Winners 2018

EN Pioneer Award

Simon Kimble

Best Newcomer

Ben Smit – Clarion Events

“Across all the judges Ben scored most highly. His attitude and willingness shone through along with his eagerness to take on more. Good levels of organisation which is essential in the high profile sectors he works across. Impressive growth in delegate numbers on all shows. He’s grown his department and been promoted during the process. A great submission which gave a great sense of the person as well as the professional.”

Highly commended: Rebekah Marnell – MA Exhibitions

Organiser Salesperson of the Year

Christian Obéga – CloserStill Media

“I really liked the development of a CPD training element to the event which he created and there appears to be a clear strategy to his approach to value add activities for his clients, not just increasing revenue for CSM. He is also CSM’s leading sales person despite not working on a flagship event which speaks volumes.”

Highly commended: JillyAnne Glen – QD Events

Best Organiser Marketing Team

The Vet Portfolio Marketing Team – CloserStill Media

“The Vet marketing team of two people launched two major events in two brand new markets whilst increasing the growth in their two flagship shows, impressive activity for a small team.”

Operations Team of the Year

CloserStill Media

“They showed their sheer scale of operation, 48 events, 25 international in 6 countries and their commercialisation evidenced by their 107% rebooking, an impressive submission.”

Best Event Director

Mariam Ahmed – Shortlist Media

“A Show Director that stood out from the rest, from coming up with the concept and launch of a niche consumer show to successfully moving the event within two years because of growth. A fantastic approach to building and motivating a successful team.”

Highly commended: Simon Albert – Forest Exhibitions

Event Tech of the Year


“What Livebuzz has done is deliver a prodcut that openly integrates with the vast majority of tech in the market and helps to deliver a far smoother experience. This is tech that doesn’t benefit certain shows or elements of a show, it applies to everyone and hits at the fundamental heart of what a show is, its visitors and exhibitors.”

Best International Venue

RAI Amsterdam

“This entry showed how much they have engaged with their partners and the city as well as demonstrating thought leadership with the industry.”

Highly commended: International Convention Centre Sydney

Best Venue Under 8,000sqm

Ricoh Arena

“Ricoh scored well across the board including diversity of events held, a strong location, commercial success, investment in services and infrastructure along with fast paced, flexible and high standards of delivery.”

Best Venue Over 8,000sqm

Scottish Event Campus

“In an incredibly competitive category with world class competitors, the SEC really demonstrated their desire to work with organisers and visitors to get the best for each individual show. Their commitment to work down to the detail around the visitor experience and maximising their time on the show floor was demonstrated in the exceptional retention rates and the ratings from event attendees.”

Best Supplier to Exhibitors

Visit and Poken by GES

“Quantifying the value of events is hard but Visit and Poken by Ges has shown that it improves efficiency, ROI and communication between exhbitors and their customers.”

Highly commended: Priority Exhibitions

Best Supplier to Organisers


“LiveBuzz worked well in partnership with organisers as a trusted advisor and proved they can work with organisers of all sizes.”

The CSR Award

Business Design Centre

“0% to landfill is stand out for a central London venue. They have embraced the opportunity to use cleaner, greener materials and utilities and have been carbon neutral since 2009. They continue to innocate with sustainable projects including a new water filter system using re-usable bottles.”

Best Use of Social Media

Stylist Live – Shortlist Media

“Super strong, standout entry. This team are on it and successfully linking multiple channels with business strategy to deliver focused goals. Brilliant brand presentation and confident delivery.”

The Indy Award (Independent Organiser of the Year)

Forest Exhibitions

“Automechanika burst onto the scene in 2016 and enjoyed incredible success beyond expectation. Building on this was not easy but the team delivered a bigger and better event, maintaining momentum nd exceptional growth.”

Highly commended: Completely Events

Best Consumer Show Marketing Campaign

Best of British – Media 10

“Working in a foreign market, this campaign launched a new show, forging partnerships with key stakeholders, to create a successful new launch.”

Best Trade Show Marketing Campaign

FIT Show – FIT Events

“Facing the challenge of moving from one venue to The NEC, the team delivered an exceptional campaign. Their multichannel communications and marketing camppaign delivered exceptional results across all metrics.”

Highly commended: UK Construction Week – Media 10

Best Feature Area

Dental Showcase – Practice of the Future – MA Exhibitions

“Perfectly executed idea which the organiser and contractor delivered to create measurable results.”

Highly commended: Amsterdam Security – Scenarios4Summits – RAI Amsterdam

Best Brand Expansion

Be:FIT London – Telegraph Events

“Taking the show to the country is a pretty bold move in a market that is defined by venue based events. This has had clear results in their social following and it’s a brave move to take the brand out of the ‘safe’ environs of London.”

Highly commended: B2B Expos – Memo Events

Show Rising Star

The Digital Healthcare Show – CloserStill Media

“This was an engaging submission consisting of impressive delivery of a professional show. What was particularly significant was their delivery in light of a cyber attack. Well done. ”

Best Consumer Show

New Scientist Live – New Scientist

“New Scientist edged it based on their excellent submission based on their use of content, interactivity and creativity of execution. The submission itself was creative, innovative and professional using both design to convey their message and solid statistical evidence to illustrate their growth. Reading the submission gave a real sense of the show as well as highlighting what makes them worthy award winners.”

Highly commended: Stylist Live – Shortlist Media

Best Trade Show

Automechanika Birmingham – Forest Exhibitions

“Fabulous new entrant, super impressive numbers and err… ‘drive’, showing how to deliver a strong licenced brand model.”

Highly commended: Engineering Design Show – MA Exhibitions