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Core PCO

What is a Core PCO?

A Core PCO is a PCO that is contracted on a framework agreement basis for a specific time period, by an International Association to handle the core tasks of regular, recurring meetings wherever they are held such as:

  • Destination bids
  • Venues
  • Budgeting
  • Conference website
  • Marketing
  • Registration
  • Accommodation
  • Abstract handling
  • Event production
  • Social programme
  • Production of Conference collateral and material such as programmes and proceedings
  • Sponsorship and Exhibition sales and management
  • Communications associated with the Association’s Conferences
For a volunteer led organisation that may not always have all of the necessary resources such as staff, time, finances and expertise appointing a Core PCO can have many key benefits. The Core PCO’s main purpose is to take over the resources and dedication necessary for overall responsibility of conference management, with the exception of scientific content, in order to support an association’s board or leadership group.

Core PCO Benefits

What Can We Deliver?

  • We will identify an overall conference & events strategy necessary to achieve your objectives and satisfy your vision and drive growth and continued improvement for your Association and its members
  • Ensure the association standards can be safeguarded and maintained.
  • Valuable experience from earlier events can be retained resulting in a consistent level of quality to meetings and conferences.
  • Time savings due to knowledge transfer – “no need to reinvent the wheel”
  • Results in a more cost effective operation
  • Ensures accurate management information and analysis from conference to conference

Our Objectives

  • Consistent, superior service standards
  • You will benefit from the value of continuity
  • Increase revenues from events, workshops, seminars
  • Optimisation of your conference budget
  • Increase membership of the association
  • Increase the number of sponsors with long-term commitment
  • Increase annual conference attendance year on year
  • Benefit from a single point of contact

Core PCO Services:

  • Conference Project Managers for the Association
  • Bid management & site visits
  • Destination feasibility study and venue selection
  • Budget Management
  • Event and destination promotion
  • Online Registration
  • Abstract management
  • Accommodation
  • Sponsorship Management
  • Exhibition Management
  • Speaker Management
  • Staffing
  • Event Management
  • Social Programme Creation
  • Conference Brand and Web design

Core PCO Client Testimonial:

“The professionalism of your team and the attention to detail, timeliness and the careful eye on the ever present budget issues was invaluable and ultimately lead to the success of this international event. In particular your support of our desire to make this an inclusive event through the direct involvement of young people and the strong focus on social media was fantastic. The detailed work undertaken to ensure the program and associated materials was spot on was also exemplary”

Kerryn Pennell, Chairperson, Organising Committee, Treasurer, IAYMH


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