For over 40 years the NEC Group has been focused on delivering world class venues and services. Today we are proud to claim over 1000 awards from a variety of respected organisations and publications. These awards recognise the talent and facilities of our business. They set us apart from the rest and place us at the forefront of the live events industry. Here are some of our most recent awards.
Awards won in 2018
The Sunday Times Top Track 250
The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table ranks Britain’s private mid-market growth companies with the biggest sales. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each October and this year, the NEC Group have proudly been ranked as no.186 in this prestigious league table.
Venue of the Year > 20000SQM: AEO Excellence Awards
The NEC was once again named ‘Venue of the Year’ at the AEO Excellence Awards by demonstrating how the venue hosts 155 exhibitions, 500 events for over 6million visitors a year, making the NEC the UK’s No 1 venue.
Venue Team of the Year: AEO Excellence Awards
The NEC Operations team won ‘Venue Team of the Year’ for the second consecutive year at the AEO Excellence Awards. The submission demonstrated how the team deliver smooth, seamless services and support for visitors, exhibitors and organisers so they have a great NEC experience - and can focus on making the most of their events.
HEALTH AND NUTRITION AWARD: THE CATEYS
The biggest awards of their kind in the hospitality industry, the internationally renowned Cateys recognise the strongest performers, latest emerging brands and highest flyers in the sector, as determined by the industry itself.
Most Versatile Venue: National Venue Awards
The NEC won the ‘Most Versatile Venue’ at the inaugural National Venue Awards, demonstrating the venues ability to host a wide range of exhibitions, conferences, live events and attractions.
Awards won in 2017
Excellence in People Development: Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Awards
The Chamber awards celebrate and showcase the best of business and enterprise throughout the region. The Group’s winning submission focused on the fact that people are at the heart of the NEC Group and realising their potential forms a key pillar of the Group’s HR strategy. It covered off an employee’s induction, continued learning and development and looking to the future through succession planning.
CONTRACT CATERER AWARD AND SENIOR EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR: FSM AWARDS
The industry leading FSM Awards bring together over 400 of the contract catering elite to pay tribute to those outstanding individuals who have been shortlisted. The Senior Executive of the Year award went to Kevin Watson, Managing Director of Amadeus.
Large Company Management Team of the Year (Midlands): BVCA Awards
The BCVA awards are an annual celebration of UK companies, recognising and rewarding brilliant businesses that have been backed by UK private equity and venture capital investors. The NEC Group were announced as Large Company Management Team of the Year (Midlands).
Large Business of the Year: West Midlands Business Masters Awards
The West Midlands Business Master Awards honoured the NEC Group with the award for Large Business of the Year and the Group also shortlisted in the Employer of the Year category.
Ambassador of the Year: West Midlands Business Masters Awards
NEC Group CEO Paul Thandi was awarded the coveted Ambassador of the Year title at the West Midlands Business Masters Awards.
EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
Paul Thandi, NEC Group CEO, was recognised as an entrepreneur inspired to make the world of work a better place at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017, UK Awards.
Best Venue of 8,000sqm: Exhibition News Awards
The Exhibition News Awards recognise the achievements of individuals and companies that power the exhibition industry.
UFI Operations and Services Award
This award, presented by UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, was the NEC’s first step onto the global stage. The submission focused on the NEC’s successful approach to creating the perfect customer journey.
Venue Team of the Year: AEO Excellence Awards
The much-coveted AEO award for Venue Team of the Year, was awarded to the NEC Operational team who seamlessly coordinate 500 events on an annual basis.
Innovation Award: AEO Excellence Awards
The AEO Innovation Award recognised an incredibly creative marketing campaign, delivered in a sports shoebox that included Fitbit technology, 3D direct mail and a clever video that put the NEC in their customers’ shoes and took them on a journey around the venue.
Best Ticketing Company: Event Production Awards
The Ticket Factory
The Event Production Awards recognise and celebrate the hard work and achievements of key suppliers and contractors to the industry. The Ticket Factory’s entry focused on innovation in disabled booking and the online customer experience.
Event/Stadia/Arena Award: Cost Sector Catering Awards
Amadeus were awarded the prestigious ‘Event/Stadia/Arena Award’ at a ceremony which celebrates excellence across the foodservice and catering industry.
Entrepreneur of the Year: Birmingham Post Business Awards (Paul Thandi)
The Birmingham Post Business Awards celebrate the best businesses in the city which have delivered success for themselves, their staff and their customers. NEC Group CEO Paul Thandi was awarded the coveted Business Entrepreneur of the Year title while Amplify won the Sales and Marketing Award. The Group was also shortlisted in the Company of the Year category.
Best UK Conference Venue at the C&IT Awards
The prestigious C&IT Awards pride themselves on being the ‘definitive awards for B2B events’. The ICC submission capitalised on a standout year in 2016 during which the venue hosted 464 events and maintained a 9.2/10 recommendation score with 97% of organisers saying they would return. The venue was also awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in both 2016 and 2017.
Sport & Leisure Caterer of the Year & Executive Chef of the Year: Sport & Leisure Catering Awards
The awards celebrate sports and leisure caterers taking food and beverage to new heights in this fast-paced and inventive industry. Amadeus won the Executive Chef of the Year title and overall Sport & Leisure Caterer of the Year following a record-breaking year for the company.
Catering Manager of the Year Award Foodservice Cateys
The Foodservice Cateys celebrate contract catering employees across the UK. They recognise and reward those individuals and teams that work tirelessly to make sure their business delivers an exceptional service day in, day out. The focus of this winning submission was leadership in development of The Edge restaurant.
Awards won between 2015 - 2016
Best UK Conference Centre (Silver)
The M&IT awards are designed to recognise excellence in the industry and are voted for by event organisers and readers of Meetings and Incentive Travel magazine. The venue won bronze in 2014.
Venue of the Year: AEO Excellence Awards
In its 40th birthday year, the NEC was awarded the prestigious ‘Venue of the Year’ award at the AEO Excellence Awards, which showcases the best that the events industry. The NEC demonstrated why it is still venue of choice amongst organisers and the support and service provided continues to exceeds expectations.
Best Venue Teamwork - Arenas at the Live UK Music Business Awards
The Live UK Music Business Awards is one of the arena industry’s most prestigious award ceremonies. A panel of industry professionals shortlisted the Barclaycard Arena for its team’s dedication to delivering shows throughout the 18 month redevelopment of the entertainment venue. The shortlist was then taken to a public vote, where the Arena beat off competition from fellow category finalists The O2, London and Capital FM Arena, Nottingham.
British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Impact on Sustainability
The industry leading BIFM Awards recognise and showcase best in class facilities management and evidence its impact on business, the economy and society. This was the NEC’s fourth award in two years for its work to minimise the negative impact its operations have on the environment.