NEC and Excel London win AEO Awards

The NEC and Excel London were major winners at the Association of Exhibition Organisers Excellence Awards in London on Friday 4 July.

The event, held at Grosvenor House and presented by comedian Jimmy Carr, began with Brintex’s Malcolm Taylor winning the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award, for someone who has been “a leader, a pioneer and has been instrumental in shaping this amazing industry”.

The NEC celebrated Venue Team of the Year and the Excellence Award. It was the second time in three years that Team NEC had been successful in the Venue Team category.

“Team NEC brings together many different people, departments and organisations and this award is recognition of the hard work put in by everyone, in every part of the team,” said Gary Masters, security and traffic operations manager at The NEC and also Team NEC project leader.

“The organisers mentioned the innovation we’ve shown in developing Team NEC, but more than anything it’s the way that everyone has pulled together with a shared goal of delivering great customer service and exceptional operational delivery.

The presentation of the Excellence Award was selected based on the highest scoring individual entry across all of the Award submissions.

“It has been a real privilege to pick up these awards today,” said NEC managing director Kathryn James.

“We first won the Venue Team award in 2012 and since then, we’ve been determined to win it back.

This acknowledgement is testament to the efforts of our Team NEC members working with organisers, exhibitors, contractors and visitors – and how they do it as one great team.”

Excel London won Venue of the Year.

“Winning the Best Venue at the AEO Awards is fabulous news and a resounding vote of support from our customers. We pride ourselves in helping our customers to deliver outstanding experiences and everyone at Excel is fully committed to delivering exceptional service for every event held at the venue,” said David Pegler, CEO, Excel London.

“These events are world-class and we continue to be very ambitious for ourselves, our customers and London as a destination. We will continue to invest in the venue and our teams to deliver further value for all our stakeholders.”

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