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  • Writer's pictureKaren Edwards

I am a big fan of going out, enjoying life and gathering people together.

I am, quite possibly that annoying person who wants everyone to get on and have fun together!

So, organising corporate hospitality for some industry chums (and friends) felt like a perfect thing to do, and a way to say thank you for supporting me in my freelance career.

I have been to Welford Road, the home of Leicester Tigers, before to watch a match, but never organised my own hospitality!

It was so easy, Charlotte Saunders, Business Development Manager, was fantastic. Talked me through everything – what the options were, how to book, how to share information, and most importantly, how to get there. Super easy!

My guests were sent a full itinerary and tickets, and instructions to enjoy the hospitality and have fun!

On arrival, we were name checked in the car park – so exciting to have your name down on a list. It was then a short walk to the stadium, or a hop on the bus! Entrance the hospitality suite was a breeze; a quick flash of your ticket and a check inside your bag, and you were up the stairs… entering the main room.

There was about 300 people all sitting down ready to enjoy food, drink and rugby talk.

Our waiter, Asit Parmar, was simply fantastic – he was attentive, friendly, funny and learnt all of our names. Excellent customer service and a sure way to make the guests feel special.

Our bellies were well looked after with Starters, Mains, Desserts, Cheese Board, Half Time Snacks and drinks, lots of drinks – everyone was eating, drinking, chatting and enjoying a Sunday afternoon out, away from the pressures of family life!

The aim of hospitality at Leicester Tigers was twofold:

1. To say thank you a group of people who have supported me in my freelance careers

2. And to announce that I am back...and ready to work.

3. Oh, and I suppose to have a tiny break from family life.

A big thank you to Mel Deakin from Mowgli Events, for volunteering the drive… my prosecco never tasted so good!

If you are looking for a day out with friends, clients or family, I can highly recommend Leicester Tigers.

Friendly staff – excellent food – exciting bit of sport to watch!

Until the next time…

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  • Writer's pictureKaren Edwards

So, it’s official now… I am back at work!

Not going to lie to you, I did have a slightly shaky start. Little Margot didn’t settle at Nursery at all – there were lots of tears, snotty noses and nails digging into Mummy!! The Nursery staff were fabulous and re-assured me that she would settle in and she would enjoy herself.

After 3 weeks of settling in… we are there!

There were smiles at Nursery (thank goodness), now I can focus on work and being me at work.

I have missed working.

I have missed events.

I have missed the wonderful tribe of individuals who keep me sane during crazy event times.

I have missed the pressure to deliver an event.

But most of all, I have missed being Karen, Events Specialist at Bright Events.

I am so grateful for the time I have had off with Margot and all the fun and adventures we have had. Now I am relishing the challenge of juggling Margot and Arthur (and my husband) and the world of freelancing, where you never quite know what it going to happen.

I had a really interesting chat with a potential client at international Confex, and she told me that they (as a business) always ask whether you have children as they believe that working Mums make the best planners. They are used to juggling (well everything), they are used to retaining every piece of information that your child, a teacher, the PTA or a passing stranger tells you. But most of all they are keen to get out and work – so are driven and motivated, and will always have coffee (this is what keeps them going!)

This is just one persons opinion as I know plenty of excellent planners who do not have children.

What this conversation did do, was fill me full of confidence that I can step back into my old shoes and be the Karen that I used to be.

Onwards to the next event…

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  • Writer's pictureKaren Edwards

It’s the start of a brand-new year, and I can’t wait to get started!

A new year is typically the time when you make promises and resolutions to do more, be better, eat less and get fitter. I am seeing the new year as a chance to be a better person; to do more for others, to be supportive and to do more work for charity.

I have decided that I am going to support two charities a year, and by support, I mean financially and helping to promote the fantastic work that they do.

Stroke changes lives in an instant, and the impact can be devastating. It can cost people their ability to move, communicate and lead their everyday lives.

Two thirds of people who survive a stroke find themselves living with a disability. And 40% of stroke survivors experience anxiety and depression.

About 3,300 people a year in the West Midlands are diagnosed with bowel cancer. It’s the second most common cancer death.

Unfortunately, we don't talk much about bowels or bowel functions - it's a bit of a taboo subject.

If you can support a local or national charity, please do so.

They need our support now more than ever.

Personally, I am looking forward to getting involved with these two wonderful charities

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