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Our Case Studies

New Holland – Incentive Travel

Paragon organised a VIP incentive trip for the 50 top dealers salesmen of New Holland Agriculture (a Brand of CNH Industrial N.V.) with a range of events in Nantes, France. Activities included a private tailor-made Cabaret Show, driving supercars such as a Ferrari around the Fay de Bretagne Circuit, ride on the World famous Grand Mechanical Elephant & Carrousel des Monde and wine tasting in a private Chateau featuring the owner of the Vineyard.

 

Brian Magee, Sales Manager of New Holland had this to say on the trip:

“Now that we have had many feedback from our dealers, I would just like to put quick thank you to Paragon for an exceptional trip. I must say from our first meeting on the preview trip through to the main incentive trip that the events team made me and our guests more than welcome from the outset. The standard of the trip and organisation of the visits and meals was exceptional and was very clear that a lot of research had been done prior to the proposal which we would have expected.
 
What made the trip move from a 9+ to a 10++ trip was the additional attention to detail, with little things like water on the coach, chocolates and sweets.

The last and most important thing, that everyone commented on was the participation of the event managers with each and every customer. The fact that you went round every table at all meals and were genuinely interested in all the customers and even got to know them by name is unbelievable. It was great to see that Paragon staff socialised every night with the customers, which was beyond the call of duty and joined in with the fun which was a first in the 24 years I have been in the industry, and really impressed the customers.

The number of dealers that got calls from the events team who were tracking every move on the journey home and updated them on any delays gave them reassurance which they never had before ever!

In a nutshell it was the company that made it happen but the people that made it GREAT, a big thank you and well done, I hope we use Paragon more often if this is the normal standard that you deliver.”

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Paddy Power – Screening

Paragon organised a private screening in a fashionable London bar for 100 guests for the big England v Wales game. The event was commissioned to socialise with top customers and media and included a Q&A with former England strikers Emile Heskey & Teddy Sheringham, as well as Sky Sports’ host Rachel Wyse. We were delighted to be chosen to run the event after a competitive pitching process.

Paddy Power VIP Events & Sponsorship Manager had this to say on the event:

“Paragon’s commitment to ensuring our bespoke event went as smoothly as possible was impressive. They sourced all necessary requirements which took a lot of the strain off us in our planning & everything was delivered on the day. Their staff were first rate & went the extra mile to make sure everything was taken care of. The feedback we got from our customers was fantastic & wouldn’t have been achieved without their help. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Paragon again.”

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GEW – Conference

Working Without Waste brings together a group of key suppliers to the label industry in an effort to resolve the main sources of waste in label printing and converting businesses.

Having started in November 2015 Paragon organised a European-wide roadshow consisting of a series of educational conferences. Each event was held in a different European city such as; Barcelona, Paris & Milan. Paragon looked after all aspects of the event; from the initial venue finding, travel logistics for attendees, online registration & website design and full event management on the day.

The required experience was a one day theatre-style event with catering throughout the day and an overnight stay. Paragon and our events team successfully ran the day allowing the Client to be able to enjoy the networking occasion without concern.

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Under Armour – Brand Awareness

Paragon were appointed by Under Amour, international sports apparel and footwear brand, to deliver their sponsorship activation of their Welsh Rugby Union partnership during Rugby World Cup 2015. We were tasked with entertaining over 120 key retail partners over 2 events over 2 weekends of RWC; Wales v England and Wales v Australia, both at Twickenham.

The key was to create an experience that really lived and breathed the Under Armour brand and was truly Under Armour at every touch point. From the moment guests checked in at the hotel at the Under Armour check in desk, Paragon delivered an Under Armour experience. The day started at a central London hotel where guests were collected by an innovative transport option – the Under Armour branded experience bus – which was completely Under Armour branded and included a bar and DJ.

Before the match, guests were dropped at The Pigs Ear pub in Richmond which had been transformed both inside and out, into the Under Armour clubhouse with branding from the Under Armour RWC campaign and rugby activities including a tackle bag that measured the tackling power of guests. Rugby Internationals and brand ambassadors including Scott Quinnell and Jamie Cudmore were also in attendance to entertain guests and answer questions. After enjoying hearty pre match food and drink, guests were transferred by the Under Armour experience bus to Twickenham to enjoy the match. Post-match the group were collected again by the Under Armour experience bus and transported back to the hotel for a refresh before moving onto further post-match entertainment.

