At Beachside Nelson, we’ve hosted many corporate events. As you can imagine we’ve picked up a few tips along the way. So, we thought we’d share them with you in this article.
Five Steps to Hosting a Successful Corporate Event:
Know your Purpose:
We think there’s always a good reason to hold a party! But when you’re organising your corporate event, be sure to have in mind who and why you’re throwing that party. Is it for your staff or clients? Is it to launch a new product or service that you need Nelson to know about. Are you trying to build team spirit, or reward your staff for a job well done?
The reason it’s essential to define the ‘why’ and ‘who for’ is because you may want to have specific entertainment, speakers, venue layout and catering dependant on the theme and tone you hope to achieve.
Get busy with a budget:
Corporate events always have to run to a budget. Whenever you’re spending your company money, you need to be transparent and accountable. It’s a wise idea to keep a little of your allocated budget (say ten per cent) set aside for contingencies. While you should aim to include everything in your budget, venue hire, catering, entertainment, stationery and publicity… There are always things that crop up that you might not have thought of. So it’s good to have a fund you can dip into if necessary. And if you don’t need to, your boss will be so impressed by your budgeting you might get a pay rise!
Choose your venue:
That’s where we come in! At Beachside Nelson we have seven different function rooms to choose from. So if you’re planning a new product launch, inviting the media, loyal customers and social media influencers we can help you find a fitting space. Or, if you’re holding a team-building event for a small team of loyal staff, we can provide something more intimate.
Grazing for your guests:
Food and beverage costs will be a core part of your budget when organising a corporate event. At Beachside Nelson, Carol our founder, has decades of catering experience. We offer some set menus, but will also work with corporate event organisers to provide bespoke catering solutions, including our very popular Grazing Tables.
Dressing to impress:
Whatever type of corporate event you are organising, there are always opportunities to make yours unique. You might include a celebration cake for all your guests to enjoy. Or perhaps you’ll arrange goodie bags, especially important at product launches. You might want to decorate the room with an outstanding and appropriate theme. If you have the budget to hire an event style consultant, we can thoroughly recommend the team at ‘Got it Covered‘ who always impress with the WOW factor.
If you’re looking for the perfect venue to hold your Nelson corporate event, we can help! Contact us to book your dates.