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ABPCO Membership Categories & Application Form

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Being an APBCO member offers you the invaluable opportunity to engage, share and learn professional views with fellow members by working to enhance the status of our profession and achieve greater public recognition.   Each ABPCO member is profiled on the ABPCO web-site, with contact details, and links to your web-site and twitter feeds.

Ongoing education plays an integral part of our yearly communication campaign, where members can participate in seminars, meetings and conventions where subjects of common interest to our industry are discussed and best practice shared. High profile Guest speakers are regularly invited to give presentations at our AGM.   ABPCO offers you the perfect environment for business networking.

Below is a list of the various types of memberships available, the requirements needed and the benefits that can be enjoyed by being a member.

Multi-member discounts – 25% discount for additional members (one Full member is charged at the regular price) if more than one member from an organisation joins, and one invoice can be generated.

Eligibility:

A minimum of 5 years’ experience and a minimum of 2 years as a proprietor, partner, director or senior manager of a conference organising business or as the director or senior manager of a conference organising unit attached to a professional or trade association, educational institution, official body, or corporation.

Generally a decision maker or key influencer with responsibility for the management and/or delivery of events

Benefits

  • Voting rights within ABPCO
  • Attendance at all ABPCO meetings and events (free of charge) & Fam Trip opportunities.
  • Opportunity to respond to potential new client enquiries and business leads.
  • Authorisation to use the designation ‘Full Member of ABPCO’ when used in conjunction with the member’s name
  • Representation on the Business Visits & Events Partnership, a collective of all industry bodies involved in business tourism for the purpose of influencing change through the legislative process
  • Access to specialist services through our partnerships with Elman Wall Bennett VAT experts (20 mins free advice), and we have partnered with Hiscox Event Insurance.  To discuss your insurance requirement for a specific event or schedule of events please contact Marion.Rankin@Hiscox.com 0r Martin.Linfield@Hiscox.com ABPCO members benefit from a 10% discount on all event insurance purchases.
  • A profile page on the ABPCO web-site

Subscription – £325.00 + VAT per annum

Eligibility:

A minimum of 2 years’ experience in the organisation of all services required for the preparation and running of conferences, seminars and/or other meetings.

Generally an events manager reporting to a senior manager

Benefits

  • Voting rights within ABPCO
  • Attendance at all ABPCO meetings (free of charge) & Fam Trip opportunities.
  • Access to Full ABPCO members for advice and consultation
  • Authorisation to use the designation ‘Associate Member of ABPCO’ when used in conjunction with the member’s name
  • Representation on the Business Visits & Events Partnership, a collective of all industry bodies involved in business tourism for the purpose of influencing change through the legislative process
  • Access to specialist services through our partnerships with VAT & insurance experts
  • Progression to Full Membership once satisfying the relevant criteria
  • A profile page on the ABPCO web-site

Subscription – £215.00 + VAT per annum

Eligibility:

National Tourist Organisations, Destination Marketing Organisations, Convention Bureaux, Purpose-built Convention Centres, Hotels and other venues, Industry suppliers.

Benefits

Subscription –

Partner £1500.00 + VAT per annum

Preferred Partner £2500.00 + VAT per annum

Sponsor £5000.00 + VAT per annum

Eligibility:

Open to those who are no longer actively working as conference or event organisers (eg retired professionals, those on career breaks) or those who work in other sectors of the meeting & event industry.  Also those working as academics on events management courses.

Benefits

  • The opportunity to network with ABPCO conference & event organiser members & potential members through our events programme & social networking presence on Facebook & Linked-In
  • Representation on the Business Visits & Events Partnership, a collective of all industry bodies involved in business tourism for the purpose of influencing change through the legislative process
  • Access to specialist services through our partnerships with VAT & insurance experts
  • Progression to Full or Associate Membership if applicable once satisfying the relevant criteria
  • A profile page on the ABPCO web-site

Subscription – £150.00 + VAT per annum

Eligibility:

We are offering an excellent opportunity to join this unique group through our entry level membership open to recent graduates and those with less than 2 years in industry.

Generally a junior executive in an events team who is aspiring to develop their career as a professional conference organiser

Benefits

  • The opportunity to network with ABPCO conference & event organiser members & potential members through our events programme & social networking presence on Facebook & Linked-In
  • Representation on the Business Visits & Events Partnership, a collective of all industry bodies involved in business tourism for the purpose of influencing change through the legislative process
  • Progression to Full or Associate Membership if applicable once satisfying the relevant criteria
  • A free place at ABPCO events
  • Networking with potential employers across all sectors of the industry
  • Learning from experienced conference and event professionals
  • Getting advice and assistance on how to get ahead from top conference and event experts
  • Gaining practical work experience opportunities from fellow ABPCO Members
  • Getting assistance with research projects from ABPCO Members
  • Receiving up the minute information and training on the practical industry issues
  • A profile page on the ABPCO web-site

Subscription – £100.00 + VAT per annum

Eligibility:

We are offering an excellent opportunity to join this unique group through our university student membership open to under-graduates.  You must be in full time education to apply for this membership type.

