Spotlight on…Eloise Perry, Senior Event Manager

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Spotlight on…is a unique look at individuals from Venues and Events International providing insight into their daily roles and why they have a passion for the meetings and events industry. Here is our latest Spotlight on…Eloise Perry, Senior Event Manager.

How long have you been at Venues and Events International?

I started working at Venues and Events International in June 2016, and safe to say, it has flown by. When you work for such a close ‘family’ style business, the days fly by because we love what we do.

What would you say is your favourite venue or destination?

Bath! I love it, and what’s more it’s only just down the road. We recently held an event at The Gainsborough and Roman Baths and it was amazing! We had a private drinks reception and canapes around the Baths followed by an exclusive underground tour of the tunnels. When you give the client something out of the ordinary, you know you have done a successful job.

What made you want to become a Senior Event Manager?

Seeing projects from beginning to a successful end has been something I have enjoyed throughout my whole life. Even when studying at University, I worked for an events company, and that is where my passion for events developed.

What is your biggest highlight of your career so far?

That’s an easy one! One of our clients called my whole onsite team up onto the stage to say thank you for all our support. There is nothing more rewarding than not only seeing all your hard work for an event pay off but to be recognised for it in such a public way. Don’t get me wrong, it was a little embarrassing at the time to be called up on stage, but the whole team felt so rewarded and touched by this recognition we soon got over the embarrassment.

Can you describe a typical day of your job?

Every day is completely different in events! One day you could be in the office stock checking lanyards and bulk making collateral and the next you could be in Venice cocktail and menu tasting for a gala dinner! That’s why I love my job because every day is so different. It’s all about being prepared and adaptable.

What’s been your biggest challenge to date?

I would say my biggest challenge so far would be a continuous one – adapting to the different procedures companies use so that the life of the event is as smooth as possible. This is when our ‘adaptability’ kicks in as it isn’t always the easiest when processes can be so different which can lengthen our tasks. However, it is doable and from every challenge comes a lesson!

What top tip would you give to anyone coming into the industry?

There are tons of qualities that make being an events manager that little bit easier. Most importantly I’d say organisation. You could be heading up five different events at any one time, so you need to organise your time accordingly to ensure that every single client gets a smooth and impeccable service.

Staying positive is also really important, if you’re on your third twelve-hour day of the week, it’s vital that you remain positive. To help with this one, I always make sure there is a G&T waiting for me at the end of the week!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

With more Wilsons in the office!

What gives you that #FridayFeeling?

A successful client debrief of an event well done!