AVT’s Diamond Do: Gatwick Diamond Business Awards go Funky

2012 marks the fourth year of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards and the GDBA (Gatwick Diamond Business Association) pulled out all the stops to host a Black Tie event that will be talked about for years to come.

The awards ceremony has doubled in size since the first event in 2009 and the GDBA wanted a ceremony that would extend beyond the night itself and cement its reputation as one of the regions premier business occasions.  The awards are run as a not-for-profit event and proceeds are invested back into promoting and supporting local issues and making sure the organisation is run by the members for the members.  Gatwick Airport, Santander and PwC LLP were this year’s headline sponsors.

AVT Connect are delighted to have been involved in the continued success and growth of the event, working in partnership with the GBDA to produce a successful and exciting event that this year included live relay and a post event video.

Rory Bremner was this years’ presenter and managed quite simply to captivate the audience.  Many a belly laugh ensured that the ceremony was highly entertaining and will most certainly be talked about by everyone in attendance.

Building on the success of last years event, the GDBA again booked the Copthorne Hotel Effingham Gatwick to accommodate the increased number of 600 guests in the “Millenium Suite”.  The adjoining “Bentley Suite” provided the perfect location for an after show party and 70’s disco; AVT themed the area to provide the perfect dancing experience.

Jeremy Taylor, Director of GDBA, decided to have a 70’s funk-themed after-party saying, “Award ceremonies always end too early.  Just as everyone is starting to enjoy themselves it’s time to go.  As well as being a chance to commend exceptional business practice in Sussex, the awards are always a fantastic occasion for our members to get together, meet other members, socialise and network.  We felt that it shouldn’t be limited to just the table they are sitting at.” 

AVT were responsible for designing and producing the awards ceremony and after-party including the stage setting, projection, sound, and lighting equipment, themed disco and filming, all managed, expertly by their high-calibre technical team.  Also provided was a 3-camera set-up with live relay as well capturing vox-pop interviews with guests, award-winners, sponsors and judges.

A post event video will provide first hand testimony by this year’s participants as to why organisations should get involved in this great awards scheme, and will shortly be available on GDBA’s website.

The evening was an enormous success and AVT would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the winners for their achievements and the Gatwick Diamond Business Association on yet again upping the ante and organising such a spectacular awards ceremony.