All Good Things Come To An End

It is said that all good things come to an end, and this time it is my work here at Proud that is ending. It is with a lot of mixed emotions that I leave, a mix of sadness, gratitude, but also a lot of excitement for the future!

During my time here at Proud, a period of almost 6 months, I have been thrown into the hectic, energetic and oh so inspiring world of events with my head first. My experiences have contained a fair share of everything from volunteering at this year’s AMP Lost & Found in sunny Malta, to hours on the phone in London, to doing event logging in a small cabin in a rainy Tatton.

Being part of the Proud Events team has been fun, challenging, stressful and awarding.

 I have acquired valuable knowledge (such as: when the Production Manager calls in to Event Control asking for the cherry picker to be moved, he is most likely not talking about a man picking cherries), mastered the underrated craft of laminating, and I have overcome my imaginary fear of phones (or making phone calls more precisely).

 There have been moments when I wanted to rip my hair off in total frustration (when my volunteers decided to pull out in the last minute), there have been moments of complete confusion (like my first day ever in Event control), but most of all it has been a fantastic learning experience.

So yes, of course I am sad to leave. This work placement has been much more than I ever imagined it would be, and Harry and Ben has been the best bosses I could have ever wished for. Working for Proud has been a privilege and I am so thankful for my time at this company.

However, as I mentioned earlier, sadness is only one of the many feelings I feel towards moving on. My time here at Proud Events might be coming to an end, but this does not mean that I am done with events.

To me, the world of events is like a never ending roller coaster with its ups and downs and unexpected turns. Scary at times, exhausting at others, but most of all thrilling in a way that just makes you want to keep on going.

So, instead of saying farewell, I just say goodbye for now, hoping that it will not be long until I am out on the road again. Until then, I feel more than ready to continue my studies in Music Business at BIMM London this fall.

Until the next time.

Lisa x

Event planning - Glamour can only give you so much

‘People always think that our job is so glamorous, and it’s just really not’ my colleague said after another late night on site, back in our hotel room out in the middle of nowhere (also known as Barrow-in-Furness).

Earlier that evening she, and the rest of my colleagues, had been sitting comparing their diaries for the next couple of months, searching for those odd days of liberty – which were almost impossible to find. With the festival season gong into full bloom, meaning fun and games for most, Proud and all its partners are busier than ever before. The 8th of June the company hit a new milestone when being live at five sites at the same time, and although that means a lot of hard work we also couldn’t be prouder!

However, while the rest of the team is out on the road I am still left in London. My first year at BIMM London is coming to its end and I am wrapping up my last assignments of the year before leaving the city for new adventures.

These past months have been hectic at times, rewarding at others and very educational for the most. Yet, my colleague is right, it has rarely been glamorous. Live events require huge amounts of hard work, time and planning. 

As I mentioned in my last blog this job has really made me realise how much planning there goes into every live event, and if I thought I had a greater understanding of that after AMP Lost & Found, it is nothing compared with the knowledge I have now, several months later.

Take staffing for example – what a process! When Harry, one of the directors, told me, a couple of months ago, that I would take on responsibility for the staffing process for this year’s festivals I was terrified. Not only because little old me would suddenly be in charge of something this important, but because I was convinced I had telephobia (the fear of making or receiving phone calls) and I would now have to conduct hundreds of phone interviews. 

Needless to say my imaginary fear was of course completely irrational and it didn’t take long until making those phone calls went from being dreaded to just a part of my everyday routine.

Since April, every day has been a constant puzzle trying to fill the spaces in the rota for our sister company Live Stock Brands’ first ever festival – Parklife 2016. It has been a time consuming task, with last minute changes up until the very day of the festival.

Although Parklife may be over for this year, the staffing process is far from over and now continues the work with finding appropriate staff and volunteers for festivals such as Hideout Festival, Kendal Calling and Bluedot (why not apply if you haven’t already?).

Alongside my staffing duties I’ve been in charge for everything between laminating signage and putting together the most cost effective site kits, to booking accommodation and travel for our staff on site.

Once again, these tasks won’t particularly make any of you jealous, but these tasks are still important pieces of the overall planning, and if not properly done they may lead to your boss being booked in the ‘crack den’ that ‘should be avoided like the plague’ that you mistook for a hotel…

In May I’ve been on site twice, first at Wirral Rocks and then at Cartmel Racecourse, getting a first taste of this coming summer and my new role as event logger. This role, a role I hardly knew existed a month back, has showed me a whole new side of live events.

This time around I get to see the big picture, almost as from a bird’s perspective, seeing how all the different teams (production, security, site, medical, etc.) work together to make these events possible.

It is truly inspiring to see all that hard work and planning pay off with your own eyes, but it is almost more inspiring to see what happens those few times when a plan fails and our amazing team needs to create a new solution.

No, working with events may not be the most glamorous of jobs, but putting the laminating aside, it’s certainly never dull. Although a lot of the planning stages contain long office hours and paperwork, there is still such a thrill attached to being part of the live event creation that an ordinary 9-5 job just won’t give you. Glamour can only give you so much, but on that thrill you can live forever!

Until next time: stay up to date with all the exciting things happening on site, by following us on our social media or get in touch by contacting info@proudevents.co.

Pump Up the Volume! – Bring on 2016!

We’re ramping up for 2016, making significant new investment in Proud Events as we prepare to expand our operations and add a series of new events to the portfolio in the UK, Europe and potentially internationally.

2016 should see some new faces and great new talent on the team as we build our capacity. And we’re really excited to be starting work from our new base and spiritual home in Brixton adding to our base in the Northern powerhouse that is Hull!

Collaboration, opportunity and potential will be our key themes for 2016.

Even as a small business we want to create opportunities to nurture emerging talent and will be developing our work placement and internship programme this year. We’ll be creating opportunities for people, wanting to change their lives, to experience the exciting world of events.

We’re going to need a lot of people to help deliver our various projects in 2016 and will be promoting loads of volunteer and paid roles through our social media channels. We’ll be collaborating with our clients to promote some brilliant opportunities and incredible events.

Collaboration remains a major focus for us in 2016. We’ll be looking to bring event organisers and suppliers together to create opportunities to pool knowledge, skills and resources. We hope this will enable smaller events to get the quality suppliers they aspire to engage and suppliers to have the stability and volume of business they need to ensure business continuity.

Do you find this as exciting as us? Why not get in touch business@proudevents.co.uk and lets see how we can make 2016 and incredible year together! Bring it on!