Mike Dods from Under Armour said, “Paragon worked hard to understand who we are as a brand and then created an experience that perfectly represented who we are and what we stand for. The Paragon team definitely went the extra mile to make sure every detail was taken care of and feedback from our guests has been fantastic.”

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Allianz – Summer Party

After winning a competitive pitch, Paragon was appointed by Allianz to bring their 125th year anniversary celebration to life with the theme “Party at The Park”, held at Allianz Park in North London.

Over 2,000 staff attended the festival style event, with their families. There were  over 50 acts and activities on the day including a zorbing track, climbing wall, rugby training by members of the Saracens team, a performance by “Strictly Come Dancing” star Natalie Lowe, mini golf, massage areas and a cinema which showed all of the major sporting events on the day.

Paragon exceeded Allianz expectations with over 95% of attendees rating the event “excellent” or “very good”.

David Keel, Head of Communications at Allianz remarked “We were very impressed with Paragon’s creative approach to the brief, which included a theme, activities and entertainment that appealed to the wide range of guests that attended the event. What is even more impressive is that they were also able to manage the logistics of such a large scale event with skill and efficiency”.

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Wates – Incentive Travel

Wates, one of the UK’s leading building and construction companies appointed Paragon to run an incentive trip for 42 guests.

The guests flew Business class to Budapest from all across the UK on two days and were chauffeured on arrival by luxury cars to their hotel where Paragon provided their own check in desk.  On the first evening the guests enjoyed a private drinks reception with a welcome presentation before walking over the chain bridge to dine within the exclusive private room at the Fisherman’s Bastion. The next day guests experienced a private city tour before choosing an activity of their choice in the afternoon. Options included spa treatments at the Szechenyi thermal baths, a tour of the opera house, strudel tasting, a visit of Margaret island, a bringo tour or a visit to the house of horrors. After a busy afternoon guests were then given the option of having their hair professionally done prior to the opulent gala dinner in the evening. At the gala dinner guests got to enjoy a private performance by the Hungarian National Ballet before continuing the event with after dinner drinks. The incentive trip worked its magic and Wates were delighted with the experience.

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BBC Children in Need – Gala Dinner

Paragon are very proud to organise the annual BBC Children in Need ‘An Evening with the Stars’ black tie event at the luxurious Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane. Paragon have seamlessly organised this for the past four years raising over £700,000 for this amazing charity.

In 2014 a record 1,200 guests walked up the glamorous red carpet to support the charity. World-class performances from the likes of Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir, Britain’s Got Talent’s Jack Pack, Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet and “Legends of Sport do Strictly” stole the show. Guests enjoyed a five star delicious four course dinner with complimentary drinks and phenomenal entertainment. It is an evening like no other!

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"Thank you for all the effort and time you and your teams put into this. We have had such positive feedback today and the night was hugely enjoyable."

BBC Children in Need

Buxton Water – Brand Awareness

Paragon worked with Buxton Water on their partnership with the high-profile England cricket team. Looking to re-enforce their cricket positioning, Paragon worked with British brand, Buxton to create a partnership with cricketer Alastair Cook to help drive forward their sales and marketing objectives.

A campaign was created around Alastair to drive engagement between Buxton and their customers through above the line, below the line and digital channels which resulted in some lucky customers being able to meet the man himself, Alastair Cook. The ensuing campaign lead to positive retailer feedback and a positive end user sales impact.

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"Please pass on our thanks for Alastair’s time yesterday at the shoot, his patience and understanding was greatly appreciated."

Andrea Cahill

Iconic London – Bespoke Event

Paragon hosted 1,200 guests over 3 evenings aboard the exclusive Silver Sturgeon on the river Thames inspired by the launch and première of one of 2015’s top films. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by bowl food created by Jamie Oliver’s ‘fabulous feasts’. Meals included a slow-cooked steak with oxtail pie and a classic roast free-range chicken in a lemon and thyme marinade. Guests could experience a private booth on-board the boat which had its own butler service. They could also upgrade to a luxury ride with Champagne on the London Eye before arriving at the Silver Sturgeon. During the evening guests were treated to a thrilling hi-octane speedboat chase along the river, passing the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, County Hall and finally the MI6 Headquarters at Vauxhall.

