The Qualatex Event England 5 - 7 November 2011

The Qualatex Event England

Please note that the event has now finished.

Heythrop Park, near Oxford England

This is the first major Event in Europe since 2005 and since it is not an annual event it is even more important not to miss out. We’ve kept the costs low but not compromised on quality.

  • Attend for £465 plus Vat (based on 2 sharing a Crown Plaza room) including accommodation, food and even some drinks!
  • Crown Plaza rooms still available 
  • Just announced new Disney Character Twisting Competition.  For more details check out the competition page.  
  • Choose from over 50 classes
  • Gain inspiration from the best instructors
  • Keynote speaker who will make you think about your business and give you the know-how and confidence to build a brighter future.
  • Get involved with the décor or help on a sculpture team – it’s a great way to get involved, learn new skills and meet new people. Register your interest here

Friday 4th November
Key Sculpture
  Heythrop / Blenheim / Bladon / Churchill Sculpture
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Saturday 5th November
Key Beginners CBA Décor Retail Sculpture Opening Ceremony
  Enstone Ballroom One Ballroom Two Ballroom Three Heythrop / Blenheim / Bladon / Churchill Sculpture
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
CBA Assessment
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
CBA Assessment
11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM Lunch
02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
07:30 PM - 12:00 PM
Disney Party
07:30 PM - 12:00 PM
Disney Party
07:30 PM - 12:00 PM
Disney Party
Sunday 6th November
Key Retail Décor Business Twisting Deco Twisting Sculpture
  Enstone Ballroom One Ballroom Two Ballroom Three Conference Theatre Stratford Marquee Heythrop / Blenheim / Bladon / Churchill Sculpture
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM Lunch Lunch
02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
04:00 PM - 04:30 PM Break
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
07:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Welcome Drinks and Gala Dinner
Monday 7th November
Key Décor Retail Business Deco Twisting Sculpture CBA
  Enstone Ballroom One Ballroom Two Ballroom Three Conference Theatre Stratford Heythrop / Blenheim / Bladon / Churchill Sculpture
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM Break
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Sculpture Breakdown
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Saturday 5 November

17.00 Opening Ceremony with Drinks reception sponsored by Premium Balloon Accessories.
19.30 Disney Party Welcome Drink sponsored by Progressive Party Magazine.
Round the World Buffet.  Come dressed as your favourite Disney character or show off your balloon skills with twisted accessories and masks.  There will be prizes, a live competition, stage act, good food and company!

Sunday 6 November

19.30 – late.  Gala Awards Dinner Cocktails sponsored by Conwin Carbonic.
Dress elegant, with a futuristic twist if you like!  Three course dinner with wine, Awards, live stage show, band and disco dancing.

Monday 7 November

13.00 – 14.00 CBA reception in the main hall. 

Nick Mayhew "Addressing Your Future”

Sunday 09.00- 13.30

Times are tough in retail markets around the world but tough times bring opportunities to strong businesses.  We want you to thrive rather than survive and Nick’s sessions will set you on the right path as well as setting the tone for the whole event.

Nick is a senior partner in accountancy firm Price Bailey where he heads up the Management Consultancy Division.  He spends his working time advising small and medium size businesses on a wide range of subjects from writing the business plan to formulating the exit plan with everything in between.  

Two years ago Nick addressed our Qualatex conference in Cambridge and quite literally set the event alight with his combination of inspirational speaking, thought provoking challenges and sound common sense.

Jacqui Saxon CBA of The Ultimate Balloon Co wrote to us after the event "It was refreshing to hear speakers talk about business and how to make money rather than skirting around the issue, looking around me it certainly opened lots of peoples’ eyes to the real word. Nick Mayhew was a wonderful speaker and I really enjoyed listening to him.”

This time we are going further with a working lunch where you will have the opportunity to work in small groups to solve problems and develop ideas relevant that are to your business.  

Those who want to take things further after the Event can join our Balloon Business Academy an online tutorial and resource centre which is a virtual MBA geared to small businesses.

These sessions are a must for all business owners and are suitable for all those with a good command of English.

Classes In Heythrop / Blenheim / Bladon / Churchill Sculpture

Sculpture Competition

Time: 11:00 am – 01:00 pm


Sculpture Competition

Time: 01:00 pm – 02:30 pm


Sculpture Competition

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm


Classes In Enstone

Fundamentals

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Dominic Cassidy CBA , Keith Stirman CBA

This course provides the grounding that retailers and decorators need before starting a business that includes professional balloon work.

This full-day seminar embraces all aspects of the balloon business, including health and safety requirements, balloon inflation, bouquet construction and simple garland creation. It includes a comprehensive, full-colour manual that will be a valuable reference guide on float times, pricing, basic design principles and more. You will also have the chance to create décor for the opening ceremony drinks party!

Fundamentals

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Dominic Cassidy CBA , Keith Stirman CBA

This course provides the grounding that retailers and decorators need before starting a business that includes professional balloon work.

This full-day seminar embraces all aspects of the balloon business, including health and safety requirements, balloon inflation, bouquet construction and simple garland creation. It includes a comprehensive, full-colour manual that will be a valuable reference guide on float times, pricing, basic design principles and more.  You will also have the chance to create décor for the opening ceremony drinks party! 


Fundamentals Décor

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Instructor(s): Dominic Cassidy CBA , Keith Stirman CBA

Utilise your new skills by helping to create décor for the opening ceremony drinks party! 


 


Opening Ceremony

Time: 05:00 pm – 06:00 pm

 

Classes In Ballroom One

Party Décor

Time: 10:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Alex Arroyo CBA , Vanessa Lever CBA , Colin Myles , Shirley Ray CBA

Don't miss out on the opportunity to help create the decor for the Disney Party! Working as part of the decor team you will create elements of the Disney decor to make it a party not to be missed! A great opportunity to take photos of the work you have helped create to add to your portfolio.

Then in the evening with you can come dressed as your favourite Disney character or show off your balloon skills with twisted accessories and masks and enjoy the party you helped to create!

Party Décor

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Instructor(s): Alex Arroyo CBA , Vanessa Lever CBA , Colin Myles , Shirley Ray CBA

Don't miss out on the opportunity to help create the decor for the Disney Party! Working as part of the decor team you will create elements of the Disney decor to make it a party not to be missed! A great opportunity to take photos of the work you have helped create to add to your portfolio.

Then in the evening with you can come dressed as your favourite Disney character or show off your balloon skills with twisted accessories and masks and enjoy the party you helped to create!

Disney Party

Time: 07:30 pm – 12:00 pm

Round the World Buffet.  Come dressed as your favourite Disney character or show off your balloon skills with twisted accessories and masks.  There will be prizes, a live competition, stage act, good food and company!

Classes In Ballroom Two

CBA Assessment

Time: 09:00 am – 01:00 pm

To register for the CBA assessment, please contact carold@qualatex.com

Retail Portfolio Teaser

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Instructor(s): Mark Drury CBA


Disney Party

Time: 07:30 pm – 12:00 pm


Classes In Ballroom Three

CBA Assessment

Time: 09:00 am – 01:00 pm

To register for the CBA assessment, please contact carold@qualatex.com

CBA Judging

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm


Disney Party

Time: 07:30 pm – 12:00 pm


Classes In Heythrop / Blenheim / Bladon / Churchill Sculpture

Sculpture Competition

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am


Sculpture Competition

Time: 01:00 pm – 02:30 pm


End of Sculpture Build

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm


Classes In Enstone

Principesse e fatine

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Enza Mondello CBA

Tutte le bambine di ogni eta' amano principesse e fatine e tutto quello che e' rosa e lilla'! Le feste per bambini rappresentano un introito sostanziale in ogni business quando si sanno presentare delle composizioni originali, rifinite da tocchi personalizzati che danno un accento speciale ad ogni festicciola per bimbi. Questo corso vi insegnera' come preparare delle presentazioni uniche, come archi magici, bellissime colonnine, degli adorabili centrotavola e dei personaggi irresistibili per far colpo sui vostri clienti. Le presentazioni saranno ovviamente rifinite con tanti nastrini, tulle, organza e lustrini!

