‘Exceeding Expectations in Conference and Event Management’
We don't just have clients, we have happy clients!
We know we are good at what we do but don't just take our word for it!
Secretariat for The International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IOIBD)
Speak the same language
"It was such a pleasure to work with you on our Meeting. We speak the same language and have the same feel for quality that's great and has resulted in this beautiful Meeting.”
4pb chambers and Family Law Bar Association
Easy to work with, respectful and always engaged
"The Team at OD&V, headed up by Madalina and Celia, were a great support and invaluable resource for us, full of good ideas and helpful advice. We managed the first hybrid conference, at their suggestion, which felt very inclusive with delegates from around England and Wales, those with caring responsibilities, suspected COVID cases and those with last minute high workloads. This also reduced cancellations as delegates were able to move seamlessly from in person to remote attendance. The IT platform worked very well indeed and their preparation for this was calm and skilled. They were invaluable in taking the decision to adjourn the conference which was a significant step to take and could have gone horribly wrong, but it didn't. They are easy to work with, respectful and always engaged. I would not hesitate to recommend them and we definitely could not have staged the conference that we did without them.”
Professor Sir Alan Fersht FRS FMedSci
Former Master of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
Professionalism, enthusiasm and personal warmth
"Rose, Madalina, Sarah, and Celia at Opening Doors & Venues Ltd provided valuable support to host our academic conference in a hybrid format, with speakers and delegates participating from around the world. They were unfazed by the short preparation time, provided an excellent online platform, and surpassed expectations in the level of service they provided. Their professionalism, enthusiasm, and personal warmth contributed greatly to the success of the conference."
Dr Mark Wills BSc PhD MA
Director of Research, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge
Invaluable support and involvement in developing the programme and abstract book and sponsors
"Working with the team at Opening Doors & Venues on our conference #CMV2022 was an absolute pleasure from the very first meeting to the last talk of the conference. We had to rapidly refocus our meeting from an in-person to a virtual conference, Rose and her team, who had substantial expertise in running this sort of meeting, were invaluable in helping us focus on what we required and identifying and working with an online platform and developer for the virtual meeting. The team also handled all of our speaker invitations, submissions of talks, speaker training sessions, and running of green/speaker-ready rooms during the sessions, in addition to all the work around the posters session as well as all correspondence with delegates' inquires. Their support and involvement in developing the programme and abstract book in addition to negotiations with sponsors were absolutely invaluable. We had a fantastic experience working with the team, who delivered a professional and very successful conference, I would have no hesitation in working with them again in the future."
Director of Skills, Worcestershire Local enterprise Partnership
It's more than your day job!
"Another year and another awards has gone by, and weren’t we FANTASTIC!!! Thank you all for your efforts to bring this event together and help and support the celebration. Like Worcestershire Apprenticeships it’s such a team effort and I AM proud of us all for making it happen, Kate and Madalina (OD&V) we know it’s more than your day job."
CEO & OWNER ONLINE PETHEALTH
always there to lend a hand, solve a problem & come to our rescue
"I just wanted to send you a quick note to say that it was so lovely to meet all of you. Thank you for all the hard work and for making the conference such a great success. You were all so friendly and helpful and were always there to lend a hand, solve a problem, and come to our rescue. You are all appreciated. Thank you!!!!!"
Executive Board Member of the British Medical Laser Association
they totally have your back
"ODV have just organised our annual conference. How can I describe ODV? Basically, if you imagine your best, most trusted, and talented friend having totally your back and organising the most important event of the year for you, that’s the kind of relationship you want to have with your event organisers. And that is exactly what ODV does. They are lovely people. They are human and you can have a great chat with them and they totally have your back and behind the scenes while you are getting on with what you need to do at the conference they are just running the entire show for you. It’s having that trust that they are going to do it and do a great job and that is exactly what they have done for us this year. Thank you so much."
Secretary of the British Medical Laser Association
OD&V have been absolutely fantastic
"We have just finished our annual conference which has been absolutely amazing. And that is in the very large part due to Opening Doors and Venues who have been absolutely fantastic. Not just during the 3 days of the conference but also in the run-up, the organisation, the months of work they have put in behind the scenes and it has been a fantastic event. I would like to say thank you to them all."
Managing Director Azura Events Ltd
An amazing team who have worked tirelessly
"It's a wrap! An enormous thank you to an amazing team who have worked tirelessly over a long period of time to deliver another extremely successful virtual conference for #bmla2021. It's not the same as a face-to-face meeting for sure, but all the attendees certainly appreciated all our efforts to make it as friendly and personal as possible in the circumstances. Congratulations!"
Chair, Teaching Schools Council and CEO Arthur Terry Learning Partnership
Responsive to any immediate need
"Your attention to detail is meticulous and it was a privilege to watch you work; calm, organised and responsive to any immediate need. You are truly incredible and whoever found these gems deserves a special thank you!"
Broadcaster and Conference Host
Calm and efficient manner
"You are such professionals to work with - and lovely people too - and by being supremely organised you make my job so much easier! From the moment I met Rose at an initial planning meeting I was impressed with her attention to detail, professionalism and manner. I am very fortunate to have worked with OD&V on several occasions since and look forward to the next time."
