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Years: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Lisa Kean
Senior Manager Regional Enterprise Marketing, EMEA

It was a joy to work with the ZiaBia team on our executive healthcare forum. Delivering a successful event isn’t just about meticulous planning, calm organisation and a laser focus on the attention to detail. It’s also about having the ability to anticipate and fix problems before they happen and spotting things that need doing then just getting them done. Over the last six months Debbie and Vicky have done exactly this and worked as part of our team to create and deliver a brilliant event. I would recommend ZiaBia to anyone and look forward to working with them on our next project.

Kerry Graham
Director Field Marketing, EMEA
BMC Software 

My confidence in ZiaBia grows year on year and I am always pleasantly surprised by how much benefit they bring to this event. All requests are met without fuss and with the peace of mind that they will be fulfilled with the upmost professionalism and in the most timely of manners. My experience with ZiaBia is excellent and we have already contracted them to work with us again on our 2018 event!

Louisa Pharoah
Soil Association

We worked with Vicky & Debbie on a Royal event in London which included creating a foody street festival with live music in addition to a sit down organic lunch for 300 guests - with the added complication that the event had to be delivered on a tight budget and in an extremely short timescale. Vicky and Debbie had incredible attention to detail, were very good at coming up with concept and decoration ideas and were a pleasure to work with. They were also brilliant at getting stuck in to help deliver the event on the day and were not afraid of getting their hands dirty! I would heartily recommend ZiaBia and hope to be working with them again before long.

Duncan Marshall
Mind Engagement Team

ZiaBia have been working with the Mind Engagement team over the last year on a consultancy basis. They have joined our team to provide invaluable event advice, reassurance and experience for our Peer Projects including our annual event Peerfest'

Helen Jay
Women Mean Biz

We used ZiaBia for our Christmas party. They were fantastic, friendly, efficient and a delight to work with. It took the pressure off us as it’s so time consuming looking for venues, chasing bookings and payments. It certainly made Christmas more pleasurable. We would certainly use them again and recommend you give them a call.

Kirstie Sneyd
Blue Acorn Solutions

Many thanks Vicky to you and the rest of your team for a great service. I was impressed with your speed of turnaround, obvious in-depth knowledge and great attention to detail. Will definitely work with you again.

Yolanda Couling
Head of Conference Operations
St. James's Place Wealth Management

Working with ZiaBia has provided absolute peace of mind.  Their dedication and hard work ensured quality project delivery and a seamless extension to our in-house team. I would whole heartedly recommend them.

Kerry Seye
Executive Assistant

I recently worked with Debbie and Vicky on the 2017 UK & IC Kick Off event for Elavon.  They are a fantastic team to work with, they are on top of everything constantly and their attention to detail is fantastic.  Every step of the way through the planning of the event I knew that things were under control.  Debbie and Vicky are easy to work with and we had a lot of fun putting together a brilliant event.  I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again and we are already planning for the next one!

Yuliya Muir
Marketing Communications Manager

We have worked with ZiaBia on multiple occasions and every time the team outdid itself. Debbie and Vicky are incredibly organized, helpful and always willing to go the extra mile and offer the best possible support even for the most complex of events. ZiaBia has the talent of great budget planning and can make an event fit within strict monetary constraints. Debbie and Vicky have become an imperative part of event planning in Elavon and I consider them my right hand pre, during and post event.

Yolanda Couling
Head of Conference Operations
St James's Place Wealth Management
Delegate Management (2014, 2015 and 2016)

Working with Debbie is always easy and a real pleasure. Immaculate attention to detail and a great work ethic, nothing is too much trouble. Debbie and her colleagues at ZiaBia have added real value to the projects they have been involved with for us and I wouldn't hesitate in using them again.

Michelle Tompkins
Head of European Marketing
Conferences and Events during 2014 and 2015

We were introduced to Ziabia by our design agency Yebo.

We had been asked to deliver a European Partner event in the UK at very short notice and we needed an event management specialist to support us. At the time I did not have an UK marketing resource and needed a vendor who could support me and become part of my team.
Working with a new vendor on such a critical event with an immensely short lead time of 3 months was a high risk strategy but one which paid off. The event had been running for 8 years. An annual gathering of 100 strategic payments partners from global payment device manufacturers to payment gateway providers and independent sales organisations. The purpose was to update them on our business strategy and engage them on how they could be integral to our execution of our strategy. We had 100% positive feedback from all delegates and both internal colleagues and external partners confirmed it was the most professional and engaging conference that we have ever hosted. The outputs from the conference have now driven a new event strategy for our Partners and have resulted in a 50% cost saving year on year. Ziabia were truly brilliant, their attention to detail on delegate management meant every partner was looked after on a 1:1 basis and the event was delivered on time and to budget.

