Latest news and insights
To enrich and enhance your conference or live event, here are our insights to make sure your event goes off without a hitch.
16.02.23 - news
The best blogs for event professionals to read
Blogs are a great way to keep up with the latest news, information, tips and trends. But which are the best blogs for events professionals to read? Here are our favourites!
19.01.23 - news
The top event trends every event organiser should be aware of in 2023
The last few years have been a continuous period of change for all event organisers - but what event trends should we look out for in 2023? Here’s our pick of the continuing and predicted event trends for the coming year.
16.12.22 - news
How to book the best entertainment for your next event
We caught up with Adam Sternberg, director of Sternberg Clarke Entertainment, one of the UK’s leading entertainment agencies, who shared his expert advice on choosing and booking acts and entertainment.
17.11.22 - news
Four alternatives to the traditional Christmas party
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite alternatives to the traditional corporate office Christmas party to help you and your colleagues enjoy the festive season in style.
20.10.22 - news
The best events industry Twitter accounts to follow
We’ve compiled our top 12 list of influential Twitter accounts that provide high-quality thought leadership in the events industry.
22.09.22 - news
How to host a neuro-inclusive event
A neuro-inclusive event is planned in a way that’s accessible and safe for different neurological types. Read our advice on the steps you can take to help neurodivergent people feel confident about attending your next event.
17.08.22 - news
How to tempt people back to in-person events
Face-to-face events are finally back in business! But how do you tempt people back to in-person events when they’re used to attending virtually from home? Read the Kina Event team's top five expert tips.
21.07.22 - news
Event day essentials you don’t want to forget
If the worst happens and something goes wrong at your event, a well-stocked kit of event essentials can often help you save the day. Here are some of the event day essentials the Kina Events team always has to hand.
16.06.22 - news
How to get ahead in events
The events industry is a highly competitive and demanding place to work. The Kina Events team has come up with insider tips for both new starters and seasoned professionals to help you keep your career on track.
19.05.22 - news
The best outdoor summer drinks venues in London
Rooftop venues or those offering wonderful views of London provide corporate guests with a relaxing and memorable experience. Here are our favourite outdoor summer drinks venues in London to provide you with some ideas and inspiration!
21.04.22 - news
Our expert tips for planning a successful micro event
Smaller, shorter events have lots of advantages. Read our expert tips on how to plan a successful micro event.
17.03.22 - news
How relaxation of Covid-19 rules could affect your next event
Demand for events between now and the end of the year is high - and it’s clear our clients are keen to return to in-person events now Covid-19 rules have been relaxed. Read our insights on how the relaxation of Covid-19 rules has affected business event planning.
17.02.22 - news
The rise of the hybrid attendee
You’ve heard of hybrid events, but do you know what a hybrid attendee is? Read on to find out...
06.01.22 - news
Four ways to reduce food waste at events
We have a responsibility to make events more sustainable - and most event attendees now expect this from us. Here are four ways you can reduce food waste at your next event.
16.12.21 - news
The key event trends for 2022
Covid-19 continued to disrupt the events world throughout 2021 and - with the arrival of the Omicron variant - this looks likely to be the case for at least the first quarter of next year. Here’s our pick of the other key event trends for 2022.
02.12.21 - news
What has Covid-19 taught the events industry?
There’s no doubt that Covid-19 has been extremely difficult for everyone working in events. The Kina Events team has highlighted some of the key learnings Covid-19 has taught the events industry.
18.11.21 - news
Our top five luxury venues for off-site meetings
Do you want to get your staff together to reconnect, talk strategy or take part in team-building activities? Read our insider tips on the best luxury country house-style venues for residential off-site meetings.
04.11.21 - news
How to avoid burnout as events start up again
With a backlog of events to organise post-lockdown, many event managers are suddenly very busy - and the risk of suffering stress or burnout is high. Read our tips on how to stay healthy when you have a hectic events calendar.
21.10.21 - news
The small touches which elevate your events from good to great
Your events can be well organised and meet all your aims and objectives - but guests can easily be left feeling underwhelmed by an event that’s just a bit ‘ordinary’. So what can you do to ensure your event is memorable and puts a smile on peoples’ faces?
