Ten tips to hosting a successful Pride event & being inclusive year-round

With the world becoming more inclusive of LGBTQ+ communities, it’s more common for people to want to get involved with annual Pride celebrations. Although people are familiar with Pride month being in June and tend to host Pride events…


Ten etiquette tips event organisers need to consider

As an event organiser, it’s important to consider corporate event etiquette to ensure that the event you are delivering is well-thought-out, has a respectful atmosphere, is a safe environment, and uses quality event staging and production.…


The Ten Go-To Yorkshire Food and Drink Festivals for 2022

With food and drink festival season just around the corner,  it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine (whilst enjoying tasty food and drinks!). And when it comes to popular food and drink festival locations, Yorkshire…


Live Aid named as the historical event Brits wish the could relive

With Summer just around the corner and concerts, festivals and weddings filling up our calendars, our new survey reveals the top historical events Brits wish they could revisit.   Following a 1,900% increase in interest for the term…


Planning a business event for 2022? Experts share top ten venue considerations

As 2022 begins and workers are returning to the office, search insight reveals a 708% increase in interest for the term ‘business event’¹. There are many factors to consider when organising an event, the most important being the venue.…


Sheffield Cue Ball 2019 at Mercure St Pauls

Top tips for planning the ultimate charity event

For the past 18 months, charities have had to turn to virtual events to increase their fundraising income. However, with lockdown eased and the events industry finally rebuilding itself, it’s a great time for the charity sector to return…


Brits reveal their Christmas party confessions

With Christmas quickly approaching, it can only mean one thing – work Christmas parties! And with work, Christmas parties comes dancing on the table, hangovers and lots of embarrassing stories to tell the next day. But what are the…


Five Must Have Wedding Planning Apps Revealed

With Covid-19 restrictions on weddings now lifted and engagement ring sales soaring, our new research reveals the five best wedding planning apps for newly engaged couples.    Following a staggering 145% increase in interest for the…


AYRE Event Solutions brings ‘Burrs Live’ Festival to Life

We’re delighted to have recently supported arts and music charity The Met to bring their two-week outdoor music festival ‘Burrs Live’ to life.  ‘Burrs Live’ took place in Burrs Country Park, Bury between Friday 27th August and Sunday 5th…


The UK’s top ten event job hotspots revealed

The ongoing pandemic has heavily impacted the events industry over the past 12 months. But with venues now back up and running, which UK city has the most event job prospects available right now?  Following a staggering 355% increase in…


Outdoor lighting at St Gemma's Hospice Virtual Light Up a Life Event 2020

AYRE supports St Gemma’s Hospice with annual ‘Light Up a Life’ event

We’re delighted to have strengthened our relationship with St Gemma’s Hospice after being asked to support its annual ‘Light Up a Life’ event in December. Taking place on the 12th December, Light up a Life is an annual event curated by St…


Why every HR manager, managing director and CEO should be including events into their business planning

The entire world has gone through a seismic shift, not only in the way that we do things, but in the way that we think. Many companies have undergone transformational change practically overnight to embrace working from home and other…


Weddings in 2021 and beyond

Weddings have been heavily impacted over the past year due to the ongoing pandemic. From reduced guest numbers to restrictions on musicians and dancefloors, we’ve looked into what wedding traditions people are looking forward to returning…


Top tips for venues looking to host hybrid events Part 6: Creating a hybrid event sales strategy – Guest Blog

Before we do anything to do with sales, marketing or business development, we need to work out what our longer-term plan is. What is your strategy? Especially when you’re thinking of hybrid because over the last year it feels like it…


Top tips for venues looking to host hybrid events Part 5: Website and marketing materials

It may seem an obvious one, but it is surprising the number of venues that don’t update their website to reflect been able to offer hybrid events. Many venues we have spoken with recently have said that they’ve not had any enquiries for…


Indian variant and resilience planning

You may have heard the recent news revolving around the Indian variant, and you may have watched Boris Johnson’s new conference on Friday (14th May 2021) with bated breath wondering if he’s going to slam the brakes on. Thankfully he chose…


