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 FIA & FIVE, Farnborough International Ltd (FIVE)|
|Chloe Batchelor||Head of Operations & Safety, ACC Liverpool|
|Fiona Duguid||Director of Operations and Safety, AECC|
|Ria Sleigh||Event Executive, AECC|
|Carina Erasmus||Senior Events Manager, Alexandra Palace|
|Tom Hopkins||Events Manager, Alexandra Palace|
|Bradley Cordes||Venue Services Director, Business Design Centre|
|Michael Anderson||Senior Health & Safety Manager, EC&O Venues|
|Angela Donaldson||Halls Director (EC), EC&O Venues|
|Neil Davis||Head of Events (O), EC&O Venues|
|Sian Richards||Customer Services Manager, EC&O Venues|
|Claire Hewitson||Communications Manager, EventCity|
|Mike Butterworth||Operations/Event Manager, EventCity|
|Brian Cole||Health and Safety Manager, ExCeL London|
|Andrew Brett||Senior Event Manager, ExCeL London|
|Matt Constance||ExCeL London|
|Martin Avard||Event Manager, ExCeL London|
|Mark De ‘Ath||Operations Manager, Glow, Bluewater Event Venue (Blueco Ltd)|
|Lee Hutchinson||Glow, Bluewater Event Venue (Blueco Ltd)|
|Kevin McHugh||Event Planning Manager, Harrogate International Centre|
|Beth Harris||Event Planning Assistant, Harrogate International Centre|
|Carol MacInnes||Head of Health and Safety, Manchester Central|
|Dirk Pittaway||Operations Director, Manchester Central|
|Chris Owen||Events Manager, Ricoh Arena|
|Alan Cuggy||Safety, Health & Environmental Manager, SECC|
|Linda Ritchie||Event Director, The NEC Group|
|Ben King||Health & Safety Advisor, The NEC Group|
|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 Lee Holloway 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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