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Event service providers

NewcastleGateshead is home to some of the country's finest support service suppliers. If you have an idea for your event, our suppliers can help make it a reality, ensuring you have a seamless and spectacular conference.

Professional conference organisers (PCOs) and event management

BeaconHouse Events

T: +44 (0)191 691 3456 E: info@beaconhouse-events.co.uk W: beaconhouse-events.co.uk

BeaconHouse Events is an events and conference management consultancy that works across the UK offering an intelligent solution. Understanding the many pressures on time, resources and budgets BeaconHouse Events works alongside your team to help shape, drive and deliver events to meet objectives, bringing a wealth of specialist knowledge and added value into your team. With industry experience in delivering large scale outdoor events, international conferences, business seminars and workshops, award ceremonies and everything in between.

Echo Events

 T: +44 (0)191 241 4523 E: info@echoevents.org W: echoevents.org

In the right hands an event is a powerful and engaging tool, whether it is to educate, entertain, reward or inform. Echo Events works with you to harness this tool, helping you communicate your message on every level and maximising your return on investment. From large scale international congresses and exhibitions to incentive events, awards dinners and cultural events, Echo Events puts together tailored packages for every proposal, because every client, event, aim, message and audience is different.

ncjMedia Event Management

T: +44 (0)191 201 6072 E: sue.coulson@trinitymirror.com W: chroniclelive.co.uk

An experienced team providing a full event management service from initiation through to post event debrief, with the added benefit of guaranteed publicity.

Tours, travel and transport

Blue Badge Tour Guide - Les Heslop

T:+44 (0)191 263 8005 / +44 (0)7969 576339 E: les-heslop26@hotmail.co.uk

Quality guiding and friendly personal service throughout North East England from a local expert with international experience. Individual or group enquiries welcomed, translation and interpretation services also available.

DFDS Seaways

T: 0871 882 0881 E: uk.groups@dfds.com W: dfds.co.uk

Cruise ferry operator DFDS Seaways operates a daily service from Newcastle to Amsterdam. On board, delegates will find a wide range of leisure and business facilities including conference and meeting rooms, several restaurants and bars, a cinema, casino, shops and live entertainment. DFDS Seaways has recently been named as the World’s Leading Ferry Operator at the World Travel Awards.

EastCoast Taxis & Tours

T: +44 (0)191 251 7738 E: info@eastcoasttaxis.com W: eastcoasttaxis.com

Offering seasonal tours of NewcastleGateshead and one or two-day tours throughout Northumberland, Durham and Weardale, EastCoast Taxis & Tours are extremely popular with both visitors from the UK and overseas. Offering excellent value for money, the tours can be customised to suit your choice of route and number of passengers. Full taxi services for conferences also provided.

LA Taxis

T: +44 (0)191 287 7777 E: duane@lataxis.co.uk W: lataxis.co.uk

Newcastle’s largest private hire taxi company, LA Taxis supplies 4 - 16 seat vehicles as well as an executive range of vehicles. LA Taxis offer a free text and ring back service, and in-car chip and PIN payment is available on request. Airport and station pick-up and meet and greet services are available as well as sightseeing tours.

Newcastle City Guides Walking Tours

E: info@ngi.org.uk W: newcastlecityguides.org.uk

Newcastle City Guides operate walking tours that are an ideal way to introduce your delegates to the city and explore its history and culture. Bespoke private walking tours are available to suit your group’s itineraries and interests.

Newcastle International Airport

T: 0871 882 1121 E: enquiries@newcastleinternationalairport.co.uk W: newcastleairport.com

Newcastle International is the major airport for North East England. Served by 20 scheduled carriers on around 80 routes, Newcastle International recognises the needs of business travellers who require frequent direct links to the north of England from key cities across Europe. With regular flights from Dubai, New York, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, Copenhagen and Dusseldorf, and up to seven flights per day to and from London, Europe’s business community can enjoy unparalleled transport services direct to North East England.

Nirvana Europe

T: +44 (0)191 257 1750 E: mail@nirvanaeurope.com W: nirvanaeurope.com

Nirvana Europe is a market leading sports events company that organises and manages events all across the globe, from Ironman competitions to charity hiking in the Amazon jungle. Nirvana Europe also works closely with local companies and is an official partner of the Great North Run. With over 15 years’ experience in event management, Nirvana Europe can provide travel, accommodation and logistics for both small and large group travel to the destination of your choice.

