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AEO Conference 2022 heads back to Brighton


AEO Conference 2022 heads back to Brighton

11 Jul 2022

The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) is pleased to announce the return of the AEO Conference, taking place between the 8-9th September at Hilton Brighton Metropole.

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

In an everchanging event landscape, following the disruption of a pandemic, this year’s theme is all about ‘Thinking differently’.

Whether it be the talent shortage the industry faces, the cost of living crisis impacting businesses, or the futureproofing of business models, the AEO Conference will provide the perfect platform to discuss and debate the big topics impacting events businesses today.

The speakers will explore how to apply new thinking to uncover opportunities and build greater business efficiencies.

Other topics to feature on the programme will include; building communities, work culture and more.

The conference will be chaired by Caitlin Read, director of Arc, who believes passionately in content-led brand, communications, and marketing with an always-on focus of audience needs.

Chris Skeith OBE, chief executive of the AEO says: “It’s amazing to be heading back to Brighton after the challenging years we’ve faced as an industry. A relaxed setting by the sea, to come together, share ideas and have some fun. We’ve worked closely with the event working group and conference chair, to ensure that this programme will deliver unmissable content, well worth the journey. We look forward to welcoming you to the Hilton Brighton Metropole in September.”

The headline sponsor of this year is GES.  

Jason Stead, Executive Vice President of GES EMEA says: “GES is delighted to be sponsoring the AEO conference in September. The conference is a great opportunity for the industry to come together, to share ideas and discuss how we can collectively grow as a sector. The theme this year is an important one, and we are very much looking forward to being a part of that conversation.”

For further information and to book your ticket visit the website

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  • "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
    Informa Markets
  • "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
  • "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
    Vice President Marketing, Data & Digital , dmg events
  • "We have the opportunity to contribute positively to the industry as well as gaining valuable insight and advice. There’s no need to spend valuable time and money reinventing the wheel when you have so many experienced professionals in AEO membership to learn from”
    Emma Cartmell
    CHS Group
  • "JOINING THE AEO HAS BEEN FANTASTIC! Being able to gift our customers with free places at the FaceTime masterclasses, learn alongside industry peers and seek advice to common challenges is invaluable”
    Sharon Azam
    GovNet Communications
  • I just wanted to send my most sincere thanks for everything that you and the AEO team are doing to help navigate the events industry through the pandemic. The working groups and communication from the AEO have been excellent and I’m really appreciative of being part of such a wonderful organisation.
    Simon Burns
    ICHF Events
  • I think what the AEO has been doing during this tough time has been exceptional.
    Greg Cherry
    QD Events LTD
  • It is so useful to hear from your peers at this time. Please pass my thanks to Ruth and the BTIG panel
    Dan Assor
    CloserStill Media
  • Just wanted to thank you and Ruth this morning for the Zoom meeting - it was really interesting to hear how things are moving along in the virtual/hybrid meeting/exhibitions. All very new to me, so a lot to digest.
    Maureen Wright
    Optic UK
  • The session this morning was fantastic. We are right in the midst of this and the information was so useful. We can apply it immediately
    Claire Adams
  • The AEO provides an opportunity to make a difference, to work with other companies for the good of the industry as a whole, but beyond that, it provides it’s members with valuable insight and tangible benefits to grow your business, upskill and engage your teams. For those reasons, our membership is in indelible ink on the each annual budget. In short, if you aren’t a member, you are missing out.
    Ed Tranter
    73 Media




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