office* previews its exhibitor show highlights for 2015
Tuesday 13 October marks the return of office* – the UK’s biggest annual event for PAs, EAs, VAs, office managers, and executive support professionals. The popular two-day show, taking place next week at London’s Olympia, will feature over 175 exhibiting companies.
Conference highlights for 2015 include headline Keynotes from Zelda La Grange, former PA to Nelson Mandela, and Judith Croasdell, former PA to Professor Stephen Hawking. Plus sessions by Rob Forkan, co-founder of international brand Gandys; barrister and businesswoman Miranda Brawn Esq, and Hannah Martin, co-founder of Talented Ladies Club.
The results of the 2015 National PA Survey, which is now in its fifth year, will also be unveiled at the show on National PA Day – Tuesday 13 October.
Recent additions to the exhibitor list include Autograph Events, Headbox, Give as you Live, EQV (UK), Office Experts, EFX-Awards & Trophies, Coffee Sense, Asteria, Corporate Traveller, Private Jet Charter, Eceau, Jane Packer Flowers, Nikki Tibbles Wild At Heart, Hotel Desk, Classic Lodges Hotels, and Portucel Soporcel Group.
The following is a preview of some of the new innovations – including office equipment and supplies, business services, corporate gifts, training, recruitment, business travel, event management, activities, corporate hospitality, hotel’s and venues – being showcased at office* 2015.
Office Equipment, Products & Supplies
Leitz is showcasing its Icon label printer, which can be connected via App, WiFi or USB. Fast and portable, it has won three design awards. Also showcasing: Leitz WOW range of office products in a selection of vibrant colours, adding a personal touch to the workspace (stand 1004).
Trodat UK is promoting its newest additions to the Trodat range, including the high quality Monogram stamp and Ideal Seal Press, which have a variety of bespoke functions, from wedding invites to the highest level of business, showcased alongside their new custom range of products (stand 4000).
Funky Yukka is offering a new range of multipurpose planters, available with corporate branding in contemporary designs – suitable for live and artificial planting. Funky Yukka recently undertook exciting projects in student accommodation buildings and contemporary office interiors installing the latest designs of fresh, green plant displays (stand 4002).
The award winning Brilliant Bins: Sanitary Bins, is launching two new colours – Leopard Print and Lavender, to their range, which includes the much-loved Glossy Pink, Metallic Silver and Mint Green. To celebrate attending office* 2015, they are offering show order discounts to customers (stand 7017).
Staples Advantage is offering a prize draw for office* visitors, with the winner enjoying a trip for two to Paris on the Eurostar with lunch at the Eiffel Tower (stand 9012).
Office Gopher is promoting the arrival of two new websites to continue the Gopher family –gopherofficefurniture.uk, which was newly launched in September 2015, and gopherofficechairs.uk, launched in May 2015 (stand 3000).
We Brand It is introducing the Design Hub, an innovative way to design branded merchandise. Its intuitive new system has lots of great features that make designing, ordering and managing promotional products a breeze. With over 250 products to choose from, there’s something for every promotional need (stand 1003).
Zeal Products is promoting its modern, compact, medically approved monitors, which have visual and audio instructions, and are ideal for unsupervised monitoring of height, weight, BMI, blood pressure and pulse. Customers can purchase or hire from one day upwards (stand 5028).
An exciting and fun twist in the world of brand promotional items and office supplies, Everything Office is introducing the new I-touch 65” interactive screen, with a demo to show how visitors can get the most from its key features (stand 7028).
Jubilee Promotional Products is offering visitors a chance to win a spa break, great wines and luxury chocolates. Also showcasing: its latest merchandising products and ideas to help develop and enhance a company’s brand, including sensory print, lenticular products and the newest gadgets (stand 8032).
MBM Omega is holding a prize draw at the show, where visitors can be in with the chance of winning an iPad mini from its technology range. They are also showcasing their comprehensive range of office products and services, including eco-promotional bags containing office product samples (stand 2002).
Awarded2u is promoting its range of elegant awards to suit any event and budget. With their own in-house designers and production teams, they bring a wealth of experience to clients, along with competitive prices and excellent customer service (stand 4022).
