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AEO to celebrate centenary year with party and awards night

by Joe Gallop

The AEO (Association of Event Organisers) will celebrate turning 100 this year with its AEO Centenary Party & Awards, hosted by the NEC Group at the Vox on 10 December.

Organsiers said attendees can expect a ’20s themed afternoon of drinks and networking, as the host reveals the winners from the Classic and Centurion Awards.

The industry will recognise some familiar faces from the AEO Excellence Awards under its ‘Classic Awards’, as well as a range of new categories under the ‘Centurion Awards’.

Chris Skeith OBE, chief executive of AEO said: “We recognise the value awards bring to organisations, so in the absence of this year’s AEO Excellence Awards, we are excited to introduce the Classic and Centurion Awards to the event. These awards reflect how businesses and individuals have evolved, embraced virtual and stepped up in the face of adversity over a very tough period. Bring it on.”

Ian Taylor, managing director for conferences and exhibitions at the NEC Group said: “It is an honour for the AEO to choose the Vox as the host venue for this momentous occasion. In its time, the AEO has continued to provide unrivalled representation for our sector, encouraged talent and offered countless networking and educational opportunities for our community.

“Here’s to raising a glass to the centenary of the association, plus the incredible efforts and determination of our friends and colleagues throughout the pandemic. I look forward to welcoming you all to the Vox for the celebrations.”

The following awards categories are now open for entry, with a deadline of 8 October:

Classic Awards

· Best Trade Show Activation – a trade show can be hybrid, digital, virtual, omni channel or live and of any size in the UK or international.

· Best Consumer Show Activation – a consumer show can be hybrid, digital, virtual, omni channel or live and of any size in the UK or international.

· Best Conference

· Best Use of Technology

· Unsung Hero

· Inspiring Leader

· Indomitable Spirit Award

· Best Lockdown Initiative

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