The Iconic London evening included:

-VIP evening on board the Silver Sturgeon, moored at the London Eye Pier
-Hi-octane speedboat chase along the Thames past key London landmarks
-Cocktail reception on arrival
-Gourmet bowl food by Jamie Oliver
-Complimentary bar of beer, wine and soft drinks
-Atmospheric music
-VIP glamorous hostess service
-As guests attended Iconic London, they received complementary tickets to a private screening of the new Bond film at the IMAX cinema
-Popcorn and snacks in the cinema
-Red carpet arrival at IMAX London

Entertainment on the night included actors from the film, a rib ride down the Thames and DJ. Guests were transported either by foot or in the vintage style London bus to the IMAX cinema where they walked down the red carpet which featured the latest supercars and hostesses on arrival. After a welcome drink they were given their welcome bag of a drink, popcorn and sweets for the film which had no adverts. The event was a huge success and was enjoyed by all.

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QBE – Hospitality & Guest Management

QBE, sponsors of the iconic Autumn Rugby Internationals, tasked Paragon with managing the guest experience for their 2,000 hospitality guests. However, rather than delivering the standard hospitality box, Paragon created a unique and inspiring brand experience which went over and above traditional match day hospitality.

Paragon created an experience which drove QBE’s core messaging and values to ensure all of those that attended left with a lasting and positive impression of QBE.

The “We Mean Business Locker Room Experience” which gave QBE’s guests a taste of what it is like to prepare as a world class rugby player for an England International was developed, designed, and built by Paragon. The experience was rated “excellent” by over 90% of guests in the post-event survey and exceeded all set KPI’s.

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"Thoughtful and knowledgeable staff, novel food, a unique venue and a great result to match! A fantastic day all round from the start to the end, I can’t fault a thing. My best day ever at Twickenham – and I've been coming for 40 years."

Guests of the QBE Autumn Internationals

Vodafone – Hospitality & Guest Management

Paragon were asked by Vodafone Group to create something special around the Wimbledon Finals weekend for their top 25 clients, customers and their partners.

The weekend commenced with a exceptional Gala Dinner in the top floor of the Gherkin with spectacular views across London which was hired out completely for all of the VIP attendees. The following day all guests were chauffeured to the All England Club in Wimbledon to enjoy exclusive, high-end hospitality on Men’s Finals Day with entertainment provided by tennis legends Annabel Croft, Greg Rusedski and Pat Cash.

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Daikin – Incentive Travel

Daikin Air-conditioning appointed Paragon to arrange an incentive trip for some of their most successful staff and customers based around the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil.

An incentive trip to two different destinations; Brasilia and Salvador was organised for 50 guests all flying from the UK to Brazil for five days. As well as fun-filled activities Paragon ensured that guests dined at high-end traditional restaurants and enjoyed delicious Brazilian food throughout their stay. Two Paragon event managers were present throughout the entire trip to ensure that everything ran smoothly.

Event Requirements:
Return flights from UK to Brazil
All internal flights within Brazil
All transfers
4* Accommodation
Site seeing activities
All off-site meals
VIP Hospitality for two 2015 Football World Cup matches
Full Event Management on site

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"  I would just like to offer my thanks for the effort you put in hosting the Daikin Brazil trip, you ensured the trip of a life time lived up to and exceeded any expectations I had and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute, it was excellent."

Paul Mawdsley, Coolair

Austin Reed – Brand Awareness

Paragon worked with luxury clothing brand Austin Reed to launch and promote their new and exclusive private members club and personal shopping experience “Q Club,” located on iconic Regents Street.

Paragon created a partnership with cricket legends, Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss to drive press and customer engagement with Q Club and to reflect Austin Reed’s quintessentially English style. The campaign resulted in creating significant press coverage for the Q Club launch as well helping to secure Austin Reed’s position amongst their audience as the premier gentleman’s outfitter.

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"Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook fitted our message and brand perfectly and were fantastic to work with."

Rachel Wiseman

Fedex – Incentive Travel

In 2006 FedEx asked Paragon to organise an event where key UK and European clients and their guests could meet and socialise with C-Level executives from their UK and the US Headquarters.  Paragon put together a bespoke proposal for a 3-night trip to Edinburgh, centred around the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Guests arrived on a Thursday to be greeted by name at the airport by their executive driver.  They were transferred to their Castle-View rooms at the Balmoral Hotel and that evening enjoyed a private dinner at ONE, the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Balmoral.  On Friday we offered the guests a choice: a trip to the Gleaneagles resort for clay pigeon-shooting and golf at one of Scotland’s leading resorts, or a day of relaxation at the award-winning spa at the Balmoral.  And on Saturday, guests enjoyed the highlight of the weekend: VIP hospitality for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, with the stunning show by military marching bands and performance artists from across the globe followed by a spectacular fireworks display.  Hospitality was located in the Scotch Whisky Heritage centre, where guests enjoyed a pre-dinner tour and tasting before their gourmet meal and escort to their Castle-facing seats for the Tattoo itself.

