15 June 2018

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Grosvenor House

in association with circdata, freeman and nec

AEO Excellence Awards Categories 2018

The awards' categories for 2018 are now open for entry.
 

Qualifying period is for events that took place between 01 April 2017 to 31st March 2018. Please note that the submission deadline is the 16th March 2018.

Entries submitted after the submission deadline for events that took place 16th- 31st of March 2018 will be accepted up until Monday the 2nd April 2018.

View essential entry information and top tips for entering here.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE INDUSTRY AWARD

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE INDUSTRY AWARD

The winner of this Award is selected by the AEO Board.



 

BEST TRADESHOW LAUNCH

BEST TRADESHOW LAUNCH

New tradeshows that have exceeded expectations and staked a strong claim in their chosen market; innovation, strong exhibitor and visitor support and the long-term potential of the event will be key.

This category is for ORGANISERS.

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BEST CONSUMER SHOW LAUNCH

BEST CONSUMER SHOW LAUNCH

New consumer shows that have exceeded expectations and staked a strong claim in their chosen market; innovation, strong exhibitor and visitor support and the long-term potential of the event will be key. 

This category is for ORGANISERS.
 

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BEST LIVE EVENT

BEST LIVE EVENT

This award is aimed at events not classed as exhibitions - brand experiences, awards, conferences, outdoor events,seminars, product launches, etc. Judges criteria for this award includes innovation, creativity, production value as well as a demonstration of a competitive edge. 

This category is for ORGANISERS & VENUES.

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MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR - CONSUMER

MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR - CONSUMER

Have you run a marketing campaign for a consumer show in the last 12 months that you are proud of? And more importantly, a campaign that was creative, innovative, compelling and effective?

This category is for ORGANISERS, SUPPLIERS and VENUES

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Sponsored by:

NEC

 

 

MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR - TRADE

MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR - TRADE

Have you run a marketing campaign for a trade show in the last 12 months that you are proud of? And more importantly, a campaign that was creative, innovative, compelling and effective? Entry is open to organisers, suppliers and venues and the focus should be on creativity vs budget and cover all mediums / routes to market.  


This category is for ORGANISERS, SUPPLIERS and VENUES

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Sponsored by:

asp

ORGANISER TEAM OF THE YEAR

ORGANISER TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award highlights the collaborative nature of event organisation, showcasing objectives and achievements, improved productivity, efficiency and performance.  

This award is for ANY team in an event ORGANISER business

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VENUE OF THE YEAR < 20,000SQM

VENUE OF THE YEAR < 20,000SQM

This award is open to both national and international venues and will focus on the elements that are unique about your facilities, your customer service and support; the visitor experience offered as well as what innovation makes your venue stand out from the rest. 

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VENUE OF THE YEAR > 20,000SQM

VENUE OF THE YEAR > 20,000SQM

This award is open to both national and international venues and will focus on the elements that are unique about your facilities, your customer service and support; the visitor experience offered as well as what innovation makes your venue stand out from the rest. 

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VENUE TEAM OF THE YEAR

VENUE TEAM OF THE YEAR

National and international venues are welcome to enter this category, which will reward the best venue team, valuing your team achievements against improving service, productivity, efficiency, performance and customer experience. 

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NON-TECHNOLOGY SERVICE SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

NON-TECHNOLOGY SERVICE SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

This award is for event SUPPLIERS who provide a non-technology based service to organisers or exhibitors.

This case study led award will be judged against objectives and results in terms of quality, reliability, productivity, efficiency, performance, problem solving.

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TECHNOLOGY SERVICE SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

TECHNOLOGY SERVICE SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

This award is for event SUPPLIERS who provide a technology based service to organisers or exhibitors.

This case study led award will be judged against objectives and results in terms of quality, reliability, productivity, efficiency, performance, problem solving.

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BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY

BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY

The best use of event technology is open to suppliers/venues and organisers across the industry and is about bringing technology to the heart of the event programme. 
 
The winning entry will highlight how technology (any software, technique or tech-based system or process innovation) has created a competitive advantage, an industry first, better customer outcomes or improved business performance at the nominated event.

