My Event World - Mini Vohra

Mini Vohra, founder and managing director of the Cornucopia Group, has been working at the event management company for more than 11 years. He talks about his legal background and wanting to set up an event space in the Maldives.

Cornucopia Group's managing director Mini Vohra
Cornucopia Group's managing director Mini Vohra

I got into the event industry because I saw a niche in the market for a full-service entertainment brand in the UK. I noticed that there are dedicated event management companies, hospitality businesses and nightclub and party specialists, but there is not one brand that looks after all three divisions to a red carpet standard.

I have worked here since… 2002, when I was training as a barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law. Fees were £12,000 a year and I don't come from a rich background, so I needed to do some part-time work.

I was attracted to this particular role because at the time I did modeling and was invited to lots of model parties. They were of a good standard, but I saw a niche in the market for really high-end, upscale events and entertainment.

Not many people know that I also practice law. In 2002 I took the bar vocational course at the Inns of Court School of Law. I have also enjoyed a modeling career and continue to do so today; I did a campaign for Virgin Media last week.

The best event I’ve been involved was Google’s Christmas party at Ministry of Sound - a 450 sit-down, three-course dinner with champagne reception and glorious entertainment.

If I could do it all over again I would definitely put the Cornucopia formula in a bottle and sell it.

The one thing I can’t stand is the fact the event industry has a high turnover of staff. Young people come into the job for a year or two at most. The result is a lot of new people who make mistakes. I teach all my staff the importance of attention to detail and that everything they do must be perfect. I strive to continually improve the event industry in London by teaching those around me the importance of delivering a higher standard.

Outside of work I spend my time boxing, doing yoga and going to spinning classes. I enjoy keeping myself fit.

If money were no object I would build my own unique event space on Dhoores Island in the Maldives.

If I could switch places with anyone else in the industry it would be my long-term friend Zoe Griffin because she is an inspiration to me and I admire her strength and courage.

If I ruled the event industry… if? I thought I already do?

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