A look back at our 2018

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2018 has been an action-packed year for us at Opening Doors & Venues, culminating in the busiest autumn/winter period since the company began over 18 years ago!

Rose continued her role as Joint-Chair of the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO), before handing over the reins in June to colleagues Kate Sargent and Jo Powell, and was particularly proud of developing a link with the EventWell Campaign that is raising awareness of mental health within the events industry.

Madalina, our passionate event manager, featured in the industry news several times sharing her experiences and promoting the CN 30UnderThirty initiative for 2018.  She has also contributed a case study on ‘Creating Engaging Content for Attendees’ to the 2nd Edition of text book Event Planning and Management by Ruth Dowson and David Bassett.

Sarah joined us in late spring and has made a difference to our daily lives by providing, not only another pair of hands at each event, but also allowing us to get ahead with the back-office aspects both pre and post event. 2019 will see our calendar of events develop and grow as we explore new avenues amongst associations, membership organisations and funded social impact programmes looking to produce events with important messages to communicate.


“Delivering events for Talent Match in the Black Country and Sheffield City Regions, as well as the Ageing Better Conference in Margate, another Big Lottery Funded programme. These are all projects that have particularly put a spring in my step this year” says Rose. “I feel very proud of how well we work with social impact programmes enabling them to communicate vital messages to ensure a legacy for their work. A powerful and emotive performance ‘Tell it as it is!’ by the Gazebo Theatre in Education, entranced the delegates in Doncaster two weeks ago at the Talent Match Sheffield City Region Conference, No One Left Behind”.

Madalina especially enjoyed managing and marketing CAWSEL (Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law) in Cambridge in September and was delighted to have attracted attendees from all over the world to this, the 4thcourse organised by OD&V.

Sarah’s highlight was the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2018 at Treetops, West Midlands Safari Park. A fabulously glamorous black-tie event for 330 guests, beautifully hosted by Angellica Bell and with finishing touches that included a dramatic pink carpet entrance and confetti canon finale.

We would particularly like to thank all those who work with us to ensure our events are a success - our clients, suppliers, venues, business support agencies. Time and time again, these guys continue to provide high quality services to enable us to produce a seamless experience for our clients. 


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