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  • 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.
  • This year’s AEO Excellence Awards will be hosted by comedy royalty, Sir Lenny Henry, who is due to be honoured with the coveted Alan Clarke Award from Bafta.
  • AEO is pleased to announce that this year’s AEO Conference will take place over two days on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th September at The Grand Hotel, Brighton, together with an optional Icebreaker event on the evening of Wednesday 7th.
  • Chief Executive of AEO, Chris Skeith explains why being responsible for and developing the AEO Excellence Awards so that it continues to be the best badge of honour in the industry is a serious business.  
  • The deadline for the 2016 AEO Excellence Awards is fast approaching and an expert panel of judges is primed and ready to be wowed by the best entries from across the UK events industry. 
  • Leading events logistics company, DB Schenker, has renewed its strategic partnership with AEO as its official logistics partner for 2016.  


  • Over 200 marketing and operations professionals from across the event industry attended the AEO Marketing and Ops Forums which took place on 29 January at the Business Design Centre, London.
  • AEO is pleased to announce that leading event registration, ticketing and data intelligence business, N200, a GES Global Company, will partner the association in 2016. 
  • Aztec Events has signed an agreement as exclusive AV provider for the Association of Event Organisers’ events throughout 2016. This will include AEO’s award winning FaceTime Exhibitor Masterclasses on March 10th at ExCeL and the National Exhibitor Masterclass at the NEC on July 21st as well as the annual AEO Conference which will be held at The Grand, Brighton, on 8th and 9th September. 
  • Association of Event Organisers (AEO) is pleased to announce its continued media partnership with Mash Media in 2016.
  • Association of Event Organisers (AEO) is pleased to announce Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) and Global Experience Specialists (GES) as sponsors of the award winning FaceTime Exhibitor Masterclasses in 2016.
  • Renowned comedian and writer, David Mitchell will host this year’s AEO Excellence Awards which, following popular demand from the events industry, will once again take place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London on 17 June 2016.
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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
    Brand 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
  • "The AEO take great effort to ensure our industry continues to be recognised for its value, promotes the sector for talent acquisition and encourages the sharing of best practice across its members and their customers. It also provides a rich calendar of events for our staff to learn, network, share experiences and celebrate with their peers in the industry."
    Stuart Johnston
    Ascential Events
  • "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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