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ABPCO round-tables provide open forum for PCO debate

New events planned for May and September 2014 to focus on best practice in financial modelling and delegate experience.

Round-table events taking place under Chatham House rules are providing the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO)  members with an unique opportunity to share ideas whilst developing new ways of meeting ongoing challenges within the market.

The success of recent round-tables has led to the organisation of two PCO focused events over the coming months:  

Delegate Management v Delegate Experience will take place on 22 May, 2014 at ICC Birmingham  

With a focus on best practice in delegate management, the round-table will look at the way in which technology – particularly digital platforms – are driving the look and feel of the overall delegate experience.  The discussion will include the delegate experience before, during and after a conference and ask, specifically, how the delegate experience translates not just for those physically present at a conference but also new communities of virtual attendees.  

Financial Management and Modelling will take place on 23 September, 2014 at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London  

Recent challenges in the market have raised questions about conference finances, particularly the need for greater oversight and best practice.  With increasingly complicated budget scenarios in play – not least in respect of risk share and risk offset models – the discussion will consider how the industry is responding.  It will look specifically at how member PCOs are equipping themselves and their staff to expertly manage increasingly complex budget scenarios and client funds.  

“ABPCO’s round-table events have proved their value to me time and again over the last year.” comments PCO and ABPCO member, Claire Beach from Azura Events Ltd.  “So far I have attended four of these events and the fact that the content and outcomes are private gave all attendees the opportunity to share their thoughts in an open and productive manner.  The learning outcomes have helped me grow my business and most importantly better serve my association clients.”  

ABPCO Chairman and MCI UK Managing Director Jennifer Jenkins comments: “Professionalism and best practice sit at the heart of a successful event but success stories tend to be accompanied by challenges and even failures that many companies and individuals would prefer to keep private.  The premise of these events is one of trust.  It is an opportunity to work together, learn from each other and improve the industry for all involved.”  

Spaces to attend either event can be booked via the ABPCO website.  The event is free for ABPCO members and £40 for non-members.

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