PestExtra wins Event of the Year award

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PestExtra was named Event of the Year at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards.

Now in its nineteenth year, Awards are supported by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and recognise excellence, innovation and best practice amongst trade associations in the UK.

When Covid-19 cancelled in-person events, BPCA said it remained determined that pest professionals should be able to connect, share and learn together.

On the March 16-18, 2021, the Association held the biggest online gathering of UK pest professionals.

Emily Wallace, interim chief executive at the Trade Association Forum and chair of the judging panel said: “The judges were impressed by the scale of the ambition shown by BPCA, bringing its sector together during a difficult time and delivering an event of impressive size and scope.

“The judges praised the commercial performance of the event, maintaining strong revenue streams and sponsor support despite the move to online.”

Over three days, 1,780 visitors attended PestExtra from around the world. Completely free to participate in, PestExtra combined an action-packed conference schedule with a digital trade show.

Lauren Day, events manager at BPCA, said: “We’re over the moon to have won an award for PestExtra, the whole staff team is incredibly proud.

“In many ways it was a very challenging event for us to put together, given the upheaval of the pandemic and how new the format was to all of us. All the hard work paid off and we delivered such a unique and brilliant event, and we are thrilled that’’s been recognised by our trade association colleagues.”

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