Venue association event to welcome all members

The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has decided to freshen up a long-standing welcoming policy ahead of its annual AGM.

According to, the September 19 gathering in Birmingham will be open to all AEV members wishing to gain industry insight and converse with fellow owners of event spaces. 

The gathering was formally an exclusive domain of senior professionals, but organisers of this years AGM are allowing members of all levels to attend in an attempt to boost peer-to-peer networking within the association.

AEV director Chris Skeith says that bringing groups from all member venues was an “obvious choice” given that networking and feedback sessions provide delegates with a platform to share their ideas.  

Talking to, Skeith said of the new plans: “We have designed the day to be interesting and enjoyable for attendees, providing them with greater industry insight, as well as giving them as many opportunities as possible to meet and network with each other and with members of the working groups.”   

Skeith went on to claim that the level of response from AEV’s 40+ members has already seen an increase from last year, largely due to the open invite system. 

AGM+ will also include seminars from a so far unnamed industry expert, dedicated networking sessions and updates on the industry – allowing representatives to plan ahead with forecasts for growth and emerging trends in mind.