Memberships

Would you like to find out more about Surrey Event Professionals and our memberships? This page will explain how we deliver Surrey’s best events!

Surrey Event Professionals: SEP Overview

Overview of SEP

Surrey Event Professionals (SEP) is a collaborative networking group featuring Surrey’s best wedding, event and venue professionals and businesses. Based around a monthly networking meeting, with additional business support, proactive member marketing, training, lead generation, strong csrtheme and an exclusive members lounge.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is it different for normal business networking?

  • In so many ways; our meetings are like mini events, with members showcasing welcome drinks, tastings, music and new event services along with interesting industry and business talks.
  • Also no other networking group offers so many member benefits,  with business support, training and proactive member marketing.

Who runs it and who comes along?

  • SEP is run by fellow event professionals and was started by Steve Page, after realising that traditional networking needed improving
  • Usual 70+ differing event, wedding and venue professionals attend

Is there any restrictions or requirements to come along?

  • Yes, you have to be an experienced and professional wedding, event or venue person or business in Surrey.
  • We also have over 60 event and venue categories, of which we restrict the numbers of each, so when a sector is full, no further suppliers of that type are permitted in to the group.

SEP: Our Meetings & CSR

Overview of The Meetings

We meet usual on the first Tuesday of each month from 18:00-21:30. Each month we meet at a different venues across Surrey including hotels to sports clubs & marquee venues to event venues. It’s also a relaxed and informal networking format, with no forced speaking.

Each month we feature a number of member showcasers, which inc.:

  • Tastings (from caterers and drinks suppliers)
  • Entertainment (from live background music to walkabout acts)
  • Décor & Equipment (from theme tableware to latest tech)
  • Talks (from business & industry on tips to help your business)

Charity Partnerships

We work with four Surrey based Charities in a number of ways:

  • Commissions: Through our refer & reward scheme we donate a 1/5 of all commissions to our partner charities
  • Volunteer: Some of members give their time to support the charities, we also can go as a collective from SEP
  • Supply: As event businesses some members offer free or reduced costs for event services at charities fundraising events.
  • Take part: Charities also run their own events, which occasionally we will invite members to take part in or we’ll take part as a SEP team

SEP: Member Benefits

Proactive Marketing

Included in your membership is a range of proactive services tailored to promote our members businesses. Finally, a networking group, that actually markets and lead generates for its members! Including:

  • Online: on social media, our site and a new online referral page
  • Online tendering: with membership to industry tendering sites,
  • Fairs & Expos: we attend business shows & wedding fairs for you
  • Networking: our team attend many other networking groups showcasing and promoting our fellow members
  • Showcasing: as a member you can showcase your service at our meeting to over 70 event business and decision makers

Specialist Partner 1 to 1’s

Included in your membership is a combination of FREE and reduced cost industry and business training. These courses will be run by a number of our partner members and mentors within the group.

  • Branding: Aneirin Design offers a review & advice on branding,
  • Business: Guildford Hub and Real Learning our in house mentors will review your business and offer advise and tips.
  • Social Media: Delivered Social will review and advise all your online content including social media platforms and website
  • Sales & Marketing: Naturally Loyal & Kershaw Partners will offer a review your sales process, marketing and customer retention
  • SEP Management: Choose any of our management team or ambassadors and find see how SEP can best work for you.

Members Lounge

Included in your membership is access to Tudor Antiques, our base of operation and daytime business lounge. Situated just off, but still overlooking Guildford High Street.

It is an ideal venue to:

  • Meet clients (in your private club!)
  • 1 to 1 meetings with fellow SEP members or other contacts
  • Work from here occasionally or every day.

As our base of operation our management team can be often found here and always free for a catch up and coffee.

Business & Industry Training

Included in your membership is a combination of FREE and reduced cost industry and business training. These courses will be run by a number of our partner members and mentors within the group.

