Best Association Event Managed by an Agency


Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL) – Steel for Packaging, a Pioneer of Circular Economy Conference

The ‘Steel for Packaging, a Pioneer of Circular Economy’ conference took place in Brussels on 11th April 2018. The event was jointly organised by APEAL and The Parliament Magazine, part of the Dods Group

The Parliament Magazine is widely recognised as the magazine by MEPs, for MEPs, providing news and analysis to navigate the complex and ever-changing EU political landscape and the Dods Group has unique insight into the people and processes concerned with implementing the changes APEAL is striving for.

Close collaboration between the Dods Group and APEAL in the year leading up to the conference, enabled the partners to secure the ideal venue and a wide range of influential speakers who were ideally positioned to influence delegates and help all EU member states to achieve the objectives of the circular economy package.

Great Place to Work® Institute – UK’s Best Workplaces™ Awards 2018

The prestigious UK’s Best Workplaces™ Awards are regarded as the gold standard of employer awards. Redactive Events Ltd has managed the Best Workplaces™ Awards on behalf of the Great Place to Work® Institute since 2013.

Due to the success of the 2017 awards, a new venue had to be selected for 2018 to accommodate more guests. The event was moved from the Westminster Park Plaza to Tobacco Dock, London. As well as being able to seat over 1,000 guests, Tobacco Dock was chosen for its character (the building is a Grade One listed warehouse with a rich history dating back to the early 19th Century). We wanted something different to the conventional hotel dining rooms used in previous years and this new venue was perfect.

The 2018 awards were the most successful yet! The event was attended by 875 people and the list increased by 6% on the previous year.

International Association for Medical Education (AMEE) – AMEE 2018

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) promotes excellence in education in medicine and the healthcare professions across the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education, to deliver better patient care.

The AMEE annual conference is now established as the principal meeting for all involved in medical and healthcare professions’ education. Participants are typically teachers, educationists, researchers, administrators, and students who come together to network, share ideas and learn about what’s happening in the field. AMEE appointed Worldspan as their PCO in 2011.

Since 2011, the number of participants attending the event has grown by a considerable 40% to reach the pinnacle of over 4,000 in 2018. Additionally, revenue from sponsorship and exhibitors has grown by 145%. Underpinning this growth is AMEE’ s commitment to innovation and delivering an exciting programme through different presentation formats and styles to engage with participants, underscored by a commitment to continuous improvement in the delivery of their flagship event.

Royal College of Midwives (RCM) – RCM Annual Conference 2018

The multi-award-winning RCM Annual Conference took place on 4-5 October 2018 at Manchester Central. Free-to-attend for the second year, the Conference attracted over 3,000 midwifery professionals to a content-rich two-day programme including dedicated strands for student midwives and maternity support workers.

The conference featured the usual high-quality conference programme designed to capture the imagination of midwives and the press. The conference included sessions on a wide range of topics including, perinatal mental health, challenging inequality and stillbirth.

The event also featured the ever-popular conference party with music from Under the Covers, a photo booth and, of course, a Conga!

The Scummy Mummies, a comedy duo made up of Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn, also attended the conference. The pair changed lyrics to songs by the Spice Girls and Bonnie Tyler’s ‘I Need a Hero’ so they related to midwifery and presented a segment on the worst gifts that midwives receive from patients -out of date chocolates and a burnt candle were just some of those offered by the audience.

The event exceeded all expectations. Thanks to a high-quality programme and a hugely effective multi-channel marketing campaign, 3,223 people attended the conference, an 8% increase on the previous year.

UK Gift Card and Voucher Association (UKGCVA) – UKGCVA Conference

The UK Gift Card and Voucher Association (UKGCVA) conference aims to inform, educate and inspire with a range of topics including online shopping and marketing trends as well as legal/VAT updates to raise the profile and educate around gift cards. We engage keynote speakers from outside of the industry to talk about key retail trends whilst relating back to gift cards, plus useful consumer research and a white paper to engage the c-suite. The goal is to provide inspiration, innovation, best practice and new ideas to help advance the industry – as well as the very best networking opportunities.

In 2015, the association was losing members, becoming less relevant and meetings were not providing enough content. The new Director General, Gail Cohen came in and Natasha Russell was brought on board to help organise the conference, an annual event open to members and non-members. Over the past three years the conference has been overhauled, introducing a new format and more polished event that has grown and attracted international speakers, delegates and sponsorship. It is now the flagship industry event, for UK and overseas Gift card professionals and a key event for the association in terms of revenue and membership benefits.

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