Quintet meeting summary 5th July 2019


Quintet meeting summary 5th July 2019

13 Aug 2019


A day after our annual conference 92 professionals from across our industry (returned to and) met at Manchester Central for a quintet of working group meetings namely Event Managers, MarComms, Catering, Security and Cross Association Technology Working Groups

The Event Managers welcomed back Lucy Pittaway, Senior Event Management Lecturer from Manchester Metropolitan University who helped the group work towards one of their objectives – an exciting new project - watch this space. Two of Lucy’s students were also present – who were incredibly helpful during our conference the night and evening before. Next meeting takes place at Sandown Park Racecourse on 20th November.

The MarComms group continued their discussions on their forthcoming Marketing Benchmark Survey and gave further thought to their 2020 objectives. They look forward to their next meeting at Bournemouth International Centre on 26th September.

The Catering working group welcomed an update from their Chair Jamie Anderson over his attendance at the eGuide working group back in May.  The group then explored the perceived complexities of the current catering eGuide section and welcome the current collaboration with Organisers into the ever-evolving section. Next meeting takes place at ACC Liverpool on 30th October.

The Security working group enjoyed a combined meeting with representation form the National Arena Association (NAA) who shared venue updates and a collaborative approach to crowded places best practice. Exploring areas of commonality and shared learning. Next meeting takes place at the Business Design Centre on 25th September.

The Cross-Association Technology Working Group explored emerging technologies and their ongoing projects of creating Exhibitor/Organiser venue connectivity guide cards. The group look forward to their next working group meeting at P&J Live on 6th November. They are also exploring the possibility of a group visit to a venue on the continent in 2020.

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  • "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