Class taught in Italian

Personaggi realizzati con 2 Cluster

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Federico Onida CBA

Personaggi famosi, meno famosi e animali costruiti su una base di 2 cluster di palloncini con accessori e dettagli. Questi personaggi sono estremamente popolari nel negozio di Federico in Italia. E' una tecnica semplice da imparare ma con una grande selezione di disegni molto vendibili. E 'importante divertirsi con palloncini e questi caratteri innovativi possono essere creati velocemente e saraiin grado di offrire qualcosa di diverso per i tuoi clienti.

 Class taught in Italian

Disney Designs For Retail and Decorator Markets

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Instructor(s): Sue Bowler CBA

From Mickey & Minnie to Toy Story, Winnie the Pooh and Cinderella, everyone loves all things Disney! This class is perfect for both retailers & decorators, a fantastic collection of profitable designs working with the Qualatex Disney bubbles! Sue will show you different ideas and techniques to give you a wide range of pricing points to suit all budgets. During this class Sue will work with Qualatex Bubbles, both round & non round latex, incorporating a few simple twisting techniques within some of her designs.

Baby Baby Baby

Time: 04:30 pm – 06:00 pm

Instructor(s): Vanessa Lever CBA

Sell up that balloon bouquet by adding these irresistible and personalised over the counter balloon babies.  Long lasting designs and also suitable for window displays.


Classes In Ballroom One

Bóvedas de Globos (Canopy)

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Alex Arroyo CBA

Esta es una clase doble , la primera es teórica demostrativa y la siguiente es una hands on clase para crear diferentes tipos de Bóvedas que se venden durante todo el año, Una vez que el cliente ve una foto de una Canopy hará hasta lo imposible por tenerla.  La cantidad de bóvedas que hagamos dependerá de la cantidad de los asistentes que tengamos en clase.
 
Class taught in Spanish

Principios y Elementos del Diseño

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Alex Arroyo CBA

Si tu ya aprendiste a construir los elementos de una decoración, un centro de mesa o un bouquet y quieres aprender a donde colocarlos de forma profesional, ésta es la conferencia indicada para ti , se te abrirán un sinfín de puertas a la decoración y seguir aprendiendo.

Alex compartirá contigo excelentes tips y guías para saber en dónde colocarlos así como la aplicación de los principios del diseño. Simplemente no te la puedes perder!


Class taught in Spanish

Flexible Friends 350Q Characters

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Instructor(s): Keith Stirman CBA

Using Simple techniques Keith will create exciting and highly profitable characters with the retailer in mind. Hand Pumps & Scissors at the ready, as you customise your own 350Q character! A class with the retailer in mind, however the flexible nature of these characters will find their way into the portfolio of entertainers & decorators alike.

Bubble 'Bobble' Heads

Time: 04:30 pm – 06:00 pm

Instructor(s): Dominic Cassidy CBA

These brand new fun filled figures are set to take the retail market by storm! Join Dom as he introduces you to the world of the Bubble 'Bobble' Heads. Bring your Hand Pump & Scissors to create your very own Bubble 'Bobble' Head friend. This course is aimed primarily at retailers and decorators, however even a street entertainer will find something of interest in this class.

Classes In Ballroom Two

Schaffen Sie die richtige Kombination mit

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Luc Bertrand CBA

In dieser Klasse lernen Sie, wie einfach ist es t, Latex-, Folien- und Bubbles- Ballonnen in wunderbaren Entwürfe zu kombinieren. Dies ist Ihre Chance, um alles über die Prinzipien und Elemente, die für Ballon-Arrangementen angewendet sind, zu verstehen. Lernen Sie nun die Know-how, um Ihre Kunden zu beeindrucken.

 

Class taught in German

Easy Female & Male Sculptures

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Andrey Osokin CBA , Dmitry Tishcenko CBA

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Class taught in Russian

Elegant Weddings Of The Future

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Instructor(s): Fiona Fisher CBA

New wedding designs that are out of this world!  Beautiful centrepieces using the new bubble designs, which are easy to put together, quick and long lasting, which means you can make them all up well ahead of time, making your busy weekend less stressful. There will be new entrance decor and other innovative designs to rocket your wedding portfolio into another stratosphere. All designs will be photographed with a recipe sheet and a job cost form added, to give you everything you need for a successful wedding business boost.


Creativity With Q Balloons, Futuristic Fun Ideas

Time: 04:30 pm – 06:00 pm

Instructor(s): Shirley Ray CBA

Learn to make some of Shirley’s very latest creative deco twisting designs including Daisy the adorable Happy Birthday Pony and a beautiful aah factor Baby Giraffe - perfect for deliveries.  A futuristic exploding alien spaceship for children’s parties, Funny floor stand Birthday Party Characters and a Pretty Pink Princess centre-piece. This is an exciting and innovative class with futuristic ideas and fun novelty characters!                                                                    


Classes In Ballroom Three

Vente de décor aux entreprises

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Jose Lutman CBA

Ce cours sera basée sur l’approche de la clientèele des entreprises pour une déecoration de ballons àa court terme telle qu’une journéee porte ouverte ou une inauguration : recherche, préesentation du projet, choix du décor . En deuxième partie, Jose partagera son expérience et des idées de décors pour des galleries marchandes ou vitrines de magasins qui généralement doivent rester pour plus de 3 semaines . José travaille avec ce type de  clientèle depuis plus de 10 ans et connait de nombreuses astuces pour répondre à toutes les demandes de ces clients lucratifs.   

Class taught in French

Des “plus” pour vos présentations

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Jose Lutman CBA

Pleins d’idées qui vous coûtent moins de 30 cents mais qui vous rapporteront plus de 2 euros . José vous montrera des présentations de personalisation en ballons pour mariages, anniversaires qui vous permettront de vous différencier de la concurrence et cette touche  personnelle plait beaucoup à la clientèle nouvelle ou fidelisée.  Jose partagera aussi différentes petites décorations pour les fêtes de fin d’année en vogue pour 2011.              

Class taught in French

Ballooples

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Instructor(s): Robbie Furman CBA

Dancing floor people like you have never seen before! Looking for a way to add a BIG impact to your next event? These designs use some of Qualatex signature balloons, from 16" Blossoms and Donuts to 3' rounds. Many different designs will be taught, this is a hands on class!

Fun Columns & Arches

Time: 04:30 pm – 06:00 pm

Instructor(s): Federico Onida CBA

Let’s play with base plates, poles, aluminium rod and create some wonderful columns and arches to amaze your customers.  Starting with building the structure you will then see how you can increase perceived value by adding the details.  You will learn how to create a range of different arches that can be adapted for weddings, birthdays and promotional events. The aim is to give you the skills and inspiration for you to develop your own designs working with this year’s fantastic new range of foils and bubbles.


Classes In Conference Theatre

Nick Mayhew - Addressing Your Future

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Nick Mayhew

Nick Mayhew "Addressing Your Future”

Times are tough in retail markets around the world but tough times bring opportunities to strong businesses.  We want you to thrive rather than survive and Nick’s sessions will set you on the right path as well as setting the tone for the whole event.

Nick is a senior partner in accountancy firm Price Bailey where he heads up the Management Consultancy Division.  He spends his working time advising small and medium size businesses on a wide range of subjects from writing the business plan to formulating the exit plan with everything in between. 

Two years ago Nick addressed our Qualatex conference in Cambridge and quite literally set the event alight with his combination of inspirational speaking, thought provoking challenges and sound common sense.

This time we are going further with a working lunch where you will have the opportunity to work in small groups to solve problems and develop ideas relevant that are to your business. Those who want to take things further after the Event can join our Balloon Business Academy an online tutorial and resource centre which is a virtual MBA geared to small businesses.

These sessions are a must for all business owners and are suitable for all those with a good command of English.

Nick Mayhew - Addressing Your Future

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Nick Mayhew "Addressing Your Future”

Times are tough in retail markets around the world but tough times bring opportunities to strong businesses.  We want you to thrive rather than survive and Nick’s sessions will set you on the right path as well as setting the tone for the whole event.

