The trade body representing British professional conference organisers will stage its annual awards and gala dinner in Glasgow this year as part of a drive to host events outside London and the South East.

ABPCO – the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) – said member feedback showed that delegates prefer to go the ‘extra mile’ when attending industry events.

It said 2018 will see that trend continue as the Chairmen’s Lunch and Excellence Awards move to Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on 13th December.

The organisation said in response to its membership engagement survey that it has continuously focused on the delivery of educational events across the whole of the UK.

“We have always tried to vary the location of our events, ensuring we support our diverse membership base,” said Rose Padmore, joint-chair of ABPCO.

“It is all too easy for membership associations to become London and South-East focused when holding events.  We fight hard against that lure, responding to the needs of our members and spreading events across the whole of the UK.”

Events over the last three years have taken place in: Brighton, London, Cambridge, Birmingham, Belfast, Manchester, York, Harrogate, Glasgow and Aberdeen.  Future events are already scheduled for England, Scotland and Wales.

Padmore said: “Such diverse locations might be a turn off for some.  However, rather than limit the number of attendees we have seen an increase as members recognise the value of the networking and education on offer.  They are quite literally willing to go the extra mile to attend an ABPCO event.”

ABPCO is the UK’s leading organisation for professional conference and event organisers, industry associates and those studying for, or seeking a career in the conference and meetings industry. For more information about ABPCO visit

2016’s ABPCO winners, which included the SECC (now SEC) in Glasgow