Membership benefits

How can we help you?

Maximising your membership


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


  • 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)


  • 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 


  • 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:  AEO Excellence Awards, ESSA Conference, AEO Marketing and Ops Forums
  • Join the ESSA Discount Card scheme

Working Groups


15 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 share specialist knowledge and skills freely.



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 my of overcome these issues previously. 

Member Zone



Access an ample amount of resources and studies such as SASiE, the Salary Survey and Connectivity Guides. 


Upload releases and jobs

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


heads up - a well being tool kit

Look through our new resource, heads up. This well being tool kit has 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




This report provides essential, quantified marketing intelligence to organisers, suppliers and venues. The report is released free of charge to all members


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.



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

bm survey

Bench Marking Survey

This survey is currently only circulated in the MarComms Working Group, however in 2020 every member will have the opportunity to share their marketing strategies and how effective they find each process.

AEV Events

aev conf


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.


After Conference Social

A post conference social gives venue members a chance to discuss the content of the Conference, and also meet and network with colleagues and meet new industry teams.

chairmans dinner

Chairman's Dinner

The Chairman's Dinner 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 In the Rough - The Event Industry Charity Golf Day

Conference and Awards - Members gain hugely not only from the educational aspect of presentations from both key note speakers and relevant industry peers but also from the incredible opportunity to network with the largest number of exhibitions suppliers in one place

In the Rough - Networking in an informal environment, this event sees suppliers, venues and organisers come together to raise money for our selected charities.


  • "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, 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, 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
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Simpson
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • We have benefited hugely from all of the insight, discussion, events and networking, but it has also meant that we have been able to give back to the industry by sharing our unique experiences and professional knowledge and allowing our employees to help lead and shape the Association from the inside.
    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval