Relocate Awards Gala Dinner 2016

Nearly 250 distinguished guests from the world of international corporate relocation – including HR professionals and suppliers – gathered at The Brewery, in London, on Thursday 19 May.

The Relocate Awards Gala Dinner 2015-2016
As guests arrived for the champagne reception in the King George III room, the atmosphere was buzzing with excitement. The venue is located in the heart of the City of London, surely the world’s most vibrant capital, and was a suitably glamorous backdrop to the relocation industry’s premier event.

Arrivals and Champagne Reception - 2015/16 Relocate Awards

Relocate Global was thrilled to welcome guests from as far afield as India, the USA and Switzerland. This year, too, more than 50 per cent of entries were international – confirmation of how the awards’ global reputation has grown.Friends, colleagues and associates greeted each other warmly, and rivals wished one another luck as the anticipation grew. As guests moved to the impressive Porter Tun room for the Gala Awards Dinner, it became clear that the stage was set for a really fabulous evening.Fiona Murchie, Relocate Global’s managing editor, welcomed everyone to this year’s awards, which, she said, were being held in “a fitting location in which to bring together the best and the brightest in the relocation sector, who are driving the global mobility agenda”. Speaking of the importance of mobility in a fast-changing world, she told her audience, "What you do, in whatever sector you are in, is important", and added, "This is an exciting time for anyone working in global mobility, and we at Relocate are here to support what you do and the business travellers, the relocating employees, and the families."Master of Ceremonies and seasoned speaker John Simonett handled the evening with aplomb, and, to amused astonishment, performed what may have been the world’s first card trick via Twitter.Further amusement came from an unexpected source, when three waiters began behaving strangely. Dinner guests exchanged nervous glances before it gradually became clear that these men, who posed as rivals, were, in reality, highly skilled singers and entertainers.The three waiters entertained the audience at the Relocate Awards 2015 2016.Their performance closed with a rousing rendition of Nessun Dorma, and guests twirled their napkins in the air in appreciation.The audience at the Relocate Awards enjoys the performance of the Three Waiters Throughout the delicious three-course dinner, magicians moved among the tables and drew gasps of amazement at their tricks. "This is a really fabulous evening," said Tom Meertens, of Oakwood Worldwide. "The venue is amazing, and the entertainment has been brilliant."Then it was time for the winners to be revealed. To find out who won, visit our Awards section and keep checking the website and social media pages for more photographs and information.Shortly before raising a special toast with Iain Crichton, of Roomservice by CORT, Pierre Craddock, of Countrywide, summed up the feelings of many when he said,

"Tonight's event has taken the Relocate Awards up to a whole new level for the industry and has been a really astonishing success."

Following the presentation ceremony, many guests took the opportunity to continue the celebrations and enjoy another hour of networking. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year for the 10th anniversary of the Relocate Awards!

Acknowledgments

We are very grateful to this year's award category sponsors – ACS International Schools, Altair Global, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, Denstone College and Pro-Link GLOBAL – and to Mill Hill School Foundation, which sponsored the champagne reception. The sponsors' support is greatly appreciated, and is vital to the success of the Relocate Awards.We also thank our supporters, Emigra Worldwide, Santa Fe Immigration Services and Staybridge Suites.Many thanks, too, go to the Association of Relocation Professionals (ARP), the European Relocation Association (EuRA), FOCUS and the Relocation Users Group (RUG), all of which provided professional endorsements.As in previous years, entrants' submissions were subjected to rigorous scrutiny by a team of independent judges. We thank them for their expert, impartial input, and for giving their time so generously. 

Visit our Awards section  for more news and photographs from the night.