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Winners revealed at AEO Centenary Party

by Emily Wallin

The AEO Centenary Party (& Awards) saw attendees flock to the Vox, at NEC Birmingham,  for an industry celebration on 10 December.

Chris Skeith OBE, chief executive of AEO, said: “The celebratory mood in the room was fantastic and it was so wonderful to see all of the winners collecting their trophies. A fitting end to a challenging year.

“The feedback on the Centenary Party has been amazing and is a humbling reminder, that even in the face of adversity, the industry stands behind us.

“I’d like to give special thanks to headline sponsors, the NEC for their incredible efforts in bringing the event to life and  Circdata for their registration support. The support of all of our sponsors and partners goes such a long way. Thanks also goes to our very own historian Phil Soar who collected images from across the industry, reflective of the last 100 years and Sarah Scott and the NEC team who linked those images to create a compelling and fitting fly back through time.  The AEO team who worked hard to deliver this event in challenging times and the Event Working Group who played a pivotal role in shaping it. Last but not least, to the judges who generously gave their time to select the winners, we thank you. Once again, congratulations to the winners and every one of you.”

EN guest editor Phil Soar was named as the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry winner, with members commenting on his achievements with Blenheim, Brand Events, CloserStill, and Nineteen Events.

One member referred to Soar as a living encyclopaedia for the industry, while another commented on his remarkable backstory, citing the shows he’s launched, bought and sold, shaping the industry that we know today.

A mixologist delivered an energetic performance in 1920s style before Sally Phillips, comedian and celebrity host, presented the awards.

To see our gallery of pictures from Roaring 1920s themed party, click here.

Winners included Alexia Maycock, of CloserStill Media  named most inspiring leader and Racoon Event’s Indoor Relay named the best lockdown initiative.

The title of Venue of the Century was claimed by Olympia London and Consumer Show of the Century went to Ideal Home.

To see all the the winners, visit https://www.aeo100party.org.uk/winners

To see all the pictures from from the day, click here: https://clients.jonnydonovan.com/p/87269pwg

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