Business Services & Corporate Gifts
New exhibitor BoroughBox is showcasing its brand new collection of gifts and hampers from small, beautifully packaged condiments to a full blown hampers, containing food and drink items from Borough Market, and specially selected artisan producers across the UK (stand 7000).
Deliveroo is launching Corporate Functionality. This means having the option to order more than 48hrs in advance, setting credit limits, and the ability to create single accounts with multiple users (stand 6018).
Office Pantry, the office food delivery service providing super foods to super companies, is hosting a party to show off its new fruit boxes, including its £18 fruit box offer that can be delivered the next day. Fruit boxes, with free wooden fruit crates, deliver a bundle of vitamins aimed to enhance workplace communities and employee engagement (stand 5040).
Moores of London is promoting its brand new range for 2016 at the show. They aim to support clients with all aspects of luxury corporate gifts and promotional giveaway requirements, helping to provide exciting, new and innovative products to promote a company’s profile and brand (stand 5042).
Luxury business dress designers CECILY is showcasing its new collection of easy to wear, office appropriate, feminine and sophisticated dresses, brought to life using beautiful fabrics and expert tailoring. Cecily is inviting attendees to put their business cards in a bowl to be in the chance of winning one of their elegant, timeless dresses (stand 6040).
Oasys is introducing Mail Manager, an intuitive email management tool that saves employees time and effort every day. Quick and easy to implement, Mail Manager encourages employees to file emails in shared locations, improving collaboration, whilst the advanced searching functionality allows users to find emails within seconds, even if it was filed years ago (stand 7002).
Marks & Spencer Lunch to You delivers M&S Food directly to offices Monday to Friday – perfect for training days, parties and everyday individual lunches. Offering a selection of fresh sandwich platters, vibrant salads, mini desserts and more. Visitors can enter into a draw at their stand, to be in the chance of winning a free business lunch worth £250 (stand 7010).
Working Picnic is promoting its fresh twist on corporate catering, from the daily modern-classic menu of 2-course buffets or 3-course Parisienne-style individual lunch trays – all crafted to order by professional chefs, and delivered for convenience without compromise on quality or style, whatever the number of guests (stand 1002).
Courier service, CitySprint is showcasing its secret superhero hideout on the stand. Visitors can collect a ‘saved by CitySprint’ badge and be in a chance of winning a spa day for two – by posting pictures with Captain Sprint on Twitter using the hashtag #SavedByCitySprint (stand 4010).
Training, Recruitment & Networking
With an exciting mentor program in the pipeline EUMA (European Management Assistants) is celebrating National PA Day with UK Chair Elizabeth Wakeling hosting a seminar on 'Managing Up'. Newly elected PRO Jennifer Corcoran will facilitate an interactive Hot Topic discussion group blogging session – offering optimal learning, collaboration and networking at an international level (stand 6030).
Online members club, Miss Jones PA is introducing ‘Miss Jones Offers’. It provide PAs with exclusive offers and incentives when they book through Miss Jones, as well access to members’ networking events, a jobs board of the latest PA roles, and a gifting section (stand 4012).
At this year’s office*, the PA Life team are giving visitors the opportunity to win a mini break to Dubai. In association with StayWell Hospitality Group and Emirates, the prize includes a night’s stay for two at the Park Regis Kris Kin, with breakfast every morning, and flights included (stand 3034).
The IAM is celebrating their centenary this year at office*. To mark the occasion, visitors have the opportunity to win two tickets to their Centenary Celebration in November. The IAM are also hosting book signings for the launch of Sue France’s new book and the Definitive Personal Assistant & Secretarial Handbook (stand 5018).
Hemsley Fraser has been helping EAs, PAs and secretaries with their career development and training for over 23 years. At this year’s show, actors will bring its brand new Autumn PA & administrator conference to life. Visitors who enter the Hemsley Fraser competition can be in with a chance of winning Selfridges gift vouchers (stand 2046).
The UK’s leading job site for PAs, EAs and Secretaries, SecsintheCity is offering free CV reviews on its stand, whilst promoting over 2000 high calibre jobs in banking and finance, fashion, luxury brands, legal, marketing, media, and private PA roles (stand 3012).
