THE C&IT AWARDS 2024


EXTENDED DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE


Welcome to the C&IT Awards 2024 – the beating heart of the MICE industry!

After our SELL OUT success last year, we're inviting you back to celebrate your brilliant events, venues, experiences, and the amazing people behind them. Get ready for a spectacular celebration where we dive headfirst into acknowledging the movers, shakers, and groundbreakers across our industry - all of this finished off with a touch of glamour and a lot of excitement.

As we pull back the curtain, brace yourself for an unfiltered look at the brains behind unforgettable experiences. From mind-blowing productions to flawless execution, we're here to tip our hats to those who turn concepts into reality.

Join us in giving a nod to the visionaries who don't just plan events; they redefine them. The C&IT Awards isn't just about glitter and glamour; it's about recognising the impact that exceptional events, venues, and experiences have on our lives, businesses, and the way we connect. 

Explore our categories and see where you can shine a spotlight on your brilliant work and get the C&IT seal of approval. 

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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR



"The C&IT Awards represent the best of the best and have always been known as the ‘one to win’ when it comes to the event sector. All our winners are impartially selected through a rigorous judging process by a diverse range of top experts from across the industry. By bagging one of our coveted accolades, you can make sure you stand out to clients and employees, creating prestige for talent acquisition and exponential business growth. So, what are you waiting for?"

Charlotte Flach, 
Editor, C&IT Magazine

CATEGORIES


Industry Sector

These six awards will go to exceptional B2B events in their respective sectors. Open to: agencies, associations, corporates, destinations, DMCs, PCOs and venues

Automotive Event of the Year

This award category recognises excellence and innovation in automotive-related events.

Finance & Professional Services Event of the Year

This award recognises outstanding events within the finance and professional services industry. This category often highlights events that showcase innovation, thought leadership, networking opportunities, and overall excellence in the financial and professional sectors.

Pharma & Healthcare Event of the Year

This award recognises excellence in events within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. The winner of this award will demonstrate innovation, address key industry challenges, foster collaboration, and contribute to advancements in healthcare.

Technology & Telecoms Event of the Year

The Technology & Telecoms Event of the Year award recognises exceptional events within the technology and telecommunications industries.

Consumer Goods & Retail Event of the Year

This category combines consumer goods events and retail events. The award recognises outstanding events within the consumer and retail industries

Media & Broadcast Event Of The Year

This award recognises outstanding events within the media and broadcast industries. This prestigious accolade is given to an event that demonstrates excellence in various aspects, including content creation, technological innovation, audience engagement

Event Format Categories

These awards will go to exceptional B2B events that satisfy and exceed a specific event purpose.

Incentive Event of the Year

This award recognises exceptional events designed to motivate and reward individuals or groups for their achievements.

Internal Communications Event of the Year

This award recognises outstanding events within an organisation that are designed to enhance internal communication and engagement among employees.

Celebratory Event of the Year

This award recognises outstanding events that are designed to celebrate and commemorate special occasions, achievements, or milestones. This prestigious accolade is given to an event that excels in creating a joyful and memorable experience for participants.

Event Purpose Categories

These awards will go to exceptional B2B events that have adopted creative and innovative solutions in order to achieve their goals.

Best Small Budget Initiative

This awards category recognises and celebrates events that have demonstrated exceptional achievements with limited financial resources.

Best Sustainable Initiative

This awards category recognises events that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to sustainability.

Best DEI Initiative

This awards category recognises events that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Excellence in Community Engagement and Team Building Initiatives

This award recognises outstanding efforts that seamlessly blend corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, team-building events, and community engagement. This category celebrates organisations that not only prioritise giving back to the community but also foster team cohesion through impactful and innovative events.

Supplier Categories

These four awards will go to exceptional suppliers within the B2B events industry.

Best Venue (UK & Rest of the world)

Open to: UK and international hotels, venues and convention centres. 

This category will award 2 winners, one for inside the UK, and one outside the UK (rest of the world).  What are the specifications of your venue? Outline the unique selling points in the context of MICE events. Include information about innovation changes, refurbishments and adaptations that make the venue stand out from the rest. How has the venue evolved and adapted to be best-in-class for MICE purposes?

Best Event Destination (UK & Rest of the World)

Open to: UK and worldwide destinations.  

This category will award 2 winners, one for inside the UK, and one outside the UK (rest of the world). This award recognises locations that excel in hosting outstanding events. Outline the unique sellings points in the context of MICE events. Include information about innovation changes, and adaptations that make the destination stand out from the rest. How have the locations evolved and adapted to be best-in-class for MICE purposes?

Best Event Production Provider

Open to: Event production companies, or individuals that specialise in providing comprehensive event production services.  

