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Creativity & Design

Delivering an amazing event isn’t only about the venue, catering and guest list. The theme, design and creativity are all equally important in the activation of your launch, brand, product or message. As leaders in conceptual event design we always draw on our experience gained within our agency, video productions, visual merchandising solutions, advertising & marketing and producing of shows globally. We believe our clients brief is like a seed which when combined with some care and the right tools in our shed, the amazing will blossom. Our creative department not only produces 2D plans, 3D cads, presentations and slides, but also design all your collateral needs namely invitations, programmes, corporate stationery, videos and visual productions.


Uncompromising Attention to Detail

When you are planning an award ceremony, product launch, networking cocktail function or that company conference that has a sophisticated itinerary and a lot of nuances, it is easy to get things wrong because it’s not what you do every day. We know we would never be specialists in your field of expertise so trust us to take care of the detail at your special event.

Affordability without sacrifice

We really do understand the difference between “must have” and “nice to have”. When is comes to planning an event let Umlilo Brands assist in constructing a balanced budget. We have amazing long standing partner relationships with the best suppliers in the industry as well as keeping a stock of all core event related items in house and in stock. We are in business just like you are. We like to work on a transparent, all-cards-on-the-table approach when it comes to the costs of your event. You’ll always know what, why, where, who we are charging. No surprises, guaranteed.


Public participation and Private Corporate Events

Our event professionals, branding and technical specialists have almost certainly been in the background of an event you’ve attended.  Maybe it was the Top Gear Festival in Durban, perhaps even the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk or maybe one of the Decorex Décor & Design exhibitions held around the country, or maybe you’ve attended a presentation or conference with Deloitte, GAME, DionWired, University of Johannesburg, Citadel Wealth, Siemens, Investec or First National Bank. Have a look at our gallery for further details and projects we have worked on.


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Meet Our Core Team

Shaun Brickell

Shaun Brickell

Managing Director

Shaun has a varied career that spans more than 28 years and includes periods within the music and film industry; IT, Technology, sales and marketing as well as advertising. Particularly, he has been the MD of two other advertising agencies, Imago Advertising & Zero Degrees Advertising, before his current role.  This experience has held him in good stead as he continues to make an indelible impact within the competitive activation / branding / eventing and technical industries. Shaun has a particular interest and talent in the technical production of an event. He believes that delivering a message isn’t just in the words you speak. It’s about the lighting, temperature and the impact of images and videos.

Kevin Jackson

Kevin Jackson

Director

Kevin initially started working in the hospitality industry as a game ranger at Mala Mala. Subsequent to this, he worked in the corporate hospitality field for 8 years working on and managing some of the largest international events around the country namely; Tri Nations Rugby, International Cricket, British & Irish Lions Rugby Tour to SA, A1 Grand Prix and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Durban. He has worked in the events and exhibitions industry for the last 6 years working with organisers and corporates in obtaining their best ROI in the branding field. Operations and Logistics are his passion and having a solution to a problem is his speciality.

Hazel Dlamini

Hazel Dlamini

Event Planner

Hazel is a graduate from UKZN in Environmental Management. She has worked as an environmental officer developing and managing environmental education and awareness programmes throughout Kwazulu Natal for stakeholders, schools, private sector and industry. After 10 years as an environmental officer, she changed careers to pursue a career branding and marketing management and has been in the marketing industry for over 3 years. Her passion is customer relationship management, lead development and Public relations.

Levonne Thurston

Levonne Thurston

Event Planner

Levi, the social butterfly, from a background of entertainment and digital creative media, joined the fiery team at Umlilo Brands to explore the world of events.  A hands on gal with an appetite to produce a diversity of events and expand her contact base. She is a Secretary Treasurer for Business Networking International (BNI) where she represents Umlilo Brands and networks with a variety of other professionals. Levi manages the Umlilo Brands social media platforms, keeping an eye out for the market trends and leads as well as updating on what’s happening.

Renata Fenger

Renata Fenger

Financial Manager

Renata, the sporty chick, started off her career in computer programming before venturing into running the family business of delicious chocolate making. There she learn’t and gained much experience in all aspect of business; starting in sales, then heading up manufacturing and ending in accounting.  During this time, she attended night lectures where she completed her ACIS.  With the experience, skills and qualification she built up over the years while running the family business and with the business being sold, she decided to join the Umlilo Brands team.

Sakhile Ngobe

Sakhile Ngobe

Production Supervisor

Sakki, the man aka DJ Toxic Apple spent 2 years in the transport industry before joining the Umlilo Brands team.  He has worked his way up the ladder and is currently HOD for Branding Production. His knowledge and expertise in making sure production runs smoothly and that final products are of best quality, has instilled great confidence in our clients.  His passion for music has also lead him to explore the technical side where he has Dj’d at many of our events.

Calvin Mthembu

Calvin Mthembu

Technical Supervisor

Calvin, the cool guy, joined the team in 2011. He initially started as part of the Branding team and is now technical supervisor making sure all audio visual equipment is of good working quality. His masterly technical skills have allowed him to setup and install any size sound, lighting, camera and rigging arrangements for numerous events. He is the go to guy for tech and always monitoring in case of any glitches.

Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis

Designer

Before joining the Umlilo team, Jason was a dinosaur hunter working long hours to take down a single dinosaur.  However, since the Vegans converted him he has found himself sitting behind a computer with an uncontrollable desire to design.  His strengths are people skills and thinking out the box.  Since he was young, he has always explored his creativity through making things with his hands or designing things that have never been made.  His passion is creativity and art, design, music and nature.  He finds joy in continuous development and growth.


Our greatest asset is our relationship with our clients

Umlilo are everything you want from an event supplier. For the last 10 years they have acted as brand custodians for the Soccerex brand at our events around the globe. In addition Umlilo have been project managers, consultants and everything in between. Philip Gegan

General Manager, Soccerex

The Umlilo crew are multi-talented and also manage all our Branding, Sound, Lighting and AV needs.  This includes the 2.5 km track sound, and all associated gala dinners, cocktail parties, awards ceremonies and even a Rock concert.   Shaun and the Umlilo crew have been instrumental in the overall growth and production quality of the Speed Festival since inception. Francis Cusens

Co-Founder, Knysna Speed Festival

With an extremely successful conference behind us which was very much achieved after months of hard work and an amazing team effort and execution at the WISA 2016 conference.  I would just like to extend a very warm THANKS for all your time and energy that helped make this such an outstanding conference. Louise Robinson

Account Executive, The Conference Company

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