CEDA has been recognised in two categories of Memcom’s upcoming Membership Excellence Awards.
Memcom is the hub that connects senior leaders from membership organisations to collaborate, innovate and share best practice. CEDA has been shortlisted in the “Best Member Support During Covid-19 (under 50 employees)” and “Best Educational Membership Event” (for The Digital Event 04.03.21) categories.
CEDA director general Adam Mason is pleased with the nominations, but noted that both are as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic that has been so detrimental to the industry which the association serves. “The award nominations are bittersweet,” he admitted. “I’m so proud of the work, support, initiatives, and training we offered our members, and the wider industry, particularly during the early stages, and throughout the entire pandemic. For a small team of one full time and two part-time employees, we achieved an awful lot.
“Similarly, The Digital Event we held in March of this year was born of the desire to engage, inspire and celebrate the membership and our industry, as we would ordinarily do at our physical annual conference. We didn’t want the pandemic to be a reason not to do it, and so we embraced the digital conferencing platform and the new opportunities and elements it brought.
“Whilst our members, and the industry at large, will live with the effects of Covid-19 for many years to come, we felt it important to seek the positives from the crisis and demonstrate all we’ve done to support our members through these challenging times. We feel our applications and subsequent nominations in the Memcom awards do just that.”
The award winners will be announced on Thursday 30 September.
Mason added: “Because of the way we conducted and adapted ourselves throughout the pandemic and the opportunities we saw in technology to still host our annual conference, we feel we have every chance of success at the awards in September.
“The membership has been kind in its words of feedback, support and praise telling us that we have saved jobs, saved businesses and retained talent in the industry as a direct result of our actions, outputs and response. We hope the judges will recognise this and we’ll be victorious on the night.”
A Memcom source said: “The Memcom excellence awards 2021 received 25% more entries than last year and the quality and standard was very high. In a year when the membership sector has really excelled, the judges had to make some incredibly difficult decisions so extra congratulations on making the shortlist.”