This category is not open to event agencies. This award recognises companies or individuals that excel in delivering exceptional event production services. Judges will look for the provider's technical proficiency in event production and recognise those that demonstrate creativity and innovation in event design and execution.

MICE Team Of The Year

Open to: UK or international venues, hotel or supplier MICE teams. (eg. sales team, events team, marketing team etc). Destination Marketing Companies are also eligible to enter this category.  

This award will be given to a team that has achieved standout results in the context of the last year and demonstrated outstanding events and people practises. Please detail: team size and structure, strategic direction and/or change, financial results, employee engagement and the team’s journey over the last year. What progress was made by the team in the last year? Outline new innovations, client retention/acquisition, strategic adjustments and developments of work. Please include client testimonials and two short case studies of B2B events delivered for the business, describing the objectives, delivery and results/ROI for each event.

Best of the Best

These awards will go to the very best teams within the B2B events industry.

UK Agency of the Year

Open to: Agencies with teams or offices based in the UK only.  

This award will be given to an agency that has achieved standout results in the context of last year and demonstrated outstanding people practices. Please detail: agency’s size and structure, strategic direction and/ or change, financial results, employee engagement and the agency’s journey over the last year. What progress was made by the agency in the last year? Outline new innovations, client retention/acquisition, strategic adjustments and developments of work. Please include client testimonials and two short case studies of B2B events delivered for clients, describing the objectives, delivery and results/ROI for each event.

Global Agency of the Year

Open to: Agencies with bases in at least two countries.  

This award will be given to an agency that has achieved standout results in the context of last year and demonstrated outstanding people practices. Please detail: agency’s size and structure, location of offices around the world, strategic direction and/or change, financial results (taking coronavirus into consideration), employee engagement and the agency’s journey over the last year. What progress was made by the agency in the last year? Outline new innovations, client retention/acquisition (particularly global business), strategic adjustments and developments of work. Please include client testimonials and two short case studies of B2B events delivered for clients, describing the objectives, delivery and results/ ROI for each event.

Conference Of The Year

What were the core objectives? Outline the brief and purpose of the event in context of the market and sector. Include information of the original brief and how the brief may have changed over the timeline of the event (eg live brief vs digital brief, budget changes, resource adjustments). What were the key challenges faced when organising the event and how were these overcome? (eg live to digital, virtual networking, technology, revenue/ sponsorship, delegate engagement). Give a full rundown of the event delivered, including details of creative, content, venue or digital platform, logistics, broadcasting and personalisation focusing on how the solution met the brief, how it was innovative and what made it award worthy. Please include testimonials, data, statistics and evidence available from post-event analysis and qualitative feedback. Where possible also show a long term impact or legacy of the event internally or externally. Judges will look for entries that can demonstrate both creativity and proven ROI.

Corporate Events Team of the Year

Open to: In-house corporate event planners organising B2B events. (If your employer is an event agency but you have been placed within a corporate client, you should apply for agency categories).  

This award will be given to a team that has achieved standout results in the context of the last year and demonstrated outstanding events and people practises. Please detail: team size and structure, strategic direction and/or change, financial results, employee engagement and the team’s journey over the last year. What progress was made by the team in the last year? Outline new innovations, the way the team has benefitted the wider business, strategic adjustments and developments of work. Please include testimonials and two short case studies of B2B events delivered for the business, describing the objectives, delivery and results/ROI for each event.

WHY ENTER?


KEY INFORMATION

FINAL CHANCE TO ENTER: THURSDAY 13 JUNE!🚨

DATES

Final Deadline: 26 June 2024

Shortlist Announcement: 24th July 2024

Awards Night: 18 October 2024

PRICES


Price: £540 +VAT

HINTS & TIPS

A LITTLE BIT OF INSIGHT ON WHAT OUR JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR...

YOUR 2024 PANEL OF JUDGES



CHAIR OF JUDGES

Felicia Asiedu

Marketing Director , Cvent


YOU BE THE JUDGE!


The C&IT Awards matter because they are judged by the toughest critics, your peers. Our expert judging panels will consist of numerous industry professionals representing the full breadth of the MICE industry. The judges are selected based on their expertise, experience and integrity and we pride ourselves on our rigorous and objective judging process.

Nominations to get involved are welcome from across the sector, either for yourself or a colleague using the link below. The final judging panel will be comprised of an inclusive range of individuals to fully represent the industry. Our aim is to give as many diverse voices (women, BAME, LGBTQ+, different ages / seniority, people with disabilities) a chance to determine the results of this industry-leading event.

HEADLINE PARTNER



"After last year's huge success, IHG Hotels & Resorts is excited to support the annual C&IT Awards for the second consecutive year. We can't wait to be a part of this amazing night! We look forward to celebrating the best of the best in the MICE industry."


- IHG® Hotels & Resorts


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