Our Journal

  • Meet us: Ashley
    We caught up with Ashley Colven, our Senior Event Manager, to get to know her a bit better… Tell us something not many people know about you? I was born in the USA before my parents moved back to the UK when I was a few months old. My family and I moved to live… Continue reading Meet us: Ashley
  • Tracy Phillips promoted to Managing Director
    An exciting development today at Dellar Davies as we announce the promotion of Tracy Phillips to Managing Director, which will see her take on the day-to-day business of the company and our client projects from 1 June 2021. Our strategy has always been to encourage existing members of the team to develop and grow within… Continue reading Tracy Phillips promoted to Managing Director
  • I’m ready for the new ‘Roaring Twenties’… are you?
    Today I’m celebrating my first 20 years with Dellar Davies and looking back at the many events we have delivered in that time (and there have been quite a few!), it has led me to think about my achievements and experiences along the way. I have learnt so much from Elaine and I will be… Continue reading I’m ready for the new ‘Roaring Twenties’… are you?
  • Welcome back Sally
    We’re delighted that our colleague, Sally Clayton, is returning from maternity leave today! Having departed at the start of the first lockdown, she will be returning to an Event Agency whose ways of working, range of services, internal skill sets and client list are very different to those she left behind. Nonetheless, I feel sure… Continue reading Welcome back Sally
  • Events: time to start blending
    It has been encouraging to see so many businesses opening up this week as we embark on Step 2 in our Roadmap out of Lockdown, and I am delighted that all those working in non-essential retail, personal care and hospitality in outdoor settings etc., are able to commence rebuilding their business. I genuinely hope it… Continue reading Events: time to start blending
  • Behind the scenes: online events
    My role as a Content Executive has adapted since we started producing online events in 2020. Alongside my usual job role, I have managed live and pre-recorded sessions in an online broadcast studio and learned to vision-mix (an exciting and daunting first for me!). I stepped in as a gameshow assistant for a client’s online… Continue reading Behind the scenes: online events
  • Reflecting on my time at Dellar Davies
    I wouldn’t usually write a post like this; however, a year on from my last live event has left me feeling reflective. With over 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, it felt only natural to start working for an event agency to expand my knowledge. I hit the ground running with my first ‘live’… Continue reading Reflecting on my time at Dellar Davies
  • The joy of live events
    On this Monday a year ago the Dellar Davies event team were busy setting up and rehearsing for what was to become our last live event for 12 months…and counting! Little did we know then that we would soon be vacating our office to work from the safety of home, or embarking on a new… Continue reading The joy of live events
  • When life felt normal: the power of nostalgia
    During lockdown, nostalgia has permeated many aspects of our lives. COVID-19 derailed our sense of control so it is not surprising to learn that in this time of great uncertainty, there is comfort in familiar pastimes.  Many of us are revisiting our favourite television programmes, listening to old music playlists, trying forgotten hobbies and family… Continue reading When life felt normal: the power of nostalgia
  • Virtual staff events provide an uplifting experience to boost morale
    We were delighted to end 2020 with the on-air delivery of two memorable staff events for two new clients. The first was the annual All Staff Event for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. Themed ‘Staying Connected’, the full day event included keynote presentations, guest speakers, interactive panel discussions, staff networking, awards presentations and an… Continue reading Virtual staff events provide an uplifting experience to boost morale
  • When life gives you lemons
    Life may have dealt us bitter lemons in 2020 but we still have the power to concoct something wonderfully sweet. Events have been cancelled worldwide and whilst it may be impossible to meet in person, there is no reason to cancel your event plans completely. There is another positive option: virtual events. Contrary to what… Continue reading When life gives you lemons
  • Why do we call events virtual when they are very real?
    Dellar Davies has just completed a three-day event that started with rehearsals in a London-based Studio last Friday morning and concluded with a live closing Q&A session yesterday evening. Nothing about the past week has been virtual – believe me, it was all very real! I’ve been very fortunate to run an online event filmed… Continue reading Why do we call events virtual when they are very real?
  • Whatever happened to plan B?
    Organising events isn’t for the faint-hearted. For one thing, there are never enough hours in the day even if everything’s running smoothly. So when things go pear shaped, you’ve really got to pull out all the stops. Years ago, we organised a Convention for ABTA and its thousand delegates in Gran Canaria. We organise overseas… Continue reading Whatever happened to plan B?
  • Ticking the pink boxes
    As an accountant I’m used to counting, logic and ticking boxes – it’s what we number crunchers do best!  So I was happy to volunteer for the task of making sure that the right people were given the right accolades at an awards ceremony run by Dellar Davies. The Travel Marketing Awards was a high… Continue reading Ticking the pink boxes
  • An earful of coconut
    Event recces can be fun, but they usually follow the same sort of pattern. You visit hotels, conference centres, restaurants, bars and golf courses to see if they’re suitable for your client’s event, ask a few questions then decide whether it’s worth taking any further or not. All nice and straight forward. But never take… Continue reading An earful of coconut
  • 25 years young
    Dellar Davies is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It doesn’t seem so long ago, but when I started the business in February 1992 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You had already come and gone after a record 16 weeks at the top of the charts, the Premier League was still the old… Continue reading 25 years young