We are delighted to showcase the shortlist for the Exhibition News Awards 2021.

Your shortlisted entry will remain in place for the February awards, there is no need to take further action. You can still book tickets with confidence and if you know of someone who has been made redundant, then they can buddy with your pass and get a 50% discount for their booking, as part of Mash Media’s COVID-19 relief support pledge. They can contact Duncan Siegle to claim the discount.

As instructed during the entry process, all shortlisted companies are required to purchase a minimum of one ticket for the event. If you are unable to attend the event, an invoice for one ticket at full price will be raised.

Best Newcomer

Sponsored by:


Grace Gray, Clarion Events

Ipek Diren, Clarion Events

Lucie Baldock, Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre

Rebecca McIntosh, beMatrix UK

Steve Blunsten, Boiler Room Exhbitions

Best Operations Team

Broden Media

CloserStill Media

dmg events (UK) Ltd



IMEX Group

Maelstrom Event Solutions

Reed Exhibitions

Best Organiser Salesperson

Sponsored by:


Caroline Ballu, CloserStill Media

Charlotte Humphreys, Forum Events & Media Group

Jillyanne Glen, QD Events

Best Event Director

Sponsored by:

Abigail Jackson-Houlston, Oliver Kinross

Christie Day, Hub Exhibitions Ltd

Laura Shapiro, CloserStill Media

Minesh Vohra, Cornucopia Events

Roziani Zulkifli, Reed Exhibitions

Tom Burns, Vlogger Events Limited

Tristan Norman, Nineteen Group

Event Tech of the Year



ASP - Composer

Circdata Fusion

Cvent Event Management Software


InLoop powering Media 10 - Construction Buzz and Optical Insider

Tag Digital - Event PPC

Visit by GES - GES Event Intelligence

Your Stand Builder

Best Supplier to Exhibitors

   Sponsored by:


Europa Showfreight

Exhibition Freighting Global Show Management

Expo Stars Interactive




The Exhibition Guy

Thorns Group

Your Stand Builder

Best Supplier to Organisers

Sponsored by:


CEVA Showfreight

Creative Hire




Jonas Event Technology


Thorns Group

Best International Venue


Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Center

RAI Amsterdam

Shanghai New International Expo Center

Best Venue Under 8,000sqm

Sponsored by:

Business Design Centre

Cheltenham Racecourse

Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Marshall Arena at Stadium MK

Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Best Venue Over 8,000sqm

   Sponsored by:       

East of England Arena and Events Centre

ExCeL London

Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre

Manchester Central

NAEC Stoneleigh

Olympia London

Scottish Event Campus


Tobacco Dock London

Best Company Culture

   Sponsored By:


Business Design Centre

CloserStill Media

Diversified Communications



ExCeL London

Olympia London

Scottish Event Campus

Best Consumer Show Marketing Campaign

Sponsored by:

Country Living Christmas Fair, Immediate Live

Grand Designs Live London and Birmingham 2019, Media 10

Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Future Plc

London Dessert Festival, London Dessert Festival

MCM Comic Con, Reed Pop

Social in City, April Fools Launch Campaign, Malo Events

The Cake & Bake Show, Media 10

The IRN-BRU Carnival, QD Events

Best Trade Show Marketing Campaign

Sponsored by:

100% Optical, Media 10

ADF&PCD, Easyfairs

Big Data LDN, 3rd Street Group

DSEI, Clarion Events

Fusion Media on behalf of IOG SALTEX

in-cosmetics Global, Reed Exhibitions

INDEX Dubai, dmg events

Labelexpo Europe 2019, Tarsus Group

UC EXPO 2019, Clarion Events

Best Commercial/Association Partnership


CCR and British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Easyfairs

Housing Finance Exhibition and National Housing Federation, Foremarke Exhibitions

Saltex and Fusion Media, Institute of Groundsmanship and Events for You

100% Optical and The Association Of Optometrists, Media 10

Best Feature Area


Design Encounter at Decorex International

The Chef's Table by Emirates Culinary Guild at The Hotel Show Dubai

The Formulation Lab by Freeman at in-cosmetics Global

The Immersive Cyber Demonstrator by CrisisCast at International Security Expo 2019

The Operating Theatre of the Future at New Scientist Live

The Outdoor Area by DSEI Operations Team & Paul Robinson

The Retail Lab by GES at Glee

The Sustainable Lab by Green Light Laboratories at Lab Innovations

The Wellbeing Zone at UK Construction Week

Best Brand Expansion

Sponsored by:


