This initiative is all about making industry life easier by finding and communicating ‘common ground’ regarding the application of regulations at UK event venues, specifically regarding exhibition business activity. Despite the focus on exhibitions, the featured guidance will have some relevancy to other types of event activity (such as conferences and other similar events).
Years in the making, the objective of this joint AEV and ESSA initiative is to identify and convey the commonality (and, in unavoidable circumstances, the differences) regarding working at UK venues, in order to create a more transparent and less fragmented national working environment for key stakeholders (organisers, venues and supplier companies) of our innovative, fast-paced industry.
These guidelines have been produced by working industry professionals who represent the best advice currently available, and who will themselves have to work within the guidelines in their own professional capacities. In the hands of competent organisers, suppliers, and clients/exhibitors, these guidelines should become an invaluable tool, which will simplify safety planning, safety management and other operational issues on the floor.
In the long term we hope that these guidelines will develop into the founding basis for a universally understood set of principles for managing health & safety, and other operational issues within the AEO, AEV and ESSA membership. Our key driver is for less effort to be spent simply trying to interpret the rules, so more effort can be directed to delivering the best possible service to our customers, the event clients/exhibitors and visitors.
The following people have contributed to making this guidance possible:
|Jonathan Smith||Head of Operational Development and H&S, Farnborough International Ltd (FIVE)|
|Chloë Batchelor||Head of Operations & Safety, ACC Liverpool|
|Craig Buchanan||Operations & Safety Manager, AECC|
|Tony Miller||Events Health & Safety Advisor, Alexandra Palace|
|Bradley Cordes||Venue Services Director, Business Design Centre|
|Georgina Forester||Venue Services Manager, Business Design Centre|
|Brian Cole||Operations Director, ExCeL London|
|Matt Constance||Health & Safety Advisor, ExCeL London|
|Geoff Conaghan||Health & Safety Advisor, ExCeL London|
|Mark De‘Ath||Operations Manager, Glow, Bluewater’s Events Venue|
|Martin McInulty||Head of Operations, Harrogate International Centre|
|Ross Simpson||Technical Manager, Harrogate International Centre|
|Ben Harding||Head of Health, Safety and Environment, Manchester Central|
|Sarah Bickerton||Assistant Director of Events, Manchester Central|
|Michael Anderson||Group Head of Health & Safety, Olympia London|
|Siân Richards||Customer Services Manager, Olympia London|
|Chris Owen||Senior Events Manager, Ricoh Arena|
|Alan Cuggy||Safety, Health & Environmental Manager, SECC|
|Kirsty Anderson||Group Operations Manager, Stoneleigh Events|
|Neil Johnson||Venue Operations Manager, Stoneleigh Events|
|Diane Austin||Operations Director, The International Centre, Telford|
|Linda Ritchie||Event Director, The NEC|
|Hilary Philpot||Head of Health and Safety, The O2|
|Jonny Ward||Senior Venue Manager, The O2|
|Richard Moorhouse||Venue Manager, Yorkshire Event Centre|
If you would like to be involved in this project or if you have any questions please contact Kim Miles on firstname.lastname@example.org / 01442 285811
The Association of Event Venues (AEV) is a trade association representing the interests of UK and international event venues.
Association of Event Venues
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Hertfordshire, HP4 2DJ
Tel: 01442 285811