London 2015 Winners & Finalists

Best International Association Award

AEA284Winner: Institute of Certified Bookkeepers [Video]

This is the largest bookkeeping institute in the world. They provide ongoing support to members to ensure they are knowledgeable and up to date with the latest legislation, mindful of their ethical obligations, and best-placed to provide a trusted and exemplary service to business.

Mark of Excellence: International Hydropower Association (IHA)


  • GSMA
  • The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA)

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Best PR Campaign


Winner: The Wine and Spirit Trade Association – Call Time on Duty [Video]

The ‘Call Time on Duty’ campaign was spearheaded by the WSTA and the Scotch Whisky Association with support from The TaxPayers’ Alliance to call for an end to the damaging alcohol duty escalator, which had imposed a year-on-year duty increase on wine and spirits of 2% above inflation. This was a well resourced and planned campaign that was particularly effective in Parliament on a cross-party basis.

Mark of Excellence: UK Chamber of Shipping – Raising our profile


  • British Dental Association – #ARFhike
  • Pharmacy Voice – Dispensing Health
  • Recruitment and Employment Confederation – Room at the top: women leaders and the role of executive search
  • Social Enterprise UK – Social Economy Alliance
  • The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA) – UK Games Tax Relief 2013/14

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Best Training InitiativeAEA291

Winner: International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM) – (IABM) Training Academy [Video]

The IABM recognised 4 years ago that it needed to facilitate an education and training programme for its members.  Detailed Training Needs Analysis were conducted into the needs of the sector and they now offer scheduled courses throughout the year and respond to requests for onsite courses. They have also successfully established partners to deliver the training overseas. 

Mark of Excellence: Institute of Practitioners in Advertising – Foundation Certificate Qualification


  • Charity Finance Group – SORP Training
  • East Midlands Further Education Council (EMFEC) – The Networked Professional
  • Food and Drink Federation – Introductory Training Course
  • Hire Association Europe – LifeMaps
  • International Hydropower Association (IHA) – Sustainability Partnerships
  • The Lighting Industry Association – Application of LED Lighting

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Best Association Newsletter

AEA295Winner: National Association of Funeral Directors [Video]

The judges said “a well considered members’ magazine with a good sense of purpose.  The inclusion of humour and fresh news stories, combined with more conventional informative content, has led to a very engaging newsletter on a potentially depressing subject.”

Mark of Excellence: British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)  


  • Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)
  • British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
  • The Recruitment and Employment Confederation

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Best Association Exhibition

AEA300Winner: Manufacturing Technologies Association – MACH 2014 [Video]

This biennial exhibition attracted over 23,000 visitors representing diverse sectors across the whole of the UK Manufacturing sector. With over 600 companies exhibiting a staggering £177M of business was attributed to MACH 2014.

Mark of Excellence: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) – UK AD & Biogas 2014


  • GSMA – Connected City
  • National Association of Funeral Directors – National Funeral Exhibition

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Best Association Website

AEA303Winner: Recruitment & Employment Confederation [Video]

The judges remarked that they had a “really good understanding of objectives, strategy and then stats to prove success. The aim of reducing pages to increase online experience has been well achieved – user friendly and easy to navigate. The website does a good job in displaying a lot of content in a structured way.”

Mark of Excellence: Institute of Water


  • Association of Colleges
  • International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM)
  • International Hydropower Association (IHA)
  • Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA)

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Innovation Award

AEA307Winner: Market Research Society (MRS) – Fair Data [Video]

Launched as an accredited Trustmark for all those organisations – public and private sector – who collect and use personal data, Fair Data is set to become the instantly recognisable standard of an organisation that can be trusted to ‘do the right thing’ with all individuals’ data.

Mark of Excellence: Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) – The PR Apprenticeship


  • British Grooms Association – Equine Employers Zone
  • Publishing Scotland – Smartphone and IPad app

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Best Use of Social Media

AEA309Winner: Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) – #MAATchat [Video]

The judges said that “this was an excellent focused campaign to increase membership recruitment. Strong commitment and resulting uptake led to a very successful campaign. Whilst initially conceived as a one-off event, its results have led to repeat campaigns at regular intervals.”

