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Rick Stainton

Managing Director, Smyle

Rick, 36, started organising events after he broke his neck whilst at University. The experience inspired him to develop his own fresh approach to events. He started his career at an activity company then after 3 years moved to P&MM as their Creative Director.

Within 18 months his event concepts won the company’s first Gold ITMA award but by March 2003 Rick felt he needed a fresh challenge. 

He set up Smyle Events, in partnership with the existing Smyle Productions. 

Rick has never regretted such a move and Smyle’s penetration into both the corporate and private event markets has produced dramatic results. 

Over the last seven years the event and production teams have produced the most creative celebratory events, product launches, parties and conferences for a cross-section of clients such as BlackBerry, ITV, Intel, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, The Marketing Society, The Outward Bound Trust, Cisco and Guards Polo Club at the Cartier International Polo, as well as private events for high net worth individuals. Smyle’s events have been attended by most members of The Royal Family and numerous celebrities. 

In their 1st year (2004) Smyle Events won the CEA’s (Corporate Event Association) ‘Best New Company’ in the industry award. 

The future looks very exciting – the Events & Production companies formally merged in 2007 and Smyle’s team of 20 staff relocated into a 13,000sq ft state of the art HQ just north of London. 

In 2008/9 Smyle was voted ‘the best of the best’ by the judges at the Eventia UK Awards, receiving the coveted Platinum Award along with 3 other Gold’s including Production Agency of the Year. Rick has delivered numerous key-note speeches and was voted twice into the Event 100 club. 

Rick comments that Smyle’s ultimate mission is simple – “be recognised as the best company for producing the most creative events”.

  • International Confex
  • Canada Tourism Commission
  • Event Assured
  • Active Events

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