2014 Awards

The fifth annual Conference Awards were attended by over 750 conference industry professionals and proved to be a marvellous afternoon of celebration.

Particular thanks must go to host Josh Widdicombe, and ventriloquist Nina Conti for putting on such a great show, to Battersea Evolution for their fantastic dinner and service, and Hawthorn for the amazing event production. The event had a great buzz to it, and the feedback to date has been unanimously enthusiastic.

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2014 Winners

Best Association Conference


WINNER: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – NICE Annual Conference

What the judges said“Extensive research and innovative approaches to sponsorship, programme creation, and delegate engagement led to a very successful conference. Growth was achieved despite challenging circumstances. A very professionally run and impressive conference which highlighted the organisers expertise.”

MARK OF EXCELLENCE: Association of Corporate Treasurers – ACT Annual Conference 2013


  • Association for Project Management – Adapt!
  • Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals – CILIP Umbrella Conference and Exhibition 2013
  • Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals – 29th Annual Payroll & Pensions Conference
  • Local Area Research Intelligence Association – LARIA Annual Conference
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – RICS BIM Conference
  • Association of Corporate Treasurers – ACT Annual Conference 2013


Best Publication Event


WINNER: Last Word Media – Expert Investor Europe Pan European Congress

What the judges said“This was a great collaboration between event team & brand. With an amazingly short cycle they demonstrated a clear vision and great execution. This was a strong entry, which really made you understand what they were trying to achieve.”


  • EMAP – Construction News Awards 2013
  • EMAP – Nursing Times Awards
  • EMAP – Health Service Journal Awards
  • Faversham House – Utility Week Achievement Awards
  • Faversham House – Utility Week Congress
  • Reed Business Information – Farmers Weekly Awards 2013


Best Managed Event


WINNER: BrandFuel – Zeitgeist

What the judges said“This event had the demanding task of delivering five separate events in one, whilst always striving to be ahead of the time. The fact that Brandfuel have retained Google as a client for so many years speaks volumes.”


  • Ashfield Meetings & Events – Allergan EAME Sales Conference 2013
  • Bray Leino – Global System Integrators Congress 2013
  • De Vere Venues – WOW
  • Exedra Conference Management Services – Hospital Management Asia
  • First Event – The BMF 2013 All Industry Conference
  • i2i Events Group – NICE Annual Conference
  • Elsevier – 10th Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium
  • Trinity Event Solutions – Global University Summit


Bet Awards Event


WINNER: EMAP – Construction News Awards 2013

What the judges said“This was a very well put together entry with well outlined objectives and good documentary evidence of meeting and exceeding the objectives. What really comes across is the in-depth knowledge of what suits the market these awards serve.”


  • British Chambers of Commerce – The Chamber Awards 2013
  • EMAP – Nursing Times Awards
  • EMAP – Health Service Journal Awards
  • Exedra Conference Management Services – Asian Publishing Awards
  • Investor Publishing – HealthInvestor Awards
  • IWSC Group – International Wine & Spirit Competition – Annual Awards Banquet
  • Tailor Saint Productions – The Great British Entrepreneur Awards
  • UBM – National Business Awards


Best Small Conference Venue (up to 250 theatre style)


WINNER: Cavendish Conference Centre

What the judges said“Retention on existing business was fantastic. They clearly value their own staff with good retention and offer flexible working. They put high value on customer feedback and encourage this with donations to a charity of the customer’s choice.”


  • 30 Euston Square
  • Brocket Hall
  • Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa
  • CCT Venues Plus-Bank Street
  • Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
  • Scarman Training and Conference Centre
  • Wyboston Lakes


Best mid-sized Conference Venue (between 250 – 500)


WINNER: Business Design Centre

What the judges said“The Business Design Centre certainly listens to their clients and tries to adapt the venue to their needs and attracts impressive customer retention stats and customer service ratings . They really understand the importance of soliciting and acting upon customer feedback. Their concept seems to work as is shown in the retention rate as well as new client events.”


