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HBAA hosts a sold-out Annual Dinner and its first Kick Off Conference

HBAA  Kick Off Conference
The HBAA on Friday hosted a sold-out Annual Dinner, welcoming 400 people including its agent and venue members. The event, the most well attended in the association’s history, was celebrating the year ahead and inducted  incoming chair Jacqui Kavanagh into the role, following Chris Parnham’s end of tenure.

The Annual Dinner was this year held at Chelsea Football Club at Stamford Bridge, and featured a three course meal and amazing entertainment by the Chivaree Circus.  

The evening concluded with a live game of ‘I’m an HBAA Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ courtesy of Off Limits Corporate Events, which needed brave volunteers to eat delicacies like ants and scorpions. This raised £1,800 for the chairman’s charity The Who Cares? Trust.  

The HBAA are also delighted to announce that their 2014 chairman’s charity will benefit from £12,500, raised by HBAA members through an online auction.  

The association also held its first Kick Off Conference during the afternoon. The session was chaired by panelist and presenter Nadine Dereza, who first addressed the audience with a summary of the state of our industry. Jacqui Kavanagh then introduced her manifesto – which focuses on ‘doing better business, and doing business better together’. Six of the committees within the HBAA – including new members, training and TIE – technology, innovations and environment then outlined their visions for the next 12 months before Nadine led the final Q&A session with various members of the HBAA.  

Juliet Price, consultant executive director for the HBAA, “Last Friday was a fantastic and progressive day for the HBAA, and we are thoroughly pleased with the way our first Kick Off conference was received. We always want to offer our members benefits and we believe that inviting them to share our vision for 2015 so early on does this. Of course, such an entertaining and celebratory dinner in the evening was a wonderful bonus, and a fitting way to wish our outgoing chairman Chris Parnham, farewell.”

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