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All Set for Awards Dinner

The UKVIA Forum and Industry Recognition Awards Dinner is all set for November and has received a record number of entries

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The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) has received a record number of entries for its hotly anticipated 2023 Industry Recognition Awards, taking place at a prestigious London venue on Friday, November 10.

This year, there are 16 awards that organisations and individuals from within and outside the industry can win, including the ‘Sustainable Vaping Award’, the ‘Outstanding Vaper Education Programme for Smokers’ award and ‘The Commitment to Compliance Award’.

Five of the award categories are voted on by the UKVIA membership, ten are judged by an independent awards panel and one – Best Innovation in the Vaping Industry - is voted on by delegates at the UKVIA’s annual Forum - which takes place earlier on the same day as the awards.

There have been more than 60 entries – the highest number ever received - for the ten categories being judged by the awards panel, with finalists set to be announced very soon.

Speaking on the Industry Recognition Awards Dinner, UKVIA Director General John Dunne said: “There are some exemplary individuals and companies who are working hard to not only uplift vaping and help it fulfil its smoke-free potential, but also to make our industry better.

“Our coveted industry awards are the perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on those who are making outstanding contributions to the sector – be that through initiatives to prevent youth access, critical research, efforts to be more environmentally conscious and more.

They also give us a chance to come together and celebrate the successes of vaping as a whole – which, to date, has helped nearly 4.5 million adult Brits move away from cigarettes and has been instrumental in bringing the UK’s smoking rates down to their lowest levels on record.”

Dunne added that excitement is not only building for the awards, but also for the UKVIA’s annual Forum, which will follow the theme ‘Accelerating Action to Secure a World Without Smoking’ and promises to be one of the most critical, must-attend, events in the vaping calendar.

This year’s Forum will feature a number of key sessions including ‘Taking Harm Reduction to a New Level’, ‘Out with Illegal Vape Sales’, ‘Victory to Vaping – Changing Public Perceptions’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Vaping World’.

The conference agenda also includes a talk on ‘Getting ready for the General Election in 2024’ - an exploration of how the industry should prepare for a possible change in government - and a keynote presentation on China’s commitment to change from Secretary General of the China Electronic Chamber of Commerce, Ao Weinuo.

Further, it has been confirmed that Leigh Vance, Buying Manager at supermarket Morrisons  will be joining a Retailer’s Roundtable debate on the subject of ‘The Retail Future of Vaping’.

The UKVIA Forum – sponsored by specialist packaging company Chubby Gorilla - and Industry Recognition Awards Dinner – sponsored by leading distributor Phoenix2Retail – together form the largest and most influential B2B event for the vape sector.

Both events will be hosted at the QEII Centre in London and attract C-suite executives from the global vaping sector, retail leaders, parliamentarians, regulators, environmental and public health professionals, academics, think tanks and investors to name a few.

For the first time, the Forum will also welcome a 20 plus strong delegation from China organised by the China Electronic Chamber of Commerce. 


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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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