Q: I'm looking for software that will help me plan diaries, book rooms, view floorplans and help with my day-to-day role as an event organiser.
Does it exist and could you please recommend a supplier?
A: Parrimark Technology (0870 351 3270) is an international software development company specialising in the field of venue and event management software.
Its flagship software application, Events Perfect, is used in over 300 venues throughout seven countries. Similarly, Event Advantage Solutions (EAS) (020 7375 7530) is a registration company able to provide valuable data services to exhibitors. The EAS team uses Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) to scan barcodes and capture leads. Another data management specialist able to specialise in registration, research, IT and data services is CTS (0870 751 1400).
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Q: My manager has asked that I put together a football tournament for my company's summer day out. Can you recommend a firm that specialises in sporting themes and may be able to help?
A: Wall 2 Wall Futbol (020 8349 4888) organises football related events and promotions. The company is London-based with an office in Florida, and its team can provide products ranging from a 4m x 4m x 3.5m Speedshot product to an entire football themed village, along with staff to manage the event. Nationwide, Playstation and Nike are some of the companies that have used its services.