Nick is a senior partner in accountancy firm Price Bailey where he heads up the Management Consultancy Division.  He spends his working time advising small and medium size businesses on a wide range of subjects from writing the business plan to formulating the exit plan with everything in between. 

Two years ago Nick addressed our Qualatex conference in Cambridge and quite literally set the event alight with his combination of inspirational speaking, thought provoking challenges and sound common sense.

This time we are going further with a working lunch where you will have the opportunity to work in small groups to solve problems and develop ideas relevant that are to your business. Those who want to take things further after the Event can join our Balloon Business Academy an online tutorial and resource centre which is a virtual MBA geared to small businesses.

These sessions are a must for all business owners and are suitable for all those with a good command of English.


Nick Mayhew - Addressing Your Future

Time: 01:15 pm – 02:15 pm

Nick Mayhew "Addressing Your Future”

Times are tough in retail markets around the world but tough times bring opportunities to strong businesses.  We want you to thrive rather than survive and Nick’s sessions will set you on the right path as well as setting the tone for the whole event.

Nick is a senior partner in accountancy firm Price Bailey where he heads up the Management Consultancy Division.  He spends his working time advising small and medium size businesses on a wide range of subjects from writing the business plan to formulating the exit plan with everything in between. 

Two years ago Nick addressed our Qualatex conference in Cambridge and quite literally set the event alight with his combination of inspirational speaking, thought provoking challenges and sound common sense.

This time we are going further with a working lunch where you will have the opportunity to work in small groups to solve problems and develop ideas relevant that are to your business. Those who want to take things further after the Event can join our Balloon Business Academy an online tutorial and resource centre which is a virtual MBA geared to small businesses.

These sessions are a must for all business owners and are suitable for all those with a good command of English.


Bubbles Chain

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Instructor(s): Alberto Falcone CBA

The most original way to use the 15” Solid Colour Bubbles to make profitable and durable compositions and decorations for every occasion.

Décor In A Bag

Time: 04:30 pm – 06:00 pm

Instructor(s): Luc Bertrand CBA

There can only be one Saturday in a week! In this class you will learn how to prepare designs in advance and learn how to speed up your techniques. What to sell your clients if you want them to take away the designs and how to spend as less time as possible on site when delivering decor. In other words: how to make money!

Classes In Stratford

Twisting For Beginners... All Aboard!

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Robbie Furman CBA

In this class you will get on the Twisting express! During the 90 minute class you will go on a journey with your teacher/conductor Robbie Furman, CBA. A hands on class learning the basic twists that will take you on your journey into the Balloon world. No matter where you are coming into the balloon world, be it brand new or a seasoned professional decorator, you will learn together all that there is to know about twisting balloons. Come ready to get your hands moving on the journey of a lifetime!

From Balloon Bag To Balloon Art, Advanced Twisting

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Shirley Ray CBA

Basic twisting skills, some added details, an insatiable curiosity and imagination are all needed to explore the endless creative possibilities a bag of balloons can offer the world of balloon art. Shirley is passionate about balloons and in this class you will find her enthusiasm is catching as she takes you step by step through the exciting and challenging development stages of creating believable balloon characters, large funky cartoon animals and life like balloon caricatures.

Weaving With Balloons For Beginners

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Instructor(s): Colin Myles

In this class Colin will show a variety of weaving techniques. The techniques that will be shown in this class are the basic hat weave, cross weave, tak weave and much more. This will be a very hands on class, so be sure to bring your pumps and cameras!


Balloons For All Ages

Time: 04:30 pm – 06:00 pm

Instructor(s): Enza Mondello CBA

Think about the millions of birthdays celebrated every day of every week and how many balloons you sell for those all important milestone ages from 18-100! The designs you will learn on this class will remind your customers how old they are in the nicest possible way.
Working with the popular milestone ranges that Qualatex have introduced in foil & bubbles you will see how to add the all important finishing touches to make your designs special. You will also learn how to make low cost large compositions with big profits working with the new range of foil numbers. The class will help you to focus on making those individual balloon sales into bigger and better sales.

Classes In Marquee

Energising Centrepieces for Grand Gala

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Jodie Norris CBA , Dee White CBA

Join the Gala Production Team for a special hands on workshop building the centrepieces for The Qualatex Event Grand Gala.  Creating centrepieces, especially on mass is a skilled project, and one which is essential to master if you wish to enter to world of the Corporate’s.  Understanding production set-up, times, costs and labour alone can be daunting, aside from initially designing and concept consultation.  Having an opportunity like this to work alongside the production team is an invaluable insight into this world and completing a real live job can be a very rewarding way to learn. You will learn the right equipment, techniques, and styles for designing the pieces on mass with hands-on experience and priceless understanding of the ‘System Approach’ to meet deadlines, all you need is your cameras, scissors and enthusiasm!
 
Please sign up at the registration desk if you wish to attend this class. Please note that there is a maximum of 25 delegates for this session.

Energising Centrepieces for Grand Gala

Time: 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm

Instructor(s): Jodie Norris CBA , Dee White CBA

Join the Gala Production Team for a special hands on workshop building the centrepieces for The Qualatex Event Grand Gala.  Creating centrepieces, especially on mass is a skilled project, and one which is essential to master if you wish to enter to world of the Corporate’s.  Understanding production set-up, times, costs and labour alone can be daunting aside from initially designing and concept consultation.  Having an opportunity like this to work alongside the production team is an invaluable insight into this world and completing a real live job can be a very rewarding way to learn. You will learn the right equipment, techniques, and styles for designing the pieces on mass with hands-on experience and priceless understanding of the ‘System Approach’ to meet deadlines, all you need is your cameras, scissors and enthusiasm!
 
Please sign up at the registration desk if you wish to attend this class. Please note that there is a maximum of 25 delegates for this session.

Welcome Drinks and Gala Dinner

Time: 07:00 pm – 12:00 pm


Classes In Heythrop / Blenheim / Bladon / Churchill Sculpture

Sculpture Viewing

Time: 11:00 am – 11:30 am


Sculpture Viewing

Time: 01:00 pm – 02:30 pm


Sculpture Viewing

Time: 04:00 pm – 04:30 pm


Classes In Enstone

Unusual Drops

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Alberto Falcone CBA

Transform the most common balloon special effect in a part of the party decor!

Theme Parties For Children Or The Child Within Us!

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Sue Bowler CBA

During this class you will learn how to create new & exciting fun decor working with both ‘Bug' and ‘Animal' themes. Sue will inspire you with a range of different design ideas perfect for birthday parties as well as themed corporate events too! Many of the design ideas can also be sold as retail ‘Decor to Go'!

CBA Reception - Terrace Restaurant

Time: 01:00 pm – 02:00 pm

CBA Reception for all CBA's attending the event, including the presentation of CBA pins for those who passed the CBA Assessment on Saturday.

Dolphins, Penguins & Friends

Time: 02:00 pm – 03:30 pm

Instructor(s): Alberto Falcone CBA

Come and play with the amazing new shapes you can find into 2011 catalogue to create some amazing animal designs!

Corporate Balloon Sculptures

Time: 04:00 pm – 05:30 pm

Instructor(s): Fiona Fisher CBA

Always found the thought of balloon sculptures and large scale decor very daunting? Well not now! After this class you will go away with lots of confidence to be able to promote your business to large scale venues and corporations. You will gain knowledge on all the various types of techniques needed to make a successful sculpture, how to rig your sculpture/decor and advice on making a contract. There will also be help on how to manage the overall project and not least how to price your work. Large sculptures and decor are very eye-catching, so self-promoting and very profitable. This class is not to be missed!

Classes In Ballroom One

Outdoor Décor

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Alex Arroyo CBA

When most clients hire a balloon artist to decorate their outdoor event, they don't have a clear idea of what they are looking for. This scenario presents an opportunity for the artist to take the lead and provide professional direction. Take this highly informative class to gain confidence in this role, and learn the techniques and tools you need to create durable, beautiful outdoor balloon decor.

