Association Event Manager March 2019 - Page 10

10 ABPCO ABPCO Excellence Awards 2018 2019 Winners • Best Industry Partner - ICC Belfast Also shortlisted: Shocklogic, The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel • Best In-house Conference Organiser - Diabetes UK Also shortlisted: Renewable UK, Royal Statistical Society • Best Agency Conference Organiser – TFI Group Also shortlisted: Conference Collective, Conference Partners International • Chairmen’s Award – Rob Eveleigh, Brightelm Association strength highlighted once more in Scotland he 2019 ABPCO Excellence Awards and Chairmen’s lunch took place at the SEC in Glasgow just before Christmas and it is safe to say that nothing better demonstrates how the association has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. Launched in London in 2014, the first awards event was a success not just because of the passion and energy of ABPCO’s board and members but also its unique format. Entries are reviewed and shortlisted by a panel of experts until just three finalists are identified for each of the three categories: Best Industry Partner, Best In-house Conference Organiser, and Best Agency Conference Organiser. Each finalist prepares a short presentation highlighting the key elements of their entry for delivery during the awards lunch, with attendees voting on each category throughout the meal. In addition, each year a particular person or organisation is picked out for the Chairmen’s Award, recognising their industry achievements, and ongoing adherence to ABPCO’s values. Despite the success of previous year’s the 2018 event was in its own right a demonstration of the best practice and values that ABPCO so frequently talks about amongst its members and their own events. The winners, the finalists, the attendees, the organisers and local partners can all be certain that the event has a true legacy that will live on for so many different reasons. March 2019 “These awards are the jewel in the ABPCO crown,” comments Jo Powel, ABPCO co-chair. “It is incredible to see so many members and friends gather in one place and celebrate best practice and results. In particular, I was impressed with the way the finalists all demonstrated significant ROI and measurable goals for their clients.” In-house winner, Diabetes UK’s Therese Dolan said: “No other awards celebrate the work and challenges faced by PCOs. My team worked incredibly hard to deliver this year’s event and I am so proud to see them rewarded for all their effort and dedication.” Caroline Windsor from TFI Group, who won the Best Agency award added: “Ours is a unique part of the wider events industry. The whole 24 hours in Glasgow was a fantastic experience, with great networking and plenty of opportunity to spend time with other industry leaders. I am thrilled to have won such an important award for our work with The Personal Finance Society.” ICC Belfast’s Oonagh O’Reilly said: “Following our conferencing brand reposition to ICC Belfast, we’re still growing our venue’s profile. This win, highlighting the quality of our work, is a real feather in our cap and testament to everything the team has done to support clients as well as Belfast as a destination.”