Event planning app set to launch later this month

APPY FAMILY: Lisa Coghlan (front, second left) and the Plan My Event team

Local events organiser Lisa Coghlan is launching a brand-new event planning app later this month.

The Plan My Event app, which will be launching not only in Tunbridge Wells but nationwide, aims to help make finding upcoming events easier while also providing an easier way of organising your own events by connecting you with venues, stall holders, caterers, entertainers and other businesses in your local community.

Lisa has volunteered and organised events in the local area for over 25 years, from Rusthall’s torchlight parade and bonfire to charity fundraisers, including an event which raised over £5,000 for the British Red Cross in Ukraine.

She told the Times that she had been contemplating the idea of the app for the last six years, but decided over the last eight months to get in contact with web developers and get the ball rolling.

She explained: “There are lots of other platforms and social media groups and ways of connecting with different people but sometimes it seems there is just an element of pot luck with how you find and meet the right people. So, I felt there was a real need for this app to help make connecting with people and businesses easier for event organisers.”

The new free app will be split into three main areas: a business directory, an events list and an inspiration page which offers different ideas to help those who are unsure where to begin
when it comes to planning their upcoming celebrations or events.

Last Wednesday (February 14), Lisa decided to host a community showcase launch event at the Masonic Centre on St John’s Road for event organisers to network and meet with different businesses from the local community to give a taste of what the app could potentially do for them.

The event had several talks and nearly 100 people attending altogether from a diverse range of local organisations, including charities, independent businesses, caterers and nursing homes.

Lisa commented: “It’s all part of how the app works. It’s about bringing different people together and making it really easy to connect people.

“I thought why not run a networking event for event organisers because there’s nothing else like it and it would be a really great way to show sort how powerful just talking to people and being able to find people easily can be.”

At the time of writing, there is no official launch date for the app, but Lisa confirmed to the Times that they are currently ‘putting the finishing touches’ on the app and it is expected to go live before the end of February.

Plan My Event will be available from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

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