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This week’s blog is brought to you by the newest member of Metro’s marketing team, Ronnie Barlow, welcome on board Ronnie, take it away:

Last weekend we had the opportunity to cover production for the British Plus-Size Fashion Weekend at our partner venue, Vinopolis. This is a fashion show which aptly demonstrates that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. The event showcases a range of high street brands, as well as designers, specialising in sizes 14-32. With the press’ presence scheduled for Friday, we began installation on the Thursday, ensuring the Mezzanine room was ready for our lovely fashion enthused journalists.

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This has been an exciting week in the development of Metro’s relationship with ISES (the International Special Events Society). We sponsored the latest ISESTALKS event over at the Music Room in Mayfair and saw one of our staff, Terence Corness, promoted onto the ISES board as Director of Education.

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On February 23rd, video producer Pete Boatfield, one of our regular freelancers, will set out on a charity rally travelling 4,500 miles from Germany to The Gambia. With a fully-loaded truck, his mission is to deliver vital medical supplies to a charity-funded hospital in The Gambia’s capital, Banjul. With his sister Hannah, also a freelance film-maker, Pete will record and edit footage of the road trip for an awareness-raising documentary which is expected to be broadcast later this year.

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On February 23rd 2014, freelance event industry video producer Peter Boatfield will be driving 4,500 miles in a used truck to deliver vital medical equipment and supplies to a hospital in The Gambia. Peter’s involvement with charity Drive To Help is sponsored by London-based technical production company Metro Broadcast. Peter will be travelling with his sister Hannah Boatfield, a documentary film-maker who will be recording the action throughout the journey. Their film is expected to be broadcast later this year.

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In January 2014 we’ve been celebrating 10 year anniversaries with no less than three of our staff; Director Richard Sheehan and Project Managers Symon Veglio and James Clarke. Symon, James and Richard follow hot on the heels of veteran Paul Fish who celebrated his 20 year anniversary last year.

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When Philip Honey, event design consultant for luxury brands, asked us to help present Jimmy Choo’s latest collection to a European network of store managers, the female contingent in the office went slightly weak at the knees; not only was the collection to include shoes, it was handbags and perfume as well! As you might imagine, it came close to ‘pistols at dawn’ when it came to allocating crew for the job.

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For the fourth year in succession, pharmaceutical company Allergan has re-appointed London-based production company Metro Broadcast to produce its extensive programme of educational events at the Anti-Ageing Medical World Congress (AMWC) at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco in April 2014. Vast in size, the Grimaldi spans six floors and contains three auditoria, 22 breakout rooms, 35,000m2 of exhibition space and three catering venues. The annual AMWC utilises every event space simultaneously over the duration of the three day convention.

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Macmillan Cancer Support Raises a Record £195,000!

Macmillan’s biggest celebrity event of the year, the annual Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction at London’s Renaissance St. Pancras blew its fundraising target out of the water this year by a clear £50,000 with the help of celebrities Kate Winslet, Joanna Lumley, Lord Seb Coe, Sharon Osborne, Holly Willoughby, Tom Daley, Bear Grylls, Michael Buble and Kimberley Walsh.

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Last night at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Macmillan Cancer Support raised over £150,000 by putting the dream Christmas stockings of ‘A’ list celebrities under the hammer. Sponsored by Harrods, the annual Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction is Macmillan’s biggest celebrity event of the year. Macmillan’s special events manager Miranda Brown has the enviable job of planning the glamorous event and the more challenging job of managing the budget. She talks about working with production company, Metro Broadcast, to create an experience which encourages maximum donations without breaking the bank.

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When Philip Honey, event design consultant for luxury brands, asked Metro Broadcast to help present Jimmy Choo’s latest collection to their European network of store managers at the London head office in October, the team of production specialists met with an interesting challenge.

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