With an extensive experience of delivering exciting events of all sizes and securing major awards, few consultants are as well placed as Heaward Solutions. to help you raise the profile of your organisation, venue or location and successfully engage people through the use of events and awards. 

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Whatever the scale of your ambition, from involving a few hundred people to many thousands on one or many different days we can help you secure, develop and promote the right event for your needs.

Previously we have been involved events as diverse as the Tour of Britain and Tour Series and Women’s Tour Cycle races, UK Corporate Games, Corporate Cups for several different sports, Paralympic events, 10k road races, fun runs, triathlons and community festivals.  

Attracting major events

We have good links with the organisations behind many major national and international events such as the UK and World Corporate Games, Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and Tour Series cycle races. Using these relationships we can help facilitate detailed discussions about attracting one of these or other exciting high profile events. Once you have concluded negotiations to bring the event of your choice to your location we can also assist in planning for its delivery. 

Developing your own events

For charities and other organisations looking to deliver events to raise funds or their organisation’s profile, our experience of successfully developing, promoting and delivering significant events such as 10k races, triathlons, opening/closing ceremonies, celebration events, launches and smaller community festivals is extremely valuable. This ensures that we are well placed to help you fully develop your ideas and then deliver them in a safe and professional manner. 

Delivering events

We can help you develop a detailed event plan, something that’s crucial to delivering an effective event and which ensures that all the key factors are accounted for. We can also help you organise the event ahead of its delivery and on the day, covering everything from staffing requirements through to health and safety and marketing. We can also help you ensure that all of the relevant third parties have been consulted and key permissions like road closures put in place where required.


Our extensive bid writing skills combined with our diverse project-based experience and our close relationship with ACES Europe place us in a unique position. We are possibly the only UK based consultancy to have team members with direct experience of working on two successful European City of Sport bids/programmes. These are the Stoke-on-Trent bid, 2016 programme delivery and legacy work, undertaken during the period 2015-2017 and the 2019 Milton Keynes European City of Sport bid for designation in 2020. This makes us the go-to people in the UK if you are considering a bid for any of the following awards:

  • European Capital of Sport (one award is made each year to a capital of a country or a city with more than 500,000 inhabitants)
  • European City of Sport (multiple awards are made each year throughout Europe to cities with between 25,000 and 500,000 inhabitants)
  • European Community of Sport (multiple awards are made each year to groups of towns and small cities throughout Europe)
  • European Town of Sport (multiple awards are made each year throughout Europe to towns of less than 25,000 inhabitants)
  • European Sport and Healthy Company Award

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The value of the ACES awards can be understood better by viewing this video from Stoke-on-Trent’s European City of Sport opening event in January in 2016. 

We are also able to help you make nominations and develop bids for other awards such as industry awards and other forms of recognition such as quality awards like QUEST.

Contact us to find out more about how we can help you