1. Please tell us about who you are and what you do.
My name is Marc Jenner, originally from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, and resident in Bucharest since 2010. I run my own events company (Purple Carrot Events) which provides entertainment in bars and clubs, as well as privately for companies.
2. Share your backstory with us. How did your business or organisation come about and what was it that switched you on to this area in the first place?
My background has been in fundraising strategy for charities, a career which took me from the UK to the USA, back to the UK and then here to Romania. My work gave me vast experience in public speaking, which lucky for me, is not something everyone enjoys doing! With more and more ‘speaking’ work being presented to me, I decided to change careers a few years ago, and concentrate on entertainment. However, this has allowed me to continue supporting charities, whether it’s acting as an MC or auctioneer, or sitting on strategy groups as a volunteer.
3. What do you think or hope the future has in store for you and your business? Where do you see yourself or your organisation five years from now?
The events we host have over the years become increasingly popular in Bucharest, especially our quizzes. With lockdown, things have been really tipped upside down, so in all honesty, I am planning for the present as opposed to 5 years time, but hopefully I will still be presenting in both Romania and the UK.
4. How has lockdown been for you and for your business and what have you done that has helped you personally and professionally?
Lockdown threw a lot of my work into jeopardy, so we had to quickly pivot, and create an online presence in order to keep the company operating. This in turn has also been a success, and I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from our customer base. Furthermore, companies have been keen to participate, and offer prizes for our quiz players, including El Torito, Quest Mission, Clarks Cider, One Beer Later, GBTtronics and many more. It has also opened up new partnerships, including being hired by Facebook to operate a team build for their UK staff, and a deal with a US website to host my work.
5. What’s your take on Bucharest and Romania. What are the highs and the lows in your opinion?
When people visit me for the first time, the two things that strike them are the friendliness of the people coupled with how beautiful the country is once you venture outside the city. I really enjoy living in a country that is incredibly safe when compared to my other long-term homes in London and Los Angeles (although I love both of those cities as well!)
6. What is your must do/must visit/favorite thing to do or show off to visitors here in Bucharest and Romania at large?
Get them outside Bucharest and up into the mountains! In Bucharest, one simple thing I always do is take friends to the top of the Intercontinental Hotel to see the fantastic panoramic views of the city.
7. What is your number 1 recommendation now for a book/film/series/app/ or gadget?
Running my own business, I need to sign and scan documents all of the time. Because of this, use the Camscanner app a lot. It saves all the bother of having to use a computer scanner for documents and works in seconds. It’s free and I highly recommend it.
8. If you could eat in any restaurant in all of Romania and have dinner with anyone in the world (not a husband/wife/relative) which restaurant would that be and with which person?
I’m not tied to any one restaurant, but a non-touristy, open front restaurant overlooking the sea would be preferable. I also know of a tiny little place off the beaten track just outside Recea near Fagaras, which cooks on an outside grill, has animals running all over the place, and offers the best bone marrow you’ll ever taste! In terms of a dinner guest, I don’t think you can go wrong with your musical hero. Mine is the Irish singer-songwriter (and Oscar winner!) Glen Hansard, and I was lucky enough to be on stage with him at a concert at Lake Garda in Italy last year. It was one of the most fantastic experiences I’ve ever had. He only gets the invite if he promises to bring his guitar, which is unusual in that I normally get annoyed at house parties when someone drunkenly picks up a guitar to ‘entertain’ everyone…
9. Sum up your business in one sentence, what it is and why should people engage with it.
We create engaging, funny, interesting events with elements that people still talk about years after they experienced them. We guarantee you will leave with a smile on your face.
10. Describe your Romania in one word.