Your Complete Guide to Booking Corporate Entertainment
Are you organising the entertainment for your office celebration, post-conference party, networking or promotional event? Well, you’ve come to the right place. If you want to save time and stress, and impress your audience with something a bit different, our guide to corporate entertainment will help you plan an event to remember!
Whatever the aim of your corporate event, it’s important to get people talking and having good time, as this will reflect well on you and the company. Book the right entertainment and your event will be a hit, engaging colleagues and potential clients, and giving everyone an experience to remember.
In this comprehensive guide, we give you all the information you need to choose entertainment that will perfectly complement your brand, delight your employees, and leave your clients wanting more. And if your Corporate Event is virtual, you'll also find plenty of Zoom entertainment ideas here and a wide selection of virtual entertainers for hire.
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What types of corporate entertainment are available?
When it comes to corporate entertainment, you’re looking for the best that’s out there. You want to hire professional acts with plenty of experience, the talent and know-how to work with a business, create the right impression, and tailor their act to reflect your brand and ethos. Here are the main categories of corporate entertainment available:
This includes Singers, Tribute Acts, Bands, Classical Groups, DJs and Musicians. Live music comes in all sizes and styles and can bring to life any event, from a small office do to a lavish post-conference party.
A live singer or musician can warm the atmosphere beautifully at an exhibition or drinks party, and will definitely draw the crowd at a trade fare. Our professional Singers and Musicians cover pop, jazz and classical styles and perform with high-quality backing tracks, or accompanied by a pianist or guitarist.
For upbeat, energy-filled entertainment that will fill the dance floor and get people singing along, take a look at our Live Bands & Groups, Tribute Acts and DJs. These highly-experienced professionals know just how to tailor their sets to suit your audience, company and event, so that everyone has a great night.
If you need some background music between sets, don’t forget to mention this to your singer, band or musician, as they may be able to bring an iPad or laptop to play pre-recorded playlists through the PA system.
Caricaturists are hugely popular at employee and promotional events, providing a fun and interactive experience for colleagues and attracting attention from passers-by. Another benefit is that delegates get to take home a unique memento of your event.
For something truly spectacular, you can hire a state of the art LED Light Show, complete with lasers and costumes complete with your company logo. Or why not bring a circus or festival ambience to your occasion with one of our amazingly true-to-life Human Statues. There is a wide array of historical periods and characters to choose from.
If you want to really wow your guests with a stunning visual display to end your event with a bang, take a look at our incredible Firework Displays.
Mix & Mingle Entertainers
If you’re looking to get everyone involved, you can hire a Close-up Magician to move around tables or groups of people, performing amazing tricks with everyday objects, or add a touch of celebrity magic with a Lookalike mixing and mingling with guests.
An eye-catching way to hand out flyers at a store promotion or trade fair is to hire Walkabout Entertainers such as stilt walkers and jugglers. This is bound to attract the attention of people passing by. And for a truly immersive interactive experience, great for team bonding, you can book a Hypnotist, who is sure guaranteed to bring out the fun side of even the quietest co-worker!
Wow-Factor Entertainers & Stage Shows
If you’re looking to impress important clients, you’re going to want to put on a show to remember. Sensational Circus Acts such as Aerialists and Acrobats will certainly make an impact as they fly through the air demonstrating incredible skill. Or you can entrance spectators with a spectacular Football Freestyler, Fire Performer, or mind-blowing Stage Show with magic, illusions and daring stunts.
Everyone enjoys live music, and you can treat clients and colleagues to a top notch, big format Function Band, to raise the roof with favourite hits from soul, Motown, pop and rock genres. Or, for a Las Vegas or Cabaret style show, you can fill the stage with glamorous Showgirls who look like they’ve just stepped out of the Moulin Rouge.
Hosts & Speakers
You can Hire a Comedian, Speaker or Compere to make speeches and announcements at corporate functions, where they can help entertain the audience with charm, good humour and funny stories. They can also play a crucial role in keeping things running smoothly and according to schedule, while adding an air of sophistication to proceedings.
Singagrams & Zoom/Virtual Entertainment
Singagrams can be a wonderful idea for a leaving gift or a way to celebrate a colleague's achievements. You can hire a singing telegram for a live performance, by searching for a singagram near you or you can book one for a virtual or zoom performance.
Many of our entertainers now offer Zoom performances, so if you're corporate event is online, we have a huge selection of Virtual entertainment and Zoom party ideas for you.
What Event Services Can I Hire for My Corporate Event?
Alongside your entertainment, your event may well benefit from hiring services, to provide the complete entertainment package for your event.
It’s common to hire a professional Photographers or Videographer to capture speeches, award ceremonies and other key moments of the day. For more informal, fun photo sessions, you can hire an amazingly high-tech and interactive Photo Booth or Magic Mirrors.
For exciting food and drink options, there are also Mobile Bars and Caterers and to bring glamour and sparkle to your occasion, you can book anything from Casino & Gambling Tables to Firework Displays.
How to choose the right entertainment for your corporate event
The type of entertainment you book will depend on the size and type of event you’re hosting. A rocking eight-piece function band might be ideal for a big post-conference bash, but won’t work for a small office party or team-building event.
Here we look at which entertainers and event services work best for different events, including Corporate Parties, Networking Events, Dinners & Functions, Promotional Events, Entertaining Clients and of course, Team Building Events.
