As we head into the last day of the year, it gives us a chance to reflect on the year that was 2021. Even though the world continued to be challenged with lockdowns and covid speedbumps, the major events industry marched on.
Tokyo 2020 was finally held after a 12-month delay. We were advised early in 2021 that we would not be allowed to bring any of our staff into Japan for the project due to Covid. This meant that for the first time we were faced with managing a major Bump In / Bump Out operation entirely remotely. Thanks to our incredible local Japanese team and some wonderful technology, we managed to oversee the operation without any of our senior management team being able to set foot on the ground in Tokyo in 2021.
In 2021 we were thrilled to be awarded the contract as the FF&E Provider for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and have been heavily involved with this project since. 6 months following our appointment and all their FF&E is now under production and will soon begin shipping to the UK.
While 2021 has had its challenges (how about those international freight rates?) it has helped us show what is possible to achieve remotely. Learning how to adapt to project managing large complex international projects from various international locations, will be a valuable skill for any business going forward.
Our focus now turns to what promises to be a huge 2022 with the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July, in what promises to be a truly transformative event for the city.
Thank you to all our amazing clients, contractors and partners, we look forward to working closely with you all in 2022.