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We know you work hard on delivering excellent conferences for your organisation, 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.

If more than one member signs up from the same organisation,  then we are pleased to offer 25% off the initial invoice and subsequent renewal payments for the second and any subsequent members.

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Eligibility

ABPCO Full and Associate Membership

ABPCO Full and Associate Membership is only open to individual conference and event organisers working in the UK. If you are based overseas please consider joining IAPCO the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers. ABPCO welcomes applications from individuals within conference and event organising agencies, and from in-house organisers working within public sector, or non-for-profit organisations and associations. You will be required to acknowledge that you comply with our code of practice.

Full Member

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 and the opportunity to join the Executive board
  • Attendance at all ABPCO meetings and events (free of charge) & Fam Trip opportunities.
  • Opportunity to submit for an ABPCO Excellence Award
  • 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
  • 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
  • Opportunity to take part in our ABPCO mentorship scheme 
  • Ability to post job vacancies on the ABPCO web site and across our social media channels FOC
  • Full use of the ABPCO app – be part of the community
  • 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

Subscription – £325.00 + VAT per annum

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 an association client/committee chair and one a venue). Referees should be able to provide a fair assessment of the applicant’s capabilities.

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.

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Associate Member

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
  • 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
  • Opportunity to take part in our ABPCO mentorship scheme 
  • Ability to post job vacancies on the ABPCO web site and across our social media channels FOC
  • Full use of the ABPCO app – be part of the community
  • 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

Subscription – £215.00 + VAT per annum

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.

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.

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Entry Level Member

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
  • 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
  • Opportunity to take part in our ABPCO mentorship scheme 
  • Ability to post job vacancies on the ABPCO web site and across our social media channels FOC
  • Full use of the ABPCO app – be part of the community
  • 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

Subscription – £100.00 + VAT per annum

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Partner

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

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Academic Department Member

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 

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Academic Student Member

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 inc VAT per annum

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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 code of practice.

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 our members; these are an excellent way to increase the visibility of your association conference. 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. Full members are also represented on the board and we have a Joint-Chair initiative to ensure that we give equal visibility to our in-house members and agency PCOs.

 

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 industry partners are made up of some of the UK’s leading venues, convention bureau and suppliers in the conference industry. We encourage networking with partners and provide opportunities for PCO members to interact with other 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 members area

The new ABPCO website is packed with useful content, we will continue to add to this 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.  The content is available onlyto members - please ask heatherlishman@abpco.org if you would like more details.

 

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 and have partnered with Positive Impact to promote a sustainable events industry.

 

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.

 

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