“Investing in the future of the industry is something that we are passionate about.”
The BDC is operated by a small team of in-house staff, spread over five departments; responsible for the day-to-day operations in the building as well as taking on wider activities such as community involvement and voluntary work. Having won the Exhibition News Award for Best Employer four times out of five from 2011 – 2016 and the AEO Awards, Venue Team of the Year twice in the same period, the longstanding group of employees support the unique family environment that has been retained since the company’s inception over thirty years ago.
The culture of the company is one of empowerment and encouragement, something which sees the business’s activities develop and evolve naturally. Promotion from within is responsible for the career growth of many of our key members of staff and long term retention of the core team is testament to the environment that has been created. It is this as well as many other factors that lead to BDC being accredited with Investors in People at a Gold Standard in 2016. For more information on the company values you can read our employee insight blog post.
We’re happy to say that over three quarters of our staff have been with us for over five years, with many now over ten. Should you wish to register your interest for a future role, you can forward your request to our HR Manager.
Since 2010 we have taken on third year university students from varying universities who wish to carry out a one year placement in the events industry. Each year there have been two to three positions available within the conference and exhibition teams and three of these have gone on to become full time members of staff after completing their final year back at university.
Investing in the future of the industry is something that we are passionate about and ensuring that these full time paid positions are available each year is key to building the next generation of event professionals. These placements are open for application from November for positions starting the following August, so revisit this page then for information on how to apply.
To get a feel of what our internships entail, our current coordinators are the best to hear from…
“During my one year placement here at the Business Design Centre I have been working in the Venue Services Department to assist the project managers with the exhibitions that take place within the venue. Some of the events that I have worked on include; London Edge, Brides, Sleep, London Art Fair and Afro Hair & Beauty. All of these events are very unique which has enabled me to learn the different ways in which events are managed at the venue. Halfway into my placement I then had the opportunity to project manage Home Press which was an exhibition that took place in the Gallery Hall; being able to project manage an event by myself gave me the knowledge of managing an event within the venue from start to finish including liaising with the organisers and onsite contractors. Throughout my placement I have also spent time in other departments to see how they contribute to the running of events that take place, including; Venue Sales, Accounts, Security, Loading Bay and BDC Works.”
Nina Mistry – Venue Services Coordinator, 2017-2018
“My placement at the Business Design Centre has been fast paced, challenging but overall very exciting. Taking on the role of Conference Coordinator I was based in the Venue Sales Department working alongside the Conference team assisting them in the smooth and successful running of Conferences and Exhibitions all the while administrating social media channels and contributing to upcoming marketing campaigns. My role gave me the opportunity to project manage my own events which varied from small meetings to larger exhibitions. Working alongside a variety of different organisers, contractors and service providers, I have gained a real insight and hands-on experience into the different aspects of event management of which coincide with modules I have previously studied at university. The unique family environment which is promoted within the company has welcomed and encouraged me to achieve my goals and become more confident with my future career in the industry.”
Evelyn Fritchley – Conference Coordinator, 2017-2018
We have limited opportunities for short term work experiences – the department on which this is in will vary from time to time. If you are interested in further information please contact our HR Manager.
Newly housed at BDC are Event Academy, a leading events training school. Comprised of four Directors, a support team and over 25 event experts and lecturers, Event Academy are totally passionate about making a positive difference to the careers and futures of their students. That’s why they set up the business and that’s what most of them have been doing one way or another for the past 20 years. This core team is then supported by a group of expert advisors who share their knowledge, connections, academic and global event insights.
The first step to delivering the best training for students and for the industry was to get the highest and most respected accreditation possible. There is no better awarding body than the Chartered Institute of Marketing and they are the only accredited event training partner to acquire this. The students at the academy experience the most rigorous, thorough and practical learning experiences possible and we felt that this had a level of synergy with our own team of experts so are proud for them to call the venue home. For more information you can find them in our partners section.