The big yak

17 September 2016

etc. Venues | Marble Arch | London

What to expect

Want to know what will be discussed at the big yak on 17 September?

So do we! As it’s an unconference, the content is decided by you, the attendees, on the day. We’re expecting 150 professional communicators to come together, shape the agenda and enjoy being together.

Our facilitator Benjamin Ellis will be guiding us through our fun fill day. If you’ve never attended an unconference before, don’t worry, he’ll be on hand to make sure things go smoothly.

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Doors open at 9.30
Breakfast will be served until 10.15.
The big yak will kick off at 10.15 and finish at 17.00
We will relocate to a nearby pub to keep on yakking.

More information about timings can be found on on the agenda page.

Dress code
We want you to feel comfortable, so do come in jeans and trainers or whatever you prefer. It is a Saturday after all.

All food is included on the day including breakfast before the big yak starts. A hot lunch will be served just after midday and we’ll have a mid-afternoon break too.

If you have any dietary requirements (besides gluten-free and veggie options) please let us know.

Make some noise
Do tweet on the day using #thebigyak and @theICcrowd.
The venue will have free wifi and there are plenty of plug points – don’t forget your chargers.

Our swag bags are back by popular demand. Look out for yours when you arrive as they include goodies from our fantastic sponsors.

Post-Yak drinks
We will be hosting networking drinks following the event and would love you to join us. Look out for more information coming soon.




etc venue Marble Arch

The big yak unconference is taking place at etc. venues Marble Arch, London, on Saturday 17 September 2016.

etc venuesHow to find it
etc.venues Marble Arch is located at
Garfield House, 86-88 Edgware Road, London, W2 2EA

Travel options
There is no service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith on both the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines. This may affect your journey to etc.venues Marble Arch.
We do suggest you keep an eye on the TfL website to check the latest travel status.

Due to a train derailment at Watford Junction, there is a major disruption to services between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston. Please check National Rail for updates.

By Underground, Central line to Marble Arch Station
When you exit Marble Arch Station station, turn right on to Oxford Street and then second right on to Edgware Road walking past the Odeon Cinema. etc.venues Marble Arch is in Garfield House, on the right hand side next to Tesco.

By train
Paddington Station is approximately 20 minutes walk. Use the Praed Street exit and turn left on to Praed Street and continue until you walk on to Edgware Road. Turn right onto Edgware Road and continue towards Marble Arch.

etc.venues Marble Arch is at the other end of Edgware Road on the left. Alternatively bus routes 36 or 436 go from outside Paddington Station on Praed Street and on to Edgware Road, and take approximately 10 minutes to Marble Arch.

Plan your journey

By bus
etc.venues Marble Arch sits on many bus routes including 7, 10, 73, 98, 137, 390, 6, 23, 94, 159, 30, 94, 113, 159, 274, 2, 16, 36, 74, 82, 148, 414, 436.

There is a NCP car park situated within close proximity to Marble Arch – visit for more details.

Sat nav: 51.51542, -0.163319

By London Cycle Scheme
The nearest “Boris Bike” docking station is on Edgware Road / Marble Arch.

Download travel directions.

Maps to help you find us



etc venue Marble Arch map

etc venue Marble Arch


Each time we run the big yak, internal comms professionals are surprised the event is free.

SponsorsHow is it free you may ask? It’s all down to our lovely sponsors. But these organisations aren’t just sponsors, they are our partners.

Each of these organisations understand the benefit of networking and professional development –  that isn’t based on a budget line.

We can’t say enough about our sponsors, other than without them the big yak wouldn’t be possible. If you want to see what they are talking about on Twitter, we even made a list of our 15 sponsors.

Our thanks to…

Lead Sponsor – CIPR Inside

CIPR Inside is the specialist group for internal communicators and employee engagement professionals within the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. The group is managed by volunteers who all work in IC or employee engagement. They hold events, bring together the community and champion the importance of working closely with colleagues in other disciplines.

CIPR Inside is also offering a fantastic rate (to all the big yak attendees) for their annual conference, Closing the Gap on 4 October 2016.  You will receive the code once you have registered for a ticket.

Platinum Sponsor – Scarlettabbott

Scarlettabbott is a talented team of internal communications consultants, creative boffins, editorial experts and project managers. They are proud of our reputation for excellence, innovation, integrity and value. Their award-winning solutions for their broad client base keep them growing, learning and becoming better for you. Their motto is #alwayson: that means zero complacency, treating every project like it’s their first.

Gold Sponsors

Alive with Ideas
106 comms
Synergy Creative
Top Banana

Silver Sponsors

PR Academy
Simply communicate

Bronze Sponsor

Helen Deverell communications.


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