Event managers coping with postponed events due to Coronavirus!

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Event managers – two events postponed due to Coronavirus!

As many of you know, we are founders and event managers of many awards, include the Kent Charity Awards.  We have just had to make the sad decision to postpone the judging and gala evening for this year. We will of course be guided by our Government’s advice on social gatherings and will keep you up-to-date on any developments with regard to this year’s KCA’s.  In an ideal world we would have the gala evening in Autumn, but in reality we think it will be moved to Spring 2021.

It is a tough time for everyone, but our hearts and gratitude go out to all the charities, volunteers and trustees, who have to keep going through these turbulent times.  Also thank you to everyone that has already submitted their entry and those who have nominated a volunteer or trustee into the awards.

Medway Business Awards delayed

We’re also event managers of the Medway Business Awards and the 2020 awards were due to be launched in April, this launch has now been postponed.  The gala evening is planned for November 13, but in these extraordinary times we find ourselves in, we are still waiting on confirmation if we will be allowed to have mass gatherings in November!  The impact that Covid-19 is having on the hospitality industry is catastrophic.  As with the rest of the world, we just need to wait and see how soon it takes to get Covid-19 under control.

Staying Positive

We are not writing this blog to bring doom and gloom, Rise are event managers so always try to stay positive and constructive!  We also know how important it is for organisations in the private, corporate and third sector to enter awards and to highlight their achievements.  Therefore, if you are working from home or your place of work and find that you have a few hours to fill, then this might be the perfect opportunity to start thinking about writing an awards entry.
A few years ago one of the KCA entrants sent us this note, which we think is quite apt and works for all sectors;

The Kent Foundation

How often do you take the time out to reflect upon the positive difference your charity is making to people’s lives? Charities work hard all year – supporting those with a need, finding those who can benefit, applying for funding, finding volunteers – the list is endless. We for one know the struggles. We found applying for the Kent Charity Awards provides that chance to stop! A chance to step outside of our usual business operations and reflect upon what really matters most, and that is how our charity has made a difference to so many people in the space of just one year.

Below are a few key questions you might like to think about:

Charity Awards

1.  What are the key impacts your charity has on your beneficiary and/ or community?
2.  What is your greatest highlight or achievement in the last 12 months?
3.  What was your greatest challenge in the last 12 months and how did you deal with it?
4.  Do you have any special projects or events happening in the next year?
5.  If applicable give an example of collaborative work with another organisation (this does not need to be a charity)
6.  Any other information you wish the judges to be aware of?

Business Awards

1.  What does your business do?
2.  What is the history of your business?
3.  What differentiates you from your competitors?
4.  What are your business achievements?
5.  What business challenges have your faced and how have/are you dealing with it?
6.  What is your current sales & marketing strategy
7.  How do you retain existing business?
8.  How is your organisation addressing sustainability, upskilling and health and wellbeing?
9.  Why do you think your businesses deserves to win an award?
10. What are your business ambitions for the next few years?

What next?

So, looking on the bright side of life, we very much hope you give the above questions some thought.  We also hope you all stay safe and if you need us at all, please don’t hesitate to give us a ring, or send us an email.  The team at Rise are all great communicators who love to listen and have a chat!