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AEO Excellence Awards 2019 – a sell-out event


AEO Excellence Awards 2019 – a sell-out event

18 Jun 2019

This year’s AEO Excellence Awards was a sell-out event, seeing a record number of attendees flock to Grosvenor House Hotel, for a high-octane industry celebration.

Stephen Brooks was named as this year’s Outstanding Contribution to the Industry winner, with members commenting on his; pioneering of geo cloning, support to the industry and association, and huge success as an independently owned, global exhibition business.

Taylor Goodridge delivered an energetic dance routine before Katherine Ryan, comedian and celebrity host, brought fun and laughter to the room ahead of presenting the awards. 

Chris Skeith, Chief Executive of AEO, says: “I always leave this event feeling so incredibly proud to be a part of this industry. A collection of truly worthy winners – congratulations once again, great entertainment and an exceptional atmosphere in the room. A sell-out event was just an added bonus and we hope our guests had as much fun as we did.”

Skeith added, “a huge thanks goes to our partners and sponsors. Putting on an event like this just wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Other winners on the day included Reed Exhibitions and dmg events who both took home two awards and Closer Still Media who scored themselves three trophies for the Unsung Hero, Best UK Tradeshow less than 2,000sqm, and Best UK Tradeshow (2,000 - 8,000sqm) awards.

Here are some thoughts from the headline sponsors:

Chris Clipston, managing director at Circdata said: “An AEO Excellence Award is the one that everyone wants to win, so the quality of entries was incredible. The scheme demonstrates just how valuable the events industry is to the UK economy, and we are delighted to support the event as headline sponsor again. Congratulations to all of the companies and individuals on the shortlist this year, and thank you to everyone who got involved and sang their hearts out for the #TwerkwithCirc karaoke competition. See you all again in 2020!”

The winner of the #TwerkwithCirc competition was MCM Comic Con

Chris Preston, Managing Director Freeman EMEA, said: “We are proud partners of the AEO and once again supporters of the Excellence Awards for the seventh year running. It’s always a fantastic event and an honour to be shortlisted next to the best of the best in the industry. Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.”

The winner of the Freeman, Predict the Winners competition was Tina Sutch from RCNI.

NEC Marketing Director, Martin Clarke said: “The annual AEO Awards is one of the industry’s most prestigious and hotly anticipated events of the year, so it’s been a great pleasure to be a headline sponsor for this year’s event – congratulations to all winners and shortlisters.”

Clarke added, “In such a fast-paced industry, it’s important we take time out to recognise our achievements, so it was great to see colleagues having fun with our #nectransform activations…some of the face-swaps were hilarious! We look forward to seeing everyone for more celebrations next year.”

The winner of the social media competition to win champagne for their table at the event was Amy Byrne from Clarion.

For full details of all of the winners and to see images from the day please visit the website

  • "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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