The Mermaid, Peanuts and an Explorer

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The Brief
A client needed a venue with a big auditorium to host their end of year review and a great event space for the Christmas party, as well as an inspiring guest speaker to help employees “dream big”. Sounds tricky but we managed to find the right venue and the perfect guest speaker.

The Setting and Agenda
The venue chosen was The Mermaid Conference and Events Centre in Blackfriars. The Auditorium at the Mermaid is an impressive space which can hold up to 600 people in the tiered seating; the stage alone can host 400 people for a standing reception! For our event, the stage was too big, so we curtained it off and filled the space with some comfy sofas and a giant screen for the presentation. Each seat had a branded goody bag and a branded balloon placed in front of it, with some balloons containing a secret prize; attendees were handed cocktail sticks on their way in and there was an en masse balloon popping, with the lucky winners receiving complimentary tickets to the new Peanuts movie – who is also the client’s mascot!

Once the review had taken place, we were ready for the guest speaker and who can inspire hundreds of people to “dream big” better than the legendary explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes? Sir Ranulph enthralled the audience with his witty tales of his childhood, incredible worldwide adventures and lifetime achievements and intimate photos from past expeditions. After the talk, Sir Ranulph stayed and signed books, which guests were very excited to give as Christmas presents, or even keep for themselves! Every guest commented on how fascinating and inspiring the talk was and how excited they were to be able to speak with him – a few even took some selfie souvenirs.

After Sir Ranulph left, the Christmas party started upstairs in full swing, with guests enjoying fantastic views of the Thames from the River Rooms. Live singers, dancers and a DJ ensured that guests were dancing the night away, with a photo booth and photographer providing even more memories.

An inspiring afternoon and a very happy client!

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