Discover Benelux | Events Special | The Best Event Agencies and Locations in Flanders
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What do BMW, BNP Paribas, Coca Cola, Swarovski and the ING Bank Group all have in common? They have all done business with the Inventus Group in Antwerp: a joint venture of several enterprises that are in the events business. With two flexible venues, a catering company and a booking agency all under one roof, the Inventus Group comes as a highly recommendable partner for organising amongst others - seminars, walking dinners and staff parties in Belgium. As a joint venture, the Group is capable of getting you in touch with just one contact who is responsible for all aspects of your event.
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Engineering Company (AEC) building, Jetset Events owner Jimmy Faes, a catering company and the Dock3 building in their portfolio, the group is able to organise events ranging from 100 - 1,200 people. The two event locations complement each other, given the more stylish setting of Dock3 and the raw, industrial feel of AEC, that used to be a shipyard. The two venues are full-service, centrally located in Antwerp and easy to dress up for whatever size a group is expected to be, with AEC at a maximum capacity of 900 people and Dock3 at 1,200.
even somewhere else in Belgium; we can do the whole production at external locations as well.” One of the benefits of dealing with the Inventus Group is, according to Faes, the competitive price they can offer. “Having to plan an event and dealing with somebody from the venue, somebody responsible for catering, another one for the entertainment; that’s all incredibly time consuming and adds to the hours all those people will charge. We at Inventus offer a package deal and will appoint just one person who takes care of everything and is the only contact you need to get hold of.”
“It was only a matter of time before we started a group,” says Jimmy Faes on the subject of Inventus. “All of us have a rich history in our fields of work and to combine all that knowledge is to be able to offer the best deal for anyone thinking about organising an event in Antwerp or
Though capable of organising events at other locations, there is a good reason to stick with Dock3 and/or AEC: both venues are fully equipped with lights and a sound installation, whereas many other event locations are bare and require the manhours and time to be completely ready. On
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