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

Opencast Q4 – Online edition

Attendees could partake in virtual networking on Hopin, followed by a simu-live screening of company updates that had been recorded in advance, and we then broadcast a live and interactive Q&A in the HQ streamed to Teams. The evening finished with a team festive Quiz using slido virtually and in the HQ and hubs.

BeaconHouse worked with Opencast to send a custom sweet treat to all OC people in advance of the conference. BeaconHouse managed fulfilment, registration, video editing, presenter briefing, AV, and onsite delivery for the event.

 

_shift 2023

Space Group hosted their second annual _shift conference in November, drawing hundreds of in-person and online attendees. The conference brought together industry leaders and “empowered agents of change” to discuss strategies for decarbonising the built environment.

This year we had a mix of fantastic speakers including keynotes from Jonathon Porritt an eminent writer and campaigner on sustainable development and Gabe Davies, a former pro surfer, who now works as Ocean Marketing Manager EMEA at Patagonia.

We supported the client with speaker and programme curation. Along with venue liaison, registration management, branding, supplier management and onsite delivery.

“Thanks for helping to make _shift such a success. The feedback has been excellent” – Rob Charlton 

NBS: The Construction Leaders’ Summit

BeaconHouse Events helped NBS deliver their event, engaging their network in debate, discussion and making new connections. Keynote speakers included Dame Judith Hackitt (Chair at Enginuity, Non-Exec Director at HS2, Previous Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety), and Jonathan MacDonald.

BeaconHouse worked closely with the internal events and marketing team at NBS. Support included venue liaison, audio visual management, registration management (with a 200 strong waitlist for the event!) speaker and programme curation, exhibition planning, branding, supplier management and onsite delivery.

CF Fertilisers Leadership Conference

The second in a series of employee engagement events for CF Fertilisers, BeaconHouse delivered a Leadership Conference at Wynyard Golf Club in September 2023. The first of its kind for the leadership team at the Billingham Complex, the event was hosted by radio presenter John Foster and brought together 30+ leaders to mark 100 years of operation.

The focus of the event was leadership, safety and diversity with a keynote provided by leadership consultant Nicky Moffatt, who shared her leadership insights from a 27-year career in the armed forces. Next up was Eleanor Tweddell, a change and communications specialist, equipping delegates with the tools for navigating change at an individual and organisation level. A diversity workshop was delivered by 50:50 Future followed by an internal safety talk and panel with Q&A.

The day concluded with an energising team building exercise in the form of a drumming workshop, where delegates raised the roof with the sound of percussion and boomwhackers!

BeaconHouse Events managed all event logistics including the sourcing of speakers, programme delivery, suppliers, AV, registration and onsite delivery.

Newcastle Strategic Solutions: The Client Conference

BeaconHouse Events were delighted to work with Newcastle Strategic Solutions on their first client conference. The Client Conference: Powered by Purpose highlighted how Purpose is driving Solutions to create positive impact both for clients and for the communities in which they operate – truly Powered by Purpose.
We welcomed NSS clients from all over the UK to their Headquarters at Newcastle Building Society. The day was brimming with content from 12 excellent speakers, 2 panels and plenty of networking opportunities, which were accompanied with delicious lunch and canape sweet treats.
The BeaconHouse events team managed everything from registration, stage management, AV, catering, venue liaison, and sourced goodie bags for clients to take away – the locally designed Newcastle tea towel stating ’40 things home to the toon’ was well received and a hot topic of conversation.
After a profuse of positive feedback, we look forward to planning the next one with the NSS team.

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

ICW 2023

We worked with the local organising committee from bid stage to help secure the International Complement Societies Workshop into the UK. After many years, and some COVID-19 related delays, the date was finally set for 2023 and Newcastle upon Tyne became the location, with Newcastle University hosting. The event spanned six days, with an initial teaching day, bringing over 350 complement academics and students into the region.

We supported the ICS committee and local organising committee from managing sponsorship, ticket sales and registrations, alongside curating a social programme including a welcome reception at BALTIC, Gala Dinner at the Civic Centre, LOC dinner at Blackfriars, a quiz at the coast, Wylam Brewery tour, and St James Park tour. We also managed the keynote travel arrangements, abstract booking system, facilitating the scoring and approvals with system to create a full programme of oral speakers and poster presentations, including digital posters.

BeaconHouse Events managed the onsite experience from greeting, registration, venue liaison, catering and AV.

Please accept our congratulations on an outstanding 29th ICW in Newcastle.
Also, accept our gratitude for all the hard work you have done – it was wonderful, scientifically, and ‘emotionally’.
So many people expressed during and after the meeting how well it all went and what a great time they had.
Although we all know that hybrid meetings will likely be part of our future, this nice meeting showed that in-person meetings and discussion have still the biggest impact.

President of ICW, Claudia Kemper

TechNExt Festival 2023

June 2023 saw the launch of TechNExt, a five day festival celebrating the North East’s thriving technology sector. Organised by BeaconHouse in partnership with Dynamo North East and Sunderland Software City, the festival welcomed over 3,000 attendees at its 57 events across the region, throwing a spotlight on the best tech businesses and talent the North East has to offer.