Type of courses available:

  • Accreditation Courses: incl. first aid, PLH & SIA courses
  • Selling Savvy: sales training designed for event professionals
  • Workshops: fortnightly classes covering, social media, general marketing, customer journey & avatars and general business skills
  • Masterclass: for those serious about taking their business to the next level our mentors will run an ongoing course to achieve this

Reward & Refer App

Included in your membership is use of our exclusively designed refer & reward app. This app has many services designed for our members, not only does it enable easy referrals, but you can earn from them too, message members and use the members notice board

  • Easy referral system to one or multiple fellow members, with progress features to ensure your referral is being dealt with
  • Collates your reward commissions and lets you know how much your commissions total are
  • The app has many ‘bolt on’ services including facilities management, event management tool and exhibition features.

Reward & Refer Commissions

We’ve mentioned rewards and commission on referrals, this is an exciting new feature to benefit all and this is how it works;

  • We all have a ‘trade’ rate and ‘list’ price. The difference between these is our commission or ‘reward’, given only on a booking
  • All rewards are pre agreed on joining and can be percentages of price or a set fee, so far these include; 5% on a marquee hire, £50 on an entertainer, £150 on wedding photography, £50-75 on a photo booth hire, 10% on a venue hire and £150 off a venue hire etc.   
  • Once a referral is confirmed by the recommended supplier or venue a commission is paid to SEP.
  • SEP then take this commission and divide it into fifths; 3/5 going back to the referrer, 1/5 going to our charity partners & 1/5 going to SEP.
  • This will generate for a venue hosting approx. 50 weddings a year and using SEP suppliers an approx. income of £12-16+k pa in commission and £4-5+k to our charities. For suppliers, an average referral could be £185, given them £9,250 on 50 referrals throughout a year and £3k to charities.

SEP: Membership Details

Membership Categories

For fairness and variety we have detailed 60+ event & venue sectors. Limited to 5 on grey text & 15 on purple text. You’ll need to check if your category has spaces before visiting or becoming a member.

Associations & Groups

Bands & Agencies

Cake Makers

Caterers – Contract

Caterers – Street Food

Caterers –Wedding & Event

Catering Equipment Hire

Celebrants; Charities

Children’s Entertainment & Mobile Crèche

Complimentary Businesses

Conference Services

Disco & DJ

Drinks Suppliers

Entertainment

Entertainers

Event Business Support

Event Consultants

Event Equipment Hire

Event Organisers

Festival Organisers

Festival Services

Fireworks

Florists

Food Supplier

Games Hire

Hair & MUA

Marquee & Tent

Mobile Bars

Musicians

Party Goods & Disposables

Party Planner

Personalised Goods & Printers

Photo Booth & Magic Mirrors

Photographers

Portable Toilets & Units

Safety & Security

Singers & Duets

Stag & Hen Parties

Staging & AV Equipment Hire

Staffing & Training

Stationery & Graphic Design

Suit Hire & Dress

Table Décor

Team Building

Ticketing & Tech

Toastmaster & MC’s

Venue Décor &  Props

Venue Finders

Venue – Community

Venue – Function

Venue – Hotel

Venue – Open Spaces

Venue – Just Out of Surrey

Venue – Sports

Venue – Wedding & Events

Venue – Other

Videographer & Drones

Walkabout Acts

Wedding Planners

Wedding Services

Other businesses

There are THREE very easy steps to joining:

  1. Check availability of your sector, then visit a meeting to see if it’s for you and to see what we are all about.
  2. If you like it, arrange a meeting with someone from the team
  3. If you’re happy and you adhere to our customer charter and ethos, you’re in! And become a fellow Surrey Event Professional

Cost of Joining

Cost of joining and becoming a SEP member is just £390+vat (£468) pa. Providing your sector has space, you can visit up to twice for just an attendance fee of £18.00 However, the members lounge, training, proactive marketing, showcasing at meetings and refer & reward are not available till you become a full member.

For further information:

  • Call our management team on 01483 678 930
  • Or, register and come along to one of our meetings
  • Or, arrange to pop into our members lounge for a coffee

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