Mark of Excellence: International Coach Federation – Credential Legacy Campaign


  • Association for Project Management (APM) – Ongoing profile raising of APM
  • British Dental Association – ARF hike
  • Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals – Battle of the blogs
  • Recruitment & Employment Confederation – I Love Recruitment

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Best Association Awards

AEA314Winner: Chartered Institute of Public Relations – CIPR Excellence Awards [Video]

The judges commented that “this was an exceptionally good entry with a refreshing re-brand with some good logic behind it. Some good statistics and feedback emphasised the success of the event.” Generally a very well planned and executed event. 

Mark of Excellence: Royal Town Planning Institute – RTPI Awards


  • Association for Project Management (APM) – APM Project Management Awards 2014
  • The British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) – BABTAC & CIBTAC Annual Awards
  • British Association of Landscape Industries – BALI National Awards
  • GSMA – Global Mobile Awards 2014
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) – ICSA Excellence in Governance Awards 2013
  • Market Research Society – MRS Awards 2013
  • The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA) – TIGA AWARDS 2014

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Best Association Conference – Outside London

AEA318Winner: Society for Endocrinology – SfE BES 2014 [Video]

The judges said “this was a very good entry with some highly innovative measures introduced this year which certainly helped to drive up attendance. Good use of social media and emerging technologies to engage with the audience. A thoroughly well researched and well organised event”.

Mark of Excellence: Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals – Annual Payroll and Pensions Conference


  • Association for Physical Education – National Annual Conference
  • EEEGR (East of England Energy Group) – SNS2015: The Sea of Opportunity
  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) – 7th International Conference
  • The Chartered Institute of Housing – CIH South East Conference
  • British Dental Association – British Dental Conference and Exhibition
  • Law Society of Scotland – Law in Scotland: The people’s verdict, so what now?

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Best Association Conference in London

AEA322Winner: Association for Project Management (APM) – APM Project Management Conference [Video]

The judges said it was “an outstanding submission, clearly highlighting the improvements made as well as the tight control of costs resulting in increased overall revenue. Clear target setting and goals, good research and creative marketing led to a lively and animated event.”

Mark of Excellence: The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) – ThinkFM


  • Institute of Certified Bookkeepers – Bookkeepers Summit
  • Institute of Economic Development – IED National Conference: Going for Growth
  • National Pawnbrokers Association – National Conference
  • British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association – BVCA Summit 2014

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Best Advancement of a Cause

AEA326Winner: British Dental Association – DFT [Video]

When NHS England announced that ‘foundation dentists’ at the very start of their careers would face a £2,000 per year pay cut, the BDA took action and finally got the government to see sense and climb down. The judges said this was “An Excellent campaign: very focused and effectively devised and executed. An e-petition, which gathered more than 2,000 signatures in its first 24 hours is great evidence of mobilization. 

Mark of Excellence: The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA) – TIGA’s campaign for Video Games Tax Relief


  • Royal Town Planning Institute – Promoting planning in our centenary year
  • Solar Trade Association – Public understanding of solar farms
  • The Institution of Railway Operators – Railway Operators’ Learning

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Association Leadership Award

AEA328Winner: The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA) – Dr Richard Wilson [Video]

The judges commented that “Richard set very clear business objectives for the organisation and they exceeded all of their targets, including record growth in turnover.  He showed a clear understanding and focus on challenges for the sector and secured a major win through lobbying activities in securing tax relief for the industry.”

Mark of Excellence: Airport Operators Association – Darren Caplan


  • Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)
  • British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) – Dominic Savage
  • British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association – Tim Hames – Director General
  • Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) – Paul Wait
  • International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO)

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Best UK Association Award

AEA335Winner: Association for Project Management (APM) [Video]

Founded in 1972, the Association for Project Management has been committed to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management for over 40 years. The judges said “Excellent, innovative, services in evidence, coupled with a desire to both constantly improve and secure feedback from members on how the association is doing.  A superb submission!”

Mark of Excellence: Local Government Association


  • British Dental Association
  • British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)
  • Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
  • Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA)
  • National Association of Funeral Directors
  • Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA)
  • The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA)

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