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Joe Blackman

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Joe Blackman
Born 1984
Nationality Welsh
Education Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Occupation Event planner
Website http://www.joeblackman.co.uk

Joe Blackman (born ca 1984) is an entrepreneur and former CEO of Collection 26, a luxury event planning company, which was formerly called Green Ant Events. He previously sat as a Magistrate at the Cardiff Magistrates Courts.

Event planning[edit]

Blackman was raised with two siblings in Llantwit Major not far from Cardiff, Wales by his single mother, who was an events manager at St Donat's Art Centre.[1][2] He began working on events run by his mother, before starting his first business while in university.[1][3][4]

In 2005 when he was 20 years old, Blackman founded Green Ant Events, an event-planning company.[1][3][5] Venture Wales, a business-support project of the Welsh government, supported Blackman's efforts with business advice.[5] The company organised an event in Qatar at the 15th Asian Games for the International Olympics Committee.[1][6][4] In 2008 during a recession he changed its focus to luxury events for wealthy clients.[3] In 2010 he moved the business to Notting Hill in London to be closer to his target market.[1][7] In 2013 the name of the company was changed to Collection 26.[8] It threw parties for celebrities including 50 Cent, The Killers, and Premier League footballers.[9] The company stopped doing business in 2017 and its assets were returned to its investors by January 2018.[8]

Education[edit]

Blackman started working on a BA degree in Stage Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2003 and 2004 but left to start freelancing.[1] He qualified in health and safety management by NEBOSH.[10] and then earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of South Wales with funding from the Welsh government.[1][2]

Magistrate service[edit]

Blackman became a magistrate, or Justice of the Peace, in Cardiff in 2008.[4][6] At the age of 23, he was the youngest magistrate on the Cardiff bench, and one of the youngest in the UK.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Hattie Williams (23 March 2014). "How I made it: Joe Blackman, founder of Collection 26". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b Williams-Grut, Oscar (16 June 2014). "Growth Capital: Collection 26's Joe Blackman - the tough-minded". Evening Standard.
  3. ^ a b c Rebecca Burn-Callander (2 May 2014). "A-list party planner bucks recession". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Tom Hall (16 February 2010). "My Event World- Joe Blackman". Event Magazine. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Welsh Events Management Company Enjoys Twenty-fold Increase in Turnover". Venture Wales. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Sally Williams (1 February 2008). "A Benchmark Case for His Generation". Wales Online. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  7. ^ Partridge, Matthew (16 April 2014). "Joe Blackman: Key to success is to put in the hours - MoneyWeek". MoneyWeek.
  8. ^ a b "Collection 26 LTD - Filing history". Companies House. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  9. ^ "How to get your house ready to party". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  10. ^ "MIVReveals - Collection 26". Miventures. 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2018.