07.10.21 - news
How to successfully negotiate event contracts
Effective negotiation is a key skill for event planners - and the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Read our expert tips for successful event contract negotiation.
23.09.21 - news
Why use a venue finding agency?
When you’re managing a business event, finding the perfect venue can take up time and resources you don’t have. Read the top three reasons why using our venue finding service could be great idea for your business:
09.09.21 - news
How to hold successful virtual networking events
Virtual and hybrid events are having a moment - but the general consensus is that virtual networking is difficult to get right. What can you do to ensure successful virtual networking at your next event?
26.08.21 - news
Is it possible to hold business events now?
The simple answer is yes, you can hold business events now. But - even though most Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted - the considerations for holding most events are still very different compared to before the pandemic. Read our expert advice.
12.08.21 - news
The future of events management roles post-pandemic
Covid-19 turned the events industry on its head and, as we know, led to many events being held in a virtual or hybrid format. The industry is beginning to find a way forward - but what skills will event managers need in future?
22.07.21 - news
Should companies hold a Christmas party this year?
In this post, we provide a round-up of expert advice on organising Christmas parties in 2021 - and outline some important considerations for businesses.
08.07.21 - news
The most commonly forgotten event-planning essentials
When you’re organising an event in addition to your usual role, inevitably - with so many tasks to complete - it can be easy to drop the ball. Here are the top ‘often forgotten’ event-planning essentials Kina Events’ experts always have covered off for our clients.
24.06.21 - news
Should event catering be 100% plant-based?
Around 1.5 million people in the UK are vegan and many more are vegetarian, pescatarian or actively reducing the amount of animal products they consume. So should event catering be 100% plant-based?
10.06.21 - news
How to use data to personalise event experiences
Events organisers can now offer personalised experiences to their audiences, thanks to the data we’re collecting through virtual and hybrid events platforms and apps.
24.05.21 - news
How to plan a Covid-secure outdoor event
If you’re thinking of holding an event this summer, outdoors could be a sensible option (if the weather ever improves!). Read our advice for holding events in the great outdoors in 2021!
17.05.21 - news
Government pilot events: could they mean a return to business?
The events industry is waiting with bated breath as the UK Government’s pilot events swing into action. So should you start planning that large, in-person business event?
22.04.21 - news
Are events management qualifications worth it?
Is it worth spending the time and money on events management training, or is it best to gain experience in the workplace?
12.04.21 - news
Top tips for engaging virtual event audiences
It can be challenging to engage virtual and hybrid event audiences throughout an event, so it’s vital organisers do everything possible to help them feel involved. Here are Kina Events’ top 10 tips for creating a compelling and engaging event.
25.03.21 - news
Is the future of events hybrid?
Hybrid events may not have been on your radar a year ago - but, thanks to Covid-19, have they become the future? In the past, hybrid events were often an afterthought and involved a livestream or recording of event proceedings that were broadcasted to virtual attendees. Now, however, we’ve learned that so much more is possible - and virtual audiences’ expectations have risen.
11.03.21 - news
Lockdown roadmap brings hope for summer events
Glimmers of hope are beginning to appear for the events industry with Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown. It suggests that, by this summer, in-person events may finally be possible in England.
25.02.21 - news
What will post-Covid event catering be like?
The events industry will need to find new and safe ways of delivering an enjoyable eating and drinking experience - especially as, for most people, it’s such an important part of attending an event.
11.02.21 - news
Top tips for venue-sourcing post Covid-19 pandemic
Your venue choices will be very different post-Covid-19 as legal requirements - and your guests’ priorities - will undoubtedly have changed. Here are our top tips for selecting a venue for post-lockdown events.
21.01.21 - news
How to make money from virtual events
Hybrid and virtual events have been a brilliant way to continue holding events during the Covid-19 crisis - but how can you make money from them?
07.01.21 - news
How to use Covid-19 to help you set new goals for 2021
January is traditionally the time we set ourselves new resolutions and goals for the coming year. This new year could be a unique opportunity to look at how you want to spend the next 12 months with a fresh perspective.
