Best Association Conference – under 500 attendees

Association for Project Management – APM National Conference for Women in Project Management

The APM National Conference for Women in Project Management (WiPM) 2017, sponsored by BAE Systems, focussed on the “Progressive Project Professional”, giving delegates a new insight into the evolution of the project profession in an answer to industry’s growing call for new skills to deliver projects in ever more complex and challenging environment across new and emerging sectors.

The conference was a must attend event for anyone looking to be part of the next generation of project professionals or employers wanting to access a diversifying talent pool to deliver their future projects.

Held in the heart of London on Thursday 28 September 2017, the day provided a rich mix of inspirational keynotes and experienced, well respected speakers at the top of their profession, discussing what it takes for women in project management to become progressive project professionals; looking at the skills they need to develop their careers and learn approaches needed to meet the demands of projects today and in the future.

The event was a huge success and was the result of the hard work and collaboration between volunteers from the APM WiPM Specific Interest Group and full time staff at the Association for Project Management (APM).


Association of MBAs – AMBA Global Conference 2017

The Association of MBAs (AMBA) has been running Conferences for Deans and Directors since 1998, but in 2017 it celebrated its 50th Anniversary and wanted its flagship event to have the strongest programme in its history, attract more delegates than ever before and meet with its most challenging commercial targets for both delegate revenue and sponsorship.

In order to attract an international delegation, we held the three-day event in Dubai, UAE. With no outsourced support and with only an internal events team of three people, we managed the event completely in-house, attracting more delegates, more sponsors, more media interest and more high-profile speakers than in our 50-year history.

We set out to hold a word class event within budget and delight our delegates and sponsors. However, having attracted 300 attendees including world-class contributors (such as Peter Thomson, President of the United Nations General Assembly and Indra Nooyi), Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, 16 sponsors and 244 paying delegates, we wholeheartedly believe this is what we achieved.


Builders Merchants Federation – BMF All Industry Conference 2017

The sell-out BMF All Industry Conference held in Budapest in June 2017 was attended by 450 people. The Conference provided an educational programme that addressed current issues in merchanting, with keynote speakers drawn from within the industry as well as the wider business world. Networking opportunities featured prominently within the programme enabling merchants and suppliers to discuss business and working together in the future.

Gethin Jones, broadcaster and TV personality, hosted the event and a record sum of £71,531 was raised for charity during the Gala Dinner that concluded the Conference.

Reflecting on the event, Paul Turner, Strategy Director Wolseley UK said: “The BMF conference this year provided insight from within the industry and from some excellent specialist presenters. The whole conference hung together really coherently around Change, Challenge and Opportunity and provided some great networking and food for thought. One of the best conferences I have been to.”

Malcolm Gough, Group Sales and Marketing Director, Natural Paving Company also said. “BIG congratulations on pulling off one of the most thought provoking, entertaining and enlightening conferences yet. The speakers were all excellent. My note pad is full of scribbles and ideas that I am definitely taking back to our business.”


Charity Retail Association – Charity Retail Conference 2017

We are a non-for-profit membership organisation and the only body in the UK that represents the interests of charity retailers. Our members run more than 8,600 shops between them.

Generating more than £270m per year in funds and harnessing the skills of more than 230,000 volunteers nationwide, charity retail promotes charitable causes and an environmentally sustainable retail experience.
We work to:

1. Influence and monitor legislation and regulations that affect charity retailing.
2. Promote the benefits of charity retailing to the environment, the community and to charity.
3. Be the major source of expertise and up-to-date information on issues affecting the charity retail sector.
4. Promote good practice.
5. Work closely with other relevant organisations to support our members.
Our vision is a successful charity retail sector in the UK, actively promoted and supported by us.

Our conference is the only one dedicated to the charity retail sector.


CompTIA – CompTIA EMEA Member and Partner Conference

The EMEA Member and Partner Conference (EMEACon) is the biggest event in CompTIA’s European events calendar. 445 delegates attended in 2017, including IT solution providers, vendors, distributors, academic educators, commercial trainers, corporate learning and development, government agencies and instructors from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

To keep pace with the rapidly evolving technology industry, EMEACon 2017, which took place over 17th and 18th October 2017 in Central London, specifically focused on examining rising technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality and identifying the business skills needed to deploy them. The past couple of years have seen disruptive technology such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and blockchain explode in popularity. But this growth is not without it challenges, which we sought to address at EMEACon.

EMEACon 2017 specifically sought to focus on these emerging technologies and regulations, and how the technology industry can better understand them and make the most of the opportunities they present.


The Pensions Management Institute – Pensions Aspects Live

In the latter part of 2016, through a survey, our members told us what they wanted from the Institute. They told us they wanted better insight and learning, more opportunities to network, and better conference and exhibition facilities. We listened, visualised and started the rebranding of our two core member benefits – our member magazine and annual conference, taking into account the members feedback as well as the institute’s five year plan, mission statement and our values. The result was Pensions Aspects (the new member magazine) and Pensions Aspects Live (the new conference) – a fresh and modern concept in which the magazine and the annual conference are thoroughly integrated. The conference builds on the brand and themes developed in Pensions Aspects magazine which we brought to life for the first time at Pensions Aspects Live on 19 April 2018. We redesigned the conference programme format to include three streams as well as the main sessions, ensuring fresh, relevant, thought-leading content for each attendee. Our goal was to modernise and make the topic of pensions more interesting, so that we could better engage with millennials and have a more interesting concept to promote to the wider society.