This membership gives you the opportunity to network with ABPCO conference ad event organiser members through our events programme & social networking presence on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Benefits

  • Representation on the Business Visits & Events Partnership, a collective of all industry bodies involved in business tourism for the purpose of influencing change through the legislative process
  • Progression to Full or Associate Membership if applicable once satisfying the relevant criteria
  • A free place at ABPCO events 
  • Networking with potential employers across all sectors of the industry
  • Learning from experienced conference and event professionals
  • Getting advice and assistance on how to get ahead from top conference and event experts
  • Gaining practical work experience opportunities from fellow ABPCO Members
  • Getting assistance with research projects from ABPCO Members
  • Receiving up the minute information and training on the practical industry issues
  • A profile listing on the ABPCO web-site

Subscription – £25.00 + VAT per annum

Eligibility:

University Departments offering events management courses approved by ABPCO.

Benefits

  • Membership of ABPCO included, for two nominated staff members
  • Membership for two named student members (these can be changed annually from January by the University contact)
  • Use of the ‘Courses recognised by ABPCO’ logo. Guidelines apply for this. We will ask for evidence that your courses have some focus on association conferences and related activities.
  • A ‘Courses recognised by ABPCO’ plaque for departmental display.
  • Access to ABPCO members for teaching (guest lecture), research, internship and advisory purposes
  • An opportunity to apply for ABPCO Centre of Excellence status.  Centre of Excellence status will last for three years subject to continued membership fees being paid. Guidelines for joining HERE
  • An opportunity to bid for seedcorn research funding of up to £1000 for research that would help ABPCO professionalise the sector. Please e-mail for details on how to apply for this money.
  • An opportunity to promote university research, CPD and other activities relating to business engagement via the ABPCO network.
  • Opportunity for a free delegate place at all relevant ABPCO meetings and events.

 

The fee will be £350 ex VAT per annum, plus an initial one off joining fee of £40 ex VAT.

 

To apply to join, as a University Department, please e-mail Heather Lishman, ABPCO Association Director hello@abpco.org 

Application Process – Who is eligible to join

ABPCO Full and Associate Membership is only open to individual conference and event organisers working or born in the UK. ABPCO welcomes applications from individuals within conference and event organising agencies, and from in-house organisers working within public sector, corporate or non-for-profit organisations and associations.

Friend Membership is offered at the discretion of the Executive Committee to those who are no longer actively working as conference or event organisers (eg retired professionals, those on career breaks) or to individuals working in other sectors of the meetings and event industry.

Entry Level Membership is open to individuals who have just embarked on their career, and have less than 2 years experience.

University Student Membership, is open to students both under and post graduate.

University Department Membership, is open to universities that offer events management courses that have some focus on association conferences and related activities.

Corporate Membership is open to conference and event industry supply organisations and is open to organisations rather than individuals.

Application Process for Full and Associate ABPCO Membership

On the membership application form, applicants should nominate two people who are familiar with their conference organising activities (one a client/committee chair and one a venue). Referees should be able to provide a fair assessment of the applicant’s capabilities.  Current ABPCO board members cannot act as referees.

Upon submission, the form will be sent to the ABPCO Association Director, who will acknowledge receipt immediately. Applications will be reviewed by the Association Director and Accreditation Committee and referees will be contacted. Applicants will normally be notified of the outcome of their application within 4 weeks of receipt.  An invoice will be issued once satisfactory references and agreement to the code of conduct have been received. The applicant will be qualified as a member once payment has been received.

Making the most of your membership

Here are a few ways in which you can ensure your business is maximising your ROI

  • Join and actively participate in the LinkedIn groups and follow us on Twitter
  • Attend the regular meetings and forums to network with colleagues
  • Contribute to the venue reviews
  • Use the ABPCO logo on your e-mail signatures, marketing collateral and on your web-site
  • Support ABPCO by offering to speak at, or host an ABPCO meeting

For any questions about membership please feel free to call us on 01386 858886 or e-mail HeatherLishman@abpco.org

Membership fees go to promoting your profession, product or services please enable us to keep working on your behalf.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions are invoiced annually by the ABPCO Executive Office.  ABPCO are now on the HMRC list of approved professional and trade bodies ref:    T1644/23/2014 this means that ABPCO has been recognised by HMRC as a professional organisation that benefits its members  by offering education and best practice opportunities.

Membership Commitment

ABPCO’s activities are governed by the Chairperson and Executive Committee.

All members are encouraged to participate actively in the running of the Association by attendance at meetings, by making a personal contribution wherever possible to activities such as research projects, seminars, etc and by generally promoting the name and work of the Association.