We pride ourselves on our long built relationships and our role in the strategic development and growth of our clients and candidates. We work with Exhibition and Conference organisers as well as Institutes, Associations, and Charities, on positions from Assistant to Managing Director level across multiple disciplines.
We offer full consultation to our clients regarding pre-recruitment strategy and planning. We understand how valuable it is to have the best people working for you, and how costly the wrong people can be. With so much at stake, we always spend time with our clients to plan and structure a recruitment strategy that is efficient and cost-effective. Your time won’t be wasted wading through inappropriate CVs, interviewing too many candidates or having positions vacant for long periods. We also provide advice on salaries & benefit packages, market trends and activity.
The relationships we have built up over the last 15 years are key to getting you your next events role. Our client network is unrivalled, so much so that if we don’t have a role for you, our connections within the market will allow us to seek out and find a client who will be interested in you!
We have an active presence in major industry events, absorbing the market and keeping abreast of current trends. We also participate regularly in industry forums and social groups. The reason for this is simple, to give you the very best, uncompromising service. We specialise in recruitment for conferences, exhibitions, venues, associations and institutes and agencies placing senior management and conference producers to operations, marketing and sales. We understand the market shifts, history and challenges, which means you will benefit from our honest and accurate advice on candidate availability, salary surveys and competitor information. Interested in receiving any of these? Get in touch below.
Formed by Guy Wilkinson, a market leading recruiter in the Events industry with more than 20 years’ experience in conference and exhibition recruitment, our Eligo Events team have a vast understanding of the sector, forging lasting connections with professionals and companies within it. Our team have also previously been involved in many organisations within the sector, with Guy having previously been a Director of the Association of Conferences and Events.
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Eligo really took on board the key things I was looking for when no one else did! The recruitment process in itself really shed light on your professionalism and wisdom throughout, especially compared to other recruiters in this sector who were shoehorning me roles.
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What's been going on in the events industry this month? UK events industry does its bit to tackle climate change, APPG chair re-elected with new industry plan and what the war in Ukraine means for the events industry. How the UK events industry is tackling climate change As the effects of climate change continue to be felt worldwide, now, more than ever, industries are looking for ways to make greater efforts in reducing their carbon footprints and as a result are creating sustainability plans. Our industry is no exception. Events and conferences can generate significant emissions and frequently output wasteful materials. Read more here (EICC) Theresa Villiers re-elected as APPG chair and lays out five-point industry plan The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) re-elected the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP (pictured), Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet, as its chair. The news ensures that work to promote the sector to Government done thus far will carry on uninterrupted. The APPG has laid out its five-point framework for the current Parliament, which includes a Government supported confidence campaign, a study on the impact of major events on local communities, financial incentives to create new& UK& based& events, and more. Read more here (Conference News) Mark Allen Group hits “exceptional” £10.2m EBIDTA profit mark B2B media, information, and event group, Mark Allen Group has posted audited results for 2020-21 which the company’s founder and executive chairman, Mark Allen describes as “exceptional”. Although turnover dropped from £54.6m to £43.m, EBITDA increased 21.6%, from £8.4m to £10.2m, and profit before taxation rose from £5m to £6.1m. “Given that this was the first year of the pandemic and we were not able to organise any live events – nearly a third of our revenue – our performance was exceptional. It is a tremendous credit to our entire team, led by CEO Ben Allen, for the way that everyone pulled together to deliver such magnificent results,” Mark Allen said. Read more here (Exhibition News) What does the war in Ukraine mean for the events industry? Guest Author Tanya Pinchuk, CEO of event tech provider ExpoPlatform says the events industry can make a difference to the future of her motherland if we wake up and stand up. "As the CEO of ExpoPlatform, we work with event organisers all over the world. What you might not know is I was born and brought up in Ukraine. Despite being out of the country, I’m very personally connected to my homeland through family, friends and colleagues. A lot of our staff at ExpoPlatform have relocated within Ukraine but are still working as usual. In fact, in some ways, this situation has actually strengthened us as a company, but it’s impossible to think only of business at a time when a humanitarian and human crisis like this is happening." Read more here (Conference News) Your ticket to a standout events CV More companies within the industry will be looking for event professionals to fill the gaps post covid, and the competition is high and vast. So, what things should you consider when creating your standout CV to secure your next job in events? Find out here Eligo Jobs Exhibition Sales Manager - French Speaker £35,000 - £45,000 - London Conference Producer £25,000 - £30,000 - London Events + Marketing Assistant £23,000 - £28,000 - Leicester Community & Content/Marketing Manager £50,000 - £55,000 - Remote Conference Producer £25,000 - £28,000 - London Community & Content Marketing Manager £50,000 - £55,000 - UK Form ID:4359