For small-scale office celebrations, hiring a Photo Booth or Magic Mirror gives co-workers the chance to relax and get creative, donning giant hats and sunglasses for a tropical beach scene, or glamming up with fake furs and feather boas for a red carpet occasion. Colleagues can choose their own backdrops and enjoy all kinds of other interactive features. After posing for the camera, images can be printed or uploaded to the company intranet or social media for all to enjoy.
For larger events, such as company milestones, you can conjure up a truly celebratory atmosphere with a festival theme. You can hire a Jazz Band or Latin Band to create a carnival vibe, along with walkabout entertainers, circus acts and stage shows.
If you’re aiming to get people dancing at a post-conference party, you can’t beat a live band playing favourite upbeat hits from the last few decades. For catchy tunes that everyone knows and loves, guaranteed to get people singing along and dancing, you want a Function & Party Band or Cover Band.
Choosing the right entertainment is critical to the success of a networking event. An interesting and engaging act can bring much-needed excitement and atmosphere to the occasion and, most importantly, get people talking. You also want to make a good impression so that when potential clients generate new business opportunities, it’s you they think of.
Mix & Mingle Entertainers
Mix and mingle entertainers are a great way to create a buzz and get people talking. Close-up Magicians will move around your venue performing for small groups of guests. This is a fantastic ice-breaker at events where guests don’t know each other. As people hear gasps of amazement from those across the room watching astonishing tricks, flourishes and illusions, they will want to come and investigate...
If you’re putting on a large-scale event and you really want to wow your VIPs, you can opt for the ultimate in dramatic entertainment. Our stunning Aerialists & Acrobats are renowned for thrilling audiences with elegant and gravity-defying displays, demonstrating extraordinary gymnastic skill and beauty. To bring an authentic circus theme to your event, add to the mix with Jugglers, Stilt Walkers and Human Statues.
Background & Walkabout Musicians
For musical entertainment that provides a point of interest, while blending easily into the background so that people can still hold a conversation, you can hire a Guitar Singer or Pianist / Singer. These talented musicians are hugely versatile, playing your choice of pop, jazz, classic and contemporary hits or mellow mood music, and they can play pretty much anywhere. This is the perfect way to warm the atmosphere and liven up the crowd.
For a lively networking event at an exhibition space, you can hire an Acoustic Band or Duo to perform at your stand. In between sets they can mix and mingle and even walk around letting people know when they’re next playing and where to find your stand.
Mobile bars & Caterers
Another fantastic way to attract people is with food! Consider hiring a Mobile Bar or Caterer. These services can include fun taster sessions and even make-your-own-cocktail classes, to get everyone involved, having fun, and networking without even realising that’s what they’re doing!
Dinners & Functions
If you’re hosting a charity bash, fundraising dinner or award ceremony, hiring the right entertainment can really make your event a success.
With sharp comic timing and well-honed delivery, our award-winning Comedy Acts are natural entertainers who can bring you sophisticated, fast-paced shows where the belly laughs just keep on coming. Stand-Up Comedians are often hired for corporate events and plenty of world-famous comics have performed for the big brands. These funny men and women can easily adapt their material to make it as conventional or as edgy as required. They are guaranteed to thrill co-workers, bosses and customers alike. With lots of playful crowd participation, these acts will definitely get the crowd going.
Comperes & Speakers
Professional comperes and speakers can be indispensable at charity balls, gala dinners and award ceremonies. A comedian and host wrapped up in one, they can act as MC for the entire evening, welcoming guests, making speeches, announcing winners of raffles and awards and introducing the hired entertainment. With the grace and professionalism required for even the most glamourous of functions, they will keep everything running like clockwork.
Close-up Magicians are a brilliant addition to any charity dinner or function, as they can move around from table to table, performing amazing tricks using small objects such as coins, banknotes, keys, cups, balls, ropes and other small objects. Guests can remain seated and watch these mind-blowing flourishes and illusions up close. There will be laughter and amazement all round and some will even get to take part - and not a soul will have any idea how it’s done!
Casinos & Gambling Tables
Perhaps you’re holding a gala dinner with a black-tie dress code or a Las Vegas theme, or perhaps you’re simply looking to add an extra bit of sparkle to your function. Delight your well-turned-out guests will the opportunity to enjoy glamour, excitement and a friendly flutter with our hired Casino & Gambling Tables. Enjoy a thrilling spin of the roulette wheel, or take your chance against the dealer in a game of Blackjack. Corporate packages include professional croupiers, on hand to explain the rules and run competitions throughout the night. This is an interactive form of entertainment that guests will love.
Grab people’s attention and increase traffic to your stand with these crowd-pleasing entertainment options, perfect for presentations, product launches, trade shows, exhibitions and conventions:
Attract passers-by and keep them captivated with a Close-up Magician performing tricks and creating visual illusions, using well-practiced sleight of hand. With a flick of the wrist, they can turn a twenty pound note into a fifty dollar bill, or make flowers disappear in a puff of smoke. Professional Magicians leave audiences of all ages astounded and are also great at getting people involved.
Circus / Street Performers
Draw the crowds with a walkabout entertainer combining circus, cabaret, dance, sport, gymnastics and street performance. Skilled acrobats, stilt walkers, jugglers and hula hoop performers create thrilling shows, full of dazzling tricks and daring routines, along with plenty of comedy and audience interaction to keep audiences engaged.
