Engage and lobby

What  we do

As the only body representing all venues in the UK, we provide a unified voice to engage and lobby with government and other bodies both in the UK and internationally.

Taking direction from our members, the board and our working groups, we ensure that critical issues are bought to light and given the oxygen of publicity where necessary.

We carefully and constructively engage with the interested parties to bring about the best possible outcome.

As an industry, we create an economic impact of nearly £11 Billion to the UK economy, the 6th largest in the UK. In collaboration with our sister associations, our aim is to continue developing this contribution through the development of our infrastructure, capability and people.

"The AEV has really gained momentum, producing significant work that is of huge benefit to the entire industry. By aligning so closely to its sister organisations - the AEO and ESSA - it continues to effectively address industry issues with one voice.”

 Nigel Nathan, Group Managing Director - Olympia London


Working with other relevant associations and industry bodies such as the BVEP (Business Visits and Events Partnership), we lobby UK Government to ensure the events industry remains firmly on the agenda. We are represented by AEO chief executive, Chris Skeith, who serves on the first UK Events Industry Board (EIB). The EIB works closely with government to help identify and drive new business for the sector and for Britain.

This board reports into the Minister for Tourism (and subsequently the Inter-Ministerial Group on Tourism) and the GREAT programme board.

In addition, our working groups engage with regulators and policy setters such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and British Standards Institution (BSI) on issues such as the everchanging regulatory landscape. This proactive engagement highlights the impact of legislation or policy change to ensure the potential effects on the industry are fully considered and understood.

On more specific issues, we work closely with organisations such as the NAA (National Arenas Association), NRAG (National Rigging Advisory Group) and NACTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office).


A number of our board members represent the needs of the UK industry at an international level through UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, and with other forward thinking organisations such as International Live Music Conference (ILMC) and International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).

Engage and lobbry

An example of how we engage and lobby

CDM appWhen announced, the Construction, Design & Management (CDM) Regulations had the potential to have a large impact on all organisations and individuals in the events industry. Working in collaboration with our sister associations, AEO and ESSA and our members, we engaged and lobbied to drive towards minimal impact from CDM regulations.

After almost 4 years of working closely with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), via cross-association member working groups, sector committees, one-to-one meetings and industry forums, the results were a range of resources, training and roadshows. Resources also included a CDM specific mobile and web application, all geared towards giving people and their businesses the information and tools necessary to understand and operate efficiently while complying with the new CDM regulations.


  • "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 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
  • “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