You'll learn what design ideas to suggest for different events, and how to maximize your profits in the process. You'll also discover how to plan effectively and deliver decor that's long-lasting and beautiful. Specific points that will be covered include: the Principles and Elements of Design; pool decor; lighting; anchors, weights, and attachment points; dealing with weather; and how to build versatile designs that are suitable for outdoor and indoor events. You'll see some elements completed hands-on during class, as well as a multimedia portfolio presentation of outdoor decor ideas to inspire you.

Santa Extravaganza

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Federico Onida CBA

Everyone loves Santa! Federico will show you some exciting different ways of building Santa using 24” balloons, 646Q, classic garland and stuffing balloons. You will learn a range of designs in different shapes and sizes with different price points to present to your clients for Christmas party décor, corporate decoration, point of sale or special balloon gifts. The beauty of these designs is that you will be able to sell them again and again because Santa comes every year!

Round Balloon Animals

Time: 02:00 pm – 03:30 pm

Instructor(s): Robbie Furman CBA

For those who are not sure about non round balloons, this class will teach designs using Round balloons, including duckies, piggies, sheep and cows. This hands on class is great for decorators and twisters looking to learn to Deco-Twist.

Christening & Communions

Time: 04:00 pm – 05:30 pm

Instructor(s): Sue Bowler CBA

A babies christening or a child's First Holy Communion celebration can be anything from a simple gathering to an expensive hotel or restaurant reception. Every family will have its own traditions and expectations of events such as these. Decor plays an important role for both of these family celebrations. Renowned for her wedding design skills, Sue has created a new range of elegant decor designs specifically for the Christening & Communion market, however as Communions are also known as ‘little weddings', many of the design ideas could be easily adapted to suit weddings also!

Classes In Ballroom Two

Wedding Couples

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Vanessa Lever CBA

Cute animal couples for the bride and groom on their wedding day!
Great for both weddings and anniversaries, a great addition to your portfolio!

Impressive Arches

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Andrey Osokin CBA , Dmitry Tishcenko CBA

In this class Andrey and Dmitry will share with you their technique of creating flat arches. Learn how to transform them into impressive and magnificent arches for any occasions by combining foil, round and non-round balloons and by adding that personal touch.

'M' Is For Motivation

Time: 02:00 pm – 03:30 pm

Instructor(s): Tom 'Bibo' Saeys CBA

Whether you're a decorator, entertainer, or newcomer to the balloon industry, this class will provide the inspiration you need to take you, your staff, and your business to new heights. As an experienced balloon professional an entertainer, Tom has a great deal of experience in the area of creating and maintaining motivation within a business. This workshop is not only for balloon artists, but also for anyone involved at any level of your business. With the information Tom provides, you'll find new motivation to bounce back from unexpected setbacks, increase your sales, and make your business more resilient and all around successful.

Stuffing Machine

Time: 04:00 pm – 05:30 pm

Instructor(s): Vanessa Lever CBA

New exciting designs! Vanessa will show how to create even more added value with stuffed balloon designs! She will demonstrate new characters which will create new interest, greater sales and higher margins!

Classes In Ballroom Three

Mickey Magic

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Enza Mondello CBA

Mickey is the most iconic Disney character that anyone of all ages loves. Why not, create a party theme of our most beloved mouse? The class will include centrepieces, columns, arches and adorable balloon characters to impress your clients .These irresistible designs will make your customers smile and help you to sell many magical Mickey parties.

Wedding Class

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Jose Lutman CBA

Jose’s company Alsace fetes - Fiesta Mulhouse regularly attends bridal exhibitions. Jose will share some ideas for presenting the best décor for setting up a unique exhibition stand to wow the brides to be.  Over the last 5 years, Jose has noticed a change in the selling of Wedding décor as he is selling more and more wedding décor from his shop. Jose will show you how he has changed his Wedding portfolio in response to this change.  Jose has a great sense of attention to detail and will share some of his secrets on the finishing touches for his elegant décor.

Belly Buddies

Time: 02:00 pm – 03:30 pm

Instructor(s): Dee White CBA

Dee will share with you his simple format which will allow you to create an array of animals and characters by simply changing the colour and adding a few items. These designs can be stand alone or used as the base of a bouquet, perfect for a retailer looking to provide something different. The class is intermediate to advanced, be sure to bring your camera and note pad!

Floating Décor

Time: 04:00 pm – 05:30 pm

Instructor(s): Dee White CBA

Yes that's right, floating décor, from wandering giraffes to passing palm trees, this class will make you look at décor in a more interactive way. These designs are column based with no need for base plates and poles making them more profitable and hassle free.
The class is intermediate to advanced, be sure to bring your camera and note pad!

Classes In Conference Theatre

Cash 4 Balloons

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Dominic Cassidy CBA , Keith Stirman CBA

Cash 4 Balloons really? Do you have balloons? Do you want to make more money? Then this fun, exciting and different class is for you. This Educational & Entertaining class aims to deliver a powerful message to decorators and retailers. If you came to this event looking for inspiration and motivation, then this 'Edu-tainment' class is one not to be missed!

Get The Combination Right

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Luc Bertrand CBA

In this class you will learn how easy it is to combine latex, foil and bubbles into winning designs. This is your chance to understand all about the principles and elements applied to balloon designs. Understand how to create the added value and know how to impress your clients.

Themetastic Function Décor

Time: 02:00 pm – 03:30 pm

Instructor(s): Jodie Norris CBA

Join Jodie as she demonstrates and gets you involved in creating a range of décor to theme a function room! From the planning stages, selling tips to simple yet sellable compositions, with plentiful techniques and new products. During the class you will look at several themes, styles and complementing colours and products which will give you plenty of photos to add to your portfolio. Don't forget your camera!

Milestone Birthdays

Time: 04:00 pm – 05:30 pm

Instructor(s): Jodie Norris CBA

Why not tap into a very lucrative market and create a portfolio range that sells itself! From a child's 1st birthday to a big 50th and all those in between! Today will focus on capturing the audience and planning concepts to creating several milestone ideas. Cute first birthday to Sweet Sixteen and much more, this class will be jam packed with ideas and support to help you grow in this area. Please remember your cameras!

Classes In Stratford

Sellable Wedding Designs With A Twist

Time: 09:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor(s): Colin Myles

Colin has designed a range of wedding designs to give your brides a real WOW factor, this class is aimed directly for the decorator. Colin will work with the new 2011 wedding line which includes the new 24” deco bubbles, double bubbles and co-ordinating latex in 11”, 16” and 3'. For the more traditional bride he will work with the roses and butterflies range but will also create a modern twist with the stylish hearts product. He will provide you with a selection of different designs to impress your brides and update your portfolio!

Party numbers for all occasions

Time: 11:30 am – 01:00 pm

Instructor(s): Fiona Fisher CBA

The new Qualatex number shape range has opened up a whole new Galaxy of design ideas. Babies, birthdays and anniversaries are just a few. Come and see these new eye-catching designs which are easy to put together and also profitable. All the new designs are photographed with a recipe sheet and a job cost form.

Say It With... Balloon Flowers

Time: 02:00 pm – 03:30 pm

Instructor(s): Shirley Ray CBA

Crazy Daisies, Funky floor stand flowers, Butterflies, Bugs and Colourful Birthday bouquets will make your business grow with exciting Balloons in Bloom! Flower Power will compliment your décor and boost your sales. An inspirational, hands-on class with easy-to-make fun, flower designs, bugs, butterflies and eye-catching balloon floristry.

Retail Portfolio Booster

Time: 04:00 pm – 05:30 pm

Instructor(s): Dominic Cassidy CBA , Keith Stirman CBA

Already attended the Retail Portfolio Course? Then these designs are the perfect addition to increase your own portfolio. Designed with the same great selling points and profitability in mind, this course is a must for any retailer. If you have been on the Retail Portfolio Course, or would like a taste of what this course entails then this is the class for you!

