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Twickenham Stadium

LONDON, UK – May 18, 2023 – We at Eclipse Global are excited to announce that we have been chosen as the official AV and event production supplier for Twickenham Stadium, in a strategic partnership with Twickenham Experience Limited. This five-year agreement, starting on May 1, enhances our role as leaders in the event production industry, and reinforces our commitment to delivering exceptional experiences.

Twickenham Stadium, a flagship event space in the UK, offers versatile spaces capable of hosting events of any scale. Our collaboration with them aligns perfectly with our mission to provide high-quality production services that create visually stunning experiences. We are eager to support Twickenham in their pursuit of innovation, a pursuit that has recently resulted in the successful launch of the Alfresco Auditorium. This exciting venture brings large-scale screens to pitch side and delivers a unique theatre experience for delegates in the stadium bowl.

Our Managing Director, Robin Purslow, is enthusiastic about this partnership, saying, “We are honoured to start this new journey with Twickenham Stadium, a great strategic fit that aligns with our existing stadium clients. Twickenham represents everything we value at Eclipse – exceptional customer service, quality product offerings, and a shared vision for exceeding our clients’ expectations.”

Twickenham Experience Limited’s Managing Director, Nils Braude, added, “We continually aim to innovate and challenge every aspect of our business, and the role of production and AV is vitally important. Eclipse’s creativity and ambition make it a perfect match for our events business, and we look forward to nurturing this relationship.”

We are proud to share this milestone with our clients, partners, and staff. Together, we look forward to ushering in a new era of superior event experiences and continuing our tradition of delivering the very best in technical production services.

Jamie Castle, Director of Sales and Marketing, and Robin Purslow, Managing Director of Eclipse, recently attended the AV Alliance Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Bangkok. The event, taking place from April 12-15, provided a platform for industry leaders to discuss strategies, share insights, and forge strong connections to improve sustainability and deliver exceptional value to clients worldwide. 

Castle and Purslow both shared their thoughts on the significance of the event: 

Jamie Castle: “The AV Alliance AGM was an invaluable opportunity for us to connect with our global partners and learn from one another. It’s essential for us to stay updated on the latest advancements in sustainability and technology to continue providing top-notch services for our clients. This event allowed us to do just that.” 

Robin Purslow reflected on the value Eclipse has gained from being a part of the AV Alliance since 2019: “Joining the AV Alliance has been a game-changer for us. Over the past few years, the connections and support we’ve received from fellow members have significantly contributed to our growth and success. The knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and access to cutting-edge technology have allowed us to enhance our services and make a positive impact on our clients’ events.” 

The AGM kicked off on April 12 with a welcome drinks reception at The Sukhothai Bangkok, followed by a seated dinner at the hotel’s Colonnade Restaurant. Attendees enjoyed the chance to network and discuss industry trends in a relaxed atmosphere, setting the stage for the days ahead. 

The following day saw a series of presentations, networking opportunities, and sponsor showcases, all aimed at fostering collaboration and innovation within the industry. The AV Alliance team delivered a welcome address, followed by an introductory presentation by local member and host Creative Rock. The morning session continued with a look back at the previous year’s activities and an overview of current and upcoming projects, during which the long-term strategy of the AV Alliance was presented. 

A key focus of the event was sustainability, with Eclipse and other AV Alliance members and Sponsors sharing their recent activities, initiatives, and best practices to minimize the environmental impact of production events. The discussions centred on creating lasting connections and partnerships to drive sustainable growth and offer enhanced value for global clients. Furthermore, the sponsor presentations allowed attendees to learn about new technologies and services that could contribute to more sustainable and efficient event production. 

In addition to the meeting, Castle attended two site visits in the city, preparing for upcoming events and further establishing relationships with international partners in the production industry. These site visits highlight Eclipse’s commitment to ensuring seamless event execution, no matter the location. By evaluating venues and local resources first hand, Eclipse can better plan and execute events that minimize environmental impact and adhere to the company’s sustainability goals. 

The conference also featured breakout sessions, in which members and sponsors participated in workshops on different topics of interest. These sessions allowed for in-depth conversations and knowledge-sharing, equipping attendees with new ideas and strategies to implement in their own businesses. 

