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Project Management

Venue sourcing, site inspections, food tastings, project meetings, risk assessments, managements of timeframes and key milestones with all suppliers, budget, cashflow and contract management.

Delegate Management

We manage and respond to all questions raised via the registration process, manage attendee numbers to minimise cancellation charges, chase responses from late registrations, provide clear and accurate reporting prior to and during the life of the event.

Transport Management

We arrange and book flights, ground transportation, airport meet-and-greets, VIP transfers, shuttle services between venues, HSSE regulations with all drivers.

Onsite Event Management

We oversee the logistical running of the event ensuring all suppliers deliver their key objectives, manage rooming lists, offsite venues, risk assessments, complete pre-event briefings as well as post event debriefs and onsite budget reconciliations.

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Website build and design

a bespoke registration website to collate and manage the delegate registrations as well as increase attendee numbers. It can form the basis for the communication journey from invite to post-event surveys, pre-event work to speaker bios and workshop selections.

Team building

to include anything from a day making rafts to float down a river to an hour session focused on change management across divisions.

Entertainment and guest speakers

sourcing the correct external party to join an event at the key point in the programme to wow and inspire. This could be a celebrity dance act for a awards dinner, a subject matter expert for a CXO luncheon or a motivational speaker for a changing workforce at a conference.

AV/production/event technology

build and design of a stage set, sound, lighting and backdrop to fit the event brief and purpose. Understanding the ROI for using technology to change a workforce through a social media network, increase productivity through tracked sales incentives and allow attendees to get hands on with a new product through virtual reality.

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Lapland - not your typical ski resort and not just home to Santa

As an event planner I'm fortunate enough to travel to some incredible destinations where I've experienced some truly amazing places and created memories for life.

One of my ultimate trips to date has to be Lapland. A complete contrast to one of my recent blogs on Dubai, where the sun shines all day long and you're staying in 5* hotels. Lapland on the other hand, you embrace the cold and snow and you take in the breath-taking views of the Northern Lights and experience the Sami culture at its best.

As an event planner I'm fortunate enough to travel to some incredible destinations where I've experienced some truly amazing places and created memories for life.

One of my ultimate trips to date has to be Lapland. A complete contrast to one of my recent blogs on Dubai, where the sun shines all day long and you're staying in 5* hotels. Lapland on the other hand, you embrace the cold and snow and you take in the breath-taking views of the Northern Lights and experience the Sami culture at its best.

The flight is not as bad as you may think

When I first found out about this trip, initially I was put off by the thought of the flight, or as it turned out to be, 'flights'. I do a lot of flying with my job, and when you're travelling as much as I do, you just want to get to your destination. Not knowing enough about Lapland and where it was, I had in my head this was going to be a long trip. I soon got over this…

It turns out, the flight and transfers were actually really simple. Our destination - Ivalo. After leaving Heathrow at 10.20 in the morning, we made it to Ivalo by 17.50. Although 7½ hours door to door, the two flights themselves were only 3 and 1½ hours each - so actually this flight flew by with a short changeover at Helsinki Airport. The only challenge you may face is the frequency of these flights, so always best to prepare well in advance.

It may not be 5* luxury resort - but who cares

Lapland isn't a destination where you'd expect to see 5* hotels everywhere you look. It's an opportunity to embrace the culture and your surroundings.

We stayed in Saariselka for three nights, two nights at the Lapland Hotel, Riekonlinna, and our final night in one of the glass igloos at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. And they really are what they say they are - made of glass. These Igloos take up to two people with twin beds with an ensuite with toilet and sink. When you get into bed, you look up and before you know it you're sleeping under the stars, and if you're really lucky, you might even get a view of northern lights! Definitely not like any camping trip I've been on!

Another alternative would be the log cabins, again, not 5* but a totally different type of accommodation worth experiencing.

Embrace the cold and you'll make some memories for life

On your first night on a 'ski resort' what do you? You head over to 1.5km high toboggan to watch the Northern Lights of course. And once you've taken in the beauty of the sky, you jump on your toboggan and sledge back down to the resort. Certainly one way to experience your first night and one I'll never forget!

