Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Rapiergroup achieves Investors in People Silver

Rapiergroup has recently undertaken the Investors in People assessment, and has been accredited with the Silver level at the first attempt.

Investors in People (IIP) is the standard for people management. It defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. Organisations undertaking the Investors in People accreditation are benchmarked against IIP best practice and can be awarded the Core Standard, Bronze, Silver or Gold levels.

Rapiergroup puts staff welfare at the heart of its strategy, and has put in place a variety of schemes to ensure that staff can achieve a work-life balance.  Flexi-time is offered to all staff as standard, and regular working from home is actively encouraged for those whose roles allow them to do so.  When people have been working on site over weekends or Bank Holidays they are offered lieu days in exchange.  The office closes over the Christmas holidays to ensure that all staff can have a proper break from work.  Our in-house Rewards and Recognition team provides some softer touches that can make working in an intense industry easier, such as massages and exercise classes.

Helen Seaman, Managing Director at Rapiergroup commented, “We are thrilled to have been awarded the Investors in People Silver level at the first attempt.  In our industry we expect a lot from our people, who are often working long hours on site, and can be away from home for extended periods of time.  We recognise that if we want to deliver the best work that we can for our clients, then we need to be looking after our staff as a priority.  The Investors in People accreditation is recognition of our commitment to do the very best for our people at all levels within our organisation. It represents a significant step towards us achieving our core company objective of ‘being an employer of choice’.

In 2011 Rapiergroup employed external management consultants who identified that while we were delivering a great service for our clients, we were not delivering for our people.  This led to the establishment of our vision ‘to deliver exceptional results for our clients and our people’.  Our people strategy was implemented and the achievement of the IIP Silver is the first stage of the culmination of that vision.”

Kathryn Bell, Director of Internal Operations at Rapiergroup said, “As an organisation we are committed to the welfare, learning and development of our people.  In order to have achieved the Silver level of accreditation we had to demonstrate evidence of at least 76 additional requirements over and above the basic Standard.  At the end of the first stage of our assessment we have been provided with clear guidance and direction about what we can be doing to improve even further. We’re currently putting strategies in place to help us achieve the Gold Standard within the next 12 months.”

Friday, 2 October 2015

10 Years at Rapiergroup

On 10th October 2015, Shelagh Disney, Accounts Administration, will be celebrating 10 years at Rapiergroup. Here, Shelagh reflects on her time at the company...

I have been asked to write a blog as, unbelievably, my time at Rapiergroup is approaching the 10 year mark!!  I’m sure for some of you, it will seem much longer! But for me, it has gone incredibly quickly and I still remember my first day so well.  Strangely enough, I still seem to be sitting in the same place, but now a wall has been erected between me and the rest of the office! What could that possibly mean?

On a more serious note, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company and have witnessed numerous changes; new faces, new processes, Focalpoint, new clients and new equipment. (I use a little barcode machine to process the vast number of invoices we receive. I hated it at first but I admit, we have now developed a close bond!)

I fell into an accounts role purely by accident; past jobs having included cosmetic buying for BHS (that’s British Home Stores for those who remember, not British Hypertension Society), 2 well known employment agencies, a building society (no less than 3 armed robberies, but I survived!) and accounts work in a hotel. I then applied to Rapiergroup and the rest is history.

Over the past 10 years there have been a few changes within the Accounts Department and yet the dynamics have always been great and between us, we have, I think, achieved a dedicated and effective team – I really enjoy the company of my colleagues.

There have been many notable moments over the years particularly the social events, Christmas parties, trip to Paris (fantastic), summer fete, filming at Luton Hoo in the snow (and digging the car out the next day).  Hopefully, Helen has forgiven Gina and I for climbing into bed with Nick (all in the name of an AmDram team building exercise of course)– but that’s another story!!!

I feel privileged to have been part of the Rapiergroup team for the last decade and will always be grateful for their compassion and invaluable support when I lost Jeff, my lovely husband of 31 years in 2013.  I count myself lucky to have been surrounded by my wonderful family and to Rapiergroup who helped make a truly horrendous time a little easier to bear.

I’m sure the future will continue to offer up the inevitable challenges but if the last 10 years have been anything to go by, I know that it will continue to be an interesting ride and I certainly look forward to being a part of it!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Looking Back On My Summer Challenge

Earlier in the year, Fay told us of the challenge she had set herself for the summer. Here, she reflects on her achievements.

It’s been 2 weeks since I finished  the final race and I still cannot believe it’s been 5 months and the challenge has been completed. Having lost around two stone and dropped 2 dress sizes, I am now back in the gym and hoping to keep it that way!

