Qualification period is 1st September 2017-31st August 2018
Below you will find the list of categories that you can enter. There is a mixture of people, show and company categories.
Please view the description for each one. If relevant, download the form. On there you will see a number of criteria to help steer your entry. Then fill it in and send back to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st October
Please note all categories are dedicated to organiser companies and shows, or those working within them, that fulfil the Indy Organiser qualification rules.
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.
Best Operations Team
This award highlights an operations 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.
Best Show Director
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.
Best Launch (trade or consumer)
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.
Best Marketing Campaign
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.
Best Feature Area
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.
Best Brand Expansion
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.
Best Consumer Show
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.
Best Trade Show
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.
Indy Organiser Team of the Year
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.