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  • The UK Events Industry Board’s (EIB) Working Group for Infrastructure has launched a survey to help collate the value of EU grants, funding infrastructure and service related projects that have benefited business events across the UK.


  • This year’s AEO Forums delivered a holistic mix of intellectual stimulation, social networking, physical health and emotional wellbeing to over 310 industry professionals spanning marketing, operations and sales. Held at BDC London, the AEO Forums brought together 94 businesses from across the events industry.
  • The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) is pleased to announce the 2019 partnership renewal with leading AV supplier, Aztec Events.

    The agreement will continue to deliver Aztec’s award-winning AV services at AEO Events, which includes the upcoming AEO Forums taking place on the 25 January 2019 at the Business Design Centre, the AEO Excellence Awards, taking place on the 14 June 2019 at Grosvenor House, the AEO Conference, taking place in Windsor on the 5th and 6th September and the FaceTime Exhibitor Masterclasses.

  • This year’s AEO Excellence Awards takes place on the 14th June 2019, at Grosvenor House, Park Lane London.

    The event, which recognises and celebrates achievements from event organisers, venues and suppliers throughout the industry, is pleased to reveal four new categories, reflecting the growing number of organisers operating internationally.

  • AEO is delighted to announce award-winning event registration company, Circdata as the official registration partner for 2019. 

    The partnership will include registration for the upcoming AEO Forums, taking place on the 25 January 2019 at the Business Design Centre, the AEO Excellence Awards, taking place on the 14 June 2019 at Grosvenor House, the AEO Conference, taking place in Windsor on the 5th and 6th September and the FaceTime Exhibitor Masterclasses.

  • Hiscox, leaders in specialist insurance, has renewed its partnership with the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) for the 12th consecutive year.
  • AEO Global Events Study results demonstrate a 36% increase in Overseas Turnover

    The Association of Event Organisers has launched its annual Global Events Study, sponsored by GES, which tracks international market trends of UK organisers.

    The results for the 2017/18 period show a staggering like-for-like increase in overseas turnover of 36% with £2.1bn generated by those UK businesses that took part in the research project. According to the latest ONS figures*, this places the UK events industry in the top ten UK service exports.

  • The AEO Forums, which will take place at BDC London on Friday 25th January, has now launched.

    The programme kicks off with a keynote from Business Leader, Karen Blackett, OBE. Karen is Chairwoman of MediaCom and appeared in the Woman's Hour Power List of Top 10 Influencers.

  • The AEO Talent Working Group is launching a free online training programme for sales, marketing and ops professionals within AEO membership. The series of webinars starts from the 5th October 2018 and will initially run until 15th February 2019.
  • The AEO Conference returned to Brighton on 6-7 September, covering the theme; ‘Technology – Artificial or Reality?’

    The Grand Hotel in Brighton hosted 231 attendees, an overall increase in delegates of 13% and 31% more organisers than 2017.

    The two-day conference was chaired by leading technology journalist and presenter, Georgie Barrat and delivered sessions that focussed on how technology can transform events for both events’ professionals and their customers.

  • The AEO Council has officially elected Austen Hawkins, managing director of f2f events, 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 Brighton, also sees Darren Johnson, chief executive officer of Reed Exhibitions UK, become Vice Chair. Former Chair Damion Angus will now assume the role of Past Chair for the forthcoming year.


  • Three new members, Ruth Carter from Telegraph Events, Ed Tranter from MA Exhibitions and Sarah Beall from Forum Events, have been elected to join the AEO Council. The election took place at this year’s AGM which was held in Brighton on Wednesday 5th September.

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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