DEMA (Domestic Estate Management Association) made its long awaited debut in London on the eve of the 23rd of June. Estate & Manor Magazine were lucky enough to attend the first in many London gatherings. The venue for the event was a quaint little café/bar tucked away down a narrow street, just a few minutes’ walk from Southwark tube station called ‘The Boundary Café’ – blink and you would miss it!
Up on arrival, attendees were greeted with a warm DEMA welcome and a complimentary voucher which was provided by Randolphs recruitment in order to quench an existing thirst with your favourite tipple. Up on entering the café floor you were drawn to the charming display of flowers which were provided by Elizabeth Marsh Floral Design.
Nuno do O Caeiro of Earth & Sea Elite Recruitment was instrumental in the organisation of the event; from sending out the invitations through to getting a cameraman to film the evening in all its grandeur. It was by no means an easy task to bring a large group of professional people together on a school night. It is worth mentioning that Nuno must have covered a good couple of miles during the entire evening as he bounced around to ensure everything was ticking over smoothly.
Guests consisted of Property Managers working overseas for Russian oligarchs, Bespoke Maritime Security Professionals, Executive Assistants, Private Jet Charter Directors, VIP Event Planners, Interior Yacht Services as well as experienced and newly-qualified Butlers and housekeepers. All seemed extremely eager to network and exchange ideas given the limited time frame. Those with empty stomachs helped themselves to a vast array of snacks which were strategically scattered around the café.
It was obvious that certain guests were already on good business terms with each other but the close setting gave the platform for more business-to-business opportunities between those who have either merely made acquaintance via LinkedIn or had never actually had the pleasure of meeting before. More importantly, it gave active and passive job seekers a realm of opportunity in which to introduce themselves to private service recruiters and pick their brains about CVs and upcoming interviews.
Ian Lubcke, The European President of DEMA grabbed the proverbial bull by the horns and took to the floor to briefly explain the benefits of joining up and what it is all about. With DEMA chieftains Matthew Haack and Michael Wright being responsible for the continued success of the association in the United States; Ian is taking the reins for the European chapter and is off to a positive start in London.
Ian did admit that London should have been the first on the list of destinations for DEMA Europe to make it’s debut.
“London’s an obvious choice, it’s the first place in Europe than DEMA should have installed, but it is the second place because I wasn’t living here – so we have decided to do it now, and after tonight I think it will be a great success, people understand what we are about”
We definitely think DEMA Europe can be an invaluable source for all those working within the private service industry and would highly recommend keeping an eye out for future networking events in London.
For those who didn’t have the pleasure of attending the event, you can find out more about DEMA at www.domesticmanagers.com