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AEV's continuing position.....

  • Recognition of the part events and exhibitions will play in reigniting the UK economy post the outbreak as they stimulate economic impact across hotels, airlines, restaurants and other business tourism activities all over the UK.
  • Inclusion in the Government’s plans to stimulate key vertical markets.  Events and exhibitions provide cost effective and direct trading platforms which fuel those industries and their supply chains. Post the crisis there will be pent up demand, markets will need and want to trade.  Events and exhibitions are a perfect and instant platform to enable business to be conducted.
  • Equal and comparable focus and support for UK exhibitions and events, as identified with the Government’s International Business Events Action Plan.
  • Seek explicit reference as being part of ‘Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism’ – to avoid ambiguity on inclusion in all current and future packages and measures.
  • Create an industry support package in line with other countries (including Australia, Denmark and Hong Kong) to protect the sector, ready to run events and stimulate markets.
  • Seek clarity on the ‘lock down’ scenarios going forward from Government.  Confidence and assurance are essential in building, promoting and delivering future events.
  • A steer on when we can expect events being allowed to run again; to allow time to build business confidence in various markets for buyers and sellers, and to allow the supply chain to resource and plan effectively.
  • Recognition that our industry creates ‘organised’, as opposed to ‘mass’ gatherings, and MUST be treated separately to other industries, as we can create controlled environments for ‘known’ audiences.

Since the virus first emerged as a potential public health threat in January, we, along with our sister associations the AEO and ESSA, have been supporting our members in a number of ways, including representing members to government and agencies at the highest level, to help ensure business continuity for our members and the industry at large.

From the onset, association members have been able to share knowledge and information in real time, sharing concerns and potential solutions, as well as accessing the most current and authoritative information from numerous official bodies and agencies. 

In addition, our three associations have also been relaying member and industry concerns to the government, emphasising that whilst the industry is committed to public safety, we are facing unprecedented challenges in reassuring customers, protecting organisers, venues, suppliers, contractors, freelancers and the self-employed so that when it is safe to meet again, we can restart the industry to help kick start the economy, the supply chain in the markets we serve, and fill hotels, restaurants, pubs, bars and airlines.

For the latest published information please review the following websites:


We have encouraged AEV Members via our Working Groups to share what steps they have taken to date. If, as a member of the AEV, you would like to contribute or benefit from this insight please contact

The websites will hold the most relevant information for AEV members. If the websites do not address your Novel Corona virus query, please contact

Supporting Events

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) and the Society of Independent Show Organisers (SISO) have launched a campaign called ‘Supporting Events’.

It will offer supporting materials for events, which sends a positive message to exhibitors and visitors, saying “this show is open for business”.


Download material now

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    Danielle Worker
    Corporate Events Team Leader, Silverstone Circuits Ltd
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    Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
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    Venue Health & Safety Manager, Olympia London
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    Head of eForce and IT, Olympia London (Chair of Cross Association Technology WG)
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    Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
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    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
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    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
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    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
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    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
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