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Connect Plus Conference

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Connect Plus is a consortium comprising of Balfour Beatty (40%), Skanska (40%), Atkins (10%) and Egis Road Operation UK (10%) and has been appointed preferred bidder to design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) the M25 project. When we were contacted to source a suitable central London venue for a conference we were delighted to help. Connect Plus already had one or two places in mind but we were able to provide more for their consideration which were then made into a short-list. We took particular note of their requirements and vision for the day to make sure the venue was perfect, taking into account the style of conference, location and cost, ensuring the venue would fit their needs and not the other way round. We then visited the short-list to ensure the best possible outcome for the client and produced a report giving our recommendations.  One of our suggestions, Church House in Westminster was their preferred choice. In the heart of Westminster, next door to the Abbey, this is an oasis of calm where outside the world rushes by. Connect Plus were delighted. Having successfully sourced the venue we were very excited when we were then asked to arrange the complete conference on their behalf, liaising with speakers and delegates, arranging photography and audio visual requirements, sourcing highly appropriate promotional gifts made of re-cycled tyres and most importantly we ran the whole event on their behalf. The event was a huge success for Connect Plus. With an evening reception, the delegates and client were really pleased. Feedback from the delegates and speakers was excellent and we knew that this was a job well done.

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Private Dining Event

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We arranged a private dinner for a prestigious client who wanted to get a small group of local, influential business people round the table for a discussion in Worcestershire for the client to gain firsthand knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing firms in the region. We sourced and booked the venue and went about finding top executives from all areas of business. Our guest list included companies specialising in niche manufacturing, hi-tech, corporate finance, property development, traditional manufacturing, waste and re-cycling, tourism, sports and leisure, accountancy, law, agriculture and recruitment. Our client said Thank you for arranging such a successful dinner at Brockencote last week. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and gathered some useful information. We also had thank you letters from the guests who all enjoyed the evening. Here is a small sample: Thank you so much for looking after me so well at the dinner last week. It was an interesting evening and I was grateful for the opportunity to meet you all. – Charles Morgan, Morgan Motor Company Thanks very much for inviting me to the dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening which I felt went very smoothly – Steven Byrne, Chief Executive, MCD Developments Ltd Permit me to tender congratulations to add to the others on the night for your event managements; it all seemed to go so smoothly and had the balance of pace and grace which is not easy to achieve – David Hallmark, Consultant, HallmarkHulme The event was held at Brockencote Hall Please feel free to visit their website http://www.brockencotehall.com

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Local Government Association

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Jilly’s team worked with the Local Government Association arranging a conference in the West Midlands in the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. During this year, Jilly worked for the national implementation body of the European Year in the UK, the European and Human Rights Commission and took the lead for one of the partners, the Equality and Human Rights Commission. In this capacity, she was responsible for a joint event that the LGA organised together with the Government Office for Equalities on the impact of equalities policies for local authorities in the UK. Speakers at the conference included Trevor Phillips, Head of the Commission and Barbara Follett, Deputy Minister for Women and Equalities. Heleen Jalvingh, Local Government Association, European and International Unit said: This turned out to be an extremely successful co-operation, especially thanks to the efforts of Jilly. It was a high level national conference with senior local government representatives from all over the country. In addition to her enthusiasm, sense of humour and motivation, she was extremely well organised and structured. She handled most of the organisational parts of the event and was able to give us the confidence that the event would be a very good one. Jilly’s confidence was well founded. The event was covered by the national press and the feedback was excellent. Jilly and her team were responsible for a large part of this success, thanks to her hard work and extensive experience of these types of big events. I hope to work again with Jilly in the future and wish her the best of luck with Events with the Edge.

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EHRC Work

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The EWTE team have arranged a number of conferences for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Events With The Edge organised their first Stakeholder Conference at the QE11 Centre in London as well as a number of other EHRC events throughout the country. We ensure that the venues meet the specialised requirements of EHRC and all needs are catered for. This includes sign language interpreters, speech to text and access requirements for delegates with disabilities. All the conferences have had very high profile speakers including Trevor Phillips, Head of the Commission and CEO, Nicola Brewer. Jilly also led the campaign for the European Year on Equal Opportunities for All (EYEOA), working alongside senior officials in the Equalities Office and EHRC’s communications team over the launch period of the Commission. Colleen Harris, now Director of Dignity Management Consultancy and previously interim Group Director of Communication at EHRC, said: Jilly was appointed to lead the communications work of the EYEOA campaign. She quickly developed good working relations with staff at all levels in the new Commission and produced a strategy to promote the EU campaign across Britain through a series of events, culminating in the final event at the House of Commons. She also produced a booklet with a series of case studies across the country illustrating best practice in equality and diversity as a legacy of the Year. Jilly conceived and delivered a campaign to promote the EYEOA during the very difficult transition period while the Commission was being launched. She worked well with the team and delivered work to a high standard and to time. I have no hesitation in recommending her. Colleen Harris was formerly a senior communications officer at 10 Downing Street, Press Secretary to HRH the Prince of Wales; Communications Director at the CRE and interim Group Director of Communication, EHRC.

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Royal College of Defence Studies

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Jilly has arranged the week-long West Midlands tour by the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) over a number of years. One section involves introducing the English criminal justice system to the visitors and to arrange for the most senior judges and practitioners from the High Court, Crown Court, Magistrates Court, and Crown Prosecution Service to provide an overview into their respective roles within the criminal justice system in England. The visit includes a tour of the Law Courts and an opportunity to observe courts sitting and adjudicating, providing a forum for questions and answers from acknowledged experts. This undertaking is just a small part of the extensive schedule required for the visit to the West Midlands by senior ranked military personnel. David Bradnock, MBE, JP, DL, FBHI, who hosts the annual visit, said: For the past eight years I have undertaken this role in my capacity as a senior magistrate of some 30 years experience and as Deputy Lieutenant for the Warwickshire, to host selected members of RCDS to the West Midlands. A high profile visit with senior military personnel requires a special understanding of protocol, culture, responsibility and security and an experienced, unflappable approach. That is where Jilly Edge comes to the fore. Jilly brings contacts at the highest level within the various organisations and possesses an eye for detail and flexibility that accommodates the unexpected. I personally have enjoyed the ambassadorial aspect of hosting discerning professional leaders from all continents over many years. I wish Events with the Edge continued success.

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BBC Conference

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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

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