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Well another week has bustled past here at Metro and we find ourselves facing the prospect of a sunny weekend… Happy days!

As always there have been events taking place all over the city. We had one of our biggest clients in the banking sector holding seminars over at the Mayfair Hotel and at the same time we supplied the AV for a large event at Merchant Taylor’s Hall. We have been providing AV kit and production support for events taking place all over Europe, from Torquay to Istanbul!

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As I’m new to working full time in the city, I’m really just starting to get my head around how many of the best bits of the Big Smoke aren’t immediately visible at first glance. Some of the most interesting places in London are out of sight in cavernous subterranean rooms or hidden in courtyards and surrounded by anonymous corporate buildings. There’s many that are far less well known than the two I’m about to use as examples but these are a couple that I’ve seen recently.

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It’s been busy over here at Metro and a lot has taken place over the last couple of weeks. We’ve been running events all over Europe and many more back here in the UK.

As well as the actual production of the events, we have a large creative design input with our clients too, regularly taking a substantial role in helping to come up with designs and themes for the events we produce. Often we will help a client with the initial concept and produce visuals to give them ideas of how their event might look before they have decided.

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Hi, my name’s Terence Corness and I’m the new guy here at Metro. I started on 9th Jan and my role here is to identify new business opportunities and secure new clients wherever possible. My previous experience in this area of business is extensive but my previous experience of the events world is limited having only really come into contact with the industry from a client perspective. Prior to this I worked for a large organisation selling data and contracts into the property and environment sector. We ran events, of course, but I was only ever the man on the stand before now.

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Metro are currently providing technical support to a revolutionary art exhibition at the Shoreditch Townhall titled Mind over Matter.

The exhibition features portraits of 12 elderly people – all of who have chosen to give their brains to neuroscience upon their deaths. The participants – five of whom have already died – want to increase understanding about dementia, and had already agreed to allow their brains to be studied for physical signs of the disease, even though they might not, while alive, have outward symptoms.

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A move away from logistics and a redefined strategic marketing approach is paving a change in skill set required by event planners at Thomson Reuters.

It was clear that this was going to be no ordinary table discussion as Meeting Professionals International were treated to the insights of Sam Coates – Global Head of Events for Thomson Reuters at their quarterly Corporate Planner Forum last week. The forum took place in the amazing Garden Room at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and was again sponsored by the Canadian Tourism Commission.

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“I’m organising a hybrid event and it would be great if you could provide the technical support for the event” requested Paul Cook of Planet Planit.
Ehh? What the heck is a hybrid event? I’d heard of hybrid cars…but whilst most conferences run on hot air I wasn’t aware that a combination of petrol and electricity came into the equation.
This was to be the first Event Camp Europe. Hot on the heels of a successful event in the US, it was apparently going to be an experiment. Bunsen burner and googles on the ready!

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Metro’s Credit Suisse team took to the football pitch alongside their colleagues in order to raise money for the charity The Children’s Trust. The fought their way through the rounds fighting off ten teams to get through to the semi final but just missing out at the final hurdle. Scores weren’t disclosed but the office has been reassured that based on the fact that the Metro team beat the competition winners, they could have in fact won the tournament! Most importantly the team successfully raised £500 for the charity and the competition raised £4000 in total for the children’s trust. Well Done Team Metro! (Pictures coming soon)

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Metro becomes first AV company to achieve BS8901! BS8901 is the standard for sustainable management systems operated by an organisation delivering event related activities. Tim Sunderland from Sustainable Event Certification, the independent organisation that provided Metro’s certification to BS8901, commented: “Metro is the first provider of audio visual, event and broadcast services that we have certified to BS8901. The Team has worked incredibly hard to create an excellent management system that will sustain Metro’s success into the future. With strong leadership and sound organisational values, Metro is spear-heading the way to improving sustainability in the events industry.”

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