This challenge wasn’t just about me needing motivation or a focus, it coincided with one of the toughest times of my life; watching my friend go through the treatment to fight cancer. So, I also wanted to raise money for Cancer Research. My friend approached her situation with poise, grace and an insane, upbeat sense of humour and at the end of June she was given the all clear.

I would like to say that this challenge was taken on board with the same poise, grace and upbeat sense of humour but sadly, NOT. It started at Milton Keynes on the 4th May with early challenges, such as a Personal Best time, a lost and found car and a lost phone. The run was awesome but definitely without poise or grace!

9th May saw me, with lovely work colleagues Lynn and Sally-Anne and Lynn’s daughter Chrishny, at the beautiful Blenheim Palace for the Breast Cancer Care: 20 mile walk. Despite regular distance and stamina training, I have never ached so much from one race as I did from this one!  It was a great day with great friends at a fantastic venue.

May closed on an emotional high. My friend finished her final treatment and joined us to complete the Race for Life.  Quite an achievement after everything she’d been through.

For the half marathon at Southend, I was accompanied by Sue and Jan, my  Rapiergroup colleagues who both outran me, but that was purely so that I would have someone to watch me come over the finish line; honestly! Cue sunburnt face number 1. July saw  a break and in August I completed the  Kimbolton Castle half marathon. It was a tough, country road run, but still fun. Cue sunburnt face number 2!

September saw me complete the race I was most excited about. My final race, it was also watching this on the TV last year that helped me formulate my challenge.  It wasn’t my best time, at 2.24 hrs, but it was a fantastic day. Travelling on my own, I quickly made friends up north and we have stayed friends ever since. The support along the route was amazing with massive crowds of supporters and 15 bands to keep up the spirits.

This whole experience has been as much fun as it has been hard work, but well worth it. The monies collected online and on paper are close to my target of £1,000 so THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has donated!

The Just Giving site  will stay open for a while yet as I collect in the money, so please feel free to donate at:

And now for my next challenge…

Um, perhaps I will take a rest first.

Thanks once again to everyone for all their support.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Your Opportunity to Join the Rapiergroup Team

Rapiergroup is looking for people like you to join our team, due to our continued success.  So what is it like to work for the number 16 UK agency as listed by C&IT Magazine?

Well, some of our newest team members have commented that:

 “The team is a really welcoming group of people, where you feel like you’ve been part of the team forever.”

“It’s great to work alongside like-minded, motivated colleagues who are dedicated to their events and clients.”

“It’s a flexible, fun and dynamic working environment.” 

“Rapiergroup works hard at retaining that family feel. Our open plan offices allow the directors to sit in the main office with all the project teams, which makes you feel as though they are truly at the heart of the company.” 

“Working at Rapiergroup affords us the chance to travel the world, doing the job we love most.”

We understand that you may be the perfect person to join our team, so if the jobs below do not perfectly match your skills and experience, why not drop us an email or give us call?

Senior Project/Production Manager-Exhibits
Rapiergroup seeks a Senior Project/Production Manager for a major exhibit account. You need to have several years of experience in delivering exhibits, have very strong client handling skills and be familiar with the full project life cycle.  You will be versatile and flexible in approach and be used to delivering at the highest possible level to demanding clients.

Your experience will span all aspects of exhibit project management: budgeting; client/studio liaison to advance layouts and designs; specifications, costings, drawings, liaison with contractors and all manner of the technical aspects of delivering exhibit projects; graphics and print; onsite management of contractors during the build and breakdown; reconciliation and debrief process.  Your background will most likely be exhibit build and production and you will possess strong negotiation skills and know how to lead and manage value engineering initiatives.

If this sounds like you, please send your CV and a covering email to:

3D Designers (Exhibition/Experiential)
We are expanding our studio team at Rapiergroup and are looking for 3D Designers to join us. We are looking for someone with at least three years experience, but are also interested in hearing from graduates and candidates with less experience.

The role in 3D design at Rapiergroup is creative, varied and highly challenging. Working with leading brands, you will have the opportunity to work on some high profile creative projects and see your design work through from concept to completion. Work ranges from exhibition stands of all sizes up to global programmes, environments for live events and experiential.

We are looking for talented individuals with strong creative/design skills and relevant experience/education based in exhibition design. A strong portfolio of work to support this is essential. We work with 3DS Max and AutoCAD, as well as Creative Suite, so ideally we need candidates to be fluent in all of these.

