Showlite on Tour

Posted on Wed 9th Jan 2019 at 1:20pm

HIMSS Europe & Health 2.0 Conference, Sitges, Barcelona 27-29 May 2018

Showlite enjoyed a trip overseas in 2018. We caught up with Levi Evans, Account Manager at Showlite to find out how it went:

1.    What did Showlite deliver for the event organiser?
Showlite delivered an excellent service across exhibitor contact, communication and product delivery. Each stand composed of a package of a counter, walling, electrics and customisable branding signage that made each exhibitor stand out from each other. As branding was a major element of this event we incorporated a digital upload system for exhibitors to deliver their artwork to, complete with instructions on how to prepare their branding for maximum effect. With the incorporation of a manual artwork checking process and direct contact, we were able to ensure that each exhibitor received the products they were entitled to in a qualitative manner. This resulted in a more fluid experience for both organiser and contractor as the new systems in place allowed challenges to flow to departments which could overcome them the best.

2.    What were the main differences preparing and delivering on an event overseas?
Preparation for an international event is no different than the preparation for a local event. Despite the difference in logistical distance, time zones and language barriers the overseas event was built to a quality standard that we are renowned for.

3.    Were their specific challenges that you wouldn’t encounter at an event in the UK?
Having a wedding ceremony during the drop-off and being told that we could not park beside certain windows is definitely something we have not encountered in an event in the UK.

4.    What was the highlight of the event for you?
Being my first international event that I was responsible for I can conclude that the entire experience was an amazing one. The parts that were of most significance was definitely the excitement of working out my comfort zone, being part of a reliable team, and being in control of the situation from start to finish.

5.    What advice would you give to another event contractor looking to do their first event abroad?
Never underestimate the difference in how words are translated to your native language and always have a trusted colleague to check over your data before placing everything into production.

6.    How many of the Showlite team were onsite?
Eleven in total, 8x from standfitting and 3x from electrical.

7.    Did you have time to enjoy the nightlife in Sitges?
We were fortunate enough to be able to explore the local culture, cuisine and lifestyle of the city, after our formal duties were relieved for the day that is!

8.    Is it important that key members of the team speak the local language?
The significance of being fluent in the local language was not as important as initially anticipated.
The venue being an international environment meant that nearly all personnel involved with the construction of the show was familiar with English.

9.    Did you work with local suppliers? What was your experience of this? How did you know they would deliver the same level of service as suppliers in the UK we have built up relationships with?
We took it upon ourselves to ensure that all aspects of the event were signed off and checked multiple times before the materials were shipped to Barcelona. This did prevent any mistakes in the initial delivery but did not cover the risk in breakages during the construction of the stands. To minimise the risk of any problems, particularly graphics; we were in contact with a local supplier that was also delivering digitally printed products to the event. Despite the strong prevalent coastal winds presented by the location of the venue there we no accidents during the build and that in itself is a massive success.

10.    Have you had feedback from the organiser?
“HIMSS has working with Showlite for a number of years and they continue to deliver exceptional service from beginning to end. They have a very professional and dedicated team who always go the extra mile to ensure our events run smoothly. They always deliver a personalized service for any of our events with such a positive attitude.”
– Jessica Bagley, HIMSS 