The AV Alliance AGM concluded with a social day exploring Bangkok, offering attendees a chance to unwind and further strengthen the bonds formed during the conference. The guided tour provided a unique opportunity to experience the city’s rich culture and history, fostering a sense of camaraderie among participants. The closing lunch was held at Methavalai Sorndaeng, a Michelin-starred Thai restaurant, symbolizing the commitment to excellence shared by all AV Alliance members. 

Eclipse’s participation in the AV Alliance AGM demonstrates the company’s dedication to fostering strong global connections and implementing sustainable practices. By forging relationships with industry leaders worldwide, Eclipse is poised to offer exceptional value to its clients while minimizing its environmental footprint. This commitment to sustainability and global collaboration sets Eclipse apart as a leader in the event production industry, reinforcing the company’s reputation for delivering world-class service and ensuring client satisfaction. 

In conclusion, the AV Alliance AGM provided valuable networking opportunities, knowledge-sharing, and inspiration for industry professionals. By participating in this event, Eclipse reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability, global collaboration, and exceptional service for its clients. These connections and insights will undoubtedly benefit Eclipse’s clients and contribute to the continued success and growth of the company

If you’re hosting a special occasion and want to turn it into an unforgettable experience for your guests, preparation isn’t the only important prerequisite. It’s also important to be able to be imaginative and original when organising a creative event; you want your guests to leave with positive memories and the feeling they just experienced something unique and extraordinary. 

In this guide, we’re going to go over 12 ideas for events that’ll have your guests talking for months. From high-profile events to weddings, decoration to logistics, we’ve got all the innovative ideas covered. Let’s take a look!

Themed events

What’s better for a creative event than a creative theme? If you’re hosting a gala or large corporate event, making it a themed occasion can turn a boring conference into a colourful spectacle. Having a themed event allows your guests to engage in the overall aim of the event in a fun, playful and immersive way – and don’t forget themed weddings!

Usage of unique equipment

Understand your audience

If you’re wondering what makes the difference between a typical large event and something mind-blowing, it often comes down to something as simple as lighting. The lighting arrangement of your venue will determine the overall atmosphere during your event, so using the right audio-visual equipment can help you secure the vibe you’re after.

For example, using coloured lighting to reflect your brand logo or brand colours is a great way to host a promotional event for your business – you could even use light projection technology to display your logo (or that of a client) on the venue’s walls or ceilings. 

For social events such as a wedding, mood lighting and pattern lighting helps create a fun, laid-back nightlife atmosphere that will help your guests relax and enjoy your special day. You can also adjust the lighting at several intervals during your event, keeping guest engagement high and creating new atmospheres at the click of a button. 

Types of events 

Hosting a spectacular event doesn’t mean you need to follow traditional rules. For example, advances in technology have made it easier than ever to host virtual or hybrid events for big occasions. Here are just a few different types of events that can leave a lasting impression on your guests:

Taking advantage of the season 

If you’re stuck for inspiration, why not let the season do the work for you? Here are just a few season-themed ideas you can use for your next event:

Set designs

If you want to truly create a unique experience for your guests, turn your venue into a one-of-a-kind set with the right set design and build. Set design allows you to create an event background that fully immerses your guests in the theme of your event or wedding, especially if optimised with video or audio technology. 

Whether you want to create a specific atmosphere or simply want to help your guests better understand the event’s theme or aim, having professional artists and designers curate the event space is one of the easiest ways to make something unique and unforgettable.

Do note that you may need to obtain the permission of the venue before being able to organise any set design or building, depending on the nature and complexity of your desired set. 

Custom food and drink

Food is one of the best parts of any large event, so why not customise it to suit the theme of your night? You can customise food to reflect any cultural theme or seasonal theme, or even the theme of a film or TV show!  

You can also integrate food into the decorative aspect of your event: champagne towers, chocolate fountains, and cupcake towers all make for dazzling centrepieces and fun conversation starters at a wedding.

From Christmas food themes to summer food themes, the world really is your oyster when it comes to organising your event’s buffet or sit-down meal. Don’t forget to still make sure to cater to any allergies, food intolerances, or dietary preferences when curating your event’s menu – even if the menu is themed.

