Festival season is upon us so before you dust off those wellies and floral headbands take a moment to read our summary of organising a top notch outdoor event and some things you need to consider if planning your own festival style event.

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If you are running your own expo or participating in an organised event you can refer to this guide to help with a smooth running and successful event.

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We put out a post across social media asking you to send us your event related questions and asked clients who we've been visiting over the last few weeks. We received some really good questions so thank you to all who contributed!

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In a recent blog post we shared our top Midlands venues so we thought it's time to share our top 5 European locations to hold your next corporate event. Looking further afield can really create a memorable and special event offering something different to the norm.

When looking at overseas venues it's important to seek the expertise of trusted live event specialists for professional planning, from concept to decor & staging and successfully holding your meeting or event abroad. #eventprofs

So to start us off, let's take a look at....

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It's the little things....the do's and don'ts of organising events

At our last #lemonzest planning meeting we did a brainstorm of the do's and don'ts when organising events. The team here at Lemon Zest have an abundance of skills and expertise so these should give you a steer in the right direction when planning events. If you have any other questions you'd like us to answer then just email us at getthezest@lemonzestevents.co.uk #eventprofs have the answers!

And if you want to put a face to the name, well a caricature face to the name, then check out our team page http://lemonzestevents.co.uk/who-we-are

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At Lemonzest we know how important corporate events are in building brand awareness, team building and promoting a cause.

Everything from large scale annual events, company conferences, celebratory award ceremonies and fundraisers fall under the realm of corporate events and we'd like to share our 7 steps for making your corporate event a success.

1. Start with defining the purpose, mission or point of your event. Document your thoughts, goals and critical success factors which will then act as a basis for your success.

2. Select the right venue - this is essential and you'll need to plan in advance. Consider what you might need. Syndicate rooms, a grand ball room to host hundreds of guests, space for extravagant stage sets. You'll be able to read more on this on this topic in our recent blog featuring our top pics of Midlands venues. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lemonzest-top-picks-midlands-venues-louise-connor/

3. Map out the flow of your event. What is the sequence - beginning, middle and end? Who are the owners of the each stage? Play to your strengths on who can deliver what. Seek external advice and guidance of the elements to incorporate into your corporate event.....

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We have worked at venues all over the world delivering high quality events and know some superb venues that can be transformed into the perfect place for your event; whether it be a conference, gala/charity dinner, product launch, awards evening or fashion show.

There are many criteria for choosing the best venue; practical spaces, location, versatile canvases, on-site accommodation, contemporary or traditional setting; and we want to share our top picks of Midlands venues.

If you would like any advice on what venue will work for your next event then get in touch, after all we offer a free venue finding service that will give you that lemonzest twist and we've worked on all types of dynamic, engaging and high quality events from conferences to glitzy dinners. Just drop us an email @ getthezest@lemonzestevents.co.uk

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