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welcome exhibition newsexhibitionnews.co.uk June 2011 5Recognising key achievements It is with great pleasure that we present the list of winners from Exhibition News Awards 2011 along with pictorial highlights. A record 750 guests joined the EN team at the Business Design Centre on Friday 20 May to take part in our fifth annual Awards ceremony and networking event. The result was 50 per cent up on last year, and is testament to the increased importance the industry has placed on our annual event. Standards across this year's 19 company and people categories was incredibly high, so the winners listed on page 22 should be very proud of their achievements. We were particularly delighted to see so many individuals receiving acknowledgment for doing a spectacular job over the past 12 months, and we hope to see even more recognised at the 2012 event. This year, a judging panel of industry luminaries chose our finalists, winners and special commendations. It was a huge task for our judges to undertake and I thank them for dedicating their time. During the awards ceremony, I presented guests with a sneak peek of our new-look magazine, which will hit desks on 1 July. The relaunch is one part of a massive investment Mash Media is making into all its exhibition and conference titles.As the industry we serve goes through change and matures, so too must EN as a publication and brand. Our mission is to help the exhibition and conference sectors grow and we hope our new plans will drive this. Expect to see some significant and exciting changes over coming months.Exhibitions play a crucial role in developing business and trade, bringing new experiences to people and opening up communications across communities. As a publication, we want to provide you with information and opportunities to perform this role even more effectively. We also want to see this industry better recognised as a key contributor to the broader UK economy. Which leads to me to our front-page story this month on the AEO's decision to speak out against the potential demolition of Earls Court and plans to lobby government. Whether you believe the AEO is too late, right, wrong, will be successful or is preaching to the unconverted, this kind of campaign is what our industry needs to bring to the broader market if we're going to be treated seriously as an industry. The AEO has a point: We shouldn't let the demolition of one of our most historic venues occur without a murmur. This is an opportunity to show the events industry has a voice that should be considered at government and public level. It's true CapCo's landmark plans for the Earls Court site need sign-off before they can go ahead, and the property developer has yet to generate funding to support the venture. But given its sizeable investment already and foresight for the entire Earls Court Opportunity Area, I can't see them abandoning this plan without a huge groundswell of public opinion. What do you think of the AEO's latest move? Email me and share your thoughts. NADIA CAMERON MANAGING EDITORncameron@mashmedia.neteditorialPublishing Director: Liz AgostiniManaging editor: Nadia CameronDeputy editor:Antony Reeve-Crookstaff writers:James BarrettMike TrudeauDigitalonline editor:Sarah O'DonnellAdvertisingAccount manager:Jamie LininsubscriptionsMarketing Manager:Christopher LynasDatabase executive:Tim Swinfen-GreenProduction & DesignProduction Manager: Luke SpaldingDesigner:Sarah GarlandProduction Assistant: Julia Ball Published by Mash Media, 4th Floor, Sterling House, 6-10 St George Road, Wimbledon London SW19 4DPTel: +44 (0)20 8971 82821 years subscription cost is uk £95+VAt p/a, europe £112+VAt, Row £130+VAt. Views expressed are not necessarily those of the publishers. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written permission of the publishers.Printed by Wyndeham Grange. ISSN: 1740-813contact ussubscriptions 020 8971 8268 editorial 020 8971 8292 sales 020 8971 8265 Production 020 8971 8272