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It’s time to plan your company’s 2017 strategic retreat.

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We’ve got two hamsters at home…Fluffy and Butso (my six year old named them, for the record).

They are fascinating to watch in action.  They create nests, forage for food, explore every level and they just seem so. darn. BUSY…all the time.

Their little hamster wheel churns non-stop.

I’m fairly convinced that if I could figure out a way to hook up a power generator to that wheel, they could power my entire house.

Ever feel like a Butso in your work life?

Wouldn’t it be nice to step off the hamster wheel and focus a little time towards mapping out your strategic plan for 2017?

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US Election 2016: 5 next steps for #eventprofs

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The results are in, Trump is the next President of the United States and the 2016 election have left a country divided and in shock.

So, what happens now?

First, deep breath.

repeat after me:

you are going to be okay. you are going to be okay. you are going to be okay.

We know first hand that event planners like to be in control of everything – let’s be honest – we’re control freaks…the unprecedented shock, uncertainty and anxiety is shared by all of us.

I hear you, I feel you and and I’m right there with you.

However, it’s crucial that we don’t let these feelings overwhelm us and in turn, negatively impact our businesses.

Our UK team at The Simplifiers went through a very similar experience following the UK’s Brexit vote to leave the EU earlier this year. Eerily, what you’re feeling right now is very much what was felt all over England last June. Shock, fear, the whole nine.

Put the kettle on because by golly, everything got INTENSE real quick.

But thankfully in that, we learned some important lessons and have drawn up a plan to keep you and your business moving forward…today, this week and the coming months ahead…

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5 reasons why you should hire an event planner

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The Simplifiers are a Nottingham based event planning company. We’ve seen it all  and we’ve done it all.

Plus we’ve heard all the horror stories of things that have gone wrong when people decided to do DIY events. Whether it’s a social event where you are delegating the task of planning to family members, or a company asking their marketing team to handle everything, things tend to be a hot mess when you don’t have a professional planner on the team.

5-reasons-why-you-should-hire-an-event-planner-2People falling out. Not enough food or drink and venues cancelling at the last minute. Not getting what you expected or deposits being lost.  And our pet hate: boring events that look and feel like a hundred others you’ve attended before.

Hiring an event planner might seem extravagant but we’ve put together a list of all the benefits you’ll get – including saving money. Read More

3 reasons why you should hire us to plan your nottingham christmas party

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It’s hotter than Hades right now in Nottingham.


The last few days, we’ve been experiencing an unseasonably, crazy warm heatwave…especially for September when people should be pulling out their scarves, sipping lattes and dressing in layers once again.

Nope, we’re all boiling and there seems to be a shortage of fans and ice lollies in the city centre.

The last thing you’re probably thinking about right now is Christmas…but go with me, for a second.

I don’t want you to panic, but there’s only 102 sleeps until Christmas. And even fewer before your company’s annual Christmas party.

Have you booked your venue yet?  Have you sorted out the theme for this year?  Have you sent out save-the-dates?

No worries, click below for 3 reasons why it’s a good idea to hire an experienced Nottingham event planning firm (ahem, us!) to help you sort out all the details this year…

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exclusive lunch and learn for event professionals in ILEA Boston!

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We’ve got exciting news for any ILEA members in and around the Boston area!

This Thursday, 8th September, ILEA Boston is hosting an exclusive, ILEA members only event at K2 Cafe in Kendall Square.

Click here to register

Official artworkILEA Board of Governors member, Mary Baird-Wilcock, CSEP and CEO of The Simplifiers will be livestreaming in for this in-person event. She will be answering your questions and sharing her very best practices that she has learned in the last 9 years working with interns in the events industry.

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thought of the day: build your people, they build your business

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There’s that saying:

“You’re only as strong as your weakest link.”

How much are you investing in your links? Want to take your business to the next level? You can’t do it alone. You need a good team around you and it’s not as simple as finding and hiring superhero event professionals.

No matter how successful or qualified we are, we should always be working on our personal development otherwise we stagnate.

The same goes for your team. You could keep chugging along… OR you can take your team to a whole new level by investing in their training and development.

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event mentor POV #7: Don Mamone of The Mamones

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The Apprentice Program by The Simplifiers, taps into some of the top event professionals in the US, sharing the very best insights and practices. Over the weeks our event mentor POV blog series has brought you top tips from our network of event professionals.

Today we’re talking to one of Special Events magazine’s 25 young event pros to watch – Don Mamone of The Mamones.

Don is giving us some great insights including how investing in mentoring young professionals has resulted in big rewards. Plus he is telling us about the VERY exciting event The Mamones are looking forward to this fall…