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Entries open for 2020 ABPCO Excellence Awards

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has opened entries for its annual Excellence Awards, which for 2020 will take place virtually on 7 December.

The annual awards provide an opportunity to recognise members who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in conference and event organising within the association sector.

The awards are open to any ABPCO accredited members and all entries are free.

The categories for 2020 include The PCO Award, which focuses on how an event has challenged practise as well as its measurable impact, The Partner Award, which highlights new innovation, product or service and The Chairmen’s Award, which recognises the proactive approach members are taking in relation to the ABPCO values of Excellence, Learning and Belonging.

The 2019 winners were Manchester Central in partnership with Haymarket for Best Industry Partner, National Cancer Research Institute for Best In-house Conference Organiser, Healthcare Conferences UK for Best Agency Conference Organiser and Glasgow Convention Bureau for Chairmen’s Award.

Heather Lishman, association director, ABPCO, said: “This will be our 7th Chairmen’s Awards event and though we are disappointed not to be holding it face to face in Aberdeen as planned, we are excited to be exploring not just a new format but also a new approach to the awards categories."

Lishman continued: “Our members embraced the switch to digital during lock down and are already working hard on hybrid and physical distancing measures for live events moving forward. We expect this year’s event to once again showcase the incredible hard work and creativity of our members as well as the significant impact association conferences have on the world around us.”

To enter, click here. The closing date for entries is 4 September.