28.12.20 - news
How to make virtual events more inclusive
This year is the 25th anniversary of disability rights legislation in the UK. It’s understandable if you’d missed this fact until now. But, despite everything else that’s going on, it’s important that as 2020 comes to a close we mark the anniversary of the groundbreaking Disability and Discrimination Act.
10.12.20 - news
2021: A new beginning for events
There’s no doubt about it, 2020 has been a dire year for the events industry - however, there are glimmers of hope on the horizon. We take a look ahead to 2021.
25.11.20 - news
How to cope with redundancy
The events industry has been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis and many jobs are at risk of redundancy. Here are our tips to help you cope.
13.11.20 - news
What will happen to work Christmas parties in 2020?
Top tips for fantastic festive virtual office Christmas parties in 2020
22.10.20 - news
Events industry: it’s time for positive action on diversity
We need to do more to tackle the lack of diversity and inclusion in the events industry. Kina Events explains how to turn talk into action.
01.10.20 - news
How to plan a Covid-secure event
We can still plan events, but we need to be flexible - and have robust back-up plans in place should regulations change.
24.09.20 - news
Covid-19 and sustainable events: a catalyst for action
Let’s use the Covid-19 pandemic to kickstart a transformation and help the events industry set the standard on sustainability.
11.09.20 - news
How to find the best guest speakers for your events
As Covid-19 restrictions ease and we start to plan ahead, now’s the perfect time to look for the best speaker for your online, hybrid or in-person event.
13.08.20 - news
Caring for our mental health during the coronavirus pandemic
Advice for individuals and employers on how events professionals can look after their mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19
09.07.20 - news
How to have difficult conversations during the Covid-19 crisis
The Kina Events team shares its top tips for handling challenging work conversations during the coronavirus pandemic.
22.06.20 - news
Should you plan or cancel autumn events? We help you decide.
The Kina Events 12-point checklist gives practical considerations to help you decide whether to plan or cancel an event in light of Covid-19.
09.06.20 - news
What events might look like post-coronavirus lockdown
When we’re able to hold events again, what might they look like? Here are our ideas about how events might work, post-coronavirus lockdown.
15.05.20 - news
Top 10 tips for running a successful online event
While no one can deny the benefits of face-to-face contact and networking, taking your event online is currently the only way to ‘get people together’ safely.
10.04.20 - news
Coronavirus and events: the show must go on(line)
You can host online events, give presentations, stream video content or network with new clients during the coronavirus crisis - and no one has to leave home.
11.03.20 - news
How to make your next event more sustainable
It’s no longer acceptable to gloss over sustainability issues when planning events - taking visible, positive action is an absolute must. So now’s the time to ensure you and your event don’t get left behind! But how should you go about it?
06.01.20 - news
How to exhibit like a pro at a conference or trade show
At the beginning of the year, many companies start to think strategically about trade shows that are coming up in their industry, and how to make the most of them.
02.12.19 - news
Hidden gems: fabulous event spaces for hire in London
At Kina Events we are London-born and bred and so, unsurprisingly, rather proud of our wonderful home city. This week we have curated a list of some of the often-overlooked event venues in London that can help add a little interest to your event.
20.11.19 - news
Is the traditional Office Christmas party dead?
The Christmas party is an important tradition in British society, allowing for employees to celebrate, revel in their work achievements for the year and, generally, let off some well-deserved steam. Whilst most of our corporate clients start planning their Christmas party many months in advance, for those who haven’t quite got there yet, panic not!
05.11.19 - news
Spice up your life: team-building activities with a difference
Team bonding is absolutely crucial to business success, although team-building events themselves still carry a reputation for being uninspiring and, to be frank, not very impactful.
21.08.19 - news
Six castles to use as your perfect event space
At Kina Events we are often tasked with finding alternative venues for commercial events. Spaces that are beautiful, interesting and help position a brand in the market.
07.05.19 - news
How to effectively use Near Field Communication (NFC) in your event
NFC essentially allows smartphones to communicate with readers and other NFC readers and it is estimated that by 2019 it will be included in 1.2 billion mobile phones.
05.03.19 - news
Technology changing the face of events
This week we are embracing our inner nerd and taking a look at some of the technology innovations that are set to change events over the next few years.
