Catering Working Group meeting - 18 February


Catering Working Group meeting - 18 February

22 Mar 2016

The Association of Event Venues (AEV) Catering Working Group held its first meeting of the year at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Dublin, Ireland, on 18 February 2016. The members of the group travelled to Dublin a day before the meeting, and enjoyed the preceding evening in the company of the RDS hospitality team.

Opening the meeting, the chair, Phil Wetz of ExCeL London, thanked the RDS for hosting the meeting, and its hospitality team for making the group so welcome. Following apologies and approval of the minutes of the last meeting, the group moved on to the substantive discussion topics.

The first topic was knowledge and information sharing amongst the group, and this generated a great deal of detailed and specific discussion, ranging over areas such as the metrics of success, capital expenditure commitments for catering companies, and how venues change their public catering offers to suit different events. The group discussed their specific experiences and policies, their merits and drawbacks, and collectively identified developing trends.

The next item for discussion was the question of how to encourage greater participation in the group amongst member venues. Suggestions came thick and fast with several action points emerging including a commitment to testing the waters of social media to increase the group's profile. Group members agreed to prepare a paper explaining the advantages of membership, in order to encourage participation in the group amongst other AEV members. The group also agreed to extend future meetings to three hours in order to accommodate venue tours from the host venues.

The meeting then concluded with news from members of the group around the table, and the date for the next meeting was set as November 30 2016, with both ExCel London and AECC offering to host the event.



  • "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