Global Conference Network reveals winners of Conference & CVS Awards

The winners of the Conference Awards and Conference Venue & Supplier (CVS) Awards were announced at Battersea Evolution on Friday 13 June at their biggest ever ceremony.

Organised by the Global Conference Network, the event welcomed a record attendance of over 750 industry professionals to celebrate the success and innovation in the conference industry. Hosted by Smart Hospitality, part of the Smart Group, guests were treated to a three-course meal and a sophisticated production provided by Hawthorn as the winners were presented with their awards by comedian Josh Widdicombe.

Claire Wormsley, director of the Global Conference Network, said: “We’ve had a thriving year for the conference industry and we’re delighted to see the Conference Awards grow. These awards have become the definitive recognition of the dedication and innovation that drives excellence in our sector. Congratulations to all our winners and we would also like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors and partners for making this event possible. A special thank you should be extended to Hiscox Event Insurance who has been our sponsor from the launch of the awards in 2010 – they are a fantastic asset to our events and to the conference industry as a whole.”

The awards also included a charity raffle in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, with items to be won including a dinner for four at West London’s Marco Grill and a three-night weekend stay at Center Parcs.

Conference Awards Winners 2014

 Best Association Conference – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence / NICE Annual Conference

Best Publication Led Event – Last Word Media / Expert Investor Europe, Pan European Congress

Best Managed Event – BrandFuel / Zeitgeist

Best Awards Event – EMAP / Construction News Awards

Best Conference Series – ICBI / SuperReturn Global Series

Best Operations Team – IWSC Group

Best Conference Content Team – Incisive Media

Best Marketing Team – Terrapinn

Best Large Scale Event or Congress – i2i Events Group / World Retail Congress

Best New Product Launch – Wilmington Group / SJ Live

Best New Geographical Launch – Capacity Media / Myanmar Connect

Best Development of an Existing Conference UK – Haymarket Business Media / Media360

Best Development of an Existing Conference Overseas – Gartner UK / IT Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit


Conference Venue & Supplier Awards Winners 2014

 Best Small Conference Venue (up to 350 theatre style) – Cavendish Conference Centre

Best Mid-sized Conference Venue (between 350 – 500) – Business Design Centre

Best Large Conference Venue (over 500) – Manchester Central

Best Conference Supplier – Eventbrite

Best Conference Venue Customer Service – London – Olympia Conference Centre

Best Conference Venue Customer Service – Outside London – Farncombe Conference Centre


Mark of Excellence

 Best Association Conference – Association of Corporate Treasurers / ACT Annual Conference 2013

Best Conference Series – Forgather / eCommerce Futures

Best Operations Team – George P Johnson

Best Large Scale Event or Congress – Adam Smith Conferences / Russian Automotive Forums

Best New Product Launch – Elsevier / The 1st International Conference on Global Food Security

Best New Geographical Launch – The Economist Events / The Lisbon Summit

Best Development of an Existing Conference Overseas – LinkedIn / Talent Connect

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Notes to editors

The Global Conference Network (GCN), formed by Rory Ross Russell and Claire Wormsley, has been established to provide quality information and events for the global conference industry. GCN works on a variety of projects, including the Conference Awards, Conference Summit, Event Marketing Summit, Conference Golf Cup, Preferred Suppliers Directory, Conference Training, Conference Partnerships, the Graduate Conference Academy and GCN Talent.


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