Tradeshows and exhibitions are a great way to introduce your business to potential new customers. But it can be challenging to identify genuinely interested visitors from the merely curious. Not to mention, your competitors are usually present at the same event.
But exhibitions and tradeshows don’t need to be grand affairs in large open warehouses. For some businesses, holding their own exhibition and being in charge of who attends provides great opportunities to showcase their products or services.
These events also provide an opportunity to introduce new products and services to existing customers as well. But finding an appropriate venue can be challenging.
A flexible space designed to impress
WatervieW in Bicentennial Park is becoming a popular location for small – medium sized exhibitions. The venue has a pillar less design, high ceilings and flexible floor space to accommodate the requirements of exhibitors.
Its central location makes it easy for your guests to attend and once they arrive there is ample free parking available.
Often the most relaxed time to speak with potential new customers is at the food and beverage stations. WatervieW has a strong reputation for delivering sumptuous meals, canapés and snacks that will delight attendees and set the scene for productive discussions.
Choose an all-inclusive package or customise your exhibition
WatervieW’s standard exhibition package includes 8-hour exhibition room hire, trestle tables, stage, lectern, microphone, PA system and professional wait staff. If you are looking for something different, their experienced and well-connected team of business event managers are able to introduce you to some of Sydney’s best exhibition suppliers.
Like to know more?
WatervieW in Bicentennial Park provides a beautiful location for any type of business event. To learn more about their comprehensive range of business packages, enquire online or call 02 9764 9900.
We’ve all experienced it. The collective grumbling of st aff when the day-long team meeting is announced. Instead of embracing the opportunity to get together to collaborate and share ideas, it’s often greeted with dread -closely followed by reasons why they cannot dedicate an entire day to attend.
So how do you overcome the team meeting grumbles?
Holding half or full-day team meetings on-site is never successful because there are too many distractions to disrupt the meeting. Participants will be called away to deal with issues that can usually wait. As a result, they miss important components of the meeting or return late after each break.
By holding team meetings off-site, you are emphasising the importance of the meeting and stressing you require everyone’s full participation.
Set a tight agenda
One of the most common complaints for attending any meeting is that it is a waste of time. By setting an agenda and circulating it before the meeting, you are establishing the meeting will be beneficial and important to the organisation’s future success. An agenda will also provide participants with the opportunity to prepare for each topic so they can actively participate.
Add some fun
If your aim is to boost energy levels and maintain the focus of participants throughout the meeting, you need to provide plenty of breaks and activities toget them moving.
Playing games or pa
rticipating in facilitated team building activitiesis popular because they have the additional benefits of generating conversation and building new relationships between participants. They also add novelty and create memories which are guaranteed to change future perceptions of the value of this type of event.
Easy options for your next business event
Your next business event is only a phone call away with WatervieW’s all-inclusive business event packages. For example, our Team Building Package includes a delicious working lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a choice of 3 fun-filled team building activities facilitated by professionals.
For more information, enquire online or call (02) 9764 9900 to speak to one of our business event managers.
It’s July. It’s cold and Christmas seems a long way off. So why start planning the staff Christmas party now?
Here are 4 great reasons.
1. Less stress and pressure
The pre-Christmas period is a frantic time for everyone. There is so much to do. Work gets busier. There are Christmas catch-ups with friends and if you have children, there are all of their end-of-year commitments as well.
With the staff Christmas party organised and booked now, you’ll have less to do in the lead up to Christmas. Now doesn’t that sound nice?
2. Saves time and money
Leaving your Christmas party booking until November (or later) means it can be hard to find a venue that has room for your group. Ask anyone who has been in this situation. They’ll tell you about the countless phone calls to find a venue and the outrageous prices some opportunistic venues charge desperate businesses.
Booking your staff Christmas party early means you are more likely to get your preferred venue. Plus some venues have special offers for early bird bookings.
3. Secure your preferred day and date
Friday and Saturday nights are the most popular nights for holding fun Christmas parties because no-one has work the next day. This gives staff the opportunity to let their hair down and have a great time. So if you want to reward your staff with a great Christmas party, book early so you can secure your preferred day and date.
4. Securing great entertainment
Like the venue, the best entertainment is quickly booked out. While staff enjoy the opportunity to chat and relax together, providing entertainment helps the party atmosphere last all night. Sadly, booking entertainment is often forgotten in the pre-Christmas panic. By thinking ahead, you will have everything organised so you can be confident everyone will have a great time.
Popular Christmas party entertainment options include a DJ and dance floor, roving magicians, a band, acrobats, photo booths, comedians and caricaturists.
Where business goes to party
WatervieW in Bicentennial Park offers great value Christmas party packages that are available for you to book now. They are suitable for groups of 45 people up to 500 people.
