We really appreciate the many testimonials people have given us over the years
James Davey, Chairman of ISSBA
7 May 2015
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their hard work in making the Anglia Business Exhibition the Biggest and Best Business to Business Exhibition in the region!
With our a doubt ABE15 was the best we have ever done and I don’t think there’s anything to rival in the Eastern Region. It just goes to show what can be done when a team of dedicated people get together in a single endeavour.. You would all be proud of yourselves and of ISSBA!”
Ian Twinley, CEO of John Grose and Chairman of the Steering Group relating to Suffolk Skills Show 2014
“Kim and her colleagues at Boleyn Events are the most hard working and resilant team you could hop for. Nothing is too much trouble and nothing seems to faze them. Quite simply, they deliver! On time and on budget without any fuss.
In my position as Chairman of the Suffolk Skills Show, I would highly recommend them.
Virginia Idehen Head of Business Development at West Suffolk College
October 24, 2014
“I have been very fortunate to work with Kim recently on the Suffolk Skills Show at Trinity Park, which was a huge success. She is unflappable, conscientious and a real pleasure to work with. She considers all the details that need to be in place to ensure everything runs smoothly and I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking to put on an event, large or small.”
August 2013 and 2014 Gemma and Colin at Ashton KCJ talking about Boleyn’s help with their Maritime presence. “Excellent organisational skills on the part of Kim, attention to detail and thinking through everything we would need to make a success of the event. The promotional staff who attended did a really good job, and went above and beyond the call of duty by staying later on the Sunday evening so that they could greet our guests which carried on the Maritime theme into the evening.”
This is just a very quick note to thank you for such and interesting networking event on Friday. I really enjoyed meeting you all – some of you again – and found the discussion invigorating. Sorry to be a little late!
Ben Gummer MP, March 2011
To Whom It May Concern,
This year Suffolk Chamber joined forces with ISSBA to put on the biggest Business Exhibition in Suffolk to-date. The annual event has always been a success, but this year with such great support the event exceeded everyone’s expectations.
The Exhibition was professionally managed and organised on behalf of Suffolk Chamber and ISSBA, by Boleyn Events Ltd – who have established an excellent reputation for conference and exhibition organisation over the last few years.
Opened by Mayor David Hale there were 121 stands, six first-class seminars, and one-to-one advice workshops available to both exhibitors and visitors.
This year’s exhibition was buzzing with over 1,300 people attending and the added entertainment factor of having Ricky Gervais seemed to add extra appeal to the event.
Very positive feedback has been received from our headline sponsor Suffolk County Council and the other twelve sponsors, as well as from the exhibitors and visitors.
In conclusion, I consider that the event was an enjoyable and successful day for all who attended. Boleyn Events Ltd has a professional and friendly team, who work hard to make an event something special. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is thinking about organising an important and engaging event.
I am writing to let you know how delighted the Colchester and Ipswich Group of the CIPD was about the support Kim Brown from Boleyn Events provided to our Conference held in June 2009.
It was about a year before the Conference actually took place when our Committee decided that we wanted to arrange a local conference for CIPD members. This would comprise an opening speech, an exhibition, seminars throughout the day and a closing speech by a well known national figure. It was not long into the planning stage when we discovered that a group of volunteers could not cope with the work involved. Not only did we not have the time, but we did not have the expertise in organising such an event. We also did not have in place the facilities to make it happen. How would we issue tickets? How would we acquire the exhibition stands? How would we go about publicising the event? This is where Kim came to the rescue. Representatives from the Committee very much continued to make the key decisions but Kim took away all of the admin associated with organising what turned out to be a relatively complex event.
We were all very impressed with Kim’s organisational ability. No problem was too large. If we asked if something could be done, the answer was almost always – of course! Kim pointed out things we had not thought of. She used her experience of organising such events in the past to steer us in the right direction. She was able to use Boleyn Events facilities to manage the finances associated with the Event.
The Event turned out to be very successful and a lot of this was down to the tremendous efforts of Kim and the rest of the Boleyn Events Team. We would certainly use Boleyn Events again for any future such event.
