C&E has grown substantially over the years and although still retaining a presence in Nelson, their main headquarters are now in Wellington. They have delivered conferences from the tip of the North Island to the foot of the South as well as Australia and Dubai. The company’s success and longevity is built on a fundamental understanding of the crucial ingredients that go to make an event special.
The basis of this ethos dates back to the 70’s when Janet Matheson, the company’s founder, worked alongside Fay Pannell at Conference Services Ltd in London’s Mayfair. Fay was a pioneer and a doyenne internationally in the conference sector and was instrumental in setting international standards, associations and training to establish benchmarks and professionalism in the industry. Working with Fay was inspirational and established Janet with the training and experience to embark on a career path which embraced her skills and passion.
Back in New Zealand, during the 80’s, Janet built on this unique foundation working with Mount Cook Airlines setting up their conference organizing division, before branching out on her own to launch Conferences and Events in 1991. Much has changed over the years but what endures is the astute ethos that she put in place from the outset.
To put it in Janet’s words, “the way that events are delivered has evolved from a technological perspective but what hasn’t changed are the three pillars of partnership, professionalism and creativity. The simple truth is that people attending a conference feel a lot more at ease if they are met with a warm and welcoming smile.”
Built on this sound foundation the company has gained a brilliant reputation for their amiable but professional style, for their exacting financial management and for their ground breaking-creativity and innovation:
- in the 90’s they were the first to take delegates on a ‘cafe crawl’ style dining experience as a new social function experience.
- in 2002, at Te Papa, they catered for the 950 attendees of the School Principals’ Federation in three fabulously themed food zones – one on each floor.
- in 2011 at the Nethui Conference in Auckland’s, Sky City, huge screens enabled thousands of people to interact via live web streaming on Twitter – making it a lead event with an international profile.
The company has an enviable history of introducing and embracing new ways of doing things whilst understanding that empathy and genuine enthusiasm is what makes a good conference great.
To meet these exacting standards the company has a policy of employing only carefully selected, experienced and proven personnel, whose natural manner is to represent their clients requirements with the same degree of commitment and pride as they do for the ethos of their own company.Click here to Meet our Team