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Name: B. Phoebe Benta. Name of busi­ness: Eu­reka Events UK Ltd. What do you do?: Eu­reka Events is a bou­tique events agency based in Macclesfield. We of­fer event man­age­ment ser­vices to lo­cal busi­nesses, char­i­ties and in­di­vid­u­als. We want lo­cal busi­nesses to make their so­cial funds for staff mo­ti­va­tion and re­ten­tion achieve max­i­mum value in terms of event sat­is­fac­tion and qual­ity. We or­gan­ise team build­ing and out of of­fice so­cial events and ac­tiv­i­ties as well as events to cel­e­brate busi­ness achieve­ments. We also or­gan­ise fam­ily func­tions and cel­e­bra­tions. What prompted you to start your own busi­ness?: I have worked in both hos­pi­tal­ity and cor­po­rate events and en­joy man­ag­ing events. I have al­ways been a big ad­vo­cate for vol­un­teer­ing at events and sup­port­ing lo­cal char­i­ties and busi­ness. With my events back­ground and ex­pe­ri­ences in work­ing on lo­cal events such as the Barn­aby Fes­ti­val, I knew start­ing my own events agency was the next step in my ca­reer. What did you do be­fore this?: I have worked on large events such as the Tour de France Grand De­part and or­gan­ised gala din­ners and so­cial events for univer­sity and col­lege fac­ulty, clubs and so­ci­eties. I then moved into hos­pi­tal­ity events and worked at Mot­tram Hall and hosted at a few lo­cal venues. Most re­cently I worked for a wealth man­age­ment com­pany or­gan­is­ing their cal­en­dar of events. What do you think sets your ser­vice apart from the rest?: The ser­vice we of­fer. It’s con­fig­urable: we of­fer a range of ser­vices so our clients can pick and mix to fit their event needs and bud­get. We lis­ten to our clients’ ob­jec­tives and of­fer a range of pos­si­ble ideas from which they can de­cide whether they would like Eu­reka Events to fully man­age or par­tially co-or­di­nate the event. What do you en­joy the most about do­ing this?: The sat­is­fac­tion from de­liv­er­ing an amaz­ing event! I en­joy be­ing cre­ative, al­ways think­ing of dif­fer­ent ways of ex­e­cut­ing events. The best part of my job is at the end of an event both at­ten­dees and client have en­joyed and ob­jec­tives were met. How long have you been in the busi­ness?: I have been or­gan­is­ing events for more than five years. What’s the best thing about Macclesfield?: The com­mu­nity spirit is great; I have never lived in a place where the com­mu­nity bond is strong and con­nected like Macclesfield’s. Where is your favourite place in Macclesfield?: I en­joy walk­ing, so Macclesfield For­est is my favourite place. If you could choose any­one, who would be your dream client/ cus­tomer and why?: It would have to be some­one plan­ning a sur­prise event for a loved one or close friend. I per­son­ally en­joy plan­ning th­ese types of events as I ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of clients dis­cov­er­ing cool things about their friends that they never knew, like their favourite mu­sic, games and drinks. What was your first job?: Work­ing in a de­part­ment store as a bag packer in An­tigua when I was 14. What ad­vice would you give to any­one think­ing of start­ing out in busi­ness?: Sur­round your­self with pos­i­tive and sup­port­ive peo­ple. Set­ting up and run­ning a busi­ness takes a lot from you, so make sure you’re do­ing some­thing that you en­joy!

TO give back to the com­mu­nity for its sup­port, I am of­fer­ing my events man­age­ment ser­vice free to a lo­cal char­ity for its next event. If you know of a lo­cal char­ity need­ing as­sis­tance, please email me at phoebe@ eu­rekaevents.co.uk, let­ting me know why this char­ity should get this ser­vice.

B. Phoebe Benta runs Eu­reka Events

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