Author Archives: Bill Bowden

Get answers to your events questions

Announcing our new Events Advisory Service

After working in imports and exports for more than 35 years (where did the time go?) and specialising in international events and event logistics for two-thirds of that time, I’ve come across most of the challenges an events professional might encounter.

So I’ve decided to put this experience to good use by launching an advisory service to help our clients get the most from their events.

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Europe Map with network overlaid

How will Brexit affect the transport of your goods to events in Europe?

If you ever exhibit at events in Europe or plan to do so in the future, you may be wondering how Brexit might affect you.

The straight answer, at the time of writing, is no one is entirely sure.

Hell, at the moment, no one is sure if we really will go through with Brexit at all!

But there are a few things to bear in mind now if you want to prepare for the eventuality, and in this blog, I’ll explain a few things to think about.

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Olympia International Horse Show clearance

Thoroughbred support at the London International Horse Show, Olympia

What were you doing on Christmas Eve?

Completing that last bit of Christmas shopping? Sharing a few drinks and mince pies with colleagues? Or putting in a full day’s hard graft before the extended break? (Was it just me or did it seem longer than usual?)

At 5am on 24th December, I was with one of our teams to pick up a display that we had previously delivered to Olympia for the London International Horse Show.

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Event couriers – What do I need to look for in a professional event courier?

These days it seems that all you need to set yourself up as an event courier is a website, a mobile phone and access to a white van.

But while even I wouldn’t suggest that event courier services are rocket science, when you entrust your stand, collateral and brand to a third party, you should at least seek reassurance that they know what they’re doing. Here are some of the things to look out for.

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Festival of Quilts 2018

Festival of Quilts 2018, Birmingham NEC

August may seem an odd time to be preoccupied with quilts, especially after the scorching Summer we’ve been experiencing. But quilts have been at the forefront of our minds here at BBEL over recent weeks as we prepared for the Festival of Quilts 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, which opened today (9 August 2018).

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Bills Book of Events Physical Copies

Announcing Bill’s Book of Events – for Events Pros and Novices

I’ve spent more than 25 years working in the events logistics industry. Over that quarter of a century, I think I’ve pretty much seen it all. Exhibitors who seem to get everything right and have a hugely successful time. and those who get one or two things wrong!

I thought it might be helpful to bring together some of the hints and tips I’ve collected into a short book for people involved in events.

Bill’s Book of Events is now available for free download.

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