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Events manager

Events managers organise and run promotional, business and social events.

Potential salary

£17,000 to £80,000

Employment by 2024

+3.38%

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • leadership skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

In this role you could be:

  • discussing what the client wants
  • coming up with original ideas for events
  • agreeing budgets and timescales with the client
  • researching venues, contacts and suppliers, and negotiating prices
  • booking venues, entertainment, equipment and supplies
  • hiring and supervising contractors such as caterers and security
  • publicising the event
  • making sure that everything runs smoothly on the day

You'll also be:

  • ensuring that health, safety and insurance regulations are followed
  • managing a team

You could work at events, at a client's business or on festival sites.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.

With experience and a good track record, you could run events that have larger budgets and eventually progress to management.

You could work freelance or set up your own events management business.

You can find out more about becoming an events manager from:Association of Event Organisers; Hospitality Guild

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