1st July 2019

Creating Engaging Conference Content

Conference content can often be overlooked during the event planning process. Read our blog to find out how by prioritising content, you can engage delegates...

7th June 2019

How To Find A Corporate Event Venue For Success

Looking for a corporate venue but not sure where to start? Check out our go-to guide on how to find the perfect venue to meet your event objectives.

incentive group sunset

31st May 2019

Incentive Activities to Maximise Memorability

Incentive reward schemes are becoming increasingly popular amongst businesses looking to attract and retain top talent. Read on to find out how you can deliver a memorable incentive that stands out from the crowd.

24th May 2019

Summer Showcase Success!

Our Summer Showcase event took place at the 5* Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch. Find out more about the night here.

workplace through incentive events

16th May 2019

How Incentive Events Can Promote Workplace Wellbeing

This week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, and now more than ever, workplaces are becoming increasingly focused on the well-being of employees by improving their company culture. Read more to find out how incentive events can be used to make these positive changes...

First Event Anniversary

10th May 2019

First Event turns 18!

Over the past 18 years, we’ve gone from strength to strength, constantly expanding our team and growing our incredible client base - delivering outstanding events all over the world and helping our clients to meet their business goals.

Paperless Events

18th April 2019

Paperless Conferences: Everything you need to know

Sustainability is a buzzword that seems to be on the tip of everyone's tongues, especially in the event industry. Read on to find out one of our top tips to kick-start your sustainable journey.

First Event 2019

5th April 2019

Update: Our fantastic year so far!

First Event in 2019: we’ve developed a brand new way of working, started working with some incredible new clients, and created a whole new department. Read on to find out what we've been up to this year!

unconference

19th March 2019

The Rise of the Unconference

why a new way of conferencing could work wonders for your business...Conferences, as understood by the majority of businesses and industries, are events that provide a platform for professionals to network with one another, share career-focussed developments, and learn more about upcoming trends...

employee engagement event personalisation

14th February 2019

How personalisation can show you love your employees!

Personalisation is something that, when done correctly, can be used to reach company goals and objectives by using the things that are important to your employees to incentivise and retain them.

employee engagement incentives

16th January 2019

How To Ensure Employee Engagement Through Incentives

In the age of the highly-populated millennial workplace, employees aren’t just looking for jobs, but careers, meaning that retention strategies will drastically change...

Conference checklist

7th January 2019

The Essential Conference Checklist for 2019: The Complete Guide

Organising a conference for success can feel like riding a bull in a rodeo...

top conference destinations

15th December 2018

Top 10 Conference Destinations

More and more businesses are looking to conferences as a way to deliver important company messages...

conference events

4th December 2018

Are Conferences Really Worth It?

Conference events are commanding a bigger slice of marketing and communications budgets for businesses across the board...

incentive destinations

14th November 2018

Top 10 Incentive Destinations

Incentive travel schemes are quickly becoming a preferred way for companies to reward and retain high-performing staff and customers...

8th October 2018

12 Event Technologies to Boost Your Event's ROI

Two members of our creative team share their thoughts on the best (affordable) digital technology to help enhance events and create unforgettable delegate experiences...

incentive travel benefits

13th September 2018

The Benefits of an Incentive Travel Scheme

Incentive travel schemes boast a range of benefits for companies looking to drive employee motivation, increase performance and enhance the working environment. Hear from one of our clients about how their programme delivered long-term, sustained benefits to their multi-national brand.

Sales incentive guide

15th August 2018

Cash vs. Experience: there's no better incentive than travel

Studies have revealed that millennials are less concerned about salary and more focused on other employee benefits such as flexibility, work-life balance, company culture, and increasingly, travel and experiences.

Yorkshire Day First Event

1st August 2018

Happy Yorkshire Day!

God’s Own Country is just one of the nicknames given to the wonderful Northern region of Yorkshire! Sitting on the ‘right’ side of the Pennines and sporting a white rose, Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK and is home to some of England’s most prosperous cities including Leeds, Sheffield, and York.

Singapore incentives

26th July 2018

Singapore for Incentive Travel: Why this incredible city is more than just a connection...

The focus on surrounding Southeast-Asian cities and recognition as a hub for connecting flights has meant that prior to the twenty-tens, Singapore has been quite significantly overlooked when it comes to its potential as an incentive destination...

consumer goods events

29th March 2018

How events can help consumer goods companies achieve their targets and objectives

The ever-changing wants and needs of the modern consumer require companies to respond and adapt to their needs at a fast pace... Read more about how events have become an essential part of consumer-led companies' engagement strategies, and how they can positively reflect your brand and successfully target the right audience.

event manager

1st March 2018

Meet our new Senior Account Manager, Kerry!

