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Simon Burton

Simon Burton

Event Industry Entrepreneur

Simon is a serial entrepreneur in the event industry, having successful launched and sold events in the worlds of media, events, green energy and charity, He is a widely recognised as a champion for the power of face-to-face marketing, social media and story-telling through events.

His work in the event industry includes trade shows, awards, conferences and networking events as well as a best-selling book – The Event Professionals Handbook.

Simon has championed the use of awards as story-telling campaigns. He is a founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Charity Film Awards, Football Business Awards, Sports Business Awards Virtual & Hybrid Event Awards and World Sports Photography Awards.

He has written and presented on hundreds of occasions about “unlocking the event horizon”. Using the power of awards to tell stories that connect, build and inspire communities in virtual, hybrid and physical spaces.


  • The AEO Awards is great at bringing the community and the industry all together
    Carolyn Mason
    Director, Experience Staff
  • It is so much fun to have a day out with the industry and to just talk to everyone that loves it and is so passionate about it
    Nico Stanford
    Senior Sales Manager, Olympia London
  • I wanted to congratulate you both, and the wider AEO team, on such a fantastic awards ceremony last week. I have not attended the AEO Awards for several years, and perhaps I forgot just how much of a special day it is… it was incredibly well organised, and it was such a wonderful occasion.
    Ashley Roberts
    Managing Director, CONNECT
  • What a fantastic AEO Awards last Friday; such a buzz and a brilliant afternoon all round. Thank you all for putting on such a fabulous event. What Else Events will be back next year with an even stronger case. For now, being a Finalist is a major achievement in such a competitive category.
    Tim Else
    Founder & Managing Director, What Else Events
  • It was lovely to see you and the team and we had a fantastic night thank you! Everything looked incredible and it was a great event to be part of. Thank you
    Becky Oldham
    Marketing Manager, NEC Group


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