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“The onsite team is always happy to co-operate with the inevitable last minute changes.”
Natasha Messer, Events Operations Manager, Prospects Events
“Showlite deliver exceptionally high levels of personal service. I know that I can rely on them to deliver throughout all aspects of the pre-planning, build and onsite work”
Mark Mayo, Director, Motorcycle Expo
“I have no hesitation in recommending Showlite as a professional and reliable supplier of contractor services. They are totally trustworthy and in touch with the latest regulations and requirements”
Mirabelle Chatterjee, Head of Operations, Nineteen Events
“We had the pleasure of having Showlite as part of our event team. The staff took the time, care and attention required to make sure that our exhibitors and us as organisers felt valued and looked after”
Diane Sheppard, Event Operations Manager, Quartz Business Media
“Over 1,200 exhibitors, almost 4 miles of aisle carpet plus enough shell scheme to cover two football pitches and it was the easiest get in we have ever had. Quite exceptional”
Andrew Reed, Managing Director, William Reed Business Media
“Showlite worked diligently with great speed to complete the build in the allocated time. We look forward to working with them at our next show”
Karen Harris, Operations Manager, Idex Media
“Showlite have worked hand in hand with us, investing in design, stock and materials developing an innovative product for our customers”
Bill Hammond, Managing Director, 3rd Street Group
“It has been a pleasure to work with Showlite who provided a seamless delivery both presite and onsite.”
Paul Clarke, Organiser, Installer Live
“My sincerest thanks go out to all Showlite staff who played an invaluable part in what seemed the impossible task. It goes without saying that I would not hesitate in recommending their services to others.”
Phil Valentine, Managing Director, ETES, Southern Manufacturing & Electronics
“I can honestly say one of the smoothest builds I have ever experienced on an event in over 17 years”
Nicola Greenaway, Managing Director, Nineteen Events
“We have a longstanding relationship with Showlite. They demonstrate a real professionalism and dedication and I look forward to working with the team again!”
Hannah Webb, Head of Operations, Hemming Group
“A massive thank you for helping us make this year’s Hearth & Home Exhibition a success. ”
Claire Cox, Hearth & Home, Fireplace Marketing Company
“Thanks to everyone at Showlite for a job very well done at The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair! The event went beyond expectation and there were hardly any glitches at all.”
Ingrid Nilson, Director, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited
“I really appreciated the positive attitude of your team and the willingness to support unexpected problem situations onsite. It has been a great pleasure working with you both!”
Joy-Fleur Brettschneider, Marketing & Operations Director, Solar Media Limited
“Thank you so much for all your support on PATS this year. Showlite were absolutely brilliant. ”
Jo Scotting, Head of Operations, Impact Exhibitions
“We always know we’re in a safe pair of hands with Showlite. They deliver professional results with attention to detail and focus on service.”
Jo Foreman, Operations Manager, Brintex
“I would recommend Showlite completely from the level of personal service, quality of work and positive work attitude to keep on going until the job is done.”
Emma Barratt, Managing Director, Broadway Events
“Thank you for all your help and support for the NFE show. We had a lot of last minute changes, and Showlite were very accommodating and professional.”
Angela Long, Sales and Marketing Executive, Wesley Media
“Many thanks to Showlite. Everything went really smoothly and the show looked absolutely fantastic.”
Mandie Lavin, CEO, NAFD
“Phex has never looked as good and the build-up and breakdown went really smoothly. Thanks to everyone. I look forward to be working with you again in the future.”
Julie Pollet, Operations Manager, Brintex
“Showlite are the ultimate in prior planning and preparation. We never have any problem and if we do have an issue we resolve it there and then. We love working with Showlite.”
Andrew Reed, MD, William Reed Events & Exhibitions
“Big thank you to Showlite … once again it was a pleasure working with you all again and look forward to 2018!”
Sam Hunt, NMBS Events Manager
“Many thanks for the brilliant job you did on this year’s UKIVA which was a great success. The team pulled out all the stops to make sure everything was ready in time and ran smoothly throughout the day.”
Christine Valdes, Event Organiser, UKIVA, PPMA Group
“We would like to thank you and the team for an excellent build and all your help in the move to Mall Galleries after 25 years. ”
Gay Hutson, Founder and organiser, 20/21 British Art Fair
“The event looked great and the help and advice from Showlite throughout was invaluable. ”
Toby Merigan, Founder, European Sport Fishing Show
“Thank you for being a magnificent partner to Highways UK. Love the Showlite can do attitude and the smiles and personality that come with it.”
Andrew Dowding, Managing Director, Essential Infrastructure Events
“We have had excellent feedback from exhibitors and visitors and this is testament to the excellent partnership we have with Showlite.”
Justine Devereux, Operations & Project Manager, Xmark Media Ltd
“It was great to have Jenni onsite as it really makes a difference having her help to co-ordinate all aspects of the project.”
Joel Swarc, Associate Director, Promotor Events Ltd
“I would like to highlight the outstanding performance of Ross Isolda during the build up of the recent Foodex show at the NEC. I would like to thank him - and the boys on the tools also, for making the whole process as smooth as it was considering the challenge. ”
Phil Birch, Team leader, NEC mains services, NEC

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