The success of the event is best displayed by the fact that FedEx have undertaken the same trip every year since, with some tweaks, such as golfing at St Andrew’s, to keep things fresh!  2016 will be their 11th consecutive trip to the Royal Military Tattoo!

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Interxion – Christmas Party

Interxion, a leading data provider, approached Paragon about creating two unique Christmas parties, one for their customers and the other for their staff.

Paragon created a magical Christmas celebration for over 100 people in 2013 and 2014. Both years the Celebration took place over two dates.

2013 took place at Eight Members Club and The Boundary Restaurant. Guests were treated to stunning food, festive cocktails and top-class entertainment. Interxion were delighted with the results and feedback for the event from their customers and staff were excellent.

2014’s Customer Celebration took place at the sophisticated yet trendy ACE Hotel in Shoreditch, where customers were treated to canapés including Hoi Polloi burgers, Lobster rolls, cumin salted squid, prosecco and entertainment in the form of contortionists and hula performers.

The Internal Celebration took place at the edgy Far Rockaway also in Shoreditch where employees played Guitar Hero, Table Football and Scaoletrics and even tried their luck at the Casino. They ate churros, pizza and candy floss and danced the night away until carriages at 2.00am.

Both events were a huge success and met the objectives of the client.

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"Paragon were tasked with organising both our staff and customer Christmas parties and it's fair to say that they were an absolute success. The service they delivered from start to finish was of the highest quality and they not only exceeded themselves on the venues, but also went the extra mile when it came to additional entertainment suggesting some really unique and interesting acts that both wowed customers and staff alike."

Richard Warner

JLT Speciality – Conference

JLT Specially appointed Paragon to organise their Leadership Conference in February 2015.

Sopwell House, a luxury 5* star hotel, was chosen by the client from the several options that were presented to fit in with their requirement to be in or around the M25.

The hotel hosted 150 delegates for the conference, which included the company’s senior management team.

Paragon provided a full service from pre-conference venue and client liaising through to having two dedicated event staff on site over the two days.

Delegates arrived on the Wednesday evening at leisure in preparation for the main conference day on the Thursday which culminated in a Gala Dinner that evening for all attendees. Friday morning was set aside for a half day conference ahead of guests leaving after lunch.

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"A massive thank you for yesterday. The conference was a great success. Everyone was very impressed and said everything was very well organised. Dinner was thoroughly enjoyed, thank you for everything."

Adrian Girling, JLT

MetLife – Brand Awareness

MetLife wanted to raise awareness of their predominantly American brand in conjunction with its launch and expansion in the UK.

Paragon assisted in their global sponsorship programme with strategic advice and the setting of objectives for their campaign. After analysing target audience data and key objectives it was clear there was an obvious cross over with cricket as a key passion point for their target audience.

As part of the campaign, Paragon created a partnership program with legendary cricketer Andrew Strauss. As MetLife’s brand ambassador, Andrew had their logo on his bat for all matches he played which in turn lead to a significant increase in awareness of the MetLife brand across the UK market. Andrew reinforced the brand and its messaging through a series of appearances at key MetLife events with their key customers.

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"Andrew has provided us with a first class service for nearly 5 years and always delivers on message whoever the audience is."

Claire Oldstein

BBC Sport TMS – Talent Management

Paragon worked with BBC Sports Test Match Special to use ex cricketer and King of the Celebrity Jungle, Phil Tufnell as a Studio Analyst to bring his knowledge and humour to their coverage.

Phil commentated on over 30 occasions for BBC’s TMS across the English summer at England Tests and ODIs.

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"Tuffers is unique and brings his own style to the broadcast but importantly shows off his excellent knowledge of the game."

Adam Mountford

Interactive Data – Conference

Paragon were proud to organise Interactive Data’s Annual Conference, held at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel.

350 delegates were welcomed to this stunning venue located ideally for the Client in the City in order to ensure ease of attendance for the delegates.