Human Statues are also a fantastic way to attract attention. They can hand out leaflets and even customise their costumes to incorporate your brand colours and logo. They provide entertainment with a strong visual impact without detracting too much from your actual event, or any other entertainment going on at the same time.
Our talented Speciality Acts are guaranteed to add a fun and colourful carnival vibe and attract plenty of new customers to your stand.
Who doesn’t love having a celebrity in their midst? Create a buzz with a charismatic and uncannily accurate Lookalike entertainer. Depending on your brand and target market, you can choose from an array of well known actors and TV personalities.
A guaranteed ice-breaker at any promotional event is cheeky-chappy Del Boy from the classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses. He’ll have customers in stitches as he mixes and mingles, tells jokes and poses for photos.
If you’re hosting a restaurant opening or menu launch, who better to invite than an experienced and charismatic Gordon Ramsay lookalike. Gordon will be only too happy to greet visitors, serve drinks and work the crowds with that Ramsay magic. He can even pose with props bearing your logo, or hand out free tasters.
For entertainment that’s simply fabulous darling, it’s got to be Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous. Customers at your product launch or store opening will flock for a selfie with blunt-speaking, champagne-swilling, chain-smoking, dishevelled and utterly outrageous Patsy Stone, complete with beehive hairdo, Chanel jacket, colourful repartee and hilarious banter. Expect shameless flirting.
For show-stopping drama, artists can now create original, hi-tech light shows using sophisticated visual effects and displaying high-resolution images for a totally immersive experience.
Hula hoops, dance props, inflatable beach balls, robot costumes, instruments, spinning pois and juggling clubs are just some of the objects that come to life with LED technology.
Logos, words and graphics can be uploaded onto interactive video screens and colourful, glowing props. These are used in choreographed shows, perfect for promotional events and advertising. You can even go ultra hi-tech and have small video screens incorporated into the costumes of performers! Big companies including YouTube, Google and Coca Cola have all used LED entertainment, putting on spectacular shows, tailored to their brand.
Equally you can electrify the audience with an LED instrumentalist. People will not be able to take their eyes off the musician, as their violin, saxophone or guitar lights up in beautiful glowing colours that change in time to the music as they play!
Mobile Bars & Caterers
Hiring a mobile bar can be a fun and cost effective way of providing alcohol, with prices often competing with those at your local pub. What’s more, you can expect top notch customer service, with friendly and efficient staff who know exactly what’s required to make your guests happy.
You can choose from a wide selection of quality beverages, from specially selected wines and locally brewed beer and cider, to speciality gin and cocktails, as well as the main premium brands. Some offer fun experiences such as cocktail making masterclasses (bound to get everyone feeling merry) while others provide vintage vehicles, perfect for a festival vibe.
So for a complete bar service, fully-stocked with your favourite tipples and a friendly team of staff, take a look at our fantastic Mobile Bars, suitable for indoor and outdoor weddings. They’ll even take care of the glasses for you!
Whether you want to offer your co-workers waffles and ice-cream, Italian, French, Thai or barbecue food, or something with a Middle Eastern or African influence, there will be a caterer to fulfill your needs. Many use fresh, locally and ethically-sourced produce and will be able to incorporate just the type of dishes you would like to offer your guests, whether it’s festival-style street food or gourmet dishes prepared by a top chef. You can opt for a traditional menu, or get things sizzling with live cooking, so that guests can watch as chefs prepare delicious paella or stir fry in front of their very eyes.
Our qualified and experienced caterers can provide specialities, such as hog roast or sushi. Alternatively they can create a full course menu including canapés and desert, with options for vegetarians, vegans and those will food allergies. For quality food guaranteed to impress your guests, take a look at our tantalisingly tasty Caterers.
Let’s be honest. As glamorous as it sounds, entertaining clients can be hard work. Endless dinners, shows and drinks can take their toll not only on your company’s purse strings, but it can be a challenge to keep things interesting. So, why not hire an entertainer to bring all the sparkle and shine you need to the occasion?
Hiring a performer is a great way to bring something different to the table and make an impression. Your clients will certainly enjoy an evening that they won’t forget in a hurry. Here we look at some entertainment options to set the perfect ambience and impress guests at VIP events, drinks receptions and cocktail parties.
Musicians, Singers & Bands
Music is a must-have when entertaining clients and the atmosphere created by live musicians is hard to beat. All you have to do is decide what kind of band and style of music will best suit your event, and be most appreciated by your clients.
You might be planning a themed-event, in which case you’ll need music to match. For a 70s night, you could go for a band that plays Soul & Motown music or Glam Rock covers. If your event has a Las Vegas theme, how about a Rat Pack Show? Not only will these groups play the music of the era, they’ll dress the part too!
At Entertainers Worldwide, you can find live bands specialising in everything from Brazilian music to Reggae, from Irish music to Blues. We can cater for all kinds of themes.
Whether you want a sophisticated jazzy cocktail or dinner set, or a party set, our musicians, singers and bands can deliver, and they always add that extra pizazz to help bring your event to life.
Guitarist Singers are ideal for events that require live music without hiring an entire band, and for venues with a small stage area. They can perform unplugged when required or use a PA system at larger events, and they play a mix of rock songs, jazz standards, motown, soul, pop, reggae, slow songs and upbeat crowd-pleasers, to get everyone at your event enjoying great sing-along moments.