Classes In Heythrop / Blenheim / Bladon / Churchill Sculpture

Sculpture Viewing

Time: 11:00 am – 11:30 am


Sculpture Viewing

Time: 01:00 pm – 02:00 pm


Sculpture Breakdown

Time: 03:30 pm – 05:30 pm


Alex Arroyo CBA – Mexico
Alex Arroyo
Alex started his balloon business, Globimagen in 1991, and was the first Latin-American Certified Balloon Artist.  He is actively involved in his QBN chapter, is an instructor for Pioneer Balloon Company, and has won nine international awards, including Designer of the Year 1994.
Alex is also a speaker at regional and international conventions, and has been teaching an training since 1982 in different parts of the world, including the U.S., México, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico , Guatemala, Italy, Ecuador, Trinidad & Tobago, and Spain. He enjoys being an instructor, and has developed his own style of teaching that allows delegates to learn and have fun at the same time.  Alex is also the producer of the Annual Mexican Balloon Arts Convention (CMAG).
Luc Bertrand CBA – Belgium
Luc Bertrand

Over 17 years experience with balloons combined with both a creative and commercial schooling gave Luc a solid base for a successful business. Together with his wife Ines, Luc runs a renovated balloon shop in Belgium.
Instructing balloons since 1996, he loves passing his knowledge onto others.  Luc has won numerous awards for his balloon decor work and is known for his innovative compositions, techniques and commercial balloon creations for all types of clients.
His biggest reward however, is seeing his designs being sold by colleagues.
Luc has been teaching for Pioneer® in over 35 different countries all over the world and was voted best overseas instructor at the Qualatex event 2001.

Sue Bowler CBA – United Kingdom
Sue Bowler
With a background as a qualified training instructor in the world of retail and a natural creative streak it is no surprise that after 22 years in the balloon industry Sue is one of the most popular and sought after balloon instructors. Having run a successful decor business and winning a number of competitions at different conventions from IBAC to BACI and Qualatex Events she has gone onto hold a number of positions within the balloon industry including 8 years as European Sales & Marketing Manager for Conwin Inc.  Sue now works primarily as an industry educator and social media columnist, representing the Qualatex brand and Pioneer Balloon Company at events and on the internet, sharing her knowledge, passion and design skills with balloon artists around the world!  

Sue's extensive variety of skills combined with her knowledge of business and the elements & principles of design make her classes ones not to be missed. Many of her designs have become great profit makers for balloon businesses Worldwide. Her field of expertise ranges from large decor to elegant wedding, from creative and elegant centrepieces to fun and appealing mini balloon sculptures.
At the World Balloon Convention in Dallas 2010, Sue received the first Golden Light Award given in honour of Linda Bruce.
Dominic Cassidy CBA – United Kingdom
Dominic Cassidy

Dominic Cassidy, CBA, better known to his customers as Wacky Dee, makes up one half of the dynamic duo, The Balloon Brothers. Dom's entrepreneurial spirit is contagious and his flair for the dramatics create for an enjoyable learning experience that's bound to make an impact! By combining Dom's vast attention to detail with his decade of experience working with balloons, the result is he and his partners super successful online/retail shop, All Things Fun. Because Dom sees the joy balloons can provide, he wants to help other industry professionals realize their potential and learn how to always price their work for profit.

Mark Drury CBA – United Kingdom
Mark Drury
Mark started in the balloon industry in 1996 when he joined BOC Gases following a successful career in Department Store Retail Management. While working at BOC he experienced lots of balloon companies. "It was Qualatex balloons that stood out from the crowd. I could see that if an entrepreneur had enthusiasm and was willing to work hard, Qualatex could provide everything else they needed to be successful.”
Mark soon opened "Sky’s the Limit” a balloon decoration and retail shop and passed his Certified Balloon Artist assessment in 1998. In 2003 mark joined Pioneer Europe’s sales team and is now Sales and Development Manager managing the Qualatex Direct sales force and developing Pioneer’s education programme.

Mark has a unique experience gained from years of working directly with balloon business to grow their sales and profits from Qualatex balloons. "I have a passion for supporting balloon businesses. "My goal is to create a legacy of successful balloon business that have the skills and techniques to create beautiful Qualatex balloon designs and sell them profitably.”
Alberto Falcone CBA – Hungary
Alberto Falcone "Sometimes it happens that curiosity becomes an interest, interest becomes a passion, passion becomes a job and job becomes a great opportunity to learn a new language, to meet talented
people and to make new friends”.  So says Alberto Falcone, and for him it happened in 1995 at a balloon seminar in Florence.  Following an enquiry to Pioneer about QBN & CBA, Alberto discovered that balloons could be a business, not just a hobby and soon after being awarded his CBA, he started teaching for Balloon Express Italy and had his first international opportunity at IBAC in 2003.
"I love working with balloons because through them it is possible to change the colour of the world and to know very happy people”. Alberto speaks Italian, French and fast-improving English. He has taught all over the world for Pioneer and projects his teaching method to delighted students no matter the language. "Every time I inflate a balloon I can put something special inside, like a sun ray, a butterfly tail, a fun thought..."
Fiona Fisher CBA – Italy
Fiona Fisher

Fiona has been a balloon artist for more than 14 years. She set up a balloon and party store with her husband Rodney in Northern Ireland, specialising in balloons and fancy dress. Fiona concentrated her skill on weddings and large scale decor, she also had a successful delivery service and in store collection.

Fiona started to compete in 2002 at the Halloween and international Party show in Birmingham, were she came third in the non-round competition. The next year she won the Decorator of the year at the same event and also won the world master champion at Baci, in Italy, for her Ferrari. Fiona has gone to compete in many competitions successfully through the years, including, European decorator of the year in Amsterdam 2005.

Fiona started teaching in 2003, and been fortunate enough to have taught in a great many countries around the world for Pioneer. She enjoys passing on her experience, know-how and passion for balloon artistry. She also likes meeting lots of people from around the world and learning their experiences and their innovative ways with all types of balloons.

After many years running their very successful business, Fiona and her husband sold their party store in the spring of 2008 and moved to Tuscany, Italy. Fiona now runs a balloon school (www.balloonsintuscany.com)from their beautiful restored farmhouse, covering all aspects of balloon decor, and also continues to decorate large scale venues for corporate customers around the world (www.worldwideballoondecor.com).
Fiona is looking forward to continuing to teach around the globe, and being inspired by the wonderful people she meets along the way also hopes the following years is as fun and inspirational as the last 14 have been.

Robbie Furman CBA – USA
Robbie Furman
Robbie Furman, CBA has been working with balloons for nearly 20 years.  He got his start volunteering at non-profit events and, after several years, had a calling to become a full-time volunteer. He dedicated a year and half of his life to missionary work in San Diego and also served in the Domestic Peace Corps. As a result of these experiences, he had a chance to try new things with his balloons and venture into the Deco-twisting world full time.   
 
Robbie’s unique style has allowed him to decorate for thousands of events over the last several years.  His balloons have been seen on ABC's All My Children, One Life to Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, Ugly Betty and most recently Good Morning America.
Vanessa Lever CBA – Italy
Vanessa Lever

Vanessa's winning Ferris Wheel large sculpture and centerpiece at IBAC 2003 featured the detailing that she has become known for.  Having graduated cum laude at Florence University in Italian Literature specializing in the History of Cinema, her passion for creating characters comes naturally.  She began with balloons as a summer job helping her family's company, Balloon Express, both in the offices and on site, only later to become a "Dottoressa in Balloonology".  As a Qualified Approved Instructor she's often busy training new Italian decorators for BACI, the Balloon Arts College Italia, and  engagements with Pioneer have brought her to South America, Asia, the USA and throughout Europe.  Her full service balloon and party shop in Florence is one of Italy's best!

Jose Lutman CBA – France
Jose Lutman

Jose passed his CBA at the last Qualatex Event in 2005 in Amsterdam and he is now universally recognised as the Balloon Decorator in his home town of Mulhouse in France.

With a background in carpentry and a NVQ in Sales, after a shaky start in the franchise sector,  Jose attended a workshop organised by the franchisee and very quickly learnt about Qualatex, how to work with premium balloons and all the benefits of the QBN programme.

Starting as everybody else learning to tie knots, Jose gained a lot of knowledge by attending all the different and varied Qualatex courses. Today his passion, enthusiasm, knowledge and experience make him a very successful decorator and retailer, having created Ballonrama.com website that promotes the sales of balloon bouquets throughout France and supports all decorators engaged in delivering professional services to their clients. 