Performers 

One way to liven up an event is to invite live performers. Whether you’re hosting a corporate event or a wedding, live performers keep your guests engaged and provide some much-needed structure to your event’s schedule. Live performers can include:

Use of technology

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With so many advances in technology, it would be a shame not to put them to use for your next creative event. Here are just some forms of technology that can liven up a corporate event, or turn your wedding from ordinary to extraordinary:

Make it interactive 

One of the easiest ways to increase guest engagement is to make your event interactive. You can do so by integrating the following activities into your creative event:

Use local businesses in events   

We all know that events can incur high costs and an even higher carbon footprint. One way you can minimise this is by sourcing your materials and food from local businesses. Not only does this contribute positivity to the venue’s local community, but it also reduces carbon emissions by cutting back transport that would have been used to deliver your event supplies.

It’s also a great way to promote local businesses, whether it be a local stationary shop, bakery, butcher, farm, or local artists. 

Events that you can learn from

A great way to host a memorable creative event is by hosting an interactive learning experience. Whether you host an expert in a specific field, a Q&A with an interesting public figure, or even just a traditional lecture, seminar, or class, learning events are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests. 

Reminiscing events

On the more sentimental side of things, why not host a reminiscing event with state-of-the-art visuals and a custom set design? From prom nights to high school reunions, modern visual technology can transform traditional events like these into unforgettable live experiences.

You can now even use virtual or augmented reality to add a realistically reminiscent dimension to any reunion event. And don’t forget the nostalgic mood lighting!

Conclusion

With so many different types of events to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down one or two favourites. One of the easiest ways to settle on an event idea is to consider the overall aim of the planned occasion: are your guests there to buy, learn, or just enjoy themselves? Considering these factors makes it easier to pick an event theme that everyone will enjoy.

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Dine & Disco

As much of the world learns to live with the COVID-19 virus, large events and conferences are making a comeback. 

But hosting events can come with a hefty environmental price tag if adequate measures aren’t taken to offset their impact. 

From air travel to enormous food waste, events can leave behind a substantial carbon footprint, especially when it comes to hosting large-scale events. It’s no surprise that carbon emissions fell by 5.4% in 2020 during the pandemic. 

One way event organisers are overcoming these challenges is by hosting hybrid events, while also finding ways to minimise environmental impact during in-person conferences.   

As industry leaders look for ways to incorporate sustainability into their business models, we’re going to take a look in this article at some efficient and eco-friendly methods that can be used to offset the environmental impact of large events. 

The environmental impact of large-scale events

Large Scale Events

Before planning a carbon-neutral event, it’s important to understand how large-scale events impact the environment.

From energy to travel, events can leave a substantial carbon footprint, damaging the communities in which they’re held and contributing to environmental damage further afield: 

Understanding and minimising your event’s carbon footprint

If you want to organise a sustainable event, it’s important to assess several key factors during the event planning process. Making these calculations beforehand will help you to find easy reductions where possible. 

Location 

Your event’s location will possibly be the most deciding factor when it comes to assessing event emissions. Before picking a location, you should think about the following questions:

Powering your venue

Powering your venue will also rack up carbon emissions: according to estimations, the events industry in the UK emits around 1.2 million tonnes of carbon per year via the use of diesel generators alone.  

For a sustainable alternative, commit to using green sources of energy. This means picking a venue that is either already equipped with – or willing to use – renewable energy to light and heat the building. 

Recycling waste

Large events generate massive amounts of food and paper waste, but there are plenty of green solutions to help offset and minimise waste generated.

When it comes to food waste, you could try to source food from local suppliers or caterers, cutting back on transportation emissions while stimulating the local economy. 

In addition to this, you could offer guests a vegan or vegetarian menu, increasing consciousness about the environmental consequences of meat consumption. 

When it comes to paper waste, you could also cut back on things like event programmes, instead switching to digital files that event attendees can download with a QR code. 

You could also make your event plastic-free: not only is this environmentally friendly, but it also saves on cost. Microsoft has saved around $600,000 by banning plastic water bottles alone from their events, with the corporation making a commitment to be carbon-negative by 2030. 

Switch to a hybrid event for some events

One of the easiest ways to offset your event’s carbon emissions is by switching to a digital or hybrid event. Not only does this offset greenhouse gas emissions by reducing travel, but it also sets an example within your industry to prioritise sustainable thinking and green events. If it isn’t necessary for your conference or event to be in-person, switch to a hybrid event and allow remote attendance via virtual link. Not only does this help to offset your carbon footprint by eliminating air travel to and from the event, but it also widens the audience for your event, allowing attendees from all over the world to participate. 

