What are the most common types of corporate events?

Read today’s blog about the different types of corporate events and what you might need to hire as the organiser.

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Corporate events are important times in the yearly calendar of many organisations. The types of events that fall under the umbrella of ‘corporate events’, however, are wide-ranging, and so it’s no surprise that large organisations will have dedicated personnel assigned to arranging these events, sometimes even whoe departments.

A corporate event is the opportunity for the company to treat their employees, or maybe show off their products and services to key clients just before the busy season, or maybe just an opportunity to share the successes of the company at the end of the year.

Whatever the event, due to its temporary nature, the chances are that the company will need to hire equipment, whether it be furniture hire or catering equipment hire, for instance, in order to lay on the event in the first place, and that’s where corporate event hire companies behind the scenes such as easyEventhire come into their own, offering a nationwide service to these types of corporate events.

Below, therefore, we take a look at some different types of corporate events, and what sort of equipment would be needed for each.

Informal canape event

What a great way to get shareholders, key clients and management together, over a glass of wine and some canapes or finger food. This provides an informal atmosphere and ambience, yet still being professional. There’s no need for a sit-down dinner with the formalities, and so is often a cheaper alternative, ensuring that your corporate event budget doesn’t get annihilated. Maybe look at hiring glassware, serving platters and perhaps corporate event bar hire if required.

Trade shows

Laying on a trade show can be a great way of getting key clients, wholesalers, retailers and other stakeholders together to communicate the key seasonal message or sales drive. Large organisations often have a variety of different brands, that often work independently of each other. This mini trade show style corporate event, therefore, is great for networking, whilst being able to push brand information and incentives to those visitors. Perhaps consider glass showcase hire, enabling you to showcase products at counter-height.

Christmas parties are also corporate events!

Most companies will have a Christmas party of some description, and the nature of it very much depends upon the size of the organisation. It might be a small office gathering, or it might be different departments coming together in a large arena style venue to enjoy the festivities. Corporate event planners should consider hiring tables and chairs, dance floors, and other corporate event hire in London equipment.

Internal meetings

More formal, yet necessary at certain points of the year, are internal meetings between key members of staff, usually higher management. Of course, there may already be a boardroom and so furniture hire in the form of boardroom tables and executive chairs probably isn’t required. However, you’ll need to be providing tea and coffee at break-out points during the day, so don’t forget catering equipment hire such as coffee urns, water boilers, and cups and saucers!


For large organisations, conferences are a great way to bring all the staff together, usually once a year, to share key messages and also to socialise. It’s very easy to lose sight of the bigger picture, and bearing in mind that typically we spend more time with the people at work than we do with our own families, it’s important to socialise with these people away from the office as well. Don’t forget the conference chair hire in large numbers, as well as the party equipment hire for the evening. You might need corporate furniture hire London as well as dance floors, bars, poseur tables and stools, to name just a few pieces of equipment hire.

Away days

And finally, another type of corporate event is the company away day. This is normally a team building day on a muddy assault course or a raft building exercise to get across the lake. Whilst this might not be your idea of enjoyment, don’t worry, there is usually a BBQ or other social occasion at the end of it. Corporate event planners might want to consider hiring picnic benches, patio heaters and even commercial BBQs to cater for the day.

So, that’s just a few examples of corporate events. If you are responsible for planning one of these types of events for your organisation, don’t hesitate to browse our website and place your secure order 24/7 for the best event hire equipment nationwide!