Newsletter Issue 5 : July 2014


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The 5th Annual Conference Awards - celebrating excellence & best practice in the Conference Industry

This year's annual Conference Awards ceremony took place on 13th June attracting over 750 conference professionals to Battersea Evolution. The sun added to the usual heightened excitement, frenzied networking and blizzard of card swapping. After a delicious lunch, the mood was set by Josh Widdicombe with his witty take on all things from Argos Extra to Playboy bunnies. Then, with the twitterwall buzzing with anticipation, the awards were presented. Here are some of the winners, with a précis of the judges’ reasoning for selecting them.



The International Wine and Spirit Competition’s rigorous judging takes seven months, involving 300+ judges tasting entries from 90 countries worldwide, alongside stringent external validation analysis. The awards judges noted that with a team of only 5 people managing 8,000 entries, this was a highly impressive organisational and planning challenge, with the team’s passion and commitment clearly a critical component.

BEST CONFERENCE CONTENT TEAM – Incisive Media Conference Content Production Team - London
Always working under the maxim ‘Content is King’, this 31-strong team annually manage over 350 events spanning the investment, legal, insurance and business technology sectors; across 16 countries and 5 continents. It was judged to be a very strong entry whose huge team, deliver a large number of diverse events with spectacular success; showing great examples of creative content delivery.

These are primarily networking events, yet deliver impressive innovation in markets, formats, and sponsorship packages while engineering new ways of getting the message to the target audience. 2013 witnessed 12 SuperReturn & SuperInvestor events across 5 continents, with 6000 delegates,1600 speakers, 210 unique sponsors and 1500 unique delegate organisations; representing 90 countries. The judges considered this to be a must-attend global event with vast commercial success. It showed clever innovation across marketing, sponsorship and production, as well as great research levels and speaker line-ups.

BEST MARKETING TEAM – Terrapinn Global Marketing Team
The team comprises 45 people – a central team of 11, and then local marketing teams in New York, London, Jo’burg, Singapore and Dubai. In 2013 they marketed over 250 events globally, spanning life science, energy, technology, finance and transport. Events ranged from niche conferences, to large scale highly sponsored conferences, and huge trade shows; each requiring a different marketing strategy. The judges appreciated their well thought out strategy from initial staff recruitment through to end result, always aligned around good data and customer engagement, with impressive end results.

BEST LARGE SCALE EVENT OR CONGRESS – i2i Events Group World Retail Congress
2013 was the largest and most successful year to date for this renowned industry leader. 149 speakers and 1300 delegates, representing 320 companies and 54 countries, attended the Congress in its new Parisian setting. Building on its fantastic reputation, the congress evolved with additional new features alongside innovative speakers and carefully curated sponsorship packages. Focused local market engagement was created in parallel with major retail pioneers and influential heavyweights such as Facebook, Google and ebay. The judges summed it up as “Representing every facet of the retail ecosystem, this event was acclaimed a resounding success by delegates, sponsors and global media. With excellent industry engagement and fantastic speakers – this was a positive beacon for an industry that has had a tough time of late.”

Other no less deserving winners were: EMAP, BrandFuel, Last Word Media, Haymarket Business Media, Capacity Media, Gartner, Wilmington Group and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
For a full list of winners please see:

Conference venue & supplier awards went to: London Olympia Conference Centre, Manchester Central, Cavendish Conference Centre, the Business Design Centre, Farncombe Conference Centre and Eventbrite.

The full list with summaries of can be viewed on the Conference Awards website, which also offers the opportunity to register your interest in next year’s awards competition.


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Sponsorship Director – Conference Company Up to £60K base plus uncapped commission, London

Commercial Director - Projects Up to £55K base plus commission, London

Delegate Sales Manager Up to £38K base £53K OTE, London

Event Project Director (Spanish Speaking) – Up to £45K base, £50-65K OTE, London

Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales Manager – Up to £40K base, £60K OTE, Singapore, plus relocation

Senior Marketing Manager – Up to 50K base, £60K OTE, Surrey

Senior Summit Producer – Up to £34K base £44K OTE, London


Graduate Conference Academy is taking place 30 June – 4 July, providing free training to a carefully, selected group of bright, academically successful graduates looking for a career in conference production or marketing. If you are looking to take on a graduate and are interested in meeting one of our trained, committed graduates, please contact or call 0208 374 1712.

Event Marketing Summit is the latest event to be launched by GCN. By focusing on strategies and digital innovations in building event brands and communities, this summit is relevant to all marketing professionals in conferences, exhibitions, awards and associations. The summit is taking place on 3 October at the Mermaid, we have a special discounted, early bird rate until 31 July, so to book your places please visit

The 5th annual Conference Golf Cup returns to the magnificent New Zealand Golf Club in Surrey on Thursday 25th September. This exclusive get together has become a fabulous networking event for senior executives in the Industry. It is a great chance for Conference Directors to meet up with ex-colleagues and make new acquaintances, as well as a cost effective hospitality opportunity for suppliers in the industry. Golfers of all ability are more than welcome and the format is team based. If you are interested in taking part then please contact