Comments from the ABPCO member engagement survey 2015

‘Being a member of ABPCO has benefited me hugely. Looking forward to future years of growth and being part of the PCO community in this country.’

‘Thank you for the good work and keep it up, the higher the profile of the group the better it is for us as members.’

‘I really enjoy being able to be as active or passive as I want to be and when I offer support to ABPCO I am made to feel valued! Thank you.’

‘I think ABPCO has grown and improved significantly in recent years – long may it continue!’

‘It is extremely helpful to have the back up of such a great organisation and also noted is the recognition of the logo of ABPCO showing the organisation has members as PCO’s who are committed to provide clients with excellent services at achievable costs.’

‘I have had great support from ABPCO since becoming a member.’

‘It works well for me – I don’t always have time to attend the events but appreciate the information.’

‘My somewhat limited experience so far has been positive and I am very pleased to be part of it.’

‘ABPCO has been a real support to me over the last 2 years, enabling me to demonstrate industry standard back to senior managers (who don’t understand the industry), if nothing else to highlight that all other companies are facing similar challenges, (both internal and external)…this has been a massive benefit, (and reassuring).’

‘I think ABPCO is a fantastic association. It not only offers new business opportunities but also gives us the opportunity to better ourselves and our industry. Good work!’

‘I am looking forward to my first year as an ABPCO member and will continue to research how I can use my membership to improve myself as an conference organiser.’

Why I became a member of ABPCO

Name: Barbara Blow

Company: TFI Meeting Point – the specialist PCO division of TFI Group with two further divisions providing event management and communication services to the pharma and corporate sectors. TFI Meeting Point engages with national and international associations to support them increase their audiences and maximise the value of their congress asset.

What were your main motivators for joining ABPCO?

Access to a network of like-minded PCOs in order to share experiences

To hear about industry trends and new developments

To receive business opportunities

To be able to demonstrate a respected brand in front of potential clients

What would you say to anyone thinking of joining ABPCO?  Definitely worth becoming a member if you want to be a real player in the UK PCO industry. Great lobbying organisation packing a punch where it counts. Good place to meet peers and hear latest industry developments. Very good value for money. Increasingly important place for lead generation.  If I were to apply for a new role, I would include ABPCO membership as part of my personal credentials

Name: Daphne Llewellyn Davies

Company: Campden BRI – the UK’s largest independent membership-based organisation carrying out research and development for the food and drinks industry worldwide.   We provide technical support to the food, drinks and allied industries. We serve 2,000+ member companies and other clients in 65+ countries.

When did you join ABPCO?  Many , many years ago – possibly 10

What were your main motivators for joining ABPCO?  It is a British, low cost association that adds credibility to our operation

What do you feel are the main benefits of being an ABPCO member?  To network with like minded professionals and personally evaluate my working practice compared with others.  Always looking at new ways to operate in an effective way.

What would you say to anyone thinking of joining ABPCO?  This investment  of  joining ABPCO provides a variety of opportunities to network with those working in a similar business and pick up new ways of operating, or  bounce concepts off.  Come on in the water’s lovely!!!

Name: Niamh Mangan

Company:  ApotheCom Scope Medical  – a medical communications agency which produces publications, meetings and other scientific services for the pharmaceutical industry.

What were your main motivators for joining ABPCO?  When I joined I was working as Scientific Conference Organiser for a scientific society. The main reason I joined was to belong to a professional body that understood and acknowledged what I did for a living, and recognised its importance.

What do you feel are the main benefits of being an ABPCO member?  Having a forum in which you can meet with peers, benchmark your ideas and share tips for success and best practice. The experience and areas of expertise within the membership is invaluable. Belonging to a membership organisation such as ABPCO provides an automatic network of support and contacts.

How has ABPCO helped you in your career?  Being a member of ABPCO helped me moved from my Scientific Conference Organiser role to my current role in a new company. Showing that I was committed to what I do and passionate enough to want to join an organisation helped prove how focussed I am to my new employer.

What would you say to anyone thinking of joining ABPCO?  You will reap so many rewards that you hadn’t even imagined would come as part of an ABPCO membership. Every different event I go to I learn something new and meet new people, and above all else the ABPCO members are a lovely bunch of people and will be extremely welcoming.