AEV

Engage and lobby

What  we do

As the only body representing all venues in the UK, we provide a unified voice to engage and lobby with government and other bodies both in the UK and internationally.

Taking direction from our members, the board and our working groups, we ensure that critical issues are bought to light and given the oxygen of publicity where necessary.

We carefully and constructively engage with the interested parties to bring about the best possible outcome.

As an industry, we create an economic impact of nearly £11 Billion to the UK economy, the 6th largest in the UK. In collaboration with our sister associations, our aim is to continue developing this contribution through the development of our infrastructure, capability and people.

"The AEV has really gained momentum, producing significant work that is of huge benefit to the entire industry. By aligning so closely to its sister organisations - the AEO and ESSA - it continues to effectively address industry issues with one voice.”

 Nigel Nathan, Group Managing Director - Olympia London

UK REPRESENTATION

Working with other relevant associations and industry bodies such as the BVEP (Business Visits and Events Partnership), we lobby UK Government to ensure the events industry remains firmly on the agenda. We are represented by AEO chief executive, Chris Skeith, who serves on the first UK Events Industry Board (EIB). The EIB works closely with government to help identify and drive new business for the sector and for Britain.

This board reports into the Minister for Tourism (and subsequently the Inter-Ministerial Group on Tourism) and the GREAT programme board.

In addition, our working groups engage with regulators and policy setters such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and British Standards Institution (BSI) on issues such as the everchanging regulatory landscape. This proactive engagement highlights the impact of legislation or policy change to ensure the potential effects on the industry are fully considered and understood.

On more specific issues, we work closely with organisations such as the NAA (National Arenas Association), NRAG (National Rigging Advisory Group) and NACTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office).

INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATION

A number of our board members represent the needs of the UK industry at an international level through UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, and with other forward thinking organisations such as International Live Music Conference (ILMC) and International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).

Engage and lobbry

An example of how we engage and lobby

CDM appWhen announced, the Construction, Design & Management (CDM) Regulations had the potential to have a large impact on all organisations and individuals in the events industry. Working in collaboration with our sister associations, AEO and ESSA and our members, we engaged and lobbied to drive towards minimal impact from CDM regulations.

After almost 4 years of working closely with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), via cross-association member working groups, sector committees, one-to-one meetings and industry forums, the results were a range of resources, training and roadshows. Resources also included a CDM specific mobile and web application, all geared towards giving people and their businesses the information and tools necessary to understand and operate efficiently while complying with the new CDM regulations.

Testimonials

  • “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