Go carbon neutral 

Going carbon neutral is a realistic and sustainable way to minimise the environmental impact of your event. Going carbon neutral means finding ways to compensate for the output of greenhouse gas emissions by making reductions elsewhere.  

Planning and running carbon neutral events

It’s impossible to run a green event without substantial planning. In order to identify areas of reduction, you’re going to need to calculate the environmental impact of your event beforehand. 

You can calculate your event’s carbon footprint by using various online tools, while also hiring independent contractors who can estimate the environmental cost of your event. You can calculate the impact of your event based on the following factors:

Which areas contribute the most to an event’s carbon footprint?

In general, the largest contributing factors to your carbon emissions will be travel and your event’s location.

Final Thoughts

An event is never going to be completely carbon negative, but you can take initiatives to ensure that you’re not racking up a hefty carbon footprint during the planning stage. Events are part of our corporate and personal lives, and there’s no way for us to eliminate them entirely.

Instead, taking green initiatives can help minimise their impact. From investing in recyclable materials to committing to using green sources of energy to power your venue, there are lots of steps that can be taken to ensure that your event is in alignment with your company’s eco-friendly values. 

You can also opt for a digital, hybrid event if an in-person conference isn’t necessary: digital events are efficient and sustainable, and allow you to focus on reducing remaining carbon emissions while incorporating an eco-friendly ethos into your business model.

Audio Visual design is the integration of audio and visual elements to create a cohesive event experience. This can include everything from microphones & speakers for speeches, announcements and music; screens for showing images or videos; lighting to set the mood and much more.

Let’s take a look at how audio visual design can make or break your event and how you can use it to ensure yours is a success.

The importance of audio visual design

A good AV design can be a powerful tool in creating a memorable event. When used correctly, it keeps guests engaged and isn’t too overwhelming on the senses. A well-designed AV system can help you achieve your objectives by:

How Can Audio Visual Equipment Enhance Your Event

AV equipment can be very expensive, but it is worth it if you want to make sure that your event is flawless. To ensure that your event goes off without a hitch, you need to prepare properly and have everything ready ahead of time so that you don’t run into any problems on the day of the event.

Visual equipment includes:

Audio equipment includes:

Weddings: Music is a big part of any wedding day, so speakers will be essential, whether it’s for playing music while the bride walks down the aisle or during the happy couple’s first dance. If there are a lot of guests, microphones can also be useful during speeches to ensure everyone can be heard. Once the wedding breakfast is over and it’s time to dance the night away, other AV equipment to consider includes dynamic lighting and light-up dancefloors.

For conferences: If there’s going to be a presentation, you may need to use a projector and screen for displaying the presenter’s slides. If you’re hosting a smaller event in a boardroom, for example, small LED screens may be perfectly suitable for displaying your presentation. Other useful equipment here includes microphones, speakers and podiums.

For music events and concerts: Big screens and cameras are vital for engaging audiences at concerts, especially during performance breaks. Two-way radios also help to ensure staff stay in constant communication with each other, especially in a large venue that’s playing a lot of loud music.

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Preparation of an event

If you’re planning an event, you want to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that your guests have a good time. But a lot can go wrong with a badly designed AV system — from poor sound quality to poor lighting that doesn’t illuminate the stage or dance floor.

It’s key that you find an audio visual design team who can deliver the reliable technology collaboration solutions you and your clients need. Key things to look for when choosing a supplier include making sure:

  1. They know what works well in different spaces
  2. They have experience with different types of equipment
  3. They know how to present solutions and knowledge effectively
  4. They’re able to work to tight deadlines

Preparation for an event includes everything from ensuring backup systems and extra equipment is available in case something should go wrong to performing audio and visual checks and quality checks before the event starts.

Basic equipment used in audio visual design

If you want to make sure that everything goes smoothly during your event, it’s best to hire a professional, such as Eclipse Global, who specialises in audio visual design services. Eclipse Global will help you create an amazing experience – we have over 30 years of expertise as AV designers for prestigious brands including Uber, ITV, and Coca Cola.

Tips on how to make your event successful

For more information about audio visual design, visit Eclipse Global for a free consultation about your support solutions today.

