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Michael Smith, co-chair of ABPCO

ABPCO releases 2021/2022 business plan

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers' (ABPCO) executive board has developed and released its strategic business plan for 2021-2022.

The plan was developed following consultation with the wider membership, and is focused on "helping members raise their profile and prove their value proposition as solution-oriented strategic advisors to their association clients and employers".

Alongside ABPCO’s core values of Excellence, Learning and Belonging, the strategic plan introduces a fourth pillar, External Voice, which aims to "strengthen and deliver the collective views and opinions of ABPCO members to associations and others". This will focus in particular on the members’ knowledge of virtual, hybrid and face-to-face meetings management solutions.

Michael Smith (pictured), co-chair of ABPCO, said: “Our membership has reacted, adapted and innovated despite the wider global challenges we have faced over this past year. As an association we have adapted to meet the needs of our members and their customers to ensure we support them going forward. This strategic plan reflects the fact that we are helping our members learn new skills, develop new income streams and flex to suit fast changing situations beyond their control.

“We cannot be prouder of the creative way our membership has moved forward and reacted over the last 12 months. We therefore felt it was imperative that ABPCO remains fit for purpose and able to give them the best possible support we can. We fundamentally believe this plan achieves those goals and look forward to delivering it over the coming months.”

Barbara Calderwood, co-chair of ABPCO, added: “It is vital we demonstrate to associations our ability to innovate and support their needs; to engage their audiences, recover and grow their communities. Our strategic plan ensures our membership is equipped with the toolkit they need to be even more relevant to associations going forward.”

The full plan is available in the members’ section of the ABPCO website, whilst non-members can view an executive summary here.