Dynamo Dinner 2024

In March 2024, the Dynamo Dinner made its return to the beautiful setting of Wylam Brewery.

The Dynamo North East community gathered for the event, for an evening of creating invaluable connections with their fellow members and North East tech professionals. Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner accompanied by locally brewed beers and a selection of wines.

A particular highlight from the evening was hearing from guest speaker Dan Martin of Swarm, who shared the story of his career journey, whilst offering a glimpse into the realities of running a business in the ever-evolving tech landscape.

With 130 attendees, the evening provided a meaningful opportunity for fostering connections and forging new relationships.

The 11th year of the Dynamo Dinner was a brilliant success and truly highlighted the power of community and collaboration, as like-minded individuals from the regional tech sector came together to exchange ideas and insight. We look forward to many more!

CF Games Night

BeaconHouse helped breathe new life into CF Fertilisers’ 75th edition of ‘FL Clark’ in March 2024, a long-established games night held at Billingham Synthonia Suites for employees of the Teesside-based fertiliser plant. The event forms part of a series of staff engagement events for the company, providing an opportunity for colleagues to have fun together and make new connections across their 190 strong workforce.

Teams competed in seven games during the night. In addition to classic favourites such as Jenga, darts and dominoes, teams battled in mini knockout rounds of air hockey, shuffleboard, Scalextrics and basketball shootout, all in pursuit of winning the illustrious FL Clark trophy (and avoid being awarded a wooden spoon for the lowest overall score!)

BeaconHouse helped manage all logistics of the event, from entertainment curation to schedule planning and onsite management.

NICA – Chinese New Year

In February 2024, the BeaconHouse Events team worked with the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) to welcome over 60 guests to an event at the Catalyst Newcastle. The event marked the culmination of the NICA UK-China Healthy Ageing project, with an exhibition and celebration of Chinese New Year.

The team worked with NICA to curate a small exhibition that truly celebrated the end of their project and clearly displayed its research to guests. Alongside the exhibition, we worked with a number of brilliant suppliers to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. From a traditional lion dance performance to crafting lucky hanging decorations to sampling delicious dumplings and bubble tea, there was something for all of the guests to enjoy.

Just wanted to say thank you for our event yesterday.  The team were amazing, both on the day and in preparation.’
Sarah Nolan, Programme Manager, National Innovation Centre for Ageing

CF Fertilisers Christmas Party

Concluding BHE’s event programme for 2023 was CF Fertiliser’s Staff Christmas Party at Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield. The BeaconHouse team helped plan and deliver an evening of festive celebration to mark 100 years of site operation and a chance for employees past and present to relax into the Christmas weekend in style!

Guests enjoyed a 3-course festive feast, followed by entertainment in the form of eight lane Scalextric, reindeer themed roll and bowl and fast reaction game, batak. Live music was provided by local band Gotcha, and a DJ who helped guests continue dancing into the early hours. Away from the dancefloor, there was opportunity to take part in a Christmas quiz and raid the prop box to capture the fun with colleagues in the party photobooth!

From venue sourcing and liaison to entertainment curation and onsite management, the BeaconHouse team ensured every detail was taken care of. A perfect way to bring the year to a close as we look forward to continuing our series of staff engagement events for this client in 2024.

CF Fertilisers Family Christmas Party

In December 2023, BeaconHouse Events organised a Family Party at Billingham Forum, marking the first of two Christmas celebrations for CF Fertilisers. The event brought together CF employees, ranging from cleaning contractors to machine operators and senior leadership team, along with their families, for an afternoon of festive celebration.

The event began with a tasty finger buffet, while children enjoyed Christmas themed crafts, activities and guest bingo followed by a visit from Father Christmas! With full bellies, and exciting presents in hand, guests took to the ice to conclude the afternoon with a skate in the ice arena!

From venue liaison to activity curation, prop sourcing and room dressing, the BeaconHouse team executed all aspects of event delivery to ensure the first CF Family Christmas party was one to remember.

“My daughter really enjoyed the day! I’ve had lots of positive comments back from it from elsewhere also, so thanks again for the great event.”

Martin Liddle, Senior Leadership Team

Opencast Christmas Party

In December 2023, BeaconHouse Events worked with the Opencast team to deliver their Christmas Party! We welcomed over 350 of the team to ChachaBuchi in Newcastle city centre for some festive fun!
The venue was filled with activities, from competing in the reindeer roll and bowl, having some retro fun on the arcade machines, singing your favourite song on karaoke, and showing us your dance moves on the 360 photobooth, all from amazing local suppliers.
From sourcing entertainment and branded treats, to booking hotel rooms and managing registration, the BeaconHouse Events team had the Christmas celebration in hand. Another successful event for Opencast and we look forward to planning next year already!
“Only a big thank you. As ever, felt looked after, valued, and considered. It was a positive event and energy in the place!”
Attendee

HyHeroes Awards 2023

The HyHubs HyHeroes Awards 2023 celebrated the brilliant people, organisations, and initiatives of the HyHubs community. The awards recognised the trend setters, the new kid on the block, the coolest workspace, the best boss, the most successful story, and more!
Tyne Bank Brewery in Byker was the backdrop for this special occasion, adorned with gold foil curtains, it brought the theme of Phoenix Nights to life. Paired with comedy from our host Gary Kitching, a little bit of close-up magic from Glenn Ward and live entertainment from ‘The Castanets’ band, it really was a night to remember!
BeaconHouse Events worked with the HyHubs team and expertly managed the judging process, ticketing, budget, script writing, awards slides, stage dressing, AV, entertainment, catering, and venue.
“Overall, 10/10. The announcers get 15/10 absolute naturals!! Even if they were nervous, they were fantastic. BeaconHouse did amazing on the night with sound and food organisation. Thank you so much for a lovely memorable night. Looking forward to next year!” 2023 Attendee

Dynamites Awards 2023

#Dynamites23 is THE awards for the North East’s tech industry, drawing over 440 guests. The Great Hall at Newcastle Civic Centre was the perfect setting for this grand occasion, with BeaconHouse Events at the helm, proudly presenting this annual event on behalf of Dynamo North East since 2014. From sponsorship generation to the judging process and the actual awards ceremony itself, every aspect was expertly managed and executed, making #Dynamites23 a night to remember!

