Staff and students from the UK Centre for Event Management (UKCEM) at Leeds Met last week held a successful ceremonial opening event with Kongsberg Automotive, a Norwegian company with global operations in 20 countries.


The event officially opened a £1 million factory extension in Normanton, Wakefield. Event Support Service staff worked with five volunteer students from our BA (Hons) Events Management and BA (Hons) Entertainment Management courses to transform an empty factory space into an event space for a spectacular luncheon for the company. The event was designed, visualised and coordinated by staff members Emma Heslington and James Guerin.


The Centre, which is the leading and largest provider of events education and research in the world, is now providing event support services to companies on a project by project basis. The service generates income for the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality, in addition to giving undergraduates the opportunity to carry out real industry work experience with the support of a full time manager and input from the academic team.


Event Support Service Officer Emma Heslington, commented: "As well as providing an example of Leeds Met's skilled graduates and undergraduates in front of guests from the region and internationally, the event success demonstrated how a team effort can gain results."


If you have clients who could benefit from support for their events, please contact Emma Heslington (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Future events for the team include a business networking event and support of the European Meetings and Events Conference in Istanbul. The team will also be providing support for School of Event, Tourism and Hospitality events designed to support industry engagement including Fresh Start January workshops, Institute of Travel & Tourism conference and an Alumni event in London in March.