Two months ago I was working in the dentistry industry, organising annual conferences and awards ceremonies to promote the highest levels of clinical excellence within the profession. I loved managing the organisational aspects of the several awards ceremonies we hosted, and seeing the teams working hard to give their patients the best possible care get the recognition they deserve. But, coming from a hospitality and events background, I really missed the variety that the events industry offers and knew it was time for a change.
The world of tipis
Once I found the role online, I did some googling and was introduced to the world of Tipis. Not having really seen them before I was fascinated by how they looked, how they worked and how they formed part of such unique events. After looking at photos of some of the events Country Tipis had done, the lovely venues they work with and most importantly all the fairy lights everywhere, I knew this was something I wanted to be involved with. Although, I was a little worried that working in an office with just men would be a bit awkward, I’m a bit of a neat freak and like things in certain ways. Boy, did I have nothing to worry about, both Richard and Ceri, are just as organised as me! Phew!
Learning the ropes
In my first month with the company, I had been shown so much. I learnt how to PAT test and helped to test all of our equipment; all 400 cables worth (now that’s a lot of fairy lights!). I also assisted on a site visit to understand how to measure out the tipis to ensure they will fit into a space and that the ground is suitable. Best of all, I became a crew member for the day and helped set up and take down 2 tipis. This was for one of our open weekends at the Letchworth Centre for Health Living. It was a really great way to understand how these unique structures work and a brilliant introduction to the team.
I was actually surprised by how prepared the team were for my arrival, it really made me feel welcome. And, since joining the company, Richard & Ceri have enlisted my help to decorate the office to ensure the space is inviting for both us and our visitors. As I’ll be in the office most days, Richard even bought me a toaster for my morning crumpets! Based at Vanstone Park close to Hitchin, our office is a little unconventional but with the right decoration, some decking and flowers, it really has become an unique place to work. There’s also a pen for the staff’s dogs!
It was an exciting prospect to come and work for a company that was still early on in their journey, however, I was amazed at the growth Country Tipis has seen already. Not just in the number of events they host but also in the services they offer. Continuing to develop, we will soon be launching our new Celeste Pole Marquee and I cannot wait. It gives clients another avenue to consider for their events without losing the rustic outdoor theme.
Having done some local research into different tipi companies when I first started, I was able to understand structurally how our tipis differed to many other companies. Although, I really believe it’s the attention to detail that sets Country Tipis apart from the rest. I’m looking forward to supporting the team and helping to make it the busiest and best year yet!