Now that the world is opening up again you may be thinking about your next corporate event. With many returning to the office for the first time since the pandemic began, it is a popular time for corporate events including team building days, training events and awards ceremonies. 

As one of Essex’s most renowned corporate catering and event specialists Lovejoy Catering and Events are here to share our top tips for planning your corporate event. 

Decide on what you are trying to achieve 

The crucial first part of planning any corporate event is to decide what it is that you are trying to achieve. Is it an event to boost staff morale or to wow clients? Is it a training day or is the opportunity for networking more important? Deciding exactly what it is that you are trying to achieve will naturally lead you into the right choice for the other important decisions such as venue, the guest list and catering. 

Lovejoy Catering and Events have over 50 years’ experience and are well placed to help you achieve your event goals. From the informal through to the wow-factor Lovejoy Catering and Events can ensure the catering is perfectly matched to your event, whatever you are trying to achieve. 

Delicious finger food is a perfect fit for training delegates on the go whilst sophisticated canapés compliment networking perfectly. Or, if you are trying to impress clients then luxury dining might be just the tool that you need. Click here for more information on our packages and menus or contact us for a bespoke quote. 

Find the perfect venue 

Now that you know what you want to achieve, you are better placed to be able to find a venue that will suit your event needs. You may need a grand dining hall for an awards or client dinner, or perhaps you need lots of smaller breakout rooms for training or games. 

Throughout the summer months you may want to opt for somewhere with beautiful open spaces for drinks, or the ever-popular choice of barbecue or hog roast catering. View our barbecue menu here or discover our fully-inclusive bar services

If your corporate event will be more informal and just for colleagues then you could even consider your own office or workspace. Lovejoy Catering and Events have experience at a large variety of events and venues and we will be able to advise what will work best for your event space and event vision, whilst ensuring it can realistically be delivered and within budget. 

Think about the catering 

Everyone that attends an event remembers the food and it is important to ensure that your event is remembered for all of the best reasons. Food can re-energise tired delegates, it can bring colleagues together, it can act as an ice-breaker for networking and impress important clients. The catering can really be the glue that holds an entire event together. 

At Lovejoy Catering and Events our brand message is ‘your event is our passion’ and we really mean it. We understand more than anyone just how important event catering is and are committed to using our wealth of knowledge and experience to deliver delicious food and exceptional service. 

Know when to delegate to the professionals 

A large part of event planning is knowing what to manage yourself and what to delegate to professionals. Planning a corporate event can be a busy and stressful time, but there are parts of the process that you can make easier by knowing when to trust the professionals. When planning a corporate event check if your chosen venue has an event coordinator or corporate event specialist to support you with your event planning. 

Lovejoy Catering and Events are a trusted event partner and you can rest assured that everything associated with catering, dining, linen, cutlery and serving will be taken care of with the utmost care – leaving you to concentrate on the important matters in hand.

Events are back and whether you’re planning an informal office party to re-energise and reacquaint staff, a grand awards dinner or anything in-between, Lovejoy Catering and Events have the right food and services package for your corporate event. 

Informal options include finger buffets, barbecues or street-food. Whilst our canapés and silver-service dinner packages are perfect match for formal ceremonies and client events.  

Lovejoy Catering and Events can also provide themed or bespoke menus, professional and experienced waiting staff, a variety of event bar services and all linen, cutlery and equipment needed. View our full corporate event offering here

We will use our experience and expertise to guide and support you to ensure your event is a success. Contact us today by visiting our website or calling us on 01376 425376.