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Membership Benefits 2016-10-27T15:47:20+01:00

Membership Benefits

The Benefits of ABPCO Membership

Being an APBCO member offers you the invaluable opportunity to engage, share and learn professional views with fellow PCO 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. High profile Guest speakers are regularly invited to give presentations on leading edge products, best practice and the latest technology trends. ABPCO offers you the perfect environment for business networking.

To achieve Full or Associate ABPCO Membership, Professional Conference and Event Organisers are required to demonstrate a high level of experience and proven competence. The status of ABPCO membership confers a clear commercial advantage when bidding for contracts or when applying for new positions within the industry.
Through ABPCO member meetings, workshops and events, along with our social media presence on Linked In, Facebook and Twitter, members can share ideas and experiences and create mutually beneficial relationships with a peer group of event organisers and industry colleagues. Our collaboration with other key industry associations including MPI’s UK and Ireland Chapter, ICCA’s UK & Ireland Chapter, MIA and AIPCO (Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers) means that these relationships and collaborations can be developed outside the ABPCO family but still within an environment of trust and openness.
Full ABPCO Members can gain access to business leads and enquiries received through the ABPCO Website RFP Facility from individuals, companies or associations wishing to employ a Professional Conference or Event Organiser. In addition, all members details are also shown on the website.
Professional development opportunities are available at the regular ABPCO events programme, with a focus on educational content and keynote sessions and workshops run by high-level speakers and industry professionals. Most of these events are free for ABPCO members to attend and others offer discounts to members and their colleagues. ABPCO Members are also offered special rates to attend events organised by our fellow industry associations and to attend other events which the Association supports.
In partnership with Saffrey Champness all ABPCO members have access to 20 minutes of free advice on VAT. Further consultations can then be arranged at a fee.
ABPCO Association Sponsor, Hiscox Insurance would be happy to discuss insurance needs of our all ABPCO members including professional indemnity cover, event insurance and advice. Please ensure that you mention your ABPCO membership when asking for a quote as ABPCO members receive a 10% discount.

Don’t let your event be ruined by the unexpected
 – the Hiscox top ten risk management tips for event organisers

If you’re planning an event, whether it’s a small private celebration or a big conference, preparing for the unexpected is critical. To help you plan for every eventuality, Hiscox has compiled its top ten risk management tips for event organisers.

1.     Plan early – For a large event this should be a formal written exercise. For a smaller event it could just be a case of asking yourself ‘what could go wrong?’

2.     Write it down – Written evidence of thorough risk management procedures will help defend you against legal claims.

3.     Have a crisis management/disaster recovery plan – This should cover any problems that may occur prior to, or during, the event.

4.     Read the venue contract small print – Venues often specify a limit of indemnity for public liability.

5.     Check your subcontractors have their own public liability insurance –Uninsured subcontractors can increase the chance of the organiser facing a claim if someone is injured.

6.     Volunteers have rights too – They will need to be covered by an employers’ liability insurance policy. Employers’ liability cover is mandatory in the UK if you employ staff.

7.     Consider cancellation or curtailment insurance – The best time to arrange cover is immediately after booking the venue.

8.     Protect third-party events from non-refundable fees – Ask your client if they want to insure against cancellation as your terms of business may state that your fees are non-refundable if the event is cancelled.

9.     Getting there and away – Consider the transportation issues that could stop attendees coming to the event.

10.  Talking to the press – If something goes badly wrong, communication with the media to protect the ‘brand’ of your event is an important consideration.

For more details, or to get a quote for Hiscox Event Insurance, contact:

Marion Rankin – Appointed Representative

Martin Linfield ACII

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ABPCO is represented on the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) sitting alongside colleagues from across the UK Business Tourism Industry. The Partnership’s aim is to lead the way in supporting a competitive, high quality and more profitable business visits and events sector in Britain. BVEP seeks to provide a cohesive industry voice and works with VisitBritain and other government departments and agencies to influence and develop policies and practices favourable to the growth of tourism, trade and creative enterprise from business visits and events and with the support of the leading trade and professional organisations and government agencies with an interest in conferences, meetings, exhibitions, trade fairs, incentive travel, corporate hospitality, and business, sporting, cultural and festival events.

The Partnership represents all the leading trade and professional associations within the Business Visits and Events sector as well as Government agencies with a vested interest in the industry; provides one representative voice for the industry; promotes the benefits of Business Visits and Events to Government at a National and Local level; seeks to influence policies and strategy that supports and drives the sector and uses key influencers to engage and deliver a compelling message and act as ambassadors for the sector.


Further benefits of Membership

We hold a number of networking and familiarisation events throughout the year for our members.   To find out more about each type of event please see

Discounts and Resources

Members also have access to our online resource area for templates, research and information. We have templates on bidding for events, site inspection guides and Tendering among others.  Members are given the password so that they can access the on-line library.