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General FAQs

Do you have any job vacancies at Carousel Events?

Unfortunately not.  However we would be delighted to receive your CV and profile together with present salary details and recent photo to employment@carouselevents.co.uk where we will keep your details on file for the next position that arises.

 

I want to send you details about my act/service etc, what is the best way to contact Carousel Events so I can get on your books?...

Important Information for: Bands, Artistes, Promotional Staff, Suppliers to the Events IndustryCarousel Events are always actively seeking new talent, suppliers and forge new industry contacts.  From speakers and high profile cabaret artists to speciality acts, mix and mingle artists, games and new event activities etc, however due to the volume we receive, we kindly ask you to complete our ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.  Alternatively, if you have a professional promotional pack, particulary if  you wish to send us photos and/or video footage, please send to our postal address only, and mark for the attention of 'New Talent/Supplier'.  We ask you not to clog our server by sending us e-mail attachments (it will not make you popular!) and we ask you to keep our phonelines clear for our clients (after all, without them we can't consider you!).  We must emphaise, please do not call Carousel once your publicity has been sent.  If we feel your services are suitable to our clients needs and requirements, we shall be in touch.  Thank you for your understanding.

 

Who do you work with?

Our main client base is the corporate sector and we are very proud to have worked with a long list of successful businesses, including many of the FTSE100. In addition, we also deal with many clients for private and social events including weddings, military parties and public sector clients such as hospitals. Whatever the size or source of the business, the high quality of service we offer is the same – a fact appreciated by the many clients who return to us again and again.

 

My upcoming function is very important to me. How long have you been in business and how reliable are your acts? 

All of the artists and suppliers booked by Carousel are experienced professionals. Knowing the high level of quality our clients expect, a careful evaluation is made of all acts and suppliers before inviting them to join our team.Our clients, therefore are offered only the very best available.

 

What do I have to do? 

Just provide us with your brief, we will discuss your requirements and dependent on the scale of your needs and the event, we may need to arrange for a face-to-face meeting. After that, we will arrange everything from start to finish, keeping you informed to whatever level you desire every step of the way.

 

With a limited budget, can you do something that will bring everyone together?

A great party or event can be created with just a single entertainer and/or a DJ. Whatever the budget, we endeavour to offer great value for money, however please note that, the greater the budget, the greater the choice. We have a variety of programmes that should meet most briefs.

 

What areas do you cover? 

Location is not a problem as we have entertainers and suppliers nationwide. We are not tied into any specific venues or locations, but operate in many hotels, purpose built and unique venues and castles. Carousel has also organised many events in offices, sports clubs, recreation grounds, car parks and church halls! Overseas venues can be sourced if specifically requested.

 

When and how do I pay? 

We generally require payment in advance of the event so we can be punctual in paying our acts and suppliers. We expect superb performance, flexibility and loyalty from them so we like to reward them with prompt payment. 

 

What about Insurance and Health & Safety? 

We hold a public liability and indemnity insurance to the value of £5million. All of our suppliers, artists and acts also hold their own public liability insurance and are also vetted by us to ensure they have the correct and most up to date risk assessments and requirements. We do however advise many event organisers to consider purchasing separate event insurance, further details of which we can supply.With regards to health and safety on all of our Family Fun Days, we would suggest having a registered paramedic or attendance from St Johns Ambulance on site.

 

What is the annual tax threshold for staff entertainment? 

Gordon Brown doubled the figure to £150, thanks to lobbying by the events industry, most prevalently the International Special Events Society (ISES). So, if your company employs 100 people, at the end of the accounting year, £15,000 (including VAT) can be set against corporation tax for all forms of staff entertainment throughout the year, ie the tax threshold doesn't, and never did, pertain solely to the Christmas party. In fact, it could as easily be set against anything from a family fun day to a summer ball.

 

Do you have any advice on how to organise a Christmas Party? 

If you are a first time party organiser, the first tip is Don't Panic!...  Christmas Parties can be the highlight of the year for every company, so think about why you are giving a party in the first place and what you are aiming to do.  For example, is the party a reward to staff for their hardwork throughout the year or is it to impress suppliers and clients?  The basics to organising a successful event remain the same.  Establishing this will help determine the look and feel of your party from the outset; it will also establish who should be invited.

It's all in the preperation and planning.  The budget will determine what you can do and the venue you can afford so work this out before your start planning in earnest.  The sooner you do this, the more choice there will be of venue and suppliers.

Your next priority should be location.  This is absolutely essential to a successful party.  Take advantage of our Free Venue Finding Service as it is a time consuming process, so as specialists in this area will reccomend venues that only meet your criteria whilst providing availability, costs, menus and solutions to potential transportation problems.

Naturally, the theme of your event will have a bearing on your choice of venue, the style of the invitations, the dress code, the food and drink you serve, the music and entertainment, as well as the way your venue is decorated.  A well-executed theme can often be an icecreaker and sets the tone for the party.  Do remember when confirming a venue to allow sufficient time for suppliers to set-up.

In addition to the usual Band and DJ, you might also want to consider some other form of live entertainment to support the evening, maybe a comedian, dancers, magicians or a speciality act.  For larger parties or where events have use of several function spaces, a great idea is to hire in interactive games and activities such as funfair rides, fun casinos, simulators, oxygen bars and may other suggestions so that your guests can experience something wherever they are within the venue.  We will absolutely guide you through this tangled web of choice.

If partners are invited, a sit-down meal with entertainment is the most appropriate option.  We would strongly suggest a menu tasting with your caterer prior to the event to ensure what you serve is appropriate as more often than not, organisers get too personal and forget about their guests' preferences.  Always establish if anyone has any specific dietary requirements before the event day, as this can be unnecessary headache for both the guest and the service staff if the venue/caterer has not been informed.

If you want everyone to interact with each other and create a more informal atmosphere, then a buffet, food stations, bowl or finger food would be much better option.  This offers greater flexibility within the venue and themes.  With regards to drinks, consider an unlimited package of wine, beer and soft drinks; this will control the finances whilst ensuring everyone has enough to enjoy the party.

Read any contracts carefully and bewarre of any restrictions of licensing hours and local noise abatement orders which many London venues have enforced upon them by the Local Authorities.  From the beginning, ensure the venue has public liability insurances and that there are no hidden extra costs such as Security, power and labour costs.

One final tip, have fun!

 

What types of events can you arrange or be a part of?

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Does that make sense?

Probably not, therefore just give us a call on 0333 9000 409 and we will tell you exactly how we can assist you!


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