FIT Events, the powerhouse behind this year’s inaugural FIT Show, recently beat some of the most experienced exhibition organisers to scoop the prestigious Best Trade Launch Show at the AEO Excellence Awards 2013, which took place on 21 June at beautiful Old Billingsgate, on the River Thames, London.
Announcing the winner, the judges said: “This launch really had a personal feel to it, which brought the industry along with it. It also had to restart an industry that had got used to not exhibiting – no small feat in today’s climate. A gritty and hugely engaging approach that was expertly executed.”
The Best Trade Launch Show is designed to showcase new trade shows that have exceeded expectations and staked a strong claim in their chosen market. The judges were looking for innovation, strong exhibitor and visitor support, and the long-term potential of the event.
FIT Events were shortlisted alongside big names such as Cantaur Exhibitions, i2i Events Group, and UBM Live.
“This is a fantastic recognition of all the hard work that our dedicated team have put into hosting this year’s FIT Show,” Paul Godwin, FIT Events managing director, said. “To be honest, simply being shortlisted was enough for us – we knew that we were coming up against some serious players in the sector. But to win – we can’t believe it!
“While we will treasure this award, the real measure of our success was the 6,000 industry leaders who took time out of their busy schedules to visit the show.”
The FIT Show organisers have confirmed that over 50% of exhibition space for 2014 is already occupied – a full year ahead of its hosting – confirming that there is definitely long-term potential in the event.
The glittering awards ceremony was hosted by comedian Mark Dolan and was a complete sell out. Guests enjoyed a drinks reception on the Terrace at Old BIllingsgate followed by fine dining and first class entertainment from Nina Conti.
The 2014 FIT Show will take place at The International Centre, Telford, from 10th-12th June. More event information can be found at www.fitshow.co.uk