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BEST CONFERENCE

BEST CONFERENCE

The concept and implementation of events are constantly evolving. Events and conferences are often planned and integrated, with all aspects of execution taken into consideration to make the event a success.

The winning entry must be able to demonstrate the overall; integration, innovation, financial success, marketing, communication and attendee feedback.

This award is open to any organiser of a standalone and/or integrated conference in the UK or internationally.

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UNSUNG HERO

UNSUNG HERO

This award is for ORGANISERS, SUPPLIERS or VENUES who have a hidden gem within their business.

This award is designed to recognise an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and made a significant contribution but is in a role that wouldn’t ordinarily receive public recognition for their efforts.

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Sponsored by:

circdata

INNOVATION AWARD

INNOVATION AWARD

This award is open to ORGANISERS, SUPPLIERS or VENUES who can demonstrate how innovation has played a part in their success over the previous 12 months.

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SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

This award, which is open to ORGANISERS, SUPPLIERS or VENUES, will reward the organisation deemed to be making the greatest advances in operating in a sustainable manner.

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BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

This award is for ORGANISERS, SUPPLIERS or VENUES who have used social media to promote or add value to their business or event.  

Judges will be looking for innovative approaches and refreshing campaigns which capture the imagination of your target audience and have achieved successful results. 

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BEST UK TRADESHOW UNDER 2,000SQM

BEST UK TRADESHOW UNDER 2,000SQM

Open to any UK trade exhibition under 2,000sqm) held in the past 12 months.

This Award is judged on stand out content and marketing elements, notable improvements in performance, rebookings, increases in visitor attendance and competitive success.

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BEST UK TRADESHOW (2,000 - 8,000 SQM)

BEST UK TRADESHOW (2,000 - 8,000 SQM)

Open to any UK trade exhibition between 2000-8000 sqm) held in the past 12 months. This Award is judged on stand out content and marketing elements, notable improvements in performance, rebookings, increases in visitor attendance and competitive success.
 

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Sponsored by:

olympia

BEST UK TRADESHOW > 8,000SQM

BEST UK TRADESHOW > 8,000SQM

Open to any UK trade exhibition over 8,000sq.m held in the past 12 months. This Award is judged on stand out content and marketing elements, notable improvements in performance, rebookings, increases in visitor attendance and competitive success.

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BEST OVERSEAS SHOW

BEST OVERSEAS SHOW

This award is for event ORGANISERS to enter their TRADE or CONSUMER events that take place outside of the UK

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BEST CONSUMER SHOW

BEST CONSUMER SHOW

This award is aimed consumer exhibitions that delivered an excellent visitor experience with equally excellent and creative marketing campaigns, proven year-on-year success, coupled with a strong, competitive profile.

This award is for event organisers.

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MOST INFLUENTIAL COMPANY OF THE LAST 25 YEARS  

MOST INFLUENTIAL COMPANY OF THE LAST 25 YEARS
 

In the past few years the AEO has awarded the "Most Respected Company", however, given that this is the AEO Award's Silver Jubilee, we thought we would celebrate those 25 years and ask, ‘’which has been the Most Influential Company of the past quarter century?".

This winner will be found following a member only nomination.

Sponsored by:

rai amsterdam

Judging Process

Our judging process is managed by R3, a third party company who we’ve worked closely with for a number of years to deliver a robust and transparent judging system. R3 divide categories up in a way which means judges are not able to mark entries that could be a conflict of interest in any way.

 

  • The awards are important because the good and the great of the industry are here. You get to meet all your peers and it’s a fabulous way of rewarding the best of the best.
    Austen Hawkins
    CEO, f2f Events Ltd
  • This is our time to stand out and cheer on our companies.
    Alice Fulton
    Senior Sales, Diversified Communications
  • I think this is very good for younger talent. It rewards them and gives them a great buzz. It shows them it’s really important to do well in your job. It’s a very valuable way to present your company to the wider world.
    James Ormiston
    CEO, Circdata

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