It’s been a busy few months at the HQ of QD Events as the team pull together to produce three shows! In August 2016, we launched Resonate Festival of Gaming at the SECC as Scotland’s biggest consumer festival of eSports and Gaming. Ticket holders had the opportunity to compete, play, watch, learn and compare notes over a three day event, while younger audiences enjoyed a dedicated ‘Junior Gamer Zone’. Featuring some of the top names in YouTube and Game Development, the event not only indul...
Like many companies in the events industry, we are at our busiest over Christmas and New Year. The IRN-BRU Carnival is our biggest event of the year. We welcome over 60 attractions to the SECC, such as the Crazy Mouse Rollercoaster, The Fun House, Hook a Duck and the Carousel, not to mention around 150,000 visitors over a 3 week period. It’s a huge amount of work and a real team effort. This year was no different, with lots of challenges along the way with new rides, high winds and publi...
As event organisers it’s often difficult to visit another event without looking at the finer details and think ‘what would I do differently if this was my event?’ However, this weekend a few of the QD team entered the Cancer Research UK, Pretty Muddy at Bellahouston Park. To be honest, we were a bit busy running, crawling through scramble nets and sliding into pools of muddy water to notice the ins and outs, but we all agreed it was a great event! There were about 5000 women pa...
I love the fact that twitter provides a brilliant daily (hourly!) snapshot of how people working in different fields approach their work. Too often, in my opinion, we fail to appreciate how restricted our own perspectives can be when approaching a challenge, an opportunity, a threat etc. With this in mind, QD Events recently set up what we called an ‘off-piste’ training day, looking at how experts from the fields of sport and design approach their working lives and how – in our roles of sales,...
On Tuesday evening, I was asked to sit alongside Dave Corbett of DF Concerts, Emma Glacken, the Media Manager for Ed fringe and Debbie Holley, Production Manager for BBC and be interviewed by Ally McCrae about ‘How to get a job in Events’ in front of an audience of about forty students from across Glasgow. It’s a tricky question. I’m not sure I know anyone in the live events industry who set out with the objective to work in live events – and certainly none of the panellists did. But perhaps tha...