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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Christmas is only a stone throw away and whether you want to treat your employees for doing great or want to incentivise them to go further then Winter Wonderland could be for you! Picture it, you’re in Hyde Park, wrapped us cosy and warm with a glass of mulled wine in hand and some tasty food in the other, what could be better?

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City Scoop: Perfect Paris

City Scoop: Perfect Paris

The French capital is one that has attracted tourists for centuries. The city of love has everything to offer! So why not incentivise a break to this romantic destination?

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Events: Why Agency over In-house?

Events: Why Agency over In-house?

This year A&I have sponsored and are supporting at the PA Forum Christmas Party in Birmingham this month, we can’t wait to get stuck in and have some involvement with the local business community. We’re grateful to have the chance to help them out. But could we help you too?

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Out of the ordinary marketing

Out of the ordinary marketing

Marketing, it’s hard to think outside the box sometimes to create something that people will remember and see every day. We’re not saying you must copy an FHM-type stunt of projecting a naked Gail Porter onto the house of commons, but we are saying use the tools given to you to circulate what you want to market.

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Roving Report: Passionate Paris

Roving Report: Passionate Paris

Paris is a renowned capital city, not just for its iconic landmarks but also for its one of a kind architecture, trendy boutiques, incredible food and collections of iconic art. You are truly spoilt for choice in the city of love and romance. So, we sent Grace, our roving reporter to Paris to scout out the best hidden gems and most unique experiences.

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City Scoop: Birmingham

City Scoop: Birmingham

Many people think of the accent when talking about Birmingham, but there’s so much more! As the dark nights dawn on us, the bright lights of the city come out to play! Birmingham the city of diversity, is great for Family Fun, couples who like to wine and dine, or a day spent making memories with friends!

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Roving Reporter: Lovely Lucerne

Roving Reporter: Lovely Lucerne

Lucerne is the geographic and historic centrepiece of Switzerland. The city of Lucerne and the Lake Lucerne Region are frequently referred to as the ‘pocket-size Switzerland’. We decided to send our roving reporter Trudy to Lucerne to scout out all the different things to do, see and where to stay so that you don’t have to do any extra research work!

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Virtual Meetings: Future or Failure?

Virtual Meetings: Future or Failure?

Technology is forever advancing, and this means it is making it easier to connect and communicate with each other. Virtual meetings involve people interacting through the web on platforms. There are advantages and disadvantages to this, but to help you make your mind up we’ve weighed up the pros and cons for this.

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7 Wonderous Locations for Travel Incentives.

7 Wonderous Locations for Travel Incentives.

Travel Incentives are known to boost motivation and productivity amongst employees. Who wouldn’t want to be awarded an all-expenses paid trip. A trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the World is something they are ensured to never forget!

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City Scoop: Blissful Barcelona

City Scoop: Blissful Barcelona

Interested in Architecture? Captivated by culture? Barcelona is the place to be! City breaks are perfect for couples wanting a weekend away, or trip away with friends and family for some quality time spent sight-seeing, shopping and testing out tasty local delicacies.

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Spotlight on: Dunston Hall, Norwich

Spotlight on: Dunston Hall, Norwich

At A&I we are always looking for different venues for you, even when we’re not at work. Often, we are introduced to great venues when we’re not looking. Over the weekend our Roving Reporter, Georgia, attended a wedding at Dunston Hall, Norwich. Whilst there she had a little nosey around to see what facilities are available and if the venue caters for all.

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Spotlight on: The NEC

Spotlight on: The NEC

A&I have been appointed for events at the NEC and have a three-day event there as a key-fixture in the industry calendar. So, the question is, why would we use ...

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Spotlight On: Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island

Spotlight On: Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island

If our bespoke packages weren’t enough, we can now add to these with a day or overnight trip to Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island. With charter flights from Abu Dhab...

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Wonderfully Wacky places to stay in the UK!

Wonderfully Wacky places to stay in the UK!

Not every trip away has to be in a standard hotel, here you can send your employees or customers on a break away to some of these weird and wonderful hotels!

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City Scoop: Romantic Rome

City Scoop: Romantic Rome

Brimming with culture, history, great food and fashion, Rome is an incredibly vibrant and romantic city to explore.

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Roving Report: Skiing in Splendid Switzerland

Roving Report: Skiing in Splendid Switzerland

We sent our roving reporter Andy to Geneva, Switzerland, to suss out the slopes and other excursions. Is it really one of the happiest places to live? Find out ...

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Let A&I find you your ideal venue

Let A&I find you your ideal venue

If you’re struggling to find the perfect venue or don’t have the time to trawl through hundreds of venue websites, then look no further - A&I Group offers a com...

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Top Technology to advance your business.

Top Technology to advance your business.

Let’s face it, we’re not living in the dark ages anymore! Technology is advancing more and more every day and we should try to keep up with it and the advantage...

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Ajman – the up and coming destination outside of Dubai

Ajman – the up and coming destination outside of Dubai

The smallest of the seven Emirates is the hidden jewel of Ajman, covering a mere 100 square miles. Less well-known than Dubai and Abu Dhabi, it is one of the m...

