i2 Office Glasgow continues to attract some of the region’s leading businesses to its new serviced office centre at 2 West Regent Street. The latest company to take space in the centre is Informatics Clinical Information Systems Ltd. One of the attractions for the company was the ease of access to dedicated bandwidth and the flexibility to increase size of the bandwidth as and when required combined with a guarantee of sufficient external ports.
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ABPCO today announces that it plans to launch a new set of special awards at the gala dinner of its forthcoming 25th anniversary annual conference in London, January 25-27th 2012. The awards represent an important element of the celebrations planned by the Association for its 25th anniversary next year, with a series of other special announcements lined up throughout the calendar. ABPCO is now calling for nominations, which close on January 11th, 2012.
The Awards will recognise ‘outstanding contribution to the professionalisation and achievement of excellence in the Conference and Events industry’.
The award categories are as follows:
ABPCO Award for Academic Achievement in Event Management Studies
Awarded to a student who has, through their academic work, provided further research or insight into our industry. Or through a work placement or similar been responsible for innovative or best practice in operational delivery.
ABPCO’s One to Watch
Awarded to an individual who has, through the early years of their career, made a wider contribution to our industry. Or through day-to-day work, been responsible for innovative or best practice in operational delivery.
ABPCO Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded to an individual who has, through their own professional practice or their contribution to wider industry, brought about a step-change to the professionalisation and achievement of excellence in our industry. ABPCO Chair Michael Foreman, said: “We are thrilled to announce that we will be presenting three special awards to three deserving individuals on the evening of our gala dinner. ABPCO are very excited about the plans for our next annual conference and 2012 is shaping up to be our best conference yet. We would encourage the whole of the conferencing industry to join us on this special occasion and get a taste of the new ABPCO at the dawn of our next 25 years.”
Additional tickets have been made available to extend the event beyond those attending the conference to join the celebrations and mark the start of ABPCO’s Silver Anniversary year. The two-day conference, to be held at the Barbican with the opening social reception hosted by the Ironmongers Hall, will be themed ’25 years: Past, Present & Future’ and will celebrate ABPCO’s long-standing history of excellence in the conferencing sector as well as looking to the future of the industry.
Further information about how to nominate and details of the conference are available on the ABPCO website and at <http://www.shocklogic.com/ABPCO2012> www.shocklogic.com/ABPCO2012.
ABPCO, the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers, plans to host a round-table debate with venues, PCOs and campaign supporters to discuss the issues surrounding the implementation of a free Wi-Fi service for conference delegates. The debate, which takes place on December 5th at Twickenham Experience, is the next step in the Association’s Conference Cloud campaign, calling for free Wi-Fi for delegates, which was launched in August (www.theconferencecloud.co.uk ). The campaign has already signed up more than 40 venue listings, accounting for over 100 sites across the UK, that have committed to offering free Wi-Fi and gained the support of more than 200 individuals who have signed the petition. ABPCO plans to host a further discussion on the topic at its annual conference in January 2012 in London. Attendance at the conference is open to ABPCO members and non-members.
ABPCO will celebrate 25 years since incorporation in 2012 and plans to begin celebrations for its Silver Jubilee year in style at its annual conference on 25 – 27th January, registration for which opens today. The two-day conference, to be held at the Barbican with the opening social reception hosted by the Ironmongers Hall, will be themed ‘25 years: Past, Present & Future’ and will celebrate ABPCO’s long-standing history of excellence in the conferencing sector as well as looking to the future of the industry. In addition to The Barbican and other sponsors, the ABPCO conference is also supported by London & Partners.
The conference programme this year is designed to offer delegates the opportunity to ‘learn from the past, evaluate the present and discuss the challenges for the future.’ The programme includes keynote presentations and workshops from three industry-leading experts, sponsored by the London Speaker Bureau. Dr Graeme Codrington, an expert on the new world of work and multi-generational workplaces will present on the TIDES of change, the five key disruptive forces shaping the new world of work; Peter Cochrane, former head of Research at British Telecommunications plc, is the author of over 1000 blogs, articles, scientific papers and books on the future, technology and business and will address delegates on ‘The formula has changed but we haven’t’; and Adrian Furnham, Professor of Psychology at the University of London, will run a workshop looking at understanding generational differences: the key to motivating and retaining staff.
The 2012 conference includes a new approach to streamlining workshops according to strategic or operational job function. Topics covered include:
- Managing difficult relationship
- Hybrid events – what’s all the buzz?
- How to successfully engage conference audiences online
- The PCO team: working together to deliver better conferences
- Making the most of the media
- Association case study: account management, past, present and future
ABPCO celebrates 25 years with gala dinner
The Association’s gala dinner on Thursday January 26th will this year celebrate ABPCO’s 25 years since incorporation. Additional tickets have been made available to extend the event beyond those attending the conference to join the celebrations and mark the start of ABPCO’s Silver Anniversary year.
Commenting on the 2012 conference, ABPCO Chair Michael Foreman said: “This year’s conference will be our best ever, with an incredible line up of speakers and a very special celebration planned already. We are proud to have been representing our members for a quarter of a century and delighted that our ranks continue to grow. We have grown tremendously as an Association, even in the last 12 months, and look forward to continuing to work with our PCO and corporate members, encouraging professionalism and excellence in conferencing throughout the UK.”
Further information about the conference is available on the ABPCO website and registration is now open at http://www.shocklogic.com/abpco2012/.
The Conference Cloud campaign launched recently by ABPCO, the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers, has secured more than 100 signatures on its petition and already gathered the support of fifteen venues.
The campaign, which calls for free Wi-Fi for conference delegates at venues across the UK, gathered momentum within hours of launching last month. ABPCO Chair Michael Foreman said: “We are delighted with the response to the campaign and welcome on board all those who have signed up as venues or lent their support via the petition.”
ABPCO has announced the launch of a new campaign – The Conference Cloud – which aims to put an end to Wi-Fi fees for conference delegates by encouraging venues across the UK to offer free Wi-Fi access. The campaign follows feedback from PCO members regarding the negative impact of high Wi-Fi access prices for delegates and calls from buyers for venues to review their pricing strategies when it comes to separate charging for Wi-Fi. An open forum debate on the topic at the recent Summer Summit in Belfast further reinforced the need for a campaign to address this issue for PCOs.
The statistic was generated via a recent poll, sent to the Association’s full and associate PCO members, aimed at ascertaining the average annual spend per PCO member. Members were asked to select which spend bracket represented their annual budget in terms of business placed with venues and suppliers. 19% of members had a budget between £0.5 and £5 million, with 6% placing business to the value of between £2 and £5 million.
The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has appointed its new executive committee following its recent AGM at the Summer Summit event currently being held at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. Kenes UK MD Michael Foreman takes over the role of Chair from Rebecca Cadman-Jones while MCI UK MD Jennifer Jenkins becomes Vice Chair. ACC Liverpool Director of Sales Kerrin MacPhie retains the role of Treasurer for the Association.
- by Kursha Woodgate
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Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau is the latest organisation to join ABPCO’s corporate member scheme, launched in 2010. The convention bureau joins Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau who joined earlier this year and a growing range of venues, destinations and suppliers, such as The Barbican, Nottingham Conferences and Visit London. ABPCO’s corporate member scheme aims to develop closer ties with suppliers and the Association’s UK-wide network of PCO members. (more…)