Whether you prefer classic pop, soul, love songs, piano ballads, dance tunes, rock, jazz, or a bit of everything, our talented Singers have some of the greatest songs ever written at their fingertips. They will leave your guests breathless with covers of everything from The Beatles and Neil Young to Joni Mitchell and Laura Marling.
Hiring a String Quartet is a wonderful way to bring a touch of elegance to any sit-down dinner, wedding or corporate event. This classic ensemble consists of two violins, a viola and a cello and there is a huge body of wonderful music written especially for this combination of musicians. They can perform anything from Bach, Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart to modern day classics.
If you’re looking to mix things up a bit, many quartets offer diverse sets including film scores, TV theme tunes, scores from musicals and operas, show tunes and string versions of popular hits, from Adele to Daft Punk.
Acoustic Bands are a popular choice at corporate events. They tend to be smaller than function bands and can move around and set up more easily, making them ideal for smaller venues or events where guests are moving from place to place.
For something with that extra touch of magic, a Jazz Band makes an excellent choice for any sophisticated occasion - or for smaller budgets why not hire a saxophonist? Music from the Big Band and Swing era includes the enduring and romantic songs of Gershwin and Cole Porter, perfect for an awards ceremony or gala dinner. For dancing, it’s got to be Period Jazz from the Duke Ellington era, while modern jazz with a Latin American influence makes ideal background music for a VIP cocktail or dinner party.
One of the most popular types of band for corporate events is a Function & Party Band. These bands have big setlists, a big sound and exist for the sole purpose of raising the roof at your party!
If you want guests up, dancing, singing along and letting loose on the dance floor, this is the type of band for you. The line-up usually consists of a guitarist and/ or keyboard player, lead singer, drummer and bass player. Bigger bands will have separate backing singers, a saxophone player and even a whole brass section.
Function bands are experts at entertaining crowds and know just how to get your guests involved. They play high-energy, popular classics covering a wide variety of genres so there will be something to please each and every one of your guests, whether they love Diana Ross or Katy Perry.
For lovers of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, you can really get down with a Soul & Motown Band. Guaranteed to get everybody moving, this type of band will perform timeless soul classics, disco anthems and up-to-date funky tunes, so you can dance all night long.
A fantastic way to liven up a VIP event or drinks reception for clients, is a dance taster class. Lots of Dancers offer these as a fun way to break the ice and get people interacting at all kinds of events. Plenty of laughter is guaranteed and even novice dancers are made to feel at home on the dance floor.
Close-up Magicians are also a great option when entertaining clients. Working the room, performing to small groups of people, they can delight and amaze your guests with tricks and sleight of hand. These performers can blend seamlessly into your dinner function or cocktail party, adding excitement and intrigue, creating a buzz and getting people talking.
Wow Factor Stage Shows
Add drama and suspense to your event and thrill your guests with a Stage Illusionist. This type of magician performs elaborate tricks and death-defying illusions on stage, often with the help of an assistant or two. Penn & Teller, Criss Angel and David Copperfield are examples of famous illusionists known for their mind-blowing stage shows.
For elegant and gravity-defying displays sure to impress your special guests, Aerialists perform breathtaking moves high in the air. Perfect for larger venues, they use a variety of apparatus including trapezes, hoops, rope swings and silks (ribbons) and will leave your guests breathless as they watch their jaw-dropping performances.
Available to book as solo acts, duos or groups, Aerialists can tailor their shows to suit your event, either putting on a stage show or providing a mesmerising backdrop that guests can enjoy as they move around and mingle.
If you need to stick to the ground, opt for a floor-based Acrobat, who will perform gymnastics and daring stunts without the need for being held in the air. Many acrobats offer several disciplines, including floor gymnastics, hand balancing, hula hoop and contortion, or a mix of all of these.
For sophisticated and show-stopping entertainment, with music and drama, you can put on a dance show. Ballet Dancers deliver spellbinding performances, captivating the audience with elegant classical routines, jazz numbers or edgier contemporary pieces.
Alternatively you can dazzle clients with a flamboyant display of Bollywood Dancers. Colourful costumes, infectious rhythms and high-energy dancing will bring the magic and sparkle of Bollywood movies to life and are guaranteed to liven up proceedings and get everyone dancing. If your event has a burlesque or cabaret theme, what could be better than a troupe of glamorous showgirls, to wow VIPs with Moulin Rouge-style sequins and high kicks!
To break the ice and give your special guests a real treat, how about hiring a Flash Mob to appear out of nowhere and surprise the crowd with electrifying performances in any style, from jazz to hip-hop, sure to get your party started!
Flash mobs are available in all dance styles and can tailor their costumes, music and routines to enhance your particular event theme. They can even wear branded clothing showing off your logo or message. Perhaps your event has a glitzy Gatsby theme, in which case how about flapper dancers or a performance troupe busting out the Charleston, or a tap dance.
Company Appreciation & Team Building Events
Research shows that company appreciation days and team building events help to boost morale. Showing that you value your employees is hugely important in the developing and maintaining a positive culture in your company.
Rewarding staff with fun experiences outside of the office will not only encourage them to bond, share knowledge and improve working relationships, it improves company loyalty and staff retention. It also provides much-needed time away from deadlines and meetings, allowing people to relax, unwind and get to know each other. A valued worker is a happy (and productive) one.
