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Still time to register for free entry into Excursions™ 2018

Still time to register for free entry into Excursions™ 2018

There are just a few days to go until the Excursions™ 2018 exhibition takes place at Alexandra Palace in North London on Saturday, 27th January (10.30am-4pm). Nearly 250 exhibitors from across the UK and near Europe are ready and waiting to meet you - have you booked your free entry… ticket?

You can still register online until the show start time, just complete your details and download your digital e-ticket. Alternatively, come along on the day and register at the gate.

On arrival (10.15-10.45am) you will be welcomed in Palm Court with a taster of the much acclaimed tribute acts from the Matinee Shows, which are produced by Groups Direct in association with James R Hearn. The artists will also be performing throughout the day inside the show with tributes to the likes of Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Michael Bublè and Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

If you haven't yet booked your free coach transfer, there is still time to reserve a seat online, but hurry as the final date for booking is 22nd January and some coaches are already full. For visitors making their own way by train, a free shuttle service will run from Alexandra Palace main line and Wood Green Underground stations from 10am until 4pm. The W3 bus also picks up from both stations and drops off at Alexandra Palace.

Organised by Tourism South East, Excursions™ is the No.1 stop for inspiration, ideas and itineraries for days out and short breaks for groups and coach tour operators. For more details and to book a place on a transfer coach contact the ExcursionsTM team on Tel: 023 8062 5516 or visit

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Ievo Partner With Leading Intruder Alarm Manufacturer

Ievo Partner With Leading Intruder Alarm Manufacturer

Whilst biometric access control is now seen as the technology of choice for many business sectors, its take-up by domestic and SME customers has been limited through the perception that the technology was more cost-effective for larger installations where the added value of time and attendance data acquisition could be… factored into the decision to purchase.

However, a new integration between ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of CPNI-approved, innovative biometric fingerprint readers, and Texecom, Europe's largest independent security alarm specialist, has now made the technology more accessible to the domestic and smaller SME markets.

ievo biometric fingerprint readers can now be integrated with Texecom's Premier Elite Series of control panel systems, providing a single comprehensive system architecture and peripheral range of devices managed by biometric control. Intruder alarm systems can be activated and disarmed by reading a registered fingerprint and the system can be extended to relay information used for a single door access control entry point to further functionality.

Richard Forsyth, Sales Manager for ievo, commented, 'The key here is a blend of convenience and enhanced security for high end domestic and SME users. Numeric code PINs and fobs can be lost, forgotten or stolen whilst a fingerprint, once registered, is unique to that authorised user. Once a person's fingerprint is enrolled, and this is a very simple process using the same reader, only that user can set or disable the alarm and peripherals.'

'The multispectral imaging technology (MSI) technology that we incorporate into our readers enables identification of a registered fingerprint even with levels of surface contaminants (grease, dust, etc.) present on the skin, whilst the IP65 rating means the readers function in the most extreme environments so can be positioned externally. This is particularly important in industrial and construction environments where the system's ability to provide multi-level access with certain personnel restricted to certain areas is an additional benefit.'

'We're delighted to be working with an award-winning international leader in electronic security devices and see this integration as opening up a potentially huge market for smaller and domestic systems. With the Texecom integration now available, we are already seeing an uptake from those who previously enquired about intruder alarm integration and single door access control.'

'The relationship demonstrates both companies' ethos of constantly developing innovative solutions for customers and the wider security market, and our biometric fingerprint readers fit perfectly with the Texecom's Premier Elite Series and the task of tackling individual security challenges.'

Mike Govier, Texecom's Senior Customer Support Engineer added, 'Additionally, and very importantly for the high end domestic market, biometric authentication is treated as a portable proximity tag, or ace, and thus complies with standards required by Police response systems which have to be operated with such tags. This solution gives us a security system that complies with Police response requirements and greater control over access to a property.'

