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Essential entry criteria

AEO Awards

The AEO Excellence Awards judging process is outsourced to an independent judging company.

Due to the volume of entries received, AEO is unable to feedback on entries that are not shortlisted or those who were shortlisted but didn’t win.


  • All entries must be submitted by the deadline of 5:00pm (GMT) on 2nd April 2024
  • The qualifying period is for events that took place between 1st April 2023 and 31st March 2024. 
  • All entries must be submitted online via this website; no hardcopy entries will be accepted.
  • Only fully completed entry forms will be accepted.
  • Word limits are to be strictly observed and judges will disregard any words over the limit – please note that is only the questions which have scores next to them that are included in the wordcount.
  • Entry is free of charge for all AEO, AEV and ESSA  members.
  • Non-member entries are priced at £599 (+VAT)  PER SINGLE ENTRY. You will be invoiced on receipt of entry and payment must be made prior to the entry deadline, otherwise they will not be included.  Payment will be accepted by credit card or by bank transfer in GBP.
  • Please also submit your company logo (in eps format) when sending your entry.
  • The entry form represents the full and entire official entry. Attempts to further influence the judges by any means outside of, or in addition to, the official entry may result in disqualification.
  • On receipt of your entry, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this within three days, it is your responsibility to contact us to confirm its arrival. Unless you have this written or verbal confirmation from us, we cannot guarantee the arrival of your entry.
  • It is essential that we can contact you easily with questions regarding your entry, or judging enquiries and requests for further information - please provide full contact details on the entry form.
  • Companies will be shortlisted in each category and the shortlist will be published on or before 15th May 2024. The winners will be announced during the Excellence Awards event on the afternoon of Friday 14th June 2024.
  • All shortlisted companies must have at least one representative at the awards ceremony to potentially collect their award, therefore all shortlisted entrants will be liable for one seat at the event. All entrants reaching the shortlist will be contacted discuss their attendance Entrants unable to commit to attendance at the Awards ceremony will not be included in the final shortlist
  • The AEO will publish details of the shortlisted entrants and category winners, including profiles of their projects/technologies/services etc., using the information taken from the entry form. We will not reveal the names of those companies/individuals who are not shortlisted.



  • A huge thank you for the awards on Friday! It's one of the best awards I've been to in a while! The choice of entertainment was excellent, Dara O Briain was hilarious and it was just generally a brilliantly organised, fun day. Thank you to the whole team for your hard work. You're all fabulous.
    Julia Danmeri
    CEO & Founder, TranslateAble
  • The recognition from AEO means a great deal to us. It reinforces our commitment to providing a premier venue experience that not only meets but exceeds the expectations of our clients and guests. Being acknowledged among our peers in the industry motivates us to continue pushing boundaries.
    Miles Eady
    Head of Events, Roundhouse
  • The day was truly remarkable, and we are sincerely delighted to have received such esteemed recognition for our efforts with the New Futures Network. Winning the Best DEI Initiative Award at such a renowned event, amidst inspiring competition, is an honour beyond words.
    Charlotte Stone
    CEVA Showfreight
  • 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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