EVCOM rules out overhaul of awards ceremony

A major industry association has ruled out radical changes to its awards ceremony following criticism of the event.

EVCOM, the Event & Visual Communication Association, announced the winners of this year’s EVCOM Live Awards at a ceremony at Olympia London on Friday evening.

Hosted by comedian Hal Cruttenden, the awards celebrated the best in live and experiential events produced over the last year in the UK.

Agency drp, stepped in to produce the ceremony 10 days before the event when the previous production partner dropped out over budget issues.

EVCOM Chairman Steve Garvey said:”It is too early to say what changes we will make. There is no need for an urgent review. I thought it went very well. We are gathering feedback through a survey, anecdotal evidence and social media, and there is a board meeting on 10 December where I will present proposals for next year. There was some comment from those present that it needs a bit of a refresh. We won’t necessarily return to Olympia but the venue for next year has not been decided yet.

The Agency of the Year award went to Brighton based agency Yellow Fish whilst Laura Ellis from Ashfield Meetings and Events was crowned with the Rising Star award. One of the night’s biggest winners was JWT Live winning five gold awards and two silver awards, earning the group the coveted Platinum award.

Other multi-award winners included drp taking two gold and two bronze, Jack Morton Worldwide winning two gold and a silver, and Active Training Team who also went home with double gold awards.

More than 500 industry professionals attended the event.

Money raised during the EVCOM Live Awards 2015 silent auction and prize draw will be donated to The Children’s Air Ambulance part of the Air Ambulance Service.

Top Winners:
Agency of the Year (sponsored by OLYMPIA LONDON): Yellow Fish
Platinum Award (sponsored by PRG XL VIDEO): JWT Live
Rising Star (sponsored by GPJ): Laura Ellis

Gold Winners:
Automotive Event (sponsored by Scottish Exhibition +Conference Centre): drp
B2C Activation: TRO
Best Event organised by an in house team (sponsored by Crewsaders): Stoke Park/Ace Group
Best use of Technology (NH Hotel Group): JWT Live
Best Use of Venue: The Giggle Group/Anna Valley/Entourage Live
Brand Experience (sponsored by FATUnicorn): JWT Live
Clarion Grand Prix (sponsored by Integro ACJ): drp
Conference (sponsored by Dubai Business Events – the Official Convention Bureau): Vista
Cultural & Arts Event (sponsored by Hiscox Event Assured): Historic Royal Palaces
Education & Training Event: Active Training Team Limited
In-house Event Team (sponsored by drp): Barclays
Integrated Marketing Award (sponsored by SPARK THINKING): Jack Morton Worldwide
Internal Engagement (sponsored by PRG XL VIDEO): Active Training Team Limited
Life Sciences Event (sponsored by LED Factory): Ashfield Meetings & Events
Outdoor Event (sponsored by Young Guns): JWT Live
Product Launch (sponsored by Melia Hotels International): BrandFuel
Public Event: Jack Morton Worldwide
Sporting Event (sponsored by Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority): Sportsworld
Technical Supplier (sponsored by Children’s Air Ambulance): DB Systems
Technology Event (sponsored by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts): JWT Live
Venue Event Team: QEII Centre

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