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 LOOKING FOR FUN

Q: I've been asked by my managing director to organise our company's summer party. I've found a venue and caterer but I'm struggling to find good entertainment on a limited budget.

A: There are a host of corporate entertainment companies, all of which offer something different, so you need to establish what kind of offer suits your company's brand. If you are arranging an outdoor party with silver service waiting staff why not consider hiring Fawlty Towers' Manuel impersonator Charles Haslett (07000-566525) to mingle with guests?

If it's reception entertainment you're looking for then a contortionist such as Rubber Richie (07791-868973) could wow your guests. Check out his website at www.flexinthecity.com. If your event is taking place in a bar or nightclub you may want to add an inter-company competition that suits the surroundings. The Allix Company (01430-423991) organises corporate darts tournaments and supplies branded boards, darts and flights.


Q: Our company is taking a stand at an exhibition next month and we want to order some branded carrier bags that we can give to visitors to take away our company information. Is this a good way to raise our profile at the show?

A: Bespoke branded packaging can be an excellent way to raise your exhibiting profile but bear in mind that the show organiser may be giving away carrier bags with the show guide when visitors first arrive. Contact Indigo Concept Packaging (01858-410710) or Airborne (0116-253 6136) for advice on the styles of bags available. Most manufacturers can supply a host of different bag styles including duffle style in polythene, rope handle paper bags, flexiloop handle or twisted paper. Show visitors are more likely to use a branded bag if it's creatively designed and durable. Airborne's website www.airbornebags.co.uk also offers advice on commissioning artwork.

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