Chair, CIPD Colchester and Ipswich Group
I was introduced to Kim Brown and Boleyn Events through ISSBA and Kim very effectively helped me to source an excellent venue for meetings of the Athena Network in Ipswich. My next involvement with Boleyn Events was when they supported us to organise the Colchester and Essex CIPD group conference and exhibition – “HR for Success” – in June 2009. I certainly believe that without Kim and her team we would not have had an event! Kim worked tirelessly to help a group of volunteers, new to this level of organisation, get sponsorship, choose a venue, promote the event, sell tickets, organise the exhibition… this list goes on and on. The Boleyn team was with us from the crack of dawn on the day of the event to the time when the last person left Trinity Park in Ipswich. It was a fantastic and successful day with excellent feedback from conference and exhibition visitors alike. So many people were impressed with the professionalism of the event and Kim, with her team, played a massive part in helping us to achieve this.
Since the CIPD conference Kim has again helped me source a meeting venue and through her contacts has got me some great rates!
I would recommend Boleyn Events without hesitation to anyone organising any type of event, small or large, for business or pleasure.
Director – Clarity Learning and Development / Regional Director – The Athena Network
I am writing to thank Boleyn Events for organising such an enjoyable and profitable Horse Racing Night on Saturday at Ransomes Sports & Social Club. Those that attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves and seasoned race night goers who were there said it was the best one they had ever been to.
As you know the club has traditionally organised their own events which, in most instances, have been moderately successful. However we wanted to raise the standard to attract more people and this is why we asked you to help us. Right from the outset, beginning with our initial meeting through to your attendance on the night, your help and support as well as infectious enthusiasm has been invaluable in helping us do the job at our end. You will be pleased to know that we made a substantial amount of money for the club after all the costs had been deducted.
I am sure there are many clubs who organise their own events trying to keep costs to a minimum. Our experience shows that it is better in every respect to bring in a professional. I would have no hesitation in recommending Boleyn Events to any organisation wishing to stage an event of whatever description. They are truly “Head and Shoulders Above the Rest” .
With best wishes,
As requested I am pleased to provide Kim Brown with a testimonial to support her application to work with your organisation.
Kim, in her role as director of Boleyn Events, has provided much valuable support to a range of the students studying Event Management at University Campus Suffolk.
MY first encounter with Kim was when she provided an internship for a second year student, who worked practically with her on the management of a high profile Suffolk Business Exhibition. This proved to be an enriching opportunity for the student, who gained invaluable experience with Kim, who mentored and supported her in the practical application of her learning, towards her assessment. The student has since been employed as an event assistant with a large local charity.
Further to this, Kim has provided many opportunities for the students to engage in experiential learning within the Level 6 practical modules. She has contributed to lectures as guest speaker and she worked very closely with a group of students in the project management of a prestigious corporate event at the Trinity Park Conference Centre in Ipswich. She also performed as MC at the event and the team gained significantly from observing her professional and strategic management style.
One of the final year students is currently working on an internship with Kim. She has mentored her with great sensitivity and encouragement, at the same time providing her with a very effective and engaging work-based learning experience, to help her to gain the necessary skills and competencies for her future employment.
I trust I provided you with relevant information, however, if you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
University Campus Suffolk
Working with Boleyn Events was an absolute delight. From the word go I could sense the team was dedicated, high energy and had great attention to detail – everything was accounted for. For me, the difference between good events and great events are the small details which most people miss. Kim, leading the team, was available 24/7 and communication was spot on so we all knew when and where to be. It was obvious Haverhill had a thrivin upbeat culture and Boleyn Events reflects this. Well done, keep it up!
TESTIMONIAL FOR BOLEYN EVENTS LTD. RE SBE11 FROM CHRIS BARNARD, CHAIRMAN OF ISSBA /MD AT THE TRAINING EXPERTS LTD
I am writing on behalf of the ISSBA Committee to commend Boleyn Events Ltd on succeeding in yet again arranging our highly successful Suffolk Business Exhibition in 201 1. In particular, it was noticed that the dwell time has grown with visitors and stakeholders remaining in situ for the majority of the time that the event was open, rather than visiting for just an hour or two. This was a great result.
Given these difficult times, it is a testimony to Boleyn Events’ understanding of event management that you have, over the 5 years you have run this event on ISSBA’s behalf, significantly increased footfall, sponsorship and stand numbers, which is all to the great benefit of our partners and members, enabling us to increase the reach and professionalism of the event. In addition the change from small simultaneous seminars to the Question Time format over the past two events has worked well and your ability to liaise with our suppliers, facilitators and stakeholders, keeping everyone informed is highly valued and much appreciated. Finally your attention to detail with regard to budgeting for the event has allowed the Committee to feel confident to leave the management of the event entirely in Boleyn’ s hands, thus making our lives a little easier and giving us time to focus on our ‘day job’ for ISSBA.
