About Us



We offer you an opportunity to learn from your peers’ best practice, to ensure your voice is heard and to be certain that the interests of venues are best served

Rachel Parker, Director, AEV

“As someone who has managed one of the best-known UK venues, I really appreciate the value of the people behind venues. We provide those people a unified voice and an opportunity to learn from each other. By tapping into the deep range of skills and experience they offer, we spread best practice and drive the improvement and growth of our sector. “

Rachel Parker, Director, AEV
A committed and effective trade body

A committed and effective trade body

We are a committed trade body representing venues of all size and type across the UK and internationally. We are run by our members for the benefit of our members and the wider events industry.

Whether you’re an international, national, regional, multi-purpose or specialist venue, the AEV offers you the opportunity to connect with peers, learn, benchmark and share best practice for the benefit of your business and the wider industry in which we operate.

Our united presence ensures your voice is heard and interests represented in all relevant discussions within the sector and with the UK Government.

      Run by our members      for our  members

      Run by our members      for our  members

We are run by our members for the benefit of our members. 

We are managed by an elected council of representatives from across the industry (our board) who offer their extensive skills and experience at no charge.

We have a wide range of working groups focusing on specific areas of importance across the events industry. The association is administered by a full-time secretariat of dedicated professionals to support our work.

Industry-wide collaboration

Industry-wide collaboration

Becoming a member enables you to work closely with professionals from across the wider events industry via our sister organisations, Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA). 

This unique alliance provides a platform for cross-industry discussion, analysis and cooperation to address significant issues effecting the events industry. 

Our ongoing dialogue promotes understanding and contributes to a successful and growing event industry.

A platform for the experience economy

By providing the infrastructure and home for events, venues are the hosts for ground-breaking research, the meeting of millions of people every year and the platform for experiences. Venues are an integral part of the experience economy.  The AEV performs a vital role ensuring that people continue to reap the benefits that only face-to-face contact can deliver.

A platform for the experience economy


  • "Great day hosting our first AEV working group event!..WOW did I learn a lot and some great insights into how other venues work and the challenges they are trying to overcome. If you are a venue looking to network with other like minded professionals I would recommend looking at joining the AEV".
    Danielle Worker
    Corporate Events Team Leader, Silverstone Circuits Ltd
  • "“Great 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
  • “The AEV provides collective representation for its member venues, turning individual commitment into a group effort"
    Paul Brough
    Venue Health & Safety Manager, Olympia London
  • "Proud to be part of this Cross Association discussion. I am confident in our ability to improve and progress our working platform through conversation".
    Amir Vered
    Head of eForce and IT, Olympia London (Chair of Cross Association Technology WG)
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate"
    Jazmin Beale
    Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Simpson
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • We have benefited hugely from all of the insight, discussion, events and networking, but it has also meant that we have been able to give back to the industry by sharing our unique experiences and professional knowledge and allowing our employees to help lead and shape the Association from the inside.
    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval