On 13th May 1995 I organised my first event, “The Hot Cross Bouncing Bunny Ball” a black-tie ball for 500 people. Raising £5,000 for the Edinburgh Branch of the Red Cross where I was working as Commercial Manager at the time.
It was at that ball that I had my light bulb moment at 2 am as I was standing in the middle of the dance floor that it was the events industry that I wanted to be part of.
Match Point Hospitality in Edinburgh was next, highlights being European Mogul Challenge. Series of 4 head-to-head mogul ski races, British Beach Volleyball Championships and World Legends Tennis Championships.
Marketing and Events Manager for Drambuie Liqueur Company was incredible. This was a whirlwind of back-to-back events, being responsible for all aspects of Drambuie’s presence at a plethora of prestigious famous events The London Ski Show, The World Tax Free Exhibition Asia in Hong Kong, The European Tax-Free World Exhibition in Cannes, The Scone Game Fair, CLA Game Fair, GQ Active Show London and Cowes Speed Boating Week.
I can only blame the madness of youth for my next move but thankfully it worked out. I resigned from Drambuie to set up my own events management business MAP 55. I had wonderful loyal clients who had big budgets and unique events for me to manage. For Xerox UK it was their “Show Liner” tour showcasing their new products all over the UK. For Xerox Europe the launch of their new products in Dublin, there were charity balls, product launches, exhibitions, team building days. In one memorable week I was in London, New York and Paris working on three different events.
Fast forward from that very first ball to now, the adventure continues with the expansion of Glad Rags Events and the introduction of Glad Rags and Fishing Rods, Glad Rags and Dog Leads, Glad Rags and Floral Creations and Glad Rags and Gardening Gloves with more to follow.
The focus remains the same, delivering unique, fun, outstanding, memorable events where everyone is welcome and in this new world of a pandemic focusing on what we can do not what we cannot while always adhering to the current guidelines.
I look forward to welcoming you to the world of Glad Rags Events.