Thank you to everyone who came to the Head for Points Summer Party on Monday, at the Holiday Inn Camden Lock.
We had just under 250 people there. I was a little nervous about having such a big group – our Christmas events have always been capped at 150 – but the feedback I got is that it worked out well.
Once I got my head around the fact that I couldn’t speak to everyone (at Christmas I have always tried to say Hi to each guest, but it is easier with just 150) it was all fine. The bar was busy but manageable, and once people had redeemed their free drink voucher quite a few realised that they could nip out to the quieter lobby bar, buy a drink there and then bring it back.
The question now, of course, is what we do about Christmas, because it will be tricky going back to 150 people even though I really like the venue we use.
I need to thank Etihad Airways for their generous support of the event. Not only did they fund the free drink vouchers, but they also provided a couple of people to help Anika run the reception desk. They also went well beyond what they originally suggested to us in terms of raffle prizes. Having the Etihad marketing material around the room also made it feel more like a frequent flyer event than it would have otherwise.
Here a few photos from the evening. Unfortunately Jamie, who usually does our photos, is currently out in Montenegro on a super-yacht, as you do, and Anika and I were so busy we didn’t get too many opportunities to snap away.
Here is the main group gathered during the speeches (click on any of the group pictures to enlarge):
This shot shows the outdoor terrace and Camden Lock beyond – this area was rammed all evening, it is only quiet here because the speeches were happening inside. It was slightly bizarre watching ducks swim past.
Etihad generously gave us a Business Class flight to Abu Dhabi as the star raffle prize, for which we are very grateful. The winner was Max, pictured here with Anika and Helen and Louise from Etihad’s UK sales and marketing team:
As long as he flies an A380 from Heathrow, Max will get to experience the impressive Business Class Studio which I reviewed here and am very positive about. The seats turn into fully flat beds up to 6 feet 8 inches long, the IFE screen is huge 18 inches and Business Class passengers have access to the bar which is designed to have the feel of a Mayfair private club.
The other lucky raffle winners were:
Judith – an Etihad A380 model aircraft (an extra prize we added on the night)
Shamil – two tickets to a Manchester City home game of his choice
Dominic – a signed Manchester City football with a certificate of authenticity
What always impresses me about HfP events is the wide age range we attract. Here was the youngest:
….. and there were a good number of people who were clearly drawing their pensions and then blowing it on luxury travel (which I strongly recommend).
The guy in this photo insisted we use his photograph on the site, so here it is:
Thank you to everyone who came along, especially those who stuck it out and bravely followed Anika down to her favourite sticky-floored Camden pub afterwards …..
PS. If you are an SME owner, you can find out more about BusinessConnect, Etihad’s free small business loyalty scheme which was discussed in the speeches on Monday night, on the Etihad website.