Best New Conference Launch

Clarion Events Limited – Sports Betting USA

What makes our conference so unique is the team behind it. The passion the team have for the events we launch and run is immeasurable. They strive to make the experience of each and every delegate, personal, memorable and unforgettable. Our Sport Betting USA event was no different, which lead to it’s huge success.

Criticaleye – Criticaleye CFO Retreat

In 2017, Criticaleye held its first Retreat for Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and finance leaders. Following huge demand from this section of our Membership Community for a conference dedicated to the challenges and topics impacting on their roles, we decided to add the CFO Retreat to our annual Retreat series which includes our HR Director Retreat, our Private Equity Retreat, our CEO Retreat, our Asia Leadership Retreat and our Non-executive Director Retreat.

We are a Membership Community for C-suite executives and leadership teams. Criticaleye inspires leaders to succeed via the content of our Retreats around an in-depth understanding of the challenges organisations and leadership teams are facing. Partners and speakers were selected on the basis of their contribution and value to delegates, and attendees were all leaders and academics from leading businesses and institutions.

Energy Live News – Energy Live Future

Delegates were in for an out of this world experience at the Energy Live Future ( event, which attracted more than 250 people with £2 billion worth of energy spend.

The part expo, part laboratory and part conference event covered everything from solar panels in space, internet of things, disruptive technologies, blockchains, virtual reality and electric vehicles. Other sessions included Energy Tech Tinder, Disrupt the Energy Market and Far Out Energy, which were also fully subscribed.

The futuristic event at the National Space Centre in Leicester attracted large energy users, with around £2 billion of energy spend. Delegates said the event was inspirational, exciting and excellent, with some planning to trial products showcased to help reduce energy costs.
One of the delegates said: “I love the Energy Live News ethos. I love the sense of humour that’s there and understanding that we don’t have to be totally serious even when we are serious about business.”

Another added: “I’ve seen lots of wonderful products that I’m hoping to trial that will save us lots of energy.” Other delegates said it was “excellent”, “inspirational” and enjoyed finding out about new technologies.

Forgather with CognitionX – CogX 2017

It has been predicted that AI will add an additional $814bn to the UK economy by 2035, and increase labour productivity by up to 40% Our client, CognitionX – a market intelligence platform for all things AI – had a vision to create a ground-breaking AI conference and awards ceremony The founders needed an event partner they could trust to pull it off in record time The inaugural CogX was a two-day innovation exchange for 1200, held at The Brewery, London, featuring three content tracks, 18 sessions, 44 exhibitors, 100+ speakers and an awards dinner to celebrate the most innovative contributors to AI “With just 3 months to go before our event we knew we needed an event production partner who could match our passion and ambition Whilst we concentrated on the content and sales, Forgather provided all the key event delivery services It was the first event we’d produced of this scale, and with limited in-house resource we needed a partner who was not only an expert in event planning but a mind reader, tech specialist and experienced sounding board Forgather stood with us shoulder to shoulder and it was a pleasure working with them on CogX” Tabitha Goldstaub

Global Business Club (GBC) – Downstream Tatarstan

The aim of the inaugural Downstream Tatarstan conference was to showcase high potential of the downstream sector in the region and to offer great business matchmaking opportunities between regional project owners and leading international technology suppliers.

Bringing together more than 290 delegates from all over the world, the conference has put regional trends into international context and brought the latest worldwide expertise to this rapidly developing region.

Despite economic instability and the sanctions imposed on Russia, GBC Ltd managed organise a top-level event which is now recognised by the industry, has the full support of the local government and most importantly, has a great future.

KnowNow – Keeping Crime Out of Gambling and Social Responsibility for Gambling Operators

KnowNow Ltd ‘s first event was a two day smash hit for senior managers and those working in compliance and player protection in the gambling industry. Gambling is a sector going through fundamental change and tightening of regulation. The KnowNow event succeeded in bringing together operators, regulators, charities helping with gambling related harm and leading researchers. They explored all of the key issues and made sure there were plenty of practical takeaways.

This was not just a launch event, it was the very first event for this organisation who believe in promoting ethics in the gambling industry. It really established KnowNow as a player in the gambling community.

Keeping Crime out of Gambling and Social Responsibility for Gambling Operators was two days of interesting content designed to help the sector continue to boom commercially whilst taking player protection to the next level. Feedback from delegates was that this is exactly what they need at exactly the right time.

Oliver Kinross – AI Congress

The AI Congress was a highly innovative and extremely successful event launch that made use of an iconic venue, top-level content, multiple feature areas, plentiful networking sessions, powerful décor and an abundance of entertainment.

Qubist – WAVE 2017: The Influence 2.0 Marketing Summit

Employee and customer advocacy was the focus of the inaugural WAVE 2017: Influence 2.0 Marketing Summit bringing together 150 expert digital practitioners and decision makers in Central London to debate the latest thinking on social influence, advocacy and engagement.

QUBIST is the UK’s leading employee advocacy solution. For brands looking to grow authentic brand awareness and generate high value leads Qubist enables you to quickly scale measurable employee word-of-mouth.

Qubist is trusted by brands including George at Asda, Suzuki, Iceland Foods, Air Mauritius and Institute of Chartered Accountants.

The new employee and customer advocacy summit was held at King’s Place with standing room only for the opening keynote speech from Brian Solis, Principal Analyst, Altimeter and best-selling author from San Francisco. Brands and agencies giving delegates authoritative insight included: General Electric, Lenovo, COPA 90, Pitney Bowes, We Are Social and Bazaarvoice.

On the day, quotes, images and video were published on Qubist’s own tool giving the audience relevant, quality content to share to their own networks. This supported 150 delegates to engage on social media, leading to 1,366 Twitter endorsements and a 6-hour trending hashtag. A diverse delegate list, structured networking, live illustrator and interactive environment delivered overwhelmingly positive feedback.