ABPCO overhauls event strategy for 2013

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) will not hold its annual two-day conference in 2013, as part of a new events strategy.

Michael Foreman, ABPCO chair
Michael Foreman, ABPCO chair

ABPCO will shift its focus to organising regular, smaller and in-depth events on a monthly or bi-monthly basis for members.

ABPCO chair, Michael Foreman said: "Associations in general are starting to question their ability to meet every year on the same scale because of time constraints and budget cuts on delegates and sponsors.

"ABPCO has decided not to hold its annual two-day event because so much time and energy was spent on trying to get members to leave their offices for two to three days to attend the conference. This took us away from delivering the association’s remit, which is to educate.

"The model will allow ABPCO to add value for members and engage them throughout the year, rather than once a year at the annual meeting."

ABPCO’s AGM will take place on 24 January 2013 from 12.30pm to 4.30pm at Broadway House, Tothill Street, London.

The keynote speaker, Mark Stevenson, will kick-off the afternoon, followed by a panel discussion on ‘In-house vs. outsourcing’.

ABPCO will also showcase its new brand, website and programme of events for 2013.

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