Nottingham network, RSViP, are celebrating a victory opening night as they were finally able to raise the curtain, following their much anticipated come-back event, which took place last Thursday evening at the country retreat, Goosedale.
The carpark was full by 6.15pm (doors opened at 6pm) and there were queues of eager business folk who have waited long enough to be able to connect in a face to face environment.
Team RSViP welcomed almost one hundred and fifty business professionals from across the East Midlands and as such the room was still lively at 10pm (after the event officially finished at 8pm). Guests were given a colourful, theatrical welcome back by stilt walkers, courtesy of Fancy Entertainment, a full Indian buffet was served by Nava, port tasting took place with The Ambitious Grape, fun entertainment was provided by 7 Colours Photo Booth and chocolate brownies were gifted upon departure courtesy of Tree House Cakes.
Three rooms at the venue were filled, with lots of space allocated, and RSViP operated a traffic light name label system to help with networking and communications.
Fiona Duncan-Steer says of the event: “For me, eighteen months of stress, frustration and emotion was released at our come back event last Thursday, following an extremely difficult time for the events industry.
“Eighteen months of being on pause with our live events has not been easy to navigate, especially as we have been running our business for over ten years successfully and consistently, but by golly I didn’t let it stop us and whilst I continued keeping everyone I know connected through our series of incredibly inspiring online events (with special thanks to my amazing co-host Matt Davies and everyone who got involved) there really is nothing like getting back in the room again for face to face interaction.
“The relief and elation my team and I felt when the first few guests arrived through those doors was well – I have no words. We are definitely back to business…and judging by how last week’s event went, it’s like we never went away.”
See a gallery of pictures from the event below, courtesy of Steve Edwards Photography:
RSViP are opening applications to their membership once again and have already welcomed many new members to the network who are keen to get back to attending the live events. RSViP’s next event takes place on Thursday 28 October at The Cosy Club, Nottingham.