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How to Organise a Corporate Event in Manchester

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

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Corporate events are growing in popularity for businesses of all sizes in Manchester. Events provide a great opportunity to network with colleagues and clients, improve staff morale and build team connections.

There are many different types of corporate events from casual social celebrations, to large and complex networking and training events. If you haven’t organized a corporate event before it can be a daunting task but one that can be tackled effectively once it is broken down into steps and delegated out.

Set the objectives of the event

Are you holding an event as a networking event? An opportunity to get press coverage? A training day? As a way to show your staff they are appreciated and valued? The purpose of your event will impact on all other aspects of your planning so make sure that you are clear exactly what you want to achieve from the event.

Choose a theme for your event

Setting an overall theme for your event can help a great deal with the overall planning and help you to decide on aspects such as venues, activities, entertainment and decorating.

Some types of events lend themselves to themes more easily. For example, evening events that are focused around entertainment are often themed around Las Vegas casinos or Hollywood glamour.

Your theme doesn’t have to be quite so literal though. If you’re simply planning a small training event, you may want to consider themes such as teamwork, leadership or creativity.

Set a budget and size

It’s important to know how many people will attend your event before you can start planning.

If your company is small, in most cases you won’t be organizing a huge corporate event, unless you plan to invite many guests.

A large organization does not necessarily equate to a large-scale corporate event. It is often not necessary for every member of staff to attend and you’ll probably want to concentrate on a subset of your employees such as managers only or HR staff only, for example.

Knowing the anticipated size of your event is very helpful for setting a budget, which is essential in the early planning stages

Find a venue

The venue you choose will depend on the theme of your event and how many attendees you are anticipating. Whatever type of event you are planning, there are venues to suit every size and budget in Manchester.

Hotels, conference centres, galleries, museums and sporting venues are all avenues to look into.

Book activities and entertainment

For even the smallest corporate events, it would be a mistake to try and do everything yourself. Your event will truly be made by the activities and entertainment on offer, which may include external trainers, motivational speakers and entertainers.

For social events, a good quality music system is a must. Floorfillas has provided DJ entertainment for many companies in the Manchester and Cheshire areas. As well as music and lighting, there are many additional extras which can be booked such as the Video Jukebox system, which is perfect for training presentations and award ceremonies.

If you don’t know where to start, there are professional event planners available who can do all the hard work for you. You are also welcome to contact Floorfillas about your ideas. We have provided entertainment for many corporate events across Manchester and would be happy to provide recommendations and ideas for venues and themes. Give us a call on 07507 548 607 or email