And the winner is…

Last night (26 November 2015) the Newcastle Business Awards announced BeaconHouse Events as the New Business of the Year and quite frankly we were totally bowled over!

There was obviously a slight chance of us winning, we were shortlisted after all but the actual announcement saw us stumble our way to stage in a rather shell shocked state.

But why not? It’s been an incredible 18 months, we’ve been hugely overwhelmed by the support we’ve received regionally and nationally and we’ve exceeded all targets that we set for the company. We absolutely didn’t get here alone though and if we’d been invited to / been physically able to, we would have blubbed our thank yous out on stage. So, instead we’ll use this platform; our clients, all of them, the opportunities they give us and the referrals they make for us, our suppliers, our staff, our volunteers, our friends, our families (especially for all those initial facebook likes…), our landlords, our competitors and everyone in between.

Well done to all the nominees and winners from last night, the room was absolutely rammed and made us very proud to be a Newcastle business. Here’s to the next 6 months, bringing us to a round 2 years in business and hopefully many more opportunities to make fools of ourselves on stage at many more awards ceremonies.

New Business of the Year?

Already, 2015 has seen us expand our annual events calendar from two events to 45, develop our bronze partnership with NGI, work with regional universities and colleges to create work experience opportunities, double our staff numbers and cement new client partnerships across the technology, private and public sector nationally.

The New Business of the Year category shortlists companies which have brought a new energy and vigour to their sector, creating a dynamic organisation which looks set to thrive for many years to come. Modest as we are, we know we’re up against strong competition. Newcastle has a lot to celebrate in terms of innovation and key achievements of businesses in our city.

The Newcastle Business Awards focus on community and sustainability, and growing businesses in Newcastle in a positive, sustainable way that benefits the area and those living within it – in terms of skills development, opportunities, community projects and job prospects. We’re delighted to be in such good company and have our fingers crossed.

Expect the unexpected

We believe that when organising an event you can – and should be – ultra organised and prepared for all eventualities. However, and it’s perhaps obvious to state, you can’t actually predict unexpected events but you can expect them.

It is in these tricky, pressurised situations that the skill of an experienced event manager comes to the fore. It is in these moments when you must keep a cool head, employ quick thinking and take measured, swift action to resolve the issues.

To give you an understanding of what these unexpected events could be, we thought we’d share a few of the ‘headlines’ that the BeaconHouse Events team have had to deal with in the past.

“Public protestors storm event refusing to leave until their voices are heard”

“Colony of diseased and dying rabbits take refuge at outdoor event site”

 “Delegates drop like flies with food poisoning during international conference in Qatar”

 “Hundreds of conference delegates face one hour interruption to event as building is evacuated due to fire”

 “Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of art at risk of water damage from leaking marquee”

But remember your unexpected events will be different, so be ready to act!

If you want to know more about what we learned and how we plan for the unexpected we’re always happy to chat. Get in touch with us by email ( or twitter @beaconhouseevts and we’d be happy to tell you!

BeaconHouse Events, managed by Directors and experienced event managers Sarah Thackray and Catherine Coulter is an events and conference consultancy that offers an intelligent solution. We understand that our clients will have many pressures on their time, resources and budgets and we can work alongside their teams to help shape, drive and deliver the event to meet its objectives.

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What a year!

Needless to say our Directors, Catherine and Sarah are delighted and are looking forward to having a bit of a break over this festive season – though they will still be taking sneaky peaks at their emails in between consuming mulled wine and mince pies!

Reflecting on a brilliant year, Catherine says:

It’s amazing to be able to do what we love and help clients achieve and exceed their expectations in the process. We are so lucky to have a brilliantly diverse portfolio and client list. We have big plans for 2015 and beyond but most of all, we are really looking forward to continuing to work with great people to deliver fantastic events.

So from our team here at BeaconHouse Events, we’d like to say a huge thank you and Merry Christmas to all our lovely clients, fab event staff, committed suppliers, supportive associates and anyone who has been to any BeaconHouse events this year.

Here’s to next year! Cheers!