Categories 2018

Entry deadline is January 19th 2018.

Entry deadline is extended to January 26th 2018.

Qualification period for all entries is 1st January 2017 – 31st December 2017.

There are three types of categories available to enter, based on People, Companies and Shows, covering organisers, suppliers and venues, and the entry procedure could not be simpler.

Step 1) View the categories and their description below

Step 2) Select those you wish to enter and download the form attached to each one

Step 3) Fill out the form, attaching any supplementary information

Step 4) Email the submission to enawards@mashmedia.net by January 19th 2018

A carefully selected panel of industry judges will be casting their votes in the new year…

Companies may enter multiple categories but please adhere to the length criteria as overly lengthy entries may be discounted.

EN Pioneer Award

The exhibition industry is full of inspiring entrepreneurs who have helped us get to where we are today. These individuals are innovative, risky and brave, trust their intuition, possess incredible foresight, exude self-belief and most of all, have a will to succeed. The winner of the Exhibition News Pioneer Award has displayed all of these qualities and opened the door to tomorrow’s world, while growing our industry and others to the benefit of all.

NB this is not open for nomination and will be decided by the Editor of EN

People Awards

Best Newcomer


Every company should have a team member who has shown incredible promise and quickly made themselves irreplaceable. This award recognises the importance of attracting new talent into our industry. The Best Newcomer award is open to individuals who have been in the events industry for less than three years and have been in full-time employment for less than five years.

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Organiser Salesperson of the Year – Sponsored by Thorns Group


Have you or your colleague delivered strong revenues across consumer or trade exhibitions in 2017? The Organiser Salesperson award honours one individual who outshone their peers in sales and over-achieved their targets with a combination of ingenuity, hard work, tenacity and market knowledge in the face of economic adversity, demand for more tangible ROI, and a more sophisticated exhibition market.

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Organiser Marketing Team of the Year – Sponsored by Livebuzz

This award recognises one outstanding marketing team who has directly helped one or more consumer or trade show to build and improve its brand profile during 2017. The winner will have demonstrated originality, creativity, a savvy use of integrated marketing techniques and platforms, and measurable improvements in their show or shows as a direct result of their marketing initiatives.

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Operations Team of the Year

We all know how important a strong operations team is to the success of a show, but what achievements make one team stand out over another? This award highlights an operations team who have displayed superior efforts on one or more exhibition through hard work, a commitment to customer service, organisational and management skills, teamwork and resourcefulness, delivering an outstanding and successful event.

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Best Event Director – Sponsored by Shanghai New International Expo Centre Ltd

This award singles out the best event director working in the UK exhibition industry today. Judges are looking to reward one show director working across trade and/or consumer shows who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, creativity and professional growth during 2017. Key to success is the nominee’s ability to demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership.

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Company Awards

Event Tech of the Year

This award recognises the ever-increasing and crucial role that technology plays in delivering events today. The award honours those individuals and businesses that have pushed the boundaries of innovation to develop and provide products and solutions that improve the overall effectiveness of an event, enhance the visitor experience or advance the behind-the-scenes organisation and planning. The winner could be from an organiser, venue or supplier involved in the delivery of the tech, or a combination of two or more, all parties will be recognised.

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Best Supplier to Exhibitors – Sponsored by be Matrix

Despite tough economic and market conditions, suppliers continue to help exhibitors show off their best assets at an exhibition through a combination of innovative products, services and support. The Best Supplier to Exhibitors award underscores one company that has helped exhibitors meet their objectives and achieve ROI from their show presence and demonstrated outstanding customer service.

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Best Supplier to Organisers – Sponsored by Evolution Dome

Without the support of contractors, exhibitions simply wouldn’t function. This award shines a light on one exhibition supplier providing exhibition-related goods and services to the organiser community. The judges will look for examples where suppliers have gone beyond their day-to-day job to help one or more organisers run events successfully during 2017, shown innovation and demonstrated excellence.

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Best International Venue

With so many UK organisers now actively operating in venues outside their home territory, this award will highlight one large exhibition venue outside of the UK with 10,000sqm or more floor space well suited to major international exhibitions. Judges will be looking for ways in which the venue has worked with organisers to deliver outstanding results for internationally focused events and invested in improving their facilities.

