Only in its second year, the International Corporate Event Awards (ICE Awards) has gained wide industry support and recognition. Exclusive for in-house corporate event planners, ICE Awards recognises the hard work of teams planning events throughout the year but receive little or no recognition they deserve. This year the event took place on 14th July at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A Museum).
I’ve been to V & A Museum several times before but wasn’t aware that it’s available for private hire. The Museum is one of London’s top tourist attractions and during the day open to the public. The event began at 7pm and started with drinks reception at the John Madejski Garden, continued with dinner and awards ceremony at the Raphael Gallery and desserts buffet and bar were offered at the Dome. Ice theme was consistent throughout the event and the podium, table number holders and sponsor logos were ice sculptured.
I’ve been to many venues in London, but never before was impressed as much as I was by this venue. Very good choice of venue, I think it might be challenging for ICE Awards organisers to maintain this high set of expectations for next year’s event.
The evening was moderated by Penny Mallory but ceremony was very short to allow more time for informal networking. Lastly, the nice food was by Create Food.
The categories and winners this year
Best motivation event – BNP Paribas
Best leadership event – Direct Line
Best sponsorship activation event – Barclays
Best CSR event – BNP Paribas
Best international event – BBC
Most effective use of budget – UK Chamber
Most effective agency collaboration – Playtech
Best use of technology – BP
Logistical challenge of the year – ITV
Rising star winner – Jenny Atkinson from UK Chamber of Shipping
In-house team of the year – NSPCC
I highly recommend reading judges’ comments here.