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WSTA wins European award for Annual Conference

General | 26 February, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s award winning Annual Conference was recognised at the European Association Awards ceremony last Friday in Brussels.

The WSTA’s submission beat five other finalists in the ‘Best Conference (less than 225 delegates)’ category, with the judges remarking that they were impressed by the excellent initiatives, like the Brexit workshop, on display at the Conference, and the structure of the day as a whole.

The WSTA Annual Conference, held in September 2017, featured a formidable line-up of speakers including Lord Price, former Trade Minister, and Tim Martin, Wetherspoon Chairman.

Also on the panel were Miriam González Durántez, Partner, Dechert LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s International Trade and Government Regulation practice and Sir Simon Fraser, Managing Partner, Flint Global, and who for five years, until 2015, was the Head of the UK Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service.

The Conference set out how the Government can deliver for the wine and spirit industry during Britain’s exit from the European Union, and also invited attendees to think creatively about the opportunities that Brexit may present.

The European Association awards were organised by Global Conference Network and are a celebration of the work that European Associations do on behalf of their members to ensure their voices are heard throughout Europe.

Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said:

“It’s a great achievement for the entire team to have won this award. The Annual Conference was hugely successful last year – we received a lot of positive feedback both on the Conference itself and on the Brexit workshop we held that morning.

“The whole team worked hard to deliver the Annual Conference for our members, and it’s brilliant that everyone’s hard work has been recognised and that we can now say the Conference is award winning! Planning is already well under for 2018, which promises to be our biggest and best Conference yet.”

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