Northern Secrets

T: +44 (0)191 500 9571 E: enquiries@northernsecrets.co.uk W: northernsecrets.co.uk

Northern Secrets Destination Management (DMC) is the ideal partner for all your inbound travel needs into North East England. Northern Secrets offers a comprehensive service, whether you are looking for made-to-measure transport management, supply of bespoke event planning, tour and hospitality services for your delegates during their stay, booking accommodation, guides and translators or help organising a familiarisation tour of North East England ahead of your conference.

Parkers Executive Chauffeurs

Parkers was established in 1997 and, since then, have earned their place as number one by constantly listening and adapting to cater for the everchanging needs of their VIP clients.  "Without our clients, we’re smart men in luxury cars – with them, we’re the best Chauffeur company in the North East of England."

Personalised Touring Services - Tom and Gwen Keating

T: +44 (0)191 488 5115 / +44 (0)7947 327374 E: info@tomkeating.net W: tomkeating.net

Tom and Gwen Keating provide a range of guided tours of NewcastleGateshead (walking or coach) and North East England including Northumberland, Durham and Hadrian’s Wall. They will enhance your enjoyment of the area with friendly, local, Blue Badge and Green Badge professional guiding and itinerary planning services for private, business and conference visitors.

Q-Park

T: 0870 442 0104 E: info@q-park.co.uk W: q-park.co.uk

Arrive on time to events and conferences by parking at Q-Park Stowell Street. The facility is open 24/7 offering safe, secure and convenient city parking close to St James’ Park stadium. Plan ahead by prebooking online or enquire about how Q-Park can provide event parking.

River Escapes

T: +44 (0)1670 785666 E: events@riverescapes.co.uk W: riverescapes.co.uk

A River Escapes cruise offers an unrivalled way to experience NewcastleGateshead’s finest and most famous riverside scenery. Escape the boardroom and step aboard a River Escapes cruise to inspire, entertain and impress. The boats offer space, flexibility and comfort for a range of events, and set against the backdrop of the River Tyne, are certain to impress guests and colleagues.

Stanley Travel

T: +44 (0)1207 237 424 E: sales@stanley-travel.com W: stanley-travel.com

Not all coach operators are the same. With 50 years of experience, Stanley Travel provides a high-quality fleet of modern luxury coaches and is one of only three elite coach operators in North East England to be awarded the prestigious Coach Marque Award by the Confederation of Passenger Transport.

Travel Bureau

T: 0333 003 2411 E: destinations@travelb.co.uk W: travelbureaudestinations.com

Travel Bureau Destinations offers bespoke destination management services for your guests. From VIP business experiences for conference delegates to unique experiences and luxury holiday breaks for those visiting the region for the first time. With over 55 years’ experience in travel, Travel Bureau’s excellent and long-established network of contacts with premier airlines, internationally recognised hotels and ground handlers delivers a unique and quality service.

AV and event production

Big Purple Productions

T: +(0)191 3880988 E: events@bigpurple-productions.com  W: www.bigpurple-productions.com

We specialise in conferences, award ceremonies and charity events on varying scales, catering to a broad field of budgets. Providing entirely bespoke events certain to engage and captivate your guests and delegates, we use an impressive assortment of presentation methods (including our patented Big Mic Ball for added interactivity) and we are equipped with the ingenuity, foresight and expertise to ensure your event not only runs efficiently but also has the wow factor. We have solidified successful relationships with a range of providers across the region, enabling us to further accommodate your varying needs, themes and concepts.

Hi-Lights

T: +44 (0)191 495 0608 E: info@hi-lights.tv W: hi-lights.tv

Specialising in awards dinners, conferences, product launches and outdoor events, Hi-Lights can provide all the creative and technical support you need to ensure your event is a success. With a proven track record, spanning over 20 years, Hi-Lights consistently delivers memorable events. Services include audio-visual, lighting design, stage set design and build, video production and sound reinforcement, as well as full production services. Hi-Lights also has great experience in outdoor events and can provide power generation with 24hr support.

R&B Group

T: +44 (0)191 276 3999 E: sales@rbgroup.co.uk W: rbgroup.co.uk

Whether you’re planning a product launch, staff presentation, high-profile ceremony, international sales conference or corporate video, R&B Group can help you create the right impression. The professional team has the experience to provide innovative solutions for even the most complex problems, utilising the latest technological developments. This technical excellence is present throughout their range of services, covering conference services, event management, set design and build, AV equipment hire, video production and graphic design - all aspects of communicating your message.