Interactive entertainment is ideal for team-building or staff appreciation days, as it breaks the ice, gets everyone talking, laughing and engaging as they try out activities together that they wouldn’t usually experience.
Christmas Party Entertainment
Most companies no matter how small arrange some sort of Christmas get together for their staff to show their appreciation for the hard work and efforts made over the year. Organising the staff Christmas party is an important job and preparations such a booking venues and entertainment starts months beforehand usually in September/October. Due to the Coronavirus problems in 2020 however, the continued uncertainty of workplace distancing and increasing numbers of people working from home means that there has been a huge increase in searches for online performers to hire for a virtual Christmas party entertainment. We are delighted that so many of our acts are now offering this service as virtual entertainers.
Setting a theme is a fun way to get people involved. Staff can get together and come up with ideas, suggestions for costumes and entertainment. Possible themes could include be circus / carnival / festival vibe or burlesque / cabaret. If you’re going for a celebrity theme, why not hire a Lookalike to mix and mingle. If you’re celebrating a particular decade, we have Tribute Act and Tribute Bands dedicated to bands and genres from every decade, including 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.
A Human Statue will complement any historical theme brilliantly. You can hire a medieval knight with real armour and props, a classic Roman statue in long flowing robes, a Victorian or Edwardian character, or a specific historical figure. Imagine co-workers having their photo taken with Admiral Nelson or Abraham Lincoln!
Or perhaps you’re holding an event at Halloween, where a freaky Contortionist can bring a truly spooky feel to the party, walking on their hands and bending their legs backwards so that their toes touch the ground in front of them! Hiring a Photo Booth or Magic Selfie Mirror is another fantastic option for a themed event, giving people plenty of opportunity to pose for the camera dressed in their special outfits.
Having a Caricaturist come and draw comic sketches of everyone is a great way to get staff bonding. There will be belly laughs galore as colleagues show each other cartoon portraits showing them in a whole new light! Even better, employees can take their caricatures home as a keepsake. You can even ask for a group portrait, and your hired Caricaturist may also be able to provide a digital copy for you to upload onto the company intranet or social media group!
Another option well-suited to team building days is a Hypnotist. With fast-paced and highly interactive entertainment that’s really exciting to watch, Hypnotists can tailor their show to incorporate a theme, or include comedy and tricks that reflect your particular company or brand. Colleagues will be falling about, helpless with laughter as hypnotised friends or colleagues find out they’ve won the lottery, get chased by ghosts, or star in the cast of Riverdance! The only caveat is that you will need some willing volunteers among your guests.
A professional hypnotist may have amazing mind control abilities but they only use their powers of persuasion for good. So, for a tasteful yet fascinating and utterly memorable event, check out our Hypnotists and find a performer near you.
Specialist event photographers know just how to put you and your guests at ease,
bring out the best in everyone and capture group shots and personal moments from the day, to show off your company or brand at its best. They are adept at moving around discreetly, without disrupting the flow of proceedings, and have the creativity to produce a varied and natural selection of shots, making the most of any scenery and backdrops available.
When searching through our talented and professional Photographers, you will find examples of their work, details of their experience, testimonials, links and contact information. Feel free to use the messaging service to ask questions. They will be more than happy to help.
Contemporary Videographers are talented camera operators using the very latest HD technology and editing techniques. They know where to stand and which camera angles to use to capture all the key moments of the day. With expertise in lighting and audio, they will get in amongst the action and capture the mood.
Without disrupting the flow of your event, experienced videographers will provide you with crystal clear footage and can customise the final product to incorporate your choice of logo, branding, text and production style. Your high-quality, fully-edited video will be available on DVD, as a digital upload or online for streaming, so that it’s easy to use the footage as part of your company’s media strategy, or to share with colleagues and clients on your company’s intranet, website and social media channels.
Take a look at our accomplished Videographers - you’ll find profiles of professionals in your area, including experience, example videos and testimonials. You can also use our free messaging service to ask any questions you have and to request a free, no-obligation quote.
For entertainment with a bang, how about treating your guests to a show-stopping firework demonstration. Firework displays can include customised options including shapes and colours to match your logo or branding.
Check out our colourful and exciting Firework Displays and find a package to suit you. It goes without saying that an outdoor venue is essential and you’ll need to check space requirements when you book. Our highly-trained operators will be able to advise on all aspects of health and safety.
How much does corporate entertainment cost?
Please note these prices are only guidelines. Fees will vary from act to act and will also depend on location, travel costs, performance time, level of experience, equipment used, costumes and other factors. We recommend getting in touch with your chosen performer for a completely free, no-obligation quote.
As with booking any act, we advise that it’s worth paying for a reputable performer who will turn up on time and deliver great entertainment. See our Essential Tips below for information on booking terms and conditions.
Solo Singer / Guitar Singer / Keyboard Singer: £300 - £500 in the UK ($500 in the U.S. and €600 in Europe)
Singer + Guitarist / Keyboardist (Duo): £400 to £700 ($700 in the U.S. and €800 in Europe)
Singer + 4 or 5 piece Band: £1000 - £2000 in the UK ($1000-$2000 in the U.S. and €600 - €1200 in Europe)
High profile singer with highly experienced and in-demand band: £2000 to £10,000 in the UK ($2000 to $10,000 in the U.S. and €2,200 to €11,000 in Europe)
Guitarist / Flutist / Violinist / Bagpiper: £150 - £400 ($150 - $400 in the U.S. and €170 - €400 in Europe)
Pianist / Harpist / Electric Violinist / Saxophonist: £250 - £500 ($250 - $500 in the U.S. and €270 - €560 in Europe)
High-profile Solo Musicians: £1000+ in the UK ($1000+ in the U.S. and €1100+ in Europe)
Function & Party Bands
Duo / Trio: £300 - £500 in the UK ($500 in the U.S. and €600 in Europe)
4 / 5-Piece Party Band: £1000 - £2000 in the UK ($1000 - $2000 in the U.S. and €1100 - €2200 in Europe)
High Calibre Party Band: £2000 - £10,000 in the UK ($2000 - $10,000 in the U.S. and €2,200 - €11,000 in Europe)
4-Piece Swing Band: £600 - £1200+ in the UK ($600 - $1200+ in the U.S. and €670 - €1330+ in Europe)
6-Piece Swing Band: £900 - £1800+ in the UK ($900 - $1800+ in the U.S. and in €1000 - €2000+ Europe)
12-Piece Swing Band: £1800 - £3600+ in the UK ($1800 - $£3600+ in the U.S. and €2000 - €4000+ in Europe)
20-Piece Swing Band: £3000 - £6000+ in the UK($3000 - $6000+ in the U.S. and €3,330 - €6,660+ in Europe)
Classical Duo: £320 - £450 in the UK ($320 - $450in the U.S. and €350 - €500 in Europe)
Classical Trio: £500 - £600 in the UK ($500 - $600in the U.S. and €550 - €670 in Europe)
String Quartet: £600 - £1000 ($600 - $1000 in the U.S. and €665 - €1100 in Europe
String Quintet: £1000+ in the UK ($1000 in the U.S. and €1100 in Europe)
Chamber Orchestra (15-20 musicians): £2500 - £4000 in the UK ($2500 - $4000 in the U.S. and €2800 - €4400 in Europe)
Solo Tribute Act: £300 - £600 in the UK ($300 - $600+ in the U.S. and €340 - €680+ in Europe)
Duo or Trio Tribute Act: £400 - £600+ in the UK ($400 - $600+ in the U.S. and €450 - €680+ in Europe)
Four / Five Piece Tribute Band: £1000 - £2000+ in the UK ($1000-$2000 in the U.S. and €1130 - €2250+ in Europe)
High Profile Tribute Band: £2000 to £10,000+ in the UK ($2000 to $10,000 in the U.S. and €2,250 - €11,270+ in Europe)
Local DJ: £300 - £600 in the UK ($300 - $600 in the U.S. and €330 - €700 in Europe)
Full-Time Professionally-tTrained DJ: £1000+ in the UK ($1000+ in the U.S. and €1100+ in Europe)
High Profile DJ: £2500+ in the UK ($2500+ in the U.S. and €2770+ in Europe)
Acrobalance / Adagio Duo: £1000 - £2000+ in the UK ($1000 - $2000+ in the U.S. and €1140 - €2280+ in Europe)
Aerialist / Acrobat: £500 - £1000+ in the UK ($500 - $1000+ in the U.S. and €570 - €1140+ in Europe)
Caricaturist: £250 - £500+ in the UK ($250 - $500+ in the U.S. and €280 - €570+ in Europe)
Contortionist: £300 - £1000+ in the UK ($300 - $1000+ in the U.S. and €340 - €1140+ in Europe)
Cyr Wheel Act: £350 - £500+ in the UK ($350 - $500+ in the U.S. and €400 - €570+ in Europe)
Cyr Wheel Duo: £1000 - £3000+ in the UK ($1000 - $3000+ in the U.S and €1140 - €3400+ in Europe)
Fire Performer: £300 - £500+ in the UK ($300 - $500+ in the U.S. and €340 - €570+ in Europe)
Hula Hoop Performer: £300 - £500+ in the UK ($300 - $500+ in the U.S. and € 340 - € 570+ in Europe)
Hypnotist: £500 - £2000+ in the UK $500 - $2000+ in the U.S. and €570 - €2280+ in Europe)
Juggler: £300 - £500+ in the UK ($300 - $500+ in the U.S. and €340 - €570+ in Europe)
Mirror Man: £330 - £500+ in the UK ($330 - $500+ in the U.S. and €375 - €570+ in Europe)
Stilt Walker: £330 - £500+ in the UK ($330 - $500+ in the U.S. and €375 - €570+ in Europe)
Sword Swallower: £370 - £1000+ in the UK ($370 - $1000+ in the U.S. and €420 - €1140+ in Europe)
Stunt Show: £370 - £2000+ in the UK ($370 - $2000+ in the U.S. and €420 - €2280+ in Europe)
Solo Dancer: £150 - £300+ in the UK ($150 - $300+ in the U.S. and €170 - €340+ in Europe)
Dance Duo: £300 - £1500+ in the UK ($300 - $1500 in the U.S. and €340 - €1700+ in Europe)
Dance Trio: £450 - £1500+ in the UK ($450 - $1500 in the U.S. and €500 - €1700+ in Europe)
4-5 Dancers: £1000 - £2400+ in the UK ($1000 - $2400+ in the U.S. and €1100 - €2700+ in Europe)
Troupe 6+ Dancers: £1500 - £2500+ in the UK ($1500 - $2500+ in the U.S. and €1700 - €2800+ in Europe)
Close-up Magician: £450+ in the UK ($450+ in the U.S. and €500+ in Europe)
Stage Magician: £550+ in the UK ($550+ in the U.S. and €620+ in Europe)
Celebrity Magician: £5000+ in the UK ($5000 in the U.S. and €5,500+ in Europe)
Basic Lookalike: £250 in the UK ($250 in the U.S. and €280 in Europe)
Lookalike + Mix & Mingle Act: £500 - £600 ($500 - $600 in the U.S. and €560 - €670 in Europe)
High Profile Lookalike: £700 - £1000+ in the UK ($700 - $1000+ in the U.S. and €785 - €1120+ in Europe)
Standard Professional Comedian: £500 - £1000 in the UK ($1000 in the U.S. and €1200 in Europe)
Comedian with TV & radio credits: £1000 - £5000 in the UK ($5000 in the U.S. and €6000 in Europe)
High Profile Comedian: £5000 - £12,000 in the UK ($12,000 in the U.S. and €14,000 in Europe)
Celebrity Comic: £15,000+ in the UK ($15,000 in the U.S. and €17,000 in Europe)
Hosts & Comperes: £400 - £650 in the UK ($400 - $650 in the U.S. and €470 - €760 in Europe)
Celebrity Speakers: £1,500 - £30,000+ in the UK ($1,500 - $30,000+ in the U.S. and €1750 - €35,000+ in Europe)
How much do corporate event services cost?
These prices are guidelines only, since event service prices will vary depending on hire time, location, travel costs and the size and type of the package selected. We recommend asking a range of service providers for a free, no-obligation quote.
Photo Booth: £350 - £600 for up to 3 hours ($350 - $600 in the U.S. and €390 - €670 in Europe)
Magic Selfie Mirror: £250 - £750 ($250 to $750 in the U.S. and €280 - €850 in Europe)
Photographer: £700 - £2000 ($700 - $2000 in the U.S. and €780 - €2250 in Europe)
Videographer: £650 - £1500 ($650 - $1500 in the U.S. and €730 - €1700 in Europe)
Mobile Bar: £10 - £20 per head ($10 - $20 in the U.S. and €11 - €22 in Europe)
Caterer: All-inclusive package including main full-course meal, evening catering and service: £40 per head ($40 in the U.S. and €44 in Europe) (£50 per head including drinks, £30 per head for buffet). Separate evening catering: £6.50 per head ($6.50 in the U.S. and €7.30 in Europe). Prices will vary depending on the quality of food and type of cuisine. For mobile food carts, seek individual quotes for your event.
Casino / Gambling Table: £200 - £4000 ($200 - $4000 in the U.S. and €225 - €4500 in Europe)
Firework Display: £600 - £1200 ($600 - $1200 in the U.S. and €670 - €1340 in Europe)
How long will my corporate entertainer perform for?
Here are some typical sets lengths for the different act types, although performers can usually adapt this to suit your requirements.
If your event is going on all day, your entertainer may be happy to perform over several hours. Just bear in mind that entertainers will need a 15-20 minute break in between sets and at least every hour. If you require something different to your act’s standard set, simply ask your entertainer when you book. They will usually be happy to accommodate any special requests.
Singer / Musicians: 2 or 3 x 30-45 minute sets
Solo Musician: 2 or 3 x 30-45 minute sets
Live Band: 2 x 60 minute sets
Tribute Acts: 2 x 45 minutes or 2 x 60 minutes
Classical Group: 2 or 3 x 30-40 minute sets
Stand-up Comedian: 30 minutes - 2 hours, average is 60 minutes
Comedy Singers: 2 x 45 minutes
Comedy Waiters: 2 hours / duration of the meal
Drag Queen Acts: 2 x 45 minutes, or mix and mingle as required
Lookalike: 2 or 3 x 30 minutes mix and mingle. For hosting or attending all day events, discuss your requirements when booking.
Magician: 60-90 minutes
Hula Hoop Performer: 5-10 minute routine, 30 minute show or 3 x 45 minutes mix and mingle
DJ: 1 - 4 hours or the duration of your event as required
Aerialist: 5-10 minute stage set, 20-30 minutes freestyle
Acrobat: 5-10 minute stage set, 30 minutes - 1 hour freestyle / mix and mingle
Solo Dancer: 3 minutes to 20 minutes
Dance Group: 2 x 10-20 minute routines
Full cabaret dance show or troupe production: 45 minutes to 3 hours
Dance Taster Class: 1 hour
Caricaturist: 3 hours (with a short break every hour) .
Hypnotist: 60-90 minutes
Juggler: 5-10 minute routine or 3 x 45 minutes mix and mingle
LED Entertainment: 45-60 minutes
Human Statue: 30-45 minutes or 3 x 30 minutes / 2 x 45 minutes
Stilt Walker: 45 minutes or 3 x 30 minutes
If you need some background music between sets, don’t forget to mention this to your singer, band or musician, as they may be able to bring an iPad or laptop to play pre-recorded playlists through the PA system.
How much space do I need and what do I need to consider when I book?