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Top 5 Rooftop Venues in the UK

Top 5 Rooftop Venues in the UK

Imagine picturesque views, a skyline that lights up in the background and flowing drinks. There aren’t many events you’ll find this at. But if you were to host ...

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Roving Report: Spectacular Singapore

Roving Report: Spectacular Singapore

We sent our Roving Reporter Frankie to Singapore for a visit to see what you can do, where you can stay and to prove why there’s so much more to it than its wea...

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Roving Report: An Elegant Estate

Roving Report: An Elegant Estate

We love to check out the venues we use in person and this bank holiday weekend we sent our roving reporter, Rebecca, to De Vere Horwood Estate.

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Roving Report: Artsy Amsterdam

Roving Report: Artsy Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ capital, attracted roughly 16.2 million tourists in 2017. So, what we want to know is why it’s so popular? We sent Dan, our Roving ...

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Top 5 Quirky Places For a Corporate Event

Top 5 Quirky Places For a Corporate Event

It’s usually the same for corporate meetings, a hotel, an auditorium, nothing that really stops people from dozing off! But here we’ve came up with 5 quirky pla...

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Grab your Wellies: Festival Incentive

Grab your Wellies: Festival Incentive

The festival season is upon us and recently we have set up a Summer Fest Campaign for a client, which enables a customer and their friends to be the potential w...

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Roving Report: The Wonderful Wilderness

Roving Report: The Wonderful Wilderness

Read our Roving Report from Anita's trip to Wilderness Manor, Suffolk. Get some inspiration for Corporate Events, Team Building days, and Incentive Getaways.

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Roving Report - Terrific Tenerife

Roving Report - Terrific Tenerife

Read our Roving Report from Lucy's Tenerife trip for some travel inspiration!

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Spotlight: Alton Towers

Spotlight: Alton Towers

Alton Towers is known for being one of the most-loved theme parks in the UK, but did you know that it holds perfect venues for business conferences, spectacular...

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Women Who Mean Business

Women Who Mean Business

Forget ‘behind every successful man is a woman’ – behind every successful woman there’s a tribe of more women who have her back. There are so many influential w...

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8 Ways to Keep Your Event Data Safe

8 Ways to Keep Your Event Data Safe

Cyberattacks and data theft is a huge problem for any organisation and with the new GDPR rules coming in May 2018, what precautions should you take to keep your...

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Roving Report - Capturing Cancún

Roving Report - Capturing Cancún

Fifteen years after my first visit to Cancún, it was an exciting prospect to return here under a work guise to rediscover the destination.

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Events: Preparing for GDPR

Events: Preparing for GDPR

The changes made to the General Data Protection Regulation will completely change the way events can collect and handle personal information of attendees of the...

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Bringing Inspiration Back!

Bringing Inspiration Back!

Yes, you read that right! When he's not bringing Sexy Back, he's showcasing his event planning skills. If you haven't seen Justin Timberlake's new music video to the song Filthy, you should!

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Do’s & Don’ts of Corporate Hospitality

Do’s & Don’ts of Corporate Hospitality

When executed well, corporate hospitality can be an invaluable tool for generating and retaining loyalty among clients (both new and existing) and among your own staff.

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Get the Most Out of an Event!

Get the Most Out of an Event!

How do you create a Return on Investment for your Event? Try a 440% increase in sales for size! At A&I Events we’re passionate about proving the value of what we do and so we work with our clients to measure return on investment!

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Roving Report - Picture Perfect Porto

Roving Report - Picture Perfect Porto

Not all our roving reporters get to be intrepid. Sometimes these “never-off-duty” investigators need to turn themselves into distinctly discerning detectives as was the case with a recent study trip to Oporto.

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Roving Report - Buzzing Budapest

Roving Report - Buzzing Budapest

The "Queen of the Danube" offers cool cafes, hipster hotels, grand architecture and exciting design! And all for a surprising light budget!

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Roving Report - LA Style meets Vegas

Roving Report - LA Style meets Vegas

Welcome to our series of Roving Reports! Our intrepid investigators are regularly out and about checking new destinations, re-visiting well-known ones and building up the knowledge and network needed to ensure every event is a success for our clients.

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A&I Cracking Christmas Incentives

A&I Cracking Christmas Incentives

From the 12 days of Christmas and advent calendar themes to post-Christmas getaways, our team are ready to turn the season of goodwill into results, giving your winners the VIP experience.

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The Weird & The Wonderful

The Weird & The Wonderful

Within the incentive sector, we’re always looking for new ideas and new places that people won’t already have visited. So here’s just a small selection of some of the more weird and wonderful hotels in Northern Europe – could be just the thing for an incentive with a difference!

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A&I Top 5 Incentive Destinations

A&I Top 5 Incentive Destinations

Travel Incentives are one of the most 'looked to' reward schemes for employees. Reaching high sales figures and creating friendly competition within the business to encourage employees to go that extra mile to earn a trip of a lifetime. But what's exciting?

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Events: A Model For Measuring

Events: A Model For Measuring

Live events are an excellent way to bring your business community together, whether they’re aimed at staff, customers, recruiting new channel partners or staff, launching a new product … the list is endless.

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