Virtual event annual dinner for treasures - Dawson Walker

The evening was a virtual event where we built a bespoke and appropriately sparkly environment to evoke the right ambiance sponsored by HSBC.

The Challenge:

The Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) is the chartered professional body for treasury. It represents the interests of the real economy, and educates and supports treasurers around the world.

The ACT Annual Dinner would normally be hosted at The Grosvenor House Hotel for c.1,500, featuring a 5 star meal with  industry peers,  top rate speakers and charity fundraising.

How on earth could we replicate such a glittering occasion in the virtual world?


The Solution:

The ACT secured some fantastic speakers who’d provide the content and provoke the conversations for the evening including: The Archbishop of Canterbury - Justin Welby,  Cultural Anthropologist – Dr Jitske Kramer and Journalist – Louis Theroux. Compère, David Meade delivered up-beat and entertaining segues including live mentalist tricks.

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The evening was hosted online where we built a bespoke and appropriately sparkly environment to evoke the right ambiance sponsored by HSBC. By integrating Zoom calls we were also able to replicate the more intimate “Dinner Table” environment through some well-choreographed break-out sessions that ensured everyone mingled.

It didn’t stop there as hampers (sponsored by Slaughter and May) were delivered to guests including a bespoke cocktail, wine and treats. The charity Hand-in-Hand benefited from an online auction and everyone got home safely!

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The Result:

Over 300 invited guests attended and enjoyed the evening in full.

This event won the award for 'best virtual event engagement and networking experience' at this year's Digital Event Awards.


Feedback from those guests was generous:

Dorothea Arndt, CEO, Hand in Hand International

Congratulations for pulling off a great event in the midst of a pandemic – as one of the speakers said, we just need to set our mindset to the possible! And you and your team have demonstrated that beautifully.

Jon Pyzer, Senior Adviser, Bank of England

Just to say thank you for a most enjoyable evening last night. I thought the event was really well planned and organised and the whole concept worked superbly. You must be very pleased that the ACT are at the forefront of such innovation and are way ahead of many other organisations.

Gary Williams, Treasury Consultant

Just to say thank you very much for last night, best night I’ve had for a long long time. I really thought the interactive format worked well, to the point where you could meet more people than usual. It was also so rewarding to use the one to one conferencing later into the night and re-establish those relationships that are on the back burner.

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