What's been going on in the events industry recently? Businesses are backing a £150m Covid-19 fightback campaign, the UK government is set to survey the sector on the live events reinsurance scheme and Hyve Group exits Russia. IEG reports revenues up 28% in 2021 and paints a positive outlook for 2022 The Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), in a statement approving its 2021 Annual Financial Report, said it is seizing the opportunities offered by the reopening of the trade fair-congress market as it posted a revenue rise of over 28% for 2021 over the previous financial year. IEG added it is maintaining a solid equity structure and reducing net debt. Read more here (Conference News) Business organisations back £150m Covid-19 fightback campaign Business organisations are backing a major Covid fightback campaign designed to recapture the £150m a year events and meetings market in Newcastle and Gateshead. A total of 35 venues, ranging from major hotel chains to historic buildings, are taking part in Tyne To Get Back To Business, a campaign aimed at boosting confidence in face to face events and staging everything from international conferences to team building sessions. Read more here (Conference News) Government to survey events sector on Live Events Reinsurance Scheme The events sector is to be surveyed by the government on the effectiveness of the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme. The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) is conducting its online survey of the £750m scheme, launched in September 2022, which they promised would provide cover for events cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. The scheme has been criticised for its narrow scope – only providing cover for events cancelled due to government mandated lockdown or local authority byelaw. Read more here (Exhibition News) Hyve Group exits Russia Hyve Group has announced it is exiting the Russian market following the invasion of Ukraine. The London-listed company had thriving businesses in both Russia and Ukraine but has seen its share price drop significantly as the war escalates. The company had 206 staff in Russia, as well as 87 in Ukraine, who they said they have been supporting since the start of the conflict. In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, CEO Mark Shashoua said: “The invasion of Ukraine and the resulting human suffering is terrible beyond words. We call for it to end immediately." Read more here (Exhibition News) Confex special session #EventsWithUkraine hears calls for UFI’s Russian members to be suspended On the first day of International Confex, 8 March, at ExCeL London, a special session on Ukraine heard calls for Russian members of UFI to be suspended from the organisation in response to the Russian invasion. The special session was convened to highlight how eventprofs can help support those suffering in Ukraine. There were a range of views on whether all Russian industry association members should be targeted with bans or just enterprises connected with the Russian state. Read more here (Exhibition World) Latest Jobs Business Development Manager - B2B Exhibitions £40,000 - £45,000 - London Exhibition Sales Manager £35,000 - £45,000 - London Conference Delegate Sales Executive x 2 £25,000 - £28,000 - London Exhibition Sales Executive £25,000 - £30,000 - London Conference Producer £25,000 - £28,000 - London Community & Content Marketing Manager £50,000 - £55,000 - UK Form ID:4359
Let's take a look back at what's been going on in the events industry this month; 2022 looks set to improve according to event booking data, BVEP are re-igniting the Event Apprenticeships, free lateral flow tests for Covid-19 are set to end in April and much more. Event booking data: 2022 looks set to improve after disappointing end of year It was all going so well, relatively speaking in comparison to 2020, until Boris made his Plan B announcement on 8 December. The Plan B announcement stunted confidence and event planners ran again for the hills. The biggest kicker came in the slowing of event confirmations, which saw a drop that took the average back down to August levels. To contrast the disappointing December dip, the good news is that intent continues to be on the up. Read more here (Conference News) BVEP to re-ignite the Events Industry Apprenticeship Scheme At a time when recruitment challenges are impacting all types of businesses across the sector, BVEP and its partners have announced they will be reinvigorating the events industry apprenticeship scheme. Richard Waddington, EMA and BVEP Skills, Talent & Diversity Working Group Event Apprenticeship lead said “Apprenticeship