AEV Annual Conference


Conference origins

Launched in response to member requests in 2016, the event now attracts over 200 attendees and creates a unique opportunity for venue teams to learn from expert speakers and panellists discussing relevant issues.

The content is created through consultation with members and delivered by a dedicated steering group. Our Conference is designed to give venue teams a programme of content and a forum for discussion centred on the practicalities of delivering truly world class events.

In addition to compelling content, our Conference provides excellent opportunities for getting together with peers from around the world to network and exchange ideas. The conference is open to all, including AEO and ESSA members.

2019 Conference

We welcomed over 200 professionals and executives to the AEV Conference at Manchester Central on Thursday 4th July.

The theme 'New Horizons' invited delegates to consider the 15 years leading up to the event, and to look forward to the next 15 years, and all the ways the world and the industry will have changed in that time.

After the conference, delegates readied themselves for the AEV's 15th Anniversary Party at Dirty Martini, Manchester's premier city-centre cocktail bar. Props and costumes created an elegant 1920's theme, and party sponsors Freeman, provided "Freemantini" cocktails created especially for the occasion. 

Thank you to our host venue, sponsors Ungerboeck Software and our event partners.

2019 Highlight Video

"..loved catching up with industry colleagues who are fast becoming firm friends. Liked the fact it (the conference) was all contained in one room - didn't lose people!"

"Good quality keynote presenters, very topical and timely reminder of the value of the customer experience".

"Great to see the AEV team again, also our peers. Great to see everyone together"

"It was a really well put together event..found a good balance in content that would interest everyone. The quality of speakers impacted the quality of the sessions. The venue was great and it was a well organised day. The evening was a lot of fun too."

2018 Conference


Our 2018 AEV Conference was held on Thursday 28th June at ExCeL London, and the icebreaker at The O2 the evening before. Both were well attended. Thank you to our host venues, sponsors Freeman and Ungerboeck Software International, our supporters and those behind the scenes who made our 2018 conference the success it was. Coupled with record attendance you ALL make us very proud to be part of this Industry. Thank you! 

2017 Conference

The 2017 conference was held on Thursday 29th June at the VOX in Birmingham and welcomed over 140 delegates.


2016 Conference



“It was a fantastic opportunity to host the inaugural AEV Conference, bringing other venues and suppliers together under one roof for a day of knowledge sharing and networking.

"We were very proud to be able to host so many of our peers at an event focussed specifically on the most relevant topics that we are facing as an industry and to allow other venue teams to come together to share their own experiences.” 

Kate Simpson, Head of Conference & Digital Operations, Business Design Centre Ltd


The 2016 conference was held in the Business Design Centre and was attended by 130 people from throughout the events industry. Talks included:

  • How to build a world class team
  • Project Griffin 
  • Tomorrow's technology for today
  • The role food plays in venues
  • Understanding your customer, audience and team
  • How change can impact business and brand


  • "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 at 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 at 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
  • "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 London