The required experience was a two day theatre-style event with overnight stay and an exceptional and exclusive Gala Awards Dinner on the first evening. Paragon and our events team created the theme and successfully ran the Dinner allowing the Client to be able to enjoy the networking occasion without concern.

From the feedback the next day, it was clear that the delegates were blown away by a talk from five time Olympic Gold Medallist Steve Redgrave who shared his experiences and stories in line with the theme of the conference.

The private hire of the Club TEN, a stylish, exclusive private members’ club in St Paul’s, also seemed to hit the right chord allowing for the delegates to unwind after the conference and dance the night away.

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Clydesdale Bank – Brand Awareness

Clydesdale Bank were looking to extend the reach of their CB40 cricket sponsorship and raise awareness of the brand across the south of England.

Paragon put together an exclusive partnership package with cricketer Alastair Cook, which included the Clydesdale Bank logo on Alastair’s bat and a series of appearances and engagement opportunities with Alastair.

With the logo on Alastair’s bat in all formats of the game including tests, Clydesdale bank extended their cricket presence beyond CB40 and through the partnership they saw significant improvements in their brand awareness figures.

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"One of the nicest and most professional guys I have ever worked with who was really appreciated by all those who met him at the appearances."

Caroline Darnbrook

Gray Nicolls – Brand Awareness

To extend the range to appeal to all ages Gray Nicolls chose cricket hero’s Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook to use and promote their cricket bats and equipment whilst playing internationally.

Gray Nicolls were able to see an uptake in sales and awareness as a result.

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"Both Andrew and Alastair have always been total professionals and their careers records are testament to their skills. We are delighted they have chosen to use Gray Nicolls."

Richard Gray

The Captains’ Dinner – Gala Dinner

Paragon were proud to organise, host and manage The Captain’s Dinner at the iconic Tower of London with England Rugby Captain Chris Robshaw and England Cricketer, Alastair Cook.

Exclusive guests enjoyed a champagne reception within The White Tower followed by a mouth-watering three course seated dinner hosted by legendary ex rugby player Martin Bayfield. During the evening Martin invited Alastair Cook, Chris Robshaw, ex footballer Paul Merson and ex cricketer Graeme Swann up on stage for an insightful Q&A, full of behind the scene stories. Pub Landlord Al Murray provided excellent comedy to top off a memorable evening.

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"Congratulations on the Alastair Cook Dinner – a great evening which we all enjoyed."

Partner - KPMG

Walkers – Hospitality & Guest Management

Walkers Crisps engaged Paragon to run two sports themed events for prizes for on-pack- promotions in connection with “Gary’s Great Trips.”

Consumers would collect tokens on promotional packets of crisps to claim VIP ‘money can’t buy’ experiences with sports stars. This would allow Walkers to leverage their association with top sporting names in engaging with their consumers. The competition would run for six months and culminate with two events for 20- 30 guests each. The events needed to be aspirational and draw fans of the sports into participating in the on-pack competitions.

Paragon put forward two of its high sort after events. Firstly 20 guests were treated to a Lord’s Cricket Experience with cricket legend and King of the Celebrity Jungle , Phil Tufnell and England cricketer Alastair Cook. This included a fun batting and bowling session in the nets at Lords with Alastair and Phil, a private tour including the England dressing room and the day was rounded off with dinner and drinks with the two players.

The second event was for 30 people and was a Rugby Experience at Twickenham with ex England rugby star Mike Catt and Welsh legend Jonathan Davies. Guests enjoyed a fun rugby session at Harlequins with the players before being taken of a private tour of Twickenham including the infamous England dressing room and a drinks reception in the player’s tunnel and pitch side before an exceptional gala dinner with Mike and Jonathan overlooking the pitch in the exclusive President’s Suite.

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"All our prize winners greatly enjoyed the two fantastic VIP events and we were very pleased with the role they played in our ‘Gary's Great Trips’ promotion."

Walkers

Marrakech – Incentive Travel

An advertising agency wanted to reward their top staff for the year’s work. As keen golfers, the group stayed in the newly refurbished golf suites at the Palmeraie Golf Palace in Marrakech. The group enjoyed a jeep safari to Richard Branson’s Atlas Mountain retreat – the Kasbah Tamadot – for lunch before being treated to a party in the desert. Highlights also included dinner at the magnificent Palais Soleiman and a party at Nikki Beach.

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