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With a choice of 18 categories designed to represent the breadth of the industry, you have the opportunity to showcase what you've achieved over the past 12 month. Show-off to your peers, gain the recognition you deserve and celebrate with your team.

Check out below!

The six sector event awards will go to exceptional B2B events that stand out from the crowd in their respective sectors. 

Entry questions:

Objectives: What were the client's core objectives for the event? Outline what pre-event research was carried out and include information relevant to the industry sector or client that impacted the event, eg new management team, merger, market challenges.

Challenges: What were the key challenges faced when organising the event and how were these overcome? For example, reduced budget, logistical challenges, unforeseen issues with destination/venue.

Delivery: Give a full rundown of the event delivered, including details on creative, content, venue, destination, logistics, focusing on how the solution met the brief and what makes this event stand out.

Results: Did the event achieve its core objectives? Please include client testimonials and any statistics available from post-event analysis and qualitative feedback. Judges will look for entries that can demonstrate both creativity and proven ROI.

 

Automotive Event of the Year

Business & Finance Event of the Year

Energy & Utilities Event of the Year

IT & Telecoms Event of the Year

Pharma/Medical/Health & Beauty Event of the Year

Retail/Consumer goods Event of the Year

The five event-by-type awards will go to exceptional B2B events that stand out from the crowd in their respective categories. 

 

Incentive Programme of the Year

Entry questions:

Objectives: What were the client's core objectives for the incentive trip? Outline what pre-event research was carried out and provide details on the qualifying period and pre-event communications campaign. How was the destination selected and why?

Challenges: What were the key challenges faced when organising the incentive and how were these overcome? For example, reduced budget, logistical challenges, unforeseen issues with destination/venue.

Delivery: Give a full rundown of the incentive delivered, including creative, content, venue, destination, logistics, focusing on how the trip met the brief and what makes this event stand out.

Results: Did the incentive achieve its core objectives? Please include client testimonials and any statistics available from post-event analysis and qualitative feedback. Judges will look for entries that can demonstrate both creativity and proven ROI.

 

 

Internal Communications Event of the Year

Entry questions:

Objectives: What were the client's core objectives for holding an internal staff event? Was it an annual staff conference that was given a fresh twist? Or a new staff event designed to meet a specific business challenge? Outline what pre-event research was carried out and include any information relevant to the client that impacted the event, eg new management team, merger, financial challenges.

Challenges: What were the key challenges faced when organising the event and how were these overcome? For example, reduced budget, logistical challenges, unforeseen circumstances such as issues with destination or venue, challenges around secrecy.

Delivery: Give a full rundown of the event delivered, including details on creative, content, venue, destination, logistics, focusing on how the solution met the brief and what makes this event stand out. Include details on pre- and post-event strategies and any social media and technology used.

Results: Did the event achieve its core objectives? Please include client testimonials on the event and any statistics available from post-event analysis and qualitative feedback. Judges will look for entries that can demonstrate both creativity and proven ROI.

 

International Conference or Congress of the Year

Entry questions:

Objectives: What were the client's core objectives for the conference? Outline what pre-event research was carried out and include any information relevant to the industry sector or client that impacted the event, eg new management team, merger, recent financial challenges. How was the destination selected?

Challenges: What were the key challenges faced when organising the conference and how were these overcome? For example, reduced budget, logistical challenges, issues with destination or venue.

Delivery: Give a full rundown of the event delivered, including creative, content, venue, destination, logistics, focusing on how the solution met the brief and what makes this event stand out. Include details on any social media and technology used.

Results: Did the event achieve its core objectives? Please include client testimonials and any statistics available from post-event analysis and qualitative feedback. Judges will look for entries that can demonstrate both creativity and proven ROI.

 

Teambuilding Experience of the Year

Did you create a standout teambuilding experience in 2016? This award will honour an original teambuilding event or innovative corporate teambuilding idea that really got teams bonding and working together more effectively. It is open to brands and agencies that have held teambuilding events, and also to suppliers of new teambuilding packages.

Entry questions:

What? What were the main goals of the teambuilding experience? What makes it stand out from the crowd? How did it fit with the wider event or client objectives?

