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Client: British Universities Finance Directors’ Group (BUFDG)
Event: 2015 Annual Conference

Objective/brief:
To arrange a 3-day annual conference for over 240 delegates, commercial partners and sponsors.

 

Particular challenge:
This was the 2nd year we had organised this conference. As ever, the challenge was to balance the formal learning programme with an informal networking environment, allowing delegates to spend time with each other as well as meeting new suppliers and commercial partners.

 

 

How did we meet the objectives and overcome challenges:

All attendees were treated the same, whether they were a BUFDG member or a Sponsor Delegate (commercial partner). Anyone could attend any aspect of the programme. We created an informal dinner evening, themed around ‘The Road to Lancaster’ (the venue was Lancaster University), along with a gala dinner evening where each table was a mix of members and Sponsor Delegates.

We also set up a Power-Hour, which was a networking session in the style of speed dating! Prior to the event we asked members and Sponsor Delegates for a list of preferred introductions, matched them up and then scheduled five 10-minute meetings. These all took place in one space. Everyone was briefed on who they were meeting and which table to move on to – and it worked like a dream!

Outcome.

Over 98% of delegates rated Assured Events’ organisation as good/excellent; 95% rated the conference as value for money and a good use of time and over 90% have already stated that they will be attending next year’s event.

Based on the success of this and last year’s event, we are already working on the 2016 event and aim to raise the bar even further.

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“Assured Events have been absolutely fabulous. I couldn’t imagine conceiving this event without them. Their creativity and imagination has added a new dimension, which has been fantastic.”
2015 Conference Host

 

“A thoroughly enjoyable conference, well done to the Assured Events team - they did a brilliant job and were really helpful.”
University Finance Director

 

“Assured Events are always fun to work with and they are great people – they are a great human face to the organisation of the event.”
Account-ability: Gold Sponsor

 

“Working with Assured Events is a real pleasure. They’re so competent, so professional, and I couldn’t think of organising another conference without them.”
BUFDG Executive Director

 

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