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Events Suppliers: Offering plenty of surprises, despite COVID-19!

October 15, 2020

We are events suppliers. Don’t give up on us. We are some of the hardest working, most adaptable professionals working today. COVID has been extremely challenging for the events industry and events suppliers as a whole, yet we continue to do what we always do…

Adapt, be flexible and make things work!

It’s what we do! In fact, it’s what we have always done. Working in the events industry is all about flexibility. Events are organic things, they grow and change and no two events are ever the same.

You could think of an event as being a wild animal (stick with me here…), unbroken, untamed, full of promise but fraught with danger too. Take the wrong approach or fail to pay enough attention and things could go horribly wrong. If you don’t take firm control from early on, then the event could easily take control of you.

Event professionals throw on the harness and climb into the saddle – but we don’t just hang on for the ride! We take the reins, roll with every kick, buck, twist and turn. We guide it, corral it and give it it’s head when we need to.

Because just like a wild animal, every event is different, a multi-faceted thing with its own shape and personality. To make an event successful, we must let that personality shine through, we have to work with, and not against it and its unique, organic flow.

Events suppliers are professionals

Okay, so enough of the wild analogies… but hopefully they’ve helped illustrate the point. Event suppliers are professionals and know exactly how to handle events and the many twists and turns that come with organising them. COVID is just another bump in the road, but we, and all of our event industry friends and colleagues, have been working hard for the past several months, adapting and finding ways to make events work – despite the many and ever changing challenges that this global pandemic continues to throw our way.

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Why not take a look at our directory of event suppliers? Many of the suppliers listed there have created innovative and clever solutions to help their clients safely enjoy events and celebrations, despite COVID-19. Click here to visit the directory

Events suppliers: What’s still on offer?

The events industry has been challenged by COVID-19, but still continues to adapt and innovate! Below is a round up of a few of the things that our amazing industry friends and colleagues are offering to help keep the pandemic blues at bay:

Bars & Cocktail suppliers

party planning ace bar events events suppliersBar suppliers such as Ace Bar Events have come up with some unique ideas to ensure that we can all continue to celebrate life’s milestone events; or even just enjoy a fun Friday night at home! Their innovative cocktail boxes can be delivered straight to your door and come with everything you need to mix the perfect cocktails. From all of the ingredients to cocktail shakers, glasses and even video tutorials.

Mix Master events are used to delivering high quality cocktail bar services for weddings, parties and corporate occasions. But like Ace Bar Events, they have adapted their services to account for COVID-19. Mix Masters are offering a variety of cocktail based innovations to keep the wheels turning. From scaled down wedding and garden party cocktail bar supply, to frozen cocktail and cocktail hamper deliver services. Take a look at their website to find out more.

Events suppliers Vanilla Bean EventsLuxury event caterer and planner Vanilla Bean Event Catering are offering a variety of home delivery services. This means that you can continue to enjoy their innovative and delicious menus at home. From Food stations to three course meals, Sunday roasts, Bistro bags, tray bakes and even cocktail deliveries. Check out the Vanilla Bean shop for more information!

Luxury wedding and event caterers, Caper & Berry are offering so many COVID busting dining solutions that it’s hard to know where to begin! The 2020 Surrey life Food and Drink Awards finalists have put together a fantastic range of home delivery options to cover every culinary taste or requirement. Mid-week meals and treats, suppers, breakfasts and their ever popular ‘Weekender’, consisting of two, three-course meals, delivered to your door, ready to heat up and enjoy on Friday and Saturday (or Sunday) evenings. The team are are also offering a limited number of Christmas dinner delivery slots – they’re bound to be popular, so if you’re interested, you’ll need to be quick!

What’s more, Caper and Berry are also hosting a dinner series at the Guildford pavilion. The event proving so popular that only a very limited number of places remain. Check out their website for more details.

Events Suppliers MGN events

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Event planning and management companies are adapting too. Our friends at MGN events deliver a wide variety of virtual entertainment and party packages; perfect for private and corporate functions alike. MGN are renowned for the high production values and technical expertise at their live events, so refocussing on and delivering the same high standards for virtual events has been a natural progression for the team. You can read all about the multitude of virtual event offerings, from virtual Christmas parties to pretty much every other virtual event you can imagine, by clicking here

Entertainment companies and individual entertainers are finding interesting ways to provide their services online too. Live music, magic, classes and tutorials are proving extremely popular, as friends, families and business colleagues look to reconnect during these challenging times. Visit the entertainment pages of our suppliers directory to find out more.

And of course, Marquees

Why not contact us and discuss your requirements over winter and during the COVID-19 pandemic? You’ll probably be surprised at the number of services that we are still able to offer.

From small marquees, to large socially distanced spaces. Extension marquees – perfect for home, retail, restaurants and bars, to marquee platforms for schools, care homes, churches and mosques.

We are even able to offer virtual site visits – meaning that we can asses your space, discuss your ideas, and plan your entire marquee build remotely, using platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Facetime and Google Maps. Click here to find out more!

Get in touch and find out more

We’re happy to recommend the perfect event suppliers for your special occasion – virtual or otherwise. And if you’re looking for a marquee, we offer free, no obligation consultations and estimates over the phone as well as virtual and physical site visits, site surveys and full quotations. Call 01372 459485 or email sales@inside-outside.co.uk to speak to a member of our friendly team.

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