04.02.19 - news
Most unusual events around the world
It may seem rather hard to believe and, in truth, more than a little worrying but 2019 really is just around the corner and, as always, a New Year really does signal the dawn for some new event trends.
20.12.18 - news
Event trends for 2019
It may seem rather hard to believe and, in truth, more than a little worrying but 2019 really is just around the corner and, as always, a New Year really does signal the dawn for some new event trends.
18.12.18 - news
How to create a green, glorious and sustainable event
This week we have spoken to some of the key influencers in the sustainability sector to gain an understanding of how to make events more eco-friendly.
03.09.18 - news
The Big, Bad Wolf? Why you shouldn’t be afraid to outsource your events…
At Kina Events, providing specialist outsourced events support is our speciality, creating innovative and exciting events for our clients across London and the South East. However, when speaking with potential clients, we often find that there is a huge amount of fear around taking the plunge and utilising a service such as ours.
06.08.18 - news
Why you should consider an Events Mentor for your team
At Kina Events we are especially proud of one of our more innovative services that sees us act as a Mentor to marketing and events executives that are seeking to develop their event planning role with their organisation.
11.07.18 - news
Organising the perfect marquee for your event
This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Guy Creegen of Four Seasons Marquees to gain some industry expertise into planning the perfect marquee event.
26.06.18 - news
How to source the best host / facilitator for your event
This week at Kina Events we were honoured to speak with CNBC Business Presenter, Nadine Dereza, a presenter with an achingly fantastic pedigree.
14.05.18 - news
Why your event is not ‘the end’…
We’ve all been there… somebody internal (usually pretty senior) sidles up - sheepishly - to your desk, post-event, and says something like… ‘Can you give me a breakdown of x from (such and such event)?’
20.02.18 - news
Inclusivity at events
If you've ever had a nightmare where no one can see or hear you, no matter how hard you try, you've experienced the intense frustration that's all too common for disabled people attending business events.
14.02.18 - news
Planning the perfect flowers for your corporate event
Continuing on with our theme of collaboration, this week we spoke to Shilpa Reddy, a former doctor turned florist who has been running her own business for two years. An enormously impressive individual who seamlessly spans two different disciplines.
29.01.18 - news
How to create the perfect video for your event
This week at @KinaEvents we were delighted to speak with Ross Edwards of Shooting Stories. Ross is a fantastic videographer we often work with on our events and whom we trust implicitly.
22.11.17 - news
Why events audits are good for you!
It’s Monday morning, and you zone in on the killer words: ‘We’re going to be audited’. Your heart sinks. Your boss has said this calmly, but the fear is instantly there. There’s a little inward groan, or a little nervous laughter. Or both.
01.10.17 - news
How to get the most of out working with live music acts
Self-taught, but from a musical family; Elliot was surrounded by instruments from a young age and early on gained a passion for music. A talented songwriter, singer, pianist and guitarist, he has been in the industry for eight years and has worked across the UK and Europe for illustrious brands such as Cadbury, Hilton Hotels, Pizza Express and Harvey Nichols.
08.08.17 - news
Accommodating dietary issues at events
Many a joke has been made about the dietary requirements of individuals in this day and age (we all know it can be a nightmare sometimes…!), but the truth is never before have we been quite so empowered to control our diets. This is, in our opinion, extremely positive.
16.07.17 - news
How to survive the office Christmas party nightmare – bah humbug!
It’s that time of year again. No, it’s not Christmas yet….it’s probably May or June. Last year you swore to yourself that THIS was the year that you were going to get the Christmas party organised earlier!
26.04.17 - news
How outsourcing your events can get you from events stress to events nirvana
Why simply ‘getting to Friday’ has become your biggest events challenge...
13.01.17 - news
Are you really exceeding event expectations?
I have long been fascinated by customer service in, I admit, a slightly geeky way. In my opinion, terrible customer service is widespread in the UK – we deserve better! – it gets me really hot under the collar.
04.01.17 - news
Top 5 event management mistakes and how to avoid them
Events share one key characteristic – stress! – and being under pressure makes you more likely to make event mistakes. Here are my top 5 event management mistakes and how to avoid them.
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