ABPCO plots better future at Belfast strategy day

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers’ (ABPCO) has set out five key strategic tasks following its recent strategy day in Belfast.

The action points followed discussion of the annual member engagement survey.

When asked what improvements could be made across the association, members fed back the following suggestions:

  • A professional year of celebration for ABPCO’s 30th anniversary in 2017, which will end with an event alongside the annual Excellence Awards and Chairmen’s Lunch
  • A mentoring scheme to be developed
  • Untroduction of multi-member discounts
  • Education to be focussed on the ‘nuts and bolts’ specific to the roles of PCO’s, including an Ask the Expert session at the AGM
  • An increased focus on promoting ABPCO at events and exhibitions nationwide

ABPCO says its strategy is based on five key pillars, which have been adjusted to reflect the ongoing needs of the association as follows: Membership & Accreditation, Education, University Connections, External Voice/Profile and Members’ Voice.  The last ‘pillar’ is new and will focus on the association’s internal voice and opportunities for its members and partners.

“The strategy day is an opportunity for the full board to come together and discuss our ambitions for ABPCO and its bright future,” said joint-chair Nicole Leida.

“The members’ engagement survey is essential to not only plan for the next few years but also to gauge whether we are doing the best for our members, partners and sponsors. I’m delighted to report that we continue to strengthen across the board and, using the feedback we received, we have set a course for what we feel will be an exciting few years at ABPCO.”

Visit Belfast hosted ABPCO during a two-day trip to the city, which also included a tour of the Belfast Waterfront (a recent corporate member of the association).

The association currently has 165 members.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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