ESSA announces finalists for 2019 ESSA Awards

scene from the 2018 Awards

The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has announced the shortlists for the annual ESSA Awards, which will be presented during at the ESSA Chairman’s Dinner and Awards Night 2019 being held at Arena MK on Thursday, November 28, 2019.

The ESSA Awards made their début at the 2017 ESSA 10th Anniversary Conference & Snow Ball, and have grown from three to five categories. The sponsors and shortlists for each award have been released simultaneously, and they are:

The finalists for the ESSA Young Person Award 2019, sponsored by Markey, are:

  • Travis Butterfield, Press Red Rentals
  • Marilyn Mahieu, Aluvision
  • Elsie O’Dwyer, The Barista

The finalists for the ESSA Unsung Hero Award 2019, sponsored by Europa International, are:

  • Mike Elsmore, 2 Heads Global Design
  • Sam Johnson – GES
  • Lisa Barnfield – Freeman

The finalists for the ESSA Innovation of the Year (Tech and non-Tech) Award 2019, sponsored by Briggs Equipment UK, are:

  • The Barista
  • GES
  • Nimlok Ltd

The finalists for the ESSA Member Company Award 2019, sponsored by The Barista, are:

  • GES
  • Octanorm UK
  • Skyline Whitespace

The winner of the ESSA Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award 2019 will be announced on the night. 

beMatrix UK are headline sponsors of the event, supported by event partners;Aztec, Briggs Equipment UK, Europa International, The Barista, Octanorm UK and Markey. This year, at the Chairman’s Dinner, Markey and Octanorm, will be providing reception drinks and table drinks respectively.

montage of 2018 award winners
montage of 2018 award winners

Eleven judges, from across the industry and the media, will now begin the difficult process of choosing the winner from each shortlist, and the winners will be presented with their awards onstage at the Chairman’s Dinner.

Andrew Harrison, ESSA director, was impressed with the calibre of the finalists, saying, “Now in their third year, the ESSA Awards have attracted some very deserving entries and the best of these have made our shortlists. I don’t envy our eleven judges, who now have the task of selecting the best of the best, but every finalist should be rightly proud to be shortlisted, and deserves recognition for that achievement alone.”

Tickets for the ESSA Chairman’s Dinner and Awards Night are available at the ESSA website at

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