Abellio operates public transport contracts in Europe, while working in partnership every day to consistently exceed passengers’ and stakeholders’ expectations. Abellio has a strong position in the UK rail market through its successful rail businesses Merseyrail and Northern Rail, and is active in the London bus market through Abellio London and Surrey.
Over a short period of time, Abellio grew from an owning group with two UK rail businesses into a European public transport company with bus and rail businesses in the UK, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Abellio’s international Best Practice Programme facilitates a structured exchange of expertise between staff in all of the Abellio businesses and parent company, Netherlands Railways. Personnel from all companies draw on each other’s experience and achievements. A Best Practice Seminar had been arranged in previous years but the feedback had been quite negative, so the team appointed DWC to plan and manage the event to achieve the following objectives:
DWC designed and managed a bespoke event website which managed the pre-event communications and enrolment for all delegates, including invitations, registrations and information for the event website. DWC also devised the event schedule, in accordance with the Abellio team, to maximise the impact of the keynote speakers as well as ensure quality workshop sessions and real time implementation planning. The event was held at the Plaza Westminster Bridge in London. A gala dinner was also arranged at the London Transport Museum, along with other planned F&B arrangements to ensure the event was memorable for all the right reasons.
DWC provided the following services:
Venue sourcing, negotiation and management
AV/IT Services including all AV and IT networking, lighting, sound equipment, staging, props, interactive voting systems etc.
Delegate Management including online tool to manage delegate registration, travel and accommodation, dietary requirements etc.
F&B including on-site and external sourcing, entertainment, theming etc.
Onsite Event Management/Support
The two-day best practice conference and seminar was attended by over 150 key stakeholders from the UK, Netherlands, Germany, France and Poland.