The 15th annual Convention and Awards Dinner will be held in Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, Bath on November 21 and Susan Tanner, NOEA’s chief executive, said: “This year saw an increase in detailed entries many deserving to be a finalist. Consequently our judges had a hard job to decide on the three or four shortlisted in each category today.”
Alistair Turner, head judge and managing director of Eight PR & Marketing, said: “The quality of entry was exceptional and the introduction of Best New Event produced some amazing applications. The strength of entries was excellent and seeing some events come back shows commitment to the awards.
“It is a huge achievement for those shortlisted today and we look forward to seeing who is named as winners in November.”
Joining Alistair on the judging panel were Andy McNicholl. City Events Manager for Liverpool Council, and Sally Piggott, Head of Festivals, UK for Eventbrite.
NOEA is the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association fights the events industry’s corner with campaigns ranging from tackling police costs to calling for a ban on Chinese lanterns due to the danger to life, livestock and land.
The 2018 event themed, ‘It Could Never Happen to Me’, will see DS Louise Wilson and DCC Ben-Julian Harrington, from Operation Gothic, address the subject in two of the sessions.
As part of the ‘It Could Never Happen to Me’ theme, A.C.T (National) Ltd will welcome Bev Osborne, Training 4 Resilience, a specialist in training for emergency response at events, to host a workshop style session for delegates.
The speakers will follow on from the keynote address from multiple industry award winner Dick Tee, EnteeTainment, who will share his own experiences of ‘It Could Never Happen to Me’ from across his illustrious career. The convention will also include a number of panel discussions as well as personal experiences from event organisers on ‘It Could Never Happen to Me’.
To buy tickets for the convention and the awards visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/noea-annual-convention-and-awards-dinner-2018-tickets-40791348020#tickets
Further information susan@noea.org.uk

Best Practice Award
Revival Productions Ltd (Classic Ibiza Concerts), eat:Festivals
Caterer of the Year Award
Wilde Kitchen, Tuk Tuk Café,belistore
Event Innovation of the Year Award
Event Genius Ltd, SimpliWiFi, Stadium TM
Event of the Year Award
Vicar’s Picnic, The Leeds Castle 40th Anniversary Classical Concert, Party at The Palace, Tom Kerridges Pub in the Park
Event Organiser of the Year Award
Gill Tee and Deb Shilling – Black Deer Festival, Wild Rumpus, The Parks Trust, Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds
Event Supplier of the Year – Infrastructure
2CL Group, SimpliWiFi, Portakabin, Fineline Lighting Ltd
Event Supplier of the Year – Services
Catered by Justin, Coop, LiveStyled, Green Goblet
Event Team of the Year Award
We Are The Fair, Black Deer Festival, People’s Postcode Lottery, Revival Productions ltd (Classic Ibiza Concerts)
Large Festival of the Year Award
The Leeds Castle 40th Anniversary Classical Concert, eat:Festivals, Bournemouth 7s Festival, Cowal Highland Gathering
Medical Provider of the Year Award
SE Medical, Festimed
PR Campaign of the Year
Timber Festival, Glastonbury Abbey, Aberdeen City Council City Events

Production Partnership Year Award
We are Placemaking with Grovesnor Estates
LiveStyled with with AEG Presents, and their two London Festivals ‘All Points East’ & ‘Barclaycard presents British Summer Time
Redwood Event Solutions/Tom Kerridges Pub in the Park
Timber Festival
Small Event of the Year
Dunstable Town Council, Smoked and Uncut, Dangerous Dad’s Network
Small Festival of the Year
EDF Festival, Just So Festival, World Yoga Festival
Sporting Event of the Year Award
Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental/RICOH Women’s British Open, Bournemouth 7s Festivals
Student Event of the Year
Bournemouth University: Fusion Festival: Abracadabra – Benefitting CoppaFeel! UK
University of Gloucestershire Final Year Event Management Students with Clair Greenaway & John Lannon
Haven Events – Victoria Greenhall (project manager) Derby University
Best New Event Award
Black Deer Festival (Gill Tee & Deb Shilling)
Timber Festival, Slam Dunk Festival
Glastonbury Abbey, Liverpool Bordeaux Wine Festival
The NOEA Scotland Tribute Award
Aberdeen City Council City Events
Party at The Palace, EDF Festival