Global event production company Eclipse has reported a rapid return in consumer confidence, as it secures 30% of its pre-COVID annual business in February and March amidst an all-time high for business enquiries.

Following a period in which events were heavily reliant upon virtual capabilities, the event specialists have welcomed the resurgence of in-person events which now makes up 70% of its event bookings for 2022. With recent events delivered in Miami, Germany and Switzerland, the loosened shackle on international travel has also seen the return of overseas events account for more than a third of its forecasted annual revenue for the year.

Eclipse has been actively recruiting to fulfil a rising number of event enquiries and has seen a 45% increase in its workforce since 2020. Since the same period, the production company has reported a 125% increase in annual turnover, which is forecast to rise by a further 85% by the end of 2022.

Eclipse’ managing director Robin Purslow said: “We are all aware of the extreme challenges the events industry has faced over the last two years, and the return of more recognisable business levels brings me great pleasure that we can now look ahead to a more positive future once again.

“Throughout the pandemic we have been developing strong relationships with event organisers and venues and have seen a 25% increase in the level of new client enquiries since April 2021 as a result. In doing so we have since secured additional business that has allowed us to further invest in our team, new equipment and the expansion of our capabilities, and I’m optimistic that our ambitious growth plans are now firmly in progress once more.”

The guest speaker during the Mobility Conference 2015

Whether you’re a relatively small business or part of a multinational organisation, one way to get everyone together is with corporate events. If the idea of an old school corporate event is enough to elicit despair and dread, you aren’t alone. That’s why revolutionising the way you look at corporate event planning can make all the difference.

Have upcoming product launches, or keen on making the most of the next trade show? Whether you’re bringing together employees from all over or hosting the best and brightest in your industry, thinking beyond the cliches is the best way to get everyone having fun. If you’re stuck for ideas on the best way to implement conferences and events, we’ve got the ideal solution.

Read on now to discover more about how to steer clear of the cliches for your upcoming event:

Understand your audience

What is a corporate event?

Corporate events cover a vast range of different activities. The types of corporate event can be any shape, size, and scale. From days out designed to engage staff and celebrate achievements to ice-breaking exercises and large-scale conferences. So, when it comes to planning the perfect event for your specific audience, it’s all the more challenging to pick the ideal mixture of venue, activities, and meetings for success.

Corporate events may have numerous different purposes. Integrating new employees or announcing product launches, enjoying milestone celebrations, or entertaining guests at trade shows. These differences allow employers to tailor their respective conferences, meetings, and rewards to their business’s specific needs and goals.

An essential part of creating different types of corporate event, whether it’s for internal staff or customers, too, is to know what you’re trying to achieve. By getting creative with itineraries and innovative with your scheduling, you can make that upcoming event all the more memorable and fun for your target audience. By considering the attendees first, it’s much easier to create a corporate event that ticks all the boxes and provides a fun, enjoyable time for all by considering the attendees first.

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Cliches to avoid when staging a corporate event

Many of your staff and guests will go into a corporate event with an idea of what to expect. Depending on their past experiences, that may not be a good thing for their enthusiasm or morale. If you find your attendees looking less than enthused during your corporate conference, that’s a sure-fire sign you’ve missed two of the critical components of success: engagement and fun.

Here’s how to avoid a cliché event and pleasantly surprise your guests with something they might never have expected:

Skimping on set design and layout

For large-scale corporate events, it’s easy to look cheap when you cut back on the set design budget. We’ve all seen the cliché of one man with a microphone standing on an entirely dead, empty stage. Ensure everything is appropriately staged, and everyone is seated comfortably to see the stage to ensure corporate event success.

Set design doesn’t necessarily have to be in-your-face or over the top. It doesn’t have to cost thousands upon thousands and be a spectacle of light and colour. But what you do want is something that fits the theme of your event and brings attention in all the right ways. High-quality set design can help make that happen.

Using cheesy imagery and stock graphics

One way to quickly cheapen your event is to use stock imagery and graphics. And no, that’s not just if you happen to be throwing an event for a particularly artistic industry niche. Stock imagery can look out of place at the best of times, making your overall theme feel less put-together and professional unless it’s handled by a specialist graphic design team.

Even worse if your attendees have spotted the exact same picture and fonts at the event that they attended just last month. The more original you can be with your graphics, the more of an impact your theme will make on your guests. At the end of the day, cutting corners with your graphics is a good way to reduce the professionalism of your event as a whole.

