Shortlist 2019

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This award recognises a skilled and dedicated individual who delivers consistently and to a high level in their role, but who rarely gets the recognition they deserve. Judges will be looking for that person who is always ready to lend a helping hand, the glue that holds a team together, and who is always ready to go above and beyond to make an event a success.

Shortlist:

Paul Love – UK Industry Events
Larelle Brown – Maddox Events
Rebecca Davis – Maddox Events


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This award recognises the importance of attracting new talent into our industry. The Best Newcomer award is open to individuals who have been in the events industry for less than three years and have been in full-time employment for less than five years.

Shortlist:

Carol O’Riordan – Faversham House
Sana Haq – Maddox Events
Jordan Graham – Maddox Events
Hiywet Berhe – Maddox Events
Caprene Bentley – Maddox Events


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This award singles out the best event director at an independent organiser working in the UK exhibition industry today. Judges are looking to reward one show director working across trade and/or consumer shows who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, creativity and professional growth during the qualification period. Key to success is the nominee’s ability to demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership.

Shortlist:

Jamie Wilkinson – Eljays44
Mike Seaman – Raccoon Events


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This award recognises the best new event in either the trade or consumer sphere launched by an independent organiser in the UK during the qualification period. The Best Launch celebrates innovative marketing, fresh new ideas and strong potential for future success and growth.

Shortlist:

MotorsportDays Live – BWR Media
Cake International on Tour – ICHF Events
Wildlife & Safari Travel Show – Converge Exhibitions
For The Love of Wrestling – Monopoly Events
The Gin To My Tonic Show – The Gin To My Tonic


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This award recognises the best new event in either the trade or consumer sphere launched by an independent organiser in the UK during the qualification period. The Best Launch celebrates innovative marketing, fresh new ideas and strong potential for future success and growth.

Shortlist:

CHEMUK 2019 – UK Industry Events
Cruise Ship Interiors Expo America – Elite Exhibitions
FutureScape Spring – Eljays44
International Disaster Management Exhibition – Sedef London
Letsrecycle Live – Environment Media Group
Short Stay Show – Quartz Smart Events
STEMFEST – RS Components


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Whether in print, digital, outdoor or experiential (or a combination of all of these), a well-conceived, integrated marketing campaign is crucial to the success and perceptions of your business. This award explores the best brand-boosting campaigns during the qualification period. Judges will be looking for examples of work that display creativity and best marketing practice alongside proven measurable results against key campaign objectives.

Shortlist:

Irn Bru Carnival – QD Events
Big Data LDN – 3rd Street Group
Northern Restaurant & Bar Show – Holden Media


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A great feature area on the show floor can leave a lasting impression – not just on visitors but on exhibitors too, and to inspire other organisers and suppliers. This unique award acknowledges the collaborative nature of a successful feature, utilising the creativity of both the organising team and suppliers providing the desired solution. Organisers or suppliers can nominate themselves for this award and both parties will be recognised.

Shortlist:

InstallerINVENT – Installer2018 – Lyrical Communications
AptArt – Aid&Trade – Sedef London
Soapbox – Completely Retail Marketplace – Completely Events
Run Clinic – The National Running Show – Raccoon Events
Silent Conference – Aviation Africa – TIMES Aerospace (Events)


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This award will recognise an independent organiser that has diversified its exhibition above and beyond its original brief into new territories, avenues or channels during the qualification period. The winner of the Best Brand Expansion award will have successfully replicated their brand either internationally or in the UK, launched sister or co-located events, or extended their exhibition brand into other media avenues and complementary commercial opportunities. Judges will be looking for excellence, innovation, commercial success and longevity.

Shortlist:

Completely Retail Marketplace Iberia – Completely Events
Hotel Summit – Forum Events
FutureScape Spring – Eljays44
Northern Restaurant & Bar Show – Holden Media
Cake International on Tour – ICHF Events
Country Homes and Interiors Christmas – ICHF Events
International Disaster Management Exhibition – Sedef London
DentalForum Europe – OpenRoom Events


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The Best Consumer Show Award recognises one show that has met the consumer challenge by delivering a superb visitor experience, backed up by creative marketing initiatives, year-on-year success, a competitive edge, originality and commercial growth.

Shortlist:

BodyPower – BodyPower Lts
Dogfest – Fitz All Media
Irn Bru Carnival – QD Events
Manchester Art Fair & The Manchester Contemporary – Holden Media
Sewing for Pleasure – ICHF Events
Summer in the City – Malo Events
The National Running Show – Raccoon Events
The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Show – QD Events


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This category is open to any trade exhibition run by an independent organiser and held in the UK during the qualification period. Organisers will be assessed on their ability to meet show objectives, produce innovative content and marketing campaigns, record improvements in commercial performance, demonstrate visitor and exhibitor attendance growth and diversification, and the show’s longevity.

Shortlist:

Installer2019 – Lyrical Communications
DairyTech – Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers
Make it British Live! – Make it British
London Christmas Party Show 2019 – Story Events
Big Data LDN 2018 – 3rd Street Group
Utility Week Live – Faversham House
Aid&Trade London – Sedef London
Completely Retail Marketplace UK – Completely Events


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This award recognises that independent UK organisers are capable of putting on truly world-class international events. Judges will be looking for non-UK exhibitions which delivered on their promises to visitors and exhibitors, showed strong commercial performance and provided a unique experience.

Shortlist:

Aviation Africa Summit & Exhibition – TIMES Aerospace (Events)
European Women in Technology – Maddox Events


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This award highlights an organising team who have displayed superior efforts on one or more exhibition through hard work, a commitment to customer service, organisational and management skills, teamwork and resourcefulness, delivering an outstanding and successful event.

Shortlist:

Times Aerospace (Events)
Completely Events
Sedef London
QD Events
Foremarke Exhibitions
Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers
Holden Media