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Event Services for Oil and Gas
Where did we come from: This new business venture has been developed by Working Smart Limited. Working Smart, is a specialised petroleum recruitment company now in its 20th year providing consultants and permanent staff to the global upstream oil and gas industry. We were the first online recruitment company in the world for the upstream industry and in 1996 we started to capture disciplines, skills and competencies of our candidates. Having this knowledge base of candidates across 186 countries has provided us with a wealth of understanding of skill shortages in our industry across all demographics.

What is Book-4: Book-4 Limited is established as the first consolidated Web Portal facilitating the marketing and purchasing of Energy Industry related training courses and events in the world. It incorporates a host of functionality that mimics today’s buying behavioural patterns. (e.g. google type search capabilities, e-messaging, wish lists, alert system, 2-way feedback/reviews...). And the good news is that it is free to use and providers only pay a Booking Fee for successful bookings.

Why Book-4: The industry hosts a great deal of training and event Providers ranging from individuals to large training organisations. For the last 15 years we have talked about the “Great Crew Change” which is now very evident. One of the major challenges we face is that of skill shortage, which of course will become more critical as oil prices rise. We recognise the need to capture knowledge (especially from our aging and retired demographic), transfer it, build our graduate pipeline and prepare our middle management for executive level roles. In addition, we hear about the need to collaborate, adopt new technologies, improve efficiencies, and drive down costs.

Naturally, Book-4 will not address all of these challenges but we aim for it to improve collaboration across stakeholders, implement functionality for the capture and transfer of knowledge, provide tools that will improve efficiencies for searching events and managing bookings, and give all providers an equal opportunity to be seen in this global marketplace.

Is it purely advertising: No. Book-4 is a targeted marketing portal. By understanding the disciplines, skills and competencies we have the capability to push event materials directly to targeted users with specific needs and interests. Unlike a lot of advertising sites, we have provided the capability for our providers to directly engage with users and build long-lasting relationships with them.
    Who are we:
  • We are all Energy Industry Professionals with senior management having 20-30 years upstream oil and gas industry experience. All our staff has geoscience or engineering degrees.
  • We develop all our own technologies, which enables us to design and develop customised solutions for our clients. So if a Provider wishes to export data from our site or add additional functionality we can deliver quickly.
  • Our ethos is to constantly innovate, to understand and meet the changing demands of our industry and to provide solutions that help streamline processes whilst adding immense value to business objectives.
  • We are actively involved in the Energy industry – all our staff are members of leading societies, we exhibit at many industry events globally. The MD chairs and present at conferences, writes papers for industry journals, conducts and publishes industry research and is actively involved with supporting our societies.
    What do we aim to deliver:
  • For the Providers, we aim to raise the awareness and reputation of their events and in doing so raise their revenue!
  • For the Seekers of events, we aim to provide a consolidated window into the Energy Industry Event Market, thereby supporting their career development objectives.
  • For Company Managers, we aim to reduce the stress of staff training and development.
  • For our Industry Societies, we aim to continue to support them in advancing the science and education of our industry workforce.

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