  • Allianz Park
  • Emirates Stadium
  • etc.venues St. Paul’s
  • Hilton London Gatwick Airport
  • London Irish Centre
  • Olympia Conference Centre
  • Senate House
  • Whittlebury Hall Conference and Training Centre and Hotel
  • Wokefield Park


Best Large Conference Venue (over 500)


WINNER: Manchester Central

What the judges said“Manchester Central stands out for being innovative. For example they create impressions before delegates arrive at the venue by working with local transport. Their approach to sustainability is impressive and does not end inside their own walls.”


  • Chelsea Football Club
  • De Vere Venues East Midlands Conference Centre & Orchard Hotel
  • Emirates Old Trafford
  • ExCeL London
  • Lancaster London
  • The Brewery
  • The Hurlingham Club
  • The Mermaid


Best Conference Series


WINNER: ICBI – SuperReturn Global Series

What the judges said“This has become a must attend, global event with vast commercial success. It showed good innovation across marketing, sponsorship and production as well as great research levels and speaker line-ups.”

MARK OF EXCELLENCE: Forgather – eCommerce Futures


  • Adam Smith Conferences – Russian Automotive Forum
  • C Squared Networks – Festival of Media Global
  • C5 – Anti-corruption
  • Campden Wealth – Family Office Conferences
  • EMAP – Ground Engineering Conference Series
  • Incisive Media – Computing Summits Series
  • Triangle Management Services – World Mail and Express Conference and Exhibition
  • Wilmington Group – COLP COFA Series


Best Operations Team


WINNER: IWSC Group – Operations Team

What the judges said“With a team of 5 people managing 8,000 entries this was a real organisational and planning challenge. It is clear that there is passion and commitment in this team and that this is a key component to their business in achieving success in their chosen awards area.”

MARK OF EXCELLENCE: George P. Johnson – Operations Team


  • BrandFuel – Production Team
  • CRU Publishing – CRU Events
  • EMAP – Drapers and Retail Week Commercial Events Team
  • Incisive Media – Incisive Event Operations
  • IWSC Group – Operations Team
  • National Housing Federation – Conference Team
  • NYS Corporate – Operations and Events Team
  • Terrapinn – Operations Team


Best Conference Content Team


WINNER: Incisive Media – Conference Content Production Team – London

What the judges said“This was a very strong entry – they have a huge team, delivering a large number of diverse events with spectacular success. The entry showed great examples of creative content delivery.”


  • Capita Conferences – Production Team
  • i2i Events Group – i2i Content Team
  • Green Power Conferences – Latam Division
  • ICBI – SuperReturn & SuperInvestor Content Team
  • The King’s Fund – Events Team


Best Marketing Team


WINNER: Terrapinn – Global Marketing Team

What the judges said“Terrapin implemented a well thought out strategy and approach from initial recruitment of staff through to end result. They have understood the importance of good data and customer engagement and aligned their whole strategy around these crucial elements to achieve impressive results.”


  • C Squared – Marketing Team
  • Capita Conferences – Marketing Team
  • Exedra Conference Management Services – Exedra Events
  • i2i Events Group – International Marketing Team
  • Incisive Media – Events Marketing
  • Informa – ICBI Marketing Team


Best Conference Supplier


WINNER: Eventbrite

What the judges said“Since their start up in 2006 their growth to a global company running 2.9 million events is admirable, they obviously have a very good service. Offering support 24/7 is also impressive.”


  • Absolute Audio Visual
  • Adestra
  • Cvent
  • Evolve Events
  • Lumi
  • sli.do


Best Conference Venue Customer Service – London


WINNER: Olympia Conference Centre

What the judges said“The judges were impressed with Olympia’s customer satisfaction levels which remain consistently high in all areas. They seem to have a great conference team who interact well with their clients and offer that personal service which we all want for our events!”


