Oval win marks EMU launch

Event management start-up EMU Events has won its first major piece of business, a two-year contract from UK insurance and financial services group Oval. The contract, worth £250,000, is EMU Events’ first major win since the agency opened officially for business on 1 October. Finalised at the start of this month, the contract will see EMU Events provide venue-finding and event management services for one regional meeting a month and two national meetings a year. The first event was held last week and saw 100 of Oval’s senior managers meet at the Coventry Hilton. The next function, due for 8 November, will comprise 50 members of Oval’s financial division meeting in Leicestershire’s Belvoir Castle. EMU Events founder and managing director Mike Utton said that the win was vital to the healthy growth of his company. “The big thing about this win is that it has given us a stable base from which to grow the business. It has allowed us to increase year-one forecast to £500,000 turnover by October next year.”

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