In-House/Association Conference and Event Organiser benefit 2016-10-27T15:47:06+01:00

ABPCO – Promoting Excellence in Association Conferences and Events

We know that in-house events teams work hard on delivering excellent conferences for your organisation, often whilst juggling other roles as well! But where can you and your teams turn to for support from a wider pool of conference organisers and to speak to other professionals? Where can you seek advice, best practice and recognition for your specific skill set in creating and delivering successful, memorable conferences? Where can you benchmark, and keep up with peers doing similar roles?

We are the association for association meeting professionals. We firmly believe that the key to innovation is the facilitation of conversations between our members, who we know have the skill set to host the world’s association conferences. Join our community and network with members from organisations such as; AoC Create, MND Association, Biochemical Society, The British Association of Dermatologists, SHSCEvents NHS Scotland, NUS Services, The Royal Society of Medicine, British Orthopaedic Association, The British Small Animal Veterinary Association, BioScientifica, UCAS, Campden BRI, The Royal College of Pathologists, Oxford Martin School, Royal College of General Practitioners, NAPF, NHBC, Royal Statistical Society, CIWEM, Chief Fire Officers Association, National Cancer Research Institute and Diabetes UK.

At ABPCO, we have been representing those with responsibility for Association events for nearly 30 years.

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.

Advance your Career

Quality Mark – the voice of the organisers

ABPCO membership is considered the Quality Mark amongst clients looking to seek the services of Professional conference organisers and increasingly those seeking to recruit quality individuals to in-house roles. The ABPCO brand is a recognised sign of excellence in the meetings and events sector. We recognise skills and experience by offering accreditation through peer assessment, irrespective of academic qualifications. ABPCO accredited members must demonstrate significant experience at a senior level before attaining full PCO membership.

Celebrate your professionalism

We introduced the ABPCO Excellence awards to give wider recognition to in-house event teams; these are an excellent way to increase the visibility of your association. The Excellence Awards celebrate the very best the industry has to offer. A shortlist is drawn up by a team of industry experts with the finalists sharing a five minute presentation of their submission as a case study at the awards lunch. Voting then takes place amongst peers following those presentations and lunch.

Increase your profile

ABPCO are proud to profile their members, through initiatives such as full page profiles on the web site, use of LinkedIn and twitter. In-house event organisers are also represented on the board and we have introduced a Joint-Chair initiative to ensure that we give equal visibility to our in-house members.

Recruit the best – jobs board

Members are entitled to post job adverts on the ABPCO website at no cost, helping you to reach the best applicants. With a high volume of traffic to the site, active social media channels and regular news updates, the ABPCO website has become a hub to attract the best in the meetings industry, helping you save time and money by profiling new vacancies to a qualified audience at no charge.

Build your Network

Networking with peers

ABPCO events, which are free to members, offer unique and valuable networking opportunities with industry peers on key topics affecting conference organisation. ABPCO is the only UK association dedicated to the individual needs of the professional conference organisers. ABPCO provides a forum to share best practice, network with industry peers and benefit from collective experience. There are opportunities for professional and personal development via informal mentoring and peer-to-peer conversations.

Connect with quality venues and suppliers

ABPCO’s corporate members are made up of some of the UK’s leading venues, convention bureau and suppliers in the conference industry. We encourage networking with corporate members and provide opportunities for PCO members to interact with corporate members at our events and also online via our LinkedIn group and other social networks.

Professionalise your Role

Reassure clients and members of your ethical conduct – code of conduct

ABPCO members agree to abide by our code of conduct, requiring ethical behaviour at all times, this ensures the integrity of the brand as a mark of distinction and shorthand for a quality service.

Practical tips and content via the ABPCO download area

The new ABPCO website is packed with useful content, we will continue to add to this library of content to provide our members with all of the tools they might need to stay abreast of the latest thinking and to save time and effort with useful guides.

Converse with the Wider Events Industry

Have a voice in the industry – award winning campaigns

We have developed a position as the leading voice of the PCO, working in partnership with other industry bodies, including the BVEP (Business Visits and Events Partnership) to drive change for the better in the meetings sector and ensure that PCOs are recognised for their expertise and value to business. We pioneered the award-winning Conference Cloud campaign calling for free wi-fi for conference delegates and continue to participate in industry debate representing the interests of organisers for example with the #Living Wage4Events campaign

Organise Better Events

Get hands-on with new event technology and meeting innovations

Our mandate is to advocate the latest technology, education, networking and best practice principles. ABPCO recognises the increasing impact of technology on how meetings and conferences are organised and delivered. We pioneered the award-winning Conference Cloud campaign calling for free wi-fi for conference delegates and offer a series of events, dedicated to taking the fear factor out of new technologies and equipping ABPCO members with the know-how to make the most of the latest thinking.

Build your knowledge with dedicated fam trips

As a professional conference organiser, having first-hand knowledge of venues and destinations is no doubt an important part of your role. ABPCO members are regularly invited to attend bespoke familiarisation trips, tailored to their needs.

Learn from your peers through a programme of Conference Exchange Visits

ABPCO are delighted to offer facilitated conference visits to promote collaborative learning and best practice. These visits are an excellent opportunity for ABPCO in-house PCO members to collaborate with industry colleagues, learning from each other to improve the service their association provide for its members through its conferences.

All of the above is available for approximately the cost of one training day, just £325 ex VAT per annum, with discounts available for multi-memberships.  We do hope that you will join our community, and look forward to warmly welcoming you soon.

Heather Lishman

Association Director