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The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers, (ABPCO) is the UK’s leading Professional body for Association Conference & Not-for-profit Event Organisation. We are a growing association, and welcome new members.

Since forming we have focused on excellence and have helped to facilitate conversations, knowledge sharing and collaboration between ABPCO members, and these conversations lead to innovations, learning, new opportunities, lasting working relationships and professionalisation. Most importantly they give ABPCO members a sense of belonging and a go-to place within the events professionals’ community.

ABPCO is one of very few UK conference and event industry associations to select Full and Associate Members based on peer assessment. This means that clients and suppliers can expect ABPCO Members to deliver business and ethical standards in the management of national and international association & corporate conferences, seminars, meetings, exhibitions & other events.

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Our 30+ Year History

ABPCO has been a commanding voice for Professional Conference Organisers for more than thirty years. In that time we have seen a steady growth in membership, and have led on industry initiatives and campaigns. We have always been keen to collaborate, and work hard to fulfil the mission of our members to showcase excellence in association conferences and events. Take a look at the key industry figures who have taken the role of Chair, and our video animation that highlights key markers along the way.

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Strategic Aims

ABPCO's strategic aims are to:

  • Position ABPCO as the leading body representing the interests of Professional Conference and Event Organisers and increase its profile and recognition thereby raising the volume and value of business being won by its members.
  • To constantly develop and enhance the benefits it provides to ABPCO members, who offer conference and event management services to clients, by creating opportunities for networking and by encouraging its members to achieve the highest possible standards of excellence
  • To raise standards of professionalism across the meetings industry through the provision of education, training and personal development opportunities
  • To ensure the UK meetings industry is able to compete on the world-stage through collaboration with other UK associations and national bodies (e.g. MPI, BVEP, Institute of Event Management, People 1st).

ABPCO Mission Statement

ABPCO's mission is to develop and enhance the professional status of conference and event organisers and increase the recognition given to its members and to ABPCO as the leading representatives of the profession in the British Isles.