ABPCO Chairmen’s Lunch & Excellence Awards

Was held on 8th – 9th December 2016 – Manchester Central



The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has revealed the shortlist for the 2016 Excellence Awards.

  • Best Conference by an In-House Conference Organiser – Royal Society of Medicine (BeyondBORDERS); Diabetes UK (Diabetes UK Professional Conference)
  • Best Conference by an Agency Conference Organiser – Meeting Makers (IAPD 2015); Happening (International Symposium on Pediatric Neurosurgery 2016); MCI UK (World Hepatitis Summit 2015); Conference Partners (EuroScience Open Forum 2016)
  • Best Industry Partnership – SECC (RCN Congress), Cvent (AEO Conference) and Shocklogic (AAGBI 2016)

Thursday 8th December

Arrive at your leisure, and take the opportunity to visit the world famous Christmas Markets and do some Christmas shopping that there is never usually time for!

Check-in at your pre-booked hotel.

We have arranged an allocation at special rates at both of the following hotels located close to Manchester Central.  Please book quickly to ensure that you get the rate!

Hilton Deansgate.  www.hilton.com/Manchester

£ 169.00 BB  single occupancy / £ 179 BB twin/double occupancy Inclusive of VAT, wifi and breakfast

Please book The Hilton  via this link

Innside by Melia http://www.melia.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/manchester/innside-manchester/index.html

£75.00 BB single occupancy / £85.00 BB twin/ double occupancy

Inclusive of VAT, wifi and breakfast

Please complete this form to book the Innside Melia

 A very special dinner at Manchester Central Library

We are privileged to be able to host our networking dinner in one of Manchester’s most exclusive event spaces at the centre of the City www.centrallibrarymcr.co.uk

This iconic city venue, designed by E. Vincent Harris, was first opened in 1934. Following a £50m refurbishment in 2010, taking four years, the Grade II listed building has been brought into the 21st century by combining historic features with cutting-edge design.

We will be having pre-dinner drinks  from 7.30pm in the magnificent Wolfson Reading Room, followed by an opportunity for a quick tour and then a lovely 3 course dinner.

The £40 inc VAT fee includes a reception drink, a 3-course dinner, half a bottle of wine and coffee.

Please book with the appropriate form below. Payment will be taken in advance and will be non-refundable.

Friday 9th December

Get your flat shoes on, and make your way to Manchester Central at 9.30am.  We have arranged for Jonathan Schofield, a sought-after Manchester tour guide, writer, broadcaster and editor-in-chief of Manchester Confidential to give you an insightful and enjoyable tour of Manchester.

Please do mark on the lunch booking form, found below, if you would like to join the walking tour.  Jonathan will ensure that you are back in plenty of time for the;

Chairmen’s Lunch and Excellence Awards

Join us from 12 noon in the Cobden Rooms at Manchester Central for a pre-lunch drink and networking.  We will then start the lunch and awards at 12.20pm prompt!

The awards this year are for;

  • Best conference by an in-house conference organiser
  • Best conference by an agency conference organiser
  • Best industry partnership
  • Chairmen’s Special Award

As in previous years, the first 3 awards will be judged by the audience following each nominees’ presentation of their submission.  The final award will be agreed by the judges prior to the event and the winners will be presented with their award on the day.  Manchester Central are kindly hosting the event for us, and will show-case their facilities, services and catering throughout the day.

Manchester Central’s generosity means that we are pleased to offer each ABPCO member a complimentary place at the lunch.  Additional seats, can be purchased for £75 using the non-members booking form.

Please use the booking forms below, and let us know of any dietary requirements.  We aim to close the Awards by 3.30pm.

We look forward to seeing you at this very special ABPCO event.

Heather Lishman

Association Director