Mobile Bar Photo Competition

And the winner is of our

Mobile Bar Photo Competition is …


Speakeasy Mobile Bars

with this fantastic shot.


INSTA Speakeasy bars

Huge congratulations!


Thank you so much to everyone who entered,

it was a really tough decision!



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Planning the Perfect Corporate Event

When planning any type of corporate event, the first place you will need to start is setting your budget and working out what you need to spend that money on.  This could involve venue or marquee hire, hospitality including catering and mobile bar hire, styling the venue or hiring exhibition props, AV equipment.

Many hotels and event spaces will offer a full event planning service for you, but this will come at an additional cost.  When the budget is key, a good way to keep those costs down is to dry hire a venue and source the additional elements yourselves.  By using to compare quotes from several caterers, AV hire companies, mobile cocktail bars and even magicians to entertain your delegates, organising a corporate event doesn’t have to be stressful or time-consuming.

Venues for corporate events

The type of venue or marquee for your event will depend on the number of people attending and the location of your event.  Marquees are generally thought of as something for rural events such as country weddings, but there are many urban inner-city venues that allow marquees to be erected on their grounds.  They are very popular, for example, as a way of creating extra space for London Fashion Week events.

The nature of the event will determine what kind of space you require.  For example, if your event is a large-scale conference, a fashion show or exhibition, you may require one large space and perhaps break out areas for hospitality or backstage requirements. A Marquee can be sectioned off to allow for separate areas.  Or look at spaces such as converted warehouses which can accommodate huge numbers and be sectioned off.  Both marquees and converted warehouses are perfect if you require a blank canvas to create a truly unique event and to style it exactly how you want it.

Planning the perfect Corporate Event Image Courtesy of Harvey EH Events


Catering Options

There are so many options when it comes to catering for corporate events, it depends on the style of the event, number of people attending and of course, your budget.    Do you want a formal sit-down meal? A finger buffet or bowl food so delegates can mingle and network while they eat?  Do you want to make it a feature and have something less formal like a mobile street food van if you have access to outside space?  If you are having a drinks reception will you require any hors d’oeuvres to be passed around?

With so much to think about, why not get in touch with local suppliers and ask for their advice and suggestions for your event?  Fill in one simple form on and receive quotes and ideas from lots of local caterers – saving you time and stress! Most options will be priced per head so it is important to know a rough idea of the number of attendees before you start getting quotes.

Mobile Bar Hire

If your venue doesn’t have its own bar, there are loads of options for hiring a mobile bar.  If you do have outside space, a mobile prosecco van could be a good option.  How about going for something a bit different and having a mobile cocktail bar complete with mixologist? They could even come up with a new cocktail that is named after your business or brand!

Check out our mobile bar hire section for loads of ideas and to get quotes now.

AV Hire

If you are dry hiring a venue, you may need to source all your AV requirements yourself.  Speak to the suppliers about your event and your AV needs, the type of venue and its size as well as any access or power restrictions.  They will be able to give advice on the best way to support your event and may also provide AV technicians to stay for the duration of the event and offer assistance to ensure the event runs smoothly.

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Mobile Bar Hire

Ensuring that your guests are adequately topped up with drinks and refreshments at your wedding or event is extremely important.  Many venues do have on-site bars but there are lots of occasions where you will need to hire a mobile bar.

One of the great things about having a mobile bar is that you get to decide on exactly the kind of bar you want.  You can decide how the bar looks, making it a great focal point or feature at your event but also what drinks are served.

You can hire a mobile bar to go almost anywhere, in your garden, your house, in a marquee and in lots of venues available to hire. Even if your venue has a bar, you might also want to hire one to offer alternatives to your guests – a mobile prosecco van or gin bar, for example, could work well alongside a standard bar.

The mobile bar provider should have well trained, professional staff on hand to work your event and make sure everything runs smoothly.

Perry and Porter

Image courtesy of Max Sarasini photography’ and ‘Perry and Porter Event bar hire’


Types of Mobile Bar


There are 2 main types of bar available to hire, a paying bar or a free bar.  A paying bar is when your guests pay for their own drinks as they would do in a pub.  A free bar is where you as the host pay for all the drinks and the bar staff serve them up without taking any payment.  Very often with a free bar, there will be a minimum number of guests or minimum spend set by the bar company.  You will then get charged at the end of the event.

Some mobile bar companies may even offer you the option to just hire the bar, allowing you to use your own drinks and bar staff.

The bar supplier should also provide the glasses, ice a way of keeping glasses and equipment clean.

To comply with licensing laws, you may be required to obtain a licence for the mobile bar at your event.   The mobile bar company should be able to provide this for you but make sure you speak to them about it before confirming your booking.

The following questions are things you may want to consider and ask mobile bar companies at the time of making an initial enquiry.

  • How many staff would you need serving at your event?
  • Can you provide me with a sample drinks menus and price list?
  • How much time do you need to set the bar up before the event and remove it afterwards?
  • Do you need a licence?
  • Do you have public liability insurance?


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Loo Hire – What you need to know


Hiring portable toilets may not be the most exciting part of planning an event but if you get it wrong, it could have a negative impact so make sure you read this blog to get some tips to get it right before making a booking.

There are two main situations that would require you to hire portable toilets, these are events such as parties and weddings, and construction sites, either industrial or domestic building work taking place at your home.  Both would require you to provide adequate facilities for either workers or guests.

Making sure you have a suitable number of toilets for the number of people at your event is essential.  Guests will not be happy having to queue for too long!  A good rule of thumb to follow is to have at least one restroom available for every 50 guests and most companies would advise getting more restrooms for women than for men.

Spit spots, hand sanitizer, sick call

On construction sites, there should be at least one toilet per 7 people per 40 hours working week.

Questions to consider

These are some of the questions to ask yourself before requesting quotes

  1. How many people will you be providing toilet facilities for?
  2. How long do you want to hire the facilities for?
  3. Do you want to have basic or luxury toilet facilities at your event?
  4. Where will you want the toilets to be positioned on site?

By considering these questions, the suppliers will be able to offer advice on the number of toilets you will need and what type would be most suitable for your event.  If your event is taking place over a longer period, your supplier should service the facilities regularly, this will need to be arranged at the time of booking.  Make sure you agree in advance on the frequency, time and days you will want this done.

Toilet options

There are a number of portable toilet types available to hire, starting from the very basic box unit you would see on a construction site, all the way up to a luxury trailer.

Even the most basic portable loo must include a flushing system, hand washing facilities and toilet paper.  The top of the range luxury loos may include a range of extra special touches, such as mirrors, electric hand dryers, lights, flowers gold taps, hand towels, air fresheners, coat hooks, liquid soap, perfumes and could even come complete with its own attendant if required.

Many companies also supply a range of additional facilities such as baby changing, mobile urinals, disabled toilets, or showers. If you are likely to require these for your event then make sure you ask if they are available from the suppliers you contact.

Portable toilets can also be connected directly to the side of a venue or marquee by a walkway or you can put them within a marquee of their own, to ensure that your guests don’t have to face the elements.

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