Last year we introduced our members to Hostology, a brand new event management tool designed by experienced venue owners to help you become a twenty-first century host.
In response to Covid-19, the Hostology team have pulled together a helpful webinar series talking to various industry experts covering topics from insurance to financial support, legal issues to communicating with couples.
Jade from Hostology is joining us today to tell us all about the platform and their webinar series, and we’ve also included a few key webinar re-plays for you to dip in to below, although you can find the full series here – you will need to sign up/in to view.
I’ve personally watched or joined the live webinars each week and it’s been super valuable for me to understand the issues venues are facing around the legalities of postponements and cancellations, as well as preparing for a time when weddings can be hosted again. Whilst I have my own thoughts about socially distanced weddings (and you might too), I think the webinars have provided important discussions for us all.
Notes from Hostology
What is Hostology?
The Hostology Platform – www.hostology.co.uk – is a new venue-centric event management platform, designed and built by a group of experienced event hosts to equip the industry to keep pace with the sophisticated needs of today’s clients.
Hostology will simplify your workflows and communications, delivering improved customer service and a more organised event run-up. Our tools and services are designed to free up your venue team, giving them the time to deepen their client relationships and to transform the often-arduous planning process into an enjoyable and integral part of any celebration. Hostology has been conceived, designed and road-tested by a group of five UK-wide venues Dewsall Court, Iscoyd Park, Elmore Court, Wasing Park and Pennard House – each experienced independent event hosts, and collectively responsible for over 500 successful events a year.
What is the Webinar Series?
Hostology was born from our shared experience, the Hostology webinar series aims to extend this experience to our users, and any venues that are seeking constructive, positive solutions to help to navigate this difficult time.
Each week we are joined by an experienced expert to discuss the most relevant and important topics facing venues today.
Through our webinar sessions, and The Collective (Hostology’s community forum) we are connecting venues with each other in imaginative ways that encourage each to thrive.
Hostology Webinar series 6: Marketing your venue during lockdown with Kelly Chandler
During our sixth webinar session, Kelly provides valuable advice about how to continue to market your venue during the lockdown. Kelly offers a range of one-to-one consulting and training services for venues more information can be found on her website.
Hostology Webinar series 8: Legal advice revisited with Jane Randell from Farrer & Co.
During our eighth webinar, we were joined by Jane Randell from Farrer & Co to revisit some of the legal issues surrounding the current CV-19 situation. Jane provided us with valuable insights in response to couples who want to postpone or cancel their events inline with CMA guidelines.
We also discussed future scenarios venues might face such as how smaller events could or will be contractually bound with an aim to help you to make the right decisions for your business based on the information available to us.
Hostology Webinar series 9: Understanding the wedding ecosystem with Love My Dress and Occasion Queens
The session explored how couples are feeling and how you can best communicate with your customers going forward plus huge insights into useful research conducted by Love My Dress.
Hostology Webinar series: 10 COVID SAFE – Health & Safety with Alan Law
As lockdown measures are eased for many industries, venues are looking ahead to the challenges of running weddings and other events in a safe and responsible way. Part of any reopening plan will be executing a robust Health and Safety strategy, to keep your team safe and to reassure customers that they can do the same for their guests.
During our tenth webinar, Alan Law shares his insights into what a Covid-19 wedding safe plan might look like, and we hear an update from Duncan Clarke, from the ABWB.
How can venues get involved with Hostology?
There are a few ways that you benefit from all that Hostology has to offer, and you don’t have to be a Hostology platform to join us!
You can find advice and support, plus watch any of our webinar series by signing up to The Collective. If you’d like to whip your venue into the shape, you can sign up to a 30 free trial of Hostology.