you so much for all your help and support with us 'newbies' coming to your show for the first time. The show itself was everything we hoped it would be, so well managed and was exactly the right target audience for us. I have never seen so many corporates together in one go!
What was even better was that they were all relaxed and having a great time so happy to chat.
Will send everyone's Mr Grey selfies over tomorrow. He is having a much needed lie in today......
I just had to write to you and thank you so much for such a well planned BNC Event. I loved every minute of it.
I have to commend you for such a worthwhile event. I made a lot of contacts and discovered new brands. The gifts/goodie bags were a GREAT touch! Fantastic breakfast nibbles too.
I look forward to the Summer event.
Congratulations on a fabulous show, l was really impressed! Wonderful contacts, well done! I am sure we will be back next year.
Thank you for a wonderful event.
Very well organised, attended to our every need and thank you for all you help in making sure our stand a very busy one!
We are very happy with the result (222 scans) and look forward to receiving the contacts and start getting busy!
Thank you once again and speak soon!
It was lovely to see you both yesterday. Hope you had a good day? Could you send me copies of the photos from HRH Prince Michael's visit to our stand please? Lois and I want to frame them for posterity – we're still excited about the fact we met Royalty!
With kind regards,
Head of Business Development
Just a quick note to say thanks again for another great show. The feedback from clients was positive as always and all seem to enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Hopefully we have some hot leads to follow up on as soon as we get the scanned information through!
Look forward to (hopefully) seeing you at the dinner in April!
Business Merchandise & Marketing Ltd
Thank you so much for the show yesterday, I felt as though I met a fantastic group of buyers who I very much look forward to welcoming to the Hotel in the coming weeks. I know a huge amount of organisation went in to making yesterday such a success, so many thanks to you and the rest of your team for that. The delicious food throughout the day was gratefully received, and the glass of wine at the end was needed!
Many thanks again
Events Business Development Manager
The Ritz London
Just wanted to say thanks for a great show! We certainly find it very useful and a great range of exhibitors. It's good to catch-up with everyone and all our industry colleagues were very positive about the show and quality of buyers. Have to say quite a contrast to the Confex show the next day!
Thank you so much for sending the details through and again for a fantastic day yesterday.
We really do appreciate the support you have shown when we have attended and Emily has been fantastic with the organisation of the event.
Emma will be in touch with regards to booking a stand in July, we have definite interest from some of the properties already.
Vine Tree Connections
As ever this year's BNC event was a real success with high quality connections and not to forget fantastic food and beverage we all had! Thank you to you all!
Just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you for a great show yesterday. Each time the show just gets better and better and I made lots of new contacts.
250 industry professionals joined together on Monday 17th November for a networking evening at one of the city’s sleekest hotels.
Suppliers and buyers alike mingled on the 12th floor of the new and uber stylish Mondrian London for The BNC’s annual Christmas celebration that included speeches, singing and celebrities.
Over wine, mocktails and canapés corporate event managers and representatives from scores of the globe’s most dynamic companies, hotels and destinations spent a happy three and a half hours exchanging news, cards, ideas, tips and best wishes for a thoroughly good festive season.
The aptly named Rumpus Room (a seriously cool glass box events space complete with a rooftop balcony) rocked to the happy sounds of DJ Marc JB’s tunes before being uplifted by an eclectic set from violinist of the moment, Lettice Rowbotham, of Britain’s Got Talent fame.
Party goers could even do some Christmas shopping by purchasing copy of Tom Parker Bowles’ latest book Let’sEatMeat – signed in person by the wonderfully friendly chef himself – and beauticians were on hand to give a bit of pampering with a nail file and polish.
No party is complete without a few games and giveaways and The BNC did it in style with a raucous round of ‘heads and tails’ where the prize was a pair of heart-stoppingly beautiful Christian Louboutin shoes.
The last man standing for the first time ever at a BNC event was actually a man and with ‘hands on head’ Simon of the Institute of Civil Engineers took hold of the coveted heels, announcing to much applause that he was “38, single and an Aquarian......!”
The BNC Christmas party was held as a thank you to all BNC members and to all stand holders for both BNC Event Shows at London’s The Brewery and on the ship, the HMS President 1918. “What a year we’ve had – it’s gone at quite a pace,” began BNC Event Shows’ Co- Director Alec Mumford in his opening speech. “We had a fantastic event at Claridges for 750 people, a Grand Dinner at the Savoy for 240, a Royal Reception at St James’ Palace with Prince Michael of Kent and a 1600 reception at the National History Museum. It’s been a huge year for us, especially with the launch of Country Life Fair.”
BNC founder and BNC Event Shows’ Co-Director Kim Paulden added: “The BNC is growing and growing and going on to bigger but it’s the people who are most important to us. You make the club what it is and we really appreciate everything you put in to your membership and your participation at our events.”
After their heartfelt speech of thanks Kim and Alec decided to inject some song into the room with their version of McFadden and Whitehead’s Ain't No Stopping Us Now – a symbolic tune to mark the end of a great 12 months. “It reflects who we are and what we do and where we are going,” said Alec.
The chatter in the room was non stop all evening and in the right environment, with the correct blend of networking and entertainment, buyers don’t mind doing business at a social event, as Rachel of Bircham Dyson Bell LLP testifies:
“I have to tell you that it was a brilliant evening and I enjoyed myself so much – as I always do at BNC events. This one, however, was the best event you’ve ever put on. Not only did I have fun but I didn’t mind taking cards from suppliers because their approach was quite subtle and friendly. I’ve made some good contacts tonight and will definitely be making calls this week to move things forward with at least three suppliers.”
Thanks to the generosity of the suppliers in attendance each BNC member went home with a glorious Selfridges hamper stuffed to the brim with chocolate, biscuits, spreads, tea and other goodies.
Thanks to the Mondrian London
By Melissa Paulden