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Harbour & Jones Events sponsors celebrity art event at RSA House to raise over £14,000 for mental health

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by chandco

Last Friday (20th June) Harbour & Jones Events teamed up with the Art in a Box project to host a VIP charity art event for 90 guests in the Great Room at RSA House. The evening saw original artwork from a whole of celebrities including Joanna Lumley, Leigh Francis, Chris Martin, Ricky Wilson and Jordan ‘Rizzle’ Stephens, auctioned off to raise funds for mental health charity, Upbeat Music. Guests included industry professionals from the likes of Lewis Silkin and Borough Market.

Kicking off at 6.30pm, guests were greeted with canapés and cocktails that had been created in homage to the celebrity artists including a ‘Bluberry Gin Rizzle’, complete with mini trumpet, and a ‘Bang Tidy Bacardi’, to match the ginger moustache of Leigh Francis.

Guests were seated in the RSA’s impressive Great Room with music from harpist Schrodinger’s Strings, before being served a starter of grilled organic Shetland salmon, broad bean and watercress salad with minted yoghurt and pea espuma and mains of slow cooked feather blade of beef with wild mushroom gnocchi, or duck egg bocconcini with broad bean and garlic roasted pepper tart and summer cress salad.

The auction swiftly followed with an hour of head-to-head bidding, hosted by TV’s Mark Stacey, famous for hosting Bargain Hunt and Flog It!. The evening raised over £14,000 in total with the highest bid going to Grace Slick’s rabbit painting that was bought for £1,350 by comedian Paul Whitehouse, who rang in a telephone bid during the auction.

“It was another fantastic event by Harbour & Jones Events at one of my favourite venues in London. It was a impressive and tantalising menu served amongst some really interesting art pieces,” said Paula King, sales and events manager for Borough Market and owner of P K Events.

“A fun and entertaining evening to support a great cause.”

Guests headed down to the Vaults for Harbour & Jones Events’ signature pudding wall that uses retro printing trays to display a tantalizing array of individual bite sized puddings, everything from homemade Turkish delight and marshmallows to decadent chocolate brownies, meringues and macaroons. Dancing long into the night, guests were entertained by Louis Vause & Friends and The Pat Crilly Band.

RSA House has six elegant event spaces, complete with period features, contact Hannah to organise a show round – 07720 083336.

 

 

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JOB VACANCY: Senior Event Sales Executive

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by chandco

We’re recruiting for a Senior Event Sales Executive at one of London’s most prestigious venues, RSA House.


About RSA House

Working within the Harbour & Jones Events collection you’ll have the opportunity to work at one of the most stylish and sought after venues in central London that was recently voted the 4th best in Event magazine’s Top 20 UK Venues.

RSA House is one of London’s hidden gems – tucked away just off the Strand, this magnificent Georgian building is home to elegant high-ceilinged ballrooms, cosy exposed brick vaults and stylish boardrooms

Read more about Harbour & Jones Events.

 

About the role

The objective of the Senior Event Sales Executive is to facilitate the catering and event management services for external functions and maximise income from sales of The RSA’s conference and banqueting facilities. They will assist in all aspects of sales, administration, database maintenance and client liaison across all functions within the Sales office. Handling and networking existing accounts and past users to develop business and to generate new leads.

 

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

 

Sales and Business Development

• Management of events database via CRM system Rendezvous; contacting prospective customers by the appropriate method, handling all incoming enquires to the agreed standard (telephone, mail, letter).

• Log all enquiries, provisional and confirmed bookings on the database and ensure effective chase and trace system in place.

• Have excellent knowledge of The RSA House, the various room capacities, unique selling points and capabilities.

• Proactively find and confirm new business through sales initiatives.

• Generate leads by networking existing accounts, both current and lapsed, to develop new business.

• Conduct show rounds with clients as required, to the standards agreed in your induction.

• Prepare well written quotes and dispatch by email in a timely manner.

• Refer business to the Harbour & Jones Events venues where possible, whilst managing and keeping track of referrals.

• Sell events in line with client requirements and in a way that we can meet their needs.

• Work to achieve higher average spends per head through effective use of up selling techniques to each client.

• Call clients to confirm final details to ensure accurate handover to the operations team.

• Meet and greet clients at events and follow up post-event for feedback and further business.

• Assist in the organisation and running of promotional events including client hospitality at other linked venues.

• Assist as required at promotional events, trade shows and sales and marketing activities.

• Proactively identify suitable stories, images and information suitable for us to use on our range of social media platforms e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter which will increase awareness and sales of The RSA House. Relationship Management

• Build and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and clients.

