A wee chat with...Andy Bridge
A wee chat with…” the SEC has quick fire Q&A with an organiser to get an insight into their working life and their event, plus getting their views on Glasgow and the venue.
A Place in the Sun Live, the official exhibition of the Channel 4 TV show returned to the SEC for the second year and the SEC sat down with Managing Director Andy Bridge for a wee chat.
What’s your favourite thing about running an event in Glasgow?
Spending time in a great city and targeting a new demographic for our clients.
What attracted you to Glasgow in the first place?
We've been doing London and Birmingham since 2005, then Manchester, so Glasgow was our obvious next step.
How long have you been in the events industry?
I’ve been working in media/publishing for 30 years.
Do you have a favourite Place in the Sun?
It’s not the sunniest, but I lived in San Sebastian, Spain, for two years whilst teaching English. I still go back.
What’s the first thing that you notice about a venue?
Physically, the location, the layout and the accessibility. When you’re about to work with a venue, the team and their approach.
What do you consider to be the most important factor in a successful event?
The headline number of attendees is important, but for us, it’s about what those attendees then go on to do – if they go on and visit a home abroad or actually end up buying one. That conversion is more important to us than the headline attendee number.
Describe Scotland in 3 words…
Welcoming, unique and fun.
What’s your best tip for staying safe in the sun?
Well, in terms of actually buying a property – it’s important to remember that it’s the same as buying a home in the UK, and having an independent lawyer is crucial.
Otherwise, use suncream, and stay out of the bar before midday.