AEV Conference details announced!


AEV Conference details announced!

29 Mar 2018 by: AEV Team

We are proud to announce that our 2018 conference will be held on Thursday 28 June at ExCeL London.

Our Conference remains the first and only event dedicated to venues and we have focused our third conference on the theme of "Tomorrow's World" which will explore the profound changes heading our way, what the venue of the future will look like and how venue professionals can embrace the changing consumer space and how it fits with Generation X and the Millennial. Discover the journey of building one of the technologically advanced stadiums in the world and explore how we all can work together to reduce our plastic footprint. 

This year, we're delighted to welcome Keith Coats as our keynote speaker. Keith's global reputation as a presenter, facilitator and author is only exceeded by his expertise in helping professionals from The Scouts to IBM in leading their organisations in preparing, embracing and successfully managing future change.

This will also be the second year we have held an icebreaker event on the night before the conference. It has proved to be a very popular feature that's created a slightly different networking experience, with an emphasis of being together informally. This year, our icebreaker event is at the DC 'Dawn of the Superheroes' exhibition at The O2, and we hope it will inspire you, as venue superheroes into even greater achievements in the future!!

All information regarding the conference including booking and the icebreaker can be found at The conference is open to all (catch the early bird rate until 25th May) and special rates apply for members of the AEV, AEO, ESSA and NAA.

We invite you to attend so we can explore the future shape of the venue industry together.

Any questions please contact Alden or Dani.

We hope to see 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