The Italian Job

Phew, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks but we have just delivered one of our best events yet (even if I do say so myself). It all started back in May with a humdinger of a brief: high end VIP entertainment including an overnight stay at a 5 star hotel, an exclusive activity to... tell me more

Pink Ladies

Desperately in need of some fresh air to clear my mind, I headed down to Hyde Park to stretch my legs. As I entered the park I was struck by a sea of hot pink – a collective of women coming together for Race for Life. The most striking thing was this block of colour,... tell me more

Team BONDing

Team BEYOND went to see the new Bond movie last night. Personally, I think it might be the best Bond movie SONY Pictures has ever produced and of course the 50th anniversary of the big-screen Bond was the right time to pull off something big. Skyfall captured all of the magic of Casino Royale: it... tell me more

Counting on fingers and toes to managing event budgets – all in a day’s work

Today is my first day back after my second maternity leave. Somehow the summer has passed and I’m back at my desk again. It actually feels like I never really left; I just added another ball into my training to become a professional juggler. I say training for the obvious reason – at least you... tell me more

Small Steps

“You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.” I attended the funeral of a school friend of mine last weekend. If there is a benefit in death to those still alive it’s that it makes us acutely aware of the gift of life. Spontaneity and the “little... tell me more

Austerity or Prosperity?

If December is the month of indulgence, January must mark a time for abstinence. (To be sexist about it) men go on the wagon, women diet. We Brits are deprived of daylight and sunshine is a privilege reserved for those down under. So, are events and hospitality to be given the same stringent treatment? Robert... tell me more

BEYOND’s Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, BEYOND took aim for me at a partridge in a pear tree. Actually it was a pheasant, an exclusive game shoot on an aristocrat’s estate. On the second day of Christmas our guests were served in white gloves. By a sommelier with vintage champagnes and a Michelin starred chef... tell me more

Shanghai – event destination extraordinaire or just a Chinese whisper?

I’ve just returned from a week in Shanghai. Let’s call it pleasure mixed with a touch of business. Decadence in Shanghai is what hits you between the eyes. It is reminiscent of the 1980s City heyday when stockbrokers and yuppies sported not only a pair of red braces, but a bottle of “Bolly” in hand.... tell me more