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The winners of the ABPCO Excellence Awards 2019

ABPCO reveals shortlist for Excellence Awards 2020

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has revealed the finalists for its 2020 Excellence Awards.

The finalists for Best Conference by an In-House Conference Organiser are: The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed for the National Freelancers Day 2020; Archer Yates’ for The Oxford Farming Conference 2020; Healthcare Conferences UK for Prehabilitation Principles and Practice.

The finalists for Best Conference by an Agency Conference Organiser are: MCI Group for the One Young World Summit; Abbey Conference and Events for the 30th World Congress for the International Association for Suicide Prevention; Haymarket Media Group and the CIPD for the CIPD Festival of Work.

The best industry partnership category has been replaced for 2020 by the partner recognition awards, nominations for which were received from both agency and in-house PCOs. The winners will be revealed at the awards.

In addition, specifically for the 2020 edition of the awards, several ABPCO members will be recognised in the Lockdown hero category for their extraordinary and creative work throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The winners of the 2020 ABPCO Excellence Awards will be revealed on 7 December, 2020 during a virtual awards ceremony.

Shortlisted candidates have been selected by an independent panel of judges, but the winners will not be selected until the event itself, where the finalists each present details of their submission and the final outcome is voted on.

Heather Lishman, ABPCO’s association director, said: “This is the seventh year that we have run the ABPCO excellence awards and each year the judging process becomes more challenging. 2020 has been particularly tough due to the creative ways our members have supported their associations and clients – ways that simply don’t fit simple categories such as best conference.  It was with this in mind that we decided to create the Lockdown Hero Awards, recognising those individuals and organisations that succeeded in doing something different and noteworthy.”

The 2020 ABPCO Excellence Awards will also include the presentation of the ABPCO Chairman’s award, which is awarded to "an individual or organisation displaying exceptional levels of professionalism, whilst balancing ABPCO’s core pillars of belonging, excellence and learning".