QE Hall, London 2019

Going royalty-free on your music

Short jingles and inspirational guitar may sound like a great way to add some liveliness to your event. But beware of the pitfalls of royalty-free music. Much like stock graphics, it’s likely your audience will have heard that music over and over again. Royalty-free content is, by nature, available to everyone – and you don’t want to accidentally connect your event to something on the less professional side of the spectrum.

Music can be an excellent way to add some fun into the average event, but don’t be afraid to splash out on something that’s either unique to you or at least paid-for content. It’ll make your presentations feel far more polished, and the ambience of your event as a whole feels less like a visit to your local low-price supermarket.

Encouraging interaction in only one form

Not everyone will want to engage in what you’re offering in the same way – but that doesn’t mean that they should be left out. This is particularly important for hybrid events that are both online and in-person, where you have to keep two crowds engaged in what you’re saying or doing at the same time. Keeping everyone interested in what you’re saying means stepping up beyond the average audience question time.

One way to integrate interaction is using technology. Just about every eventgoer will have a smartphone, and those calling into a video conference will too. You can use smartphones for anything from quizzes to scheduling to asking questions, allowing for great interaction with a crowd across two different methods of communication.

How Can We Help You?

Avoid the stress of event planning, and contact your friendly team at Eclipse for a free consultation today. Anything is possible and we always go the extra mile to make your event one to be remembered.

Using inadequate or repurposed equipment

Whether you’re hosting an online conference or planning an event with a large audience, hardware failure can spell disaster. It’s such a cliché for corporate events to experience equipment failure that it’s practically expected at this point. If you want to subvert expectations, hiring or investing in quality equipment is one of the ways you can earn that professional badge of honour in the corporate events circuit.

As for the tech you choose, ensure that the people using it are fully clued into how everything works. Whether it’s some impromptu training with the hiring company or a run-through ahead of time, tech proficiency pays off to help you look far more professional. One great way to exceed expectations is by hiring a corporate events specialist to ensure everything is running as it should.

Hours of dry speeches without breaks

When you think of cliché corporate conferences and events, you likely have that creeping dread of sitting through hours of dull PowerPoints or listening to management talk all day long. Beating the cliché is easy – you can still get your points across for sales and plans while also providing engaging sessions and enjoyment in-between vital information.

A packed schedule with no breaks or time doing something else other than lunch is a recipe for boredom at the average corporate event. Whether you liven things up with entertainment or you encourage audience participation, you’ll want to get people actively involved in what you’re doing instead of passively absorbing information.

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How Eclipse can help you in planning a unique corporate event

If you’re looking to avoid cliches and create an event that stands out, working with a professional event production company is the best way to ramp up that wow factor. Our specialist professionals at Eclipse works with you to design innovative events that reflect your brand and make corporate fun in all the right ways.

Whether you’re looking for extensive set design and building or support for virtual and hybrid events planning, our team has the expertise and knowledge to make your vision a reality. Our connections with some of the best venues across London helps us to create the ideal environments for meetings, conference events, celebrations, and everything in between. You can trust our event planning service to create something on-theme and unique from start to finish.

Contact Eclipse today to take your next event up a notch

Are you planning an upcoming event for your company? Whether it’s part of an industry trade show or a global online conference, skipping the cliches is key to success. Get in contact with us today to discover why our customers pick us to turn their ideas into a creative reality.

How Can We Help You?

Avoid the stress of event planning, and contact your friendly team at Eclipse for a free consultation today. Anything is possible and we always go the extra mile to make your event one to be remembered.

Global event production company Eclipse has joined the SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) Alliance, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to seamless virtual and hybrid event delivery.

The announcement follows Eclipse’s well-documented dedication towards offering the best virtual and hybrid event production services and will support the delivery of high-quality and secure, low-latency video across public internet connections – mitigating issues many venues and event organisers and bookers are experiencing.

The SRT Alliance, founded by Haivision in April 2017, already has more than 500 members. Its mission is to overcome the challenges of low-latency live streaming by supporting the collaborative development of SRT (Secure Reliable Transport), the fastest growing open-source streaming project. SRT is a free open source video transport protocol and technology stack originally developed and pioneered by Haivision, which enables the delivery of high-quality and secure, low-latency video across the public internet.

