Report: AEV Catering Working Group: 18/04/18


Report: AEV Catering Working Group: 18/04/18

26 Apr 2018 by: Alden Arnold

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Ricoh Arena hosted our first Catering Working Group meeting of 2018, providing an appetising lunch and an insightful tour of their Stadium to the appreciation of those in attendance.

The morning’s meeting followed a full agenda with active conversation covering topics including food safety training needs, fire risk assessments, sugar tax, and the food hygiene rating. An impromptu presentation from Alden took the group on a journey through the AEV structure and how the Association fits within the Event Industry Alliance.

Closing discussion points included an insightful lead from Sean Hopkinson (Amadeus Food NEC Group) who raised awareness to the legislations concerning the levels of acrylamide that is now permitted in food. This was met with appreciation from the group.

A final thank you to Ricoh Arena, a massive thank you to Olympia London’s Stuart Tomlinson for stepping in to chair and extended gratitude to the attendees who travelled to Coventry.

Our next meeting takes place at The International Centre, Telford on 31st October 2018.



  • "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