What a night! M&IT Awards 2021 reunites sector in style

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All the Gold award winners at the M&IT Awards 2021 All the Gold award winners at the M&IT Awards 2021

The M&IT Awards 2021 saw the industry come together in celebration of event professionals on an exciting and emotional night in London.

The sector turned out in force for a glittering night with more than 550 event professionals in attendance at Battersea Evolution to celebrate the great and good of the industry.

The evening was once again compered by Welsh television presenter Gethin Jones, while last year's Events R Talented winner Megan Unwin got the crowd up and dancing early on with her version of Amy Winehouse's Valerie.

The awards saw Meetings Industry Association chief executive Jane Longhurst take home the Personality of the Year award, with Delegate Wranglers founder Neil Thompson named as runner-up.

Venues & Events International scored a double gold award win, landing both the Best Intermediary Agency (fewer than 40 employees) and Best Crisis Response gongs, the latter in recognition of the agency’s incredible work throughout the pandemic.

Glasgow Convention Bureau picked up the Best UK Convention Bureau award for an incredible 15th year running, while Park Regis Birmingham scooped Best UK Hotel.

M&IT editor Paul Harvey said: "The M&IT Awards 2021 were a fantastic release for a sector that has not had a chance to celebrate in far too long. It was such a thrill to come together and honour the sector after what has been such a difficult 18 months for so many of us. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists, huge thanks to all our sponsors, and thank you to everyone that attended for making it such a special night. These awards will live long in the memory as the moment the sector was finally able to have fun again."

The night also saw industry charity Meeting Needs raise thousands with a table raffle and present its David Hackett Award for outstanding achievement to SongDivision. Following the awards, the industry partied the night away on the dancefloor.

The winners of the M&IT Awards 2021 were as follows:

Best UK Hotel Gold: Park Regis Birmingham Silver: The Celtic Manor Resort Bronze: Chewton Glen

Best Overseas Hotel Gold: Sandals Royal Barbados Silver: Four Seasons Hotel Madrid Bronze: Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Best UK Conference Centre Gold: ACC Liverpool Silver: Scottish Event Campus Bronze: ExCeL London

Best Overseas Conference Centre Gold: The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) Silver: Grimaldi Forum Monaco Bronze: CCIB - Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona

Best Intermediary Agency (fewer than 40 employees) Gold: Venues and Events International Silver: First Choice Conference & Events Bronze: ZiaBia Events Consultancy

Best Intermediary Agency (more than 40 employees) Gold: DRPG Silver: BCD Meetings & Events Bronze: Inntel

Best UK Convention Bureau Gold: Glasgow Convention Bureau Silver: Liverpool Convention Bureau Bronze: London & Partners

Best Overseas Convention Bureau Gold: Dublin Convention Bureau Silver: Visit Monaco Bronze: Barcelona Convention Bureau

Best UK Unusual Venue Gold: Church House Westminster Silver: Natural History Museum London Bronze: Tobacco Dock

Best Event Provider Gold: Blue Hat Team Building Silver: DRPG Bronze: Shocklogic

Best Crisis Response Gold: Venues and Events International Silver: The Celtic Manor Resort & ICC Wales Bronze: Park Regis Birmingham

Best Tech-forward venue Gold: The Celtic Manor Resort & ICC Wales Silver: etc venues Bronze: Royal Lancaster Hotel

Personality of the Year Gold: Jane Longhurst, Chief Executive Officer, The Meetings Industry Association Silver: Neil Thompson, Founder, The Delegate Wranglers

Team of the Year Gold: The Venues Collection Silver: emc3 Bronze: Dynamic Conferences & Events

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Paul Harvey
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Paul Harvey
M&IT editor Paul Harvey is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience. He began his career in the local press, working for various titles across the north. Since joining M&IT in 2013, he has become a trusted and respected voice in the sector, championing event professionals and reporting on all aspects of the events industry for the brand.

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