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Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work

Posted by  Alice Taylor on February 26, 2020

Today is Event Wellbeing Day. A day to focus on wellbeing in the events industry. 

Statistics from the EventWell website say that one in three event professionals suffer from mental ill health each year.

So, what can we do to change this? 

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Topics: Industry Insights, Tips

What’s in a Name?

Posted by  Martin Walton on February 24, 2020

What’s in a name?

In recent weeks if that name was Ciara or Dennis, the answer is death, destruction and misery.

With all of this enforced time at home indoors and thumb-twiddling not my forte, I started to think about why we give storms human names. I mean, what is it like for all the Dennises and Ciara’s to have to sit there and watch as this elemental force is busy trashing a hitherto calm and peaceful reputation?

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Topics: Industry Insights

Dazzling Drones

Posted by  Anna Green on February 4, 2020

Fireworks never fail to delight, do they?

The discovery of fireworks, approximately 2,000 years ago in China, is thought to have happened by chance when a cook accidentally mixed three common kitchen ingredients. The mixture was developed into a firecracker which became an essential part of Chinese festivities and thought to be powerful enough to expel evil spirits. In 1295, Marco Polo brought fireworks to Europe from Asia and as Europeans travelled to the New World, so did their firework recipes.

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Topics: Industry Insights

Martin Luther King Day

Posted by  Martin Walton on January 20, 2020

Today is Blue Monday according to The Internet, at least in this hemisphere.

The third Monday in January has been calculated to be the most depressing, given factors such as debt levels after Xmas, the weather, failed New Year resolutions and the fact that Xmas has now been added to the journals of Scrooge’s first ghost.

Americans however, don’t seem to have this phenomenon in their calendar. Instead, they are celebrating Martin Luther King Day which marks the birthday of the man who was instrumental in bringing about the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s.

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Topics: News

Our 2019 highlights

Posted by  Alice Taylor on January 13, 2020
A wise man once said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”. Actually, that’s from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but we felt inspired to take a step back and look at what we achieved last year, which didn’t seem to feature many days off!
  • 555 events delivered across the globe, in 18 countries
  • 14 brilliant people joined the family
  • Our first Mental Health First Aider within the team
  • One wedding, two babies and £1,054 raised for our nominated charity, Mind
Last year was such a success for Broadsword; here are our monthly highlights.
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Topics: News

British Independent Film Awards

Posted by  Alice Taylor on December 2, 2019

What a night!

Full of glitz and glamour, a white carpet and the best names in British film. Last night, Old Billingsgate transformed into the 22nd British Independent Film Awards.

It's an event we are very proud to be part of and our 10th year as a technical partner.

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Topics: News, Industry Insights

We won silver!

Posted by  Alice Taylor on November 22, 2019

We’re feeling rather proud this morning. Last night, we won silver at the EVCOM London Live Awards.

EVCOM is an association within the Creative Industry. Their mission is to celebrate the success of Britain’s creative industries. The London Live Awards showcases outstanding achievement in the design and execution of live events.

We won silver for our contribution to the British Independent Film Awards.

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Topics: News

Five Wellbeing Tips for Event Professionals

Posted by  Alice Taylor on November 6, 2019

How many times have you felt tired? Under pressure at work? Stressed about the day ahead?

A yearly report from Careercast says an Event Coordinator is the 5th most stressful job in the world. We’re facing more pressure and stress as time goes on. Early starts, late finishes and making sure that each event is as perfect as the last. It’s easy to get wrapped up in a work bubble.

It’s important we focus on ourselves once in a while. We’re lucky that wellbeing is becoming more accepted. Not only in our everyday lives but in the workplace too.

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Topics: Tips

The Scope of Tropes

Posted by  Martin Walton on October 14, 2019

I write this on the day that Joseph Plateau was born, way back in 1801. At the same time 218 years later, Apple have just launched their latest iPhone offering with no less than four cameras as its unique selling point.

As always, the arrival of Apple’s new device was heralded with trumpeted words and phrases like “magical” and “best ever” and “innovative”. Words that seem to accompany every new product the company launches.

So, what do Apple’s platitudes have to do with Joseph Plateau?

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Topics: Industry Insights