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The Events Industry Alliance (EIA) is an alliance of trade associations created by the three event industry bodies: the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), the Association of Event Venues (AEV) and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) to provide a group secretariat service in the events industry.

Each association is run by its members for the benefit of its members through their own elected council of representatives and specialist working groups.

We occupy a unique position amongst key industry stakeholders by being part of the Events Industry Alliance.

The alliance gives us and our members the opportunity to influence key initiatives and changes that can have a direct impact upon the whole sector. It also enables members access to several cross-association working groups, networking events, conferences, forums and industry research.

Visit our individual websites for more information.

Association of Event Organisers Ltd (AEO)

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)

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)

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

AEO's aim is to be the voice of the event organising industry, to serve the collective needs of event organisers and to promote the interests of their members and the industry at large. 


Whether you’re an international, national, regional, multi-purpose or specialist venue, the AEV offers the opportunity to connect with peers, learn, benchmark and share best practice for the benefit of your business and the wider industry in which we operate.



A trade body representing the very best suppliers of goods and services to the events industry. With a focus on health & safety, education, business development and driving excellence and shared best practice, ESSA and our members sit at the centre of the events community both in the UK and overseas.


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  • 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