Public Liability Insurance and HMRC

More often than I would like to admit, I have a worrying conversation with potential exhibitors that goes a little bit like this: Me: “To confirm your booking, please send over a copy of your public liability insurance.”Exhibitor: “Oh, I don’t have insurance, this is only a hobby you see, to make a bit of

Last Minute Cancellations – Based on a true story

Very often things change, exhibitors can’t attend an event. Generally I’ll try my best to refund the exhibitors space, if I can, however it’s an event organiser’s worst nightmare when exhibitors drop out at the last minute leaving you with a great big space to fill, with nobody to fill it. 7pm – 39 hours

What can you get in Plymouth for £15.00?

On occasion, we wonder about our £15.00 events. They are generally the cheapest events we do and we sometimes get asked what exhibitors get for their money. A previous post mentioned some of what exhibitors get, but this time we are focusing on what you could spend that £15.00 on instead in Plymouth to put

It’s ‘FAIR’ not ‘FAYRE’

That’s it, I’m done. I can’t handle it anymore and I have to speak out. You’re all spelling ‘fair’ wrong. It is not ‘fayre’. Look it up, go get the dictionary right now. Collins English Dictionary says that ‘Fayre’ is a “pseudo-archaic spelling of fare”. The Cambridge Dictionary doesn’t even list it as a word.The

Events: You Get What You Pay For

As with most things in the world today, you get what you pay for. If you buy a chicken from the supermarket, you might pay £2.50. If you buy a fair trade, free range, corn fed chicken, you might pay double. However, you are paying for the extra care, service and quality of that chicken

Twitter, Hashtags and Hours

I love social networks, they offer a potentially huge reach at the click of a button, but it’s been mentioned to me a number of times about how confusing it all is, with these #hashtags and #hours springing up all the time. I won’t overwhelm you with information about how to use social networks, as

Plymouth’s Independent Quarter and Trees

If you don’t support Plymouth, Plymouth’s businesses and the initiatives to promote the local shops then we might as well close down half the city and turn Plymouth into a huge Drakes Circus ran by corporations that care little for our city. Plymouth’s city centre is currently divided in two, with the larger shops in

Wedding Fairs: Do we really need them?

Wedding fairs are a wonderful thing. Everyone is happy, couples walk around browsing exhibitors and picking out things to make their dream wedding come true. Exhibitors are happily telling couples about the wonderful weddings they have done in the past. Everyone is cheery, but are they really? Over the next 12 months, in the South

How should you be approaching events?

When chatting to exhibitors, almost each and every one has mentioned the decline of sales at events or exhibitions. Wrong venue? Wrong weather? Wrong advertising? Maybe a mixture of all three? I, however, put this down to the economic climate, I can hear you groaning from here, more talk of this elusive “economic climate”. People

The busiest weekend of the year

The first full weekend of December is often considered the busiest weekend of the year, packed full of Christmas fairs, fetes and markets. I frequently get asked why I miss this ‘perfect’ weekend. I answer with two simple reasons; This weekend is saturated with events already It’s too late to hit Christmas shoppers The first