Thank you once again. We look forward to working with you again for the 2012 event.
To Whom It May Concern
This testimonial is given to Boleyn Events Limited and based on their managing of the ISSBA (Ipswich & Suffolk Small Business Association) Suffolk Business Exhibition which took place on 2nd May 2007 at Trinity Park Conference Centre in Ipswich. Having been successful at tender in December 2006, Boleyn Events were awarded the contract for the ISSBA Suffolk Business Exhibition (which was renamed from the Trade Fair following the awarding of the contract).
ISSBA is a voluntary-staffed organisation run by a Committee of 12 members to provide networking and promotion opportunities to local businesses and works very closely with the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Ipsenta and Business Link, as well as linking in with Ipswich Borough Council and the like. The Suffolk Business Exhibition is the most prestigious event in their annual calendar.
The work involved:
- Writing Press Releases for the ISSBA Newsletter each month leading up to the event
- Preparing the Layout Plan for the Exhibition
- Liaising and negotiating logistics and prices with the venue, shell scheme and other suppliers
- Working with local companies and organisations to maximise sponsorship
- Working in partnership with design and printing consultants
- Working in partnership with Archant Newspaper Group to maximise publicity for the Exhibition and also promote advertising opportunities to ISSBA members
- Liaising with Committee Members and volunteers to co-ordinate additional help
- Overseeing the arrangement of 10 Seminars which ran alongside the Exhibition
- Co-ordination of all staffing and equipment (+ e.g. PAT testing to ensure legal compliance for exhibitor equipment) for both the Exhibition and Seminars
- Managing the Exhibitor Training Evening
- Managing the budget for the Exhibition in liaison with the ISSBA Treasurer and Chamber of Commerce
- Taking bookings and payments from Exhibitors
- Providing Information Packs and dedicated help on a day-to-day basis to Exhibitors and Visitors to the Exhibition
- Overseeing the Event on the Day including Reception, arrangement of Judges and Prize-Giving for The Best Newcomer and Best Exhibitor at the Exhibition
- Liaising with ISSBA website manager
- Providing a dedicated website containing all information about the Exhibition for Visitors to operate alongside the ISSBA website
- Attracting and helping recruit new ISSBA members
- Managing Feedback from Exhibitors and Visitors
- Measuring the number of visitors to the Exhibition
- Provision of Monthly Progress and Final Reports to the ISSBA Committee
The event ran extremely smoothly and very positive feedback was received from both Exhibitors and Visitors about the standard of organisation and professional look and feel of both the Exhibition and Seminars.
I would have no hesitation in recommending the services of Boleyn Events Limited and would be pleased to act as a referee on their behalf.
c/o The Writing House
To Whom it May Concern.
Testimonial for Kim Brown.
I have always found Kim Brown to be a person of great integrity, both on a personal and professional level, who has the ability to be firm but fair in equal and appropriate measures.
She undertakes each task with enthusiasm and a commitment to maintaining the highest standards of delivery and execution to match her own exacting standards of herself.
Kim inspires a team approach to all aspects of service delivery, encouraging her wider team and suppliers alike to ‘go the extra mile’to ensure perfection on time, every time.
R JANE DENBY
Kim Brown of Boleyn Events worked with us at Haverhill Chamber of Commerce to offer the best ever Haverhill chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
Kim worked tirelessly to make the Business Awards a fantastic success. Her understanding of the brief, attention to detail and can-do attitude left us with no doubt that our event would run smoothly. Kim was always available at the end of the telephone and most important of all listened to our requests and carried them out in a calm and timely manner.
I have no hesitation in recommending Kim Brown most highly.
pp Sarah Howard
Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
Just a very short note to thank Boleyn Events for all your hard work, endeavours and professionalism in supporting Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and partners in the running of the Year of Skills.
I hope you agree that this has been a fun and worth while initiative and the team here believes that the final event at BT last week was a great success and without your event management skills I am sure it would not have gone a slickly as it did, which was probably reflected in the extreme positive and complimentary email we received from the Director General and the President of the BCC following the event.
So once again many thanks for all your efforts, it was really enjoyable to work with you.
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce