Make Events | Corporate Events Company Manchester | Citation

Citation are a Cheshire based company who offer HR and professional services to some 16,000 clients across the UK.

Since 2015, Citation have been named as one of the UK’s ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work For’ by The Sunday Times — an achievement that begs for more client engagement events. Employee events are a great retention tool for those who work with you, as well as a recruitment tool to show off what you do.


Make Events were asked to create a Christmas celebration for Citation, a company who we have worked with for over five years. They wanted to celebrate the end of a successful year with an unforgettable event that would wow their employees.

The challenge here was creating something that they hadn’t seen before. Citation have always had events that are heavily themed, but this year we wanted to flip it on its head to be super cool and let the room speak for itself.

This was the second time that Citation have used the Mere Golf Resort and Spa which meant that the room layout was the same as their previous Christmas party. We had to create something they’d not seen before – a twist on the normal without it being last year’s theme of twisted circus.


Our event producers worked with Citation to create a ‘Neon Masquerade’ theme with a detailed colour pallet, ensuring the room would feel completely different to last year.

When guests first arrived, two LED hosts greeted them. Drink in hand, they were given white branded wristbands which glowed in the dark.

As guests walked into the main event space, a gauze was presented across the room which had a masquerade mask projected onto it. This was a big reveal as it split the room up and the DJ booth was situated behind in a spotlight.

Italian themed bowl food was served. It was important the food was quite hearty.

In the space stood LED snake styled seats and tables, chandeliers, casino tables and photo booths. A Swig bar also stood to the side of the room (to tie in with the Venetian theme.)

Throughout the evening we had a big reveal of the entertainment. House of Angels roamed the room and RPJ Band were presented behind the gauze.


Employee engagement is at the heart of Citation’s dynamic people strategy and the celebration embedded their company beliefs that great customer service starts with internal engagement.