Providing temporary and permanent recruitment solutions, Cordant People is currently celebrating the launch of its growing network of branches in the London region. The team specialise in office professional staffing, including PAs, team assistants, office managers, HR administrators and more (stand 7016).
Hotels, Venues, Event Management & Activities
London's premier cooking events provider, based in Oxford Circus and St Paul's, L'atelier des Chefs is showcasing its new Mobile Kitchen, an interactive cooking experience within the parameters of any venue, plus brand new Christmas Party formats for the 2015 festive season (stand 7040).
Visitors to this year’s office* show will have the opportunity to learn how they can assist in proving the positive impact that business events can add to the bottom line. Event communication specialist KDM – Event Experts will be running a seminar on Tuesday 13 October to help PAs prove that the conferences, teambuilding days, and other corporate communication activities they organise can be measured and evaluated in the same way as other business initiatives (stand 9020).
Inspirational Venue Solutions is drawing a prize winner every hour on the hour from 10am to 4pm at the show. Visitors who sign up at the stand can be in the chance of winning prizes from key suppliers, including spa treatments, dinners for two, champagne, high tea experiences, bar tabs and overnight hotel stays. It’s also promoting its new private dining reservations at members clubs, fine dining restaurants or unique and innovative spaces for groups of eight guests to exclusive use (stand 3002).
Karen Hardy Studios launches its new team building concept – ‘Bonding Through Ballroom’. Karen Hardy, winner of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, has combined her excellence in entertainment and business to create a fun, motivational, barrier breaking, team building experience. Based at her award winning luxury waterfront studios in Imperial Wharf, London, Karen Hardy Studios offers bespoke events at any location, corporate gift packages, Christmas parties and private membership to the studios (stand 2008).
Alton Towers & Thorpe park is promoting two new attractions available for corporate hire, including Alton Tower’s Tree Top Quest (a high ropes course set among the trees) and Thorpe Park’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Maze. office* visitors can be in with a chance to winning free theme park tickets (stand 8024).
Centre Parcs Events is promoting its DDR and 24-hour delegate rates available across its four locations: Sherwood Forest, Longleat Forest, Elveden Forest and Woburn Forest. Visitors who book a site visit during the show will have the opportunity to take advantage of an exclusive show offer (stand 1012).
Cookie Girl is demonstrating a variety of cupcake decorating techniques to inspire client and team events. Visitors will also have the opportunity to try a hand at creating a cupcake creation on the stand – the winner of the best cupcake will receive Cookie Girl's best-selling recipe book Eat Me (stand 9022).
Grange Hotels is promoting Revarew – Recognition, Value, Reward – the latest incarnation of the Grange Hotel’s guest loyalty scheme. It’s designed to globally reward guests who choose to give their patronage to independent hotels like Grange Hotels, known worldwide for having exceptional local knowledge, and personal, attentive service (stand 3030).
Event Stop is the latest launch update to Hospitality Guaranteed’s online system, HGOneStop. The new product aims to revolutionise the events industry, saving event organisers valuable time and money. It not only finds a perfect venue, but the bespoke online system manages bookings between clients and suppliers (stand 3014).
Lee Valley VeloPark is promoting its range of corporate packages for teambuilding and entertaining clients. Using the velodrome and BMX track that were used during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, new activities for winter 2015 include stand up paddle boarding, scuba diving, and Friday party night – a night of track cycling, timed laps and then a well-earned drink afterwards in a licensed café bar. Visitors to the stand have the opportunity to win great prizes, including a raft charter for up to nine people (stand 8010).
A flexible events agency with over 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Classic Venue Solutions is offering visitors a chance to earn a M&S e-gift card worth up to £250 on events booked before the 31 December 2015. It’s also promoting its recently launched ClassicVenueSolutions.com, which gives corporate clients and associations a better insight into how to unlock events that inspire (stand 6016).
One of the finest conference centres and hotels in Leeds, Yorkshire, Weetwood Hall is showcasing their beautiful venue, which is ideal for meetings and conferences at office*. They are also running a competition for visitors to win an overnight stay at Weetwood Hall Hotel (stand 2060-B).
