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Event Manager

Event Manager

What’s it all about?

Interested in Event Management? Ever asked yourself ‘what does an event manager do?’.. well let’s find out.

Event Managers are responsible for organising events for their clients. These events can include seminars, conferences , exhibitions, parties and many more. It is their job to ensure the event message is correctly publicised, the event target audience is engaged and the projected number of attendees attend.

The event manager will be the main point of contact from the planning phase all the way through to after the event where there will likely be a post event evaluation to ensure the event’s objectives have been met.

Your responsibilities will include

  • Liaising with clients to ascertain their exact event requirements
  • Producing detailed proposals for events (including timelines, venues, suppliers, legal obligations, staffing and budgets)
  • Researching venues, suppliers and contractors and then negotiating prices and hire
  • Managing and coordinating suppliers and all event logistics
  • Liaising with sales and marketing teams to publicise and promote the event
  • Managing all pre-event planning, organising guest speakers and delegate packs
  • Ensuring that insurance, legal, health and safety obligations are followed
  • Creating post-event evaluation to inform future events

So how do you get there?

Whilst you do not need a specific degree to work in this industry, a degree in event,hotel or catering management would be advantageous. Employers will be looking at your skills and experience as well as qualifications.

Whilst the degrees listed above are advantageous, you do not need a degree to work in this field. You can work your way up within an events company.It may be useful however to complete the Level 2 Certificate in Event Planning although this is not mandatory.

Some people move into event management from related areas such as marketing, hospitality, PR or arts administration

You can expect to earn between £18,000 and £22,000 in an entry level position. This can rise to £25,000 with more experience.


Event managers can work across a wide range of sectors, both public and private sector. Those industries include:

  • Charities
  • Conference,hotels and exhibition centres
  • Large commercial organisations
  • Government authorities
  • Public attractions
  • PR agencies

Show me the money..

  • You can expect to earn between £18,000 and £22,000 in an entry level position. This can rise to £25,000 with more experience.
  • Senior managers can expect to earn upwards of £40,000 depending on experience and track record

Salaries can vary dependent on your employer, location and the sector you work in.

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