BEST NEW ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE OR EVENT
British Educational Suppliers Association – LearnED Roadshow
This year the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) pioneered the LearnED www.learnED.org.uk roadshow, a series of one-day free CPD training conferences, endorsed by the Department for Education (DfE). The objectives were to provide over 1000 teachers in the regions with access to peer to peer guidance on the use of EdTech at minimum cost. Each event comprised a conference alongside a suppliers’ engagement exhibition featuring 30 cutting edge suppliers, from Microsoft and Google, to EduKey and Doodlemaths.
This was our first teacher-focused event on this scale, and our biggest challenge was filling the spaces on a small marketing budget. Through a test and measure approach we established a successful marketing formula which included partnerships with the Times Educational Supplement (TES), leveraging the exhibitors, DfE branded letters into schools and social media activity. Delegate numbers averaged 180-200 registrations per event with 80% attendance. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with 90% saying they would attend a Roadshow again. Exhibitors have also been delighted with the events, stating they represent very good value for money. LearnED is now a core part of the DfE’s education technology strategy, published in April 2019, and a second series has been confirmed.
Federation of Holistic Therapists – 2018 FHT Conference: Supporting the Integrated Healthcare Agenda
The current healthcare system is struggling, as are the statutory regulated health professionals supporting it. This is largely due to increased life expectancy and a rise in chronic health conditions, many of which are lifestyle generated and preventable. It was highlighted in a joint report published by the PSA and RPSPH that practitioners who are part of the Accredited Registers programme – including complementary therapists – are an untapped resource, ready and able to support the health and wellbeing of the nation, as part of an integrated approach to healthcare. Representing more than 16,000 complementary healthcare therapists a year, a key objective of the FHT’s 2018 conference was to bring together our members with leading experts in medicine, research and education, to discuss the current challenges and opportunities for furthering the integrated healthcare agenda, while highlighting success stories, where complementary therapies are already firmly embedded in the NHS framework. As well as presentations and Q&A sessions with the UK’s leading and most influential doctors, professors and therapy leads, the day’s programme included posters and the 2018 FHT Excellence Awards presentation, highlighting examples of best practice within integrated healthcare already being carried out FHT members.
Federation of Master Builders – British Building Conference
Last year the FMB held its first ever British Building Conference at One Great George Street, Westminster. This new event was chaired by Sarah Montague, Radio 4 broadcaster, and brought together policy makers, construction industry stakeholders, members and the media to discuss the key issues impacting on construction SMEs. Despite the event clashing with an emergency vote in the Commons on Brexit, we had senior Parliamentarians defy the Whips and attend the conference to address delegates. The conference has a strong visual identity and was promoted successfully via cost-effective content marketing plan. The event received 100% positive feedback from delegates who described it as either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. The event delivered a small surplus and the headline sponsor has committed to once again supporting the event next year.
Pensions Management Institute – Trustee Workbench
Central to PMI’s mission is the support of pension trustees We offer the only formal trusteeship qualification in the UK, and our trustee group is dedicated to providing ongoing educational opportunities to trustees Historically, this has involved offering two full-day seminars each year Last year, we resolved to improve dramatically our services for trustees and to increase the influence of our trustee group A determined membership drive saw numbers increase from about 700 to over 1,100 At the same time, we introduced an innovative voluntary CPD scheme to allow trustees to make a structured annual training plan We also decided to change the nature of our seminar programme This year, we decided to offer trustees free attendance at our flagship conference and to focus on offering a single dedicated trustee event The changed format proved extremely popular with the trustee community. We had 65 delegates attend our final trustee seminar of 2018, whereas our 2019 event, rebranded as Trustee Workbench, was attended by 256 delegates – a whopping 293% increase. Careful focus on content ensured that the event was well attended throughout the day.
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – World Built Environment Forum: Annual Summit
WORLD BUILT ENVIRONMENT FORUM: ANNUAL SUMMIT RICS’ World Built Environment Forum convenes professionals of diverse disciplines, investors, regulators and decision-makers to discuss solutions to the strategic challenges facing global populations. An online platform supported by webinars, social media and email communications, the Forum focuses on the four key themes of urbanisation, data & technology, markets & geopolitics, and the natural environment (climate and resources). These themes are driven by experts, for example a group of investment risk managers responsible for managing over $1 trillion of assets globally on behalf of individual investors. The Forum is supplemented by roundtables and panel sessions at RICS events and third-party conferences. The annual Summit is the highlight of the World Built Environment Forum’s calendar. The Summit attracts a diverse international audience to meet in a different regional centre each year, and since its creation has taken place in Shanghai, London and New York. With the highest production values, the Summit has attracted sponsorship from leading international organisations, and spawned a new annual thought leadership publication, Confidence Summit discussions also feed into RICS’ monthly thought leadership magazine. Modus Summit feedback has been exceptionally positive with strong stakeholder survey results on RICS’ reputation.
TIC Council – Testing, Inspection and Certification Summit 2019 ‘Climate Impact: Preparing for Change’
The TIC Council is an international association, born from the merger of former global testing, inspection and certification (TIC) industry organizations IFIA and CEOC, bringing together over 90 member companies and organizations from around the world. The TIC Council hosted the global TIC Summit in media partnership with the Financial Times which took place on 18 June in Brussels. The Summit marked the official launch of the TIC Council. The TIC Council has decided to position the association on the topic ‘climate change risk mitigation’, thus commissioned Longitude, an FT company, to conduct a risk mitigation survey amongst C-suite executives from around the world across various industries. All respondents were senior executives with more than $100m in annual global revenue. The survey is aimed at providing a better understanding of the evolving landscape for climate change risk management, and specifically how businesses are planning to mitigate its impact. A panel discussion on ‘Climate Impact –preparing for change’ took place during the Summit and brought together senior opinion leaders from the European Commission, industry and civil society. The Summit explored the steps needed to mitigate risks and prepare the transition to a low carbon future.