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The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has revealed the finalists for its 2022 Excellence Awards.

The annual event, now in its 9th year will take place on 9th December at Birmingham ICC, featuring a range of new categories.

Shortlisted candidates, for all categories, have been selected by an independent panel of judges, and the winners of four of the awards will be decided by delegate judging prior to, and at, the event. Details for the voting process will be sent to the registered delegates prior to the event.

Heather Lishman

ABPCO’s Executive Director

“This year saw the best entry levels we have seen for the awards, which has been greatly aided by our decision to open several of the categories to non-members,” comments Heather Lishman, ABPCO’s Executive Director. “We are looking forward to welcoming everyone in December, which will include opportunities for both networking and celebration as the leaders in the association PCO business gather in Birmingham.”

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Finalist Sammy Connell, Conferences and Events Manager, NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union said: “I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be shortlisted. The team have really risen to the challenge post-covid and used the opportunity to transform our ways of working and really enhance our attendees’ experience. As a Union, we know how invaluable conferences and events are for providing opportunities for members to shape the policy of the Union, network with peers, increase their own activism and create a sense of collectivism and solidarity. We’re very much looking forward to the awards ceremony.”

The 2022 Awards partners and sponsors include:

– ICC Birmingham
– Harrogate Convention Centre
– Crowdcomms
– Unique Venues Birmingham
– Abstract Events
– Oxford Abstracts
– Sage ICC – Newcastle
– ExCeL London
– P&J Live – Aberdeen
– ACC Liverpool
– Soaring Worldwide
– Manchester Central

ABPCO is the UK’s leading organisation for professional conference and event organisers, industry associates and those studying for, or seeking a career in the conference and meetings industry.


For more information about ABPCO visit www.abpco.org.

The finalists are:

Best Event by an In-house PCO

— IPSE – The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed for the IPSE Freelancer Awards 2022
— RenewableUK – for Global Offshore Wind 2022
— NASUWT – for the Teachers’ Union Annual Conference 2023

Best Event by an Agency PCO

— Seren Events Limited for AMEE and Ottawa 2022
— Brightelm for the Business of Net Zero – A COP26 roadshow event
— Mosaic Events for the Historical Association Conference 2022

Industry Supplier of the Year

— P&J Live
— Cvent
— Crowdcomms

Best Association Events Team

— RenewableUK
— Fitwise Management Ltd
— Brightelm

Rising Star – team members from…

— P&J Live
— Shocklogic
— EICC

Guiding Star – team members from…

— Hilton
— Eastside Rooms
— Diversity Alliance

Best EDI at a Conference

— ICC Belfast for Harkin Belfast 2022
— NASUWT for the Black Teachers’ Consultation Conference
— RenewableUK for Global Offshore Wind 2022

Best Sustainable Conference

— Scottish Event Campus for Conference of Parties: COP26
— Speakeasy for the 22nd World Congress of Soil Science
— The Brighton Centre for the PraxisAuril Conference 2022

Best Legacy Award

— ExCeL London nominating EASL – International Liver Congress 2022
— Millbrook Medical Conferences – Fiona McDonald
— ICC Wales Team for their work on Protect Duty