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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.

“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

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A committed and effective trade body

We are a committed trade body representing venues of all size and type across the UK and internationally.

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 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

We are run by our members for the benefit of our members and the wider events industry.

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

Becoming a member enables you to work closely with professionals from across the 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

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.


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