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BNP Paribas tops the winners' list at ICE Awards 2016

Rising Star Award winner Jenny Atkinson
The 2016 International Corporate Event (ICE) Awards held last week at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum drew a cluster of household name corporations and national organisations to the winners’ rostrum. BNP Paribas led the recipients, collecting two awards - for Best Motivational Event and Best CSR Event. Among the other project category winners were: the BBC, BP Fuels, Direct Line, ITV, Playtech and the UK Chamber of Shipping.

Exclusively honouring in-house corporate event teams and departments, the ICE Awards welcomed 260 guests to the V&A, 80 per cent of whom were in-house event organisers, representing 104 companies from 15 different industry sectors.

In addition to nine project categories, including Best Leadership Event, Most Effective Use of Budget and Best Sponsorship Activation, ICE bestowed its second Rising Star Award - to Jenny Atkinson, Communications and Events Executive at the UK Chamber of Shipping.

The NSPCC received the In-House Team of the Year Award, for its work on the NSPCC Childline Ball, and the Best Agency Collaboration award was collected by Playtech together with brand experience agency 2Heads.

The ICE Awards were launched in 2015. Founder and producer Anita Howard said: “The programme has grown in its second year and we’ve been delighted by the volume of entries and the calibre of the winning teams. Over 60 projects were entered, and evaluated by 29 judges - all senior events professionals from a wide range of industry disciplines.

“These first two awards cycles have proved conclusively the quality of work being delivered by in-house event teams, who are often overlooked within their own organisations and perceived to play a back-room role. We hope the ICE Awards will help them receive the recognition they deserve.

The ICE Awards, held in association with the Event Marketing Association, are deliberately designed to focus on informal networking at an impactful venue.

Anita Howard added: “It’s been an amazing privilege to gather so many in-house event planners under one roof. They’ve clearly enjoyed engaging with each other and relaxing at an event they haven’t had to organise themselves! The atmosphere has been phenomenal.”

Presenting the 2016 Awards Ceremony was TV presenter and former top UK rally driver, Penny Mallory. A fund-raising draw was also held in aid of industry charity Meeting Needs.

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