The Blabbermouth Guide to ICT Channel Events in 2020 [Updated September 2020]


The ICT Channel Events and Awards to Consider in 2020

[Article Updated 23rd September 2020]

As a marketing agency that specialises in creating campaigns for IT and Telecoms businesses, we love the networking opportunities that industry events and awards provide.

In this article, we will run through the most significant events and awards that you should be considering this year. Feel free to save the timeline below for future reference:

Blabbermouth Marketing Awards timeline

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ICT Channel Events 2020

Margin in Voice and Data 2020

For the first time, Margin in Voice and Data will be a virtual event on 23rd, 24th and 25th June from 09:30 till 11:00. MiVaD Virtual has been designed to provide busy reseller delegates with a stimulating and commercially valuable mix of educational insights, online networking and engagement opportunities.

Margin in Mobile Online

Part of the hugely successful ‘Margin in’ series of events – this online event is being held on 16th and 17th September, and provides the most effective platform for vendors and resellers offering (or looking to offer) mobile solutions to SME & Enterprise end users. If you supply or wish to provide mobile, wireless or IOT solutions, this is the event for you.

Markets Unlocked: The channel partners’ guide to unlocking the Full Fibre opportunity

The second in the ‘Markets Unlocked’ series of online conference and networking events will provide with you everything you need to know about the Full Fibre opportunity. Join on 1st October as vendors, IT directors and CIOs share their insights and spotlight the high growth opportunities for the ICT channel.

The ICT Investment Forum Online 2020

Leading acquirers, M&A professionals, investors and advisors will share their insights on Thursday 15th October on the key growth and investment issues with ambitious ICT entrepreneurs wanting to take their growth strategy to the next level or prepare for a transaction. The agenda will include an overview of M&A and investment environment, how financing is evolving, and through thought leadership sessions and practical examples will enable attendees to make critical evaluations of their own business and think more strategically about their future business planning.

Comms Vision 2020

Comms Vision is held annually at The Gleneagles Hotel, and is scheduled this year for 11th to 13th November. Launched in 2006, Comms Vision delivers the UK Channel’s most authoritative conference content and challenging panel debates, becoming a ‘must-attend’ event for the UK’s major IT and Communications solution providers.

Channel Live

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s Channel Live has been postponed until the 19th and 20th January 2021. Channel Live is a critical conference, exhibition, thought leadership and networking event all rolled into one. Only at Channel Live can ICT dealers, resellers, VARS, managed service providers, system integrators and other channel partners openly discuss margin opportunities with vendors and solution providers.

Technology Live Virtual 2020

Following the cancellation of Technology Live 2020 (planned for October), the organisers are planning to run a three-month virtual event in Q4 2020, in its place. Technology Live Virtual will feature online ‘exhibition stands’ where suppliers can upload product and contact details as well as videos in the hope of online interaction with prospective channel partners.


Technology Live 2021

A one-day event at the Business Design Centre, London, planned for 11th March 2021. Technology Live is designed to bring together IT vendors, technology resellers and managed service providers in an informal direct environment, creating new introductions and reinforcing existing relationships.  

The Summer Tech Ball 2021

This year’s Technology Industry bash will be ditching the black ties and going for a more laid-back feel. So instead of wearing a suit, attendees will be encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts. The event will include a three-course dinner, band and DJ. It will be held at the all-new Londoner Hotel in Leicester Square on 15th July 2021.

ICT Channel Awards 2020

The CRN Sales and Marketing Awards 2020

Due to the current situation, this year’s CRN Sales & Marketing Awards ceremony will be held virtually on 14th, 15th and 16th July. These prestigious awards will recognise and reward the achievements of the individuals and teams that are responsible for making the UK IT Channel truly great.

Comms National Awards 2020 (CNA)

Comms Dealer was the first to recognise excellence in the Channel and, now in their 17th year, the Comms National Awards remain one of the Channel’s most respected and coveted prizes. This year’s awards ceremony will be on 8th October at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Comms Business Awards 2020

On Friday 23rd October 2020, the Comms Business Awards will be held at The Royal Lancaster, London. Now in its 16th year, the Comms Business Awards has consistently been at the forefront of the Channel market, when it comes to rewarding talent, shining a light on progressive and innovative Channel operations.

Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards 2020

Now in its 9th year, the Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards will once again give ICT Channel businesses a unique opportunity to acknowledge the skill, determination and success of their Sales and Marketing teams. This year’s awards ceremony has been postponed until 3rd December and will be held at the Grosvenor Square Marriott Hotel.

Technology Reseller Awards 2021

The Technology Reseller Awards ceremony will take place at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on the 13th May 2021. These awards are intended to recognise the contribution that technology vendors, distributors, MSPs, resellers, and service and maintenance companies make to UK economy and the wider community. Award categories will spotlight best practice and innovation within the industry.

Our Events Support

Our decades of experience in the Channel, understanding of the products within, as well as our links with key media players, enables us to provide unparalleled support to clients exhibiting at events and entering awards.

Our years of creating and executing client events mean that we’re experts in designing stands and collateral, sourcing merchandise and promoting your presence. Post-event, we can support you with lead follow-ups and strategies that keep contacts engaged well into the future to maximise ROI.

Our Awards Support

If you want your hard work and success to be recognised within the industry, we have an excellent track record of preparing and submitting award entries for our clients, with 99% of submissions shortlisted. This is because we understand what it takes to compete for the different awards, and we will only recommend the most appropriate awards for your company to enter.


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