Delivery: A full rundown of what the teambuilding experience consisted of, including creative, content, activities, production, details on pre- and post-event strategies and any innovative technology used.

Results: How did the teambuilding experience deliver on its objectives? Include any statistics available from post-event analysis and qualitative feedback. Suppliers should include two short case studies and client testimonials on the experience. Judges will look for entries that can demonstrate both creativity and proven ROI.

 

UK Conference or Congress of the Year

Entry questions:

Objectives: What were the client's core objectives for the conference? Outline what pre-event research was carried out and include any information relevant to the industry sector or client that impacted the event, eg new management team, merger, market challenges.

Challenges: What were the key challenges faced when organising the conference and how were these overcome? For example, reduced budget, logistical challenges, unforeseen issues with destination or venue.

Delivery: Give a full rundown of the event delivered, including creative, content, venue, destination, logistics, focusing on how the solution met the brief and what makes this event stand out. Include details on any social media and technology used.

Results: Did the event achieve its core objectives? Please include client testimonials and any statistics available from post-event analysis and qualitative feedback. Judges will look for entries that can demonstrate both creativity and proven ROI.

 

Best Event Solution to a Business Challenge

This award will be given to an event that helped meet a specific business challenge for the client.

Entry questions:

Objectives: Outline what the company's business challenge was and why an event was the best solution to meet that challenge. What were the client's core objectives for the event? Include details on any pre-event research that was carried out.

Challenges: What were the key challenges faced when organising the event and how were these overcome?

Delivery: Please give a full rundown of the event delivered, including creative, content, venue, destination, logistics, focusing on how the solution was designed specifically to meet the client's business challenge.

Results: Please include client testimonials on the event and any statistics available from post-event analysis and qualitative feedback. How did the event help deliver on the business challenge? Judges will look for entries that can demonstrate both creativity and proven ROI.

 

Best Use of Event Technology/Social Media

This award will be given to a company that has effectively used technology and/or social media to enhance an event.

Entry questions:

Objectives: What were the clients core objectives for the event? Outline clearly any pre-event research carried out and the business case for using social media and/or new technology. Judges will look for entries where the role of social media and/or new technology was integral to the event and not added because it’s the latest new thing.

Challenges: What were the key challenges in organising the event, in particular implementing the technology and/or social media used, and how were these overcome?

Delivery: Please give a full rundown of the event, including creative, content, venue, destination and logistics, focusing on the social media or technology implemented and how it was used to enhance/engage/amplify the event. Include details on pre- and post-communications and interactivity during the actual event.

Results: Did the event achieve its core objectives? Please include client testimonials on the event and any statistics available from post-event analysis and qualitative feedback. How was the impact of the technology/social media measured? Judges will look for entries where the use of social media and/or new technology was proven to enhance the event.

 

Best Use of a Small Budget

This award will be given to an event that stands out from the crowd and delivered on objectives despite being subject to a limited budget. Events in this category must come under a budget of £100k.

Entry questions:

Objectives: What were the client's core objectives for the event? Entrants should state why the budget was restricted and include details of the budget, plus any relevant background on the client's business or industry sector (this information will be treated confidentially).

Challenges: What were the core challenges in organising the event? How did budget limitations impact on the choice of venue/destination, or the type of event that was delivered. Was it difficult to negotiate with suppliers to bring down costs?

Delivery: Give a full rundown of the event delivered, including creative, content, venue, destination, logistics, focusing the steps taken to make sure the event delivered on the brief without breaking the budget.

Results: Did the event nail its core objectives and come in on budget? Please include client testimonials on the event and any statistics available from post-event analysis and qualitative feedback. Judges will look for an event that delivered both creativity and clear ROI for the client, despite budget limitations.

 

Best UK Conference Venue

This award will honour the UK conference venue that had a stand out year in 2016. Have you held the most events ever, posted record financial results, created an innovative way to use the space, or introduced new packages or technological innovations?

Entry questions:

Venue overview: Provide a brief overview of your venue including location, square metres and capacities.

