The Meetings Industry Association (mia) has announced its much-anticipated miaList 2017 will feature a new Agency Team category. Supported by The Meetings Show, the miaList recognises individuals who inspire those around them, go above and beyond the call of duty and play an instrumental role in making the organisation they work for successful. The new category will recognise those agencies with teams who, by working collaboratively, have made a positive impact on their business. Other categories, which any person working within the UK meetings, hospitality or events industry is eligible to enter, include: Conference and Events, Food and Beverage (Production), Food and Beverage (Service), Front of House, Sales, Marketing, Back of House, Leadership and the Team award. Nominations for the awards, which are free to enter, will be assessed by an esteemed panel of six industry stalwarts representing all sectors of the event industry – buyers, agents and venues. The panel includes: Steve Knight – The Meetings Show, Rob Flinter – Park Plaza Victoria, Lacy Curtis-Ward – The Lensbury, Gill Smillie – Conference Venues Countrywide, Carol Primett – Anglian Water and Mark Gallen – MG Sales Performance. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a judging lunch, where they will meet with the panel and participate in interviews. The Agency Team will be shortlisted by the judges and then subject to a public online vote in July. Full details and application forms can be found here. Completed forms and portfolios of evidence must be submitted by 21 April 2017. The winners will be announced at the miaList lunch on Friday, 6 October 2017 at Park Plaza Victoria, London. ENDS NOTES TO EDITOR About the mia The mia is one of the fastest growing associations in the conference, meetings and events sector, founded by a proactive group of hotel and conference centre operators and booking agents to lead the conference, meetings and events industry, providing accreditation, industry awards, research and a voice to government. It has 530 accredited members. The mia supports members by: Providing extensive regional networking opportunities on a monthly basis. Helping them to achieve the highest standards of facilities and service through achievement of AIM, the industry standard of quality and excellence. Providing a library of best practice and quality standards guidelines. Promoting AIM to industry buyers. Delivering tangible benefits which support members in the achievement of their own business goals. By the provision of information, education, research and advice all of which lead to improved business performance. By sharing issues of sector importance with them. By raising the profile of business tourism with Government. www.mia-uk.org For media enquiries, please contact Custard Communications on: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com or call 01483 740740.