Saville Audio Visual

T: +44 (0)191 490 2620 E: northeast.hire@saville-av.com W: saville-av.com/hire

Saville Audio Visual is the leading AV supplier to the conference and live events industry in the North East, providing professional solutions to events of any scale for over 35 years. Supported by the nationwide resources of the unique Saville conference network, the team promises the very latest technologies, innovative staging and lighting ideas and the ultimate standards of customer care. Saville’s exclusive digital events services are focused on providing feature-rich interactive events, designed to raise audience engagement at conference presentations and seminars.

Event support

ARK Associates

T: +44 (0)7774 413 482 E: enquiries@arkassociates.com W: arkassociates.com

ARK Associates offers a choice of highly-experienced event facilitators. ARK provides professionals who can enhance an event by steering the discussion, hosting, interviewing, gaining consensus, drawing conclusions and creating a written record. ARK can also provide guest speakers to add a feature element to an event, covering a wide range of management techniques and topics.

Delegate Welcome

T: +44 (0)191 440 5757 E: conventionbureau@ngi.org.uk W: newcastlegateshead.com/meet

Create a good first impression for your conference with a warm Geordie welcome to delegates as they arrive into the city. Welcome desks and signage can be branded with your own event colours and logo while knowledgeable volunteers provide directions, local information, maps and pocket guides for your delegates.

Event Evaluation Service

T: +44 (0)191 440 5731 E: research@ngi.org.uk W: newcastlegateshead.com/corporate

NewcastleGateshead Initiative’s research team offers an event evaluation service to help you to better understand your delegates and to measure the success of your conference, meeting or event.

Glue PR Ltd

T: +44 (0)7824 553170 E: christian@gluepr.co.uk W: gluepr.co.uk

At Glue PR they believe in the power of great stories. They create attention-grabbing stories and compelling content for a range of customer and business-facing organisations. Specialising in PR, media relations and social media strategy that influences and impacts on customer behaviour, Glue PR has long-standing experience in the leisure and tourism sector and has worked on the launch and ongoing communications for a range of hotel, restaurant and bar operators.

Hiscox Event Insurance

T: +44 (0)141 339 7260 M: +44 (0)7818 013 265 E: marion.rankin@hiscox.com W: hiscox.co.uk/events

Hiscox has over 30 years of experience insuring national, international and European conferences, exhibitions and congresses. Your event is unique so Hiscox can adapt your insurance cover to suit your needs. Hiscox provides cover for cancellation and abandonment, public liability and employers’ liability, and also property.

MHW PR Ltd

T: +44 (0)191 233 1300 E: wayne@mhwpr.co.uk W: mhwpr.co.uk

MHW works mainly within the corporate, hospitality and leisure PR fields, addressing regional, national and specialist press, broadcast and online media. The consultancy has strong credentials in launch events for leisure operators as well as experience supporting arts and culture.

Newcastle College

T: +44 (0)191 200 4000 E: enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk W: ncl-coll.ac.uk

Whether you’re an employer looking to boost the skills of your staff or if you work in the sector and are looking to develop your existing knowledge further, Newcastle College has a track record of success in supporting the leisure and hospitality sector across the North East. The £16m Lifestyle Academy has an unrivalled reputation in providing relevant courses to meet employer demand. Newcastle College can also support your business with work placements and a free recruitment service, tailored to meet your needs.

NGI Solutions

T: +44 (0)191 440 5744 E: hello@ngisolutions.com W: ngisolutions.com

NGI Solutions is a research, marketing and events agency, providing successful solutions to help meet business objectives, whether it’s targeted communications campaigns to raise brand awareness or increase event attendance, or bespoke research and insight projects to inform planning for a future conference.

Unwritten Creative

T: +44 (0)191 300 8550 M: +44 (0)7711 212 234 E: hello@unwrittencreative.co.uk W: unwrittencreative.co.uk

Based in the heart of Newcastle, Unwritten delivers conference and event branding, as well as design and digital solutions to event planners across the UK and Europe. You’ll be appointed an experienced project manager who will work closely with you to create an event identity your delegates want to engage with and will remember long after the occasion has passed. Services include branding, key message development, creative ad campaigns, website and app design and permanent and temporary exhibition design / build.

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