Top 7 Things to do in Japan

By Claire Okrafo-Smart Until this year’s Olympics was postponed, sport’s biggest extravaganza has been called off just three times in modern history, all in wartime, and the last time (in 1940) was the year Tokyo was supposed to be the host city. What a coincidence. As COVID-19 takes hold of the world and the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 …

10 Tips for Working from Home

Here at ACE, we have always been flexible with home and remote working. Therefore, some of our team are experts in all things WFH. Here are a few things you can do to try to effectively work from home without driving yourself (or those around you) round the bend. By Claire Okrafo-Smart Get changed out of your pyjamas every morning. …

How To Achieve Your Goals By Working From The Ground Up

By Chris Parnham. Planning life goals or business objectives can often feel like looking at the pieces of a jigsaw, spread randomly across the table. We may know where we want to go in life, but it’s the journey that often baffles us. Just like with the jigsaw, we can see the outcome by looking at the picture on the …

The Incentive Formula: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Incentive Programme

By Chris Parnham. We all remember from school days one or two key equations. Perhaps the most memorable being e = mc2, Einstein’s theory of relativity, or the Pythagorean Theorem a2 + b2 = c2. This one lays out the special relationship between each side of a right triangle: the squares of two shorter sides of a right triangle add …

How to Avoid Death? Don’t Stop Living

By Chris Parnham. I turned 50 this year – quite a milestone – and even though I try my very best, I simply cannot stop the physical effects of aging… or can I? Science tells us that aging is achieved by a series of diverse biochemical procedures in the body that persuade it, both internally and externally to deteriorate over …

The Top 10 Venues in Copenhagen

By Chris Parnham. Absolute Corporate Events has launched a new awards initiative, ‘Aced By ACE’ to recognise and celebrate the very best in the MICE Industry. The awards will focus on several destinations and cities globally and will be given to the best DMC’s, hotels, venues and events spaces in those destinations. MD and owner of Absolute Corporate Events Chris …

How To Become a Compassionate Leader and Get More From Your Staff

By Chris Parnham. Most of us business owners, leaders or managers expect – or at least hope – that our staff care as much about our business as we do, but why should they? Providing they show up on time, look busy for 8 hours, don’t pull too many sickies, smile in the right places and make the right noises, …

The 15 People You’ll Meet At Your Next Trade Show

By Chris Parnham. The barfly, The blagger, The stuff it in her baggerThe blogger, The nodder, The flush it down the boggerThe nagger, The swagger, The finger waggerThe waster, The racer, The more than two facerThe shirker, The worker, The business converterWe all love a trade show. My blatant rip off of an old McDonald’s TV ad, above, names and …

My First Novel

By Chris Parnham. They say that everyone has a book in them. I know there is one in me, but I’m just not sure what it is. If there is indeed a book in all of us, let’s try to discover it together… And perhaps we’ll learn something about ourselves along the way… So, the first question must be, will …

Absolute Corporate Events Launches Talent Pool

Absolute Corporate Events has launched a new events talent pool in a recruitment drive to find and nurture the next generation of new talent in the industry. Absolute Corporate Events will offer mentoring with a Director and meaningful rewards to motivate growth and development. Motivating, rewarding and keeping the best employees is becoming increasingly important to all employers. With greater demand …

How to grow your turnover by 400% in five years

Our managing director, Chris Parnham gave an interview to C&IT Magazine recently, discussing the current events industry climate and how he grew Absolute Corporate Events by 400% in just five years. The interview is available to watch below:

The Five Benefits of Incentive Travel

By Chris Parnham. As we sit at our desks looking outside at the grey skies of the UK, it seems like the perfect time to start surfing online, scanning deals for cheap flights to sunnier corners of the Globe. After all, who doesn’t love a holiday? In fact, statistics show that UK workers spend a fair majority of their hard-earned salary …

ACE Joins The House of St Barnabas to Help Defeat Homelessness

By Chris Parnham. ACE have recently joined The House of St Barnabas as Corporate Members and Supporters. The House of St Barnabas is a private members club and charity, based in Soho. As well as providing a comfortable and exclusive environment for its members, the charity mostly focuses on helping the homeless back into full time employment, through its academy and mentor …

Want Your Delegates Enjoy Your Event? Don’t Do This…

By Chris Parnham. Essentially, there are two types of parent. One will coach and praise their children in order to build their confidence, and they inspire or challenge them to try harder and achieve great things. They focus on success and outcomes. These children grow up to be winners, leaders, and happy, capable self-sufficient adults. The other type, often called …

The One Rule to Follow to be a Great Leader

By Chris Parnham. How many times have we heard the pointed phrase – there’s no i in team? Well it’s wrong! There IS an i in team, it’s YOU… Without a great leader, a team is just a bunch of people. Stumbling through a day, without a shared purpose, without any standards to aim for, and without a goal or prize to strive for. So, at best, …

What’s Your Legacy?

By Chris Parnham. This week marks the 10th anniversary of the sad death of Tim Gasson, who died in a car crash on the night of 20th May 2007. Tim founded my company, Absolute Corporate Events, in 1995 and built the foundations that have created the company that I am proud to own today. I knew Tim, although while he was alive …

Time to Set Sail…?

By Chris Parnham. As a birthday looms it makes me think about the passing of time and also the wasting of time. It’s not a big birthday, to be clear, more a teeny tiny one, but never the less, birthdays always make me reflect. Have I made the most of my years so far? Am I where I’d hoped to …

How Your Personality Can Help You Prepare For Change

By Chris Parnham. Some people seem to have all the luck. Good things happen to them, they always win, they never seem to make any mistakes, and life appears to come easy to them. We used to say; they always come up smelling of roses, or they always land on their feet. Others have to fight for every victory. They …

The second annual ACE Partner awards event

By Chris Parnham. The ACE Board; Chris Parnham, Angie Mason, Jill Fleming and Jacquie Freer treated 20 of their favourite partners to an evening at Chris’ home in London last month. The partner awards event is the ACE team’s way of saying thank you to some of its most faithful partners, including venues, hotels and DMCs. The ACE Board were …

Get more from Barcelona

By Chris Parnham. The ACE team just returned home from Barcelona where they managed a Partner Conference for one of their law clients. After considering a number of destinations, Barcelona was selected as it is renowned as a truly inspiring business destination. It’s a serious city, but it has a terrific climate, a positive outlook, and a glorious beach. It …