2016 results: Demonstrate the success of your business in the last year, including details of repeat or new business won. Please detail the number of events held, and financial information on the performance of the venue in comparison to the previous year(s).

Case studies: Provide two case studies of events hosted in the last year. Detail how the venue worked with the client to ensure its business objectives were met. Were there any unusual requests? If so, what did the team do to meet these? Did you provide any additional services? Please include client testimonials and any statistics available from post-event analysis and qualitative feedback. Case studies should be no more than 1 A4 page each.

 

Best Overseas Conference Venue

This award will honour an overseas conference venue that had a stand out year in 2016. Have you held the most events ever, posted record financial results, created an innovative way to use the space, or introduced new packages or technological innovations?

Entry questions:

Venue overview: Provide a brief overview of your venue including location, square metres and capacities.

2016 results: Demonstrate the success of your business in the last year, including details of repeat or new business won. Please detail the number of events held, and financial information on the performance of the venue in comparison to the previous year(s).

Case studies: Provide two case studies of events hosted in the last year. Detail how the venue worked with the client to ensure its business objectives were met. Were there any unusual requests? If so, what did the team do to meet these? Did you provide any additional services? Please include client testimonials and any statistics available from post-event analysis and qualitative feedback. Case studies should be no more than 1 A4 page each.

 

Best Overseas Destination

The winners of these two brand new awards will be decided at the Awards Ceremony, with live voting technology available on the night of the C&IT Awards for the first time. The shortlist of destinations for both categories will be drawn up by the C&IT team with the help of our readers.

  • Best Overseas Destination - Short-haul
  • Best Overseas Destinatin - Long-haul

*Please note this category cannot be entered.

 

Global Agency of the Year

Are you the number one global events agency? Did your business expand into new global markets? Did you win a major new global event management contract? What makes your business stand out from the crowd? This award will be given to a global events agency that had a standout year in 2016.

*Open to agencies with bases in at least two countries, conducting global meetings and B2B events

Entry questions:

Company overview: Location of offices around the world; number of employees and staff retention rate within those offices; global financial performance including year-on-year growth in profits and turnover, plus financial details on individual offices/regions; staff incentives, training programmes and sustainable and flexible working practices.

2016 review: why was 2016 a big year for the agency and what USPs or new innovations make it stand out from others in the industry. Include details of new client wins (particularly global business) or repeat business from existing clients picked up in the last year (this information will be treated confidentially). Please include client testimonials.

Case studies: Please include two short case studies of B2B events delivered for clients by two different offices at the agency, describing the objectives, delivery and results/ROI for each event.

Future strategy: How is the agency looking to build on its success from the last 12 months? What new campaigns, initiatives and strategies will the company be looking to implement in order to succeed? What are the future global expansion plans for the agency? 

 

UK Agency of the Year

Are you the number one UK events agency? What makes your business stand out from the crowd? This award will be given to an agency that had a standout year in 2016.

*Open to agencies with teams based in the UK only

Entry questions:

Company overview: Number of employees and staff retention rate; financial performance including year-on-year growth in profits and turnover; staff incentives, training programmes and flexible working practices.

2016 review: why was 2016 a big year for the agency and what USPs or new innovations make it stand out from others in the industry. Include details of new client wins or repeat business from existing clients picked up in the last year (this information will be treated confidentially).

Case studies: Please include two short case studies of B2B events delivered for clients, describing the objectives, delivery and results/ROI for each event.

Future strategy: How is the agency looking to build on its success from the last 12 months? What new campaigns, initiatives and strategies will the company be looking to implement in order to succeed?

 

Grand Prix

One main award will be presented to the company or individual the judges feel has proven outstanding excellence in the C&I market. This will be chosen from all of the category entries and cannot be entered directly.

 

Entry Fees

STANDARD ENTRY PRICE:
  • First entry: £200 + VAT
  • All subsequent entries: £120 + VAT
Until 28 June 2017

ASSOCIATION MEMBERS:
  • First entry: £180 + VAT
  • All subsequent entries: £120 + VAT
Until 28 June 2017

Late entry fee: Entries received after the 28th June 2017 to midnight 6th July, will be subject to an additional £85+ VAT on top of the entry fee.

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