When choosing your venue, it’s important to consider the type of entertainment you’re booking and how many guests you’re inviting. A nine-piece wedding band will need a much larger stage area than a solo singer, and guests need enough space to dance but too much space will leave people feeling adrift. For advice on how big your dance floor should be the number of guests you’re expecting, you can read this useful article by Advantage Rental.
Even though a musician stays mainly in one spot, they need a certain amount of space in order to be comfortable and put on the best possible show. String players need plenty of elbow room while pianists and harpists need space to sit on a stool. Most classical singers and musicians will also need space for a music stand.
For reasons of safety, to allow the sound to carry and to make the most of the acoustics in the room, a certain amount of space (at least 2 metres) should be kept clear between the musician and the audience. A piano needs a spacious, open room that’s big enough to absorb the sound and a bagpiper is very loud, so no one wants to be standing right next to it!
Whether you have a built stage or a designated area at floor level, we recommend the following minimum performance areas (width x depth):
Bagpiper: 2.5m x 2m
Solo Singer / Musician: 2.5m x 2m
Harpist + electric harp: 2.5m x 1.5m
Harpist + celtic harp: 2.5m x 1.5m
Harpist + concert pedal harp: 3m x 5m
Pianist + digital keyboard: 2m x 1.5m
Pianist + upright acoustic piano: 2m x 2m
Pianist + baby grand piano: 2m x 3.5m
Pianist + concert grand piano: 2m x 5m
Duo: 3.6m x 2.5m
Trio: 4.8m x 3.6m
String Quartet: 6m x 3.6m
4-5 Piece Band: 6m x 3.6m
5-6 Piece Band: 6m x 4.8m
7-8 Piece Band: 5m x 3m
8-10 Piece Band: 4.8m x 7.3m
10-12 Piece Band: 4.8m x 8.5m
Harpist + electric harp: 2.5m x 1.5m
Harpist + concert pedal harp: 3m x 5m
Pianist + digital keyboard: 6.5ft x 5ft (2m x 1.5m)
Pianist + upright acoustic piano: 2m x 2m
Pianist + baby grand piano: 2m x 3.5
Pianist + concert grand piano: 2m x 5m
Saxophonist: 2.5m x 2m
Violinist: 2.5m x 2m
Floor-based acrobat: 2.5m x 2.5m
Aerialist: 2.5m x 2.5m (ceiling height 5-9m)
Mirror Man: 2m x 2m
Hula Hoop Performer: 2m x 2m
Juggler: 2m x 2m ceiling height 3.5m
Solo Salsa or Tap Dancer: 4m x 4m
Solo Ballet or Contemporary Dancer: 6m x 4m
Dance Couple: 7m x 6m
Dancer Trio: 8m x 6m
Four or more dancers: 9m x 6m or more
Please note, these size guidelines are for the performers only. Extra space may be needed for a PA system, microphones, monitors, music stands, lecterns, tables, props or specialist equipment, as well as room around the stage for amplifiers and lighting stands.
Equipment & Set-Up Time Requirements
Singers & Musicians
Most singers will provide their own equipment, including instruments, microphones, amplifiers, PA system with monitors and a mixing desk, and even basic stage lighting - but this will vary with each act so we advise checking when you book. It usually takes an hour to an hour and a half for a singer or musician to unload their equipment, set up and sound check. They will need a safe supply of electricity and power point sockets near the stage area.
Live bands usually provide their own equipment, including instruments, microphones, amplifiers, PA system and basic stage lighting. It takes about an hour and a half for the average band to unload their equipment, set up and sound check. They will need a safe supply of electricity and four or more power point sockets near the stage area.
If staging and lighting equipment is not already in place at the venue, and you’re wondering if the band can provide it, do check this well in advance.
Most classical musicians are self-contained acts, providing their own instruments and music stands. The floor should be reasonably level and they will need decent lighting and sturdy chairs to sit on. A PA system is not usually required, unless the musicians are playing to backing tracks or playing on electric instruments. If amplification is needed, we advise speaking to your chosen musicians about their specific requirements.
If your group includes a piano, check in with the pianist. If there is a piano at the venue, they will want to be sure that it is of sufficient quality and professionally tuned. As transporting acoustic pianos is a tricky and expensive option, many pianists now bring a digital keyboard instead.
Even though your DJ will mainly be in one spot, they will need a certain amount of space in order to be comfortable and put on the best possible show. Your chosen venue may have a DJ booth or stage area. If not, we recommend a minimum area of 2.5m x 1.5m for the DJ + turntables, mixing desk, vinyl or laptop, monitors and lighting stands. If in doubt, check with your DJ.
Event DJs, also known as mobile discos, come fully equipped with all their own equipment, including decks, PA system, microphones and lighting.
Whatever the venue, large or small, indoors or outdoors, your DJ will need the basics of a dry/covered area to set up, a safe supply of electricity and at least four power point sockets near the stage area.
It usually takes an hour or two for a DJ to unload their equipment, set up and sound check. It will take longer if there are extra features such as complex lighting or video screens to install.
If you’re hoping to use the DJ’s microphone, to make speeches or announcements, it’s a good idea to check with them first. Most DJs nowadays use wireless microphones and some would rather other people didn’t use their equipment, in case it gets damaged. However, your DJ may be able to provide an extra hand-held
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