It's all about teamwork

Georgina Raye, production and operations manager at Media 10 says the event industry is nothing without the people. I have worked for Media 10 since March 2014, working on two prestigious design trade shows, namely 100% Design and Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW). The company has given me the most valuable piece of advice; that when you set your mind to something nothing is unachievable. Both shows I work on have huge productions and interesting challenges. One of the most amazing components, which make the shows so unique, is transforming a derelict and/or a Grade I listed structure into a safe and fit space for work. With the added layer of making the show look beautiful. I am so lucky to work with a pool of amazing designers, some old school and some new, production people from different walks of the creative spectrum. Some of which want to comply with your ‘box as a feature’ brief and the rest, (of which there are more) who want you to tear down walls. Literally. The most valuable thing I have learned is that I love people, design second and design in an exhibition setting third. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy watching an idea that seems virtually impossible come to light, evolve, take shape and built. There is nothing quite like it. The show that wins me over every time and is particularly close to my heart is CDW, not just because of the type of show it is but the team that work on this event.   Let me paint the picture for you. CDW is a three-day festival of design and is set in the heart of Clerkenwell London. CDW 2015 celebrates design in a trade exhibition format – however, the caveat to that is we have seven venues, 12, floorplans (due to the different levels and sections of each respective building) with seven different manuals, seven different contacts, seven different sets of H&S restrictions, seven different legal restrictions set by the council, seven different toilet and cleaning requirements, seven different sets of exhibitors, seven different build and breakdown timings and so forth… you get the idea. It is challenging. In terms of feature projects we had 18 in May 2015 – some of these individual projects consisted of several installations, (the number makes me break out into a cold sweat) some were built in an internal or external setting and some were built on public property… ahem. Oh, and the show is spread over one square mile and covers an entire postcode.. One day, I did about 32,000 steps during build. Besides the number of venues and the plethora of features that are created for this very bespoke and quite frankly joyous event – the real amount of people who make this event so amazing are but a few, firstly there is my immediate team. There are three sales, three marketing, two features, 1.5 operations staff (me and a lovely part-time ops person) and our director. The amount of actual people that produce and create this show are almost less than our numbers internally. We have the best HSO, FMs and the most hard working external ops company, who also double up as an electrics provider, shell provider, carpet fitter and overall amazing onsite team, and then there are a small cleaning team and temporary staff who go above and beyond their job title sorry not to forget security… they are something very special. I make sure I know everyone by name from the lovely chaps who collect the bins, the lead electrician, the guy who has been tasked with making sure the 14th century prison cells doesn’t look overly flooded because there has been a huge down pour, to the wonderful woman Laura Lewis from EDP, who makes scheduling look like piece of poetry and I can’t forget the amazing lifting staff who double up as cleaners when asked (no names, International Lifting Services Ltd – did I say that?). The point is, an exhibition in whatever environment, is nothing without the people. The design is just an added bonus. They make CDW for me. They make my job what it is. They make everything achievable. I am lucky to be surrounded by creative and excellent people, which make working at Media 10 so great. As a company we are still growing and delivering more events than ever before. I’m sure as we continue to grow we will still hold on to the core values that have contributed to our success. This article was first published in the August issue of EN. Any comments? Email Annie Byrne
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