Hybrid event equipment including camera, lighting and screens provided for a conference at York Grand Hotel

Top tips for venues looking to host hybrid events Part 4: Preview and fam trip events

Getting clients back into venues is going to be the biggest challenge. Some will be all in favour of getting back to doing things as they used to, some may be more reserved, and some may not have a choice but to be guided by their…


Attending Events in 2021

With government restrictions easing further from 17th May and events set to return in the UK, we’ve conducted a new study to reveal how delegates really feel about attending events post-COVID. We’ve delved into whether Brits feel…


Top tips for venues looking to host hybrid events Part 3: Pricing, costs and making money

Possibly the subject causing the majority of venues to scratch their heads most. Unfortunately, the old ways of pricing for venues are going to be substantially different for hybrid events. The Day Delegate Rate pricing structure cannot be…


Top tips for Venues looking to host hybrid events Part 2: AV / Event Production Partner

This may seem self-promoting but, it’s imperative to build a solid relationship with an AV/Event Production supplier, even if you have existing internal AV technology which allows for video conferencing. Having a professional and…


Top tips for Venues looking to host hybrid events Part 1: Internet connectivity

Internet connectivity is so important. Why? Well, with no internet connection or an unstable connection, the event cannot be broadcast to online delegates and online remote presenters cannot present into the event. Let’s look at each part…


Hybrid event equipment including camera, lighting and screens provided for a conference at York Grand Hotel

Top tips for venues looking to host hybrid events

When you mention hybrid to people, the first thought they get is – cars! And rightly so, the automotive market has pushed this concept to the public for years as a greener alternative to the gas-guzzling, fume spilling cars of…


Tips to help you find your perfect AV / Event Production Partner

The past 12 months have been unlike any that we’ve seen before. But it allowed us all to take some time to think, reflect and consider the way we work and who we work with. Some will be forced into this time of reflection because their…


Five things to consider when choosing a venue for your hybrid event

Hybrid events are the hot topic in the events world this year. But moving into a hybrid setup will be more challenging for an event organiser. It brings with it a lot more reliance on technology and equipment which you may not have had…


Events Capitals of the UK 2021

Events Capitals of the UKWith events set to make a triumphant (and COVID secure) return in 2021, we wanted to see how even the industry really is and reveal the ‘events capitals’…


Events in 2021 and beyond

Okay, so maybe 2021 isn’t turning out to be that huge explosion of in-person events, screeching applause of fanfares or returning to some sense of normality that we all wanted. And unfortunately, it looks like this may not be until Summer…


2021 Events – Transitioning from a virtual world…

It will no doubt take some time to recover from 2020 and the impact it had on the events industry – and whilst some light can be found in the positives – the embracing of technology, the creative solutions and the wider…


The Kirkwood Virtually Light Up A Life

During the first weekend in December, when the nights began to draw in, we supported Kirkwood Hospice to deliver their Light Up a Life event. Light Up a Life is a series of special community events organised by hospices that take place…


Rotherham NHS Trust Goes Virtual

We have worked with The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust on their annual ‘Proud Awards’ for the last two years, an event which usually takes the form of an impressive gala dinner with over 400 attendees at the Magna Science Adventure Centre.…


Disablity Sport Yorkshire Virtual Awards 2020

Disability Sport Yorkshire Awards 2020

Disability Sport Yorkshire (DSY) is an exceptional organisation which aims to address the inequality in access to sport for people with disabilities across the region. With a goal to make Yorkshire the best place in England for disabled…


Chesterfield Royal Hospital Annual Members Meeting

Chesterfield Royal Hospital Trust

Postponing or cancelling an event is always a difficult decision to make, but for some companies and organisations, it simply isn’t an option. Like many event companies, we are experiencing a shift in focus from glamorous awards events,…


Kirkwood Hospice - Not Quite Mid Night Memory Walk

Kirkwood Hospice – Not Quite Mid Night Memory Walk

Kirkwood Hospice has been providing care for local people with life-limiting illnesses and support for their families and loved ones since 1987. The hospice provides these services free of charge and relies on the generosity of the…