  • America Square Conference Centre
  • Business Design Centre
  • Emirates Stadium
  • etc.venues St. Paul’s
  • ExCeL London


Best Conference Venue Customer Service – Outside London


WINNER: Farncombe Conference Centre

What the judges said“With a very long client list and a lively set of examples of services and products this entry stood out through it’s highly innovative projects. They also showed good HR and training policies and are clearly taking their staff with them on an exiting journey.”


  • Austin Court
  • Barnett Hill
  • Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa
  • Center Parcs, Elveden Forest
  • Cranage Hall
  • National Motorcycle Museum
  • Whittlebury Hall Conference and Training Centre and Hotel


Best Large Scale Event or Congress


WINNER: i2i Events Group – World Retail Congress

What the judges said“Representing every facet of the retail ecosystem, this event was acclaimed a resounding success by delegates, sponsors and global media. With excellent industry engagement and fantastic speakers – this was a positive beacon for an industry that has had a tough time of late.”

MARK OF EXCELLENCE: Adam Smith Conferences – Russian Automotive Forum


  • BrandFuel – One Young World
  • CPhI Worldwide/UBM Live – Pre-Connect Conference
  • George P. Johnson – Cisco Live! 2014
  • i2i Events Group – World Retail Congress
  • ICBI – SuperReturn International
  • LinkedIn – Talent Connect
  • NORIBIC – EBN Congress 2013
  • Procurement Leaders – World Procurement Congress


Best New Product Launch


WINNER: Wilmington Group – SJ Live

What the judges said“The team did an excellent job of turning increasingly difficult market conditions across the legal profession into an opportunity to add value for their client base. An excellent entry event with strong innovation and thorough research which showed through in a great year one event.”

MARK OF EXCELLENCE: Elsevier – The 1st International Conference on Global Food Security


  • Adam Smith Conferences – Russian Automotive Forum
  • Faversham House – Utility Week Congress
  • Fleming Europe – Life Insurance Forum
  • IIR Telecoms – Telecom APIs
  • Oliver Kinross – Africa Healthcare Summit 2014
  • Wilmington Group – SJ Live


Best New Geographical Launch


WINNER: Capacity Media – Myanmar Connect 2013

What the judges said“This was a well executed event for such a new location, they overcame many obstacles to deliver an effective and successful conference which was clearly very well received.”

MARK OF EXCELLENCE: The Economist Events – The Lisbon Summit


  • BrandFuel – One Young World
  • Capacity Media – Myanmar Connect 2013
  • i2i Events Group – Bett Latin America Leadership Summit
  • i2i Events Group – World Retail Congress Africa
  • LinkedIn – Talent Connect
  • MEED (EMAP) – Al Gharbia Development Forum 2013


Best Development of an Existing Conference UK


WINNER: Haymarket Business Media – Media360

What the judges said“The judges felt that their clear strategic objectives – “grow, develop, innovate”, come through in their submission across all areas with outstanding results. This was the most profitable Media360 event to date despite a significant increase in competition in the market.”


  • Ark Group – KM Global Series
  • Bioscientifica – Society for Endocrinology BES
  • Briefing Media – Digital Media Strategies
  • EMAP – LGC Investment Summit
  • Forgather – eCommerce Futures
  • i2i Events Group – Patient Safety Congress 2013
  • National Council for Voluntary Organisations – Evolve 2013


Best Development of an Existing Conference Overseas


WINNER: Gartner UK – IT Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit

What the judges said“A very robust performance showing good delegate growth. Research, content, bespoke sponsor packages and a good marketing campaign made this an event of substance with thoughtful, driven and intelligent development.” 

Mark of Excellence: LinkedIn – Talent Connect


  • C Squared – Festival of Media LatAm 2013
  • Fleming Europe – 4th Annual Pharmacovigilance & Risk Management Strategies
  • GSMA – Mobile World Congress 2013 – The New Mobile Horizon
  • Streamline Marketing Group – The Host Cities Summit
  • The Economist Events – The Lisbon Summit
  • UBM Food Ingredients – Natural Colour Summit