Newsletter Issue 16 : July 2015


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Dates for your diary

Event Marketing Summit
2nd October 2015
30 Euston Square
Secure your early bird rate discount by booking before 1 September
Graduate Conference Academy
6th – 9th October 2015
Conference Golf Cup
14th October 2015
New Zealand Golf Club
London Venue Awards
16th October 2015
Emirates Stadium
Conference Summit 2015
4th December 2015
Savoy Place, IET Venues

Video Interview with Ben Wood, Group Marketing Director, Incisive Media

Listen to Ben Wood, Group Marketing Director of Incisive Media and chair of this year’s Event Marketing Summit give his thoughts on what are the biggest challenges facing event marketers today, in the first of a series of videos leading up to the event. To book places for the Event Marketing Summit and to take advantage of the early bird rate, which finishes on 1st September, contact


The Conference Awards 2015 Review

The Conference Awards, now in its sixth year, is the largest event for UK conference industry to come together and recognise and celebrate the very best in the industry.  Over 600 conference professionals attended the event this year, 43% of whom where c level or directors.

All of the categories were very strong, with the new category “Best Conference Company to Work For” proving extremely competitive – attracting over 500 entries, indicating the value companies placed on winning such a prestigious award.

Each year, the panel of judges changes – bringing in new companies, organisations and associations but always including the largest and most significant conference organisers. It is an impressive list of the “movers and shakers” in the conference industry.  Considerable effort goes into ensuring the judging is a very robust process. All entries are assessed independently online by at least 4 different judges and if it's still too close to call further opinions are sought. In total, it is estimated that it takes 4 solid working weeks of their collective time to work out the winners

The Awards ceremony was held for the first time at the Hurlingham Club which looked absolutely stunning. Guests enjoyed pre-lunch drinks in the sunshine with jazz, peacock ladies and the retro taxi photobooth.  Lunch was absolutely delicious and guests were entertained by the excellent Lee Nelson and the hilarious Chris Turner and the "voice of Siri" John Briggs.

20 winners and 7 “Marks of Excellence” were awarded to huge celebration by the deserved winners, please see full list below and video clips here.

"What a great event, well organised yet informal, delicious food, superb venue and wonderful company. Would highly recommend."
Amanda Wrathall, Sales & Marketing Director - EICC

"The food and service staff were great. A very slick event and the choice of compere, voice over and entertainment made for a very enjoyable afternoon indeed."
Anna Chamberlain-Webber, Operations Manager - Campden Wealth

"This was my favourite awards to date. Not only because we won, the entertainment and venue were both great! Well done Hurlingham Club, brilliant job!"
Alicia Duncan, General Manager - The Mermaid 

Detailed information on all the shortlisted and winning entries can be found here

Best New Launch - UK
The Global Crisis of Depression, The Economist Group

Best New Launch - Overseas

1st Global Conference on Emergency Nursing and Trauma Care, Elsevier

Best Large Scale Event or Congress
Money20/20 , i2i Events Group

Best Conference Series
LinkedIn Talent Connect 2014, LinkedIn & emc3

Best Development of an Existing Conference - UK
RCM Annual Conference 2014, Redactive

Best European Conference
CEE Automotive Forum, Adam Smith Conferences

Best Middle East & African Conference

1st National Forum on Gabon Oil & Gas, The Energy Exchange

Best Asian Conference
GTR Asia Trade & Export Finance Conference, GTR Asia

Best American Conference
Solar Power Generation - Central America, Green Power Conferences

Best Association Conference

ACT Annual Conference 2014, Association of Corporate Treasurers

Best Conference by an Events Agency
Google, BrandFuel

Best Awards Event
IWSC Annual Awards Banquet, IWSC Group

Best Awards Team
Computing UK IT Industry Awards Team, Incisive Media

Best Conference Marketing Team
Marketing Team, The Media Briefing

Best Conference Operations Team
Emap Conference Team

Best Conference Venue - less than 500 delegates
Marriott Kensington

Best Conference Venue - 500 to 1,000 delegates
The Mermaid

Best Conference Venue - over 1,000 delegates (theatre style)
Lancaster London

Best Conference Venue Customer Service
Cavendish Conference Centre, Cavendish Venues

Best Company to Work For


Best Large Scale Event or Congress
The Three Reinvent Conference, Brand & Deliver

Best European Conference
Panasonic Automotive Innovation Summit 2014, Communique

Best Conference by an Events Agency
Canon at photokina 2014, Imagination

Best Awards Event
Construction News Awards 2014, EMA

Best Conference Marketing Team
World Retail Congress Series Marketing Team, i2i Events Group

Best Conference Operations Team
Hospital Management Asia Operations Team, Exedra Conference Management Services Inc.

Supplier focus: Hawthorn

Hawthorn were headline sponsors of the Conference Awards and are themselves, award-winning technical event production experts. We get creative with cutting-edge event technology to make your vision for a conference a reality, working with you to give your delegates an amazing experience, in the UK and beyond.

Whether it’s a simple but slick production, a conference designed to inspire an internal audience or a high-end showcase event for a global brand, we can help. From staging and lighting, to full audio-visual support and everything in between, we use our technical expertise and high-spec equipment to create the solutions you need. Our talented team of techies are here to support you from pre-production through to the after conference party.

A recent success story was a conference in Dubrovnik, when the team at brand experience agency White Label, chose us to deliver the full technical production for their client, Beam Suntory’s EMEA internal sales conference. The 2-day growth conference – Growing for Good - brought together 250 of the business’ key marketing people from across the region for the premium spirits company.  

Working within the event concept created by White Label, our brief was to deliver the production requirements for the conference across the main plenary and breakout spaces.  We were tasked with specifying and delivering full video, lighting and sound solutions and designing and building the stage and set in the main conference room.  We also delivered the set build, room dressing and audio-visual production for the conference’s break-out rooms, stunningly themed around Beam Suntory’s product range and heritage. 

With the main conference room doubling up as the Bourbon themed break-out room, we were set the logistical challenge of transforming the room. In just 30 minutes we assembled a bar, porch, and cooperage and reconfigured the sound, lighting and video to suit the breakout set up. After that, we completed another quick turnaround to deliver the audio-visual support for the conference’s awards dinner.  

Beini Yu, Live Manager at White Label, said: “I was so impressed with the Hawthorn team’s practical, no-fuss and professional approach to their job. We felt thoroughly supported by them, and it was fantastic to know that the technical nuts and bolts of the conference were in such capable hands, allowing us to focus on delivering a great experience for our client. Logistical challenges are part and parcel of any live event and Hawthorn just found the solutions and made it happen.”

To find out how Hawthorn can support your conference, contact Rachel Waterfield, Head of Sales & Marketing:,


For more information about GCN Talent see:

Sales Account Director – Global Association – Up to £50K base - £75K OTE – Atlanta, USA

Senior Content Producer, LSEs - £28-30K plus profit share - London

Customer Experience Manager – B2B Events – Up to 35K – Singapore

Head of Marketing – Conferences – Up to £50K base £70K + OTE – London

Portfolio Director – International Real Estate Events – London – up to £48K base £78K OTE

Exhibition Sales Executive – Public Sector Shows - £25K base £35K OTE – London

Global Client Services Director – Events Market Intelligence – Up to £70K - £150K OTE – London

Venue Finding Executive – Event Management Agency – Up to £26K £36K OTE – London

Senior Conference Producer – Marcomms Events – Up to £32K plus 40% OTE – London

If you’re a recruiter looking for help with a particular vacancy or recruitment campaign, please call us on +44 (0)20 8123 5805 or email and we’ll be delighted to discuss your requirements and how we can help.