Event Management

Events are a critical way to animate any design or architecture brand to the press and the public. We cover the following event services:


– Manage budgets

– Act as the main contact for the event or competition

– Market the event or competition to potential sponsors

– Arrange call for entries for the competition or launch event

– Write and distribute press material

– Organise parties and receptions

– Manage production of publications for events


Event Management Case Study: Wood Awards

One of the finalists for Wood Awards 2016
Friends&Co is responsible for the management of The Wood Awards in London

The Story 

The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.


The Result

– £408,371 worth of press coverage achieved in 2016 (this is a record)

– Record number of entries in 2016, including a record number furniture entries (182 – the previous record was 124)

– Increased social media following

– Rebuilt website and created an archive of winners stretching back to 2003 on woodawards.com

– Oversaw rebranding (new visual identity created in 2015)

What our friends say about us

Press coverage and applications increased beyond our expectations since appointing Friends & Co in 2015. The team manages the event logistics of the national Wood Awards with complete professionalism. Friends & Co has the rare quality of being tenacious about details and the big picture. We are very pleased to be working with the team again for the 2017 awards.

Tim Gregson, MBE
Chief Executive of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters