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EN Supplier Awards

The exhibitions industry ’ s best suppliers were honoured at AFC Wimbledon on 11 August

The fundamental role of suppliers in supporting the exhibitions industry was celebrated at the EN Supplier Awards 2022 .

The event , at AFC Wimbledon on 11 August celebrated the very best suppliers and contractors – for the first time in more than two years . Seventeen worthy winners were honoured for their outstanding work and exhibition suppliers and organisers celebrated their achievements with a pitch-side after party .
Organisers at the event were keen to support the supplier community and find out who is the best in the business .
Mike Seaman , CEO of Raccoon Events said the event was important recognition for the supplier community .
He said : “ Suppliers often get missed out , people often talk about organisers and focus on the venue but actually we couldn ’ t exist without the supplier community they ’ re a fundamental part of what we do .
“ I want to show we ’ re supporting them and I know a lot of other organisers feel the same .”
Peter Jones , CEO of Nineteen Group , said : “ We don ’ t talk as organisers enough about suppliers and these guys are the backbone of our shows .”
Duncan Reid , CEO of Reset Connect added : “ I ’ m here to see who ’ s best in class .”
Head of sales at Whitespace XPO Laura Tythcott was honoured as the Supplier Industry Legend .
Jenn Phipps , operations director at RX said there was “ no one more creative and understanding ” who “ gets the balance more between organiser , contractor and customer .”
Tythcott said : “ It ’ s fantastic to be
Laura Tythcott and Julian Agostini
recognised , particularly as a female contractor , hopefully there will be many more after me .”
The awards were hosted by comedian Andrew Ryan . Partners AFC Wimbledon , KNP , Immersive AV , ShoutOut , Lazer Crystal , Lineup Ninja , Table Art and BugClub helped deliver the event . EN
The innovative , creative and inspirational winners of the 2022 EN Supplier Awards are :
Best account manager : Louis Moorcraft – Whitespace XPO Best marketing tool : DCE Agency Best new supplier to the industry : Human Built Best sales tool : Giant iTab & Energie Fitness Pop-Up Stand
Best visitor engagement tool : Force Four Creative Ltd Innovations in sustainability : beMatrix Save of the season : David Loughlin , managing director of Exact Exhibitions Supplier of the Year – AV and Production : Immersive AV Supplier of the Year – Catering : Amadeus Supplier of the Year – Furniture : Creative Hire
Supplier of the Year – Logistics : DSV Fairs and Events Supplier of the Year – Registration : RefTech Supplier of the Year – Staffing : Vista Events Supplier of the Year – Stand Builders : DSA Tech innovation of the year : ShoutOut Unsung Hero : Graham Farmer – Aztec Event Services
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