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Support the FE First Awards for marketing excellence in 2017 Join us in celebrating the best in college marketing in 2017. Sponsor the College Marketing Network’s FE First Awards 2017 and support our 30th Annual Conference at the Hilton Warwick. The FE First Awards will be made at the conference on Monday 27th November.

Our 2016 FE First Award winners celebrate

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First awarded in 1998, the FE Firsts are highly valued by college marketers as the only awards specifically for FE/post-16 marketing. As a company or organisation working in the post-16 sector, you can support these awards, and associate yourself with their prestige and the high value college marketers place on them. Show your commitment to the dynamic and creative work being done at the forefront of college marketing, recognised both within and beyond the FE sector for its innovation.

The College Marketing Network is a nonprofit making organisation which has been supporting marketing professionals in colleges since 1987.

Supporters in 2016 included:

Why support the Awards? This is what our winners say...

“The FE First Awards are a great opportunity to gain recognition for the excellent work that FE marketing teams do. The process of making an application encourages you to stop and evaluate the impact of your work. Going on to win, and hearing feedback from the judges, is a real boost as it evidences that what you are doing is innovative and brings tangible benefits to the organisation and its learners. The awards are also an opportunity to learn from other teams and share approaches.” Jonathan Goode, Branding and Communications Manager, Activate Learning “We were delighted to win the Gold award for our digital campaign this year. The feedback from the judges was incredible and gave a resounding endorsement to the research and hard work we put into getting our film produced and the results achieved by the campaign. It was great to get independent feedback on our work by colleagues from within the sector who understand the challenges. Our principal was with us at the FE First awards ceremony and was delighted with our achievement. This endorsement has helped us make a business case for further investment in content for our digital campaigns which we will be progressing with this year. We really enjoy taking part in the FE First Awards and it helps bring us together as a team to celebrate our achievements.’

Susan Lewis, Director of Marketing, Northampton College

Chichester College: Website Gold 2016

Award Categories... PR campaign Communications campaign Events management


Sponsored by FEmarketing

Innovation Digital and social media campaign/initiative Sponsored by Net Natives

Sponsor an Awards category – £625 including one gala dinner place OR £995 including a table of 8 for the gala dinner Includes your company logo in all materials (subsequent to agreement and payment). This option entitles you to jointly judge the category, with one of our independent judges, attend the gala dinner according to the option chosen above, and to have your company logo on the award and certificates for the category, as well as to benefit from pre- and post-conference publicity.

Support the FE First Awards presentation ceremony: £2,500

School leaver recruitment campaign Specialised recruitment campaign Full-time prospectus

Marketing Team of the Year Only open to CMN members

Lifetime Achievement Award

Only open to CMN members

Support the 30th Annual Conference of the College Marketing Network Monday 27th November 2017 The only annual conference focussing on all aspects of college marketing, always attracting a huge amount of positive feedback.

Here’s just a flavour of that feedback... “Really informative workshops and a chance to chat to others in the same field, share good practice and air frustrations!”

Associate yourself with the entire awards evening – includes your company logo throughout the Awards Powerpoint presentation, on the menus, and in pre- and post-publicity (subsequent to the agreement and payment). Includes two places at the gala dinner and specific mention in the awards script plus space for an exhibition stand.


“An excellent opportunity to network and share best practice. Plenty of good ideas and plans to take back to college.” “A great way to gain and consolidate knowledge with plenty to take away to inspire and assist your marketing.”

“Winning Gold for ‘Marketing Team of the Year’ and Silver for ‘School Leaver Recruitment Campaign’ in 2016 was such a big boost for a small team who have worked tremendously hard to turn around a struggling college. The recognition that we’re not only working in the right direction, but doing it well is a massive achievement. The wins have not only enabled us to network with other successful colleges, but also gain positive recognition in our own College for our work. It’s given us the confidence to continue on with our strategic plans knowing it will create positive impact.”

Forward & Thinking

“An excellent event as always – sharing good practice with colleagues across the sector is invaluable.”

Sonia Furley, Head of Marketing & Communications, Lewisham Southwark College

See over for our 2017 sponsorship opportunities...

Alex Swann, of Lesniak Swann

Support the 30th Annual Conference of the College Marketing Network Tier 1 sponsorship £4,000 Includes: ›› a free full size stand throughout the conference, and ›› your logo on all conference promotional materials/ communications (produced subsequent to sponsorship agreement) and on the delegate bags, and ›› two full residential delegate places (includes all meals, accommodation and 2 places at the gala dinner).

Tier 2 sponsorship £1,590 Includes: ›› Includes your logo on all conference promotional materials/communications (produced subsequent to sponsorship agreement), and ›› A pop-up (small) stand in the exhibitors’ area, and ›› one full residential delegate place as defined above.

Exhibitors (stand only) £650 Includes co-sponsorship of the Exhibitors’ reception, Monday 27th November, a leaflet in delegate packs, pre- and postconference publicity as supporters. Stand space 3 metres wide by 2 metres deep maximum. Set up available from Sunday evening 26th November or before 8.30am on Monday 27th November; breakdown at 1pm on Tuesday 28th November. Delegates will access the exhibition area during registration, at lunchtime and coffee breaks and during the Exhibitors’ reception at 7pm on Monday 27th November.

Exhibition stand plus a reduced delegate rate £1,135 As above, plus one full residential delegate place as defined above, including access to the complete conference programme.

Combine an exhibition stand and sponsorship of an FE First Award category £1,175 Other sponsorship opportunities could include:

Notes for exhibitors ›› Larger spaces may be available at extra cost. ›› Stands include: clothed table, chairs and power supply if needed. Free WiFi available. Exhibitor name, profile and link included in pre- and post-publicity (subsequent to agreement and payment) ›› All exhibitors support our pre-dinner reception on Monday 27th November (included in the fee above), when conference delegates are joined by colleagues attending for the Annual Gala Dinner and FE First Awards 2017 for marketing excellence. This is styled the “Exhibitors Reception”, and like all refreshment breaks, takes place in the Exhibitors’ area.

Terms The College Marketing Network reserves the right to decline offers from organisations it considers inappropriate for any particular item or category. All payments must be made in full before the 2017 Annual Conference. Exhibitors may not be admitted to the event if they have not paid by midday on Friday 24th November.

Contact us The College Marketing Network, F16, Preston Technology Management Centre, Marsh Lane, Preston, PR1 8UQ 01772 257833

›› Delegate bags featuring your company logo (if not taken by Level 1 sponsor) Price on application ›› Delegate folders, pens, ceramic mugs or memory sticks (all featuring your company logo) Prices on application based on numbers and items

There are many options available to you, some of them listed here. To discuss these or any other ideas, please contact our Director of Finance & Strategy Alex Erwin on 07973 621732 or 01772 257833.

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›› Table gifts for the FE First Awards evening Price negotiable

›› An A4 flier in our delegate packs £150

Support the FE First Awards 2017 and the College Marketing Network's 30th Annual Conference  

Join us in celebrating the best in college marketing in 2017 - support the FE First Awards for marketing and exhibit at our Annual Conferenc...

Support the FE First Awards 2017 and the College Marketing Network's 30th Annual Conference  

Join us in celebrating the best in college marketing in 2017 - support the FE First Awards for marketing and exhibit at our Annual Conferenc...