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TEMBO: more than a regular recruitment agency

TEMBO began in January 2016. It has since grown quickly to meet the demand for its unique and innovative service.

What makes TEMBO more than a regular temp agency is that it offers real problem-solving services.

At TEMBO, the team service clients’ needs but they also know exactly how to solve problems and reduce the stress of marketing managers

or senior management. They are there to achieve a temporary mission but also to make the client feel supported.

Why is our emblem an elephant?

The name TEMBO simply means 'elephant' in Swahili.

What better thing is there to aspire to than an animal with such wisdom, strength and extraordinary skills in: problem-solving, social intelligence, openness, decisiveness, patience, confidence and compassion?!

We could all do with a bit more of these qualities in the work place. This is TEMBO's ethos.

Plus, we just think ele's are great!

TEMBO Elly with background

Our team

kate disley

Kate Disley

Co-Founder & CEO, TEMBO

mark evans

Mark Evans

Chairperson, TEMBO

haydn gush

Haydn Gush

Marketing Director, TEMBO IMPACT

Claire Tulloch

Claire Tulloch

Content Director, TEMBO CONTENT

Olivia Tieffi

Olivia Tieffi

Head of Operations, TEMBO PEOPLE


• We go above and beyond to deliver excellence! 
• We add value every step of the way
• We treat each other with respect
• We focus on the end result
• We have a positive, can-do attitude
• We are creative – we use our initiative to wow the client
• We are proactive and find solutions to any obstacles
• We ensure we are experts at what we do

Who are our clients?

• Exhibition organisers
• Conference organisers
• Publishers
• Corporate events
• Event product & service providers

The TEMBO values


• We are ready with a solution to every challenge, for our team, our clients and our audiences.

• Presenting multiple well-thought-out solutions

• We look for tools to enhance the message

• We embrace new approaches and fresh ideas from all levels of our diverse team

 problem solving

Social intelligence

• We have an in-depth understanding of how we and other people around us, our clients and our audiences function - which helps us motivate, inspire, and interact effectively

• We are able to put ourselves in the position of the stakeholder we are communicating with

• We consider both sides to every story and are able to create a story that appeals

social intelligence


• We are honest and inclusive

• Operate with integrity and professionalism and stay true to our word

• Clear priorities and timelines agreed client and information shared with the team via a written brief

• We respond to client communications within 2 hours

• Accepting responsibility for our actions (and inactions)



• We use our experience and available information to present ideas quickly and effectively

• Creating initial tactical plans based on the sometimes limited event information provided

• We work in a wide range of industries and use our collective event marketing knowledge to deliver effective campaigns

• We guide our clients towards the best course of action which is particularly important when we are the client's marketing department



• We focus on long-term goals and make smart decisions that deliver results and help build a strong reputation

• Share knowledge with the team and understand and invest time in coaching newer team members

• All aspects of the campaign working on with the same level of commitment such as sourcing media partners or creating exhibitor banners as they contribute to the buzz of the campaign



• We know our strengths and feel safe to try new things and push harder to achieve results.
• We feel safe to try something new things and push harder to achieve results
• New systems, new products mean we have to constantly have to be bold and adapt to new challenges
• Will to try the non-conventional option
• Aim to deliver excellence at all touchpoints



• We appreciate others' perspectives particularly when they are different from our own
• We are kind and understanding with each other
• Caring about one another and acting accordingly
• Actively listening to others without judgement
• Providing constructive criticism with the feelings of the recipient in mind


AEO service supplier of the year 2022

aeo 2022 winner


In 2022 we were incredibly proud to win AEO Service Supplier of the Year.  As new kids on the block competing against industry giants, we were thrilled to be acknowledged for our achievements to date.  Go team TEMBO!