Save yourself hassle and worry by planning your staff Christmas party early.
Breaking down barriers results in better performing teams so consider including team building activities at your next seminar, conference or team meeting.
The secret to effective team building appears to be the inclusion of fun. Activities involving laughter, conversation and movement change the way we interact with co-workers. As a result, our perceptions of our colleagues change and we learn new ways to interact with each other.
How to plan a team building activity
In order to create high impact learning experiences, team building activities need to be carefully and expertly facilitated.
Before selecting your facilitator or deciding on a team building activity, you need to consider:
- The goals or outcomes you wish to achieve
- The amount of time you’ll have available on the day of your seminar, conference or team meeting
- The diversity of your team
Consider team diversity
Team members will have different interests and fitness levels. They may cover diverse age groups or cultures. This diversity means the team building activity must be carefully selected and facilitated to ensure it does not alienate anyone.
After all, the purpose of including a team building activity is to bring your staff together – not highlight their differences. So ensure your facilitator is aware of the diversity of your team when booking your business event.
Taking it offsite
Businesses often find team meetings are more effective if they are held off-site. It allows management to control distractions – including contact with the office. However you may need to obtain approval from the venue to run your team building activity.
Some venues offer facilitated team building activities as part of their business event packages. This makes it easier to organise your event because all activities will be pre-approved by the venue.
Enter a business playground
WatervieW in Bicentennial Park offers a cost effective team building package that includes a 1½ – 2 hour facilitated team building activity.
Businesses that have taken advantage of the package report their staff perform better throughout the day when an activity is included. They also remark they experience increased productivity and better inter-department relationships as a result of the team building activities delivered at WatervieW.
Gala dinners are popular options for business celebrations, awards nights, conferences and fundraisers.
The key components of any gala dinner are fabulous food, eye-popping décor, a fun theme and first-class entertainment. If it is a fundraising gala dinner, it will usually include raffles offering desirable, high-value prizes and auctions offering unique or money-can’t-buy items.
With so much to organise, it is usually recommended that a committee be formed to organise the event. If this isn’t an option, consider selecting a venue that offers gala dinner packages to make the whole event easier to manage.
5 tips to help with planning your gala dinner
- Start early
Start planning as early as possible to ensure your favourite venue is available on your preferred night.
- Know your budget
Be clear on your budget. As the name suggests, a gala dinner is a very special occasion so you’ll need the decorations, entertainment and food to reflect this. Know your costs before you have a budget blow-out so people will remember the night for all the right reasons.
- Technical support
Multimedia presentations, staging and lighting are popular inclusions – especially for awards nights, conferences and business celebrations. Make sure your venue can accommodate all of your specifications.
- Don’t forget the entertainment
Think about the type of entertainment you want at your gala. While it’s nice to allow attendees time to talk to each other, you should also consider how you will maintain the energy and their interest throughout the night. Providing a dance floor with DJ or live band will get people out of their seats and onto the dance floor. Photo booths and roaming entertainers are also popular choices.
- Ensure every seat is filled
Make sure the invitations are sent out in plenty of time with information on the dress code for the evening. The current trend is to send “save the date” notices in advance of the invitations to ensure you have every seat filled on the night.
WatervieW in Bicentennial Park has become one of Sydney’s favourite destinations for all types of business events. It offers inclusive packages and an in-house event manager to make it easy for you to organise your business event. In particular, their Gala Dinner packages offer sumptuous food, a comprehensive beverage package, table centre pieces and entertainment.
“We held a gala dinner as part of our Company’s conference event. We chose WatervieW in Bicentennial Park because of their all-inclusive packages and the in-house assistance they provided. The whole night was spectacular. I can’t wait to come back.” – Shelley, a recent client.
For more information on WatervieW’s all-inclusive Gala Dinner packages or to enquire online, speak to one of our experienced business event managers on 02 9764 9900.
It can be hard to keep a team focused over summer when staff are anticipating holidays or have returned with exciting stories of fun. The days are warm and sunny – it feels too nice to be indoors working.
So how do you refocus your team on the year ahead?
Businesses of all sizes organise planning meetings or conferences to kick start each year. This is especially important if your organisation is divided into specialist groups. Too often, inefficiencies or client dissatisfaction are blamed on the other department. But in reality, it takes the whole organisation to deliver a great customer experience and a first class product or service.
On-site or somewhere new
The research is overwhelmingly conclusive; holding team meetings off-site delivers better results than conducting meetings in the office. Here’s why:
- A captive audience
When the meeting is held at an outside venue, participants are less likely to be lured away to take calls, resolve client issues or check emails. So their focus is on the meeting.
