Swindon based travel and event agency, Planet Pursuits, have done it again with a Gold award, making it three years in a row as Best Event Agency 2016, at the Meeting and Incentive Travel industry awards (M&IT).
The awards are held each year in London and recognise the best suppliers, agencies, hotels and venues both in the UK and aboard. The company was also a finalists for Best Intermediary Agency [fewer than 40 employees].
Both categories were very strongly contested with five other nominees in each. Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the awards event brings together over 1200 event industry professionals and this year was hosted at the glamorous Battersea Evolution.
The awards have gained tremendous prestige over the past 27 years and aim to highlight the market’s best practices by letting the users of services vote. It is the only British voting system to do so, making it extra meaningful, as awards are voted for by the nominee’s clients. To safeguard quality, it works under the auspices of the independent Audit Bureau of Circulation. The different categories also include best hotel, best conference venue, best airline and best convention bureau.
Planet Pursuits was formed in 2000 by Director Simon Maddison, who started the company from a back store office at its farm venue Purton House, near Swindon. The agency has steadily grown to be one of the most successful UK agencies still in private hands. Last year successes included managing all of Intuit QuickBooks (the world’s number 1 accounting software) UK events and securing Emergen, UK Bodytalks and FSI as clients. Director Simon Maddison added, ‘our success is in adapting to the needs of a market and never standing still. We started as humble company running stag parties, we then moved into corporate event management and now we are a fully accredited corporate travel agent’. The company certainly hasn’t stood still and has secured over 4M worth of new business in the last 18months.
This awards comes as the agency has also announced its partnership with Advantage Travel, the UK’s largest independent travel agent group. The backing of Advantage adds travel facilities including air, rail and hire car, to its comprehensive list of event and activity services.
It’s been a fantastic few years for Planet Pursuits and long may it continue as the UK corporate events and hospitality industry goes from strength to strength, now worth some 40 billion to the UK economy.