When you think Lapland, what are the animals that first spring to mind? For me it was reindeers and huskies. And yes, you got it, we saw both!

First, we headed over to a reindeer sanctuary. Run by a local tribe from their giant tipi with a huge open fire in the middle, we paired up on sledges only to be taken on gentle reindeer ride through the woods - perfect for the non-adrenaline junkies! We then visited a Huskey farm where they'd just had a litter. Cute is not the word, they're lucky one didn't come home with me. Once we'd had our cuddles, the adult huskies took us sledging across the lakes.

Another of our excursions saw us skidooing onto the ice flats where we went ice fishing - now this was exhilarating and definitely something for your adrenaline junkies out there! The aim of the game was to eat what you catch - safe to say we went hungry. It wasn't all bad though, the wooden huts on the lakes served us hot chocolate which soon warmed us up.

If you really want to embrace the cold, the Ice Hotel has a beautiful Finnish sauna with its own plunge pool. That's right, you jump straight into the plunge pool and then warm up in the saunas. Me personally - just stayed in the sauna watching on as others embraced it.

Appreciating the Finnish culture

It's not all about the exhilarating sleigh rides with the animals and skidooing across the lakes, Lapland has an amazing culture that you really must take the time to appreciate. There are local Sami families, traditional Finnish people living in remote areas, who'll take you in for you to embrace some traditional Sami singing and reindeer soup. The Sami families are proud of their culture and will share the history of farming in their areas. For example, did you know, that if a reindeer dies of natural causes they use every part of the reindeer in one way or another? Nothing goes to waste.

If you want to continue with the Finnish culture theme, there's a Sami culture centre that you can visit that talks about their history, clothing and their way of living.

Adding the business aspect to your event

If you're planning an incentive but need to ensure there's a business aspect to your event, there are several venues in the area that will cater for your needs. We visited the Congress Centre which has plenty of meeting space for the formal business meeting you may require. For something a bit different, we took a sneak peek inside the Ice Church to discover what this venue could offer - perfect for networking and a drinks reception after a busy day.

The pros and cons of Lapland as an incentive destination - and why to ignore the cons

There are many pros and cons of a Destination such as Lapland, but trust me, the pros far outweigh the cons.

  • Weather: Lapland isn't your typical, hot and sunny destination you might consider for an incentive. But that's what is great about it, it makes it something different and offers a truly unique experience. Not everyone is geared up for the cold weather, and you don't want your delegates having to purchase new clothing for this trip and companies in Lapland recognise this. As soon as we arrived, we were provided with the full clothing gear, including; hats, scarves, and not forgetting the fashionable all in-one snow suits.
  • Flights: You may feel the flight be a little longer than you'd want for an incentive trip, but in reality, it's not that much longer. 7 ½ hours door to door isn't that bad, and everything is so close once you're there that you can pack so much in and still make it into a 2-night incentive trip if time isn't on your side. There are also other places to consider in Lapland that maybe you don't need the internal flight which would make it the equivalent as a European destination
  • Accommodation: As I mentioned before, set your expectations and don't expect your luxury 5* resorts. What you're getting is something entirely different, and a completely unique experience to what you can image. I couldn't recommend more that sleeping under the stars in one of the ice igloos - and trust me I love my 5* resorts.
  • Activities: A perception of Lapland is that it's a Christmas destination. It's not and the activities are not limited around snow. With plenty to do, for ages and demographics, you can plan an incentive trip that suits all. If you are a fan of the snow though and want to embrace this as soon as you step off the plane, airport pick-ups on a skidoo are available!

Things to be mindful of…

  • Northern lights aren't guaranteed.
  • Whatever you do, don't think of it only as a Christmas resort or a typical ski resort, because it's not.
  • A time I'd recommend to visit is April, you're out of season so the cost comes down but there's still plenty of snow.
  • It's cold!

So, if you think your next incentive needs to embrace the cold and see what this beautiful country has to offer, get in touch, I'd love to tell you more.


Dubai, the first-class trip of a lifetime

When you think of Dubai, what do you think? I think… money… extravagant hotels… expensive drinks… unusual culture, but all in all a destination I'd love to see. Last month, my dream came true and I was fortunate enough to visit, and not just visit, experience it all first class. Courtesy of DMC Advantage, Jumeriah Hotels, Emirates Airlines and Pure Arabia, I flew out to Dubai for five days to experience what this beautiful city had to offer, and to see if the stories I'd heard were true.