- A level playing ground
An external venue provides a level playing ground – especially if participants are asked to wear casual attire. The usual barriers of suits vs hi-vis clothing or private offices vs work stations are removed. Open and honest conversations with colleagues can only occur when politics and status are removed.
Build a better team
Business planning meetings and conferences usually have packed agendas. But there are tangible benefits to finding an hour or two for attendees to participate in team building activities – particularly if they involve movement.
In terms of corporate development, team building exercises have been proven to:
- Boost communication between management and staff
- Improve co-operation between personnel
- Increase staff retention rates through improved feelings of belonging
- Improve the overall productivity of an organisation
Even mild physical exercise, such as walking, has been associated with:
- Increasing creativity and problem solving skills
- Reducing fatigue
- Improving concentration
These attributes are all necessary components of a successful, motivating business planning meeting or conference.
Find it all in one place
Believe it or not, organising a meeting to kick start your business can be quick and easy. In just one phone call, you can arrange the venue, lunch and all refreshments as well as a professional facilitator to conduct meaningful team building activities.
WatervieW in Bicentennial Park provides wide open spaces for business meetings and conferences. Centrally located with plenty of free parking, it’s a popular place to hold motivating and productive team meetings.
To find out more, enquire online or call the business events team on 02 9764 9900.
While being a good corporate citizen is a serious matter, WatervieW in Bicentennial Park knows how to make it fun. Now in its 4th year, the 2014 Melbourne Cup Fundraising event was an action-packed, fun-filled day where everyone was a winner.
For WatervieW in Bicentennial Park, its Melbourne Cup Fundraising event is an important component of its Corporate Social Responsibility goals. The event began at 11.30 with business networking and continued late into the afternoon. Through ticket sales, sweeps, raffle ticket sales and auctions, substantial money was raised for Special Olympics Australia.
While Melbourne Cup Day is all about the big race, this fundraising event has become a major networking and business event. This year, several businesses purchased multiple tables so they could entertain clients while others used the event as a staff recognition tool in the lead up to the pre-Christmas rush.
Whatever the reason for attending the fundraiser at WatervieW in Bicentennial Park, everyone agreed in was an amazing and fun-filled day.
WatervieW’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Kathryn Carmody and her team did an extraordinary job of injecting Mexican flamboyance into the day.
On arrival, guests were greeted with margaritas, Mexican inspired canapés and a mariachi band. While the venue itself was decorated with piñatas and table cloths sourced from indigenous Mexican markets and flown in for the event. Even the wait staff were dressed in clothing from these markets.
Obviously, everything stopped for the Melbourne Cup Race itself, but guests were constantly entertained throughout the day.
Adding their own party magic were the flamboyant musicians from the Salsa Kingz. No-one could resist the up-beat tempo of their music with dancing and even a conga-line meandering around the tables.
Thanks to Myer Top Ryde City and stylist Caitlin Stewart, guests were treated to a fashion parade using “real” people – not models. Plus there was a Fashions in the Field competition with the best dressed male and female guests winning some beautiful prizes.
Once the Race was won and the desserts and coffee served, guests began to leave – tired and happy after a full day of fun and entertainment. Many were overheard saying they will be back next year.
This popular Melbourne Cup event is now amongst the largest held in Western Sydney. In fact, this year, 500 people attended. As a result, bookings are now being taken for the 2015 Melbourne Cup fundraiser with tickets being sold at the early bird price of $99 per person. This price includes a sumptuous 3-course meal, canapés on arrival and all drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) throughout the day.
To find out more, or to reserve your seats, contact the WatervieW Team on 9764 9900 or email@example.com
Everyone loves a party and organising the work Christmas party is an important task. It’s an event people will remember (and talk about) for years to come. There’s a lot to consider so here are 5 top tips to make your company’s Christmas party a huge success.
Tip 1 – Know who’s coming
Some businesses have separate Christmas parties for clients, suppliers and staff, while others combine everyone into one large event. Before you start to choose dates and venues, you’ll need to know how many parties you are planning, as well as the approximate numbers and budget for each one.
When setting the guest list, you’ll also need to decide if partners will be invited. If it is a staff only party, you may be able to increase the event budget by asking staff to share some of the cost and/or pay for their partner.
Tip 2 – On-site or off?
Most client and supplier entertainment events occur away from the business. However, it can be a tough decision when it comes to the staff Christmas party. Here are 3 compelling reasons why you should consider holding your staff Christmas party away from work:
- Convenience. When you leave it to the experts, everything is done for you – often for a fixed price. So all you need to do is arrive on time. Simple!
- The Mess. Holding your staff Christmas party at a venue or restaurant means you don’t have to worry about cleaning up afterwards.
