National Black Police Association Annual Conference 2022, hosted by Gloucestershire Constabulary

On the 5th and 6th October 2022, Gloucestershire Constabulary welcomed members and affiliates of the National Black Police Association to Cheltenham Racecourse for the organisation’s annual conference. The theme for the conference was ‘Institutional Racism: the facts behind the headlines’ and featured talks sparking important conversation around discrimination issues in the UK from the likes of ex-Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq and police reform campaigner Mina Smallman.

The NBPA is a key agent in tackling racism and diversity issues within the UK Police Force and improving relationships between the police and ethnic minority communities. After headlines in recent years highlighting the still prominent issue of racism, such as the George Floyd case, the association is an integral player in changing the patterns of police behaviour.

Over the last 10 months, NR Events took on production management for the NBPA Conference, working with the Events and Campaigns Officers at Gloucestershire Constabulary to organise an event that could be the benchmark for future conferences hosted by other constabularies. We had heard that Belfast was one to compete with, however we could not trace any photos of what the event looked like so we were essentially working from a blank template.

There were many factors we had to be considerate of when planning for the conference as it would be catering for so many different cultural backgrounds. This includes, setting up prayer rooms, ensuring that all meat served was halal or there were vegetarian options, and dealing with highly sensitive personal data when delegates booked tickets through their police emails. It was also important for us that the branding of the event was consistent throughout. The designer, Christian from C+H Collective was great in pulling together striking assets from the stage banner, to conference programme, to the gala dinner menus.


Welcome Event at Tivoli Cinema:

On Tuesday 4th October, delegates were welcomed to Cheltenham at the new Tivoli Cinema in the town’s Regent Arcade. The stylish setting offered guests a chance to network during drinks and high quality bowl food, whilst showcasing archive and local filmmakers works in some of the screens. The short films covered topics such as the first black Police Constable in Gloucestershire and documentaries about modern day racism issues people still face in the UK.

The Welcome Event also featured short speeches from people such as the Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary and members of the Gloucestershire Ethic Minority Association.

The evening set the tone for the rest of the event, to showcase Gloucestershire in a smart and professional light and demonstrate the high standard we wanted to achieve for the whole conference.

Three guests at Tivoli Cinema laughing and enjoying bowl food and drinks.
Picture by Mikal Ludlow Photography


The Conference at Cheltenham Racecourse:

Cheltenham Racecourse was host to a day and a half of conference for the NBPA on the 5th and 6th of October. Nearly 300 delegates attended Day 1 and 2 which had numerous keynote speakers, debates, and panel sessions. The Hall of Fame entrance provided exhibition stands from the likes of the College of Policing and the RAF Police, alongside refreshments and lunches each day.

Day 1 was focused around keynote speakers, beginning with Ron Hampton and Jacqueline Edwards who had travelled from the USA and Canada to speak. There were many thought-provoking conversations that took place and sparked much discussion on the online questions portal we had set up prior to the event, Slido. This was all hosted by award-winning journalist, Poorna Bell.

Day 2 had more discussion opportunities with a panel debate from the morning speakers rounding the day off to conclude the conference at lunchtime. The day was still quite speaker-heavy and we struggled with time constraints, especially with trying to fit in an unannounced speaker into the agenda with little notice.

Despite this, we had many comments on how well the conference was run and the high calibre of the speakers that ourselves and the Constabulary had managed to secure.

The Centaur room at Cheltenham Racecourse filled with tables of delegates watching the speakers onstage
Picture by Mikal Ludlow Photography

Gala Dinner, Awards, and Live Entertainment:

Guests were invited to dress up for a black tie event on the evening of the first conference day. The Centaur was transformed in two hours with fresh tablecloths, chair covers, centre pieces, a dancefloor, and more.

The evening began with delegates arriving on red carpet, greeted by a local steel drum player and a drink on arrival. It was important for us to have quality non-alcoholic options due to many attendees religious views. Many guests took photos in front of the branded NBPA banner before heading into The Centaur when doors opened to begin a night of entertainment.

A three course meal was served, before the short awards ceremony took place. The awards celebrated numerous officers who had made great contributions towards the advancements in equality and tackling racism issues. These titles included ‘Community Champion’ and ‘Excellence in Race Equality Leadership Award’.

To round of the night, local charity The Music Works sourced entertainment in the form of cover band Soulection and DJ KevIn Clubs. They had the room up dancing throughout the rest of the night and celebrated music from lots of different cultural backgrounds.

Gala dinner guests dancing to the DJ on the dancefloor at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse
Picture by Rob Lacey Photographer

Partners of the event:

We were lucky enough to work with many great brands, organisations, and charities for the NBPA Conference 2022.

The chosen charity that the NBPA supported this year was The Music Works. They work with young people in Gloucestershire from disadvantaged backgrounds to give them opportunities in music performance and production that they may not have access to elsewhere. The raffle tickets being sold throughout the event raised money for the charity which a great amount of attendees were happy to show support to.

The Hall of Fame at the racecourse was host to exhibition stands where delegates could get involved in activities and find out more about new plans and policies the organisations had put in place to tackle diversity issues.

