PORTLAND HOUSE EVENTS

What happened this month and what's coming up?

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

It's ON Cardiff talk events and reveal their new magazine

DARK CORNERS

We bet you didn't know this was in the building...


NEWS UPDATES & DEVELOPMENTS

Welcome to what will be your regular monthly update of all things Portland House. As a tenant in the building we wanted to keep you better informed of all of the activity happening within your work place whilst at the same time introducing you to exciting events, fellow companies and building developments that will hopefully enhance your residence with us.

So we are delighted to welcome you to the Statement, a monthly update from Portland House keeping you informed of all the important news affecting you in the building. With that said we would also love to hear from all of the Portland House companies with any intriguing news you have. Be it an upcoming project, a product you are about to launch or even a new employee you have set to shine, let us share your story with the rest of the building.

For any news, updates or questions you have, please contact the Statement at press@portlandhousecardiff.com.


CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES

All businesses are of course welcome to use their offices as they please over the Christmas period, however the concierge will be out of service from December 23rd - January 2nd. Therefore all post and appointments must be met and collected by the tenants.

POST COLLECTION

The concierge has requested that all outstanding post be collected from the desk as soon as possible. Due to the high amount of post and limited space, any uncollected letters will be discarded by December 23rd


 

A LOOK BACK THIS MONTH

You’ve probably been seeing a lot of dressed up police officers and filming equipment around Portland House in the past few weeks.

In fact, the concierge was transformed into a police station for the day for the upcoming BBC’ special Casualty: Holby Sin City. Our receptionist John had his moment of fame on the set!

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Portland House is fast becoming a TV gem finding its way on to more TV shows than you think. The local news channel, Made In Cardiff visited us last month to talk with us about our Halloween Fright Night event hosted by Motley Movies. Just one week after, the bank vaults were transformed into an underground poker den for S4C’s Gwaith Cartref, below.


 

What's happened this month?

1920's Student Ball

Amongst all the filming we next welcomed guests arriving in fur coats, feathers, flappers and not forgetting the trilbies. Portland House hosted The Cardiff Medsoc societies 1920s ball on Tuesday the 25th November filling the banking hall with over 600 people. The event went out with lots of loose feathers and 20s Jazz classics, ending the night in the bank vaults. Take a look at the pictures below from the Cardiff Medsoc's Facebook page.


WHAT'S COMING UP?

During the festive period we have a couple of exciting events coming up with a Christmas treat from Best of Buble and stocking fillers for all, at our Annual Christmas Fayre. 

On Friday the 12th of December we’re welcoming all Portland House offices to come and join us for our big Christmas celebration at our Dinner and Dance with Best of Buble at Christmas. You’ll be treated to a fantastic 3 course dinner and champagne Bellini and mince pies on arrival. Not to forget the entertainment with the Best of Buble tribute act bringing you Buble’s greatest hits and Christmas Classics.

Then to complete your festive weekend, on the 13th and 14th of December is our Christmas Fayre with entertainment and refreshments throughout the day from 10am - 5pm. It’s not long before you’ll need to find stocking fillers and Christmas presents for your friends and family (if you haven't started already that is) and there will be market stalls full of great gift ideas to help you out. Best of all, the weather need not affect your day’s plans as the market stalls are all indoors in our luxurious Banking Hall.

It's perfect for a family day out and is completely FREE. With a huge array of festivities on offer, take a look at what we have ready to transform Portland House into a Christmas winter wonderland. 

WHAT DO WE HAVE PLANNED?

  • A huge array of Market Stalls ranging from jewellery, beauty products all the way to handmade soaps and locally sourced food
  • Christmas market style food
  • A stage production of Disney’s Frozen and children’s games
  • Secret Santas Grotto
  • Rugby will be showing in the Lounge Bar
  • Our very special Christmas Choir 
  • Live entertainment and dance act

 

LOOK WHAT WE FOUND IN THE DARK CORNERS OF PORTLAND HOUSE

Be aware that right under your feet when you’re walking into work it’s not just the bank vaults below you. There’s the ‘stairway to hell’ as it’s been named amongst employees.

It’s more correctly known as the boiler room where the gas and electric is supplied to the building but it's much creepier than your average power supply room. The corridors are dark, eerie and spur into creepy corridors to your left and right - just like catacombs. To venture into the unknown like we did this month, take a look underground...


 

PHOTO: An example of the types of events It's On Cardiff advertise on their website

PHOTO: An example of the types of events It's On Cardiff advertise on their website

FOURTH FLOOR RESIDENTS IT'S ON CARDIFF TALK EVENTS AND THEIR NEW MAGAZINE

Every month we have news and updates coming to you from the very building which you are based. We speak with businesses who have something great to shout about and in turn lets you know a bit more about those who are working around, or even next door to you!

This month we’ve caught up with Ian Fernando, Founder of It’s On Cardiff and discovered news about the launch of their new magazine and exciting tips on events marketing and what they’re all about. ‘It’s On’ is an online city guide listing all the events and happenings in Cardiff. 

Tell us a bit about It’s On Cardiff and why it was set up?

It’s ON Cardiff was set up as an online guide reporting and listing all events taking place in Cardiff. For nearly two years we’ve dominated Cardiff’s online realm bringing the people of the city engaging content including everything from news to interviews and from reviews to previews, as well as guides to everything from the top tea houses to the best bars.

What would be your advice for do’s and don’ts when setting up an event for a small business – is it a good idea for them to do it themselves or find outside agencies?

I would always start with yourself and make sure you have a list of all the appropriate places you can post and list your event for free and make sure you are keeping in contact with them. Advertising an event is a must and whatever you decide to do, make sure what you are advertising is engaging and gives the end reader everything they need to know - as well as how and where to get in touch for more information.

Have you come across events in the past which haven’t quite gone to plan?

Being a ‘what’s on’ site we see all types of events and not all are as successful as others, but that could be down to a number of things and not really the marketing. You have to expect that an event that is more niche than another will not get the same response as a broader event. This only means you have to have your networks focussed on specialist platforms or delivery systems.

Your magazine launched on Monday; what gave you the idea of setting up the It’s On Magazine?

The magazine is there simply to supplement our online offering, we have so much great content on our site with a huge following that it would be silly to simply think that is all we need to do. We wanted to increase our readership by reaching out to the 1000’s who don’t use social media or regularly check online to see what’s going on in the city.

Looking forward where do you see 'It's ON' in a few years? Are you looking to branch out into more cities?

The plan has always been to launch Wales and the west ourselves and then create a franchise where someone could buy a ready-made business that is easy to use with editorial content support from us.  We have a sister company in New Zealand that is busy moving into Australia in 2015 so hopefully in a few years we will Have it’s On guides in a few other countries.


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