The Winners 2015

The 17 winners of the prestigious National Outdoor Events Association awards received their glass trophies at a glittering ceremony in Bath.

The association, which aims to educate, advise and enhance professionalism and business opportunities within the sector and has more than 400 members nationwide, was also celebrating 35 years.

And its surviving founders Jeff Brownhut, Alan Goldsmith and Ted Cody all received Lifetime Achievement Awards from President Richard Limb.

Michael Bell, a NOEA member from Kingdom Connections Ltd, joined household names Lord Sebastian Coe, Harvey Goldsmith and Michael Eavis as a recipient of the President’s Award.

Winners came from across the UK with Celebrate Aberdeen picking up the NOEA Scotland Award to the delight of the deputy Lord Provost Councillor John Reynolds; the Midsomerset Show in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, scooping Event Team of the Year and the City of Lincoln Christmas Market taking two of the honours with Event Organiser of the Year Award and Event of the Year.

Mr Limb told guests at the ceremony held at the city’s Pump Rooms: "It’s a long time since I remember being 35 but at 35 you are quite mature, you are no longer juvenile and you have lots of energy, enthusiasm and get up and go; that’s the stage NOEA has reached.

"I am immensely proud to be president and I am delighted so many are here to join us to celebrate our 35th birthday. "

Compere for the night was Paul Hooper, Secretary for the Royal Bath and West of England Society, who said: "Without organisations like NOEA there would not be outdoor events and places for people to go and enjoy in their spare time. NOEA works with others to make sure events are safe and enjoyable.”

Head judge was Alistair Turner, formerly PR director of Davies Tanner, which promotes the Britain for Events campaign, who has founded his own business, Eight PR & Marketing.

He said to be a finalist was an achievement in the NOEA awards with the standard of entries getting higher and higher.

Carl Hagemann, from professional body IOSH which was on one of the night sponsors, said: "We are using health safety as an enabler to allow events to take place; it is a vehicle to make things happen rather than not happen. We recognise the importance of health and safety within the events industry.”

The awards categories and winners are:

Event Innovation of the Year Award sponsored by 2CL Communications – awarded for the provision of a new product, service or concept that will help the industry to solve problems and go forward safely and profitably.
Winner: Heart Productions. The judges said: "An innovative and creative event concept, right for the event and the brand. An innovative company.”

Small Event of the Year Award sponsored by HLF – recognising the good work done by event organisers staging smaller events with audience attendance of under 2,000 with a local community focus.
Winner: Dadfest. The judges said: "This is an event that understands it community and speaks to it. It has a clear vision, is innovative in doing so and reflects part of its society in its representation. How you can go wrong with Dad dancing?”


Production Partnership of the Year Award – recognising those who have demonstrated excellence in partnership working in the delivery of an exceptional event.
Winner: Rushcliffe Borough Council and NHS Rushcliffe CCG. The judges said: "This partnership looked at the obesity issue affecting the community and worked together to stage an event that educates and engages.

A health experience for lots of people and money well spent give the long term affects this could place on the NHS.”

Best Practice Award – Event Safety Award sponsored by IOSH – awarded to the best overall promoter or event organiser who fulfil criteria for managing well organised safe events through their professionalism. To recognise long service or overcoming a particular challenge in an innovative way. Or it may reflect published works or effective training, coaching and leadership of others.
Winner: City and County of Swansea

Event Organiser of the Year Award sponsored by Capita – open to individuals, companies and local authorities that provide first-class facilities and visitor satisfaction at their events.
Winner: City of Lincoln Christmas Market. The judges said: "This was a really strong category, this event presents difficulties in managing logistics and the volume of people but the organisers get it right.

The organisers want the visitors to have a wonderful Christmas experience and this is an event that has sustained and grown. Leading Christmas market in the Country.”

Event of the Year Award – recognises an event which has achieved the highest level of excellence or has made a major contribution to the professionalism of the industry.
Winner: City of Lincoln Christmas Market. The judges said: "This event represents the best of what the Industry can do - a tightly run well organised and well attended event.”

Event Supplier of the Year Award sponsored by Access All Areas – open to individuals and companies that supply first-class products/equipment/entertainment to those within the events industry.
Winner: 2CL Communications. The judges said: "Great quality of entry form as well as a great supplier. Good at what they do.”

Technological Innovation sponsored by Capita – awarded for the provision of a new product, service or concept that will help the industry to solve problems and go forward safely and profitably.
Winner: Loowatt. The judges said: "Thinking out loud of the port aloo box, in an area often overlooked this is one that is vital for the event’s organiser and general public. Innovative company.”

Sporting Event of the Year Award sponsored by GL Events UK – open to any event involving a sporting activity, whether it is a participating or spectator event.
Winner: The Ryder Cup.

Small Festival of the Year Award sponsored by Event Wine Solutions – for any event that attracts fewer than 5,000 attendees.
Winner: Larmer Tree Festival. The judges said: "Classic small festival feel, epitomises the award category and what it stands for, reeks of locality and gets it right. Great festival.”

Large Festival of the Year Award – for any festival that attracts 5,000 attendees or more.
Winner: Wild Rumpus. The judges said: "The organiser has a genuine care for their own event, and their passion is evident. The judges were excited about where this event is going and the festival has a great future.”

Caterer of the Year Award sponsored by NCASS – for any in-house or external caterers of any size or type.
Winner: Jabberwocky. The judges said: "All produced amazing food, and the judges recognise that this part of the industry has changed dramatically, Jabberwocky bring something new to event catering and really deliver this.”

The NOEA Scotland Tribute Award – gives recognition to those events that have achieved the highest level of excellence or have made a major contribution to the professionalism of the industry in Scotland.
Winner: Celebrate Aberdeen. The judges said: "Good event and the judges commend the City of Aberdeen for putting it on - great partnership between the City Council events team and volunteers from Celebrate Aberdeen.”

Student Event of the Year Award sponsored by Eventbrite – for any outdoor event organised by students, either individually or as a group/team.
Winner: Robert Gordon University. The judges said: "Creative, innovative & successful event - great experience for the students involved, who managed to run a media campaign next to the event too.”

Medical Provider of the Year Award sponsored by Capita – for any type of medical provider that has excelled at an outdoor event.
Winner: M&S Ambulance. The judges said: "Satisfied clients which is evident through the testimonials submitted, volume and scale of events produced is impressive.”

Event Team of the Year Award – For the best proactive and effective event team working on an outdoor event.
Winner: Mid Somerset Show. The judges said: "The team has a great ethic and the commitment from the volunteers allows them to stage this event without them it wouldn't be possible.”

President’s Award: Michael Bell;
Judges Award: The Commonwealth Games 2014
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Tod Cody, Jeff Brownhut and Alan Goldsmith

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