Patronage/Overview

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CORPORATE PATRONAGE FOR UKNOF IN 2019

Please email sponsor@uknof.org.uk to discuss being an annual patron sponsor.

UKNOF meetings represent a unique opportunity to increase the visibility of your organisation, products and services to the key influencers who operate the Internet's networks and other key players in the global Internet community.

As a not for profit organisation, UKIF’s UKNOF activities rely on registration fees, patronage and sponsorship to help with the costs for its tri-annual conferences as well as the costs of managing ongoing communications and promoting our and your Corporate Social Responsibility goals.

UKNOF meetings are normally one day events comprising a range of technical presentations. What we do is allow anyone with an interest to attend. We don’t just get the “usual suspects” from the global Internet meeting circuit at UKNOF, but a real cross-section of the UK Net Ops community – we can use UKNOF to bring the best of the content (and well known speakers) from the global circuit to a UK audience that can’t get to the bigger meetings, and cover topics which are closer to home and of specific interest to the local community.

UKNOF is about spreading the knowledge, the networking between people - to create a better informed industry.

UKNOF offers a range of corporate patronage options each with a number of benefits for the patron. These include opportunities to present to the UKNOF attendees in the meeting and live webcast plus the regular promotion of your brand in event communications in online and print media where applicable.

You may financially support UKNOF Meetings by opting for one of the three categories of corporate patronage.

Note: Corporate Patronage is on a calendar year basis.

Meeting Roadmap

UKNOF runs three main meetings per year - generally in January, April and September - around the UK. There are also plans to run "UKNOF On The Road" meetings in collaboration with other organisations.

For 2019, the meeting roadmap currently looks like:

  • UKNOF42 - 15 January - etc Venues Bishopsgate, London
  • UKNOF43 - 9 April - Manchester Central Convention Centre, Manchester
  • UKNOF44 - September - specific date and venue TBC


UKNOF may also have "On The Road" meetings.


A Note About Patron Presentations

Although UKNOF meetings have the limit on sponsor presentations, as specified in the sponsorship page, corporate patrons do not have this restriction and are able to submit presentations for consideration by the Programme Committee. An exception to this is where PRINCIPAL patrons are offered a guaranteed a single 15 minutes presentation slot per annum.


All Patron Presentation slots, unless guaranteed, are on a submissions basis to be considered by the Programme Committee.

Although it is expected that a patron presentation is to be a sales or promotional pitch, the best way to reap the most benefit from the sponsorship is to target the presentation to the audience. In our experience, an out-and-out blatant sales pitch will turn the audience off. However, giving an interesting technical presentation that has a sales or promotional element to it will most likely keep the audience engaged and asking questions to find out more.






Corporate Patronage

Various patronage opportunities exist, each with different levels of benefits. Patrons contribute toward the running costs of UKNOF as a whole. All patronage amounts listed are subject to applicable UK VAT (currently 20%).

All patronage categories listed below allow for multiple patrons per annum..

UKNOF appreciates the support of the patrons regardless of whichever patronage level is chosen.

Brand Awareness Benefits

In addition to the distinctive benefits received based on Patronage category, all Patrons receive the following for the duration of the patronage:

  • logo on meeting micro-sites linked to your own website
  • logo and text on patrons page on the meeting micro-sites
  • logo on the webcast rolling static slides, and on applicable slides during the meetings
  • logo on signage in the meeting registration area
  • collective recognition on our mailing list and social media channels
  • collective public acknowledgment during the meeting proceedings
  • early access to discounted registrations


There are currently 3 categories of corporate patronage:

  • Principal
  • Premium
  • Promoter





PRINCIPAL - minimum contribution of £12,000 per annum

Standard Principal Patron Benefits (along with the Brand Awareness Benefits listed above):

  • 3 complimentary registrations per meeting (9 per year at £1800 total value)
  • where applicable: sole use, for up to 2 hours during the meeting hours, of a private board room with branded signage
  • plus, you may choose from one of the following per meeting:
    • any individual meeting sponsorship at 50% discount
    • subject to availability:
      • meeting lanyard, co-branding with UKNOF
      • meeting lanyard, sponsor-only brand




PREMIUM - minimum contribution of £4000 per annum

Standard Principal Patron Benefits (along with the Brand Awareness Benefits listed above):

