Tarsus Group chairman Neville Buch led the list of winners from this year’s Association of Event Organisers (AEO) Awards on 6 July.
The former Blenheim executive chairman, who joined Tarsus as part of its launch in 1998, was honoured for his contribution to the exhibition industry and, in particular, his international achievements, win the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award.
The AEO claimed this year’s Excellence Awards at the Artillery Gardens at the HAC in London attracted 1,000 representatives from the industry. The event was hosted by British actor and comedian Stephen Mangan.
"Under the economic pressures that we have and continue to endure, the AEO Excellence Awards were a great reflection of the strength, creativity, dynamism and resilience of our industry," AEO chief executive Karim Halwagi said. "The integrity of our judging was reflected by the fantastic array of winners and the support of our industry was once again demonstrated by another sell-out audience with over 1,000 in the room.”
Eighteen other awards were presented on the day to the following winners:
Best Trade Launch Show Lux Live 2011 - Revo Media Partners
Best Consumer Launch Show Ideal Home Show at Christmas – Media 10
Best Tradeshow Exhibition (over net 2,000sqm) Spring Fair International – i2i Events Group
Best Tradeshow Exhibition (under 2,000sqm) Cloud Expo Europe – Closer2 Media
Best Consumer Exhibition BBC Gardeners’ World Live and The BBC Good Food Show – BBC Haymarket Exhibitions
Best Live Event Range Rover Evoque Live UK tour – doll
Marketing Campaign of the Year Lunch! 2011 – Diversified Business Communications
Organiser Team of the Year CPhI Japan 2011 – UBM
Venue of the Year Excel London
Venue Team of the Year Team NEC – The NEC
Service Supplier of the Year Melville GES Stand Design and Build Supplier of the Year Exhibit3Sixty
Production Design of the Year Solutions2
Unsung Hero Michelle Bird – DB Schenker
Innovation Award Index Group
Sustainability Award Fresh Montgomery
Best Use of Social Media World Travel Market – Reed Exhibitions