Lancaster Conferences+ won ‘Best Sustainability’ and ‘Best Event Management Team' at the Academic Venue Awards 2019. The awards recognise excellence in academic venues across a range of categories, from Sustainability to Sales. The award for Sustainability recognises innovative sustainable practice and policies that help deliver truly environmentally friendly events whilst the award for Event Management pays tribute to those teams who have exceeded their customers’ expectations and delivered outstanding events.
Over the past 12 months, Lancaster Conferences+ has managed some significant residential conferences for 950 plus delegates such as the Association of University Director of Estates (AUDE), European Association for the Study of Science & Technology (EASST) and the Association of Engineers (AUE).
Academic Venue’s ‘Conference News’ Editor Martin Fullard, who compered the awards event, said: “I believe it’s far more impactful to recognise specific sub-sectors of our industry rather than shoehorn them into a broader awards campaign. I am assured by the judges that the calibre of entry this year was very high, certainly the comments noted specific achievements rather than just broad observations.
“One thing that was apparent was that investment reaps rewards. We know academic venues work in testing environments and face challenges, which other venues do not, so to invest is a big deal as those above will want to see returns. Our winners represent what can be achieved.”
Head of Conferences, Events & Visitor Services Helen Davenport, at Lancaster University said: “I am thrilled for the teams to have won these highly sought after awards. Such accolades are testament to the whole team’s passion and commitment – from sales through to delivery – to look after our customers and our planet. We were up against some stiff competition for both of these titles and I am incredibly proud that the judges recognised our excellent people and our drive for truly sustainable conferences and events here at Lancaster University.”
Hilary Barraclough, Conference and Events Manager added: “It’s fantastic to have won the ‘Best Event Management Team’ award. It is always such a thrill to be part of delivering fantastic conferences for our customers and to have the team effort recognised by an industry award is a really proud moment.”
Lancaster Conferences+ help all their customers reduce waste and their environmental impact, with its new Conference App, recycled pens and recyclable lunchboxes and the chance to offset their travel carbon emissions. They also encourage clients and delegates to make personal choices, which have less environmental impact, with the provision of bicycles, electric charging points, recycling stations and refillable freshwater machines.