Nick Mayhew
Nick Mayhew

Nick Mayhew is partner and Board Director of Price Bailey LLP, Accountancy Age "Large Firm of the Year”.

 

Nick has been sales and marketing director for the firm for many years and runs the consulting department.  His team help clients looking for greater profitabilty and growth, ranging from the very small to the very large, UK and overseas.   He is a sought after and energising speaker.  Nick is married with two lovely daughters and lives in Hertfordshire.
 
Enza Mondello CBA – Italy
Enza Mondello

My first encounter with balloons was in 1993 when I attended the Qualatex event in Amsterdam and 5 fast years later, in 1998,I became a Balloon Express affiliate and opened my Balloon Express Shop in Patti, on the northern Sicilian coast.
In April 2003 at BACI in Florence Italy I became a CBA and began my teaching internship with Balloon Express/Qualatex and that led to teaching in Italy and finally abroad (JBAN 2011, Qualatex Event Oxford 2011, CMAG 2012, Qualatex seminars in Tokyo, Osaka and Singapore).
I have a great personal passion for this and work regularly as a Balloon Express Shop trainer and merchandiser, as well as an organizer and demonstrator for Balloon Express trade shows and showrooms.

I love developing new ideas for fresh and sellable compositions, this encouraged me to participate in national and international competitions, BACI and WBC, both individually and as part of the Balloon Express Italy team. I’m very proud of the many competitions I placed in and those I won, culminating in Master Designer of the Year at WBC 2012.  My favorite recent project has been coaching at the brand new Balloon Expresso in Miami Beach.  So beautiful and exciting!

Colin Myles – United Kingdom
Colin Myles

Colin along with his wife Ray have a full service party retail outlet which has been successfully trading for over twenty years.

Colin specialises in the balloon decoration side, and has provided decorations for over eight thousand events, ranging from weddings, birthdays, product launches, corporate décor etc. plus providing a service for small sculpture work and deliveries. Colin has over the years competed at numerous industry competitions and has gained over 30 international awards for his balloon art, both in the décor and twister worlds. His work has been featured extensively in Balloon Images and Balloon Magic magazines, and is presented in the 2013 Qualatex calendar.

Colin has taught in many prestigious industry events such as The Qualatex Event in England, BACI in Italy, JBAN in Japan, The World Balloon Challenge in Thailand, The Millennium Jam in Belgium, Twist and Shout in the USA, plus a host of regional events throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.  Colin feels passionately that good education is the key to the Balloon industry continuing to have the remarkable growth that we have all seen over the last couple of decades.

Jodie Norris CBA – United Kingdom
Jodie  Norris
Jodie a fully qualified balloon artist and florist for 17 years, is also a university-graduated lecturer.  She’s worked relentlessly for many years' to help educate people in the industry, spending time teaching around the world, event education organising, as well as managing retail outlets and running successful event management businesses.  Known for her award-winning balloon sculptures, Jodie can offer knowledge of working with Round and Non-round balloons, ‘Deco-twisting art’.  Her skills and experience can be seen in her many competition pieces, for which she’s won first place awards at numerous industry events, most recently winning the World Master Championship title in Italy alongside Dee White.   Jodie currently works alongside Dee White running a successful company in the UK, teaching around the world for Pioneer Balloon Company and forming part of the Conwin Design Team, they continue to dedicate time growing and supporting fellow balloon artists!  This ‘Duo’ keep themselves busy and enjoy every moment of it! 
Federico Onida CBA – Italy
Federico Onida
Federico, CBA, has had extensive experience in the world of entertainment since 1990: organising and performing in shows using stilts and juggling feats. His first experience with Balloon Art and classic no-round sculptures came about in 1996. He was then introduced to a great new world of balloon sculptures after meeting Balloon Express in 1999.
He has regularly attended "Balloon Art" courses in Florence since 1999, and he attended the IBAC in Chicago (USA) in March 2002 along with Alberto Falcone’s team and the WBC in Dallas (USA) in March 2011.
2003 marks the start of Federico's adventure into the world of teaching which includes variety of experiences over the following years such as courses about entertainment, theme parties with balloons, and techniques for both beginners and advanced in the use of balloons, held in both Florence, Sardinia, Palermo and Rome.
His teaching experience includes being asked to teach in Japan, 2008 (13th JBAN); in Poland, 2009 (Balonalia 09); in Spain, 2009 (B.A.C.I. in Madrid); in Budapest,  January  and June 2010; in France, 2011 and 2012 (Sunny Twist'n'Déco 2011 and 2012); in Malaysia, 2011 (Qualatex Event 11); in England, Oxford 2011 (The Qualatex Event UK); in Mexico (CMAG 2012).
He has won a vast array of awards including several national and international prizes: on ten different occasions winning first prize; coming second in seven others championships and taking third prize in two others.  His most recent wins were taking 1st and 2nd place in the WBC 2010 in Dallas, Texas - 1st  place for Large Sculpture competition as Designer: St. George and the Dragon; 2nd  place for "Figure” competition: Formica Rufa (Red Ant); and 2nd  place for "Figure” competition in B.A.C.I. 2011: The Wasp.
The latest wins were both in B.A.C.I. 2012: the 1st place for "Centerpiece” competition: Rio; and the 2nd  place for "Column” competition: Flamingheart.
Andrey Osokin CBA – Russia
Andrey Osokin
Andrey Osokin has been working as a balloon designer since 1996.  He started as a balloon artist in "Sinya zvezda” in Moscow.  In 2001 he sett up his own balloon company named "Sharlandia”and ran it till 2007.
In 2007 a group of companies "Art-Positive” has been founded by a merger of two big Russian balloon companies "Sharlandiya” and "Shar"and Andrey Osokin became one of the owners of the Group.   Within less than 3 years "Art-Positive Group” has become one of the biggest Russian balloon design companies.  Andrey Osokin is one of the most well known Russian balloon design trainers.   In 2009 he created with his associate Dmitry Tishchenko the Balloon Decorating School which has décor classes all over Russia.
He is a regular competitor and a winner at the annual Moscow International balloon festival.   He is a winner in a team competition at BACI 2010, Italy at the "Big sculpture” nomination.  Andrey Osokin is one of the creators and the owners of the First Russian Professional Internet Portal BalloonHq.Ru.
Shirley Ray CBA – United Kingdom
Shirley Ray
Shirley’s introduction to the balloon industry came through the world of magic and entertainment when she discovered that twisting balloons added fun to her magic act. Shirley, whose specialty is twisting, is a balloon artist, designer and international instructor. She is passionate about balloons and combines her vast knowledge in the art of twisting with decoration and entertainment. She loves teaching, passing on her knowledge and encouraging others to reach their goals.

Shirley has taught at many balloon conventions and twisting events around the world and her work has been featured in both the Balloon Magic and Balloon Images magazines and she is also the writer and author of numerous instructional books, articles and DVDs Shirley runs her own Leeds-based balloon business "Balloons by Magic” which provides balloon décor incorporating unique party balloon gifts, table centre-pieces and themed balloon characters along with magic and balloon twisting entertainment. She has won many prestigious awards in both the world of Balloons and Magic and is a past president of the IBM (International Brotherhood of Magicians).
Tom 'Bibo' Saeys CBA – Belgium
Tom 'Bibo' Saeys
In 1999, Tom became the Belgian Balloonart Champion for his talent in balloon art and entertainment. He’s continued to demonstrate his skills over the last 10 years, having won multiple awards at industry events including Twist & Shout and Millennium Jam. In 2005, he also became the only performer to win balloon entertainer of the year at Millennium Jam three years in a row. That same year, Tom began starring in his own TV show called "BOOH,” and has since been performing in theatres and on TV shows around the world. His performances have been seen in China, Russia, the U.S., Tokyo, and in countries throughout Europe.
Tom will be teaching one class and performing at both parties at the event.
Keith Stirman CBA – United Kingdom
Keith Stirman

With more than 15 years experience twisting and entertaining with balloons, Keith Stirman, CBA, of The Balloon Brothers, is co-owner of the successful online/high street retail store, All Things Fun. In addition to winning several business awards, Keith & his partner have had their most popular decor pieces featured on the cover of Balloon Images magazine as well as in the Qualatex Calendar, which is distributed worldwide. As a magician, balloon twister and decorator, and general entertainer, Keith believes staying diverse is what keeps their business profitable - even in a tough economy.