- Reward and Recognition. Taking your staff to a wonderful venue or restaurant shows you value their contribution and provides the opportunity for colleagues to socialise in a relaxed setting.
Tips 3 – Choosing a venue
The size of your guest list and your budget will influence your choice of venue. Some will offer great value packages which include food, beverages, entertainment, AV equipment and decorations to set the festive mood. The more popular and better value the package, the more likely you will need to book early to obtain your preferred date.
Tip 4 – Keeping everyone safe
Work Christmas parties can be notorious so it’s a good idea to remind staff that your company’s code of conduct applies at business functions as well as at work. Some businesses also provide staff with taxi vouchers or buses to ensure everyone gets home safely.
Tip 5 – It’s never too early to start planning
Many businesses start planning their Christmas party too late. As a result, they miss out on their preferred dates and venues. It’s smart to start early so you can spend time investigating your options and booking the venue and date you want.
With a choice of buffet, sit-down and cocktail Christmas party packages to choose from, WatervieW in Bicentennial Park is worth considering for your next company Christmas party. For more information, click here, enquire online or call the business events team on 02 9764 9900.
Women in Business Forum
Resilience in Business and in Life
With special guests Kerri-Anne Kennerley,
Ann Sherry AO and Wendy Machin
Proudly supporting the Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF)
Date: Thurs, 13 June 2013
Time: 11.45am – 2.30pm
Venue: Waterview in Bicentennial Park, Bicentennial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park
Fee: Members – $115.00 (incl. GST), Non Members – $135.00 (incl. GST), Tables of 10 – $1,150.00 (incl. GST)
Enquiries & table: Kamila Pastuszak, Ph: 02 9895 9257
Coleman Greig Lawyers, in conjunction with our sponsors St George Bank, Moore Stephens, the University of Western Sydney and 360HR, is delighted to bring you our next event in the Women in Business calendar for 2013.
We are thrilled to have Kerri-Anne Kennerley as our very special guest. As one of Australia’s most respected media personalities, Kerri-Anne will join Ann Sherry (CEO, Carnival Australia) and Wendy Machin (President, NRMA Motoring and Services) to discuss the topic of resilience and the challenges they have all faced throughout their high profile and demanding careers.
Join us at the stunning Waterview Convention Centre for what promises to be a truly fabulous event supporting WMRF and specifically the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Care Centre at Westmead Hospital.
Hear from our wonderful line up of speakers as they talk about ‘Resilience in Business and in Life’.
Win fantastic prizes in our fundraising activities including a Hearts on Fire diamond necklace valued at over $2,000 with compliments of House of Fraser, Castle Hill.
Enjoy a sumptuous two course lunch while networking with other business women and business men.
Become a Member Today!
JOIN NOW and you can book at our special members’ rate of $115.00 per ticket.
Tables of 10
We have a special offer for those who would like to book a table of 10 for $1,150.00.
For more information contact Kamila Pastuszak on 02 9895 9257.
Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!
For bookings www.colemangreig.com.auYou Are Invited
When was the last time you recognised and thanked the inspiring women in your life? In the lead-up to Mother’s Day, WatervieW in Bicentennial Park has partnered with Special Olympics Australia to hold the inaugural Mother & Daughter Inspirational Lunch.
Enjoy a magnificent 3 course lunch (including beverages) in magical WatervieW in Bicentennial Park while listening to inspiring guest speakers – Lauren Jackson and her mother Maree Bennie.
Lauren Jackson was the Australian flag bearer at the 2012 London Olympics and is arguably Australia’s greatest female basketball player. Her mother, Maree Bennie, played for the Opals from 1974 – 1982.
Mother and daughter duo – Ms Paula Duncan AM and her daughter Jessica Orszik – will be our hosts. Paula is a Special Olympics Ambassador and works tirelessly as an advocate for people with disability.
All proceeds from the lunch will go to Special Olympics Australia – an organisation that offers regular sporting activities to people with an intellectual disability. Special Olympics Australia relies on the support and generosity of individuals, volunteers and businesses to operate its programs for disabled athletes.
Grab your girlfriends, work colleagues, staff, clients, family and friends. It’s time to treat the special women in your life with a lunch they will always remember. Tickets can be purchased for tables of 10 for $850 or individually for $90 per person.
The magical Mother & Daughter Inspirational Lunch will be held on Tuesday 7 May commencing at 12 noon for registration and networking. The sumptuous three course lunch will begin at 12.30 and conclude at 2.30.
To make your booking or to find out more, contact the team at WatervieW in Bicentennial Park on 9764 9900 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact Fran Eustace at Special Olympics Australia on 8116 9839 or email@example.com