SECC cleans up at Scottish Event Awards

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Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre-based organiser QD Events’ MD Fran McIntyre has been named Event Professional of the Year at The Scottish Event Awards with the SECC itself scooping four awards on the night, including Best Large Venue, the Green Award, Best Marketing Strategy and the Event Services Grand Prix.McIntyre was one of eight event professionals selected in recognition of their passion and dedication in promoting events as an important element of the marketing mix, with the winner decided through an industry vote. The shortlist included SECC’s Ben Goedegebuure; Hartmann Media’s Tessa Hartmann; museum DADA’s Oli Norman; Glasgow City Marketing Bureau’s Scott Taylor, and Geoff Ellis of DF Concerts.The Green Award was presented in acknowledgment of the SECC’s offsetting carbon emissions through supporting the restoration of the Caledonian Forest, by planting more than 68,000 trees. “It is an honour to have been recognised by our peers in the Scottish events industry, especially as 2010 marks the SECC’s 25th Anniversary,” says Director of Sales for the SECC, Ben Goedegebuure. Sodexo Prestige Scotland won the Best Business to Business Corporate Event Award for its running of hospitality services at The Open Championship at St Andrews this year. The Gateway Centre at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where Prestige Scotland provides catering, event and sales and marketing services, was named the Best Unusual Venue.The WinnersOverall Awards: Event Management Grand Prix - freshnlo Pedal for ScotlandOverall Awards: Event Services Grand Prix - SECC Overall Awards: Chairman's Award - MOBO Awards Glasgow 2009: creating a cultural & commercial legacy Overall Awards: Event Professional of the Year - Fran McIntyre, QD EventsBusiness to Business: Best Corporate Event - The Open Championship Official HospitalityLeisure/Consumer: Best Cultural - 2010 Edinburgh International Science FestivalLeisure/Consumer: Best Sports - freshnlo Pedal for ScotlandBusiness to Business or Leisure/Consumer: Best Awards Scheme - John Logie Baird Awards: Nurturing InnovationBusiness to Business or Leisure/Consumer: Best In-House Event - Hopetoun - A Lasting ImpressionBusiness to Business or Leisure/Consumer: Best Product Launch - Hopetoun - A Lasting ImpressionBusiness to Business or Leisure/Consumer: Best Large Event - Piping Live! 2009Business to Business or Leisure/Consumer: Best Medium Event - MOBO Awards Glasgow 2009: creating a cultural & commercial legacyBusiness to Business or Leisure/Consumer: Best Small Event - The Scottish Youth Parliament 10th Anniversary CelebrationSupplier Awards: Best Large Venue - SECC - Celebrating 25 Years of Success in 2010Supplier Awards: Best Small Venue - IET Glasgow: Teacher BuildingSupplier Awards: Best Unusual Venue - The Gateway Centre Supplier Awards: Best Caterer - Saltire HospitalitySupplier Awards: Best Event Services Supplier - SecuriGroup - Supplier of Stewards and SecurityEvent Marketing Skills Awards: Best Marketing Strategy - ticketSOUP.comEvent Marketing Skills Awards: Best PR Strategy - Macmillan Cancer Support Etape Caledonia 2009Best Traditional Event - Unique Urban Festival ExperienceThe Green Award - Ofsetting carbon emissions by supporting the restoration of the Caledonian Forest Best Cause Related/Charity Event - 'Murder for a Beer' - Rankin & Rebus EveningBest Educational Event - The RiderzBest Student Event - In the Company of WolvesBest Event in an Outdoor Space - freshnlo Pedal for Scotland
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