Improving Exhibition Industry Working Practice

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) are currently working toward best practice in exhibition industry event management as part of an initiative to improve regulations at UK event venues.

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 AECC 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 at AECC to work 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!”




For further information contact Sarah Coutts, PR & Marketing Executive at AECC on (01224) 330430, or email [email protected]



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