Anaesthesia & Critical Care, CloserStill Media

Cake International On Tour, ICHF Events

DSEI Japan 2019, Clarion Events

London Concours 2019, Thorough Events Ltd

South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Future Publishing

Stockholm 2019, Clarion Events

The Safety and Security Event Series, Nineteen Group

Show Rising Star

Sponsored by:


Accountex Summit North, Diversified Communications UK

CHEMUK 2020, UK Industry Events

Dairy-Tech, RABDF

HETT 2019, GovNet

MotorsportDays LIVE, BWR Media Ltd

The Security Event, Nineteen Group

White Label World Expo, Prysm Media Group

Women in Business Expo, Hub Exhibitions Ltd

Best Consumer Show

Sponsored by:

Concours of Elegance 2019, Thorough Events Ltd

Ideal Home Show Christmas, Media 10

New Scientist Live, New Scientist

Sewing for Pleasure, ICHF Events

Summer in the City 2019, Malo Events

The Country Living Christmas Fair - Glasgow, Immediate Live

The IRN-BRU Carnival, QD Events

Women in Business Expo, Hub Exhibitions Ltd

Best International Trade Show

Sponsored by:

PharmagoraPlus, CloserStill Media

BIDEC 2019, Clarion Events

IBTM World 2019, Reed Travel Exhibitions

Labelexpo Europe 2019, Tarsus Group

Paris Tech Shows 2019, CloserStill Media

Gastech 2019, dmg events

ADF&PCD Paris 2019, Easyfairs

ADIPEC, dmg events

MetalMadrid 2019, Easyfairs

Best Trade Show Under 2000m

Sponsored by:


The Annual Hotel Conference, Questex

Big Data LDN 2019, 3rd Street Group


The Media Production Show, Media Business Insight

Boiler Room Exhibitions, Boiler Room Exhibitions

100% Optical, Media 10

FinTech Connect, IQPC

Accountex Summit North, Diversified Communications UK

Best Trade Show Over 2000m

Sponsored by:


Accountex London, Diversified Communications UK

Automechanika Birmingham, Messe Frankfurt UK

DSEI, Clarion Events

International Security Expo, Nineteen Group

Learning Technologies, CloserStill Media

London Build, Oliver Kinross

The Clinical Pharmacy Congress, CloserStill Media

The Toy Fair, The British Toy & Hobby Association

UK Construction Week, Media 10

Best One Off or Series of Virtual Event

Kindly Sponsored By:

Accountex Virtual Summit – Diversified Communications

Farnborough International Airshow Connect – Farnborough International

Homebuilding & Renovating Summer Virtual Show – Future Plc

Hybrid Event Demonstrations – PRISM - by Collaborate Global

Planet IMEX – IMEX Group

The Clinical Pharmacy Congress (CPC 2020 Live!) Virtual event – CloserStill Media

The Digital Running Show – Raccoon Events

The Global Boardroom – Financial Times Live

The Virtual Rugby Show – 73 Media

World Retail Congress Connected – Showcase AVI for Ascential

Best Covid Lockdown Fundraising Initiative

This award will recognise the company or individual who has implemented the most impressive fundraising initiative during the Covid lockdown. Judges will be looking for key information on charity or charities supported, amount raised, number of participants, engagement with communities and charity feedback.

73 Media - The Virtual Rugby Show

Accountex - Diversified Communications


EventWell Pledge

NMA-New Model Army

Raccoon Events Ltd (and friends) – The Indoor Relay

Signify Technology

tfconnect and friends of Namuwongo

Best Event Supplier Safety Product Development

This award will recognise the supplier company that has developed the most impressive product or range of products that will help events run safely post lockdown. Judges will be looking at key, new product development that help organisers and exhibitors, venues, exhibitors and attendees enjoy safe events. Aspects to consider will be on site sanitisation, health checks, technology and signage and wayfinding that allow for contactless use.

Hire Space – Safer Events

Keystone Event Productions – GelStation

Koelnmesse GmbH - #B-SAFE4business

Potential Group – Nanospike

Twilight Trees – Living Spaces

Venu IQ – SafeWatch

Best Venue Event Safety Plan

This award will recognise the venue that has developed the most impressive plan for how to run safe events post lockdown. Judges will be looking at key, new initiatives that the venue has developed to help organisers and exhibitors enjoy safe events. Aspects to consider will be on site sanitisation, plans for social distancing with the show halls and theatres, signage and wayfinding, upgrades to onsite catering and general hygiene plans for the venue.

Business Design Centre

East of England Arena & Events Centre

Emirates Old Trafford

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

RAI Amsterdam