UK Conference of the Year
BOROUGH BENCH MEDIA – OPEN BANKING EXPO
Open Banking Expo is the UK’s largest Open Banking conference. In its second year it grew from an audience of 300 to 520, bringing together c-level executives from banking, fintech and policy maker spheres.
It is unique in its approach; unlike competing events that focus on how Open Banking can be used to make more profit, Open Banking Expo is the first event to utilise Open Banking as a force for good. To support our ethos, we donated a percentage of our ticket sales to charity.
To drive success, Open Banking Expo has developed a close community with industry pioneers across the broad Open Banking eco-system. This has enabled the event to offer exclusive content, speakers unseen on other conference agendas, and a 365 platform the industry can harness to collaborate, share ideas and do deals.
In one year the event achieved revenue uplift of 67% and a profit margin of 59%, smashing Year 1 statistics. Top 5 global fintech influencer Jim Marous said of Open Banking Expo: “Best subject-specific event covering Open Banking.”
DEZEEN – DEZEEN DAY
Dezeen Day was the most agenda-setting, diverse and inclusive conference our sector has seen and is on its way to being a must-attend event in the architecture and design sector.
ENGAGE BUSINESS MEDIA – CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT SUMMIT 2019
Now in its tenth year, the Customer Engagement Summit is the largest event of its kind in Europe – but scale isn’t all that makes this event truly unique. Unlike other conferences in this space, the CES believes that customer AND employee engagement are mutually dependent, and gives each topic equal status at the event. Through continued innovation, the development of the conference has seen a YOY average increase in turnover of 14%, a 36.2% increase in profit and 95% of delegates agreeing that the CES armed them with actionable insights, with 82% of delegates stating that they have made three or more changes to their CX strategies in the 6 months post-event. By establishing a conference that acknowledges all aspects of engagement, by providing a world-class experience, and by delivering real-world, case-study-led content that arms delegates with applicable knowledge, it’s no surprise that in ten years the CES has grown from 200 to 1,000+ attendees.
EVENTCITY AND TRAVEL COUNSELLORS – TRAVEL COUNSELLORS 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE
Last November, EventCity, the largest, conference, exhibition and multi-purpose venue in the North, played host to the Travel Counsellors 25th Conference. Bringing together the company’s global network of franchisees, the two-day event saw 1,967 delegates from all over the world come together for a weekend of celebrations, including a glittering Gala Dinner, Awards Ceremony, and world-class entertainment. Situated in the heart of TraffordCity and on the doorstep of Travel Counsellors’ Headquarters, the venue offered a perfect location for the company’s anniversary, and felt like ‘coming home’ to where it all began.
With an overarching theme of ‘Moments that Matter’, the annual event delivered business strategy and updates, intertwined with motivation and inspiration. Coined ‘the best conference ever’ in company history, it also featured a wellness garden, motivational speeches from the likes of Olympic Champion Nicola Adams and adventurer Bear Grylls, and a performance from Gary Barlow.
FAVERSHAM HOUSE – SUSTAINABILITY LEADERS FORUM
Just as the past 12 months marked a critical inflection point in capitalism’s battle against climate change, edie’s Sustainability Leaders Forum underwent a radical transformation of its own.
This is the story of how a small-but-mighty team turned a one-day conference into a two-day, interactive and immersive experience which achieved its highest ever net-promoter score of +25 (an increase of +9 from 2019), along with a 114% increase in delegates since 2017 – making this Faversham House’s most successful event, ever.
The success story was fuelled by a ‘shoot-for-the-moon’ team philosophy and a laser-like focus on what we wanted to achieve. Our mission was to grow delegate revenue by 72% and sponsorship revenue by 9.5%. But beyond the numbers, we wanted to deliver a confex experience which inspired, informed and empowered global business leaders to be bold and take new sustainability actions to achieve a low-carbon, resource-efficient future.
INTUIT – QUICKBOOKS CONNECT LONDON 2019
If a friend eagerly suggests, ‘let’s go to an accounting conference!’, you’d probably take one look at them and run a mile.
Accounting can be dry and (we’ll admit it) a bit boring.
So, how do we make it fun and engaging whilst building our brand?
This was the challenge we, Intuit (QuickBooks), tackled in order to engage/activate our audience through a large-scale annual event. We also needed to deliver the event with a 15% budget reduction, smaller venue and we needed to outperform our two previous annual events!
Amazingly we succeeded. With the help of Event Concept, we delivered an innovative, creative, human experience smashing all our objectives and more.
Our secret? In a nutshell…
-Extensive pre-event research with actual customers.
-Exciting, engaging experiences.
-Competitive, exciting hackathon.
-Unique and inspirational Main Stage speakers e.g. Brian Cox/Sarah Beeny.
-Dedicated team of social warriors capturing/collating/editing material at breakneck speed.
-Partnering with a parkour specialist who filmed the quickest/most exciting route to QBC.
Our goal was to build the QuickBooks brand, increasing last year’s NPS score of 47. We achieved a score of 61; +30% increase! What’s more, 90% of attendees said they’d be likely to attend next year’s conference.
OCEAN MEDIA – HOUSING 2019
Housing is the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual event and Europe’s largest housing festival, taking place annually in June.
Housing is not a talking shop, it is a strategic event that enables the whole sector to regroup to help improve our tenants lives. Working alongside government it aims to influence their policies around social housing, homelessness, welfare reform, supply of genuinely affordable housing, placemaking and design quality. Whilst it is a basic human right to have an adequate home and standard of living we aim to do far more than the day job.
To ensure we meet these needs our strategy is multifaceted.
By creating a festival around the most important issues we face together we delivered these stats in 2019:-
– Delegate revenue +£50k YoY
– Positive NPS scores for all attendee types
o +54 delegates of the future
o +16 delegates
o +26 free visitors
o +14 exhibitors and sponsors
– 81% of attendees said attending Housing provided an excellent ROI
– Free visitors up 37% YoY
– Exhibition rebook on site £67%
SEVENEVENTS – UK PARTNER CONFERENCE
After taking part in a rigorous tender process, we were appointed by Sophos to manage the end to end delivery of their UK Partner Conference. This annual event brings together Sophos customers and prospects for a two day event, aimed to deliver both networking opportunities and education on products.
The two day conference was based at the Victoria Warehouse, a unique blank canvas venue. This was a perfect backdrop for the branding exposure required and had multiple areas and spaces to allow for main plenary, 4 breakouts and still a large space for catering and networking. Guests were split across the four hotels based on client category and exec level.
The event kicked off with an opening session at the Victoria Warehouse, before guests headed off to the Imperial War Museum for the welcome reception. This was then followed by a full day conference and party, where the plenary space was transformed complete with a laser quest dome, LED ping pong, street food, cocktail bar and showstopping LED drummers performance.
SNEAKY EXPERIENCE – SQLBITS
SQLBits is that rare thing – a conference that doesn’t feel like a conference.
Forget never-ending PowerPoints, dry lectures, sponsored workshops or predictable catering, this UK-based event has grown from an industry secret to a dynamic global phenomenon.
Created by data professionals for data professionals, it’s a conference designed and delivered by the UK Data community it aims to serve.
Unlike other conferences, it’s friendly and fun – with education, knowledge sharing and community at its core.
Its small team of volunteers deliver the event around their own full-time jobs. They share a big vision and boundless ambition – and it shows.
Since its inception in 2007, SQLBits has become the largest data conference in the world; providing delegates with access to the sector’s best experts and thinkers – including those behind the Microsoft Data Platform.
It’s THE place to discuss best practice, explore/develop original ideas and enjoy informal networking.
As a not-for-profit event, it’s affordable too, designed to be inclusive and accessible to everyone from senior executives to new entrants.
In 2019, 2,500 of these delegates came to enjoy more than 300 sessions over five days – making it the best value for money conference around.
VET DYNAMICS – STAYING INDEPENDENT: THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
The theme for the 2019 Vet Dynamics Conference was; Staying Independent – The Road Less Travelled. This 3-day residential event was held against the backdrop of corporate investment activity which, in recent years, had led to over 60% of Veterinary Practices in the UK ‘becoming corporate’.
With Independent Practices now in the minority, the important thing for Vet Dynamics was that Independence doesn’t become the lesser option for our Vet’s clients and their employees.
Created for and with the Vet community, we built a programme of inspiration, connection and celebration to equip and motivate our community to excel and thrive. World class speakers, classroom activities and high energy interactive lectures mixed with plenty of entertainment & fun was a winning formula!
Feedback for our conference has been unrivalled, our delegates and sponsors alike have demonstrated that our client centric approach and our genuine love of the profession, and the Vet Dynamics community sets us apart from all other conferences.
Truly unique in what we do, who we do it for and why we do it, we believe there is no better conference than a Vet Dynamics one!