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Marketing Delivery

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Content Production

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  • TEMBO has supplied some great people for us over the last year. The people they provide not only integrate themselves as a key part of the team to deliver a campaign, they also provide valuable creative and strategic thinking. TEMBO is always my first phone call if I'm in need of cover.
    Phil Boas
    Marketing Director - Events, Infopro
  • It has been great working with the TEMBO team. Their flexibility and can do attitude was exactly what we needed to bridge the gap for our marketing needs. I’d thoroughly recommend them, especially to any supplier for the events industry who needs some short to long term marketing support.
    Laura Tythcott
    Whitespace XPO
  • TEMBO has been the perfect solution for us. We needed maternity leave cover and Kate and her team have worked within our financial constraints to provide a layered approach to the project meaning we have the right skill and expertise at the right time. It's flexible, innovative and responsive to our business needs.
    Ben Cordle
    Marketing Director, New Scientist
  • TEMBO are always my first port of call as they offer a unique service for the events industry. Having someone to call on that can provide clued-up marketers who can hit the ground running is an innovative and valuable resource. Add in Kate's strategic expertise, training and support in the background and it's easy to see why TEMBO has provided the majority of my freelance and temporary marketing resource requirements this year.
    Duncan Reid
    Event Director, Clarion
  • We had a short-term gap in our team and asked Tembo to step in. I was impressed with their knowledge, structured approach and the speed of response. Tembo will be first on my list the next time I am in need of a marketing agency.
    Tracy Bebbington
    Event Director, Clarion
  • Can’t recommend Tembo highly enough. They’re professional, collaborative, incredibly cost effective and really pleasant and helpful to work with. We love them being an extension of our team
    Madeleine Cole
    Venture Business LTD
  • Tembo takes all of the stress out of running your event’s social media marketing. From strategy to execution, they have been great, I am looking forward to working on more campaigns with the team.
    Ali Reynolds
    Global Marketing Manager, Acuris
  • TEMBO IMPACT were brought in to assist with our campaign and were professional and easy to work with throughout. The event content was complex, but they adapted quickly and effectively to all challenges that were thrown their way. I look forward to working with the TEMBO team again in the near future.
    Reece Fung
    Marketing Manager, GovNet
  • TEMBO IMPACT were hired because of their expert knowledge of the events industry. They have created and implemented a social media campaign process for six of our events and after a successful run we are now pushing TEMBO across the company as the social media team for FCBI conferences and exhibitions.
    Mike Setters
    Head of Operations (& Energy Division), FCBI/Thomson Reuters
  • TEMBO IMPACT took on H&S North very last minute but managed to deliver an audience equal with the previous year. We were impressed at how quickly they picked it up, their skills and expertise. Therefore, we contracted TEMBO for our flagship H&S event. They're knocking it out of the park, and we're tracking 70% ahead of last year in pre-reg.
    David Bishop
    Event Director, Western Business Exhibitions, part of Nineteen Group
  • We've always enjoyed a strategic relationship with TEMBO IMPACT. They are truly a strategic partner in every sense and fulfil the role perfectly with expert advice coming from deep industry experience and up-to-date market knowledge. Service responsiveness and sincerity have always been top class and more importantly provided us with the most needed push to promote our values more aggressively... We truly cherish the relationship and are very proud in associating with TEMBO.
    Kaushik Sen
    Managing Director, Coconnex
  • “TEMBO has taken all the stress out of finding excellent freelancers to produce our events. The freelancers they provide are extremely professional and go above and beyond to deliver quality products. Couldn’t recommend them enough".
    Kim Palfrey
    Deputy Head of Production, Arena International
  • Thanks again for your help. It's been SUCH a breeze working with you! Between you and I, I've also been working with our HR team to recruit for other permanent positions and the level of candidates they've rounded up for me just do not compare to the candidates you've put forth so really pleased to be working with you!
    Economist Events
  • Tembo quickly onboarded into our small team to help deliver our ambitious Q1 2021 online events programme. They provided efficient and effective support - in terms of comms planning and implementing key aspects of event campaigns (comms packs, graphics, social posts, in-event support). They're efficient with account management aspects, always keeping us up-to-date on time/costs allocation via weekly meetings and updates, so we could plan ahead and manage costs. Not sure how we used to manage without them!
    Sophie Lock
    Low Carbon Homes

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