We were fortunate to receive some generous donations from John Lewis who provided the stage furniture. This gave a really professional look to the stage and fit in with the red, black, and gold colour theme. A business selling in John Lewis, The Big Bloom Room, also provided the stage flowers and table centre arrangements which gave the final touches to a detailed setup at the gala dinner.

The Royal Air Force Police exhibitors demonstrating virtual reality to one of the NBPA's delegates
Picture by Mikal Ludlow Photography

We are extremely pleased with how the National Black Police Association Conference came together and grateful to have worked with many different people who contributed to various parts of the event. The event ran really smoothly overall and we believe that we achieved our initial aim of setting the benchmark for future NBPA conferences.


🙌 Announcement 🙌

We are thrilled to say that Natasha is going to be a mentor as part of @wearenowie`s Level Up Scheme!

She can`t wait to see what comes about over the the next few months. Thanks to @weorganisechaos and @festivallstaff for supporting this initiative ✨

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🎇 2024 at NR Events 🎇

We`re looking forward to another great year of events just around the corner! Here`s a sneak peek into some events that are in store for us...

🐕‍🦺 January - SPVS Congress (Birmingham)
📽️ February - British Film Designers Guild Awards (London)
💳 March - Gift Card & Voucher Association Conference (London)

...and much more to come! Cheers to a successful 2023 🥂

Merry Christmas and see you next year! NR Team x

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🥂 New Year`s Resolutions 🥂

After reflecting on a brilliant year, the team are thinking about their New Year`s resolutions as we head into 2024...

Natasha - Learn guitar, pass my pilates exam, and get a tattoo! 🫢
Alice - Get into reading and take opportunities to travel more ✈️
Emily - Improve my Spanish and make more time for friends 👯‍♀️

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💥 2023 Best Moment 💥

Emily`s best moment of the year was Site Management at Cheltenham Science Festival 🧪

"Four weeks on site is tiring but so rewarding when you get to see a show come together from the first panel of fencing being put up to the morning of the opening day when there is such a buzz in the air. We worked alongside a whole range of people and the job came with a load of great memories!"

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✨ 2023 Best Moment ✨

Natasha`s best moment of the year was co-ordinating the living wall that made the stunning backdrop for the British Film Designers Guild Awards 🪴

"My favourite moment was seeing the room come to life at BFDG awards. After weeks of logicstical wrangling to make the whole concept of a screen in a living wall work, getting the scale right, the sign offs, broken venue lifts for install and the whole crazy idea just coming together was magical. It is such a privilege to work on such a creative event with fantastic suppliers. Although it was slightly scary when the whole wall wall lifted from the floor to hang from the rigging structure!"

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⚡ 2023 Best Moment ⚡

Alice`s best moment of the year was the Cheltenham Food & Drink Week with @cheltbid 🎶

""For me one of my favourite moments of the year was working on Cheltenham Food and Drink week, programming the music was really exciting for me and seeing the show all come together knowing how much work had been put in by myself and the team was really lovely. The great response from the public of all ages across town made all the hard work worth it.""

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💪 Total 2023 Event Days 💪

We have certainly had a busy year and that is highlighted by the staggering amount of days that our team has worked at various in-person, hybrid, and online events throughout 2023!

What should our target for 2024 be? 🤔

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🎅 NR Events Christmas Giveaway Competition 🎅

To spread some Christmas joy, we have one NR branded Chilly`s cup and one NR branded Chilly`s bottle to giveaway to two special winners. All you have to do is follow the easy steps below to be in with a chance of winning:

- Like this post
- Make sure you are following us on Instagram
- Tag a friend in the comments
- Share this post to your story for an extra entry (making sure to tag @wearenrevents in the story)

Every account you tag in the comments counts as a new entry so go crazy to have a better chance of winning! You have until Sunday 10th December at 6pm to complete these tasks and then two winners will be announced on Monday 11th December.

Good luck 🍀🎄

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📈 Successes of 2023 📈

NR Events has worked on numerous events throughout the year which needed ticketing assistance, totalling a whopping 10,108 🎫

If you think you might have ticketing needs for next year then don`t hesitate to get in touch. We can take your stress away!

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🎆 Ashley Manor Family Fireworks Night 🎆

We had a great time at @ashleymanorprep for their well-loved Fireworks Night that attracts thousands of Cheltenham locals to watch a stunning display!

It was a pleasure to organise their ticketing, book some of the food vendors, and manage the gates on the night. We hope to help @ashleymanorprep_pta even further for the event next year to continue to grow a very successful night 👏

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🎓 University Of Gloucestershire`s Creative Industry Day 🎓

It was wonderful to all be invited by @uogmusic to be part of various panels for their Creative Industry Day and give current students a chance to network and strive towards their future career goals.

Alice and Emily both got to speak about their experience as students and now graduates working in the events industry! Meanwhile Natasha was part of the headline panel that covered many areas of music and events.

Lovely to meet so many new faces and please do reach out to us if you`d like to gain some valuable experience 🌟

Read Alice`s experience of the day and how it felt to return to uni as a guest less than 6 months after graduating! Head to our website and click on the `News` tab.

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