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Job Description: Operations Team Member – Events & Exhibitions

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Jimmy Birchmore Events Ltd are event managers and exhibition specialists operating throughout the UK and Ireland.

We design and build exhibition stands at indoor and outdoor events, as well as delivering bespoke corporate and hybrid events for clients.

We work mainly with long standing clients from the agricultural, land based and rural sectors.

We have a great team, high standards and an excellent reputation.

We offer;

  • £20,000 - £25,000 p.a.
  • Company pension
  • Days off in lieu for weekends and bank holidays worked
  • Friendly, supportive team environment

Please apply via email to info@jimmybirchmore.com including a covering letter, your CV, and reasons why you feel this opportunity is the right one for you.

1. MAIN PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE JOB

To work as a key member of the Operations Team on the preparation and practical implementation of all events, exhibitions and store activities.

To support and work positively with team members as required across the full range of company, client and supplier activities.

2. DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Practical Operations / Key Objectives

To fully engage as part of our core Operations Team with the practical delivery of our activities alongside the broader team, particularly through;

  • Supporting the well organised and efficient operation of the company store and vehicles
  • Preparation and loading of equipment
  • Testing of graphics and various checks in advance of events
  • On-site build up and breakdown activity both indoors and outdoors across all event and exhibition tasks from stand construction through to finishing touches

After training, assisting in the correct installation of screens, lighting, cabling and electrical appliances

  • Unloading and returning equipment to store
  • Cleaning, painting and general maintenance of equipment
  • Maintaining client and general equipment inventories
  • Preparation and packaging of items ready for dispatch
  • Liaising with team members regarding crew sheets, kit lists and operational schedules
  • Awareness of and acting on relevant deadlines and timeframes
  • Liaison with suppliers of materials and stock items

Unibox System: In-house modular exhibition stand system

  • Become familiar with all components, options, and possibilities
  • After training, carry out the pre-building, installation and dismantling of aluminium framed tension fabric system exhibition stands
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of efficient methods of storage, transport and installation
  • Assist with new ideas, stand designs and variations
  • Be aware of alternative systems and options

General

  • Ensure company Health & Safety procedures are followed and implemented
  • A full driving license is required
  • Experience of driving vans up to 3.5t would be an advantage (subject to insurance requirements)
  • Event experience will be helpful but not essential
  • Practical skills and mindset
  • Attention to detail
  • Friendly and positive outlook
  • Adaptable to indoor / outdoor locations and changeable nature of events and weather conditions
  • Must be a team player but also able to work unsupervised
  • Long hours at peak periods, overnight stays and some weekend and bank holiday work
  • To fully contribute to the company aspirations, plans, targets and implementation in relation to recycling, sustainability and the environment
  • Any other duty as deemed relevant by the Director across the full range of company, client and supplier activity.

Company Culture

  • To ensure the following essential company characteristics are understood by suppliers, and delivered to clients and that they underpin all activity;
    • Listen and fully understand context and objectives
    • Professionalism and experience
    • Attention to detail / accuracy
    • Creativity and innovation
    • Hard work and commitment
    • Pride in our work
    • Delivering no matter what / dependable
    • Best practice / safety
    • Efficiency and consistency
    • Teamwork
    • Adaptable and positive
    • Honesty
    • Empathy and supporting individuals
    • Nice people to work with
    • Protecting and enhancing our reputation

March 2022

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Shortlisted for the Rural Business Awards National Final

February 2022

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the national Rural Business Awards final in the 'Best Rural Diversification Project' category, and congratulate the winner, Musgrove Willows and runner- up, the Coo Shed.

Both businesses showed tenacity against adversity, and have adapted creatively to bring new ideas to fruition.

The past two years have been exceptionally challenging for all businesses involved, and we are still seeing repercussions in the events industry. Being shortlisted for the award means so much to our team which has worked tirelessly to help businesses to communicate throughout lockdown.

When lockdown hit, we were faced with a 99% reduction in the usual live events for over 18 months. "We had to adapt quickly. The team pulled together, and worked creatively to offer a service that our clients desperately needed – to communicate with their supply chains and customers effectively when no face-to-face contact was not permitted. This meant developing skills in virtual events, including conferences, enhanced webinars, virtual and hybrid studios and 3D events, and diversifying into new area," says Jimmy Birchmore.

David Merton, Head of Rural at Fisher German, has been amazingly encouraging: “Jimmy Birchmore Events is a fantastic example of how truly important diversification can be.

"The business worked extremely hard to innovate and adapt during what has been a difficult time for so many sectors, and the attitude of the whole team and what they have managed to achieve is incredibly inspiring."

The Rural Business Awards 2021/2022 has been fantastic to be involved in. Run in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ seventh year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy. The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses and developing a strong network for rural business owners.