Dmitry Tishcenko CBA – Russia
Dmitry Tishcenko

Dmitry Tishchenko has been working with balloons since 1998, he is a cofounder of Moscow Deco company "Shar". Dmitry started teaching in 2000.  In 2010 he passed his CBA exam at 11th edition of Moscow Balloon Festival.

 

Awards

2010 1st Place BACI Championship  Florence
2010 New Balloon Artist of the Year - BACI Florence
2010 1st Place Large Balloon Competition 11th Moscow Balloon Festival
2010 3rd Place Multi-Balloon Category  The Millennium Jam 2010 Belgium

Dee White CBA – United Kingdom
Dee White

Dee has been entertaining with balloons for the past 17 years and for the past 10 years as a professional balloon decorator. He has run a successful balloon décor and entertainment company in Northern Ireland before moving to England. Dee feels that Deco-Twist is the way forward for the industry as it offers many new and exciting opportunities with outstanding results!

Dee’s balloon creations have gained him many industry awards over the years, most recently winning the World Master Championship title in Italy! As well as teaching experiences travelling the globe sharing his ideas and skills. Dee is very passionate about his work and loves sharing his art with others; his teaching methods are very flamboyant and exciting …. Not to be missed!  Dee is proudly part of the Qualatex teaching team and a member of the Conwin design team.

 
Dee now works alongside Jodie Norris running a successful company in the UK. Teaching for Pioneer Balloon Company and forming part of the Conwin Design Team, they continue to dedicate time growing and supporting fellow balloon artists!  This ‘Duo’ keep themselves busy and enjoy every moment of it! 

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Price PER PERSON is on an all inclusive basis and will include:

  • 2 nights bed and breakfast (Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November 2011) BASED ON TWO PEOPLE SHARING A STANDARD DOUBLE in Crown Plaza.
  • Including breakfast and lunch on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th November
  • Event registration
  • 2 Parties  
  • Goodie Bag

Room upgrades, single room occupancy and airport shuttles will be at an additional cost.

Price from 1 July 2011 £420
Single room supplement (for 2 nights) Crown Plaza £115
Crowne Plaza Room (per person for 2 nights) £45
Daily delegate rate (not including accommodation, dinners & parties, limited places available) £120
Guest Package - for those not attending the event, but sharing a room with a full package delegate.  Cost includes lunch and dinner.
£220

All prices exclude VAT.

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Preis pro Person alles inclusive beinhaltet das folgende:

  • 2 Uebernachtungen mit Fruehstueck (Samstag 05/11/2011 und Sontag 06/11/2011) fuer zwei Personen in einem Crown Plaza Doppelzimmer
  • Mittagessen, Abendessen und Pausengetraenke am Sontag 06/11/2011 und Montag 07/11/2011
  • Teilnahme am Event
  • 2 Parties
  • Goodie Bag

Zimmer-Upgrades, Einzelzimmer, sowie Flughafenzubringer kosten extra.

Inklusivpreis ab 01/07/2011 420 GBP
Einzelzimmeraufschlag fuer 2 Naechte  (Crown Plaza) 115 GBP
Crown Plaza Zuschlag (fuer 2 Naechte) 45 GBP

Begleiter Angebot - fuer die Begleiter der bezahlenden Gaesten . Der Preis ist inklusiv von Uebernachtung, Mittags- und Abendsessen, aber keine Teilnahme an der Veranstaltung

120 GBP

Alle Preise ohne MwSt.

Prezzi :
IMPORTANTE
I prezzi si intendono PER PERSONA ed  includono quanto segue:

  • 2 notti pernottamento con prima colazione (sabato 5 e domenica 6 novembre 2011) in camera doppia  occupata da due persone
  • Pranzo, cena e rinfreschi il domenica 6 e la Lunedi 7 novembre
  • Iscrizione alla manifestazione
  • 2 party serali
  • Omaggio

Il supplemento per camera singola, la navetta aeroporto e l’upgrade a camera superiore sono extra.

Prezzo dal 1 luglio 2011 420 GBP
Supplemento camera singola (2 notti) Hotel Crown Plaza 115 GBP
Upgrade camera superiore al Crown Plaza (2 notti) 45 GBP
Pacchetto ospiti - per gli accompagnatori dei partecipanti alla manifestazione .
Il prezzo non comprende la partecipazione alla manifestazione, ma unicamente il pernottamento, pranzo e cena
220 GBP/giorno

I prezzi non includono IVA (20%)

Les prix:
IMPORTANT
Les prix s’entendent PAR PERSONNE et includent  le suivant:

  • 2 nuits avec petit déjeuner  (samedi 5 et dimanche 6 novembre 2011) en chambre double occupeé par deux personnes
  • Déjeuner et dîner le dimanche 6 et le lundi 7 novembre 2011
  • Enregistrement à la manifestation
  • 2 soirées cocktail
  • Cadeau

Les suppléments pour chambre  single et pour chambre supériore ainsi que  la navette aéroport sont extra.

 
 
Prix du 1er juillet 2011
420 GBP
 
 
Supplément chambre single (2 nuits) - Hotel Crown Plaza
115 GBP
Supplément chambre supérieure  (2 nuits) - Hotel Crown Plaza
45 GBP
Participation uniquement á la manifestation (n’inclut pas hebérgement et dîner) - places limitées
120 GBP/jour

Prix pour un invite - pour ceux qui n’assistent pas a  l'événement, mais accompagnant un délégué payant pour les 3 jours.  Coût inclut le déjeuner et dîner.

 220 GBP
                       

Les pris sont hors TVA (20%)

Importante
El Precio por persona es con servicio todo incluido:

  • 2 noches alojamiento y desayuno ( Sabado dia 5 y Domingo dia 6 de Noviembre 2011 ) SERVICIO OFRECIDO PARA DOS PERSONAS COMPARTIENDO HABITACION DOBLE
  • Almuerzo, Cena y meriendas Domnigo dia 6 y Lunes dia 7 de Noviembre
  • Registro en el Evento
  • 2 Fiestas
  • Bolsa regalo

El cambio o seleccion de habitaciones de superior calidad, habitaciones individuales o transporte del aeropuerto, se cobrara como extra.

 
 
Reservas a partir de  de Julio
420 GBP
 
Suplemento habitacion individual ( 2 noches ) Crown Plaza
115 GBP
Crowne Plaza habitacion superior ( 2 noches )
45 GBP anadido al precio
Precio diario por delegado ( sin hotel, plazas limitadas )
120 GBP/jour

Precio para un invitado  - para esos no asistiendo al evento, pero acompañando  a un delegado pagando a toda la convencion. El costo incluye el almuerzo y la cena.

                              220 GBP

 

Les pris sont hors TVA (20%)


Pioneer is the main sponsor of The Qualatex Event.

We are also grateful to the following companies for their contributions:

BAPIA logo

Bapia
Progressive Party Magazine logo

Progressive Party Magazine
BOC logo

BOC Ltd
Premium Balloon Accessories logo

Premium Balloon Accessories Inc
Conwin logo

Conwin
Hi Float logo

Hi Float

The Heythrop Park Resort

http://www.heythroppark.co.uk/

The best of both worlds….combining old with new

Set in 440 acres of glorious English countryside this 18th century manor house sits alongside a brand new Crowne Plaza Hotel and conference centre.

Facilities

Facilities include a par 72 championship golf course, luxurious Health Club with Spa and 20 metre pool, the use of which is complimentary to hotel guests.

Rooms

Rooms in Heythrop House are small with a shower in the bathrooms but have been recently modernised. Our all inclusive package includes 2 nights accommodation in a standard room and is based on two people sharing. Double rooms have a standard bed and Twin rooms have 2 single beds.

Rooms in the newly built Crowne Plaza are slightly larger with standard sized beds and bath or shower. The twin rooms have 2 double beds. These rooms are available at a supplement please see booking information.