Two of the stand-out events BeaconHouse have taken from concept to delivery are the hugely anticipated Dynamo Dinner, and always sold out Dynamites Awards.

Dynamo’s future includes an enhanced number of events to encourage networking and collaboration; more perks and benefits for members, and new attempts to get more people to celebrate the successes of the region’s tech sector we are excited to work with Sarah, Sophie and the whole BeaconHouse team as we continue that journey.”

David Dunn, CEO of Dynamo and Sunderland Software City 

Planet Mark Awards 2023

We had the pleasure of working with the Planet Mark on the 6th edition of their annual awards for 2023. Back at The Royal Institution, London allowed for 350 guests to come together and celebrate incredible achievements in sustainability.

Working alongside Planet Mark, we looked after guest booking and management, sponsorship relationship management, budget management and cost control. Together with management of the entries and judging process, script writing and production, production of staging and AV, venue management and liaison and venue dressing.
To our amazing Awards team
We have a tendency at Planet Mark and at BeaconHouse to move swiftly literally to the next event, as evidenced seeing you, Katie and your fabulous team at the _shift conference a week later! But I would like to take this moment in time, having reflected on just how meaningful this year’s awards have been for us, Planet Mark and our mission. It literally is our launch pad for our next 10 years.
Not only were our team and members spiritually and emotionally lifted by the event, this halo extended to our new family at Alcumus and their owners at Apax.
My email, LinkedIn and meetings have been busy with comments about how great it is to see Planet Mark doing our work and I wanted to let all of you mentioned here know, that you had a truly significant part to play in that.
The word progression has been used so often in relation to the Awards but is much more than that, as people have reflected that it extols our values, reaching hundreds of people.
This is another huge thank you for making it possible and was great to catch up on our exciting briefing session yesterday, as we plan out how we might make it even better.
Steve Malkin, CEO & Founder, The Planet Mark

Groundwork NE & Cumbria Staff Awards

Alongside donating the carbon credit equivalent to local community and environmental charity Groundwork NE & Cumbria, we also donate our time each December to deliver a virtual event for the Groundwork team.

Since 2020, we have had the pleasure of delivering their annual staff recognition awards with a festive theme. BeaconHouse Events helps to plan the event running order, briefs the team and key speakers, and provides full virtual platform management on the day. We ensure their awards are a moment for the whole team to celebrate, including newcomers, outstanding leaders, volunteers, and unsung heroes within the organisation.

Groundwork NE & Cumbria deliver a nature-based solutions portfolio of environmental community initiatives, including the continuation of Revitalising our Estuaries (RoE), a pioneering programme of river estuary restoration across the North East.

Thanks so much once again for all of your help, we just couldn’t do it without you.   Thanks again for all the juggling with 2 sets of slides – the team got a lovely surprise.
Lesley Gardner, Head of HR, Groundwork NE & Cumbria

Opencast: Q3 Conference

Rolling into Q3, we worked with the team at Opencast to deliver their 3rd staff engagement event of 2023! We had 250 of the team join us at the Civic Centre, in their Banqueting Hall for a jam packed night of company news & updates, networking, and activities.
From venue set up, to stage management, to giving a warm welcome at registration, the BeaconHouse Events team had everything organised. ‘Willy Wonka’ was the conference hosting theme and many delegates were delighted to find golden tickets hidden under their seats, and it didn’t stop there… there were many more interactive opportunities to win custom designed chocolate goodies throughout the conference!
The venue was filled with activities to get involved in, from competing against each other in a racing game, unleashing your creativity with Lego, creating your own tasty macarons, and screen printing your own tea towels. Another huge success of a conference and brilliant activities from local suppliers.
BeaconHouse Events managed everything from greeting, registration, venue, speakers, suppliers, AV, and onsite delivery.
“Thank you for all the effort, time, thought and (perhaps mainly) care that goes into pulling this event together regularly to such an impressive standard.”
Opencast Team Member

CF Summer Social

BeaconHouse joined forces with Beyond Curious to plan and deliver the first in a series of employee engagement events for CF Fertilisers, to celebrate 100 years of operation at their Billingham site. The kick-off event in August 2023 was a Summer Social in partnership with Billingham Synthonia Cricket Club, which saw 200 CF staff members, family and friends join the local community to enjoy a glorious day of sunshine, live music, family activities, food and socialising.

BeaconHouse took care of everything from site planning to onsite management of the CF zone which featured a marquee, 100 Year branded deckchairs, beanbags, parasols, lawn games and giveaway merchandise. Food and drinks were provided by local vendors, who we worked with on a token system, and those who stopped by were welcomed in to enjoy the hospitality and learn about the history of the plant by way of our internal displays and AV presentation.

“BeaconHouse created and curated a fun, friendly space and atmosphere at our Summer Social, and never stopped making sure that everyone had everything they needed throughout the whole day! The feedback from my team was fantastic.”
Martin Liddle, Maintenance Manager, CF Fertilisers