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Looking ahead: A message from our director

Following Christmas and the New Year I’d like to thank clients, partners, suppliers, colleagues and friends for your support during 2021 and to wish you all the very best for 2022.

Our own priorities for 2022 remain clear and straightforward, they guide all our decision making. Namely to do all we can to ensure the wellbeing of our team and their families, to maintain our positive long-term relationships with everyone we work with; and to ensure that as a small business we continue to play our part across the broadest possible range of event and exhibition activity.

These priorities are heartfelt and have enabled us to adapt over the past two years, therefore they hold true for 2022.

Reflecting on 2021 which started as a difficult year, after a challenging few months, we did see a return to physical events and exhibitions throughout the autumn which was welcomed by all participants. For the exhibition industry this was a genuine lifeline, also one that brought many challenges. Compressed schedules, supply chain issues and the wider COVID context placed enormous pressure on individuals, so I also put on record my thanks to my team and our suppliers and partners for their flexibility, resilience, and sheer hard work.

I believe delivering that autumn workload, alongside our ongoing hybrid and virtual events was a tremendous achievement by all concerned. To gain recognition during it via a Rural Business Award for diversification in our region was a clear highlight and we look forward to the national finals in February. I mention it purely to reinforce the point about personal contributions, whether that be our clients placing their faith in us, our suppliers and partners helping us innovate and continue to deliver, or our own team adapting to a work life far from any comfort zone.

Without these relationships working together, little is achieved by any of us. So, as we navigate another phase of uncertainty, postponements, and cancellations, albeit we hope a short phase, I reaffirm my commitment to those relationships.

So, from myself and our team, our genuine thanks for all the support that you have shown to us during 2021. It is greatly appreciated and never taken for granted.

At Christmas rather than sending gifts and cards we make a series of donations to causes that are important to our team, which include: The Marine Conservation Society, PASIC Cancer Support for Children and Young People, British Heart Foundation, The Toy Appeal, Warwickshire Young Carers, Alzheimer’s Society, Macmillan Cancer Support, RNLI, HeadSpace and Cancer Research.

Despite uncertainties we feel it is more important than ever, and these donations are only possible due to the support that we receive from you.

We believe that 2022 will be a positive year despite a challenging start, and we will be there to do everything we can to help and support you.

On behalf of all of us at JBE I hope you have had a relaxing break over the Christmas period, and I wish you all the very best for 2022.

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Midlands events company wins top rural award

Press release October 2021

Jimmy Birchmore Events has been named as one of the best rural businesses in the UK after winning a regional Rural Business Award.

The events specialist won Best Rural Diversification Project in the Midlands category.

Following the impressive achievement at the regional final, Jimmy Birchmore Events will now go on to represent the Midlands region at the national final of the Rural Business Awards in February 2022.

"We are delighted to win the Best Rural Diversification Project Award for the Midlands. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for businesses, so to be recognised by the Rural Business Awards and Amazon in this way gives us a great boost," explains business owner, Jimmy Birchmore.

Established in 2009, Jimmy Birchmore Events offers a fully integrated and complete event service, specialising in agriculture, environment, food chain and land-based sectors.

"Covid-19 has put immense pressure on the events industry and I’m exceptionally proud of the team which has overcome the huge challenge we faced with a 99% reduction of our usual live events for 18 months," says Jimmy.

"The team has adapted, innovated and worked incredibly hard to deliver seamless events for clients who wanted to continue to communicate to their audiences during lockdown, whether that be via enhanced webinars, virtual and hybrid studios or 3D environments.

"We’ve researched, collaborated, learned, and have put an unprecedented amount of extra time into ensuring our clients have a high-quality virtual event which delivers. We have a highly experienced team at the core of the business who foster long term valued relationships with our clients, and we are proud to be considered for this top award," adds Jimmy.

The Rural Business Awards 2021/2022, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ seventh year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy. The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses and developing a strong network for rural business owners.

Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Jemma Clifford, added: "We are very proud to be hosting the seventh annual Rural Business Awards in partnership with Amazon, especially after the past 18 months. On behalf of the Rural Business Awards team, I would like to say congratulations to Jimmy Birchmore Events for this very well-deserved win and wish them all the best ahead of the national final."

The Rural Business Awards is the brainchild of Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, who wanted to showcase the wealth of entrepreneurial talent in rural areas of Britain.

The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 13 categories - ranging from Best Rural Start Up and Best Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Best Rural Innovation - decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.

The Rural Business Awards is hosting a series of regional finals in the North, East, Midlands, South West, Wales and Northern Ireland, throughout October 2021, ahead of the National Final next February.

To learn about the Rural Business Awards visit www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk

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