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The deadline for entries has now passed

To enter the awards, your event must have taken place between 1st April 2020 and 30th June 2021.

Deadline for entries was the 8th October 2021.
 

Essential entry criteria

Please note that the Centurion Awards categories below will be nominated and judged by the centurion judging panel, led by Phil Soar, Chair of the AEO Event working group.

Classic Awards

Best Trade Show Activation

Best Trade Show Activation

Open to organisers

A trade show show can be, hybrid, digital, virtual, omni channel, or live and of any size, in the UK or international.

Against the backdrop of COVID we have created an award that celebrates the wide and varied responses that organisers have adopted to ensure that their brands are kept at the forefront of their communities. The circumstances of the last 18 months have forced us all to look differently at delivery and how we engage with our communities and this award will celebrate how organisers have innovated to keep the “show on the road”!

Best Consumer Show Activation

Best Consumer Show Activation

Open to organisers

A consumer show can be, hybrid, digital, virtual, omni channel, or live and of any size, in the UK or international.

Against the backdrop of COVID we have created an award that celebrates the wide and varied responses that organisers have adopted to ensure that their brands are kept at the forefront of their communities. The circumstances of the last 18 months have forced us all to look differently at delivery and how we engage with our communities and this award will celebrate how organisers have innovated to keep the “show on the road”!

Best Conference

Best Conference

Open to organisers, suppliers and venues

This Award is designed to reward a conference organiser that has responded to the circumstances and adapted their event with great results. We are looking for entries that show great insight into the needs of their communities and that show how they have innovated despite the limitations brought about by COVID. 

Best Use of Technology

Best Use of Technology

Open to organisers, suppliers and venues

We will be looking for examples of the innovative use of technology which has helped produce outstanding customer outcomes or that has resulted in efficiencies/ process improvements. The winner will be an organisation that has fully embraced technology and that has used it to make significant and potentially long-lasting change to the way they operate.

Unsung Hero

Unsung Hero

Open to organisers, suppliers and venues

This award is designed to recognise an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and made a significant contribution but is in a role that wouldn’t ordinarily receive public recognition for their efforts.

This award is not open to senior management, it is aimed at frontline and middle management individuals who deliver customer service.

Open to entry level and above.

Inspiring Leader

Inspiring Leader

Open to organisers, suppliers and venues

Leadership has many forms and context can play a big part in defining and shaping great leaders. This award is designed to reward an individual who has shown vision and fortitude in the face of the most exceptional circumstances any of us can remember. We are looking for nominations from leaders who have kept their heads whilst others were losing theirs, someone who has been responsive and agile in the face of the crisis.

Senior level - C-suite, director functions or similar.

Indomitable Spirit

Indomitable Spirit

Open to organisers, suppliers and venues

Who is the shining star in your business, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and exceeded all expectations? In what has been an extraordinary 18 months we are looking for nominees that has lifted morale through the sheer power of their personality and positivity. Someone who has managed to retain a sense of perspective and helped a team, or the entire business get through the crisis.

Open to any level of the business with managerial capacity.
 

Best Lockdown Initiative

Best Lockdown Initiative

Open to organisers, suppliers and venues

We have all had to change and adapt during lockdown and that has resulted in significant change in the way that we have operated as individuals and as businesses.

This award will celebrate an initiative that has brought about positive change across an organisation that has been originated during lockdown. It will have a lasting impact and potentially fundamentally change the way you do business. 
 

Sponsored by:

messe

Outstanding Contribution

Outstanding Contribution

This award is given in recognition of an “Outstanding Individual”.

A leading pioneer, who has been instrumental in shaping this amazing industry.

(AEO Council Vote)

Sponsored by:

reed

Centurion Awards - nominated by the Centurion Judges.

Venue of the Century

Venue of the Century

Organiser of the Century

Organiser of the Century

Sponsored by:

nec

Contractor and Supplier of the Century

Contractor and Supplier of the Century

Trade Show of the Century

Trade Show of the Century

Sponsored by:

nec

Consumer Show of the Century

Consumer Show of the Century

Sponsored by:

asp

  • Circdata
  • NEC

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