The AEV Conference is the first and only event dedicated to venues.

Thought provoking and inspiring

The AEV conference is a thought-provoking and inspiring day for anyone involved in venues.

Launched in response to member requests, the first event attracted over 150 attendees and created a unique opportunity for venue teams to learn from expert speakers and panellists discussing relevant issues.

Thought provoking and inspiring

The content is created through consultation with members and delivered by a dedicated working group. The AEV Conference is designed to give venue teams a programme of content and a forum for discussion centred on the practicalities of delivering truly world class events.

In addition to compelling content,  the AEV Conference provides excellent opportunities for getting together with peers from around the world to network and exchange ideas. The conference is open to all including AEO and ESSA members.

2017 Conference

The 2017 conference is on Thursday 29th June at the VOX in Birmingham.

The event is sponsored by:

  • Freeman who are the world’s largest brand experience company.
  • Ungerboeck who are the global leader in flexible, comprehensive event and venue management software.

Register today as places are limited and discover new ways to optimise your relationship building opportunities and grow your business.


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Conference venue: the VOX

The Vox

The VOX is Birmingham's brand new cutting edge conference centre, situated 8 miles east of the city centre is the perfect place to book your conference event.

Conference sponsors


Freeman are the world’s largest brand experience company. They help their clients design, plan and deliver immersive experiences for their most important audiences, which increase engagement and drive business results.

Ungerboeck Software

Ungerboeck are the global leader in flexible, comprehensive event and venue management software. By providing a single, comprehensive platform, Ungerboeck Software can reliably unite people, data and processes across your entire event management business.

Previous conferences


“It was a fantastic opportunity to host the inaugural AEV Conference, bringing other venues and suppliers together under one roof for a day of knowledge sharing and networking.

"We were very proud to be able to host so many of our peers at an event focussed specifically on the most relevant topics that we are facing as an industry and to allow other venue teams to come together to share their own experiences.” 

Kate Simpson, Head of Conference & Digital Operations, Business Design Centre Ltd



The 2016 conference was held in the Business Design Centre and was attended by over 150 people from throughout the events industry. Talks included:

  • How to build a world class team
  • Project Griffin 
  • Tomorrow's technology for today
  • The role food plays in venues
  • Understanding your customer, audience and team
  • How change can impact business and brand


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  • “The impact of the AEV on the venue sector is difficult to overestimate, "
    Jonathan Smith - Head of Operational Development and H&S, Farnborough International
  • "“Great catering ... is essential for a successful venue. The AEV provides a platform to establish consistent best practice in this field"
    Phil Wetz - Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
  • “AEV membership isn’t simply about how much it benefits our organisation, but about how we can all benefit the industry as a whole.”
    Emma Chilton – Event Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate."
    Jazmin Beale, Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London (Chair)
  • "AEV is a powerful voice behind the venues that hold incredible events that enable the meetings of millions of people - an integral part of the experience economy."
    Julia Galbraith, Marketing Manager - Exhibitions, Excel