It’s time to take a trip back in time
2016 sees us celebrate our 20th Anniversary! The next 12 months are set to be our biggest and best yet and we couldn’t be more excited to kick it off, but let’s take a look back to where it all began…
In 1996 Managing Director, Andy Ashley founded Corporate Events as an AV hire company with the Hilton Swindon becoming the company’s first ever customer!
In 2000, Nationwide came on board becoming the company’s longest standing client. This boost in business bought the need for a recruitment push and the Corporate Events team grew to 11.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, the team took on their first European event in 2002 for Intel’s European roadshow. This success saw the company take on various other events in Europe for companies including BP and pharmaceutical company Roche.
With roots in AV, Corporate Events had been early adopters of cutting edge technologies and when event management services were brought in-house in 2004, the leadership team had the scope to continue making an investment into emerging event technologies helping the company succeed in an increasingly competitive industry.
In 2007 Corporate Events purchased a Vista Systems Spyder Image Processor and became one of the only companies in the UK event industry being able to offer this technology at the time. As demand continued to grow the creative studio opened, offering film, video, motion graphics, print and graphic design services, bringing all aspects of the event production process in-house. This addition gave the team the creative edge against other agencies in order to win bigger clients, fuelling the company’s growth.
The investment soon paid off when in 2011 Corporate Events won a contract with current client Heineken; the world’s most international brewer.
In 2012, after outgrowing multiple offices and warehouse units in Wootton Bassett, the team flew the nest and made the move to their current 24,500 square foot headquarters in West Swindon. From here Corporate Events are able to offer a fully integrated events production solution including, a full events management team, creative studio and edit suites and over £2 million in production equipment all from within the building’s four walls.
With a base fit for purpose, it was time for a new look and 2013 Corporate Events went through a re-brand, creating a modernised identity that fit the expanding business and reflected how the company had evolved in the industry. The ever growing client base prompted another recruitment drive and between 2013 and 2015 employee numbers rose from 30 to now over 40 employees.
The team ended 2015 on a high by welcoming Muller into their portfolio of clients ahead of their sponsorship for the 2016 Olympics. And finally, it’s Happy Birthday to Corporate Events!
2016 is the year of our 20th anniversary and the creative team have marked the occasion with our very own ’20 years’’ logo. We really do intend on making the most of a very exciting year for us at Corporate Events and to celebrate we have embarked on an ambitious task to raise £20,000 for Cancer Research and Brighter Futures by the end of the year!
Follow us @Corp_Events_UK and the #20yearsofpurple to see what our plans are for our Platinum Birthday Party and what fundraising activities we have been up to!