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  • Leading events logistics company, DB Schenker, has renewed its strategic partnership with AEO as its official logistics partner for 2018-2020.

    Chris Skeith, chief executive of AEO says: “DB Schenker is a global leader in logistics, and an organisation that aligns closely with our values and commitment in bringing best practice and insight to AEO members and the industry.”

  • Over 330 marketing, ops and sales professionals from 90 event industry organisations attended this year’s AEO Forums at BDC London on Friday.
  • Freeman, the leading global provider of brand experiences, has signed an agreement to become Digital Engagement Partner with the Association of Event Organisers in 2018. They will be working closely with the AEO to enhance the experience at AEO events through digital content – be it Freeman event technology or The Freeman Trend Lab at the AEO Forums, AEO Excellence Awards and AEO Conference.
  • The 15th June 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the AEO Excellence Awards, which recognises and celebrates achievements from event organisers, venues and suppliers throughout the industry.
    The awards will once again take place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, following the continual demand from the events industry for a Park Lane venue.
  • Hiscox has renewed its partnership with the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) for 2018. This will be the 11th consecutive year that the AEO and Hiscox have partnered which is testimony to the continued value that both parties gain from working together.
  • Headline sponsors; Agility, Circdata and SEC

    The AEO Forums will take place at BDC London on Friday 26th January, the theme for the event is Tales of the Unexpected and the Forums programme is streamed to appeal to marketing, operations and sales professionals who work across the events industry.  

  • Traditional values coated in creativity is the way forward!

    Anyone who was at this year’s AEO Conference, held at The Vox, Birmingham on 7th and 8th September, will have a tale or two to tell this week. Experience is Everything was the topic that 216 of the event industry’s finest came to learn about, and the Conference, chaired by technology Journalist, Kate Russell, didn’t disappoint.

  • The AEO Council has elected Damion Angus, managing director of Montgomery, as AEO Chair, and Austen Hawkins, managing director of f2f events, as Vice Chair of the association. This year’s appointments were voted in at the AEO Council meeting ahead of the AGM on 6th September.


  • FaceTime, an AEO funded initiative, is launching the full findings of a year-long study to identify what makes event attendees different from the general population at the AEO Conference on 7th September at The Vox, Birmingham. The aim of the study is to understand the behaviour of visitors that attend events so that organisers and exhibitors can work together to attract more high value visitors to future shows.

  • This year’s AEO Excellence Awards had something for everyone. Host, James Nesbitt wowed guests by entering the Great Ballroom at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday, whilst singing Come Fly With Me. A talent that was a surprise to many of the 1000+ event industry professionals present at the awards ceremony.

  • AEO and Cvent have signed an annual strategic partnership agreement for 2017.  As a key representative of independent event organisers, AEO works with a number of partners each year that offer high quality services to the events industry. 
  • The AEO will be holding a post AEO Excellence Awards celebration evening for judges, sponsors and winners of the prestigious awards which are due to be held at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 16th June.  The celebration evening will be held in the Garden Room and Conservatory at the Barbican on Wednesday 5th July.

96 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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