BEST LONGSTANDING ASSOCIATION EVENT

Association of Event Organisers – AEO Excellence Awards

The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) was established in 1921. In 1993, the AEO Awards were launched and over the past 25 years have evolved to reflect and recognise key changes in the UK events industry. The AEO Awards were originally conceived to celebrate the achievements of venues and suppliers. By 2002, the event started to acknowledge best practice consumer and trade exhibitions and is now the most anticipated awards ceremony in the events calendar. Although the awards are organised by the AEO, non-member organisers, suppliers and venues are able to enter to ensure that the event truly represents the industry it serves. Integrity and robustness of the awards entry and judging process is of paramount importance to the association. Every year, guests at the awards are surprised to learn that the AEO is made up of a very small team of seven. In 2018, the team smashed its engagement targets and guest experience as is evidenced with the best show and net promoter scores in the events history.


Comité International Radio-Maritime  – Annual Conference

Since 1928 Comité International Radio-Maritime has been at the forefront of the developments of maritime electronic technology, particularly relating to ship bridge equipment and the safety of life at sea. With a world-wide membership spanning equipment manufacture, systems building, software developments, search and rescue implementation through satellite communications, cyber security and ship service, CIRM is a vital cog in the regulatory wheel, particularly at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) where they act in Consultative Status at their many global meetings. The Association serves a broad membership and actively contributes throughout the year to many international meetings, workshops and forums as well as looking after their commercial interests at all levels of industry.


Diabetes UK – Diabetes UK Professional Conference

The Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2019, held from the 6-8 March at ACC Liverpool, was the 21st edition in its current format. However, the conference origins are much further back as this year also saw the 75th Banting Memorial Lecture. The previous format saw the conference taking place in two different venues in the same city with Doctors and Consultants in a city centre hotel and Nurses and Scientists/Researchers meeting in a smaller hotel with all coming together in the evenings. Bringing all disciplines together in 1998 was a logical development representing the increasing multidisciplinary approach to diabetes care. With a table top exhibition, four track programme and no more than 1000 attendees in its first year, this year’s edition saw 3,300 unique attendees visiting over 70 exhibition stands and 444 abstract posters in a 6000 sq m exhibition hall and an eight-track conference programme delivered by over 180 speakers. The journey of the charity-organised conference is staggering with its record and longevity speaking for itself. Diabetes UK is extremely proud of its flagship event and remains committed to evolving the conference to maintain its standing as the key event in the education of healthcare professionals working in diabetes.


HURA! – Days of Communication

“An absolute triumph. The best conference and the best national festival in the region”, is how Media Marketing, one the most relevant media of the whole region, portrayed Days of Communication – market communication festival, which ran from March 28th to 31st, 2019 in the coastal town of Rovinj, Croatia. The festival brings together all of the communication industry participants – including creators, marketers, PR experts, technology and innovation specialists and students. Created with the aim of learning, networking, best practices that encourage change, out of the box approach and creating new stories that will shape the communication industry in the future, Days of Communication became one of the most innovative vocational festivals in the region. World-class lecturers on the 360° stage of the main hall, pool as a streaming hall, yoga classes – this is the most unusual communication festival, but also a pure emotion because of its participants who come to learn, share knowledge, gain inspiration and have fun. We are glad to re-demonstrate every year how learning can be refreshing, creative, innovative and that the energy of the festival shows the importance and potential of our industry and the fantastic people who are part of it.


National Association of Funeral Directors – National Funeral Exhibition

The National Funeral Exhibition is a biennial three-day show wholly organised by the National Association of Funeral Directors. NFE provides the opportunity for the industry to meet, innovate, do business and check which direction the industry is heading in, all set in a deliberately lively and vibrant environment. Held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, with regular shuttle buses running from Birmingham Airport, the National Funeral Exhibition held in June 2019 was the best-attended funeral sector exhibition ever held in the UK with more than 4,500 attendees (up 11% over the 2017 show). Visitors from 20 different nations attended NFE 2019, including a delegation from FIAT-IFTA, the global association of funeral directors. All 200 exhibition spaces had sold out three months ahead of the show and seminars across all three days were fully booked in advance. Presentations in the seminar theatre included a session with the Competition and Markets Authority, advice on succession planning for family businesses and technical seminars on new products and services for funeral directors. Within 24 hours of the show closing, 35% of the available stand spaces for 2021 had already been reserved, with several exhibitors taking more space.


Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association – 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition

Running since 1934, the PLSA Annual Conference & Exhibition is the biggest pensions event in the UK – the only place where a £2 trillion industry that looks after the financial futures of everyone in the UK comes together to gain new perspectives, practical tools, preparation for the future and the opportunity to build new relationships In 2018 we were understanding saver perspectives in a changing world, with a programme built on the needs of PLSA members, high-profile thought leaders and experts addressed current challenges and future trends, identified through close working with our membership and government A varied programme combined big picture plenaries, specialist streams and informal discussions Creative packages aligned with the programme helped almost 100 sponsors and exhibitors showcase their thought leadership and practical expertise, and generate leads and brand awareness Our senior delegates from across pensions, politics and the media managed their experience through an app that brought together personal schedules, social and networking, feedback and audience engagement. The results 1,585 people were there, app usage was up 69%, £1.7 million revenue was brought in to underpin our influential lobbying in Westminster, and the industry said it was the place to be: unmissable.


Royal College of Midwives – RCM Annual Conference

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is the leading professional body and trade union for over 48,000 practising, retired and student midwives and maternity support workers. Our aim is to promote midwifery, quality maternity services and professional standards. Every year, the RCM host an Annual Conference to invite our members to unite as a profession. The conference took place on 4-5 October at Manchester Central. 2018 was a uniquely important year for the midwifery community. We were celebrating 100 years of suffrage, 150 years of the TUC, 70 years of the NHS, and having more women leaders at the top of national healthcare organisations than ever before. It seemed only fitting that we made our 2018 Conference about empowering the women who play an invaluable role in our healthcare system.


United Kingdom Warehousing Association – Annual Awards & Lunch

The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) membership is made up of over 700 warehouse & distribution operators and 3PL service providers, as well as associate members, such as fork lift truck manufacturers, racking specialists, warehouse management systems vendors. Launched in 1999, UKWA’s flagship event is its Annual Lunch & Awards, latterly held at The Dorchester in London, a highlight of the industry social calendar. Attended by 500 guests, winners are presented with prestigious Awards for Excellence in the Warehousing & Logistics industry across 9 categories. In 2018 UKWA members (along with the rest of the UK business world) had become highly focused on the likely outcome and consequences of Brexit along with a shortage of labour in the industry – Brexodus – a critical shortage of warehousing space in locations able to service the rapidly growing online retailing sector and consumer expectation of same or next day delivery – a situation described by CEO Peter Ward as ‘The Perfect Storm’. Accordingly, at UKWA’s 2018 Awards event Ward decided to create a new format, combining entertainment with a serious look at current politics, providing a unique opportunity for members and their guests to put questions to a leading journalist, broadcaster and historian.