Health and Safety

eGuide / Safety

Improving Exhibition Industry Working Practice


AECC are currently working toward best practice in exhibition industry event management as part of an initiative to improve regulations at UK event venues.

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The eGuide initiative focuses on achieving common standards of health and safety, operation planning, management and on-site conduct for events at UK venues. The eGuide is culmination of work by the Association of Event Venues (AEV) and Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) to identify and convey the commonality regarding working at UK venues in order to create a more transparent and less fragmented national working environment for key stakeholders in this innovative and fast-paced industry.

The hope is to create guidelines that will develop into the founding basis for a universally understood set of principles for managing health and safety as well as other operational issues within the AEO, AEV and ESSA member venues.

This initiative sees us working as part of the strategic committee with other UK Venues (such as EC&O Venues, ExCeL London, NEC, Yorkshire Event Centre, FIVE, the Business Design Centre, Manchester Central, Twickenham Stadium, Event City, ACC Liverpool and HIC) to inform and develop best practice.

Simon Garrett, Chair of the eGuide Working Group said: “The aim of the eGuide is to provide answers to questions that organisers and supplier companies may have, resulting in being more efficient onsite, and a smoother operation for the event organiser and therefore a more polished product for the client, exhibitor and visitor.”

The first event hosted here which worked inline with this new initiative will Subsea UK in February 2013. Trish Banks, Operations Manager for Subsea UK, commented: “Subsea UK holds its flagship conference at the AECC every year and we have always found the Venue to be of the highest standards and the team great to work with. This new initiative will add an extra dimension to conference standards, offering an even smoother experience for us as an organiser and our exhibiting companies.”

Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director, said: “The creation of this working focus group is extremely advantageous to the events industry throughout the UK. It brings together specialist knowledge and working practices as a way to create better, safer
events through knowledge sharing. ” He added: “Creating the best experience possible for organisers and delegates attending events at AECC is our priority and this will assist us in achieving this!”


Keeping Safe


We know how important it is for your event to pass off safely and without incident.

That’s why we continually invest in sustaining and enhancing our robust health and safety culture as befits a Venue of our size and stature.

Our team includes Health and Safety experts, with many of our staff trained in this area key area of responsibility.

Our staff possess IOSH certificates, key staff members have NEBOSH qualifications, and we have specialists trained in the areas of noise, pyrotechnics and security.

It means we’re well placed to help you, and any contractors, meet your legal obligations for your event.

As you prepare and execute your event, we can provide advice and guidance on your responsibilities: your administrative and assessment obligations, your practical solutions, your post-event debrief.




We’re committed to ensuring that everyone who uses our facilities – organisers as well as attendees – enjoys a safe and secure environment.

That’s why we’re never complacent about security provision at AECC events.

We’ll work with you from the outset to assess your security needs and help you create the right package, whether it’s for:

  • Security and stewarding of conferences or exhibitions
  • Crowd control at large music events
  • Stewarding of dinner-dances

Showsec, our chosen venue and event security specialist, can provide expert guidance on – and help deliver – your optimum security solution.

All security staff are SIA-trained and our services are supported by an on-site Security Manager.