BUSINESS SHOWCASE: EVENTS EVENTS EVENTS…
Posted by Devenia Besant on 20 Jul 2023
Hi Luke / Sam Congratulations on the new platform – Sessami, can you tell us more about it?
LR: Sessami has multiple pieces to the pie. Our customer facing side which is our marketplace where anyone can look for local events & things to do. Then there’s our business facing side for the event organisers which gives them the ability to ticket, promote and manage their events simply, cost effectively & without complication.
SVL: We want to help venues get their events seen by people who would love to come to them and also help people find things to do in their area and purchase tickets with ease.
What was the inspiration behind it?
SVL: We both love our local community here in Epsom. We’re fans first! I’m a singer and bassist and Luke is a guitarist but on top of that we’re both big fans of stand-up and theatre.
LR: We also saw that there is such a rich culture in local communities and I think for Sam especially as his Mum was a pub landlady, we wanted to see the “local scene” thrive. There is no good reason why people shouldn’t get out in their local area.
SVL: Sure you can go and see Taylor Swift at the o2 and that’s great but there are so many great things happening on your doorstep too.
LR: In terms of why…personally…growing up I always had an itch for Music, fond memory of sitting in the passenger seat of my dads car blasting out Sultans of swing by Dire Straits. From then my love for music grew into playing guitar in school bands to attending as many concerts as I could! Living in and around Epsom for the best part of 15 years and working for local companies really made me believe that Epsom has such a great community and so many exciting events, cultural hotspots and performances.
SVL: Yeah, I completely agree. I moved to Epsom over 10 years ago when my wife and I had our first child and really fell in love with the area and its local businesses and entrepreneurs. I’ve historically worked for some fairly large Tech companies and wondered how a platform like ours would work. Once we talked over this idea….we just couldn’t stop ourselves from pushing forward with it.
Tell us more about you?
LR: We met while we were both freelancing for a local business providing social media and web development services and saw that we both loved the entrepreneurial spirit of the area. Individually, I’m a big fan of Business Networking, Comedy and anything to do with Cars.
SVL: Yeah…and I love Live Music, Food & Drink and taking my Kids to exciting things to do in the area. So between us we love pretty much everything that could possibly be going on. I actually had a small business before the pandemic called ThePacVan, running pop-up gaming parties and won the “Best Young Entrepreneur” award at Epsom and Ewell Business awards…which felt nice to be called young!!!
You recently had the opportunity to be the ticket provider for a big launch event for AU Vodka, how did that come about?
SVL: Yes! That was exciting. We often talk about local but in this case we were in Tenerife with Big Narstie and Charlie Sloth. I had previously done some work with their management company and just asked on the off-chance if they were running any events. Fortunately for us, they were opening AU BASE Tenerife and asked what we might be able to do differently to what they had planned. They really liked our platform and more importantly that we were there to answer any questions throughout. We initially were given 10 tickets to sell and ended up selling the whole event and the next day’s event too!
LR: We left Epsom at 2 a.m. on the day of the event and arrived to start setting up in Tenerife at about midday. It was a fun but tough event but mostly because we were exhausted.
Where do you see Sessami helping people in Epsom and Ewell?
LR: Everyone is used to opening their phones to look at what they want to eat, restaurants they want to try, hairdressers they want to go to… what we are doing is using that same idea for something that is really important to us. Open Sessami and have a quick and easy overview of local, affordable and entertaining events that are happening near you.
SVL: This will help to support local events & businesses by getting people out into their community, supporting local artists and shows & cultivating and growing the local community!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
LR: Having the opportunity to be involved in the local events scene has to be one of if not the most enjoyable things about our roles. Being out and about, attending local events, chatting to the organisers of them & hearing about how we can help them.
SVL: Agreed. On top of that it’s really been eye opening learning what event organisers want we really try to listen to their needs rather than pigeon-hole everyone into a single solution. Our reporting tools are constantly changing when we hear of something someone needs and we’re learning more every day.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of organising a local event, what are your top tips?
LR: Do it! The hardest part about starting something or organising an event is actually … starting.
Some of our top tips would include:
- Talk to people to find out if they would be interested in attending and event like yours.
- Collaborating and working with local venues & businesses, everyone is very helpful in this area.
- Using a cost effective & simple to use ticketing platform (i.e Sessami).
Thank you so much for sharing guys!
I’m really looking forward to working with Sam and Luke collaborating on a Business Social event @ Epsom Social, if you are a local business wanting to network and connect with other local businesses do join us either on the 10th August or 14th September, you will find full details of both events here.