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So you’re looking to put on an event to really impress your clients, your staff, and your stakeholders. But where do you start? Our team at The Italian Villa are here to take the stress away from planning the ultimate corporate event in Dorset.

Our Dorset venue is perfectly positioned between Poole and Bournemouth to offer convenience for delegates. No matter the event, be it a directors’ boardroom meeting or AGM, award ceremonies, staff training, networking, Christmas & summer staff parties and team-building events, you can rest assured that we have the capability of hosting your perfect event with ease.

Once you’ve selected your corporate venue to hire, you’ll want to put a full plan together for your event, to avoid any “dead time” during the event. A great idea is to host a networking drinks & canape reception as guests arrive, meaning that any “late-comers” won’t miss out on the main event.

If your event has a screened presentation element, ensure you either use a darker room, or use a high-luminosity projector – similar to the ones we use at The Italian Villa.



Choose your day of the week carefully, as this will have a bearing on the number of RSVPs you receive for your event. Statistically, events hosted on Tuesday and Thursday generate a better attendance than a Monday, for instance.

Have fun planning your menu for your event. Whether a buffet or 3 course seated gala dinner, your menu can be themed to represent you, your company and/or your event. Our talented chefs from Beales Gourmet enjoy nothing more than creating tantalising menus that WOW you and your guests!



Finally, add some extra touches to make your event truly memorable. At our last corporate event hire open day (our next one is on 19th May 2016 – email to attend for free!), we had a photo booth, caricaturist, live music, close-up magician, wine tasting, cocktail tasting and more – your event should be remembered for all the right reasons!

If you need help planning your next corporate event, get in touch with our team on 01202 816074 or email and we’ll be delighted to add a bit of pizzazz to your event.