If you wish to extend your stay you can do so at our specially negotiated rate by booking directly with the hotel. Please phone reservations on 01608 673333 and quote Qualatex Event to book your additional accommodation.

Single rooms are available at an additional cost see booking information.

Getting There

By Road

Heythrop Park is just 12 miles from Oxford with easy access from the M40 motorway. Programme OX7 5UF into your Sat Nav. Journey time from the Eurotunnel terminal is approximately 3 hours.

By Air

The nearest airports are London Heathrow which has direct flights to almost everywhere, or Birmingham which offers budget flights to many European destinations. Please view the destination list here www.birminghamairport.co.uk/destinations/destinations-list.aspx

We will operate a shuttle service from both these airports, please ensure that you book this in advance.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Charlbury and we will operate a free shuttle service from the station during peak times, otherwise a taxi will cost approximately £20.

There is a direct service from London Paddington which takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes, Oxford is 12 miles from the venue.

Shuttle Service

A shuttle will leave at regular intervals from Heathrow Airport and Birmingham Airport on Saturday 5th November and Monday 7th November (late afternoon/evening) only . The cost is £15 per person each way.
You need to book the shuttle when you register giving details of the flight you are on and providing a contact telephone number. The latest date to book the shuttle is 5th October.

We will let you have further information when we send final confirmations one month before the event.

A Free shuttle will run from Charlbury Railway station during peak times. We will post a timetable for this nearer to the event.

Tourism

Why not extend your stay and visit some of the local area. There are several places in Oxford to visit including some of the historic Oxford colleges, museums, guided walks and plenty more. For further details please visit www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com

Alternatively there is plenty to see in London including the London Eye, museums and great shopping. For more information and ideas visit www.visitlondon.com



Large Sculpture

Theme:The Future
Entry Limit:10 Teams only
Closing Date: 1st August 2011

Prizes:

First place, sponsored by Pioneer Europe Limited Euro 1000
Second place, sponsored by Hi-Float Euro 500
Third place, sponsored by Bapia Euro 250

The sculptures will be displayed in various rooms of the old house creating an art gallery feel that will allow unique photo opportunities.

All contestants will need approval of their design concept. After approval a place will be designated and you will be provided with a picture of your allocated room to help with your finished design.

Maximum Dimensions: 3.00m W x 3.00m D x 3.00m H (some places may be limited by chandeliers).


 
DISNEY CHARACTER TWISTING COMPETITION - SATURDAY 5th NOVEMBER
 
Why not enter into the spirit of the Disney party by taking part in the Disney Character Twisting Competition?   An opportunity to show off your twisting skills and the chance to win a cash prize!

Each contender will pick an envelope in which will be a number of balloons relating to a Disney character.   When the time starts you will see which character you have chosen and the balloons that are available. You will then have 30 minutes in which to create a wearable item in the style of that character.  Once the time is up, you will parade your creation and the judging panel will decide the winners! 

The prizes are 1st Place £250 and 2nd Place £100.

Please note that there is a maximum of 30 entries, don’t miss out on competing by signing up at the Registration desk.
 
Rules: 
- 75% of the balloons MUST be USED and inflated
- No help from other delegates is allowed
- If a balloon pops it must be replaced
- Pumps supplied by Qualatex
- You must supply your own markers etc
- You must stop working when told to stop or you will be disqualified
- You will be judged on the techniques used, originality and likeness to the character.
- Judges decision is final!

I’ve been to lots of Qualatex training why do I need to go to this Event?
How do I choose which classes to attend?
Will there be a handbook of class notes?
I want to go but I am busy with Fireworks on Saturday 5th November
How do I get there?
What sort of businesses will attend?
Is this just for business owners?
I am new to the business; will the classes be over my head?
Will any of the classes be hands-on?
My English is not good, will there we anyone to help me?
Can I take my CBA test at the Event?
Can I just attend for one day?
I want to spend additional nights at the hotel, how do I book these?
I would like to share a room; can you help me find a roommate?
My husband / wife / partner wants to come but will not attend classes how do I organise this?
Can I bring my children?

I’ve been to lots of Qualatex training why do I need to go to this Event?

If you haven’t been to a major Event before we can understand why you would ask this question. Events have training at their core and in a three day period you will have the opportunity to gain inspiration from the very top instructors all in one venue. You will come away with design ideas that are worth the money on their own. Then there are the hands-on opportunities entering or helping with the competitions and the large-scale décor will give you confidence to tackle large scale jobs. The keynote speaker, Nick Mayhew, is awesome he will make you focus on your business and see things in a totally different light, this session alone will more than repay your investment. Taking time away from your business is also very beneficial; you will make new friends and contacts, rebuild your energy and enthusiasm and even get to go to the parties for a change!  To hear what top instructors say about their event experience and how it got them started click here.

How do I choose which classes to attend?

We have colour coded the classes to help you decide and advise that you try to mix up your selection. If you are English speaking make sure you attend the Keynote Speaker address on Sunday morning.

Will there be a handbook of class notes?

No, we are trying to keep unnecessary paper to a minimum but you will get a complete set of instructions. These will be sent to you to download prior to the event.

I want to go but I am busy with Fireworks on Saturday 5th November

If you come later on the Saturday evening you will still be in time for the opening Disney Party and two full days of classes and events.

How do I get there?

On the Venue tab you will find instructions for getting there.

What sort of businesses will attend?

We expect a real mixture of decorators, people with retail shops, entertainers, event managers and distributors. Normally there would be about 30 nationalities represented with about 50% being from the UK.

Is this just for business owners?

No, although it is very important that owners attend. We have kept the costs low to encourage you to bring key staff and believe you will quickly recoup the costs from increased motivation, productivity and learned skills. There are 50 classes on offer and you cannot attend them all so bringing staff will allow you to see a variety of instructors and swap notes later.

I am new to the business; will the classes be over my head?

You will need to attend the all-day fundamentals class on Saturday where you will learn the basic techniques as these will not be covered in any of the other classes. Hands-on Décor sessions are a good way to re-enforce what you have learned and be sure to go to the business sessions. This year we have a new feature – a skills room where you can ask about and practice techniques that you have seen in class but are unsure of.

Will any of the classes be hands-on?

Yes the Fundamentals class and the décor building sessions are 100% hands on. Many of the entertainer classes will have elements of hands on and the skills room is a new feature where you can ask about and practice techniques that you have seen in class but are unsure of.

My English is not good, will there we anyone to help me?

Yes, some classes are taught in local language: French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian. In addition Event staff speak many languages and can be contacted through the Registration Desk. Depending on numbers we will also offer translation of some classes into French.

Can I take my CBA test at the Event?

Yes the test will be on Saturday 5 November from 09.30 and the good news is we do not charge any additional fee for taking your test at an Event. You will also get to attend the special CBA reception and receive your pin there.

Can I just attend for one day?

Yes, there are a few one-day passes available but we have to give priority to people who are attending the full event and staying at the hotel because we have committed to taking a certain number of bedrooms. If you want to book a day pass book early!

I want to spend additional nights at the hotel, how do I book these?

The Event price includes accommodation on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November. For additional nights please call Reservations on +44 1608 673333 and quote the Qualatex Event to take advantage of our special rate.

I would like to share a room; can you help me find a roommate?

Please visit our Facebook page where you can post your request.

My husband / wife / partner wants to come but will not attend classes how do I organise this?

If you go to the booking form and click on the arrow in the Full Package box you will find a range of options including a reduced price Guest Package. This will include two nights accommodation in a shared room and all the meals that are available on the full package. The resort has an 18 hole golf course and a Spa. We would advise advanced booking for Spa treatments, directly with the hotel.

Can I bring my children?

Sorry but our insurance stipulates that we cannot train anyone under the age of 18. If you are bringing a partner who is not taking classes and would like to also bring your children this is OK provided they are accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Children over 12 will be able to attend the Parties at the parents’ own risk. Please call and speak to Rachel Ings if you would like to add child places for any of the Parties as this is not an automatic option on the booking form - +44 (0)1279 501090.

Sorry, this event is fully booked