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M&IT Awards 2021

The event industry’s biggest and most prestigious recognition programme

October 8 saw more than 550 event professionals gather at Battersea Evolution in London for the 34th annual M&IT Awards, where the winners across 14 categories were announced. The black tie event, organised by Northstar Meetings Group, got underway with a champagne reception and entertainment from The British Imperial Military Band before a three-course gala dinner and awards ceremony hosted by television presenter Gethin Jones.

It was an emotional night, as event professionals came together to celebrate and honour the sector after what has been a difficult 18 months for so many. Meetings Industry Association chief executive Jane Longhurst was named Personality of the Year in recognition of her tireless campaigning on behalf of the sector through the pandemic.

While all categories reflected the outstanding efforts of finalists in a year like no other, two new awards were specifically designed to recognise organisations and people responding to the challenges of Covid-19, with Venues & Events International taking home the Best Crisis Response award and The Venue Collection picking up Team Of The Year.

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, event professionals partied the night away on the dancefloor to the sounds of live band Flood the Floor.

Award winners revealed...

M&IT Personality of the Year

Sponsored by ExCeL London

And the winner is...

Jane Longhurst

Chief Executive Officer,
The Meetings Industry Association

Best Crisis Response

Sponsored by Grimaldi Forum Monaco

And the winners are...

Gold winner

Venues and Events International

Silver winner - The Celtic Manor Resort & ICC Wales
Bronze winner - Park Regis Birmingham

Best UK Convention Bureau

Sponsored by Hand Picked Hotels

And the winners are...

Gold winner

Glasgow Convention Bureau

Silver winner - Liverpool Convention Bureau
Bronze winner - London & Partners

Best Overseas Convention Bureau

Sponsored by The Meetings Show

And the winners are...

Gold winner

Dublin Convention Bureau

Silver winner - Monaco Tourist Authority
Bronze winner - Barcelona Convention Bureau

Best Tech-forward Venue

Sponsored by Encore

And the winners are...

Gold winner

The Celtic Manor Resort & ICC Wales

Silver winner - etc venues
Bronze winner - Royal Lancaster London

Best UK Unusual Venue

Sponsored by Noble Events

And the winners are...

Gold winner

Church House Westminster

Silver winner - Natural History Museum London
Bronze winner - Tobacco Dock

Best Event Provider

Sponsored by Live-Recruitment

And the winners are...

Gold winner

Blue Hat Teambuilding

Silver winner - DRPG
Bronze winner - Shocklogic

Best Intermediary Agency
(fewer than 40 employees)

Sponsored by Barbican

And the winners are...

Gold winner

Venues and Events International

Silver winner - First Choice Conference & Events
Bronze winner - ZiaBia Events Consultancy

Best Intermediary Agency
(more than 40 employees)

Sponsored by Live-Recruitment

And the winners are...

Gold winner

DRPG

Silver winner - BCD Meetings & Events
Bronze winner - Inntel

Best UK Conference Centre

Sponsored by PDC - the people ID experts


And the winners are...

Gold winner

ACC Liverpool

Silver winner - Scottish Event Campus
Bronze winner - ExCeL London

Best Overseas Conference Centre

And the winners are...

Gold winner

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD)

Silver winner - Grimaldi Forum Monaco
Bronze winner - CCIB - Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona

Best Overseas Hotel

And the winners are...

Gold winner

Sandals Royal Barbados

Silver winner - Four Seasons Hotel Madrid
Bronze winner - Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Best UK Hotel

And the winners are...

Gold winner

Park Regis Birmingham

Silver winner - The Celtic Manor Resort
Bronze winner - Chewton Glen

Best Team of the Year

Sponsored by Sandals Resorts

And the winners are...

Gold winner

The Venue Collection

Silver winner - emc3
Bronze winner - Dynamic Conferences & Events

All the Gold winners