Looking Back Over 2013 – By Katie

Katie, Events and Marketing Executive at EMA Events reviews some of the projects the EMA Events team got up to in 2013:

When looking back over 2013 I’ve been a pretty busy girl! It’s been a brilliant year for my professional development within the events industry, which has hopefully put me in a strong position for when I graduate in June this year.


Trade Shows and Exhibitions

I’ve been working at trade shows for a little while now as it is great for networking, as well as providing great opportunities to make new friends and travel a little around the UK.

In March I headed to London for the Ideal Home Show Spring at Earls Court to work with the fantastic Munchy Seeds: if you haven’t tried this snack before make sure you do. It was a pleasure to work with them again at Grand Designs at the ExCel building in May, as well as their local favourite, the Suffolk Show.

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gc3I headed to the capital for the summer and winter BBC Good Food Shows to work with Gower Cottage Brownies.

The founder, Kate Jenkins, is a phenomenal networker, and as a result, she and her brownies are infamous on the show scene and in the V.I.P. lounges.  This brings a host of benefits, not least the celebrity chefs that pop by for a visit!







b3The four days of Easter brought the annual Easter Speggtacular at Baylham Farm in Suffolk.

Being surrounded by so many newborn lambs and little pink piglets is one of the better ways to spend an Easter weekend! The event was great fun for all the family, even the dads were happy with the bar that stocked local beers next to the BBQ with homemade burgers and sausages; I will go as far as to say that they are the best burgers I have ever had!


 Corporate Travels

tm1When flicking through my diary in May I’m surprised I even had time to sleep. Not only did May include my final deadlines for assignments and three family birthdays including my own, but it was one of my busiest months for events.
tm2The highlight of the month was taking a flight to France for the Management World Conference in Nice run by TM Forum.  I had the honour to spend 5 days as the operations intern; a role which allowed me to really experience how a conference of 4000 people works behind the scenes. As I had had no hand in the planning of the event, it was a great experience to join the team for the delivery only and really hit the ground running.

Later in the year, we delivered a conference with a completely different feel; the 40 Percent Symposium in Frankfurt had only 60 delegates, but all were top of their field in the Real Estate sector. As the day was designed, coordinated and produced by the EMA team, I had the very different experience of knowing everything that was going on throughout the day in every corner of the event. Frankfurt is a beautiful city, and some of the team had the luxury of an afternoon off before our return flight. Here is my photo from the tallest view in the city.



Fairweather Festivals

g1My return to the Glynde Food and English Wine Festival was absolutely amazing: the busiest year yet with stunning sunshine and a huge array of English Wines and delicious British food products. I worked as the ‘Logistics Coordinator’ at this event which was by far the most beneficial experience I have had to date. Believe me, I never thought I would need knowledge of electrics and how to protect the grass from tyre tracks.

Working in the production office at Standon Calling was a brilliant experience; for anyone who wants to work in festivals I strongly recommend starting off getting experience at a smaller festival. I had the opportunity to chat with members of staff from all aspects of the festival and gain a real insight into the life of a ‘festivaler.’

What’s the first thing you think of when someone says ‘Dubstep festival’? Well you’re probably correct! Back into the production office for Tokyo Dub Festival in Bristol which was full of entertainment to say the least. It’s only a one day festival but it’s surprising how much you can fit into 24 hours! Here is my sneaky snap of backstage…td1

 2013 really was a busy year, but I’m looking forward to the new challenges of the new year!