As well as arranging a large conference in Exeter we organised a last-minute event in part of Birmingham where there had been a problem with the digital switchover.
We arranged an Audience Engagement Event for the Chairman and Members of the BBC Trust to meet young people and get their views about the BBC and how it can be improved. This was a really infomative and interesting evening, greatly enjoyed by all who were there. Hosted by BBC DJ’s and introduced by the Chairman, everyone had great fun and discovered how big a part the BBC pays in everyday life.
The latest conference in Exeter saw Mark Lawson of BBC’s Front Row give an amusing and thought-provoking after-dinner speech on what localness means for audiences. The following day Professor Máire Messenger Davies, Director of the Centre for Media Research, University of Ulster was the keynote speaker. With the sun shining over the downs and a great mix of people this was again a memorable two days.
One of the nicest things from our point of view is the feedback. A great event should be seamless, with everything flowing from one part to the next. With all these events we’ve had thanks, not only from our client but on every occasion have had letters, cards or e-mails from the delegates thanking us for making it so enjoyable. When people take the trouble to do this, you know it’s worked.
Events with the Edge have now arranged five two-day seminars for the BBC in the West Midlands, Oxford, Sheffield, Newcastle and Exeter with over 100 delegates including the Chairman of the BBC Trust, other Trust members and members of the Regional Audience Councils from across the country. Whilst the format has been similar there have been different aspects to each event.
We project manage every aspect of the event; finding the venue, organising accommodation, transport, receptions, catering, delegate packs, badges, flowers plus a guided tour of the region if required.
In Newcastle there was a separate reception for delegates and the BBC hierarchy with local opinion formers and VIPs from Newcastle at a different location plus a guided tour of Newcastle and Gateshead where they were given the opportunity to visit the iconic landmarks including the Angel of the North, the Sage and Baltic buildings, the castle and Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Louise Hall, Head of Governance & Accountability England at the BBC said;
Jilly and her team have always provided an excellent service, which is why we continue to use her. She is a consummate organiser with an eye for detail and the ability to juggle several tasks at once.
She has strong communication and interpersonal skills which have been regularly called on to handle the difficult situations that inevitably arise in a large scale event, especially when strong personalities are involved, and has remained friendly, diplomatic and helpful but firm at all times.
The success of all four seminars, as evaluated by the delegates themselves, has been due in large part to Jilly’s efficiency and I have no hesitation in recommending her as an outstanding events organiser.