The success of this event resulted in Ziabia being appointed to manage a pan European internal event hosted in Poland for 250 colleagues from 5 markets over two days. The most complex event I have ever managed and again it was delivered in under 4 months. Our Corporate Travel Management company let us down with flight bookings in January. We needed 250 people to be in Poland on specific dates early February. Ziabia took control and booked flights direct and co-ordinated transfer logistics for 250 sales people ensuring they all arrived and departed on time. The two day event was truly outstanding. The colleague feedback was excellent. Nothing is too much trouble for the team at Ziabia their ability to remain calm in times of crisis is a real strength. Outstanding team players with military precision on detail who will always rise to the challenges events present.

Victor Tardieu
Production Director
Minerva Comms
Elavon Roadshow Delegate Management - November 2014 - January 2015

Just wanted to say thank you for working with us to deliver the Elavon roadshow. From my perspective, Ziabia delivered a seamless service on time and to budget.
More specifically, your experience with delegate management and feedback was invaluable.

Ken Pahkim
Event Director
Wits' End Productions, on behalf of Intercontinental Hotels
IHG Europe Conference, Athens - November 2014

I was delighted to be introduced to Vicky and Debbie to manage our registration process for the IHG Europe Conference in 2014. Together, they collaborated with us on the requirements, adjusted changes to accommodate delegates from throughout Europe and proactively made suggestions to ensure a seamless operation. We built a bespoke website that was able to take credit card payments as required, or cost center codes could be added to be charged internally. In turn they also had a close working relationship with the internal accounts team at IHG. 
What I loved most was their positive attitude and creative solutions when we ran into one off exceptions. I appreciated having Vicky on site to assist with the delegate management. Her calm demeanor and willingness to jump in to help made a huge difference to ensuring the registration was as top notch as the event itself.

Kerry Graham
Senior Field Marketing Manager, EMEA
BMC Software
BMC Exchange - November 2014

I would like to congratulate and thank the ZiaBia team for the excellent job they did and for the great results they have achieved for BMC Exchange. From organisation, participant travel arrangements, on-site support to managing the schedule for Executive 1-2-1 meetings. The team's response to last minute requests was great and once again they went beyond the call of duty pre-event, on the day and post the event. An outstanding performance - it is a great pleasure to work with the team and I look forward to working with them again in the future.

Chris Hoskins
Managing Director
Various Projects throughout 2013

Working with Vicky and Debbie is always a pleasure, their enthusiasm, experience and attention to detail makes them stand out from the competition. Our recent collaboration was praised by our client as being one of the best organised events they had ever run.

Gaye Barber
National Volunteer Manager
Special Olympics Great Britain
Volunteer and Legacy Evening - December 2013

Morning ladies - the dynamic duo struck again yesterday evening! It's such a delight to work with you both and fantastic that we can combine putting on another great SOGB event with having such a fun time! Thank you for keeping me on track and for making things happen, even when I do throw in the odd curve ball a little late in the day your can do attitude is amazing and just fills me with confidence in the knowledge that if plan a doesn't work, we'll always find a plan b. How cool is that!

Kerry Graham
Field Marketing Manager - UK&I
BMC Software
BMC Exchange - November 2013

The team from ZiaBia were invaluable both on the run-up to and on the day of the event - their assistance ensured the smooth running of the event and the feedback from the delegates was very positive. They were able to respond to last minute changes and their attention to detail was second to none. I would have no hesitation about working with ZiaBia again on similar projects in the future.

Phil Whetter
Some Bright Spark
European Conference – September 2013

This was no easy challenge, to pick up a live project and take it over completely. It was imperative, therefore, that we gained the client’s confidence quickly, which we duly achieved by delivering a very clear, concise project plan and by sticking rigidly to the available budget.

With short timescales and many last-minute changes, tight project management meant the client experienced a thoroughly effective delivery form a totally integrated team.

