Charlotte Wilson, events and entertainment director at DTB Sports Hospitality and Events Management, has eight years' experience in the industry, organising everything from bespoke parties to sports hospitality and team-building events. In this issue she discusses the venues available for every type of budget (p43).

Matt James is DNA Productions managing director and one of the industry's most high-profile figures, staging parties for the likes of Sir Elton John, Stella McCartney and Kevin Spacey. In Matt's Planet (p31) he reveals the secrets that went into creating a retro 1970s-themed airline party for the Old Vic Theatre.

Laura Orchard is marketing manager at event security specialists The Corps. In Crash Course (p45) she looks at the importance of the whole issue and explains exactly what companies need to look for when choosing the right security firm, from professionalism to experience - and the correct certificates.

Steven Blackman set up The Award Bureau last year to provide a dedicated service to organisations entering awards competitions. With the beginning of each year crammed with such ceremonies, Blackman talks about creating the right kind of entry to make an impact and impress the judging panel (p44).

Louise Sanders helped establish Mayumari back in 1998 and has developed a reputation as one of the best therapists in the field of complementary and beauty treatments.

She has taken the corporate market by storm and in the Focus On column (p18) talks about various treatments.

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