Going against the established norms

The word ‘innovation’ was originally a term for ‘revolution’ or ‘heresy’, going against the established norms. That suits us: we have never accepted the status quo. Have a look at some of the projects we’ve delivered; whether it’s incremental improvement or radical development.


Pay It Forward

The beleaguered meetings and exhibitions industry needed re-energising after the Covid pandemic. Live events were extremely hard hit as organisations moved online and major venues became emergency hospitals. Unemployment rose, and thousands of experienced event professionals were without work.

We created and funded the Realise Meetings and Events Innovation Prizes, built a on a bespoke platform. Would-be entrepreneurs and inventors can submit their entries free of charge via (Why not head over there now to see the results and perhaps enter the next round?)

 As well as the opportunity to win £10 000 in cash prizes, we are reviewing every entry and will be offering all viable ideas a whole suite of support options. With proposals flooding in from across the world, and lots of questions from entrants, we know there are many submissions currently being developed.


Love in Challenging Times…

Challenge: The events industry has lots of single people, all looking for relationships and love. But, with long hours, high workloads and many nights in hotels around the world, the opportunity to meet that special person – and one who understood the challenges of the role – were limited.

Solution: From a chance conversation on a Wednesday to a fully-functioning website 48 hours later, was created. A bespoke solution that received huge coverage in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) Press and one that has created some very unique relationships.


Never Stop Developing…

Challenge: When Selbey Anderson, parent company to a group of leading marketing agencies, realised the impact the Covid 19 virus would have on staff confined to home, they needed a solution to keep their team energised and engaged, whilst also delivering development opportunities.

Solution: A conversation with the Realise team led to the creation of The College, an online development portal supplemented by regular coaching calls. More than 70 Selbey Anderson staff signed up from the programme, from across the UK and also the back office team in North Macedonia.

Over a 12 week period ‘students’ were given a weekly development task, whilst working on a personal and professional skill which they chose to develop. As well as carefully logging their hours they also completed a reflective journal and summarised their achievements in a TED-style video.

‘It was an excellent programme, and we were very impressed how Realise managed to develop and launch the programme in just a matter of days,’ (Simon Quarendon, CEO)