EVENT MARKETPLACE: Services Helpline

Having trouble finding a product or service? Phone the helpline team on 020-8267 4407 or email them at mike.fletcher@haynet.com

The right staff

Q We have taken a stand at an exhibition but many of our staff can't afford to take time out of the office to attend the three-day show. Where can we hire people that will deal with visitor enquiries without ruining our company image?

A There are thousands of promotional staff on the books of the UK's numerous staffing agencies. Most suppliers conduct rigorous interviews with people before agreeing to put them on their books, making sure that they are presentable, enthusiastic and capable of undertaking the task at hand.

Agencies will also help you choose the most suitable individuals for your needs. Touchdown Promotions (020-8614 8006), for instance, ensures that staff are fully trained to collect data from stand visitors. If it's a touch of glamour you're after, Absolute Promotion (020-7736 0936) and Spokes Models (020-7610 9966) can supply professional models to help get your company noticed and your marketing message across.

Mobile marketing

Q My company is launching a service and we want to run a campaign that will tour the UK to promote it to our target audience. Where can we source a mobile unit that will fulfil our needs within our budget and what sort of help can we expect from the supplier?

A There are many mobile unit suppliers out there who will be able to help you decide what type of unit is best suited to your objective and budget. Depending on the duration of the campaign, and whether you want to re-use the unit, firms such as Lynton Showpoint Group (0161-223 8211) and Event Marketing Solutions (0151-350 6530) will be able to advise on whether you should buy a unit or hire one. If your budget won't stretch to a brand new trailer, most suppliers offer reconditioned second-hand units. Suppliers will be able to design the unit and firms like Torton Bodies (01952-612 648) will be able to show you trailers in 3D and virtual forms. Companies such as Pro-Ex (01978-855 622) can provide staff to man the unit and help with the set-up. Suppliers can also deliver, collect and store the unit if necessary.

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