Virtual Graduation from AYRE Event Solutions

Hosting a virtual graduation? Here’s some advice…

Graduations are a right of passage for many students around the world. An occasion once reserved for University leavers, over recent years we have even seen nursery and primary age children donning adorable caps and gowns to celebrate…


Virtual Awards Events Ayre Event Solutions

Award Ceremonies – How To Safely Celebrate Success

Award Ceremonies are unlike any other event thanks to their high energy, celebratory atmosphere. Whether you are planning an event to recognise personal or professional achievements, there is nothing quite like the anticipatory buzz in the…


Keep sponsors happy and deliver value for money at your virtual event

From conferences and exhibitions to festivals and award ceremonies, the events industry relies heavily on sponsorship as a revenue generator to enable events to take place. And importantly, sponsors enjoy the benefits that come with…


Bradford Virtual Pride 2020

The show must go on – taking Bradford PRIDE online

2020 marked the 15th year of Bradford PRIDE, an incredible annual event which showcases the achievements and milestones of the LGBT+ community in Bradford and across Yorkshire. Usually taking place in Bradford City Centre, organisers had…


Virtual Weddings from AYRE LTD

Planning a virtual Wedding, keeping your family and friends connected.

Weddings are a time of celebration, an opportunity to gather together with friends, family and loved ones and share your love and happiness. We know that whilst lots of couples have sadly been forced to postpone their nuptials, many are…


Conference Webcasting Services from AYRE Event Solutions

Continuing the Communication: How we’re supporting the NHS during COVID-19

We’ve been proudly working with the Leeds NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (Leeds CCG) since 2017, providing a host of technical solutions and support for their annual events programme, with over 15 conferences taking place each year. As…


Kirklees Council Inclusion and Diversity Awards 2020

Kirklees Council Inclusion and Diversity Awards 2020

It’s hard to believe we are already into the third month of 2020, with lots of amazing events already delivered for our roster of wonderful clients. We wanted to share the details of an incredible event we had the pleasure of delivering in…


Hybrid Conferences – they’re not as scary as you think.

As we continue to adjust to our ever-changing reality that is dramatically affecting how we live our lives and do business, it’s important to make time to consider what the ‘new normal’ might look like beyond lockdown. For us, that means…


AYRE Christmas Opening Times 2020

Christmas Opening Times

Tis the season to be jolly! Over the Christmas period our opening times will be the below: Friday, 20th Dec – 08:00 – 12:00 Monday, 23rd Dec – 08:00 – 12:00 Tuesday, 24th Dec – Wednesday 1st Jan Closed* Thursday, 2nd Jan 08:00 – 17:00…


Sheffield Cue Ball 2019 at Mercure St Pauls

2019 Review: Sheffield Cue Ball

‘Tis the season for reflection, as we approach the end of 2019 and indeed, the end of another decade. Our team have been looking back at some of the most memorable events from 2019, with the 16th annual Sheffield Cue Ball which took place…


Broadway Bradford Christmas Lights Switch On 2019

Broadway Bradford Christmas Light Switch On With Pulse 1 and Pulse 2

In this industry, Christmas always starts early and we were delighted to work with Broadway Bradford on our first Christmas lights switch-on of the season, earlier this month. This year’s event was bigger than ever, with a jam-packed full…


Bradford City Football Club Anniversary Dinner Supported by AYRE LTD

AYRE help Bradford City celebrate 20 years since the Premier League

Bradford City Football Club enlisted the help of AYRE Events this month to honour the club’s legends with an anniversary dinner marking 20 years since the Bantams achieved promotion to the top flight. Taking place at the Utilita Energy…


Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2019

AYRE supports Yorkshire’s Children of Courage Awards 2019 for second year

The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards celebrated its ninth year earlier this month, with a fantastic celebration at New Dock Hall in Leeds. It was the second year that AYRE supported the event, which sees 600 people come together to…