Press Releases


  • Two Cross Association Working Group meetings took place during ESSA’s Annual Conference at Stadium MK on 29th November. Given their working group presence, representatives from across AEV and AEO were ...
  • We are thrilled to announce that we will be holding our 2019 conference at Manchester Central on the 4th July, followed by our 15th birthday party at a nearby venue. AEV Chair Dan Thurlow can also rev ...
  • The weather may be turning colder but the warm reception the Event Manager working group received from our hosts Farnborough International was most welcome. A large representation from across our memb ...
  • Report: Catering Working Group 31.10.18

    12 Nov 2018 Alden Arnold
    Representation from across 8 of our member venues were present at the Catering Working Group's final meeting of 2018. Wonderfully hosted by the International Centre, Telford and chaired by ExCeL Londo ...
  •   We are happy to announce that the AEV/AEO/ESSA Health & Safety Working Group has appointed Emma Dengate, operations manager at Reed Exhibitions, as its new chair. The cross association Health and Sa ...
  • Talent Survey Results

    25 Oct 2018 Alden Arnold
    Following our AEV Board Meeting in March, a new Steering Group was created to look at Education and ways we can share best practice and find solutions to the challenges surrounding talent management.  ...
  • A Quartet of Working Groups

    22 Oct 2018 Alden Arnold
    With one more AEV working group to come in October (Catering) we have already enjoyed an active month of Working Group meetings. Event Industry HR Group meeting - 3rd October 2018   HR professionals f ...
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is holding its 6th Connect Conference at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester, Friday 26th October with support from the Association of Event Venues (AEV) an ...
  • Report: Security Working Group 19.09.18

    27 Sep 2018 Alden Arnold
    ICC Birmingham welcomed the AEV Security Working Group on 19th September, chaired for the first time by NEC’s Steve Neal. Thanks to Steve’s direction the group were able to gain an audience with two g ...
  • We are proud to announce that Martin Cottrell, managing director of A1 Event & Exhibition Cleaners, has been appointed to the chair of the cross-association Sustainability Working Group, and Lucille R ...
  • Jeremy Rees, chief executive of ExCeL London, is to step down as chair of the AEV Board. Dan Thurlow, director of exhibition sales, SEC and the current vice-chair, will take his place. Max Bull, execu ...
  • We are proud to announce the publication of the Size And Scale index of Events (SASiE) report which includes detailed quantitative analysis data generated by hundreds of events in 2017. The SASiE repo ...
  • We celebrate the decision of the Exhibition News 30 under 30 judges, who picked three young venue professionals for their illustrious list, published in this month's edition of the magazine. The accol ...
  •   Amir Vered, head of eForce and IT at Olympia London, has been appointed the new chair of the cross-association Technology Working Group. Emma Bogan, lead business relationship manager at NEC Group, ...
  • Stadium MK rejoins AEV

    03 Sep 2018 AEV Team
      Stadium MK rejoins the Association of Event Venues (AEV) to benefit from the working groups. Stadium MK's sales & marketing director, Andy Gibb said, “Having served on the board of the AEV I am a ve ...
  • 2018 eGuide Released

    14 Aug 2018 AEV Team
    We have published the 2018 edition of the eGuide, the document that conveys the best advice, guidance and regulations pertaining to working at UK venues, with the ambition of creating a clearly define ...

    13 Aug 2018 Alden Arnold
  • Working Group 'trio-report' June 2018

    08 Aug 2018 Alden Arnold
    46 individuals from across the industry (Venues, Organisers and Suppliers) met in tandem at CentrEd, ExCeL London on 27th June, the day before the AEV annual conference; splitting into Technology (cro ...
  • ICC Wales & Celtic Manor joins AEV

    18 Jul 2018 AEV Team
    We welcome ICC Wales and its sister venue, The Celtic Manor Resort, as full members to the Association, in advance of ICC Wales opening in 2019. ICC Wales is a £83.7m joint venture between Celtic Mano ...
  • We are delighted to report that on June 28, 2018, at ExCeL London, we enjoyed a 62% increase in the number of delegates attending our annual conference, with 71% of all member venues represented. 2018 ...
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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
  • "AEV is a powerful voice behind the venues that hold incredible events that enable the meetings of millions of people - an integral part of the experience economy"
    Julia Galbraith
    Marketing Manager – Exhibitions, 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 Simpson
    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