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Cievents wins £3.9m of new business

UK events agency reports 'exceptional' six months as it expands in-house production department

Pictured: Faye Davies-Fuller, cievents' new head of production, and general manager Jenny Walsh

Cievents is reporting 'exceptional' growth in the UK in the last six months, winning £3.9 million in new business.

The company, a division of Flight Centre Travel Group, says new projects include a £1.4m 1,200-delegate, four-day conference to Rome for an online gaming and entertainment company; delivery of a major fashion retail conference, fashion show and gala awards for 950 delegates in Manchester; and a half year incentive to Iceland for a client in the IT sector. Other wins include the flight and registration management for 600 delegates attending a pharmaceutical conference in Switzerland, as well as delegate and travel management for 150 people to Thailand for a HR firm's incentive.

Cievents has also expanded its in-house production department in order to grow this aspect of its services, appointing Faye Davies-Fuller as head of production at cievents UK to drive this growth.

It comes as the agency says it will focus on maximising growth in the group travel sector for 2017. In addition to creating and managing full service conferences, events and incentives, cievents says it has recognised the demand from clients for a service that manages flight reservations and an event’s registration website cost-effectively.

Jenny Walsh, general manager, cievents UK, explained: "We believe there is a gap in the market for providing MICE services to clients who don’t necessarily want a fully managed event and are just looking to get their delegates from  A to B, combined with the provision of a straightforward event registration site. We have the skills and expertise in-house thanks to our access to our parent company’s supplier deals to arrange cost-effective group travel for our clients, but because we are also MICE specialists we can also provide the online event registration element that these clients need.

"However, we will certainly not be neglecting the fully managed side of our events business. cievents is renowned for being innovative and providing everything from graphics and technical specifications to stage set design and entertainment to create wow factor events. We are delighted to welcome Faye on board as head of production. Her experience will be invaluable in helping us to grow this part of our business."

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