The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) held its annual Conference and Chairman’s Dinner at Arena MK on 29 November, the best attended since its inception.
Over 180 delegates from almost 100 companies attended the event, which featured keynotes futurist Ed Gillespie, communication expert Ian Rowland and author and entrepreneur Debra Searle.
The day also included a solutions session where delegates could debate key issues, a town hall session where ESSA director Andrew Harrison, ESSA vice chair Martin Cairns, ESSA board member Lou Kiwanuka and ESSA Futures Board chair Jess Corbett fed back information and updates on a number of key projects.
The conference was chaired by Andy Gibb, sales and marketing director at Stadium MK.
In the evening the ESSA Awards saw GES’ Nick Marshall bag Outstanding Contribution to the Industry.
Harrison commented: “We’ve had very positive feedback from the conference and the ball, which is especially pleasing as we did change a few things around this year. I was especially pleased that the Solutions Room was well received, it reaffirms our belief that the members can be of immense support to one another and the experience, passion and knowledge that sits within the ESSA community is inspiring.
“Nick Marshall has been at the heart of the industry, and has influenced many changes and developments, it was particularly pleasing to see his contribution recognised by his peers.”
Oliver Smart of Jonas Event Technology won the Young Person Award, Paul O’Neil of Freeman won Unsung Hero, Innovation of the Year was won by Visit & Poken by GES and the Member Company Award was won by A1 Event & Exhibition Cleaners.