  • 1 complimentary registration per meeting (3 per year at £600 total value)
  • where applicable: sole use, for up to 1 hour during the meeting hours, of a private board room with branded signage
  • plus, you may choose from one of the following per meeting:
    • any individual meeting sponsorship at 25% discount
    • subject to availability (£500 supplement per meeting):
      • meeting lanyard, co-branding with UKNOF
      • meeting lanyard, sponsor-only brand



PROMOTER - minimum contribution of £1000 per annum

Standard Principal Patron Benefits (along with the Brand Awareness Benefits listed above):

  • 50% discount on 1 registration per meeting (3 per year at £300 total value)
  • plus, you may opt for the following per meeting:
    • any individual meeting sponsorship at 10% discount





Note where applicable: Co-branded lanyards will be produced by UKNOF. Sponsor-only brand lanyards and shipping to the meeting venue are the responsibility of the sponsor.





CORPORATE PATRONAGE TERMS & CONDITIONS

1) All patronage amounts quoted are exclusive of applicable UK Value Added Tax and are payable without deduction.

2) All agreements to provide Patronage to UKNOF, are binding and non-refundable.

3) Once an invoice for patronage has been raised by UKNOF, or a Purchase Order raised by the Patron, it is deemed to be an agreement to sponsor UKNOF.

4) All patronage opportunities are on a First Come First Served basis.

5) Patrons are also allowed to offer sponsorship for single or multiple sponsorship slots and events.

6) All patrons are supportive of UKNOF and it's mission

7) Once patronage for a UKNOF is agreed, the patron must immediately provide an image of their logo (in high resolution EPS, JPG, PNG) and other details required for invoicing purposes (eg, company name, contact details, email address)

8) Once patronage is agreed, an invoice will be raised and this must be paid by return and at most within 30 days of invoice date, by Bank Transfer in Pounds Sterling, with all applicable bank charges paid by the Sponsor.

9) All patronage must be received in cleared funds by UKNOF prior to the start of each calendar year.

10) Payments received beyond our agreed credit terms will be subject to an interest charge of 8% above the bank base rate on the entire amount including any VAT, as permitted under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998, as amended. We also reserve the right to charge an additional compensation claim of £70 or £100 (depending on the amount due).

11) For UKNOF patronage, patron branding, logos and recognition will come into effect after patronage is received in cleared funds by UKNOF.

12) All applicable patronage materials must be submitted within the production schedule.

13) Where a patron benefit includes a presentation, this abstract/topic must be submitted at least three months in advance of the meeting for approval. The presentation must be in line with UKNOF's mission and not be an out-and-out sales or promotional pitch.

14) The patronage fee does not include free conference registration unless specifically stated as a patron benefit. Number of reserved meeting attendance spaces available to patrons is dependent on their level of patronage and no exceptions will be made. Other/extra spaces will need to be paid for at the current rate of £200 + VAT plus admin fee.

15) Details of attendees (where included as a patron benefit) must be submitted at least a month in advance of the meeting.

16) All parts of the UKNOF website, UKNOF Meeting micro sites, and UKNOF Wiki, including the attendee lists are copyright and must not be used for non-UKNOF purposes (such as marketing by sponsors) without the express written permission of UKNOF.

17) All public, targeted, press and news announcements and marketing are subject to approval by UKNOF.

18) Subject to Clause 18 above, Patrons are encouraged to promote UKNOF and its events, in addition to inviting their customers to register for attendance.

19) Patrons may not sublet, assign or apportion any part of the sponsorship nor represent, advertise or distribute literature or materials for the products or services of any other firm or organisation except as approved in writing by UKNOF.

20) These Terms and Conditions are governed by and are to be construed in accordance with English law, and UKNOF and the Sponsor will submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

21) UKNOF will not be liable for damage or loss to sponsors properties by fire, theft, accident, or any other cause.

22) No part of an exhibit and signage or other materials may be pasted, nailed, or otherwise affixed to walls, doors or other surfaces in a way that mars or defaces the premises or equipment and furnishings. Damage from failure to observe this notice is payable by the Patron.

23) Patrons indemnify and hold harmless UKNOF for any actions, causes of action, accidents, injuries or claim that may be alleged or asserted by any party arising out of the particular sponsorship or sponsored event and/or use or utilisation of Patrons products and/or services and any negligence of employees, officers and agents of the Patron.

24) If any clause in these Terms and Conditions is held to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, the invalid or unenforceable wording shall be deemed to be omitted.