For more information on ievo biometric systems please visit

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From Initial Plans To Lasting Impressions

From Initial Plans To Lasting Impressions

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No matter what type of event you're planning, we've got project planners with the expertise and experience to match and we'll assign you a dedicated project team with the right skills to deliver a transport plan, which offers efficiency and reliability.
With years of experience in event transport and the additional support from our 24 hour control room, our regionally tailored service will ensure you are in safe hands, leaving you free to focus on planning the rest of your event.
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Tobacco Dock aims to build events industry community at the heart of successful venue

Tobacco Dock aims to build events industry community at the heart of successful venue

Tobacco Dock, The City's iconic conference and events venue, is also home to a stunning complex of offices, meeting room suites and semi-private workspaces. TDVL, operators of Tobacco Dock, are now aiming to attract a range of businesses in the events space - including suppliers, event tech innovators, production companies,… hospitality specialists and ticketing businesses - to base themselves in characterful offices at the venue.

Patrick Donovan, Managing Director of TDVL, says "Over the last decade we've seen a trend towards clustering where your clients are. FinTech in Canary Wharf, creative industries in Shoreditch and Soho etc. It seems to make sense for events professionals, SMEs and specialist suppliers to be co-located with one of the capital's busiest events hubs. We can't promise that our clients will become their customers, but it makes sense to be on site and in a position to showcase your ideas in a venue where more than half a million visitors a year, and some of the world's biggest brands, are passing through".

The Dock offers private and semi-private offices for businesses from 2 to 30 people and, thanks to the recent explosion of development in the Wapping and Shadwell area, as well as new facilities on site like Dock St Cafe and the super-cool Skylight rooftop bar and lawn-club, the neighbourhood is really coming to life. New residential and retail projects are springing up next-door at London Docks & St Katharine Docks and Thomas More Square also boasts a range of new bars and cafes as well as access to tube and overground networks.

Donovan is convinced about the attractions of the kind of office facilities that he has created at The Dock 'Who wants the hassle of long-term fully repairing leases and all the investment required for reception, security, print room, IT, super fast wi-fi and other facilities? By packaging all that up and being able to offer a business of say 6 people a smart, fully serviced office for less than £20k pa including rent, rates and all service charges - we think The Dock will make the perfect home for small, but fast growing events industry enterprises'.

For further information email, phone 0203 846 9201 or visit

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Open-Air Theatre Festival

Open-Air Theatre Festival

Dean Close School's idyllic outdoor venue, The Tuckwell Amphitheatre has established itself as the premiere location to enjoy exciting theatre, not least open-air Shakespeare productions. The festival team have hand-picked another selection of sizzling Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Speaking on behalf of… the festival team, Clara Hambling said: 'Shakespeare in the evening sunshine, with a picnic and some fun loving friends! What could be more civilised?!.'

On 19th July Cheltenham will play host to Folksy Theatre's Twelfth Night, in which two twin siblings, Viola and Sebastian, are separated in a shipwreck. Viola takes on the appearance of a man to be accepted to work in Duke Orsino's household and then the fun really begins! Twelfth Night is a play about mistaken identities, about love and the madness it can drive us to. Filled with Folksy's touch of live music, bold characters and audience interaction, this will be the perfect start to the summer.

On 26th July you are invited to Heartbreak Productions' 1928 Fete of Misrule to enjoy a playful outdoor adaptation of Shakespeare's unlikely love story; The Taming of the Shrew. Everyone wants to marry Bianca, Kate's younger sister but Kate must be married first and no suitor can be found. Enter Petruchio, a gamester on the make who surprises them both with the most unconventional courtship in English literature. A controversial, passionate and tender story of sexual politics brought to life with Heartbreak's hallmark live music, humour and audience interaction.

On 3rd August festival favourites The Pantaloons Theatre Company return with Shakespeare's most iconic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his musical fairy band told a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem. This critically-acclaimed theatre company tell the Bard's timeless comic tale in their own distinctive and anarchic style.

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Upcoming Events

National Television Awards 2018

Tue 23rd January 2018
The O2 arena, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

Chris Rock

Sat 27th January 2018-Sun 28th January 2018
The O2 arena, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

BBL Cup Final 2018

Sun 28th January 2018
Barclaycard Arena, King Edwards Rd, Birmingham B1 2AA

Half-Term Fun:

Sat 10th February 2018-Sun 18th February 2018
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking Surrey GU23 6QB

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