Corporate Events Team of the Year

Corporate Events Team of the Year : RBS

The RBS Group in-house events team works out of London and Edinburgh and is made up of eight passionate event professionals with a collective 140 years of industry experience. The team is underpinned by a core set of behaviours - being brave, connected, critical thinkers, change ready, improvers, innovators, and trusted advisors.  

In 2019 the team undertook 14 projects to help improve practice, including benchmarking against other companies and measuring the success of events. Conclusions and learning from the projects were shared with each other through coaching sessions, mini workshops and in peer-to-peer learning. Results included the implementation of Zoom technology as a resource for events, leading to a virtual event approach adopted across 28 per cent of 2019 events. Meanwhile cost-effective event planning workshops resulted in a ten per cent saving from total event budgets year-on-year.

Led by Peter Short, the team produces a wide range and style of flagship events across all brands, ranging from internal and external conferences and meetings, financial exhibitions, town halls, gala dinners and awards ceremonies. For example, the team had a one month lead time to produce Money Talks, a series of events for colleagues over one week in four cities, including finding venues, briefing and managing stakeholders and speakers, creating registration web sites, arranging live broadcasts of the events and sourcing branded event collateral. It also organises the Living Our Values bank-wide recognition programme, culminating in the annual LOV awards.

Judges’ comments:
“The team came across as hardworking, dedicated and committed.”
“The RBS team are clearly experienced when it comes to events and execution, which is great on its own, but the stand-out here is their elevation to a high performing team with their additional work.”
“Good teams and event planners can deliver events well - great teams go above and beyond to enhance their teams further and constantly improve. The team are clearly recognised by the wider business as a result.”

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