Best New Awards Event

Chamberlain Dunn – Advancing Healthcare Awards Northern Ireland

We took an already complex multi-professional event and made it more complicated by creating a bespoke version for Northern Ireland. Our Advancing Healthcare Awards for allied health professionals and healthcare scientists is a well-established UK-wide event, but with little overlap of sponsors and with themes determined by the Department, this was a new event, under an existing banner.

It was at our risk, their choice of themes and categories, our sponsorship efforts, shared marketing – and a professional conference during the day not necessarily for the same participants. Attracting entries was not a problem but sponsorship did need creative thinking to pull in supporters from local healthcare organisations, professional bodies’ charities and commercial companies. A robust two-tier judging process ensures that decisions were fair and transparent.

Three years on we have a viable event which is due to be repeated this year. Its unique because it enjoys government level support, for an often overlooked group of healthcare professionals who help diagnose, treat and get patients back on their feet again in a part of the UK that has higher than average levels of illness and disability.

Emap Publishing – The AJ Architecture Awards 2017

The AJ Architecture Awards were launched in 2017 after a gap in the architecture market was identified for an inclusive event for any size practice to enter, regardless of size, demographic, industry membership and status. After consulting the industry, AJ Architecture Awards was launched with 59 judges on board and a remit to visit every single shortlisted project to ensure that it was THE most rigorous and coveted award in it’s class. The launch campaign created excitement within the industry and overachieved it’s entry target by 133% and the enhanced entertainment at the awards evening ensured a sell-out event in it’s first year. Overall the event revenues were 62% over target, and is now set up to move to a new larger venue in 2018 to enable further growth.

Maxim PR & Marketing (known as Maxim) – Kent Press & Broadcast Awards

Kent-based PR agency Maxim established the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards (KPBA) in 2014 with the aim of celebrating and recognising the importance of local journalism.

An independent judging panel reviews each of the entries in 14 categories covering newspapers, magazines, design, online media, photography, social media and broadcast.

KPBA is a not-for-profit scheme funded by sponsorship. There is no charge to enter the awards or attend the ceremony.

The awards ceremony is held in July at The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence in Canterbury – an extremely popular venue with attendees. All finalists and their endorsing editors are entitled to a place at the lunchtime ceremony which includes a three course meal and a generous serving of wine. Hosted by a well-known figure in the world of journalism, the ceremony is designed to be an engaging and celebratory event.

The awards themselves are highly valued among recipients and we have a wealth of testimonials to suggest the ceremony is fun, extremely well organised and a valuable opportunity for sponsors.

In an age of ‘fake news’ and mistrust of the mainstream media, we are proud to help reward those supporting our local communities and holding power to account.

Redactive Events/The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy – Public Finance Innovation Awards 2017

The Public Finance Innovation Awards celebrate outstanding achievements and innovation in public finance and governance. The Awards, created and managed by Redactive Events, run in partnership with The Chartered Institute Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

The Awards launched for entries in 2016. Redactive had noticed a gap in the market for pan-public-sector financial awards and approached CIPFA to propose an event partnership to fill this gap. Similar, existing award schemes (HSJ/ MJ/ HFMA) offer more niche/ targeted awards focused on specific areas within the finance profession or specific parts of the public sector.

The event surpassed its first-year targets and expectations with 124 entries from 81 organisations. A wide range of public sector organisations entered including councils, NHS bodies and central government agencies. Entrants came from all four nations of the UK. The Awards evening attracted 430 guests. Due to the success of the 2017 Awards, a new venue has been selected for 2018 to accommodate more guests.

The Dating Awards – UK Dating Awards

The Dating Awards was created by award-winning blogger Charly Lester in 2014, following frequent emails from blog readers asking her which apps, websites and matchmaking services she recommended. Instead of simply giving her opinion, Charly created the UK Dating Awards. Every year a panel of top industry experts selects the best of the online and offline dating industries. In 2016, following requests from American and mainland European companies, Charly also launched the US and European Dating Awards. The Awards is designed to showcase the very best of the online and offline dating industries, which are both entirely unregulated. With a keen focus on safety, innovation, value for money, and customer service, the Awards are designed to steer daters to the sites which will not only offer them the best experience whilst searching for a match, but also protect and safeguard daters. As a result of the Awards’ success Charly has become a frequent representative of the entire Dating Industry, appearing on TV shows including Watchdog, Crimewatch, Newsnight and as a guest judge on the final of The Apprentice. Charly appears regularly in national press and on Radio 4, and hopes the Awards will become a trusted mark of excellence.