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  • A new economic impact report has been jointly published by the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), Association of Event Venues (AEV), and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) defining and measuring the significance of exhibitions to the UK economy. The research group responsible for producing the report includes Nigel Nathan, MD Olympia London, Austen Hawkins, CEO F2F Events, and Nick Marshall, Executive Chairman GES.

  • The AEO has launched its AEO Forums, which will take place at BDC London on Friday 31st January 2020.

    Having launched in 2006, the Forums continue to focus on delivering content and learning for middle of the building event professionals across key functions within organiser businesses.

  • The AEO Council has officially elected Darren Johnson, chief executive officer of Reed Exhibitions UK, as the next Chair of the Association of Event Organisers. The election, which took place at the AEO Council meeting held on 5th September in Windsor, also sees Simon Parker, executive vice president of Informa, become Vice Chair. Former Chair Austen Hawkins will now assume the role of Past Chair for the forthcoming year.
  • The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) has appointed Kimmie Garrett as head of marketing. Garrett joins the AEO from sister associations, AEV and ESSA, where she has spent the last 18 months advising on their communications plans.
  • The Government has published Health is everyone’s business, a public consultation seeking views on different ways in which government and employers can take action to reduce ill health-related job loss.
  • The Association of Event Venues (AEV) have published the 2019 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 defined national working environment for organisers, exhibitors and supplier companies.
  • 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.

  • AEO (Association of Event Organisers) has renewed its official app partnership with leading meetings, events, and hospitality management technology provider, Cvent.
  • The AEO Conference is heading to Windsor for 2019. Taking place on 5-6 September at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, the theme of this year’s event is “Live – Survive or Thrive?”
  • This year’s National Exhibitor Masterclass takes place on the 16th July 2019, at the NEC Birmingham and offers exhibitors a packed programme, covering business psychology and communication, eye tracking research, client buying behaviour, measuring event success and PR for the event.
  • Following the announcement of Simon Foster becoming Chair of the International Organiser Group, the AEO is pleased to announce that Mike Seaman has taken on the role of Chair of the UK Organiser Group.
  • Simon Foster, CEO of Comexposium, has been appointed Chair of the AEO International Organiser Group, taking over from Stephen Brooks.
54 Results
  • "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




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