15 Weeks to AEV Conference 2019!


15 Weeks to AEV Conference 2019!

19 Mar 2019 by: Alden Arnold

Starting this week, we begin the countdown to AEV Conference 2019, with a series of weekly #throwbackthursday messages, each one highlighting a signature event or moment for 15 of our member venues from 2004.

Looking back at 2004, it seems like a world away now - a world with no Twitter, no Facebook, not even a single iPhone! But it was the year that UK venues joined together to form the Association of Event Venues (AEV).

Since then, our growing association has supported and enabled venues to collaborate and share best practice, and bring about industry change through initiatives like the eGuide. We have built a vibrant community of working groups that spans the three associations (AEO and ESSA), and launched crucial research initiatives to help our member venues such as the Size And Scale Index of Events (SASIE) and Salary Surveys.

More recently we've launched the AEV annual conference, which has grown in scope and stature year on year. This year, with the future seemingly arriving at a greater speed than ever before, our theme is "New Horizons," and we'll be focusing on the shape of things to come, and to what extent we can influence them.

AEV Conference is a fantastic opportunity to discover how other venues are preparing for the future, share insight with fellow venue professionals, and enjoy some convivial networking time with colleagues and peers from all over the UK.

Registration opens soon. We look forward to seeing you there!






  • "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 Vandenburg
    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