Association for Project Management – APM Project Management Awards 2018

The Association for Project Management (APM) Project Management Awards was introduced in 1993 as a small one-off event. In the 25 years that followed, the Awards has grown in both size and credibility, now welcoming more than 600 people to London each November to celebrate achievement in the project profession. In 2018, reflecting APM’s strategic aims, the Awards set out to achieve a broader reach across the profession than ever before whilst ensuring a judging process that was second to none. The result was unprecedented. More entries, more attendees and more judge applications than ever before marked a record-breaking year – and a ‘coming of age’ for the event.

This is the story of the 2018 APM Awards, the event with an aim to recognise success in the project profession and give credit where it is deserved. The response of the project community, reflected in the attendance, engagement and interest in the 2018 Awards was not only testament to, but strengthened the success of, that aim. Here we explore the methods used to improve the judging process, increase diversity of entrants and produce a ceremony that has been referred to as ‘The Oscars of the Project Profession’.

Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association – Hire Awards of Excellence

The Hire Awards of Excellence (organised by HAE EHA) is an annual event that started in 2008 with the aim of bringing the hire industry together for an evening that celebrates outstanding achievements of companies and individuals in our sector. Since then, the awards have been developed from a midweek celebration to a prestigious award ceremony and a highly anticipated highlight of the year for both HAE EHA and its members. The awards not only encourages companies to demonstrate how they have successfully met stringent criteria laid down by the association, but asks them to nominate individuals who have shown excellence throughout the year, who truly make the industry great.

Meetings Industry Association – miaList

The Meeting Industry Association’s miaList is an ideal example of how, meeting its objective of championing business excellence, the trade body has developed and delivered a unique and innovative awards programme exceeding expectations. Offering individuals, who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to receive the formal plaudits offered by the sectors’ other award schemes, as well as the unique judging process, sets the miaList apart. Building on the association’s core aims of showcasing excellence and raising the profile and importance of the industry, the awards also support the sectors’ continued problem of staff retention providing a platform to boost morale and obtain peer recognition. Through clever use of sponsorship and commercial partnerships, as well as being free to enter and offering tables at the high-profile celebratory lunch at a minimum price to cover costs, ensures the miaList is accessible to all organisations across the business meeting and events sector in the UK and Ireland. Thanks to its continual evolution, the miaList has quickly become the ‘must attend’ event of the industry’s year, offering a fantastic platform to shine a spotlight on the sector’s outstanding talent while networking and entertaining industry colleagues and clients.

Police Federation of England and Wales – Police Bravery Awards

This significant event for policing was established to celebrate and honour police officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Nominations are invited from forces across the country and selected by a panel of judges, including senior officers from the policing community. Over time the event has moved from a showbiz affair with celebs, to one which is purely focused on celebrating the officers and their brave acts, aiming to give nominees a unique day to remember and to push positive PR stories within the media, to counteract negative coverage The event starts with a lunchtime reception at 10 Downing Street, hosted by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary, and is followed by an evening reception and gala dinner at a top London hotel, where the winners are announced. Close coordination is required with Downing Street, the Home Office, 43 police forces and federations throughout the country, the sponsor, the judging panel, the venue and event production company. The end result is a celebratory event, one which Chief Constables state is a highlight in their calendars and one which leaves a lasting memory on officers and invited guests, generating positive media coverage for a much-beleaguered police service.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – RoSPA Health and Safety Awards

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is a charity that has been at the heart of accident prevention for more than 100 years and is privileged to have the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen. Our mission is to facilitate the exchange of life-enhancing skills and knowledge to reduce serious accidental injuries. Having evolved since its origin in 1956, the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards are widely regarded as the leading means of celebrating and recognising excellence in health and safety management. With almost 2,000 entries across 30 countries, RoSPA Award entrants protect circa 7 million employees across all industry sectors. Combined, the three annual ceremonies host more than 2,500 guests at the evening gala dinners and almost 4,000 at the daytime ceremonies. Data from the entries feeds into RoSPA occupational health and safety policy work and a community of RoSPA Award winners has been established to share best practice. Constantly battling against the “elf and safety” culture, RoSPA Awards are seen as the “ones to win”, adding fun and glamour to the industry.