The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has reported a significant increase in interest from event organisers and industry suppliers looking to join professional organisations, with a membership growth of 20 per cent in the last year.
The increment is largely 50 per cent in-house Professional Conference Organisers (PCO’s) and 50 per cent independent PCO’s.
In addition, ABPCO has seen three new associate members Charlotte Tanswell (Archer Yates Associates Ltd), Karen Hoey (Happening Conferences & Events) and Rebecca Hoole (Royal College of Nursing).
“ABPCO is the UK’s leading organisation that supports, promotes and provides quality within the events industry and it is so encouraging to see such an interest in membership,” said Heather Lishman, association director at ABPCO (pictured above). “Our recent focus has been to create more awareness of ABPCO and communicate that members really do benefit from everything the association has to offer and it would be great to get 30 new members in our 30th year.”
Jo Powel who is the strategic events manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, and a new member to the ABPCO said; “We are delighted to be joining the ABPCO family. ABPCO provides a great opportunity to meet and engage with other conference organisers and discuss common challenges, news and share ideas.
“The benefits of being a member are clear to see, not only benefiting from the fantastic reputation and integrity that ABPCO holds within the industry, but also from opportunities for both Macmillan and myself as an events professional to learn and grow. I look forward to attending and being part of future education, networking and business occasions that will arise from our membership.”