• Attend events meetings with the operations teams.

• Represent the sales team in an efficient, friendly and organised manner.

• Effectively communicate and share best practice with other Harbour & Jones Events venues Administration and Organisation

• Provide full administrative support for all sales activities and the sales department.

• Prepare accurate client invoices in a timely manner.

• Assist the client in credit control. Liaise with the RSA finance team to ensure reconciliation of Rendezvous records with RSA accounting records.

• Manage, maintain and update the sales tracker database, transferring data from excel onto the Rendezvous system.

• Report on sales activities and achieve set targets as agreed with line manager.

• To possess knowledge of competitors pricing, packages and products.

• Be commercially aware with an understanding of finance and profitable business.

• Liaise and consult with the line manager about enquiries, opportunities and bookings daily.

• Efficient and environmentally aware usage of print and copying facilities, in order to minimise costs.

• Collate material as required by sales team to ensure materials are prepared in timely fashion for all sales activities and events meetings.

• Undertake basic office duties as required in a manner that appropriately presents the Harbour & Jones Events brand.

• Thoroughly brief the operations team pre-events.

 

Health & Safety

• To keep up to date with all COSHH and HACCP procedures and methods.

• To report any equipment and/or building fabric faults and any hygiene, health and safety hazard to the Compliance Director.

 

Occasional Responsibilities

• Actively offer support to other areas of the business at times when the sales team does not require assistance, or when business is quiet.

• Responsible for personal development, looking for opportunities to expand knowledge of industry trends in food and food service and creative selling.

• To attend training courses and attend H&J meetings when necessary.

 

How to apply

To apply for this position, please email a copy of your CV and a covering letter to the Sales and Marketing Manager, Tim Barrett-Jolley: Tim.Barrett-Jolley@rsa.org.uk

 

Venues in London | Venue collection | Landmark London venues | Wedding venues
Conference rooms | Party venues | Marquees London | Event catering
Catering services | Private dining

Harbour & Jones Events
Venue hire & event catering London

1st Floor, The Lightbox, 127–133 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EW

www.harbourandjonesevents.com | 020 3206 7750

The Royal Society of Chemistry hosts Bacardi Legacy UK reveal party

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by chandco

The Royal Society of Chemistry, part of the prestigious Burlington House in Piccadilly, helped celebrate the winners of the hotly contested UK Bacardi Legacy competition when it held a 1920s themed private dinner for over 70 guests.

Attendees included professional bartenders, as well as the two Bacardi Legacy UK finalists, Nelson Bernardes, of the Long Bar at the Waldorf Astoria in Shanghai, and Sam Kershaw, of Callooh Callay in London, and winner, Tom Walker of the American Bar at The Savoy.

Harbour & Jones Events, who has an exclusive contract at the Royal Society of Chemistry, created a three course menu for the evening, paying homage to the best of British with chicken and duck liver terrine followed by slow cooked lamb. The evening was finished off with a decadent dessert of Bacardi trifle with pistachio crumbs and caramel crackling.

Providing a rum twist to white and red wine, guests supped on either ‘Rojo’, made up of cherry, liquorice, pepper, blackberry and Bacardi 8 Year Old Rum, or ‘Blanco’, a delicious combination of orange blossom honey, fruits and Bacardi superior rum.

Transforming the Library, one of six event spaces at the Royal Society of Chemistry into an art deco dining parlour, production agency Boutique Creative created a unique pop-up bar complete with its own red lamps, old school cocktail shakers and glass tumblers.

Invites and branding for the event used Bacardi’s moto ‘A family that dines together stays together’, and diners were overlooked by draped red curtains that revealed large family portraits from Bacardi’s history – the largest family-owned spirits company in the world.

Challenging the best bartenders in the world to come up with their ultimate cocktail using Bacardi, the Bacardi Legacy competition runs across the globe with winners from each country going forward to the ultimate final which will take place in Moscow during May this year.

Harbour & Jones Events is now offering a special Bacardi cocktail menu inspired by the winning entries, including Maid in Cuba, the winning drink from Tom Walker.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has six elegant event spaces, complete with period features, contact Hannah to organise a show round – 07720 083336.

 

 

Venues in London | Venue collection | Landmark London venues | Wedding venues
Conference rooms | Party venues | Marquees London | Event catering
Catering services | Private dining

Harbour & Jones Events
Venue hire & event catering London

1st Floor, The Lightbox, 127–133 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EW

www.harbourandjonesevents.com | 020 3206 7750


Work with us

We are always looking for talented people from chief cooks to expert bottle washers to work with us.

If that’s you, email your CV to: jobs@harbourandjones.co.uk