Tobacco Dock Joins AEV


Tobacco Dock Joins AEV

10 Sep 2020 by: AEV Team

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London event venue, Tobacco Dock, has today become the latest event venue to become a member of the Association of Event Venues (AEV).

Built in 1812 as a hub for precious cargo arriving from the New World, such as wine and, of course, tobacco. The Grade 1 listed Tobacco Dock offers a generous 57 spaces over 16,000 sqm and hosts events for the world’s leading brands.

Jonathan Read, commercial director, at Tobacco Dock explains the reason why the venue has joined the AEV, “We’ve been incredibly impressed by the outstanding lobbying AEV has done on behalf of the events industry throughout the recent crisis and are delighted to join them as new members. We’re looking forward to working alongside the membership to champion our remarkable industry, collaborate with our peers and encourage the next generation of event profs!”

The venue was one of the UKickstart Event 2020 participating venues, a free to attend opportunity for meeting professionals to demonstrate the power of events; to showcase the industry and inspire confidence; to be the catalysts that kick-starts the events industry. The aim being to bring everyone together - whether in-person at one of the 11 venue hubs or online.

AEV director, Rachel Parker, commented, “Tobacco Dock is an iconic London venue we are delighted to welcome into membership. The more venues that join strengthens our position when speaking for event venues to government and other national bodies as well as sharing best practice to the benefit of the entire membership. We are looking forward to meeting the team from Tobacco Dock at online working groups and in person when the restrictions allow.”



  • "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