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PPA Connect Awards 2015 – the winners

The PPA celebrated the leading events professionals in UK magazine and business media and beyond at the PPA Connect Awards 2015 on 7 December.

A total of 11 winners were recognised for their achievements at the event held at etc.venues 155 Bishopsgate, which had been transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the night.

Winners of the 2015 awards included Centaur Media, Incisive, Haymarket, and the International Wine and Spirit Group, with the Investment Europe team from Open Door Media Publishing taking the coveted award for Team of the Year.

In the individual categories, Melissa Hurley from Reed Business Information was named Outstanding New Talent, while Natalie Richards from Newsquest Specialist Media took the title of Events Professional of the Year.

Barry McIlheney, CEO of the PPA, said: “Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists at this year’s PPA Connect Awards. Whether conferences, awards, exhibitions or smaller-scale forums, live events give magazine and business media brands a tangible, real-world connection with their audiences that is vital as part of a multi-platform offering. It is a space that will only grow in importance for the PPA’s membership in years to come, and we are delighted to celebrate those at the top of the events game through our PPA Connect Awards.”

Caroline Cronin, PPA Business Media Manager, said: “PPA Connect was established in 2013 to support and celebrate the events specialists within PPA membership and it is really building momentum through both the conference, which we held earlier in the year, and last night’s fantastic awards ceremony. We look forward to welcoming more events professionals into the PPA Connect fold for what will be another very exciting year in 2016."

Winners of the PPA Connect Awards 2015:

OUTSTANDING NEW TALENT

Winner: Melissa Hurley, Reed Business Information

Highly Commended: Christopher Williams, EMAP

LAUNCH OF THE YEAR

Manufacturing & Engineering North East, Findlay Media

EVENTS INDUSTRY SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

sli.do

MEMBERSHIP EVENT OF THE YEAR

Exhibitor Masterclass, AEO

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

Eventopedia

EVENTS PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Natalie Richards, Newsquest Specialist Media

CONFERENCE OF THE YEAR (FEWER THAN 300 DELEGATES)

Blade Inspection, Damage and Repair Forum, Haymarket Media

CONFERENCE OF THE YEAR (300+ DELEGATES)

Winner: OpRisk North America, Incisive

Highly Commended: Festival of Marketing, Centaur Media

EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR

Winner: The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Centaur Media

Highly Commended: Manufacturing & Engineering North East, Findlay Media

AWARDS EVENT OF THE YEAR

International Wine & Spirit Competition Annual Awards Banquet, The IWSC Group

TEAM OF THE YEAR

Winner: Investment Europe, Open Door Media Publishing

Highly Commended: Scottish Dental Show, Connect Communications