Due to the continuing uncertainty over COVID-19, the Thames Valley Deals Awards will now be staged on November 18, 2020.

The event will take place at the Madejski Stadium, Reading, and will include categories from the Solent Deals Awards.

Regular presenter Mark Durden-Smith will host the awards – the key event in the region’s corporate finance calendar.

Staged by The Business Magazine, the event has been postponed from October 5 to give organisers more chance of staging a physical event.

“We are hoping that restrictions will be eased by November so that we can hold a live event and welcome all our regular guests to this awards night. For this year only, we are also combining the Thames Valley event with some awards categories from the Solent region, to make this a celebration of southern success,” said David Murray, The Business Magazine managing director.

Judging for the Thames Valley Deals has already taken place, but Solent categories are open for entries and will be judged in the autumn.

Mark Durden-Smith

Well known by the Thames Valley Deals Awards community, Mark Durden-Smith, one of Britain’s most versatile presenters returns for a fifth year.

Following his regular Aviva Premiership Rugby anchor duties, Mark was one of ITV’s main hosts for their Rugby World Cup 2015 coverage. He has previously hosted Sky Sports Centre and fronted Sky’s BAFTA winning rugby coverage.  He continues to co-host the Premiership Rugby coverage for 2018-19 season on Channel 5.

In 2015, Mark hosted ITV1’s gameshow Freeze Out. He has presented ITV’s flagship show This Morning, and has been a regular newspaper pundit for ITV’s Lorraine. He also guest presented for The Breakfast Show (BBC London Radio).

Mark was the anchor for the launch of RI:SE, Channel 4’s breakfast show.  He has presented ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now, The Underdog Show (LIVING) and Gutted (Home).  Mark has also hosted ITV1’s holiday series Wish You Were Here – Now and Then and has also fronted ITV1’s Boat Race Coverage which was nominated for a Broadcast Award.

Other presenting credits include: The Match (Sky One), Millionaire Manor (BBC1), ITV2’s Hell’s Kitchen Extra Portions and Package Holidays Undercover (ITV1).

Mark’s writing credits include a regular column for Metro Newspapers as the ‘Voice of O2’ for the England Rugby Team at the Rugby World Cup.

Mark is one of the most experienced corporate hosts on the circuit.  He has hosted a huge variety of events with great success.  His charisma, enthusiasm and competence as host and facilitator have impressed and delighted corporate clients, many of whom continue to invite him back year after year.

Mark’s extensive client list includes O2 (Scrum in the Park), Dixons, Newsco, Britvic, The Carphone Warehouse, Halifax, Santander, Nestlé, Jet Airways, The Post Office, Adobe Systems Europe, Pentland Group, The Dog’s Trust, Samsung, Police Bravery Awards, and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

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