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Since its launch 18 years ago, Scotland’s Life Sciences Dinner & Annual Awards has grown into one of the biggest events in the UK life sciences calendar. Scottish Enterprise commissioned Speakeasy to produce the 2017 event in Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland.

More than 700 guests attended the dinner and awards, which included a keynote address from GlaxoSmithKline chief executive Sir Andrew Witty and networking activities.

Speakeasy managed and produced the event from start to finish, including guest registration and management; venue liaison; catering; audio-visual; nominee filming; a national marketing and communications campaign; sponsorship generation; logistics and financial management.

To enhance guest interaction, we arranged a choice of fun and engaging post-dinner networking activities, including interactive cocktail making classes and a multi-sensory tasting experience.

Speakeasy also recommended introducing a mobile networking app. Take-up was impressive, with 60% of guests downloading the app to their device. App usage was also high, with almost 7,000 sessions and more than 17,000 recorded sponsor impressions over the period.

Thanks again for all your work last night – it was a very successful event and I enjoyed it. I specially appreciated the responsiveness of the whole team at Speakeasy to all our requests

Nicolas Peyret,Life and Chemical Sciences Team, Scottish Enterprise

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