When you think of Dubai, what do you think? I think… money… extravagant hotels… expensive drinks… unusual culture, but all in all a destination I'd love to see. Last month, my dream came true and I was fortunate enough to visit, and not just visit, experience it all first class. Courtesy of DMC Advantage, Jumeriah Hotels, Emirates Airlines and Pure Arabia, I flew out to Dubai for five days to experience what this beautiful city had to offer, and to see if the stories I'd heard were true.

Travelling business class

This amazing experience started as soon as I checked into Heathrow Airport for a business class flight with Emirates, consisting of pure luxury. Never mind the extra leg room, the quality in service provided by the team at Emirates, you wouldn't even know you were on a plane.

We landed just before 3am, and our transfer was there, ready and waiting to take us across to the Jumeriah Emirates Towers for some much-needed shut-eye before our busy schedule starting that morning.

Jumeirah - what do these hotels have to offer?

Arriving in the middle of the night, bleary eyed and all wanting our beds, we didn't take too much notice of what was around us. When we woke up it was a completely different story - we woke up in paradise. With a sumptuous breakfast inside us, we took a transfer over to sister hotel, Jumeirah Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, for a "pick me up" mocktail masterclass class followed by a famous Dubai Brunch at the Sultan's Lounge.

Then it was time head back to Jumeriah Emirates Towers to experience the delights of what this amazing hotel had to offer. We had plenty of free time to take in the first-class facilities of the hotel. Me personally, I was on the terrace enjoying the stunning views from the poolside.

That night, we ascended to Level 122 of Burj Khalifa for drinks at Atmosphere and then is was back to Emirates Tower for dinner at the Alta Badia on the 50th Floor.

Not everyone gets to experience the quality of service provided by Jumeriah, and I was lucky enough to take in three of their hotels in one day and the nightcap at Alta Bar on the 51st Floor was a great way of ending our first night with Jumeriah.

Dubai at high speed

Our first day was about experiencing the delights of the Jumeriah hotels. Although we had more of that to come, our second day was about experiencing Dubai itself. After another satisfying breakfast, our host took us to the Dubai Autodrome for a world-class supercar experience. The Dubai Autodrome has space available for hire all year round and offers one-of-a-kind facilities that guarantees an unforgettable experience.

After the high-speed thrill of the track, our Dubai experience reached new heights as our private helicopter was sat waiting to show us what this amazing city has to offer - from the air. Flying over this vast city, it's almost impossible to imagine it was just a desert only 35 years ago. Flying down the Palm and along the coast to see the six offshore islands that make up the Heart of Europe Development, you really start to appreciate the well-used saying in Dubai; 'The Vision Beyond the Sand. If you can dream it - Dubai can make it happen!'

Misconceptions of Dubai's culture

After our 45-minute flight experience, we landed and made our way onto the water to enjoy lunch on a 'dhow' - a traditional UAE boat. Here we discovered more about the UAE culture, which was a real eye-opener. It proved to me that there are many misconceptions about the UAE culture, and that it's not as strict a country as what has been contrived. My initial perception of Dubai was quite negative, I believed that due to the nature of their culture, it was an extremely strict country that was unaccepting of other cultures. I couldn't have been more wrong…

Simple things such as drinking, affection in public, their strict dress code and how unsafe the country had become was all I'd heard before I travelled. Having now visited the country myself, and by taking the time to understand their culture, I can appreciate that yes, their culture is different, but that there's nothing wrong with different. Providing everything is monitored and in the correct environment, those original misconceptions are all acceptable. All that's required is a little understanding and respect - nothing that we as agents can't be vigilant about and ensure it's a safe destination for our delegates to travel to.

Dubai by night

Following our afternoon in the sun, another hotel was next on the agenda and this time we were off to the Madinat Jumeriah. Once we'd taken a tour of the hotel and understood what facilities they had to offer event delegates in terms of the space and functionality, we headed to their AmBar for drinks and canapes followed by dinner at Shimmer, their beautiful beachside restaurant with a stunning backdrop of the Burj Al Arab.

