EI Sturdza

EI Sturdza Strategic Management Limited is an independent investment fund company based in Guernsey. It is the asset management part of the Swiss-based Sturdza Private Banking Group and was established back in 2005. The company, led by Managing Director George Gutmans, offers award-winning strategies to institutional private clients.

The Challenge

In November 2015, EI Sturdza’s Guernsey office celebrated its 10th anniversary and Black Vanilla was approached to provide event management services to assist the company in celebrating the occasion with over 100 of its clients and staff members. The attendance of Prince Eric Sturdza, President of the Sturdza Private Banking Group, and a number of staff members from the company’s Swiss office meant that the event requirements surpassed the ordinary on both creative and technical levels.

The Black Vanilla approach

Our Event Manager Hayley Piriou and Media Production Consultant Jon Pettitt met with the client to discuss their requirements and a comprehensive event proposal was put together following the all-important research stage of event planning. With the assistance of a number of local and UK suppliers, the areas covered within the event plan were as follows:

  • Venue
  • Catering
  • Entertainment and travel arrangements
  • Technical equipment
  • Decoration and styling
  • Sourcing and delivery of an ice sculpture
  • Invitation printing and delivery
  • RSVP management
  • Accommodation for overseas guests
  • Goody bag sourcing and packaging
  • On-site representative on hand to assist during the event
  • Organising of post-event PR coverage including film production

Hayley and Jon met with the client throughout the event planning process to provide regular updates and ensure that all requirements were being met to the highest possible standard. On the day of the event, Hayley was on hand at the venue to ensure that all preparations were managed efficiently. This included all of the finishing touches to create a beautiful setting ready for more than 100 guests.

The Results

The event was a huge success and received copious amounts of praise from both staff and guests alike. Georges Gutmans, Managing Director of EI Sturdza Strategic Management Ltd, said, ‘I would like to pass on my thanks and appreciation for the great job you and your colleagues did in arranging a wonderful evening.’

Adam Turberville, Head of Marketing & Client Relations at EI Sturdza’s Guernsey office, also added, ‘I personally have nothing but praise for all the work and efforts you have put in, we would not have been able to achieve the results without your support.’

The Collaborators

Black Vanilla is essential to my business, I consider them a long-term partner in my work. I initially approached PR with a degree of cynicism but was quickly impressed by the difference that the team’s expertise has made to my business.

In addition to devising and implementing a social media strategy that has proved extremely beneficial in raising Leaders’ profile, their
proactivity has opened opportunities to reach new clients and develop our core leadership offering.

Phil Eyre, CEO, Leaders, Leaders

Black Vanilla was instrumental in bringing our vision for the event to life. They transformed the venue and produced an evening which truly showcased some of Guernsey’s best qualities. The team were amazing to work with and truly encapsulated our needs.

Claire Heaume, Manager, Marketing and Communications, , Butterfield Bank (Guernsey) Limited

We have worked with the team at Black Vanilla for a number of years, across our events and publishing platforms. They understand the markets and the readership we are dealing with, not to mention our exacting requirements which differentiate us from other businesses in our space. I can’t fault their attention to detail and responsiveness to our business needs.

Carl Methven, Publisher, BL Global

I was very impressed with your whole PR operation – you put a lot of effort into supporting the event and it was handled very professionally.

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