LiftEx 2021 Relocates to Bahrain
The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) has announced LiftEx 2021 and its annual awards ceremony will be held at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain & Convention Centre in Manama from 27 to 28 November.
Explaining the decision to relocate the events from their original location in the United Kingdom, Ross Moloney, LEEA, says:
"While we start 2021 with Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in many areas, the vaccine rollout is underway and we see Autumn 2021 as a time when people will be ready to reconnect. We also recognise that supporting an exhibition in the UK in 2021 would be a big ask, given that 2020 was such a difficult year for many.
"Holding this year’s exhibition in Bahrain gives LEEA members a chance to meet with new customers and partners and we expect the 250 members in the Middle East to really support the show. We also hope that members from across the globe will attend. Bahrain offers a central location for the Middle East and good connections for visitors from Europe, Australasia, South East Asia and America, with the accommodation available on-site in the Gulf Hotel, where the event is being held."
The 2021 LEEA Awards will again reward members who have done the most to raise standards. Award applications, which will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts, can be submitted on a new online portal going live soon.
A standalone LEEA Awards dinner is also planned on 5 November 2021 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
This year's awards categories are:
- Best Innovation
- Kevin Holmes Award for Excellence in People Development
- Safety Award
- Outstanding Apprentice
- Unsung Hero
- Accredited Training Scheme – Best Trainer
- Best Lifting Equipment Inspector/Tester/Examiner
- Best Team
- Best Lifting Operation
- LEEA CEO’s Award
Moloney adds: "With LiftEx 2021 being held in the Middle East, we wish to retain an autumn showcase social networking event in the UK, which will allow members to gather for a new beginning party – seeing Lifting Industry friends and colleagues again. Having this event on a Friday evening in a prestigious London venue, with a celebrity host to be announced, marks a further step for what is an immensely popular annual celebration. Given the timing, we anticipate the 2021 event being the best LEEA Awards yet."
LiftEx will return to the UK in 2022 when it will be held in Aberdeen from 5 to 6 October at The Event Complex, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Visit www.liftex.org for additional information.