Jamie Castle, Director of Sales and Marketing at Eclipse, said: “Over the course of the last 20 months not only have we been investing in the latest technologies and capabilities to support our event solutions, but we have been working closely with organisations to spearhead the recent revolution of virtual event offerings.

“Through our ongoing knowledge sharing and open discussions with organisations we have played a key role in the development of virtual events and integrations that have today set the standard, and we’re delighted to be joining the SRT Alliance to continue doing just that.”

“With the SRT Alliance, Eclipse is joining an industry movement to improve the way the world streams video,” said  Suso Carrillo, Director SRT Alliance at Haivision. “We’re pleased to see the SRT protocol being actively implemented by some of the world’s biggest broadcast and enterprise streaming workflows as its adoption and industry-wide recognition continues to grow, becoming the defacto standard for low latency internet streaming.”

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‘If we don’t do it now, when will we do it?’ isn’t the kind of green flag ‘freedom day’ the events industry was hoping for. A return to physical shows, certainly those set inside, while nominally ‘legal’ from July 19 has been subject to understandable hesitation. 

“The warning light on the NHS dashboard is not flashing amber, it’s flashing red,” according to Health and Social Care Committee chair Jeremy Hunt and, amid the national cacophony of test and trace ‘pings’, any business is walking a brittle line in terms of its staff numbers – as countless hospitality outlets bear testament.  

Suppliers are the key to putting on an event of any size and pre-pandemic there was always time to address issues anywhere along the chain to ensure delivery. Now though, even an alert from the NHS App can mean one of those crucial links can be lost to isolation at the buzz of a smartphone.    

Meanwhile, on the other side of the door, a question published in The Times about audience attitudes to live entertainment, asking ‘How comfortable would you feel doing the following in the next few weeks?’ was pretty damning across all categories. Just 27% of respondents indicated they would be happy to physically attend a business event.   

While it’s hard to tell if that opinion would change were masks/social distancing mandates to be reintroduced, lockdowns have highlighted how resourceful the events industry has had to be. It has looked around wholly new corners to develop and deliver solutions to questions hard to imagine some 17 months ago.  

It is not a simple either/or situation between virtual and physical of course. With many events reaching far greater numbers nationally and internationally in their virtual incarnation, hybrid events, which were in practice in some shape or form long before COVID-19 – think Premiership football matches or the Brit Awards by way of profile example – are sure to be the popular choice. But balancing that equation, in terms of who is the priority audience, varies from event to event.  

Ideally, events will want to provide for everyone equally – and the tech is there to feed live content across the world with the capacity for interaction and engagement everywhere. Eclipse, for one, has its own in-house virtual event studio in Beckenham together with comprehensive facilities across London and the globe, all of which are supported by a dedicated team of in-house creatives and GFX designers. 

Networking ‘from home’ though, without the technology and the expertise on tap, is more than a struggle to deliver and harder still to sell, which is well worth bearing in mind for the sales and marketing pitch. 

Nevertheless, while we can’t predict exactly where the pandemic will take us next, the steps the live events world has taken to adapt has no doubt kicked even the biggest doubter’s doors off its hinges. Come what may, the show can and will always go on… and in spectacular fashion.

While we continue to overcome these barriers and develop innovative solutions to keep business moving, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team of event production experts for support on moving forward and to discover how Eclipse can assist your event through this turbulent period.

From employee support to teamwork retreats to a brand awareness product launch, putting together a social gathering of any kind can be stressful and perhaps overwhelming for everyone involved.

It takes event management, which is a collection of skills that not everyone has, to create a successful event. For that reason, Eclipse can offer a range of contact information, skills, and experience to make sure the execution of your plans is done correctly and gives a maximum return on investment.

A successful charity gala, promotional event, or sponsorship lead online auction can increase corporate support from the audience.

What is Event Management?

Event management is a range of skilled and experienced professionals that specialise in managing small and large-scale events either in person, virtually, or a hybrid of the two.

They Handle the Work

Rather than the corporate entity throwing the event, the management company handles all the initial preparations, project management, running of the event, and post-event follow-up.

The event management company deals with the details for the event, including all key aspects of hospitality, social media, marketing, and all employment for the event.

The goal of the process is to receive the most significant possible return for their client and ensure that those invited to participate wish to return to future events.