MeetingRooms.com – the global marketplace that brings people and meeting space together, real-time and on-demand, has recently surpassed the 6,000 mark for global locations. Visitors can find out more on the stand, and can be in the chance of winning a free meeting room at one of its most recent venue partners (stand 9018).
Friends House is promoting its conference and meeting space, The Light. It has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment to transform it to a versatile and sustainable auditorium, whilst retaining some of its key heritage features. With state of the art audio visual facilities, a stunning sky light and vaulted roof, The Light has become one of London’s newest stand-alone venues (stand 4040).
Hospitality Line are specialists in corporate hospitality at sporting events. Each year, they offer the best viewing locations at The Monaco Grand Prix, with spectacular options for all budgets. They are offering office* visitors a chance of winning a £765 Silverstone driving experience (stand 4026).
Group Dynamics is presenting a contactless solution for the events industry, allowing delegates to participate in and share information around the events they attend. It also gives organisers a new level of control over what occurs at the meeting. Features include access control, interactive seating plans and private messaging (stand 6004).
Take the Mike Events is promoting its range of memorable theatrical workshops for the workplace, designed to celebrate achievement or manage difficult workplace situations more effectively. Featuring theatre demonstrations with actors, the workshops aim to be a valuable learning experience for all to improve productivity, and the well-being of the workplace (stand 5004).
With over 20 years’ experience within the corporate, hotel and leisure industry, First4venues provides a free venue finding service. Visitors who sign up at the show will be entered into a prize draw to win a night’s stay in a bed & breakfast at the Holiday Inn Southend-on-Sea (stand 5000).
CT-Live event marketing is offering several prize draws for visitors throughout the show. Event management agencies and office PAs are often tasked with organising events over and above their day-to-day workload. CT-Live event marketing are a professional events company that can help to cut through all of that anxiety and accountability (stand 6042).
Go Ape is promoting its new location, which is coming to the heart of London in Battersea Park later this year. Go Ape continues to prove increasingly popular for company days out, offering mid-week team days out and corporate team building events with a bit of spirit (stand 4032).
Travisa Visa Service is promoting My Account, which now includes auto generated visa applications. Travisa securely stores data that is intelligently collected and cross-utilised to automatically complete the visa application form (stand 4031).
Good Travel Management has recently purchased a competitor travel management company, Stanmore Travel in Watford, and is promoting a range of solutions for corporate travellers from booking flights, rail travel and hotels, to managing a range of other services such as car hire. It’s also promoting its business traveller app, launched last year, which continues to prove highly popular with corporate travellers, allowing them to manage their business trips whilst on the move (stand 9010).
Panache Chauffeur Hire is giving away a truly VIP luxury lifestyle experience to visitors at the show; with a chauffeur driven car, dinner at a top London restaurant, and one night’s stay for two at the multi award winning Mondrian Hotel (stand 9014).
PartnerPlusBenefit is a loyalty programme that’s all about rewarding a company for business travel to make travel budgets go further. Visitors can earn Benefit Points with every travel and can redeem them for a wide range of awards, and can receive 1,500 points just for joining up at the show (stand 2020).
To register for a free entry ticket (seminar costs vary), please visit www.officeshow.co.uk and use priority code OFF702 (or www.eventdata.co.uk/Visitor/Office15.aspx?TrackingCode=OFF702).
Media enquiries & press pass requests:
Emma-Louise Jones, Head of PR
Editorial representatives of relevant trade and consumer media (including freelancers) are invited to apply for press passes to office* via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 9am on Tuesday 13 October.
t: 44 (0)1273 645134
office* exhibitor enquiries:
Sarah Cooper, Event Manager
t: 44 (0)1273 645143
David Maguire, Group Event Director
t: 44 (0)1273 645127
office* won ‘Best PA Industry Event’ 2014 at pa-assist.com’s Members Voice Awards in 2014. office* was shortlisted for ‘Best UK Trade Show Exhibition (under 2,000m2)’ at the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) Excellence Awards in both 2013 and 2014.
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