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  • The AEO is delighted to announce that LiveBuzz has been appointed as the official and exclusive registration partner of the association for 2017. The partnership will include the provision of event re ...
  • The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) will partner AEO in 2017 to promote its Use an ESSA Member campaign to event organisers and their customers.
    The agreement will position ESSA as an official partner of the three FaceTime Exhibitor Masterclasses as well as two flagship AEO events, the AEO Forums on 27th January and the AEO Conference on 7th and 8th September.

  • AEO is delighted to launch its new association website developed by ASP, AEO’s online marketing partner which specialises in developing online solutions for the event, exhibition and conference market.


  • Two new faces join the AEO Council, in addition to a number of other changes to the composition of the group of 20 leading industry professionals that governs the association.

  • This year’s AEO Conference was certainly different. Held at the Grand Hotel, Brighton, the event opened with an icebreaker event on the evening of Wednesday 7th September at the BAi360 where the 60 attendees were treated to a trip to the top of the newly opened visitor attraction.
  • Paul Byrom, managing director of Upper Street Events Ltd, has been officially elected as the new chair of AEO (Association of Event Organisers) following a successful year as vice chair of the association.
  • The great and the good of the event industry will meet in Brighton next week to debate and discuss the impact of generational change on the way that event professionals run their businesses, engage with new audiences and develop their event portfolios.
  • FaceTime’s latest National Exhibitor Masterclass saw a record number of exhibitors flock to its annual event at the NEC, Birmingham on 21 July!

    The event, supported by the AEO and NEC, and sponsored by ESSA and GES, presented a mix of theory and practical advice ranging from top networking tips, to social media and understanding the technoscape. 
  • AEO is sad to announce the death of former Director Brian Rusbridge who died on Sunday just short of his 94th birthday. Brian expertly led AEO during a challenging period of the 1990’s and left the association in a strong position on his retirement in 1998.

    Brian was an extremely popular leader of the AEO among members and the wider industry. He was already in his seventies when he took on the Directorship and it was a role that he greatly enjoyed. 

  • The outcome of the Brexit referendum has had an immediate and irreversible impact, literally dividing the UK, but what does it mean for the event industry?
  • Another successful year in the events industry was celebrated in style on Friday at the AEO Excellence Awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane, London. The event was opened by AEO Chairman, Simon Kimble of Clarion Events, followed by Phil Soar setting the scene by delving into the history of AEO. 
  • The NEC has joined Circdata and Freeman as this year’s final headline sponsor of the prestigious AEO Excellence Awards to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 17 June.
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  • "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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