AWARDS EVENT OF THE YEAR
Crain Communications – Plastics Industry Awards
Established in 2001, the Plastics Industry Awards are firmly established as the forum for recognising and rewarding excellence in the plastics industry. Held annually, the event rewards innovation and exceptional performance from the best companies and the best people in plastics design and manufacturing in the UK and Ireland.
With 17 awards covering companies and individuals and all aspects of plastic product design, manufacture and recycling, the Plastic Industry Awards cover all sectors of the industry and give companies, large and small, the opportunity to enter and succeed in the competition.
Unparalleled in the plastics industry, the awards are highly acclaimed by guests, winners, industry event supporters and commercial sponsors alike. Combining business networking, entertainment and pure fun, the event has become the highlight of the plastics industry calendar.
The event has evolved with the industry, introducing new award categories, upping the entertainment factor and adapting to many challenges including finding a way to stage an event in a pandemic. Organisers have always listened and responded to all their stakeholders, which is why the Plastics Industry Awards have retained their loyal industry following over the past two decades.
Ideas Forums – The Great British Entrepreneur Awards
The Great British Entrepreneur Awards was launched in 2012 to recognise incredible entrepreneurial endeavors from businesses of all sizes within Great Britain.
The awards programme focuses on an entrepreneurs story rather than just their balance sheet and in its 10 year history has celebrated and recognised many entrepreneurs before they became household names.
What started as one event annually in London with around 300 applications a year has grown into a programme that receives close to 5,000 applications, visits 8 cities and was recently described by Steven Bartlett as “The Grammy’s of Entrepreneurship”.
Incisive Media – Women in Tech Excellence Awards 2021
The Women in Tech Excellence Awards launches every March on Internationals Women’s Day to mark this very important day. After 2 years of virtual awards, our main goal was to reconnect our audience and provide the perfect evening of networking, celebration, and entertainment. Call for nominations were promoted through a range of marketing channels and in the end we had a whooping 2,501 nominations compared to 811 in 2020 (308% growth). We also changed our sales strategy for 2021, giving finalists the opportunity to purchase both tables and marketing opportunities to showcase their achievements including artwork and interviews published on www.computing.co.uk. Our new strategy was a huge success with table/finalist packages finishing on £195,977 in 2021, vs 152,210 in 2018 and 163,594 vs 2019 (when they were live events).
Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management – IWFM Impact Awards 2021
The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM)’s Impact Awards recognise best-in-class workplace and facilities management, celebrating the sector’s impact on the economy, environment and society at large.
The sector represents those frontline personnel who work as cleaners, caterers, security guards, hospital assistants and others. Its practitioners also boost organisations’ productivity, reduce their carbon emissions and oversee major operational changes. Finalists and winners serve as a source of gold-standard practice in a constantly evolving sector.
In 2019 the IWFM made the bold decision to appoint the events management division of its existing membership publishing agency – Redactive – to run the awards process.
The IWFM Impact Awards went ahead by necessity online. So the in-person 2021 event – after the sector had been keeping offices and buildings operational during COVID-19 – would be a precious opportunity to celebrate together.
The event, at London’s Grosvenor House on 11 October 2021, didn’t disappoint.
Financial results far exceeded expectations; feedback from commercial partners and attendees was phenomenal; and the mood on the dance floor (especially for a Monday night) was exuberant.
Redactive – Recruiter Awards 2021
The Recruiter Awards marked a milestone 20th anniversary in 2021, and never had a night been so hotly anticipated by the audience it serves. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the live event had been postponed from May that year. And although a virtual alternative had been proposed and surveyed, it is testament to the popularity of the Recruiter Awards that the results were overwhelmingly not in favour.
Over the past two decades the event has earned a reputation as the place to be seen in the world of recruitment. Bringing together a spirited audience into the closest they can get to being a real community without having to swear allegiance to a professional institute. An audience that was prepared to wait for happier times when large gatherings could meet face to face.
And 23 September 2021 didn’t disappoint.
In what was still a pandemic year, the 2021 Recruiter Awards were the most successful yet. A sell-out with a record number of table bookings. Existing sponsors were retained despite the delay and – most crucially – new sponsors came on board.
Sarah Austin Events – The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards
The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards celebrates the resilience, innovation, entrepreneurship and diversity of Great British Business. Founded by Sarah Austin, the awards challenge business of all shapes and sizes to reflect on their incredible achievements over the past year. Supported by headline partner, Lloyds Bank and fellow sponsors – Octopus Energy, LDC, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Business in the Community and executive education partner, Kings Business School – the awards give access to many experts and business advisors that wouldn’t normally be able to speak directly to business. The awards were born out of a story of resilience and determination and we very much hope to win this award to show that hard work and risk taking could be the best decision you ever make.
Taylist Media – kbbreview Retail and Design Awards 2021
The kbbreview Retail & Design Awards are our industry’s most sought-after accolades in the kitchen and bathroom sector, and celebrate the very best retailers, designers, and manufacturers.
We at kbbreview enjoy setting the pace and are leaders in our field: a global pandemic was never going to stop us delivering the best night ever in our industry! Our awards evening was held just two weeks after restrictions were eased and it was the first of its kind in the industry since our awards in March 2020.
The UK’s biggest cathedral in Liverpool provided a spectacular setting. It was a breathtaking entrance with an incredible, uplifting performance from gospel touch, who sang from a suspended walkway overlooking the drinks reception. During this, a zip camera flew over the heads of guests, relaying live images of proceedings to the sponsor branded projection screen. It provided grandeur of the highest level.
Our carbon-neutral event had 550 guests with Joel Dommett as host and Martin Kemp DJ’ing the afterparty. Local Liverpool bands performed while uber trendy laser violinists wowed our audience. Our guests enjoyed a free bar, DJ-Freight Train until 4am, arcade games, glowsticks and more. Best night ever? 100% Yes!
TTG Media – The Travel Industry Awards
March 2021, in the midst of lockdown, with large events banned and the travel industry in a state of paralysis, was an audacious time to launch a new awards programme, culminating in an event for 800 people at a stunning new venue in September. But the first Travel Industry Awards by TTG achieved this for TTG Media, uniting its industry for the first time following the pandemic, giving travel companies a new tool to help them rebuild trade and consumer trust, and exceeding all commercial targets during a devastating period.
Overcoming a series of challenges – and while operating in an industry truly in the eye of the storm of the Covid crisis – this fiercely independent media business built a new platform for future growth with the event, which was hosted by Strictly stars Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly at the new Magazine London venue at North Greenwich, and opened with a video address from Sir Richard Branson arranged by headline partner Virgin Atlantic.