Monday, 4 July 2011

The AEO Excellence Awards 2011 .. / ...The Lords Taverners, AEO’s adopted charity, raised over £8,000 at this year’s ceremony with a charity raffle


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Keith Harris and Justin Tadman

The AEO Excellence Awards 2011 took place Friday 1 July in The Capital Hall at ExCeL London.
The flagship ceremony for the live events and exhibition industry was attended by more than 1,200 professionals; all vying for the top slot in their respective categories.

Flowery shirts and dresses were the order of the day as The Capital Hall was transformed into a hidden summer garden party which started with a Pimms Drinks Reception.

The ceremony was hosted by comedian Dominic Holland and featured body-popping specialists Chris and Wes who demonstrated exactly why they won the Sky One dance spectacular ‘Got To Dance’.

But it was two very different characters who stole the show as guests received a crash course in dancing, Stavros Flatley style!

Austen Hawkins, CEO, said: “I couldn’t have wished for a better event. The AEO Excellence Awards is the biggest party in the industry and this year’s event recognised the achievements in every area, from organisers to venues to suppliers. Congratulations to all the winners.

“ExCeL, Leith’s, Beyond Media Services, and all our other event partners and supporters really went to town and seeing the captains of industry bouncing and dancing around tables will stay with me for a long time!”

The Lords Taverners, AEO’s adopted charity, raised over £8,000 at this year’s ceremony with a charity raffle that included prizes such as a two-week holiday in a private villa on Nevis Island in the West Indies. The charity also showcased the new AEO-funded minibus which will provide a vital function to disadvantaged youngsters.
The winners of the AEO Excellence Awards 11 are:

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry
Sponsored by Reed Exhibitions
Keith Harris, Chairman, Quartz Group
Best Consumer Launch Show
Sponsored by SO Group
The Big Scuba Show by Circle Publishing organised by Bluestone Events
Best Trade Launch Show
Sponsored by ASP
Farm Shop & Deli Show by William Reed Business Media
Supplier Team of the Year
Sponsored by the nec group birmingham
CEVA Showfreight IT
Venue Team of the Year
Sponsored by Leith’s      
EC&O Marketing
Organiser Team of the Year
Sponsored by SO Visit
Fresh RM
Stand Design & Build Supplier of the Year
Sponsored by  Smart AV
Communication by Design
Best Tradeshow Exhibition – Under NET 2,000M2
Sponsored by Ungerboeck Software International 
lunch! by Diversified Business Communications
Unsung Hero
Sponsored by Event Magazine   
Dave Freeman, Goods Receiver at Manchester Central Convention Complex
Official Contractor of the Year
Sponsored by ExCeL London
CEVA Showfreight
Marketing Campaign of the Year
Sponsored by ADNEC
Labelexpo Americas by Tarsus Group
Venue Sustainable Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by Perton Signs
'Plan-it green' by Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Best Consumer Live Event
Sponsored by Blitz          
Jameson Cult Film Club by Miss Jones & Co (London)
Best Trade Live Event
Sponsored by Reality
The Oracle Retail Week Awards by Emap Inform
International Venue of the Year
Sponsored by Melville Event and Exhibition Services
ADNEC
Equipment Supplier of the Year
Sponsored by Confex Group  
Penny Banks
Best Consumer Exhibition
Sponsored by The Events Venue at Bluewater  
The Gadget Show Live by Upper Street Events
Service Supplier of the Year
Sponsored by Gainsborough
Melville Middle East
UK Venue of the Year
Sponsored by Toyota Material Handling
ExCeL London
Best Tradeshow Exhibition – Over Net 2,000m2
Sponsored by EC&O Venues
Ipex by Informa Exhibitions
The Excellence Award
Media 10 Events

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