Once a month we profile people we work with, so that you can get to know us better. This month we have interviewed Roddy Deans from one of our trusted suppliers, Reel Time Events. For more information about their services, visit their website www.reel-time.co.uk.
How long has your business been going and what do you offer?
RD: We started Reel Time Events back in 2005. We offer quality Scottish events and entertainment, which is everything from bagpipers and ceilidh bands to whisky tasting and highland games experiences. We work with corporate and conference clients, along with wedding couples.
What do you love about your job?
RD: I love that every day is different. I work with a great selection of musicians and entertainers who make my job a lot of fun. There are also some interesting international events that we work with, and over this last month, I have been in Spain and The Philippines for Burns Night celebrations.
What is your best tip for those who want to enter your field?
RD: I have three! Customer focus is essential to success. You also need dedication, and the ability to believe in yourself.
What is the most memorable event you’ve worked on?
RD: There have been so many memorable events! I enjoyed coordinating the Scottish Finale of the Miss World Competition at Edinburgh Castle, and there were two pipe bands and around one hundred models! Other memorable events include organising Burns Night celebrations on a private island in the Maldives, and taking the band to Scotland House and the V&A for the Olympics.
What are your tips for a successful event?
RD: Planning, coordination, and trusting the suppliers to do their job!
What’s your favourite room at The Hub?
RD: My favourite room at The Hub would have to be the Dunard Library, because it is a wonderful and light event space right in the centre of Edinburgh, and is especially great for a group photo shot from above.
For whom would you most like to organise an event?
RD: The People. I would love to do more public events. Also, having a Hogmanay stage in Edinburgh city centre is my dream, so everyone could bring in the New Year with a ceilidh!
What tune gets the most people dancing?
RD: Well that depends if it’s a ceilidh tune, or a disco tune! ‘The Virginia Reel’ is great for getting people up and participating in the ceilidh dancing. For disco though, it depends how cheesy you want to go! For some events, ‘The Slosh’ or ‘The Macarena’ will fill the dance floor. For others, ‘Uptown Funk’ or ‘I Will Survive’ will do the job. It’s about playing your crowd!
What’s your favourite place in Edinburgh?
RD: I love Bruntsfield, as there are some wonderful artisan producers up there. If it’s a nice day, you have all the open space of The Links, and I do love a wee game of Pitch and Putt if I’m feeling particularly energetic!
What advice would you give your twenty year old self?
RD: Don’t get a proper job just yet!
For more information about Reel Time Events, visit their website www.reel-time.co.uk