Beaconhouse Events hails sustainability focus amid sizeable turnover growth

A Newcastle events company that aims to be a sustainable leader in its industry has revealed substantial turnover growth on the back of new work.

Beaconhouse Events, which is based at Hoults Yard, says turnover almost doubled from £478,000 in 2022 to £859,000 last year thanks to a series of client wins and focus on its environmental, sustainability and governance (ESG) strategy. The firm, which last year introduced ‘vegan by default’ food to the TechNext conference it helped deliver, has secured new customers including Newcastle Building Society, North of Tyne Combined Authority, the British Applied Mathematics Colloquium and the British Society for Oral and Dental Research.

The firm, which added three new team members over the last year, says it has achieved the growth through a mix of in-person, digital, and hybrid events for clients. A key focus has been staff engagement events it says are designed to “battle burnout”.

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Early last year BeaconHouse introduced a five-year ESG strategy which has included various initiatives designed to ethically offset the carbon impact of the business and encourage wider change in its industry. Among the activities is its ‘meat-free by default’ approach to catering at major events; investment into carbon tracing technology and donating the carbon credit equivalent to charities and community organisations.

Catherine Duhaut, co-founder and director at BeaconHouse Events said: “BeaconHouse Events will turn 10 years old in 2024, and our vision has always been to drive lasting, positive impact with every event that we deliver. We have seen a rise in clients looking to engage with their teams in a really meaningful way post-pandemic and we see that trend continuing over the next year as organisations strive to recruit and retain the best talent and say thank you to their teams for navigating a particularly turbulent few years.

“We have had the pleasure of working with a range of incredible clients over the past year, both here in the North East and nationally. We are proud to call the North East home, and it is encouraging to see national organisations looking outside of London, especially to our region, to deliver events of national and international significance.

“We have big plans for 2024 and beyond and we can’t wait to get stuck into another busy year and work with even more ambitious businesses to raise their profiles, engage their teams, and put our region on the map. We have some high-profile projects in the pipeline this year and these plans will mean more opportunities for BeaconHouse. The talent in our regional freelance community is fantastic and we are always looking to speak to resourceful and trusted people to partner with us. We continually invest in our people and our success is truly a testament to the team and the culture that BeaconHouse Events has today.”

In June BeaconHouse is set to deliver the TechNExt festival which aims to attract 3,000 attendees to a lineup of more than 50 community-led fringe events, along with a main programme and schools challenge project.


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