ABPCO - The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers,  a history


ABPCO is and was the only association in the British Isles whose membership comprises exclusively Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs). Formed in 1981, it represents the leading professionals in the industry. In 2009 it is still going strong, "the association is thriving, with over 95 members who organise an estimated 3500 conferences and events a year." more Its first statement of purpose is below:

ABPCO members operate to the highest business and ethical standards, governed by a Code of Practice, in the management of national and international association and corporate conferences, seminars, top level meetings, exhibitions and special events.

As their professional association, ABPCO's strategic aims are to:

* position ABPCO as the leading body representing the interests of Professional Conference Organisers and increase its profile and recognition

* constantly develop and enhance the benefits it provides to ABPCO members by creating opportunities for networking and by encouraging its members to achieve the highest possible standards of excellence

* raise standards of Professional Event Planning professionalism across the meetings industry through the provision of education, training and personal development opportunities

* increase the volume and value of business being won by ABPCO members through a range of marketing activities

ABPCO also monitors and advises on laws affecting the industry and contributes to national initiatives designed to create a greater understanding of the economic benefits and career opportunities provided by the conference and meetings sector.

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