Looking back on 2018...
Well... here we are, January 2019!!! A new year is always VERY exciting, and we've certainly got a hell of a lot lined up for you over here at U&I Lifestyle. From what we've got planned, it's safe to say that 2019 is going to be our busiest year yet, and we absolutely LOVE that thought!
Before we spoil you with all of our plans for this year, we thought we would take a look back at 2018 and give you a highlight reel of our favourite moments!
We kicked off the year working at one of our biggest events to date - an 800 guest Lebanese Wedding at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Our events team took care of the pre-event details including organising staff (workers and hostesses), sourcing and organising the delivery of necessary furniture, as well as managing the event on the night and ensuring that guests were happy and enjoying their time! As you'll see from the images below, it really was something spectacular, and it was a pleasure to team up with Mine Events who are based in Beirut, Lebanon, for this wonderful project.
In February, one of our highlights was definitely hosting our 3rd instalment of Diamonds & Deals - our women in business networking event created especially for ambitious females to share their stories, in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer.
We've got our next Diamonds & Deals networking event coming up on Saturday 23rd February at Missoula Milton Keynes, and tickets are available here.
We've also got our Motivational Weekender which is taking place at a Luxury Home in Oxfordshire in March. There are 5 spaces left for this, so if you'd like to indulge in a weekend filled with personal development, pampering and fitness, all whilst being surrounded by motivated and empowering women, then you can find more details about that here... we would love to welcome you at this unique event!
In March 2018, our first ever venue opened! #PLAY was born.
In spring time, one of the most exciting events in the history of U&I Lifestyle took place... U&I Travel was born!
We celebrated in style at one of our favourite partnership restaurants, Kouzu, and we can't wait for our new website to go live which will make all things travel-related even more exciting! More details on that coming soon ;).
Next, we teamed up with the incredible W8 GYM! The brand new "Gym in a box" concept with X-factor runner up and more recently, I'm A Celebrity contestant, Fleur East being the face behind this innovative brand.
You can find out everything that you need to know about the W8 GYM by visiting their website here, and what's more, if you click on this link, you can get a fantastic 15% discount on your W8 GYM, just because you're associated with U&I! You are welcome.
Watch this space for more W8 GYM news throughout the year!
Also during the first half of the year, we teamed up with Pimlico Health Centre and Dr Niallesh Sonill. Our marketing team provided social media management and online marketing services, and it was our absolute pleasure. We look forward to working more with Pimlico Health Centre at a later date.
Now... in June, something VERY exciting happened! Not only did we find a new partnership with this fantastic travel brand, but we were also invited on a trip to the Caribbean with Sandals Resorts, and it was UH-MAZING!!!
You can read our full blog post about our five days in paradise here, but below are just a few photos to give you a little insight!
Someone take us back, now... please?!
The Summer was a very busy time for us in terms of event management. We managed a fundraising event at The Dorchester hotel which was hosted by the British Lebanese Association, and special guests including Salma Hayek attended.
We also worked backstage at the launch of brand new musical Broken Wings which took place at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, written and produced by Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan, produced by Ali Matar. This was something really special for the U&I Team. Not only were there personal reasons for it being so spectacular, but it was also the first time we worked on an event of this type (a musical!). We were also managing the after party across the road from the theatre, at the Hay Market Hotel.
There will be a lot of exciting news for Broken Wings coming this year, so keep an eye and an ear out, and in the meantime, you can download the original concept album on iTunes right now!
During the second half of the year, we created a new concept. Working with our business partner GEM MEDIA, we expanded on our Diamonds & Deals idea and created the new concept of Business & Bosses. The only difference between Diamonds & Deals and Business & Bosses, is that the latter is for men, too!
We thought that it was about time we let the men in, so by creating this new extension, it enabled us to host our first entrepreneurial networking event whereby we welcomed our first set of male guest speakers, and it really was something incredible! We will be hosting another one of these in London later this year, and all details will be announced on our website.
Between October and December, there was a LOT of travelling involved, including two beautiful trips to Beirut and Qatar. It was our first time visiting Qatar, and we couldn't recommend it enough.
If you'd like us to book your trip to the Middle East (or to anywhere at all for that matter!), please let our U&I Travel team know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and your personal Travel Manager would be happy to assist you.
The last part of the year saw two of our favourite events! Our annual Christmas with Bublé event which takes place at The Director's Lounge, with the super talented David Bradley who is the UK's No.1 Michael Bublé Tribute Act...
... and the U&I Christmas Carnival. The U&I Christmas Carnival has now taken place for two years running, and it really is one of our favourite nights of the year! In 2017, it took place at London's Hilton Park Lane, but this year, with the opening of our first ever venue "#PLAY The Palace" in Northamptonshire, we thought it would only make sense to do it there in 2018, and that's exactly what we did!
You can see the full album of images here.
There you have it! Our highlights of 2018. We can't wait to tell you absolutely EVERYTHING that we have planned this year, and trust us... it's all going to be revealed soon, so keep an eye on our social media and our blog posts for the latest goss.
Until then, have a wonderful rest of January, and we wish you nothing but success and happiness in the year ahead.