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Incentive Trip to Copenhagen

Incentive Trip to Copenhagen - IN  THE PRESS

Our incentive trip to Copenhagen for PageGroup earlier in the year made the news in M&IT's November edition!

If you are considering running an incentive trip in the UK, Europe or beyond or are looking to motivate staff or customers with exciting well planned activity, then give us a call on 0161 428 1115.  We have a hugely experienced team to help you plan unique incentive travel or rewards programme.

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How to Plan a Corporate Event

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How to Plan a Corporate Event: Plots, Powder, Parkin & Power Shortages

Today is the day that we remember one of the greatest non-events in English history: the attempt by (let’s face it) terrorists to blow up the Houses of Parliament - ‘The Gunpowder Plot’.  Over the years, the celebration has gone by many names: Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes Night , Fireworks Night, the worst night of the year if you are a an animal or have very small children...

Until 1959 it was illegal NOT to celebrate Bonfire Night in the UK but as events go, that November night back in 1605 was a bit of a damp squib: it wasn’t particularly well planned; security was poor; 36 barrels of gun powder sounds a lot but there is considerable evidence suggesting that the powder was too old and damp to properly explode and of course, ol’ Guido was caught.

However, if you want to understand how to plan a corporate event, you can actually take some direction from the whole ‘Bon-Fawkes-Works-Night’ thing.

Plots: if you are planning an event, make sure there is a reason for it. Why do you even need an event? What are the objectives? How will you know it has been a success? How will you communicate this need to potential attendees? Will they attend because they have to or will they actually engage in your event?  The plotters had a clear reason even if the execution (no pun) didn’t go as planned.

Powder: Fireworks and rockets are a stalwart addition to the bonfire on November 5th and in many cases have replaced it completely. But they are what makes Guy Fawkes Night unique. When planning an event, ask yourself, what is it about your event that is unique and will cause a desire for people to attend and take part? If you are organising a conference, will your speakers and content ignite the audience? If you are organising a dinner or planning a party, will the entertainment light up the evening for your guests?

Parkin: The 5th is the traditional night for Parkin - a sticky gingerbread cake, baked with syrup and black treacle. Sweet, stodgy and a mega-dose of calories in every mouthful – just what kids love – whatever their age! Don’t scrimp on your catering. Food quality and provenance is now scoring higher than ever as a factor in whether delegates rate an event as successful. When planning your corporate event, make sure the catering is appropriate to your audience; that there is plenty of it and that it is served at the correct temperature. Neither soup nor sandwiches should be luke warm. Great food can often help delegates forgive any difficulties they have witnessed throughout the day.  Whereas the smoothest event could be dragged down by poor food.

Power Shortages: Did you know that since yesterday and over the next few days, National Grid has instructed energy suppliers to make more capacity available? If they didn’t, the bonfire may actually be a useful form of heat and cooking! If you are planning a corporate event, make sure that you have the resources in place: the people (you might not want, or be able to deliver the event on your own); the budget (is it realistic for your objectives) and the biggest one of all... time. Take as much as possible and complete tasks as early as possible.

More advice, tips and free templates are available in our FREE 24-page, 9 step downloadable guide ‘So You Want To Run An Event?’ available on our home page.

Or if you‘re looking for a conference organiser, incentive travel company , dinner or party planner, to avoid your event plotting against you, give us a call on 0161 428 1115!

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The Ultimate Nightmare Event

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WARNING: DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE EASILY DISTURBED

As is becoming customary, we like to doff the Assured Events hat to Halloween by sharing an original short horror story.
Yes, we’re event organisers, not a reading club, but events are all about engagement and getting a reaction – and this story will make you shiver.
Once again it has been written by Stu Smith (known to some as Captain Graviton). Stu is one of our creative guys – he’s a visualiser, illustrator, designer, writer, dog-lover and all round good egg, but mad as a box of frogs and with a horror streak running through him like a runaway ghost train.

All too often the word ‘nightmare’ is used to describe something that has gone wrong, which, over time, has diluted its true meaning. With that in mind, sit back and consider our tale of Morton Skregley and.....Ooooooo... he’s a bad ‘un.

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO BAIL OUT IF YOUR IMAGINATION TENDS TO COME BACK AND HAUNT YOU AT 4AM...

The Unspeakable Deeds Of Morton Skregley
by Stu Smith

Groggy and semi-comatose, he smacked his dry tongue against the roof of his leathery mouth. A nagging feeling of unexplainable urgency prevented him from slipping back into his dreamless sleep. Damn, my mouth is dry, he thought. His body felt numb and immobile, he tried to wriggle but the effort was too great. This disconcerted him and he sobered slightly.

Upon doing so, he became aware of the sound of a church organ, dampened as if it were playing beyond a wall, softly playing an unconventional yet melancholy tune. Shuffling. He could hear the shuffling of many different types of feet. What's going on?
“Ladies and gentlemen,” said a man's voice, also muffled, but understandable,

“We are gathered here today...” he continued.

He tried harder to wake up but he felt hungover, or still drunk, or ill, or drugged?

A black rose of panic blossomed in his belly and fought to grow up through his throat; its sharp thorns scraping his insides and quickening his breath. Slowly, he opened his eyes. A child's toy lamp beside his head cast a crimson glow over loose red silk that cocooned him with only inches of breathing room to spare.

Where am I? Where am I? He thought.

The panic inside of him grew even more urgent and he tried to uncross his heavy hands that were resting against his chest to push the silk away from his face, but he was still too groggy. Instead, he sucked in a lung full of unusually hot air and tried to speak.

“Hhhheaaarrrr!” was all he could muster.

