ExeterSelfCatering.com receives coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor has given Exeter holiday rental ExeterSelfCatering –
Clifton Hill its exclusive Certificate of Excellence accolade – presented to the best of TripAdvisor Rentals’ hundreds of thousands of homes.

The Certificate of Excellence is given annually to those properties that provide consistently outstanding experiences and whose owners offer first-class customer service to their guests.

Philip and Louise Haines, Owner/s of ExeterSelfCatering –
Clifton Hill, a home that received the accolade, and, said that they are thrilled with the recognition.

“We are very pleased to earn Certificate of Excellence for our property. We have listed with TripAdvisor Rentals since 2014 and we always strive to provide great customer service. It’s great to be rewarded by TripAdvisor Rentals after all of our hard work and it’s wonderful to know that our many guests over the last year have really valued their stay.”

Laurel Greatrix, Communications Director, TripAdvisor Rentals, said: “We’re excited to recognise and honour the top homes and homeowners on our site. This is a hard-earned accolade, and we’d like to thank these property owners for their dedication to providing travellers with consistently outstanding experiences.”

https://www.exeterselfcatering.com/ is available to book on TripAdvisor Rentals, where travellers can search, compare and book hundreds of thousands of properties worldwide. Choose properties with Payment Protection to enjoy safe and secure payment.

Notes to editors
For more details and/or further images please contact Philip Haines at philip@exeterselfcatering.com

The Certificate of Excellence recognises properties that meet strict criteria, which take into account customer service as well as quantity and quality of reviews.

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David Bowie

1972 – I was a 19 year old concert promoter, and had just signed a contract for a David Bowie gig. We were preparing for a great couple of upcoming months at the South Parade Pier in Portsmouth, UK.

In January/February 1972 I’d seen a couple of his first Ziggy shows in London – the Great Hall at Imperial College, which was probably their 3rd outing and Wallington Public Halls. David Bowie performed at South Parade Pier on Saturday March 4th, Ziggy Stardust was quickly being unveiled around the UK.

The Pier performance was after the December 1971 release of Hunky Dory, but before the release of the Ziggy Stardust album in June 1972 and the TV performance of Starman on Top of the Pops in July, which propelled him to stardom in the UK. It was a time of miners strikes in England with our posters stating “This concert is on regardless of power cuts!!” David was there with Angie, and the full Spiders band, although they were not billed as such at that time.

Preparation for the gig was difficult, finding a suitable generator, a piano tuner to work on a Saturday and other challenges that are all part of the life of a promoter and a concert goer has recalled that the gig couldn’t begin until everyone came downstairs – Bowie trying to make the crowd look as big as possible, ever the showman!

Bowie was learning his craft in 1972, quiet and keen to put on a show, and the resultant performances were stunning. His appearance cost me a princely £225! There’s a copy of the poster and contract below.

And the other gigs that followed in the next couple of months? Rory Gallagher and Sandy Denny who sadly are no longer with us. Rory Gallagher was supported by the 3rd ever gig by a heavily Bowie influenced Roxy Music – with Andy MacKay coming back the next week to hone his saxophone technique by watching Sha Na Na! Between that March date and June we also welcomed Jeff Beck, Fairport Convention and Lindisfarne to Southsea.

Thanks for the memories David.

Philip Haines

Abbey Road Studios appoint Hainesnet as preferred partner for teambuilding events

A unique opportunity to record a song at the world famous studios.

Abbey Road Studios announces the appointment of Hainesnet to deliver the ultimate team building event, allowing participants to perform and record a song in the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios.

A truly iconic symbol both in the British and worldwide music scene, Abbey Road Studios have been at the heart of the UK music industry for more than 80 years and home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording techniques, equipment and technology.

This is a fantastic and unique experience – available to all, even those with no previous musical experience. Playing in a band is a uniting experience that not only requires close team work but also through performance creates a level playing that will break boundaries, encourage fun and develop confidence and group interaction. Typical group sizes are from 75 particpants.