Our newest recruit, Kerry Saxby, recently joined us as a senior account manager... ... and has brought along a wealth of experience spanning 12 years in the event industry. We sat down with Kerry and found out more about her time in the industry.

event agency transparency

1st February 2018

The importance of transparency as an events agency

We've all been through it. you're discussing the costings of a company's product or service, and they seem to be pulling additional costs and extras out of nowhere. Estate agents and admin fees, ticket companies and booking fees - everybody is out to make a profit, it's just how business works.

Tradeshows

11th January 2018

How to justify the cost of attending tradeshows

Tradeshows, conferences, and site visits are all a huge part of working in the events industry, and essential for staying up-to-date with what’s going on in the world of events. However, the attendance of these events comes with a price, often meaning that one or more people take time away from the business, incurring additional travel and overnight expenses.

Recommended conference destinations

14th September 2017

Conference Destinations For 2018: Top 5 Recommendations

As event industry leaders, we have almost 20 years experience in delivering outstanding conference management. It's essential that when choosing a destination for your next business meeting or conference, you're aware of what different cities have to offer, and how they can benefit your company in the long run, as well as the duration of your event.

First Event NPS

22nd August 2017

First Event - Net Promoter Score

The Net Promoter Score is a management tool used by companies to comprehend the relationships they hold with their customers, and how loyal their customers are.

New York event destination

12th July 2017

New York - The New Event Destination

Arguably the most famous city in the world, New York City is a haven for tourists wanting to get to grips with American culture and see the monuments so often depicted through their tv screens. First Event Account Manager, Kate Asquith, visited New York to find out more about what it could offer businesses looking to hold an incentive event or conference...

Event Errors

7th July 2017

5 common errors when running an in-house company event

As leaders in the Events Industry, we’re aware of the problems that can arise when organising an event. Here are some things to look out for and avoid when planning your own company event...

South American events

30th June 2017

South American Adventures

Home to the Amazon Rainforest and breath-taking ancient architecture, South America is a continent known for its vibrant culture and stunning scenery. Two members of our events team, Dawn and Emily, visited Peru and Brazil to see what they had to offer a conference or incentive event...

Kirsty Northage First Event

9th May 2017

Spotlight on Kirsty

We’re proud to announce that First Event Account Manager, Kirsty Northage, has been named in Conference & Incentive Travel’s ’35 under 35’ A-List for 2017. The A-List recognises rising stars from the UK event industry aged 35 and under, and is in its ninth annual year.

incentive travel scheme

19th April 2017

How can incentive travel help businesses reach sales targets?

Businesses set sales targets to ensure that their sales team have a clear idea of where the business is going and what actions need to be taken to get there. However, it’s often easy to take the eye off the ball and consequently fall behind on meeting these targets. In this case, offering a reward system to motivate a team is a great way to drive productivity and meet those all-important sales targets.

Northern Ireland conference

17th March 2017

Conference Management: Why is Northern Ireland a great destination?

Every year on March 17th, the world goes crazy for St. Patrick’s Day – an annual celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. Despite being well known for its evident entertainment value and traditional culture, this stunning country possesses an equally impressive professional offering, making a perfectly suitable option when deciding on where to host a conference or exhibition.

Abu Dhabi incentive

7th March 2017

Abu Dhabi Incentive - Do or Don’t?

Boasting a breath-taking skyline, stunning scenery and some of the Sahara’s biggest dunes, Abu Dhabi offers a luxurious travel experience that provides a true insight into authentic Arabian culture. First Event account manager Lucienne recently took a Familiarisation (or FAM) trip to Abu Dhabi to spend some time perfecting the itinerary for an event that involved a mixture of both rich historical culture, and stunning modern architecture.

First Event valentine's day

14th February 2017

Love is in the air at First Event

Following an amazing year, and with a long list of fantastic events to look forward to in 2017, it’s no surprise that at First Event we are spending this Valentine’s Day professing our love for what we do! When our clients are happy, we’re happy. So, after the year we’ve had here at First Event, we’re absolutely ecstatic!

event website

1st February 2017

New Year, New Site

After a whole lot of hard work, we’re excited to introduce you to our brand new website! For the past 6 months, our team have been working hard on the First Event company rebrand, ensuring that we can show off our work in a contemporary way that reflects the first-class service we aim to provide our clients with.

First Event 2016

20th January 2017

First Event Summary of 2016

For many, 2016 was a year better left in the past. However, here at First Event, 2016 saw us accomplish more than we ever anticipated, taking the business from strength to strength. Flying our clients all over the world, creating some of the biggest conferences and expositions ever and more than doubling the size of our team are just a handful of last year’s exciting ventures. We’ve reflected on our exciting year to give you a little look at what we’ve been up to...