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 at FIA & FIVE, Farnborough International Ltd (FIVE)|
|Chloë Batchelor||Safety Officer, ACC Liverpool|
|Craig Buchanan||Operations Manager, AECC|
|Tony Miller||Health & Safety Advisor, Alexandra Palace|
|Bradley Cordes||Venue Services Director, Business Design Centre|
|Georgina Forester||Venue Services Manager, Business Design Centre|
|Angela Donaldson||Halls Director - Earls Court, EC&O Venues|
|Michael Anderson||Senior Health & Safety Manager, EC&O Venues|
|Siân Richards||Customer Services Manager, EC&O Venues|
|Brian Cole||Operations Director, ExCeL London|
|Matt Constance||ExCeL London|
|Andrew Brett||Technical Services Manager, ExCeL London|
|Martin Avard||Senior Event Manager, ExCeL London|
|Mark De‘Ath||Operations Manager, Glow, Bluewater Event Venue (Blueco Ltd)|
|Robert Penfold||Venue Facilities Manager, Harrogate International Centre|
|Kevin McHugh||Event Planning Manager, Harrogate International Centre|
|Beth Harris||Event Planning Assistant, Harrogate International Centre|
|Darren Harris||Event Planner, Harrogate International Centre|
|Diane Austin||Operations Director, The International Centre, Telford|
|Ben Harding||Head of Health, Safety & Environmental, Manchester Central|
|Hilary Philpot||Head of Health and Safety, The O2|
|Linda Ritchie||Event Director, The NEC|
|Michelle Adderley||Senior Event Manager, The NEC|
|Chris Owen||Events Manager, Ricoh Arena|
|Kirsty Anderson||Group Operations Manager, Stoneleigh Events|
|Alan Cuggy||Safety, Health & Environmental Manager, SECC|
|Lesley Cox||Head of Health and Safety, Silverstone|
|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 James Shelley 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
119 High Street
Hertfordshire, HP4 2DJ
Tel: 01442 285811