More than just a colour #556b2f

More than just a colour #556b2f

New Beginnings

28th February 2022

It’s been a crazy 24 months and whilst thanks to Covid 19 we literally lost event work overnight, we’ve been super busy and like a butterfly emerge anew!

Thankfully, due to the work we delivered prior to the pandemic we were very fortunate to receive grants and recovery funding to keep us going, so we really want to say a massive thank you to Arts Council England and Shropshire Council. Your funding really has been fundamental and how we can write today about all of our exciting plans afoot.

So what have we been doing? Firstly, we have a new board; Tania Eveleigh and Jai Newton, they both bring new ideas and a wealth of experience in their respective fields to the Dark Olive table.

Secondly, alongside event management and in our changing world, we now have a new string to our bow… we are soon to offer a unique training programme in Community Event Production. We are in the process of having our courses Open College Network accredited via Agored and are planning on training our first cohort this summer. We really want to share our passion for event management with the world but especially with disadvantaged 16-24 year olds that find themselves needing a new direction and access to new inspiring opportunities.

With all this change afoot it felt a good time to refresh our branding and website which we are super proud of and excited to share with you all. Our ethos is professional yet playful which we hope you will agree our new logo and site demonstrates. Please do sign up for our newsletter so we can stay in touch!

We are also delighted to share that we were accepted on to the Governments Kickstart scheme via our gateway provider WCVA giving Theo Knipe a four month placement with us as an Events Marketing and Website Trainee. Theo was instrumental in our re branding journey and we were really lucky to have him while he had a year break from his degree in Graphic Design at Kingston Art College. New to the team is our kickstarter Vincent Crump who joins us for 6 months as Marketing Assistant and is already earning his crust. Big thanks to WCVA for facilitating this valuable resource opportunity.

We have also been busy renovating our fabulous mobile trailer bar. So if you need a bar for your event drop us a line, we can do anything from dry hire to providing a full cabaret package – just ask!

As if that wasn’t enough, we are really excited about a new affordable, educational and fun members only camp that we are piloting this summer – DO Camp! Where learning and fun unite in nature… Come together in a respectful way to do great things. Watch this space for more details on DO Camp but for now, save the date in your diaries 15-21 August 2022 as we would love you to join us.

Lastly, we are so delighted to be open for event management bookings and look forward to working with you to deliver outstanding, engaging and immersive experiences that benefit the communities around you.

Darren Knipe
CEO and Founder

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Little Graig, Llanfair Waterdine, Shropshire LD7 1TS

029 2053 8168

Little Graig, Llanfair Waterdine, Shropshire LD7 1TS

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