Newcastle Building Society Community Foundation Event

We were delighted to work with Newcastle Building Society and the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland on their Connect, Collaborate, and Make a Difference event. The purpose of the event was to highlight the critical issues affecting the health and prosperity of our region and to define where efforts can be placed to boost opportunities for social mobility in North East communities.

We welcomed over 100 collaborators across business, academia, the public sector, networks and associations, third-sector organisations, and funders. The afternoon was filled with inspiring speakers from across the region, a brilliant panel, a collaborative break-out session, and lots of networking opportunities. The afternoon was well catered for, with delicious, sweet treats by the local social enterprise Big River Bakery and refreshments by Olivia’s Kitchen.

BeaconHouse Events managed event logistics, including registration, management of suppliers and AV, speaker briefings, and onsite delivery.

“Thanks for all your help again, we were saying at our team meeting this morning what an absolute pleasure it is to work with you and your team!”
Kathryn McLaughlin, Newcastle Building Society

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!

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 

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

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

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 

Newcastle Carers Afternoon Tea

As part of their Carers Week activities, Newcastle Carers asked us to support on delivery of their Afternoon Tea event, to highlight caring and celebrate the contribution made by unpaid carers in our local community.

We sourced a venue, fit for a celebration – an indulgent trip to Fenwick and Arthurs Restaurant and Music Club. Alongside speeches we booked a musical performer, photographer and sourced goodie bags for all the deserving carers before managing the event on the day to ensure the event ran smoothly. It was a pleasure to work onsite with the Newcastle Carers team and see the Newcastle carers recognised for their contribution.

NIHR Annual Scientific Meeting 2023

After successfully running their Annual Scientific Meeting online for the last 2 years, they bought us on to help with their first in person installment since 2019.

A one day conference, with 190+ delegates registered, 16 poster presenter and 31 speakers. Our support included venue liaison, audio visual management, speaker briefing, branding and supplier management.

‘Massive thanks again for everything in lead up and at the ASM yesterday!’  Dr Susan Bowett
School Manager |NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR)

Dynamo Dinner 2023

Now in its 10th year, the Dynamo Dinner has gotten bigger and better. With over 120 guests in attendance, this year’s event was a true celebration of the North East’s thriving tech sector.

The dinner took place at Wylam Brewery, a stunning venue that perfectly complemented the evenings festivities. Guests were treated to a three-course meal accompanied by a selection of wines and locally brewed beers. One of the highlights of the evening was the keynote speech by Simon Harwood, UK Capability and Innovation Director for Leonardo. Simon shared his insights and experiences on the latest trends and challenges facing the tech industry.

Throughout the night, there were plenty of opportunities for guests to network and connect with other professionals in the industry; for people to share ideas, collaborate, and build new relationships.

Overall, the Dynamo Dinner was a huge success and a testament to the strength and vibrancy of the tech community in the North East. We look forward to many more years of bringing together the brightest minds and most innovative thinkers in the industry.

Such a buzzing atmosphere as the North East tech community came together to collaborate and celebrate the amazing work being done.

Dynamo Dinner Attendee

Dynamites Awards 2022

#Dynamites22 was an extraordinary celebration of the North East’s IT and technology industry, drawing an awe-inspiring crowd of over 520 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 #Dynamites22 a night to remember!

I know I said it last night, but just to reiterate, I thought yesterday was brilliant and it was amazing just to watch you and the wider Beacon House work and not have to worry about a thing!

David Dunn | Sunderland Software City and CEO, Dynamo North East 

It was a pleasure to participate and to see how big the event is becoming. This clearly shows how much impact Dynamo has on the digital ecosystem – made possible by the great work of the BeaconHouse team. Well done for pulling off another great evening!

Ruth Harrison | thoughtworks