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  • 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.

  • The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) & The Society of Independent Show Organisers (SISO) have entered into a reciprocity agreement following a meeting between many of their world leading independent trade and consumer organiser members in Miami last month.


  • The eagerly anticipated shortlist of finalists for this year’s AEO Excellence Awards has been announced. Once again, there is an eclectic mix of companies in the running from across the industry, covering event organisers, suppliers and venues.

  • Aztec Events has signed an agreement as  AV provider for the Association of Event Organisers’ NEC, Birmingham and ExCeL London, Exhibitor Masterclass events in 2017.

  • Scottish Event Campus Ltd. (SEC) has signed an annual agreement with AEO as official UK Venue Partner for 2017. The partnership includes branding opportunities and visibility at AEO signature events for the newly rebranded event campus.


  • DB Schenker and AEO have signed an annual strategic partnership agreement for 2017.  As a global representative of independent event organisers, AEO works with a number of partners each year that offer high quality services to the events industry. 

  • The National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG), the pan industry body concerned with promoting rigging safety in events, has announced its endorsement of the cross-association campaign to raise awareness of the risks involved when working at height, and promote safe practice.


  • UFI’s Global Barometer shows exhibition industry geared for further growth around the world in 2017
    • Positive mood dampened by political developments around the world as half of those polled expect significant or limited economic impact for exhibitions and events
    • Among the most important business issues, rising competition within the exhibition industry gains in importance
    • Large majority of companies globally intend to develop new activities to create growth
  • Circdata, Freeman and NEC are 2017 headline sponsors

    Renowned actor and presenter, James Nesbitt  OBE, will host this year’s AEO Excellence Awards on the 16 June! 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.

    The AEO Excellence Awards recognises and celebrates achievements from event organisers, venues and suppliers throughout the industry. 

100 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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