…and relax

Don't be fooled, it doesn't need to be all go when in Dubai, you can experience a lot of it simply by relaxing. After a late night, Sunday for us was very much about relaxing, and that we certainly did. Mid-morning (after a little lie-in), we boarded a private yacht for a few hours sailing, taking in the views of the country from the water before heading over to Nikki Beach for brunch and to explore their facilities. I'd heard a lot about Nikki Beach as there's 11 other venues across the world, and safe to say, it didn't disappoint - it lived up to its reputation.

A fond farewell

After a day soaking in the sun, we took a buggy transfer to Burj Al Arab for drinks on the 54th floor for a farewell dinner on their new Terrace at Scape. This hotel is a major landmark in the city which you see in all Dubai destination images and to finish our trip here, we couldn't have asked for anything more.

The team at Pure Arabia, Advantage DMC and all our hosts at the various Jumeriah hotels we visited looked after us so well, personalised every element of the trip and have given me plenty of ideas to create the perfect incentive trip.

If you're looking at incentive ideas and want to know more, give me a call, as I'd love to share more of my insights into this amazing country and what it has to offer.

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Year One... It's been a blast!

The Events Raccoon celebrates first birthday

Building on a successful first year, which has consisted of six new clients and 19 successful events delivered, The Events Raccoon is going global in its second year. The new contract will see the team deliver events in Paris, Madrid, Dusseldorf, London and the US in the first year.

Building on a successful first year, which has consisted of six new clients and 19 successful events delivered, The Events Raccoon is going global in its second year. The new contract will see the team deliver events in Paris, Madrid, Dusseldorf, London and the US in the first year.

The Events Raccoon comes with over 10 years industry experience. Starting in the hotel sector in 2006 before moving over to agency side working for both a small family-run agency and a large travel management company (TMC). This wealth of experience has given The Events Raccoon the commercial learning of a TMC and the creativity and passion of a small agency.

Beckie Hyson, director of The Events Raccoon said: "It's been an amazing first year and I've thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Making the decision to go out on my own was a daunting one at the time, but looking back at the year we've had and with what's planned for the next two, it's a decision I'm delighted with."

Key clients for 2017 for The Events Raccoon include Multivac and WRc plc. Jayne Matwiejczyk, head of business support at WRc plc said: "We worked with The Events Raccoon for the first time this year on our Innovation Day 2017. From the word go, Beckie and her team were professional, friendly and very easy to deal with. Everything went smoothly, resulting in a brilliant 2017 event!"

The Events Raccoon prides itself on providing a personal, dedicated and bespoke full-service event solution, Beckie adds: "With some of the events we've delivered this year, we're already looking ahead to determine where we can make enhancements and what new initiatives we can put in place to ensure we're continuously offering innovative solutions to our clients."


Gleneagles... What is it good for? Absolutely everything!

The Events Raccoon goes Scottish

Having just returned from a hosted trip to Gleneagles I must say the first thing it is good for, by far, is delivering the five-star experience. From the moment we were met in the arrivals lounge by the hotels representatives, the head of guest relations lead us to our one hour coach transfer from Edinburgh airport to Gleneagles. As we made our way out of Edinburgh and into the rolling countryside she explained some of the remarkable landmarks that we were passing. From the famous Braveheart film to the more recent shooting of Trainspotting 2, Castles and stately homes that could be hired for private events and even some insider knowledge of the home of the one and only Andy Murray. It's safe to say an hour quickly passed through this scenery.

Having just returned from a hosted trip to Gleneagles I must say the first thing it is good for, by far, is delivering the five-star experience. From the moment we were met in the arrivals lounge by the hotels representatives, the head of guest relations lead us to our one hour coach transfer from Edinburgh airport to Gleneagles. As we made our way out of Edinburgh and into the rolling countryside she explained some of the remarkable landmarks that we were passing. From the famous Braveheart film to the more recent shooting of Trainspotting 2, Castles and stately homes that could be hired for private events and even some insider knowledge of the home of the one and only Andy Murray. It's safe to say an hour quickly passed through this scenery.

