Whether you have staged a hugely successful annual event, launched a brand new one, or created a unique, never-to-be-repeated experience, this is your chance to demonstrate that you can create events that meet and exceed your objectives.
So, whether you organise or promote, create brand activations, are a venue/hotel or an industry supplier, this is your chance to prove to peers, competitors and clients that you are the best at what you do.

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Background

Last year The Drum UK Event Awards took a new focus. Not only will these awards once again recognise and reward those often behind the scenes within the event industry, they will now put more of a focus on the experiential element of the marketing world. Recent research highlighted that marketers are expected to increase experiential spend by up to 50% in the next 3-5 years, and increasingly companies that started off solely as event planners are transitioning into the experiential realm. This fact highlights that brands are no longer interested in running events for the sake of it but in creating experiential campaigns which truly reflect the core of the brand. This year, the awards have been renamed The Drum Experience Awards to reflect this change. 

Whether you have staged a hugely successful annual event, launched a brand new one, or created a unique, never-to-be-repeated experience, this is your chance to demonstrate that you can create events that meet and exceed your objectives.

So, whether you organise or promote, create brand activations, are a venue/hotel or an industry supplier, this is your chance to prove to peers, competitors and clients that you are the best at what you do.

Key Dates

Your most important dates are: 

Entry Deadline - 30 August 

Nominations announced – 3pm 23 October   

Awards date – 4 December Marriott Grosvenor Square, London

Who Can Enter?

Experiential agencies, event organisers, promoters, venues, suppliers and in-house event teams – or any company that can prove effectiveness in one of the category disciplines.

What is Eligible?

• Any event or event service delivered between 25 August 2017 and 30 August 2018.
• Any event staged in the UK regardless of who has organised it.
• Any event staged abroad as long as the organiser is based in the UK.
• Experiential agencies, event organisers, promoters, venues, suppliers and in-house event teams – or any company that can prove effectiveness in one of the category disciplines.

Why Enter?

The benefits of entering

Motivation

Picking up an award proves that all the hard work was worth it. It gives your team the energy to keep pushing boundaries for another year.

Client relationship

It's good to remind your clients why they work with you from time to time. Having the work you've done for them recognised by the industry is powerful stuff. Even more so if you bring them along to the awards night to pick up the trophy with you.

Recruitment

If your agency is picking up awards, It also picks up the interest of new talent. You can expect smart people to be knocking at your door to see if you have a desk for them.

New business 

Prospective clients who are after great work will keep an eye out for the teams who are winning awards. A few extra trophies can give you a real advantage when you’re hunting for new
business.

PR

There's no better way of getting publicity than for being excellent. The Drum covers the winners of the awards online and in print. With over 1 million unique visitors and over 200,000 social followers, that’s no small deal. We recommend that you use an award win for further PR opportunities too, if you achieve something this special, you really should make a noise about it.

Knees up

Then, of course, there's the awards show. Have you heard? Our awards shows are legendary. They're a great opportunity to reward your staff, pamper your clients and let your hair down.

How Do I Enter?

• Register or log in to this website.
• The website is now on our new multiplatform so if you have previously registered for these awards, you may need to do so again.
• Decide what categories you are going to enter. You may enter as many categories as you like but each must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each. All information can be found in our entry pack.
• To add an entry, go to the dashboard in the menu at the top of the page and choose ‘My companies’ from the drop down. On the next page, chose or add the company you would like to enter on behalf of and then click 'Add an Entry' from the option.
• Add a short description of no more than 60 words as an overview of the project. In the event your entry is nominated this text will be used on the website to give insight into the project.
• You are also able to acknowledge another agency/company if the work has been jointly created.
• You will also need to use the entry summary template to write your entry using a maximum of 1250 words, plus a 250 executive summary. Please upload as a PDF document only. The team categories require a seperate template.
• Upload hi-res images of your work* (this is important as these images are shown online and during the show if nominated) and any supporting YouTube or Vimeo video URLs.
• In the event of your entry being nominated, images, videos and the summary will be live on the website.
Please note: At least one image must be uploaded (file limit 10MB. Accept jpg, gif or png files). The first image will be used in listings of entries.
• Once you have uploaded all of your entries, go to the dashboard in the menu at the top of the page, chose ‘My Companies’ again from the drop down, chose the company whose entries you wish to pay for, add all to your basket and proceed with payment from there.
• Once payment is processed, you will be sent a confirmation email and a receipt will be sent out to your accounts department.
• If you would like to make any changes to your entry, please do so before you submit as changes cannot be made after this stage.
All entries must be made by the deadline on Friday 30 August 2018. All entries made after this date will be subject to a 10% late fee.
• Entries and payment should be made online.

Entry Rules

 

  • Entries must be received no later than the published deadline date. 
     
  • All submissions must be made online. 
     
  • Any event or event service delivered between 25th August 2017 and 30 August 2018
     
  • Do not include password protection or if essential, include passwords for judges to access.
     
  • All entries must be supplied and conform to the category rules/submission formats.
     
  • Work entered into more than one category must be treated as a completely separate entry.  Multiple entries can be made but separate payment must be made for each.  Please note: you will ONLY receive the 2nd entry rate if you enter all your submissions at the same time. Leave your entries in your basket until you are sure they are complete. Refunds will not be given.
     
  • The judging panel will only read and use the entries/reports for the purposes of the judging and are required to sign NDAs.
     
  • The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries that in their view are entered in an incorrect category.   The judges also reserve the right to remove categories where entries do not meet the standard for nomination. These entries will not be refunded as they will have been judged accordingly.
     
  • The judges’ decision is final. 
     
  • Due to the number of entries received, the awards cannot give feedback on individual entries.
     
  • By entering these awards, you give the organisers the right to publish/exhibit screen grabs and/or submitted report. If you wish to upload a modified /less commercially sensitive version for publishing purposes, please do so on the entry upload form.
     
  • Entering physical work is at your own risk – entries will not be returned. Whilst every care will be taken in the storage of entries, the organisers will not accept responsibility for loss or damage of entries.
     
  • The organisers reserve the right to verify that all entries have been commercially produced for a commercial client where relevant.
     
  • All entries submitted must be legal. Any entries containing offensive material will be disqualified. Any entry that has a complaint upheld against it by the Advertising Standards Authority will be disqualified.

How Much Does It Cost To Enter?

The entry fee for your first entry is £199 + VAT and for each additional entry £145 + VAT

Please note: You will only receive the second entry rate discount if you enter all your submissions at once. Otherwise you will be charged the full amount each time. Leave your entries in your basket until you are sure they are all complete
 

When Will Nominations be Announced?

The finalists will be announced on the website at 3pm on 23 October 2018. The nominations live reveal will take place on the day from 10am via our Twitter: @ukeventawards

All entrants will be notified when the announcement has been made and nominees will receive a congratulatory email and finalist certificate in the post.  

Please note: One finalist certificate will be sent per entry and to the company as submitted online.

Awards Ceremony

Join the elite of the UK's events industry on Tuesday 4 December at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square to celebrate and reward your industry's success over the past year.

Event Details

Date:  Tuesday 4 December 2018

Venue: Marriott Grosvenor Square, London

Time: 18:45 for 19:15 - 01:00.

Dress code: Black tie

 

ELITE TABLE

Limited space!

Table of 10: £2,995 + VAT

Table of 12: £3,495 + VAT

 

STANDARD TABLE.

Table of 10: £2,300 + VAT

Table of 12: £2,750 + VAT

 

SINGLE TICKETS

Single ticket: £240 + VAT

Book your table here.