We'd like to cordially invite you to meet the team behind the party. Say hello to Karen from Late Night London's Meetings & Events team.
Q. What excited you to work for Late Night London?
The opportunity to progress within Novus Leisure made the transition from venue into Late Night London an easy one. I love the diversity the role offers as no one day is the same with new projects demanding and growing my skill set. It’s also great to be able to work with the whole collection of venues within the Late Night London estate as they are all unique in their own way so having a wide variety to work with and recommend suitable venues to a corporate client makes my job a dream!
Q. How do you think the events industry will evolve over the next 5 years?
I think experiential events are the future of the late night corporate events industry. A vast amount of enquiries this year were looking for an activity to offer guests in addition to the usual food, beverage and party atmosphere.
I also think that F&B in the events industry will need to follow current social trends, becoming more health conscious with catering. Over the years dietary requirements have dramatically increased with, for example, an influx of gluten intolerant attendees needing to be caterd for.
Enquiry levels and budgets have also noticeably increased in 2014 providing the impression that the events industry is recovering well from past recession cuts and back to being recognised as a valuable part of a corporate business calendar.
Q. If you hadn’t gone into the events industry what would you have done?
If I hadn’t have pursued this path from such an early age I imagine I would have followed my Nans footsteps and become a hairdresser. However, I’ve always worked in hospitality starting as a pot washer at the age of 14 and then waitressing throughout my A-Level studies. It seemed only natural to embark into the Events and Hospitality Industry when deciding on which path to take and I enrolled at The UK Centre for Events Management. Whilst completing the 4 year course with BA Hons I also worked part time waitressing and supervising the management of a cocktail bar. Having this operational experience helps me with the pre-event planning and organisation of events, ensuring that the venues I recommend are logistically viable for each event brief.
Q. What might somebody be surprised to discover about you?
This is a tough question as I’m a very open person so have few skeletons in my closet. My newest ambition for the future is to open my own healthy eating food and drink establishment selling only raw and natural produce… I guess some people might be surprised to read that.
Q. Which has been your favourite event to work on since you joined Late Night London?
A few years ago I organised a Mad Hatters Tea Party themed Civil Ceremony and was responsible for organising everything from theming and decorating the venue, booking entertainment, bespoking a themed food and drinks menu and then finally operationally managed the delivery of the event. It was so much fun to be able to get involved with the event from the start to finish, and despite the pressure of knowing it was my clients ‘big day’ I felt a huge amount of satisfaction afterwards when receiving feedback that they enjoyed it and will remember the day forever.