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Oh what a night! M&IT Awards 2020 shines light on industry’s stars

The M&IT Awards 2020 saw the stars of the industry come out for an exciting and action-packed night.

Attendees were wowed by performances from the cast of We Will Rock You and Events R Talented winner Megan Unwin, while the evening was once again compered by Welsh television presenter Gethin Jones.

The industry turned out in force for a glittering night with more than 1,200 event professionals in attendance at Battersea Evolution to celebrate the great and good of the industry.

Imago Venues – Burleigh Court scored a treble gold award win, picking up the gongs for Best UK Conference Centre, Best Academic Venue and Best Food & Beverage Supplier, while Glasgow Convention Bureau picked up the Best UK Convention Bureau gong for the 14th year running.

Conference Care landed Best Intermediary Agency (more than 40 employees) for a sixth time and treated those backstage to a numerically-amended version of the Tom Jones hit Sex Bomb.

M&IT Awards 2020 at Evolution Battersea.

M&IT Awards 2020

Former CAT Media managing director Martin Lewis proved a very popular winner of the Personality of the Year award, receiving a standing ovation.

The night also saw industry charity Meeting Needs raise more than £43,000 with a table raffle and online auction. Following the awards, the industry partied the night away on the dancefloor.

David Chapple, managing director UK of Northstar Travel Media, said: “Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make it a fantastic night, we are really grateful for the support of the whole industry. We also want to thank all our sponsors – in particular our headline sponsor, Edwardian Hotels London, for contributing so much to the event’s success. It was another really great night – congratulations to all our winners.”

Glasgow Convention Bureau said: “We are delighted to have won Best UK Convention Bureau for the 14th consecutive year at the M&IT Awards! Huge thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to all the finalists!”

First Choice Conference and Events said: “Yes we did it! Thank you to everyone who voted. We’re so chuffed with our gold, especially for our special year! That’s five golds now!”

Celtic Manor Resort said: “Absolutely delighted to win Gold for Best UK Hotel again. Nine years out of 10! Thanks to our amazing team and everyone who voted for us!”

The winners of the M&IT Awards 2020 were as follows:

Best UK Hotel
Gold – Celtic Manor Resort
Silver – Chewton Glen
Bronze – Coombe Abbey Hotel

Best Overseas Hotel
Gold – Sandals Grande Antigua
Silver – Four Seasons
Bronze – Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Best UK Conference Centre
Gold – Imago Venues – Burleigh Court
Silver – ACC Liverpool
Bronze – Scottish Event Campus

Best Overseas Conference Centre
Gold – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD)
Silver – Grimaldi Forum Monaco
Bronze – RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre

Best Venue Group Meeting Product
Gold – Hilton Worldwide
Silver – Marriott International
Bronze – Radisson Hotel Group

Best Intermediary Agency (fewer than 40 employees)
Gold – First Choice Conference & Events
Silver – Venues and Events International
Bronze – Principal. Global Events

Best Intermediary Agency (more than 40 employees)
Gold – Conference Care
Silver – Inntel
Bronze – DRPG

Best Destination Management Company
Gold – Vista Events DMC Greece
Silver – ECMeetings Malta
Bronze – Factor 3 Events

Best Airline
Gold – British Airways
Silver – Emirates
Bronze – Virgin Atlantic

Best Academic Venue
Gold – Imago Venues – Burleigh Court
Silver Technology & Innovation Centre – University Of Strathclyde
Bronze – Warwick Conferences

Best UK Convention Bureau
Gold – Glasgow Convention Bureau
Silver – NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau
Bronze – Conference Hull
Bronze – London & Partners

Best Overseas Convention Bureau
Gold – Monaco Tourist Authority
Silver – The Hague Convention Bureau
Bronze – Dubai Business Events

Best UK Unusual Venue
Gold – Alton Towers Resort
Silver – Coombe Abbey Hotel
Bronze – Tobacco Dock

Best Event Provider
Gold – KDM Events
Silver – Firebird Events
Bronze – AVT Connect

Best Food & Beverage Supplier
Gold – Imago Venues – Burleigh Court
Silver – Kudos
Bronze – rhubarb

Personality of the Year
Gold – Martin Lewis, Former Managing Director of CAT Media
Silver – Helen Moon, Managing Director & Founder – EventWell Ltd
Bronze – Michelle Rees, Head of Events – GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group)
Bronze – Neil Harvey, Creative Director & Co-Founder – Blue Hat Teambuilding

View the event images here.