Largest Entry Levels in Award’s History Shows Confident Sector

The shortlist for the 20th National Outdoor Events Association Awards 2023 has been announced following the event’s largest ever entry levels.

The judges for the awards commented that, “Not only have we seen the largest level of competition in the award’s 20 year history, the quality of the entries, the events, the companies and the people that have been put forward have been exceptional.”

“We have commented in the past that just getting onto the shortlist of the NOEA awards should be seen as a high achievement, this is never more true than this year and we congratulate everyone who has been put forward. These were tough awards to judge!”

The shortlist, which is announced today, includes some of the most recognisable individuals and brands in the events industry as well as new and emerging talent from across sporting and music festivals to country show, local authority, and cultural events.

The Annual Convention and Awards Dinner will be held in the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, Bath, 22nd November and will see the industry’s best gain recognition across 23 categories including Best Small Event, Best Event Team, The Sustainability Award and Best Practice Award.

Susan Tanner, NOEA’s Chief Executive, said: “This year again saw a massive increase in entries, so we created more categories to recognise the diversity of entries and the different events they presented. This is such a reassuring sign for our industry, that it is creating events of this quality shows confidence as well as excellence.”

Best Accessibility & Inclusion Initiative

  • Qdos Event Hire
  • Ringwood Carnival Committee
  • Car Fest
  • Cat Kevern

Best Events Team – Event

  • Pennine Events
  • Ringwood Carnival Committee
  • CarFest
  • RHL Activities
  • 212 Music Group LTD
  • The Fair
  • V-Live

Best Events Team – Service/Supplier

  • The Traffic Management Company
  • MLD Event Group
  • Number 8 Events ltd
  • Festivall Services
  • Sunbelt Rentals
  • Festival Medical Services

Best Events Team – Local Authority

  • Culture Liverpool
  • Oldham Council
  • Barnsley Council Arts
  • Visit East Yorkshire Events Team

Best Support to the Event Industry Award

  • Laceys Solicitors LLP
  • Cat Kevern
  • Number 8 events Ltd
  • Video Illusions
  • Ontrax Rentals
  • Phoenix Events (East) Ltd

Caterer of the Year Award
•    Passion & Smoke
•    Leave it to Esmie
•    Origin Pizza
•    Cleopatra’s Kitchen
•    The Monks Table
•    Saving Nemo
•    Pop’s Thai Kitchen

Best Health and Safety Practice

  • We Are OPS
  • Concierge UK
  • Safe Elephant

New Product/Service /Technology Innovation Award

  • GeoPura Ltd
  • Ontrax Rentals
  • Electric Star Live

Best Up and Coming Event Organiser: The One to Watch

  • Sarah Belcher – Sarah Belcher Events
  • Lianne Self – Royal Bath and West
  • Jorge and Brian – JBM Music Ltd
  • Wayne Hadley – Concierge UK

Event of the Year Award – Public Sector

  • Illuminate – Light Night Oldham Council
  • Eurovision 2023 – Host City Events Liverpool City Council
  • Barnsley’s Big Weekend -Barnsley Council

Best Unsung Hero / Heroine Award

  • Sophie Merivale – The Traffic Management Co
  • Terry Marsh – Qdos Events Hire
  • Clare Wells – Shropshire Festivals
  • Alissa Koopal – Pennine Events
  • Jean Lenham – Black Deer Festival
  • Greg Griffiths – On the Scene Management

Event Supplier of the Year – Infrastructure

  • Qdos Event Hire
  • Fineline Lighting
  • Ontrax Rentals
  • Versatile Venues
  • RSH Audio
  • Supermix Sound
  • Video Illusions

Best University or College Events Award

  • University of Derby
  • Sheffield Hallam University

Rural Event of the Year Award

  • The Royal Bath and West Show
  • Walking East Yorkshire Festival – Visit East Yorkshire

The Place Making Award

  • We are Placemaking
  • Grim Falfest
  • Outdoor Places Unusual Spaces
  • Greenford Quay, GQ Live
  • Summer in the Square – Baker Street Quarter Partnership and The Intrepid Collective
  • Barnsley Town Centre – Barnsley Council

Student Event of the Year Award

To be announced on the evening

The Sustainability Award

  • Timber Festival
  • GeoPura Ltd
  • Cupapeel by Just Peel
  • Saving Nemo
  • Natural Event Europe
  • Sunbelt Rentals
  • Wasserman

Event Supplier of the Year – Services

  • The Traffic Management Company
  • The Cloud One Group
  • Festival Medical Services
  • Safe Elephant Ltd
  • Festivall Services
  • V-Live•

Event of the Year Award – Private Sector

  • Glastonbury Abbey Medieval Fayre – Glastonbury Abbey
  • Bournemouth 7s Festival – Bournemouth 7’s
  • Summer in the Square – Baker Street Quarter Partnership and The Intrepid Collective
  • National Service 60th Anniversary celebrations at the National Memorial Arboretum – The Cloud One Group
  • Eat;Bedminster by eat:Festivals
  • Weston Beach Race – RHL Activities

Regional Event of the Year Award

  • Birmingham Festival 23
  • Eat:Bedminster by eat : Festivals
  • Ringwood Carnival
  • Summer in the Square – Baker Street Quarter Partnership and The Intrepid Collective
  • National Service 60th Anniversary celebrations at the National Memorial Arboretum. – The Cloud One Group

Event Organiser of the Year – Public Sector

  • Oldham Council
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Barnsley Council

Event Organiser of the Year – Private Sector

  • Brad Lister – Glastonbury Abbey
  • CarFest
  • RHL Activities
  • Pennine Events Ltd
  • Adventurize ABR Festival
  • Jess Chiplen – Royal Bath and West

Small Event of the Year Award

  • Night at the Abbey – Glastonbury Abbey
  • Just So Festival
  • Greenford Quay, GQ Live Intrepid Collective
  • Eat in the Park – Jake Burnham & George Darbyshire
  • Orbit Fitness & Wellbeing Festival