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Representing business events

We represent world-class venues, helping organisers host high profile shows across key business sectors serviced by accredited suppliers.

UK business events attract nearly 7m visitors each year.

Representing business events

EIA provides a secretariat  and platform for the AEO, AEV and ESSA to work together to achieve common objectives for the good of the events industry.


Representing business events.

The Events Industry Alliance provides a secretariat and platform for the AEO, AEV and ESSA to work together to achieve common objectives for the good of the events industry.

The economic impact of the business events industry is £10.9 billion to the UK economy

Supporting 114,000 businesses through trade and consumer exhibitions


We aim to be the voice of the multi-billion pound business events industry, to serve the collective needs and promote the interests of members and the industry at large.

“Representing business events”

Association of Event Organisers Ltd (AEO) is the trade body representing companies which conceive, create, develop or manage trade and consumer events.




Association of Event Venues (AEV) is a committed trade body representing venues of all size and type both in the UK and internationally. 




Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) is a trade association representing the very best suppliers of goods and services to the events industry.


  • The events industry is only as good as the sum of its parts – the EIA represents all parts of our amazing industry. We are members because together we are so much stronger and are therefore so much better placed to deal with both our challenges and the massive opportunities that lie ahead.
    Simon Parker
  • The EIA serves as the quintessential industry forum and working group representing the cornerstones critical to all events; the organiser, the venue and the supply chain providing goods and services to the sector. Whilst it’s always been a valuable alliance for the industry, in these times of post-pandemic economic uncertainty and geo-political challenges, the ability for the industry to convene, confer and communicate as a unified sector is imperative as we seek to grow and have an even greater impact on the UK’s social and economic landscape.
    Shaun Hinds
    Manchester Central
  • The EIA is a great forum for collaboration between three of the major UK business events associations. It’s so important as an industry that we speak with one voice, that we collaborate on the biggest issues that we face and that we build mutual understanding and respect. The EIA provides the opportunity to do all of these things and is a made more powerful by all of our contributions.
    Carina Bauer