His own voice frightened him and he rapidly inhaled more air, suddenly struck with morbid claustrophobia. Adrenalin flooded the blood in his veins clearing the anaesthetic effect of whatever had disabled him. His heart quickened and he snapped into full consciousness. Immediately after, a sudden terrible pain in his back and all behind his legs inflamed his senses.

“...to remember Morton Vincent Skregley.” said the man.

“Hhhhhheeaaarrrgggg!” he hissed from inside his silk cocoon.

He thrashed around as best his still sluggish, drug-addled body would allow. With each movement more slicing pain into his back and legs. So surprising was the pain that he surged to arch his back and found that he could not move more than a few inches in any direction. He tried to kick his feet but they, like the rest of him, were boxed in.

“Mwoaahhh!” he screamed from a palsied mouth.

“Many of you remember Morton as the secretive man from our village who lived alone...”

“Mraaahh haaagh!”

“...never one to mingle with others, always keeping himself to himself, he was most definitely not one of us.”

He managed to get his hands up and pushed at the silk sheets in front of his face. They were met with searing pain that cut through his numbness like an icy wind. Something hot and sticky splashed his face. The palms of his hands were striped with deep crimson cuts. Through the loose silk lining shone several razor blades and glass shards that had been stuck to the wooden lid with epoxy resin and hidden behind the silk lining of what he knew now to be a coffin. A coffin! He realised, far too late. My coffin! No!

“Fffaaaarrrgh whaaaarrgh!” he cried and the panic and adrenalin mix began to quickly sharpen his mind, “Heeeey! Hey! Help!” he continued.

“No one knows if Morton Vincent Skregley was his real name, nor where he came from, or even if he had any family or friends to mourn for him...” said the man's voice.

“Aaaargh! I'm alive! Hey! Hey! HEY!” he screamed from within.

“...It is possible, that someone, somewhere, will shed a tear upon hearing his name and learning of his demise...”

“Hey! I'm not dead! I'm still alive! Oh God no! I'm still alive! Hey!”

“...but not us. No one so evil can commit such heinous atrocities in our community and be pitied or forgiven. Morton Skegley's name shall be forever cursed by one and all...”

“NOOOOOOO!!!” He screamed and began to thrash and kick his arms and legs. Pain lit up his whole body as the coffin's silk shredded from the broken glass and razor blades that were stuck to the inside walls. Blood sprayed from his mouth as he screamed to be heard.

“...forever and ever. Go to hell” spat the man's voice.

The church organ broke a chorus and slipped into a musical refrain. It seemed to taunt him, an unexpected tune on an unfamiliar instrument.

“Go to hell!” Spoke the voices of a hundred or so villagers in unison.

The coffin began to move, smoothly, on electric rails. It gently rocked for a few moments to the sound of the church organ. That song? It's Megadeth! He thought as the coffin stopped abruptly. Inside, he sucked in yet more hot air to scream once again, but suddenly, a sound froze him still, his eyes wide in horror like a rabbit caught in car headlights. It was a hiss, followed by several whumps. Instantly the already hot coffin, leaped forward in temperature. Fire.

“Aaaaaaeeeeeeeiiiiii!!!!!” he screamed.

Blood spatters flew in all directions inside the coffin as he threw whatever reservations he had left away. The pyjamas he was wearing were soaked in hot red blood and cut to ribbons. Deep slices in his hands and arms exposed neatly cut muscle fibre. He could feel shards of glass poking at the exposed bones of his ribs and the vertebrates of his spine as he lurched within his confines. He tried to scream again but no sound came out other than the urgent noises of rapid hyperventilation.

The sound of gas burners roared like angry lions beyond the thin coffin walls. What a time to notice that a choirboy had been singing.

Place all your trust here in me, rest assured these things I know.
And as Charon sails the sea, your journey too shall end below.
Ah yes you're all sitting ducks, It's true you reap what you sow...”

“...Go to HELL!” spoke the audience.

Dark grey wood smoke curled inside the coffin space like the ethereal hand of Death himself. Its wisps mixed around the sparse air with the blood droplets of the screaming man inside who was tearing himself to shreds to escape his horrific fate. Then a fierce yellow flame penetrated the coffin corner and lit the red silk at his feet. The flame crept around the lining and burned the exposed skin not dampened by his own blood. Sooner than expected, the fire proper broke through the weakened area and charred the feet of the still screaming occupant.

“...Go to HELL!” spoke the audience as they watched the burning coffin in the open crematorium.

“Go to Hell Morton Skregley!” shouted the speaker of the sermon.

Peace had been restored once again, thanks to the incriminating evidence and delivery of Skregley himself provided by the anonymous informant. The villagers at the funeral delighted in seeing the man being burned alive before them. It represented an end to Skregley's reign of horror and a return to idyllic village normality. Such an evil beast as this should not face justice by the book of the City folk; to be merely be caught by those that know not their village life; to be jailed and nourished towards a natural end – not after all those unspeakable things he had done.

Every eye in the room was wet with tears of happiness until they heard the tortured man in the coffin scream his last words...

“I'm not Morton Skregley!!!!”



Hope you enjoyed the Assured Events #Halloween 2015 Gruesome-Fest!!

Next time you think that something is a nightmare, just ask yourself, "where does this actually sit on a scale of one to ten, where one is not much at all and ten is Morton Skregley?"

If you like Stu's work, you'll be delighted to know that he has co-authored a book of short stories which will be coming out next year. As ever with Stu, there is a twist - the book is called 'Codependent' because each story uses the last line of the previous story for its first.

Happy Halloween Folks!

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