schemes are so important for all industries and the events industry is no exception. We’re such a vast industry with lots of different options. Read more here (Exhibition News) Events Industry Board relaunched with new members The Events Industry Board (EIB) has been relaunched and new members announced. The EIB is a working group of the Tourism Industry Council (TIC), itself an overarching working group which exists to support delivery of the UK Government’s Tourism Recovery Plan. The Government has said that it wants to attract more business events to the UK, and has suggested supporting existing events to grow and discourage any from leaving. Read more here (Exhibition News) NEC completes multi-million pound investment in tech The NEC has announced the completion of a £7 million technology infrastructure investment across the venue. The Birmingham-based event and entertainment space is the first venue in the UK to adopt WaitTime, an artificial intelligence solution that provides real-time measurement of venue capacity and crowd density. By developing this new relationship with WaitTime, the venue has enhanced its data capabilities. Read more here (Stand Out Magazine) Covid-19: Free tests to end on April 1 Free Covid-19 tests for all will end on April 1 the prime minister has announced. Speaking in a press conference from Downing Street, announcing the lifting of all the remaining Covid-19 restrictions, Boris Johnson said: “From 1 April, we will end free symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public." Johnson did not reveal the likely cost of lateral flow tests, but reports suggest they could cost around £30 for a pack of seven. The end of free testing is likely to spur events organisers to scrap requests for testing prior to entry. Read more here (Exhibition News) Latest Jobs Exhibition Sales Executive/Manager £25,000 - £45,000 + £15/£20k + Bens - London Event Director x 2 - B2B Exhibitions £55,000 - £65,000 + £20k + Bens - London Head of Content - French Speaker £50,000 - £55,000 + 10k Bonus - London Exhibition Marketing Manager x 3 £35,000 - £40,000 + £5k Bonus- London Exhibition Sales Manager - French Speaker £35,000 - £45,000 + £10/£15k Bonus - London Events & Marketing Assistant £23,000 - £28,000 + Bens - Leicestershire View all jobs here Form ID:4359
Warm New Year Greetings to candidates and clients in the Events industry, it was another tough year for the sector but things are looking up for 2022. So sit back, relax, grab a coffee, tea, or something stronger and read some events industry news, latest jobs, and career advice below. Venue and event trends for 2022 Last year saw the reopening of the conference, meetings, and events industry, enabling businesses across the sector to adapt to the new demand of their audiences, the challenges within the sector, and dive straight into reconnecting international businesses. As the industry head into 2022, some trends include a demand for reconnection, a resurgence of niche events, and more. Read more here (Conference News) CloserStill Media announces partnership with Influence Group CloserStill Media has announced it has partnered with Influence Group, the US events business which brings together the major players in retail, senior living, food service, hospitality, workplace, healthcare, and education. The Influence Group team has a content-led portfolio of intimate buyer and community-led events which feature invite-only forums, one-to-one meetings, and networking formats, supported by virtual roundtables and custom content. Read more here (Exhibition News) Supporting breastfeeding #eventprofs working on your event site Last summer, the events industry faced huge resource issues; staff challenges are not expected to disappear in 2022. So, is there anything that the events industry can do to support flexible working and experienced events professionals that want to return to work after they have had a child, and in particular, breastfeeding mums? Chrissie Gilbert, a live events freelancer, shares her experiences of working with LS Events, Method, and Massive last summer, whilst breastfeeding her baby. Read more here (Stand Out Magazine) Association calls Gov grant "insulting", urges industry to write to MPs The Meetings Industry Association (mia) is urging its members to write to their local MPs to express concerns that the business meetings and events sector has been forgotten in chancellor Rishi Sunak’s latest round of support. The trade body says that the sector, which was worth £18.3m annually pre-pandemic (the sector total being £84bn), is being put at a “distinct disadvantage”. Read more here (Conference News) Your ticket to a standout events CV More companies within the industry will be looking for event professionals to fill the gaps post covid, and the competition is high and vast. So, what things should you consider when creating your standout CV to secure your next job in events? Find out here (+ a free CV template) Latest Events Jobs Exhibition Sales Manager - French Speaking £35,000 - £45,000 + £10 -£15k Bens - London Exhibition Sales Manager £35,000 - £45,000 + £12k Bonus - London General Manager - B2B Conferences £60,000 - £80,00 - London Business Development Manager - B2B Exhibitions £40,000 - £45,000 + £20k Bens - London Conference Delegate Sales Exec £23,000 - £25,000 - London Senior Marketing Executive - B2B £28,000 - £35,000 + £5k bonus - London Form ID:4359
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