2019 conference - Manchester Central 04.07.19


You can now book for this year's AEV Conference

The next AEV Conference will be held on Thursday 4th July at Manchester Central, followed by the association's 15th birthday party at a Dirty Martini.

This year's theme is ‘New Horizons’. 

Head over to our dedicated conference website to explore and book your place. Ticket includes admission to our 15 birthday party taking place during the evening. 


We create sponsorship opportunities that provide exposure to a wide audience from across the event marketplace. Sponsorship is available at a number of levels including keynote sponsorship of our annual conference.   Our 2019 conference sponsors, birthday celebration sponsor and partners are:

Conference Sponsor


Party Sponsor




On the 5th July we will be running 4 working groups all commencing at 10am at Manchester Central.

  1. Event Managers
  2. MarComms
  3. Security - a combined meeting with the NAA
  4. Cross Association Technology 



We are also celebrating our 15th year and all delegates are invited to the party during the evening of the 4th July at Dirty Martini Manchester.

Party poster

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.

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


  • “Through the AEV, and the working groups in particular, members can share best practice and formulate consistent responses to emerging challenges”
    Andy Coulson – Head of Airshow Operations, Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre
  • "“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
  • “The AEV provides vital conduits for knowledge transfer and awareness amongst its member venues”
    Murray Dickson – Head of Business Engagement, Group IT, The NEC
  • “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