They Offer Experience

Corporate events can be a critical aspect of a complete marketing plan for any industry, but it’s not as easy as it may seem to get right.

The end-to-end execution of an event is a complicated process, and event coordination brings in an experienced team to ensure each step is correct.

Large Scale Events
Live event for the FA with full set design, projection screens and audio-visual production

What is the Importance of Event Management?

How you manage corporate events can either boost or damage a business’s reputation and client base.

Staging events, whether small get-togethers with sponsors or employees or thousand-person launch events, allow a company to promote its brand and make new relationships.

Enhances Reputation

With a good reputation, clients are more likely to engage with a company for its services. Those clients are also more likely to try new products at a launch and back a brand they can relate with.

Effective event coordination can be the difference between a company with mediocre events attended by only a few people and a business that holds interactive engagements and offers a return on their investment.

Builds Success

Depending on the industry, the return can include greater exposure, new relationships between vendors, and a more extensive client base.

If a business has returning clients and happy participants, it can show what the events industry can do while ensuring a budget is followed. In addition, post-reports are done to improve events for the next time, ensuring the opinion of guests are heard and considered.

Invest Africa – Live hybrid event with green screens, virtual studio and audience participation

How Does Event Management Work? 

Within the relationship between management and host company, the planner draws up and establishes an event management plan (EMP).

The EMP ensures the coordinator meets the wishes of the company holding the event and that a timeline is followed from pre-planning to post-event surveys.

In addition to a contract, the plan also serves as a key foundation for future events and helps to avoid repeating mistakes.

In the future, the EMP allows even inexperienced employees within the company to use the document to plan annual launches.

How Can We Help You?

Avoid the stress of event planning, and contact your friendly team at Eclipse for a free consultation today. Anything is possible and we always go the extra mile to make your event one to be remembered.

The Role of the Event Manager

The duties and responsibilities of an event manager’s career will vary from event to event and between industries.

Some coordinators may only be responsible for the day of the event, while others may plan the entire function for an extended period and are included in every aspect of the planning stages as well as the day of the event.

They will start with general research and creative brainstorming, then begin by collecting lists and information from the host company.

This list can include potential venues, sponsorships, budget plans, and themes in which they can utilise to create an outline and timeline of the event.

Generally, when you search for an event coordinator, you should search for someone capable of creating an event management plan first and foremost. Your coordinator should have experience in:

Corporate conference at the Gherkin in London

What are the Benefits of Event Management? 

The perks of event management are evident at the close of events when the industry reaps the benefits of successful event planning.

Timeline and Staff

The inclusion of an event management company ensures that an event runs according to plan. Part of the success is delivering an event that meets their client company’s needs and requirements.

By using event management and project management, you receive experts that are specifically trained for thoroughly executing different aspects of the conference. This frees up the client’s employees to continue their jobs unhindered.

Customer Experience

Tourism and the events industry are using social activities around the world to broaden their scope, secure new clientele, and make a profit from it.

An event management company that specialises in organising social events can bring a personalised experience to your audience, offering a diverse and unique event.

Success isn’t just measured by an event that is put on and attended. An event planner will manage staff and address the five c’s of event management to create a successful milestone in your business.

The Five C’s

The five c’s are necessary aspects of event coordination to ensure a positive outcome. They are as follows:

All of this is done on a budget, on time, and ensuring effective risk management from beginning to end. An event management company operates within an exclusive career. They showcase the skills and experience necessary to catch hidden costs or problems for successful events. They also offer new and innovative ideas that are utilised for each launch and party.

Why Use Eclipse for Event Management?

Eclipse offers top-of-the-line event production across the entire UK. Over the last 30 years, Eclipse has created a reputation with venues, brands, sponsors, and important contacts to ensure a successful event for you and your clients.

Some of the things the experienced professionals at Eclipse can provide include:

Live Event Wembley Stadium
Full set design and audio-visual display with multi-screen support at Wembley Stadium

Final Points

The events management industry is specialised and can help with experience in all aspects of planning and executing your event. Eclipse can help you create an engaging experience for your audience from a sizable international launch or a small corporate gathering.

How Can We Help You?

Avoid the stress of event planning, and contact your friendly team at Eclipse for a free consultation today. Anything is possible and we always go the extra mile to make your event one to be remembered.