Our Journal

  • Lucy’s Work Experience
    Lucy Francis, a year 12 student has spent some time with us this week carrying out work experience across different areas of Dellar Davies. Lucy said, “I have loved my time at Dellar Davies as I’m interested in studying Marketing and Event Management next year at university. Being at Dellar Davies has helped me to… Continue reading Lucy’s Work Experience
  • Blended event tip: flexible registration
    Our next tip for delivering a successful blended event is to be flexible with your registration options. We recommend offering early bird registration rewards to motivate people to register for your event early on. Also, keep in mind that online attendees will often register right at the last moment because they don’t need to make… Continue reading Blended event tip: flexible registration
  • World Health Day
    As today marks World Health Day, the Dellar Davies team share the ways they like to keep healthy… Sara: Ariel classes (hoop, pole, and trapeze) keep me fit and sane because life is better upside down! I also do gym classes 3-4 times a week, mixing it up between HIIT and Body Pump. Oh, and… Continue reading World Health Day
  • Meet us: Natalie
    We caught up with Natalie Scripps, our Assistant Event Manager and Registration Executive, to get to know her better… What do you enjoy most about working in events?Every event is different; from the client, the location, design, and production to whether it is in-person, online, or blended – no two events are the same! Most… Continue reading Meet us: Natalie
  • Online event tip: the power of design
    Our next online event tip would be not to forget the power of design… Customise your virtual event portal to reflect your brand, or the event experience that you want to create. The right design will set the tone for your event and ensure it stands out. There is so much you can customise, from brand colours… Continue reading Online event tip: the power of design
  • Pearls of wisdom
    Today marks Dellar Davies 30th Anniversary; an anniversary traditionally celebrated with the gift of pearls. Pearls stand as a symbol of wisdom and they are the only precious gemstones that begin life as a tiny hidden speck, before adding layers and growing stronger and more robust over time. It feels fitting therefore that the pearl… Continue reading Pearls of wisdom
  • Benefits of blended events
    Online events have significantly grown in popularity in recent times and have become an integral part of many of our clients’ long-term event strategies. As we move forward and see more and more in-person events returning, we urge companies to seriously consider the benefits of blended events, which combine a live in-person event with an online… Continue reading Benefits of blended events
  • Meet us: Helena
    Favourite event destinations?My favourite was Tokyo, where we delivered ABTA’s Travel Convention. It was unique, the food was incredible, and the people were so welcoming. Highlights included a party on the 39th floor of the Shinagawa Prince Hotel where we enjoyed breath-taking views across Tokyo; supper at the famous (Kill Bill) Gonpachi Restaurant and amazing… Continue reading Meet us: Helena
  • Change it up!
    Check out our tips on changing up your online event format to provide new event experiences… Try something new Add on-demand videos that are unrelated to the main event to bring light and shade into the day. For example, a light workout routine, podcasts, trivia questions, games or even a cooking demo. Interrupt your attendees… Continue reading Change it up!
  • Content is King
    As the Omicron wave at the start of 2022 has driven many companies to move their in-person events back online, a reminder that great content is critical to make your online event a success. Here are our top tips to ensure your content stands out: Keep it snappy An attendee’s attention span is much shorter… Continue reading Content is King
  • Welcome back Michelle
    A note to let our clients, connections and friends know that our colleague Michelle Trotter has returned from maternity leave! Welcome back to Dellar Davies, Michelle! You may also be interested in:Meet us: MichelleTracy Phillips promoted to Managing Director
  • Meet us: Rebekah
    We caught up with Rebekah Richards, our Event Manager, to get to know her a bit better. What do you enjoy most about working in events?In a strange way, I enjoy the stress and pressure but there is no better feeling of comradery than being with your team on-site at an event. The stress and… Continue reading Meet us: Rebekah
  • Top tip: how to maximise your event branding
    While your event brand should reflect your organisation’s brand, it can (and should) have a brand of its own! Event branding tells a story, increases awareness, and helps your audience to understand who you really are and why your event is important. However, it’s only through a well-planned and cohesive approach that you’ll experience the… Continue reading Top tip: how to maximise your event branding
  • There’s a first for everything
    When ABTA’s Chief Executive, Mark Tanzer, said last week that he was looking forward to doing something for the second time at next year’s Travel Convention, I had to smile. In 2019 we organised ABTA’s first Travel Convention to take place in Asia, when it took place in the fabulous neon-lit city of Tokyo.  In… Continue reading There’s a first for everything
  • Meet us: Michelle
    We caught up with Michelle Trotter, our Head of Design, to get to know her a bit better… What do you enjoy most about working in events?Although I’m not an event organiser, as Head of Design I get to enjoy the occasional recce and to attend events to see all my work come to life.… Continue reading Meet us: Michelle
  • Top tips for remote speakers
    At Dellar Davies, we have conducted numerous online events. Here are our top suggestions for remote speakers connecting with audiences online: SmileIt may be a cliché, but smile – you are on camera! Authenticity is best Avoid using virtual backgrounds, which will create visual and sound interference. Position yourself correctly Place yourself in the centre… Continue reading Top tips for remote speakers
  • Event apps: an event must-have
    Here are seven reasons why Event Apps are a must-have for your next event… They provide an easy way of connecting your audience.Apps can be used for online, in-person and blended events so you can connect both your online and on-site audiences. Benefit the environment.Digital check-in, badges and downloadable resources enables you to create a… Continue reading Event apps: an event must-have
  • Meet us: Sara
    We caught up with Sara Biggs, our Head of Finance, to get to know her a bit better… Tell us something not many people know about you? People may be surprised to learn that my name is actually Emma! When I joined Dellar Davies there was already an Emma in the team, so I volunteered… Continue reading Meet us: Sara
  • 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