Curated showcase events included an Industry Dinner at Radisson Blu in Durham, No Code Arcade at Northumbria University, Tech Talent Live Careers Fair at Baltic Gateshead and Festival Wrap Party at Revolucion de Cuba. The Main Stage Conference at Sunderland City Hall formed the centrepiece of the festival, and featured six keynote speakers from the UK, Europe and US on topics such as AI, Tech for Good and technology for human enablement as well as panel discussions from the region’s most exciting start-ups and global businesses.
The festival also offered a comprehensive programme of over 50 community-designed and led fringe events, providing a unique opportunity for the local business community to actively participate, share knowledge and learn from one another.

From the outset, TechNExt was planned as a Good Festival, with ‘for good’ being a core value that ran throughout in its approach to quality, inclusivity, diversity, accessibility and sustainability.
With something for everyone, the festival successfully brought together tech enthusiasts from all walks of life and showcased the North East’s dynamic and vibrant technology sector to the region and beyond.
“High quality events like these, where we can learn more about advancements in technology from the best in the business, is massively valuable to us”
Roland Glancy, attendee and panellist at Main Stage, founder of Peek Home.

“Thanks so much for helping make TechNExt the week it was. I’ve received nothing but positive feedback and I’m still in awe of how you all make this work seamlessly!”
David Dunn, Sunderland Software City and CEO, Dynamo North East 

ATOMICON 23

ATOMICON 2023 welcomed over 600 delegates in person and 100+ virtually. The main event was hosted at the Sage, welcoming solo-entrepreneurs from across the globe to be motivated by the stellar speaker line up, including Joe Wicks, Chris Do, Rob & Kennedy, and the ever inspiring hosts and founders Andrew & Pete.

During the conference the Sage concourse was alive with activations from sponsors including prosecco wall, a GIANT whack a mole, arcade games and sweets galore.  The main conference activity started on the afternoon prior with fringe events across the city, member meet-ups, a Speaker party, and Pre-Party Jazzy Shirt Party at the By The River Brew, taking advantage of the glorious weather. The event culminated in an after party at the hotspot Revolución de Cuba. Online guests were treated to live streams of the content and virtual parties within the platform Flox.

Flox was also utilised for ATOMICWorld – for the two weeks before ATOMICON, ATOMICWorld covered a range of marketing topics from world leading experts in a daily speaker slot with live Q&A, alongside 40+ curated networking sessions.

BeaconHouse Events managed venues, virtual platform, speakers, suppliers, AV, exhibitors, branding, registration and onsite delivery.

We love working with BeaconHouse Events, delivering an annual 1,000+ hybrid conference like no other with an international delegation growing year on year. We need all hands on deck from initial bookings of major personalities such as Joe Wicks, to being onsite from the crack of dawn on the event days BeaconHouse are a fantastic extension to our team. All details, large to small are considered, with Sophie and Rebekah always ready to explore our wildest ideas and turn into a reality each year.

Andrew Pickering, Co-Founder, ATOMIC

NICA: City of Longevity

We worked with client NICA, to create an event where cities from all over the world meet in Newcastle to discuss a new model for the future.

The event was attended by representatives from The World Bank, Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, City of Lisbon, City of Tel Aviv, City of Bergamo, City of Coimbra Consortium, Ajuntament de Barcelona, City of Belfast, City of Sunderland, Generalitat de Catalunya, Gateshead Council, City of Newcastle, Stanford University, University of Tokyo and a number of other local and global stakeholders. Another special guest was Millie the Labrador, who demonstrated the Whistle tech health app which provides insights into your dog’s behaviour by tracking daily activities, health trends and location!

The conference was held at The Catalyst, in the impressive theatre space, lending to some innovative stage panel formats, encouraging interaction, discussion and collaboration. The day culminated with a reception and dinner at Blackfriars to allow our international delegation experience a taste of Newcastle’s medieval past.

BeaconHouse Events assisted with full logistics planning from invites, venue sourcing and liaison, speaker and delegate travel bookings, stage management and onsite delivery.

 

Good to Grow

The “Good to Grow” event, organised on behalf of the North of Tyne Combined Authority, took place at the prestigious venue of INNSiDE Newcastle, part of the Meliá Hotels International group. This modern and sophisticated venue provided an ideal setting for the event, offering a professional and inspiring atmosphere for the 145 attendees from the North of Tyne and the wider North East business community. With its contemporary design and state-of-the-art facilities, INNSiDE Newcastle added an extra touch of elegance and ensured a memorable experience for all participants.
This engaging event, held at INNSiDE Newcastle, featured four distinguished speakers, a thought-provoking panel session, and an interactive format that fostered collaboration and knowledge-sharing. The venue’s commitment to excellence complemented the event’s focus on “good growth” through ethical business practices. Attendees benefited from the conducive environment and contemporary amenities provided by INNSiDE Newcastle, further enhancing the overall success of the event.

We contacted Beacon House events and other providers to help us deliver this event. It was clear from the start that Beacon House Events are experienced in the delivery of B2B events. They were able to advise on the venue, the mix of speakers, manage sponsors and even source some speakers we hadn’t already thought of. It was really important that this event impressed as a first event for the Good Work Pledge. The event did just that, we were overwhelmed by the positive feedback from both attendees and speakers. Having Beacon House and the team there on board was a huge part of this success, they were with us the whole way. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Caroline Preston, North Tyne Combined Authority