Kerin Purcell, Head of Brand and Marketing at Abbey Road Studios said “We are pleased to be working with Hainesnet as we extend our event offer at Abbey Road Studios. As a preferred supplier for team building record a song days, the Hainesnet package means that more people, even those with no previous musical experience, can come together to perform and record a song at Abbey Road Studios”.

Previous participants have described the event as “achieving the impossible” and “fantastic, a dream. Nothing can ever top that.”

Philip Haines, Director said “Our proven record a song teambuilding event becomes the ultimate teambuilding event when combined with Abbey Road Studios. This really is a unique opportunity that people remember for the rest of their lives”

The teachers have a wealth of experience in private lessons, schools and further education, and also playing as a band for such clients as Cadbury, Epson and Sega. This experience allows the band members to teach effortlessly and with clear direction.

The day is split into two sections – instrumental tuition and then group rehearsal and performance.

The instrumental tuition takes place in groups split by instrument (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals) and the tutor offers an introduction to the instrument/music notation, followed by one-on-one guidance on the parts required for the performance. The rock band experience is enjoyable, fun and inclusive so a relaxed and welcoming approach is adopted by the tutors throughout.

The songs for the band to perform are carefully chosen and arranged to allow complete beginners the opportunity to learn simple parts that contribute to the band performing an authentic version of a pop classic.

The audio for the performance is recorded and presented back on CD as a record of the day.

In addition to a range of optional extras such as catering, video and photography, the experience can be fully tailored to meet clients own objectives.

Hainesnet shortlisted for prestigious C&IT Excellence Award

Hainesnet’s experiential teambuilding event – “Record a Song at Abbey Road Studios” – has been shortlisted by judges at this year’s Conference & Incentive Travel Excellence Awards, for Team Building Solution of the year, for its event that was delivered to ComVort, an international network of owner managed advertising agencies.

The ComVort group of global owner-managed marketing communication agencies hold an annual conference, a major focus of which is to improve communications, resulting in more effective joint pitching for future business. A key feature of each annual conference is a teambuilding exercise designed to help members bond together.

Not only did ComVort rate this as their best teambuilding event ever, far exceeding the return on objectives which had been set in advance, but Abbey Road Studios themselves were so impressed that Hainesnet is now their exclusive partner for teambuilding at Abbey Road.

The success of the day was a combination of planning and execution. In advance, as part of the registration process, delegates had been asked a number of questions related to the teambuilding exercise. This included whether they had previous experience, or a preference for any particular instrument, or type of singing. This enables the teachers, who are also performers, to bring the right number and mix of instruments.

On arrival the delegates were shown a short film of the history of Abbey Road Studios which immediately pumped up the enthusiasm of all in Studio One. There was deliberately no dressing in the studios as we wanted to create the normal working studio environment.

Delegates were able to choose between a range of instruments, rock choir or lead vocals, with professional musicians and singing coaches on hand to provide tuition in small groups. Parts are carefully arranged to cater for all abilities, so that even those who have never sung or played an instrument before can take part in the final performance. The fact that delegates could just sit down at the “John Lennon” piano and other artefacts added to the sense of presence.

“Music is the perfect metaphor for getting the team building message across,” says Jonathon Hall. “You start the day as a group of individuals many of whom you’ve never met before, and by the end you’re on stage performing together as a cohesive band. It feels like you’ve achieved the impossible and makes you realise the power of teamwork. In our case the experience led to a group of ComVort members deciding to explore how we can work more closely together in the future, pitching for business as a group rather than individually.”

ComVort’s day at Abbey Road Studios was a runaway success, delivering its business objectives and a sensational highlight to the network’s London conference. After the event, Jonathon Hall received “a whole surge of emails from people saying how amazing it was”. The final word goes to a delegate from Amsterdam, who wrote: “This was the best conference we’ve had since becoming a member… and Abbey Road, well that was fantastic, a dream. Nothing can ever top that.”