ABPCO focuses membership drive on in-house PCOs

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) is focusing a new membership drive on in-house PCOs, especially those working in the association, membership and not-for-profit sectors.
 
ABPCO says its membership has increased 25 per cent in the past year, but is keen to attract more members from organisations operating outside of the corporate meeting and events industry.  
 
In-house PCOs who are currently members of ABPCO include those working for UCAS, The Stroke Association, Institution of Chemical Engineers, National Union of Students and The Law Society of Scotland.
 
Daphne Llewellyn Davies, Business Development Manager for Campden BRI, the UK’s largest independent membership based organisation carrying out research for the food and drinks industry, says ABPCO membership is important because the work of an in-house PCO can be quite a lonely experience. “Being part of an organisation such as ABPCO provides the opportunity to get together with other people to find out what is going on. It’s also a chance to get myself up to speed with the latest training and thought leadership behind being a PCO. It’s an organisation which is professional, friendly and outreaching,” she says.
 
Jennifer Jenkins (pictured), Chairman of ABPCO, adds: “In-house PCOs are a key target as we seek to increase our membership. They play a vital role within their individual organisations but we recognise that they may not see themselves as being a part of the meeting and events industry. Our aim is to help them by highlighting the resources available to members of a professional organisation such as ABPCO, and the benefits it offers to their everyday role.
 
“Membership of ABPCO demonstrates a high standard of professionalism. We hope that more in-house PCOs will consider membership and look forward to welcoming them into our organisation.”
 
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