Arriving at Gleneagles it had a covering of snow, we were straight to our private check in. Hot apple juice and freshly made cakes were waiting and two therapists from the SPA were in position to deliver hand massages while we checked in. Once in the room, complete with an open roaring fire, a bed big enough to fit five people and a balcony with a view over the mountains it was safe to say this is somewhere I would be more than happy to bring my customers too. With the sun breaking through the clouds I was understanding how this place got its nickname 'the playground of the gods'. Time to explore the grounds!

Pre-dinner drinks that evening was in the recently opened American Bar that quite frankly is one of the most stunning, boutique cocktail bars I have visited, boasting an impressive selection of gins, whiskeys, and 'Lulu' the mixologist. Serving The Welcome Stranger, a cocktail that contains an ingredient called Swedish punch that is no longer available to buy, Lulu makes this herself using her very own secret recipe. Split between the two rooms, our numbers of 30 worked perfectly as the champagne and canapes flowed.

I've been called to dinner by many a fashion but to follow a Scottish piper through the Hotel was a lovely touch, he led us into the Glendevon room where we found our seats as he continued to play. Fantastic! He was only upstaged by the addressing of the haggis that followed and it became clear we were in for a true Scottish experience. Just as dinner was closing our experience was far from over as we were lead to the front steps of the hotel, handed big woollen blankets and stood staring into the dark.......

From nowhere, a spot light lit up the grounds ahead of us and a fleet of bagpipes fired up somewhere in the distance. Within moments, ten or so pipers appeared through the mist and snow and we were blessed with our private display of three incredible performances. Back into the warm, and it was time for a nightcap in the Century bar before bed and the close of Day one.

Day two had some big boots to fill and it certainly didn't fail. It began with a tour of the impressive SPA with some 20 treatment rooms, the Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA offers an extensive menu of traditional therapies as well as complementary and alternative wellness treatments.

Next up, The British School of Falconry and Gundog School demonstration. The very impressive Fatima, a golden eagle with a wing span of almost 8feet and then her smaller siblings came out as we all had the chance to fly these impressive birds, the gundogs who are trained to an unbelievable level understanding orders such as; fetch - leave - find - not that one - bring - drop.....it puts even the best of us dog owners to shame!

The Equestrian School and Arena was a chance for us to ride in one of the most impressive riding schools in the UK, a tour of the stables and chance to meet the 26 horses (and two Shetland ponies) that guests from as young as three years old could ride and experience.

The Gleneagles Arena is 2,500 square meters of flexible space that can be transformed to host dinner parties, car launches, conferences, exhibitions, sporting events.... wherever your imagination can take you, this space can meet you there and deliver.

As the day continued with Segway’s, archery, clay pigeon and air rifle shooting, it was becoming difficult to picture what couldn't be done here and that's without touching the fishing, off road driving and golf! For many, golf is what Gleneagles is known for as we headed over the PGA course, past The Kings and The Queens courses, it was time for us to try our hand with the professionals on the driving range.

If golf isn't your thing, then how about booking the Blue Bar; an opulent showcase for the velvety-smooth Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky. With heated leather sofas, luxurious throws, a large circular fire pit and a wide selection of Cuban cigars perfect for around 30 guests.

If your programme does insist on a little more conference and maybe a little less country pursuits, then Gleneagles is more than equipped for that too. The Ballroom taking 190 for a dinner with a sprung dance floor and The Gleneagles Suite for up to 280 guests theatre style means that choices are plenty for meetings. And that is without looking at the Cellar for a private dinner and tasting, the Glenmore with stunning views over the grounds or the Andrew Fairlie, simply the best restaurant in Scotland, and the only one in the country to hold two Michelin stars. With 236 bedrooms to choose from, the playground of the gods allows for that ‘work hard, play hard’ balance.

It's very safe to say my experience with Gleneagles is one I will not forget keeping them at the front of my mind for an incentive, corporate event, VIP hospitality or team build experience. Only one challenge - when can I go back??

Contact The Events Raccoon to discuss your next event at Gleneagles


The Events Raccoon Launch

Check out the video of our official lauch event!

An evening of food, fun and flapper dresses! Enjoyed by our customers, sponsored by our suppliers:

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