Report: XAWG Sustainability Workshop 20.03.19


Report: XAWG Sustainability Workshop 20.03.19

28 Mar 2019 by: Alden Arnold

18 individuals from across 13 companies gathered at UBM/Informa’s spectacular central London offices for an afternoon of collaborative industry sustainability thinking.

Olympia London kindly sponsored a workshop facilitated by the MICE Machine.

The MICE Machine exists to encourage and support greater sustainability in the meetings, incentives, conference and exhibitions (or events) industry. They developed and launched Olympia London’s reinvigorated sustainability programme – “The Grand Plan”. Champions from each of the Venue’s departments agreed objectives and a strategy to achieve. Over 130 staff and service partners have agreed to contribute to the success of the plan.

With steer from Siân Richards, Business Services & Sustainability Manager Olympia London and wanting the same successes the group chair and vice along with AEV and MICE planned a longer afternoon session.

The 19th floor of UBM/Informa’s offices provided the perfect outlook for inspiration. A tasty buffet lunch was organised by the groups vice and host – Lucille which gave a chance for the group to gather and catch up.

Commencing at 12:30pm Ruth and Chris introduced themselves and MICE Machine’s purpose, their work with Olympia London and a couple of videos that all helped to set the scene.

Throughout the afternoon the group explored their collective needs and then as Association islands. 4 hours later these were then all pulled together into key focus areas and aims for the group with the ultimate aim to create commitment to obtain long term success.

Given the enthused attendees a follow up session is being explored before our next working group meeting on the 16th October.


If you are an AEV/AEO/ESSA member and would like to be involved please contact your Association. 

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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