I previously worked in food and retail PR and organised various events as part of my job. This included press shows, shop openings and launches. I always enjoyed this aspect of the role so decided to make the change to the events industry.
I worked on reception here for six weeks in September 2017 before joining the events team in December 2017.
I’m well organised and always pay attention to detail. I think the little things can make all the difference to the success of an event. I’m friendly and approachable and I like working with lots of different people from our clients and external suppliers to agents and our internal teams. I’m also very calm – which always helps when there are last-minute changes and lots of different things going on at once.
We have a small team here at No.4 Hamilton Place and we work with our clients from the initial enquiry through to the event itself, we don’t have a separate sales and operations team. It’s great when you have been working with a client for a long time on their event and then see it come to life on the day itself.
The food is also a real highlight – we get to see some amazing creations coming out of our kitchen and obviously trialling the dishes for quality control is essential! For me, the food is one of the most important aspects of an event so it’s great to work with a fantastic in house team like Blue Strawberry as we always know our guests will love the dishes we serve their guests.
I worked with Axis Travel Marketing on a fun Canadian-themed event in the Argyll Room & Terrace. They had a bespoke Canadian canapé and bowl food menu and a taffy stick demonstration from our chefs, as well as a Canadian-themed photo booth. The event had quite a short turnaround time and it was really fun to see it all come together. The clients clearly had a fantastic time (so much so that they came back the following year) and it is always great to work on events which are a bit different as you can get creative.
We always have lots of different events on the go at the same time so you really have to stay organised to keep on track without getting confused between them – you can be talking about a summer canapé reception one minute and a seated Christmas dinner the next. You always have to expect the unexpected too – no matter how well you have planned an event in advance.
Although it isn’t a room as such, I love the entrance and reception area here at No.4. You always get a great reaction from clients and guests when they see the beautiful staircase and chandelier and I think it is a perfect welcome to the venue as it has real character and gives a sense of the grandeur of the building. Plus, its everyone’s favourite photo opportunity especially when we have our big Christmas tree at the bottom of the stairs glittering away!