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Membership benefits



How can we help you?

Maximising your membership

Gain insight

  • Access bespoke research for benchmarking and strategy development through regular contact with other members
  • Read industry news delivered monthly

Build and share knowledge

  • Join multiple working groups
  • Download free health, safety and environment policy templates
  • Have your existing documents audited


  • Join over 40 leading venues and engage regularly through AEV
  • Participate in partner events and awards (AEO and ESSA)

Show credibility

  • Stand out to AEO and ESSA members as an approved AEV venue
  • Use the AEV Logo, an increasingly recognised brand: a kite-mark for event venue excellence
  • Use the eGuide adoptee logo demonstrating best practice in the industry 

Drive awareness

  • Advertise for free on our industry wide recruitment pages
  • Drive awareness of your venue through our free news service


  • Collaborate across the wider industry via our allied associations AEO and ESSA
  • Get member rates at selected events such as the AEO Excellence Awards, ESSA Conference and others

Working Groups

16 groups

Each of our groups provides a focus on areas of critical importance to event venues.  They are comprised of a number of individuals who have volunteered to freely share specialist knowledge and skills.


We organise an increasing number of opportunities to engage with other venue professionals and, through our sister associations, members of the organising community and a wide range of suppliers that support and service the industry.

Share best practice

By developing and promoting best practice, we aim to enhance and grow the industry as a whole and ensure that every venue has access to tools and resources to enable them to be the best they can.

Discuss issues

Our working groups are a fantastic way to bring up any issues you are currently facing in your venue and seek guidance from other venue members who may have overcome these issues previously. 

Member Zone



Access resources and studies such as SASiE, the Salary Survey and Connectivity Guides. 

Upload releases and jobs

Upload your very own press releases and jobs vacancies  to the AEV website for further exposure and social sharing.

Heads up - a well being tool kit

Look through our well-being tool-kit, heads up. It is full of  advice for staff, HR and line managers - so ALL members of your team can use it.

Update your profile

Update your profile and upload marketing literature so that other member venues can see what your venue is all about.




The eGuide provides clear and straightforward guidance for achieving common standards of health, safety and operational planning, management and on-site conduct across UK event venues. 



This report provides essential, quantified marketing intelligence to organisers, suppliers and venues.

The report is released free of charge to all members.

Salary survey

Salary survey

This survey is circulated to the participating members providing an industry benchmark.

Economic impact study

Economic impact study

The full report breaks down spending and impact into direct, indirect and induced impact, providing a nuanced and complex picture of the exhibition economy.

AEV events



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.

Icebreaker & conference social

Icebreaker & conference social

A pre or post conference social gives venue members a chance to gather in an informal environment to discuss the content of the Conference and to network with colleagues and meet new industry teams.

Chair's lunch or dinner

Chair's lunch or dinner

The Chair's event is held annually.

The event is held in a 5* location and is an excellent opportunity to network and socialise in an informal environment.

Sister association events

ESSA Conference, awards night and the event industry charity golf day "In the Rough"

essaConference and Awards - educational presentations from both key note speakers and relevant industry peers and a unique opportunity to network with the largest number of exhibitions suppliers in one place.

In the Rough:  informal networking event where suppliers, venues and organisers gather to raise money for our selected charities.


Member Venues