We are a friendly team, offering a great creative work environment. There is a good variety of interesting work, so life is never dull. Our package is competitive and we offer great career progression. If you like the sound of this and are keen to find out more, please send your CV with some work examples in a covering email to:

Even those that have been here for a number of years are still enjoying themselves...

“When I walked through the doors at Rapiergroup in 2002 as an Account Manager at the age of 22, I would have never have dreamt that nearly 13 years later I would still be a part of the family and indeed a Director of the company!  I think this speaks volumes on how amazing the team is here.  I look forward to Monday morning when I can get back to the job I love.”

”The atmosphere at Rapiergroup is characterised by an openness of conversation and an honest approach. The diversity of skills and backgrounds is complemented perfectly by the energy and positivity of my colleagues. We are lucky enough to work with some really good clients and our hard work on site is matched by the fun we have outside of working hours.”

“Everybody at Rapiergroup is in it for the same reason – we love what we do and we are so proud of what we do, that it translates through to our clients, suppliers, everyone that we work with.”

“Rapiergroup is a really special mix of people, who all contribute to the success of the company.”

Don’t just take our word for it!  A client was recently heard to remark that:

“The amazing thing about you guys is that, as a team, you all obviously really like each other and work so well together. It comes across so clearly that you all love what you do and it’s a joy spending time with you all together, the dynamic is brilliant and it makes Rapiergroup so appealing to work with”. 

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Home Away From Home, or a Shade of Grey Too Far?!

On his European event travels, Jim encounters two very different aspects of Rotterdam…

Every event has its story to tell and at first, mine was a story of time travel, or at least one of childhood memories. In Rotterdam for an exhibition and flying in on a propeller aircraft immediately felt like something from a bygone age. Loud, but very spacious, the in-flight service included nuts and a drink. I know you’re expecting me to describe the whole menu but that was it; nuts and a drink. But being as the flight was only 40 minutes, I can’t disagree with the limited choice. Although the drive to the airport took me longer, at least I had my wine gums fix on that journey!

Anyway, upon arrival my immediate task was to check out the local stores for supplies, should I need them for the event ahead. In doing so I encountered, for the first time in 20 years, a C&A. Now for those of you that don’t remember C&A, this was a clothing store which had been in Britain since 1922 and, although it was a Dutch company, it was synonymous with the British high street and providing clothing for all ages. Disappearing in 2001 (not sure I believe that stat.) it was a double take in the local shopping centre that confirmed the sight of something I had not seen since mum used to buy my clothes!

The next double take, however, was one of a different nature. In this industry, we are all used to traveling alone and miss being away from family and loved ones but clearly, my hotel had other ideas when it came to the mini bar offering. A picture says a million words; therefore, I’ll leave you to view the image for this blog and decide whether this is something that other hotels should incorporate, or may be a shade of grey too far?

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Collaboration succeeds at ConsEuro

Jim Lucas, Conference Manager, reflects on another successful delivery for ConsEuro.

So, ConsEuro 2015 has successfully been delivered for another year and what a year! From its original single stream, 2 day event, it has grown dramatically over the past 2 years. . Industry support, together with ever increasing sector interest, meant we delivered a multi-stream, call for abstract conference showcasing the latest E-Poster technology and demonstration sessions from industry. This complemented the use of the conference app to go ‘paperless’ for the first time in this conference’s history, meaning everyone had all conference material within their tablet or phone!

Onsite the weather did us proud and the historic views of ‘Big Ben’ (Queen Elizabeth Tower still doesn’t seem right to me), the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Cathedral meant everyone enjoyed the aesthetic side of London.

I, for one, was rather sad to see the event end. Rare is it to organise an event of such scale and enjoy overwhelmingly positive feedback, both during and post event. Now I would love to think this was down to my comprehensive event planning but I know full well a positive & friendly audience, industry who go out of their way to promote and help and last but not least a committee who engage with the PCO, meant ConsEuro was a success for all.

Still something I’ll shout about mind you...

Friday, 5 June 2015

London's Finest

Although we are lucky enough to work at some pretty amazing venues, they don’t come more impressive than the British Museum and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

In the last week of May, the Hampton Medical team delivered an important medical conference for the Cervical Spine Research Society – European Section (CSRS-ES) at these prestigious London landmarks.

Founded in 1753, the British Museum was the first national public museum in the world. It’s unique grade-one listed public galleries are complemented with a suite of contemporary conference facilities, designed by Lord Foster.

The team supported here for the conference itinerary, before transferring to St. Paul’s Cathedral for the final evening’s gala dinner and ceremony. Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral is also a breath-taking events venue.

The team has received nothing but positive feedback from the guests and client alike.