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Conference Awards |

29th June 2018 | City Central at the HAC, London

GCN Events are delighted to announce the winners of the 9th Annual Conference Awards.

The shortlist saw representation from a diverse range of companies and events held in the UK and overseas and organized by commercial conference companies; agencies; corporates and associations.

Winners were revealed at a ceremony at City Central at the HAC in London with hosting and entertainment provided by Zoe Lyons and Milton Jones, courtesy of headline sponsor Performing Artistes.

A complete list of 2018 winners is below:

Best Conference by a Small Company

C21Media – Content London

Best Conference by an Events Agency

BRANDFUEL – Google Zeitgeist

Best Partnership or Collaboration

MEETinLEEDS – Communication Matters' Augmentative and Alternative Communication Annual Conference

Best Free to Attend Conference

Redactive – RCM Annual Conference and Exhibition

Best Conference Venue - under 500 attendees theatre style

One Great George Street

Best Conference Venue - 500 to 1300 attendees theatre style

Smart Group – Here East

Best Conference Venue - over 1300 attendees theatre style

Manchester Central

Best Event Re-Vamp or Re-Launch

KNect365, part of Informa – London Tech Week

Best Corporate Event

WONDER London – Google Cloud Next 2017

Best Awards Event

Procurement Leaders – World Procurement Awards

Best UK Conference (under 1500 delegates)

Contentive – HRD Summit

Best UK Conference (over 1500 delegates)

Haymarket Media Group – CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition 2017 – Embracing the New World of Work

Best Overseas Conference of the Year (under 400 delegates)

The Science and Information Organization – Future Technologies Conference 2017

Best Overseas Conference of the Year (over 400 delegates)

Green Power – MIREC Week 2017

Best Conference Venue Customer Service

Green & Fortune – Kings Place

Best Events Operation Team

Festival of Media – Operations Team

Best Event Linked to a Publication

C21Media – Content London

Best New Conference Launch

Oliver Kinross – The AI Congress

Best Large Scale Event or Congress

Euromoney Trading – Investing in African Mining Indaba

Best Conference Series

weCONECT Global Leaders – Smart Mobility Series


The full list of finalists and winners and supplementary material can be found on the website:


Additional silver and bronze honours were also handed to:

* Aesthetics Media – Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition * ALM – Legal Week Connect * America Square Conference Centre * Association of MBAs – * Bioscientifica * C21Media * Campden Wealth * Cheltenham Racecourse * Clarion Events * Conferenz * drp * Edinburgh International Conference Centre * EMAP Publishing * etc.venues * Euromoney Trading * Evenco International * Faversham House * Fitz All Media * Forgather * Global Trade Review * HGA * IAB UK * Incisive Business Media * Incisive Media – Channel Awards * Inntel * Marketforce * Ocean Media Group * QEII Centre * Redactive * Reed Business Information * Sense Media * Surrey County Cricket Club * Terrapinn – World Vaccine Congress Washington 2018 * The Principal Hotel Company – The Principal Manchester * The Telegraph Festival of Business * Tobacco Dock * Warwick Conferences * Whitehall Media * WONDER London

Rory Ross-Russell joint-founder of GCN Events commented:

The Conference Awards once again underline the importance of the vibrant conference sector. It was a fantastic showcase of the innovation; dynamism and creativity evident in all the players in the market and an important day to take stock and celebrate the hard-won achievements of the last year. ”