Head of Funding, Strategic Programmes, Big Lottery Fund
Overwhelmingly positive feedback from delegates
"We were extremely impressed by Opening Doors & Venues’ ability to bring together the different stakeholders and elements in the Ageing Better programme, resulting in two great annual events. Rose, Madalina and team worked tirelessly to ensure everything ran smoothly, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from delegates."
Chief Executive, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership
Infectious hardworking attitude
"We have worked with Opening Doors and Venues since 2012 and they have helped us establish our annual conference as a highly popular business event [...] with positive feedback around the organisation always being received. [...] The infectious hardworking attitude, enthusiasm and professionalism of Rose and Madalina shine through in every planning meeting and is reflected in all elements needed for running a fantastic event."
“You are a joy to work with and your ideas and enthusiasm were key to making our event a success. Your wonderful way of wrapping round what a client needs ensured we got more than we thought possible for our event.”
Former Teaching School Director, Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance
CONDUCTORS OF A MASSIVE ORCHESTRA
"From our first meeting with Rose and Madalina it was clear that they wanted to 'get under the skin' of what we wanted to achieve, not only to understand the remit, but also to help us build on the vision. Their approach was to support, prompt, challenge and gently cajole us into deepening our thinking about what we wanted our first conference to look like and achive. As the great day arrived it seemed that Rose and Madalina were conductors of a massive orchestra, making sure all was in place for the performance, and what a performance! "
Regional Schools Commissioner, West Midlands
First class by any and every measure
"Rose and Madalina brought a calm and highly organised professionalism to everything that they did. They [...] instinctively understood when we needed them to 'hold our hands' and when they needed to create space for us to explore new ideas and thinking. They helped us to shape the content, design the marketing strategy, interpret our messages and more impressively, get 'beneath the surface' of the issues we wanted to present to our delegates. They were first class by any and every measure, and I would have no hesitation in unreservedly recommending them to other organisations, whatever their field. I don't take for granted the excellent prep work that Rose and Madalina do for the speakers and contributors pre-conference."
Project Development Manager, Talent Match Black Country
Professional, organised and thorough
"I have worked with Rose, Madalina and team since 2014. They are always extremely professional, organised and thorough plus their innovative approach provides us with thoughts and ideas on how to ensure our events are memorable and achieve the desired outcomes. The support from the team on the event day is always seamless, discreet and calming All of this hard work results in events I am truly proud of. Thank you so much, I can't wait till the next time."
“Opening Doors and Venues were easy to work with and showed imagination and drive in bringing things together at relatively short notice. On the day, arrangements ran smoothly across multiple city locations.”
Dr Anthony Podberscek
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Veterinary Medicine University of Cambridge
Very reliable and regularly kept me informed
"I contacted Opening Doors & Venues to help manage a two-week academic course at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge in 2014. Both Rose and Madalina were very easy to communicate with, professional in their conduct, very reliable and regularly kepty me informed about what was going on. I felt very confident that they were doing a good job; this left me time to get on with my other work. The reports OD&V produced - for example registrations, lecturers' needs and finance - have been detailed, accurate and easy to understand. I would definitley work with them again."
PhD Student, Murdoch University, Australia & CAWSEL 2018 attendee
The courses were fantastic!
"Thank you very much for all your hard work organising CAWSEL. You are clearly a very organised person! And even with the time difference, it has been incredibly easy to ask you for advice and help. I appreciate all that you have contributed to my personal attendance at the course this year."
Director and Co-Founder, Stones Throw Media
Our profile has been boosted beyond what we could have imagined
"I can wholeheartedly say that having Rose and the Opening Doors & Venues team on board was the difference between the event perhaps being 'ok' or 'average' to blowing people away! The feedback we have had has been phenomnal and our profile has been boosted beyond what we could have imagined an event could do. It was definitely a worthwhile investment and we had press coverage too which could easily have been overlooked if we had arranged the event ourselves."
former PR & Communications Executive, Worcestershire LEP
Helpful, accommodating - nothing is too much trouble
"I worked closely with Opening Doors & Venues for two consecutive years (2013 and 2014). [...] we had engaged Rose and her team to organise our Annual Conferences. Each event was attended by over 300 senior delegates drawn from a Worcestershire-wide business and public sector base. Not only did both events run without a hitch, but Rose and her team’s calm and professional demeanour and complete confidence in what they were doing gave our events polish and professionalism from the start. Rose and Madalina – are a joy to work with: helpful, accommodating – nothing is too much trouble. They have a creative approach to their work, ready with innovative suggestions and ideas but always focused on delivering what the client wants."
Former Executive Chair, Worcestershire LEP
Meticulous attention to detail
"Throughout the period leading up to the conference [...] the LEP team has found you warm and approachable, and above all, professional in all your dealings. On the day, your were calm and unflappable and all your team members were similarly professional and a credit to you. Everything [...] ran really smoothly and this was in great part due to your hard work and meticulous attention to detail. You made it look simple, but I know that it relied upon the successful coordination and management of many aspects. Thank you!"
Do you need help organising your next event?
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