What things do you always take with you when you travel to an event?

29 October 2010 by Ken Brown  
Filed under Event management

Now I have to admit that I was checking in on one of the many LinkedIn groups that I’m a member of and came across this subject posted as one of the discussions.

It got me thinking about what it was that I couldn’t do without when I went away to manage an event. Personally, it was simple things like comfy PJs, two alarm clocks and the event file – my event bible. The PJs and alarm clock stay the same but the event file has turned into a laptop and iPhone!!

Professionally, I almost took the whole office with me. Being able to reach for scissors, blu-tak or post-it notes without having to leave the venue was just so important to me because my role on the day was event management and not SHOPPING!!

So I ask you: What things do you always take with you when you travel to an event?

If you’d like my events box checklist why not send me a message and I’ll either email it to you or I might even throw it up here as a blog post.

EventManager™ gets a shiny new look and feel

15 October 2010 by Ken Brown  
Filed under Event management

Whilst it’s definitely getting colder out there we have had some cracking days this week and it’s warming to see all the spectacular colours that Autumn is throwing out at the minute from our view over the campus at Keele University.

As well as exciting new functionality we’ve decided that it was high time that EventManager™ took on some new colour and got spruced up with a bit of a make-over as well.  We’ll be scrapping the existing management screen look and feel and adding the clean new sexy looking interface screens designed by our brilliant designers, Lisa and Rob.

As a rule of thumb we make our systems easy to use and navigate and incorporating great design is fundamental to that principle.  Clean white backgrounds overlaid with strong navigational and management screen colours make EventManager™ both functionally and now visually one of the nicest events packages to use.

If you’re an existing user we’ll be rolling this out to your installation during w/c 25 October 2010.  If you’re interested in an events system why not contact us and we’ll be more than happy to give you a demo of the system.

EventManager Scoops Award

31 October 2008 by Ken Brown  
Filed under Event management, News and views


Kent House’s online event management and booking software – EventManager – has scooped the award for NHS Breakthrough in MedilinkWM’s highly competitive Medical Healthcare Awards, at the Council House in Birmingham and will go on to represent the West Midlands in Medilink UK’s national contest.

At a glittering awards ceremony, Kent House, which developed the EventManager software initially for healthcare services, took the highest honour for successful achieving an NHS breakthrough. Designed to support NHS contracting teams running industry events, the online system automates and administrates events, offering self-service to delegates. Since April, EventManager has handled 30,000 bookings and 1,500 events for more than six NHS organisations.

Created to recognise the most impressive business achievements from the Midlands’ thriving medical technology community, the awards are sponsored by Advantage West Midlands and supported by ADF Insurance. David Gleaves of MidTECH presented Kevin Holdridge, Managing Director, with the prestigious award, which recognises businesses that have achieved exceptional research, innovation, business success, entrepreneurial flair and growth in the sector. Kent House will now go forward to the national Medilink UK Awards in February.

Kevin said: “This is a wonderful recognition of the hard work, vision and dedication of our team. We’re very excited about going forward to the national awards and hopefully prove that the best businesses and inventions come from the West Midlands. I think the region’s strong medical technology cluster has given us the right backing and a broad network so we’ve been able to access the support we need and it’s played a big part in our success so far.”

MedilinkWM’s CEO, Tony Davis, said: “The Medical Healthcare Awards have been a spectacular celebration of the innovation and enterprise that’s on show in the West Midlands and it’s great to see so many successful companies taking part this year. The standard has been the highest ever, so it’s an amazing achievement to win.”

”It’s testament to the hard work, passion and innovation of companies in this sector that so many important technologies are represented here, many of which now enable medical staff to treat patients even more effectively – they really could help save lives. As a growing sector, medical and healthcare companies are attracting the best brains in the region, which was clear to us tonight as we saw the calibre of finalists and of course, the success of our winners.”