The AEV applauds it’s 4 Nightingale members


The AEV applauds it’s 4 Nightingale members

18 Aug 2020

Four members of the Association of Event Venues (AEV) were amongst those recognised at the Visit England Awards last night, Mon 17 August 2020 from 7.00pm, when the industry body recognised the outstanding contribution played by venues and suppliers from the events and exhibitions industry.

Manchester Central, ExCeL London, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and Harrogate Convention Centre were all recognised in the award.

AEV chair, Dan Thurlow, commented, “I was immensely proud to accept the award last night on behalf of all those venues and suppliers across England that played such a crucial part in making the Nightingale Hospitals a reality. Putting together facilities such as these at the speed they were required shows the capability and collaboration our industry is known for, we do it every week. And we now look forward to getting back to doing this for our organiser clients and running shows that will play a significant role in kick starting industry, local and national economies and showcasing our international appeal.

The Award is an award given each year to a person, a body or institution that has contributed something special and unique to tourism in England and is in the gift of the VisitEngland Advisory Board.  Previous recipients have included The Great English Pub, the Harry Potter films, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Makers, The Travel Agent, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Chefs of England and last year’s winners were England’s National Parks.

Rachel Parker, director of the AEV added, “We are delighted that the extraordinary efforts of the venues and suppliers within our industry have been recognised by this award made by VisitEngland. Once again our industry was called upon to provide something exceptional and we delivered, thank you to those AEV member venues that became Nightingale Hospitals in the nations time of need.”




  • "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