Geoff Dicker
Senior Health and Safety Advisor
Bath and North East Somerset Council
Special Olympics GB – Opening Ceremony and Families Social Evening – August 2013

“Speaking as the Chair of the SAGE (Safety Advisory Group for Events group for B&NES it was both an honour and a challenge for my Council to be chosen to host the Special Olympics in 2013. 

The complexities of arranging two major events – the Opening Ceremony & The Families Evening – were made easier for my colleague Linda Todd, who performed the “One-Point-of-Contact Role”, by working with both Vicky and Debbie from ZiaBia.   As a team we worked professionally and positively on responding to the complexities of both events, which involved significant numbers of people and the consequent logistical issues.  What drove us on was the collective desire to ensure that the athletes and their families had the best experience in the City of Bath.  We achieved this by regular weekly meetings in which we all learned from each other’s areas of expertise.  Between us Linda and I guided Vicky & Debbiethrough the statutory challenges which resulted in positive plans which laid the foundations of both events.  In terms of delivery – not everything always goes to plan – but as a team on the day we met those challenges and dealt with the technical problems which occur at every event whilst ensuring that our objectives were met in full – and they were;  and everyone had a brilliant time!  As for ZiaBia – both Vicky and Debbie want to do some more large events and I look forward to working with them again in the near future”!

Gaye Barber
Director of Volunteering and Community Engagement
Special Olympics Great Britain
Families Social Evening – August 2013

The Opening Ceremony for the 2013 National Summer Games was a great opportunity to get to know Vicky and Debs and to establish an excellent working relationship and, as such, they were the obvious people to turn to when we needed some very last minute support and guidance to organise and deliver our Families Social Night.
This was a much anticipated outdoor evening event with a hog roast supper and entertainment for 1,000 guests. Although many elements of the event had been started, they was a real need in the final few weeks for some focused time and professional expertise to pull everything together to ensure that the much anticipated event would be a success.
Once engaged to fulfill this role, Vicky and Debs wasted no time in undertaking a full progress and status review and produced a comprehensive event management plan highlighting any areas of concern or requiring immediate attention and the actions required within strict deadlines to pull us right back on track. Quick and efficient progress was immediate with real attention to detail and we received updates and communication almost daily, so that we were kept fully in the loop.
Vicky and Debs maximised their network of contacts across a whole range to areas to include catering and furniture, to sound and lighting and all the suppliers provided a great service. On the day itself, Vicky and Debs were first to arrive on site for the set up phase and last to leave when the site was finally cleared and took full responsibility for overseeing all operational elements of the evening. They were fully visible throughout the evening keeping a very close eye that we were keeping on schedule and the outcome.
Our Families had a wonderful evening and everything ran like clockwork and yet retained a great feeling of informality ensuring that all our guests could relax and have fun. Vicky and Debs were integral to the success of the evening. We had full trust and confidence in their understanding of our requirements and what we were hoping to achieve.
They were always calm, always focused and always smiling and we appreciated all their help and support. I’m sure we will be working with them again in the future and I would recommend their very personal and professional service without reservation.

Karen Wallin
Special Olympics Great Britain
Opening Ceremony – August 2013

Working with Vicky on this project has been an absolute pleasure not least because of the thorough, calm and professional way in which Vicky approaches every aspect of a project.
Vicky ensured clear and regular communication between all parties/suppliers involved at all times and I therefore felt confident from day one that our project would be delivered successfully within tight timescales and budget - which indeed it was. Vicky's energy and enthusiasm is great and ensures everyone also enjoys the experience. We will certainly be using ZiaBia again for future event project management.

Laura Brew
Executive Assistant
Conference - June 2013

Ziabia were an invaluable resource in helping to pull together our recent offsite meeting in France. They put together an excellent meeting registration site in next to no time. They were communicative, detail orientated and very fast to respond to delegate queries. I would have no hesitation in using their services again in future.

Geoff Simms
Managing Director – South West and Wales
Hays Recruitment
New Year Kick Off Party – January 2013

This was the first time I have personally worked with ZiaBia. After briefing them on my requirements, they quickly got into action and developed a proposal and costing.  As we moved towards the event, the team were in continuous contact via telephone/email and in regular review meetings, which gave me considerable comfort, and confidence that everything was on track.

At the actual event, everything “worked like clock-work” and the evening itself was something very different to our usual Christmas Party. ZiaBia delivered innovative ideas to enhance the evening and it energised the group.

Overall, the event was a great success and I will strongly recommend to my colleagues that we use ZiaBia in the future.

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