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Eleanor Whitby is the Co-director of Red Pepper Events, based in Dundee’s Vision building surrounded by some of the areas best creative businesses and minds. Eleanor works alongside her partner Ed Murdoch and new Event manager Jaimie Easson to create bespoke events of all different sizes, bringing her clients vision to life. Throughout the past 13 years, Red Pepper has blossomed from a small events company to a booming events and cater hire business with clients coming from all different backgrounds and all areas of the world, each one looking for something different including large conferences, weddings, festivals and smaller bespoke affairs. Eleanor’s main passion is to support Dundee and its surrounding areas, through showcasing different venues, promoting and liaising with various charities whilst supporting everyone around her that she can. In her blog, Eleanor tries to show you some of the weekly tasks she undertakes and a look into the wonderful world of events.
FOR EACH PETAL ON THE SHAMROCK, THIS BRINGS A WISH YOUR WAY, GOOD HEALTHMonday 04 March 2019
Time to travel home, into the office and back to reality after a more than successful three days in Dublin and Belfast over the weekend. We had two client meetings on the green isles, as well as the opportunity to visit and experience 4 great and unique venues in this beautiful country.
Of course while we absolutely love being our event professional selves, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have some downtime and partake in some fun at the Guinness Storehouse while we were there. We love being able to travel to such lovely places as part of our work, giving us the chance to see and do things we wouldn’t necessarily do otherwise.
DO THE WORK, ENJOY YOUR WORK, BE PASSIONATE AND OF COURSE KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN ANTuesday 05 March 2019
Sometimes after a fantastic trip away, it can be very comforting and rewarding to arrive back to our events office. Although we are frequent travellers around the local areas and the UK, our office is where the best events magic happens. Tuesday was definitely a day to keep our heads down as we had several large admin tasks to complete for our two big conferences happening between next week and the end of March. Myself and the team were overcome with excitement when we completed these tasks, genuinely! There is definitely a sense of pride and happiness when you finish a task doing a job you love. Being back at home also allows us to slow down and grab our bearings from time to time.
“LIFE IS A MATTER OF PREPERATION MEETING OPPORTUNITY”Wednesday 06 March 2019
Wednesday gave us another opportunity for the whole team to be together at one of our fantastic conference venues in St Andrews. After a very productive morning completing various admin tasks in the hotel bar, we were able to join our clients for one of our last meetings before the event day later in March. Nothing is more exciting and satisfying than seeing all of everyone’s hard work coming together, to create the best event and experience possible. Once our productive morning was completed, then back to sunny Dundee for more client meetings, with future potential on the horizon for both Red Pepper, Dundee and Surrounding areas.
RED PEPPER EVENTS HELPS CELEBRATE THE BUILD UP TO INTERNATIONAL WOMANS DAYThursday 07 March 2019
Our Thursday was filled with some special opportunities for us as a business and on a personal level. I was invited by Apex Hotels (Thank you Kim Wilkinson) to attend one of Scotland’s most important award ceremonies, The Number 1 Amazing Woman Awards in Glasgow.
As an events manager, it is often a special treat to be a guest at a spectacular large event as opposed to being behind the scenes organising it. This allows us as professionals to meet potential new clients and suppliers, immerse ourselves in the décor and atmosphere whilst being a part of something important. Also, it can give our staff a chance to let their hair down, have some well earned fun, and be impressed with all of the nominees/winners in between all of the professional discussions. The Glasgow Fruit Market looked amazing can’t wait to be able to produce an event there!
Have Laptop Will TravelFriday 08 March 2019
Friday was spent having a very good breakfast at the Apex Hotel, Glasgow. Dylan Drummond joined me for scrambled egg and smoked Salmon, what better way to start the day. Then the train squished myself (and my Yo! Sushi) onto a packed Glasgow to Dundee service and got out my laptop. Wrote this blog diary, sent a rooming list off the Crutherland House Hotel. Sent off the delegate badge list to our administrator and then we arrive in Dundee just in time to join the rest of the Red Pepper team who have been setting up a dinner for 55 guests in the Vision Building for Henderson Loggie. All in a weeks work! Thank you for reading, Eleanor