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Best Venue Under 8,000sqm

This award will honour one UK venue with up to 8,000sqm of exhibition space that hosted exhibitions in 2017. The winner of Best Venue under 8,000sqm will demonstrate a proactive relationship with organisers on successful exhibitions, be able to demonstrate investment into their venue offering, and chalked up significant financial and business growth.

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Best Venue Over 8,000sqm

This award will reward the hard efforts of one large UK venue hosting exhibitions during 2017. The winner will demonstrate a proactive relationship with organisers on a plethora of successful exhibitions, invested in their venue offering in 2017 and chalked up significant financial and business growth.

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The CSR Award – Sponsored by Nurnbergmesse GmbH

Corporate Social Responsibility has become essential to all businesses looking to have positive impacts on their staff, community, environment, customers and commercial results. This award will recognise the company which can demonstrate the most positive CSR scheme and results. This is open to all companies to enter.

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Best Use of Social Media – Sponsored by Feathr

It’s unthinkable to imagine event marketing without social media and so this award reflects the essential role that it plays in today’s marketing mix. This award will recognise the most effective social media campaigns of 2017 that can demonstrate successful results achieved by originality and audience engagement.

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The Indy Award (Independent Organiser of the Year) – Sponsored by Scottish Event Campus Ltd

Exhibition organisers come in all sizes so, EN wants to specifically recognise brilliance among the smaller and more specialist companies. This reward is open to exhibition organisers who turn over less than £5million but who have shown inventiveness, creativity, growth and endeavour alongside outstanding shows.

NB this can either be a specialist exhibition organiser or a larger company within which exhibitions account for less than £5 million turnover. Financial evidence may be required.

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Show Awards

Best Consumer Show Marketing Campaign

Whether in print, digital, outdoor or experiential (or a combination of all of these), a well-conceived, integrated marketing campaign is crucial to the success and perceptions of your business. This award explores the best brand-boosting campaigns from 2017. Judges will be looking for examples of work that display creativity and best marketing practice alongside proven measurable results against key campaign objectives.

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Best Trade Show Marketing Campaign

Whether in print, digital, outdoor or experiential (or a combination of all of these), a well-conceived, integrated marketing campaign is crucial to the success and perceptions of your business. This award explores the best brand-boosting campaigns from 2017. Judges will be looking for examples of work that display creativity and best marketing practice alongside proven measurable results against key campaign objectives.

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Best Feature Area – Sponsored by Creative Hire


A great feature area on the show floor can leave a lasting impression – not just on visitors but on exhibitors too, and to inspire other organisers and suppliers. This unique award acknowledges the collaborative nature of a successful feature, utilising the creativity of both the organising team and suppliers providing the desired solution. Organisers or suppliers can nominate themselves for this award and both parties will be recognised.

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Best Brand Expansion – Sponsored by Showlite

This award will recognise an organiser that has diversified its exhibition above and beyond its original brief into new territories, avenues or channels in 2017. The winner of the Best Brand Expansion award will have successfully replicated their brand either internationally or in the UK, launched sister or co-located events, or extended their exhibition brand into other media avenues and complementary commercial opportunities. Judges will be looking for excellence, innovation, commercial success and longevity.

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Show Rising Star

As part of EN’s efforts to encourage more organisers to develop shows in the UK, this award will reward one organiser that has either launched a show, or held the second edition of their consumer or trade exhibition during 2017.

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Best Consumer Show

Consumers are increasingly demanding interactivity and innovation from live events, raising the standard and quality of exhibitions in the UK. The Best Consumer Show Award recognises one show that has met the consumer challenge by delivering a superb visitor experience, backed up by creative marketing initiatives, year-on-year success, a competitive edge, originality and commercial growth.

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Best Trade Show – Sponsored by Circdata

The most hotly contested of all EN Awards every year, this category is open to any trade exhibition held in the UK during 2017. Organisers will be assessed on their ability to meet show objectives, produce innovative content and marketing campaigns, record improvements in commercial performance, demonstrate visitor and exhibitor attendance growth and diversification, and the show’s longevity.

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