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AEO Conference

AEO Conference

The annual AEO Conference brings together key players within the industry and offers insight and motivation. With an outstanding speaker line up delivering inspirational, dynamic and thought provoking content, the AEO Conference is a fantastic platform from which to debate, learn and share ideas that can help shape the industry.

The event attracts around 250 senior industry professionals from around the world, from organisers to venues and suppliers creating an unmissable opportunity to network in a relaxed environment.

AEO Conference site

AEO Excellence Awards

AEO Excellence Awards

The AEO Excellence Awards is our flagship event, representing the best that the events industry has to offer, showcasing the amazing achievements within our industry over the past 12 months. 

Every year, the illustrious event recognises and celebrates organisers’ achievements, standards of excellence from venues and service quality by suppliers and contractors throughout the industry.
 

AEO Excellence Awards site

AEO Forums

AEO Forums

Each year the AEO Forums deliver new and innovative content essential to the continued growth and development of event professionals and companies regardless of size. With a great speaker line up covering a wide range of hot topics, the much anticipated forums and conference offer an unrivalled learning experience for our members and are dates every event professional should have in their diary.

The AEO Forums are a three stream event covering Ops, Marketing & Sales and offer a fantastic opportunity to network and mingle with fellow industry professionals. They are attended by MD's, Marketing, Ops and Sales Directors and Managers, as well as Event Directors.

AEO Forums site

AEO International Dinners

AEO International Dinners

Every year the AEO hosts a number of member only International Dinners which are a great opportunity for organisers to learn about opportunities and benefits, share intelligence/market knowledge and discuss issues of operating in a particular country or region.

Guest speakers who specialise in that area deliver short presentations followed by a round table discussion and dinner.  It's a great chance to find out about the most compelling regions and countries in which to develop business opportunities.

So far the International Dinners have focussed on Germany, China, USA, Turkey and Japan.  

FaceTime Exhibitor Masterclass

FaceTime Exhibitor Masterclasses are for AEO members to invite and send their customers to. Organisers are able to add value to their customers by offering free of charge attendance at all day learning events covering topics all exhibitors will have an interest in such as social media, technology, stand design, engaging with customers, selling.

These insightful events are for:

  • New exhibitors who need support and learning
  • Seasoned exhibitors committed to improving performance and achieving ROI
  • Connected businesses looking to harness the innovative and multi-sensory world of exhibitions

Exhibitor Masterclass site

FaceTime also hosts a series of webinars covering topics vital to the success of the exhibiting team. A must for any organisation that is unable to attend the masterclasses.  

Working Groups

AEO Working Groups

AEO hosts a variety of working groups that share best practice and shape the industry. You will receive, as an AEO member participating in these groups, detailed insight on issues that will give your company the competitive edge.

  • AEO Ops Working Group
  • AEO International Health, Safety & Security Working Group
  • AEO Talent Working Group
  • FaceTime Working Group
  • UK Organiser Group
  • International Organiser Group
  • Business Technology and Innovation Working Group
  • Finance Working Group
  • Events Working Group

Cross Association Working Groups

AEO membership enables organisers to work with members of its sister organisations, the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) and the Association of Event Venues (AEV).

If you have an issue with catering, HR, security and sustainability at your events we can provide you with all of the latest industry policies and guidelines

AEO Purchase Policy

To view the Purchase Policy for AEO ticketed events such as the AEO Forums, AEO Awards and AEO Conference please click the link below

Purchase Policy 

  • "Broadway Events joined the AEO on the Enterprise Membership. We’ve already taken advantage of the many benefits including the excellent FaceTime Masterclasses and training guides for exhibitors."
    Emma Barrett
    Broadway Events
  • "We are a member of the AEO because it is a proactive association for the events industry. As an organiser it provides us with high value ideas, networking, guidance and information."
    David Harrison
    PPMA Group
  • "This year, the association has led working groups to address industry issues and put on some amazing events full of insightful content for both organisers and, through the AEOs FaceTime initiative, exhibitors. In addition, the AEO has represented the industry at a Governmental level to raise awareness of the importance of events to the UK economy."
    Paul Byrom
    Upper Street Events
  • "I genuinely believe that if you’re involved in organising events you should become a member of the AEO."
    Simon Kimble
    Clarion Events
  • "Our membership of the AEO represents real and tangible value for UBM - it provides fantastic networking opportunities, practical training for our team as well as valuable insight into the state of our industry."
    Simon Parker
    UBM
  • "The AEO take great effort to ensure our industry continues to be recognised for its value, promotes the sector for talent acquisition and encourages the sharing of best practice across its members and their customers. It also provides a rich calendar of events for our staff to learn, network, share experiences and celebrate with their peers in the industry."
    Stuart Johnston
    Ascential Events
  • "As an Association business, we appreciate the excellent work the secretariat of the AEO do for our community. From the events side of our business, the AEO provides an excellent return on investment, providing thought leadership, fantastic networking, brilliant awards, excellent research and FaceTime, a valuable tool to tell our markets why exhibitions and events should be an essential part of the marketing mix."
    Neil Felton
    FESPA
  • "AEO’s networking and member meetings are valuable for individuals at all levels within our organisation. The promotion of our sector to the outside world, to government, authorities and business at large is another vital aspect of the AEO’s purpose for members, many of whom, like my company, work on events throughout the world."
    Stephen Brooks
    Mack Brooks Exhibitions
  • “Knowledge is power and the AEO dinners are certainly powerful, there is always a wealth of knowledge at the table. Insightful presentations make for a constructive and extremely social way to learn from the experts who’ve done it before. I attended the Japanese evening and gained really valuable insight about the culture and how best to communicate with a local audience.”
    John Whitaker
    Digital & Data Director, dmg events

 

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