Eventprofslive FAM – Sopwell House

We all agreed that Sopwell House is one of those hotels that you have heard great things about but for some reason you have never actually seen it and when we did, we were a little cross with ourselves…

Located in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside on 12 hectares of picturesque grounds, Sopwell house has 128 rooms and suites and over 300 years of history and… it is only 20 minutes from St Pancras international or, less than one hour from Heathrow by car.
We had a lovely group for our FAM with one new member joining us who was (quite rightly) a little nervous about her very first event with us but I am proud to say, loved it! Ha ha

We started our event by checking into our gorgeous rooms and then meeting Dina (Sopwell House’s wonderful Key Account Manager) in the relaxed lobby for a quick chat before commencing our site visit.

Sopwell House has 18 meeting and event spaces, all with that important natural daylight and each one furnished to a high spec. We loved the private access to the main meeting rooms with a purpose build registration desk that would be very impressive on welcoming your groups to your event. You can see full capacity charts here.

One of the stops on our site visit was The Mews which is are something dreams are made of (for both leisure or corporate). The Mews are separate from the main hotel, located within secure gates and offer greater privacy. All of the suites have access to a hydro pool and communal gardens (designed by RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Gold award winner Ann-Marie Powell) as standard some feature fireplaces, four poster beds and their own double ended romantic baths! There are 16 in total and would be perfect to take all of them for your board level meetings. Totally private and very high-end. We were fortunate to have our own private waiter within the stunning gardens where we sipped on champagne and some lovely canapes whilst on our site visit, we felt like proper celebrities.

After our site visit, it was off for an interactive BBQ on the terrace which was a great and would also be a great idea for your delegates, something different rather than the normal private dinner, in a meeting room (not that the meeting rooms weren’t lovely).

After dinner, we had a few wines in the main hotel bar, with more gossiping and then off to bed ready for a early start at the spa. Partnering with my favourite (Clairns) and ESPA (also one of my favourite spa brands), the spa offers a fitness centre, indoor pool and an abundance of treatments that you could add-on to your guest experience.

We loved Sopwell House, it is very well priced for events and the located to London makes it perfect for away days and conferences. For more information you can reach out to Dina here and for more information on Eventprofslive, you can email us here.

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Eventprofslive

Kate and I started Eventprosflive, a networking group run by us (Corporate Event Managers) for Corporate Event Managers and we grow bigger every day!

It is hard work working in a full time, busy Event Manager role then spending your evenings, lunch breaks and weekends working on our group but it is so worth it.

We love our members, we love our events and are so grateful to all those lovely venues who host us month after month.

If you are a Corporate Event Manger and feel daunted by the thought of attending a networking event don’t be. We promise the people you will meet will soon become friends, you’ll see some amazing venues and will come to love our Whatsapp chat to bounce ideas of other Event Managers.

We have an exciting rest of 2018 planned and you can read all about our upcoming events and membership options here!


Eventprofslive

Eventprofslive is a networking group for Event Managers setup and run by Event Managers!11928685_10153490985521224_2089140882_n

We know there are a few in our industry however what we couldn’t find when we decided to set up Eventprofslive was a networking group run by people actually working in the industry, every day, 9 to 5 (or more like 7 to 8) and we think that makes our group unique.

We think this is important when you need advice, information and support and hopefully, that’s where we can help. img_0058

We have monthly breakfast, lunch and evening events in London to see new spaces, network and have a few drinks.

 
For further information email eventprofsnetworking@gmail.com



We’re famous

Nearly a year ago Kate and I set up our networking group for event managers called Eventprofslive and it has just gone from strength to strength! Last week we were featured in the Chambers Travel “Travel Matters” magazine (you can read more here) and we couldn’t be prouder!12167117_10153594918916224_1185733987_n

Kate and I recognised the gap in the market for a group that was for event managers and run by event managers. A group run by event managers working in the role every day. We understand what event managers need and the support necessary for us to do a great job. We always wanted a group that was quite informal where we could come together once or twice a month to share ideas, see new spaces, have a bite to eat and a drink or two and so….Eventprofslive was born.aston marting 3

In the past year we have held events at The Ritz, The Mondrian, The Andaz and The Dorchester to name a few.  Whilst our events have been typically evening networking events, we have also noticed the need for breakfast events and are hosting our first one in a few weeks.

We’ve helped members find  new roles and supported each other numerous times to help find a venue quickly or to perhaps run a catering company by the group to see if anyone has any feedback.

11913105_10153490905041224_1676245023_n.jpgOur group is built on social media.  We use LinkedIn and our website for a members only forum, we use Twitter to interact and ask questions and pride ourselves on being one of the forerunners in recognising the benefit of Periscope.  We started using Periscope last year for doing virtual show rounds when members couldn’t make it to our events.

Our hosts have also seen amazing results from hosting our events too.  One sales manager reported back to us that our tweets on the night of the event had a reach of 80,000 Twitter users.

We think our group is amazing and so far we have over 70 members. If you want more information or would like to join you can find more information on our website here.

If you are a venue who would like to host one of our events you can email us here! 


Networking at Events

A lot of event managers may tend to look inwards rather than outwards and don’t see the value in networking externally. Networking is imperative to not only raise your profile but for lots of different reasons.  You can use it to source new suppliers, learn about new trends and just make valuable connections.  Our #eventprofslive networking group has gone from strength to strength this year demonstrating just how valuable networking can be. We use our group as a way to not only see new spaces but to bounce ideas of each other, share best practice and talk about event “trends”.

I came across this great YouTube clip from Events Uncovered where Silvia Pellegrini (Events Uncovered) talks to Elena Clowes (Operations Manager for the UK chapter of ISES) about what she believes is missing from event management degrees. Elena talks about networking!

To be great at networking is a skill but the fab thing is anyone can learn how to be great at it.  I wrote about it a year or so ago, here are my top tips!


SEPTEMBER #EVENTPROFS LIVE

Our networking event last week was held at two venues.  We started at the fabulous Aston Martin Show Rooms on Park Lane before making the short walk to the Dorchester.  The Show Rooms at Aston Martin I admit are not something I would have thought to use for an event but I will now if I can.  The events you would run there would be very niche and I image very well attended.  How often do people get to have dinner or even a glass of champagne next to a 1964 Aston Martin DB? I think it would make for an amazing event.

There are four showrooms in Mayfair available for hire and you can contact Park Lane Events here for more information.

  • Aston Martin:  100 drinks reception
  • W One Aston Martin:  120 drinks reception
  • Land Rover:  150 drinks reception
  • Jaguar:  120 drinks reception

The second part of our evening took us to the Dorchester where we were treated to some amazing canapés, champagne and a show round of the different meeting rooms and private hire options available in the hotel.  I love being in the Dorchester, and I have been fortunate enough to run events here before.  What I didn’t know about it though was the private room offerings in China Tang and I will defiantly recommend that as an option for my next private dining request.

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If you want to know more about any of our venues for September or, would like more information on our networking group you can email Kate and I here.

We set up the #Eventprofslive networking group for fellow event professionals to meet up once a month.  We share experiences/knowledge of the events world whilst being in a events venue to enable event professionals to view the spaces for potential future events.

We think our networking group is fab and we think you will too!