Docklands dances to carnival beat

AEO Excellence Awards Industry gathers at Excel to celebrate achievements in past year.

Excel staged the Association of Exhibition Organisers Excellence awards for the first time in July and the event was a carnival of sights, sounds and colour.

Performers in an array of spectacular costumes greeted guests at the Docklands venue as part of the carnival themed event. Comedian Al Murray hosted the ceremony as his stage and TV character Pub Landlord. Cabaret came from opera outfit Tenors Incognito.

This year's multiple voting system resulted in a 58% increase in the number of votes cast in the Contractor and Venue categories compared with 2002. Four new organiser-related categories produced more than 100 nominations between them.

Winners on the day included Stoneleigh Park in Coventry, which beat rival venues including Excel, NEC and The International Centre, Telford to the UK Venue Event Management award. Best Launch Show - Trade went to Single Market Events' hospitality exhibition RSVP.

The Contractor/Venue Employee of the Year was awarded to Trevor Nock, operations director at Melville Teamwork.

The final and most prestigious presentation of the night, the Industry Lifetime Achievement Award, went to Montgomery Exhibitions founder Bryan Montgomery. He received his accolade from Reed Exhibitions chairman Mike Rusbridge.



Shell Scheme Stanco IIR Exhibitions

Services Exhibitions

Furniture Hire Stanco Dmg World

Exhibitions Media

Electrical Melville Exhibition Emap

Installations Services

Lifting/Freight GeoLogistics Centrex


UK Venue Event Stoneleigh Park Haymarket

Management Exhibitions

Exhibition Industry Perton Signs Inside

Service Communications

Contractor/Venue Trevor Nock CMP Information

Employee of Year

Best Launch RSVP - Single NEC

Show - Trade Market Events

Best Launch The Outdoors Show Excel

Show - Consumer - Brand Events

Best Marketing Pure - Emap Event

Campaign - Trade

Best Marketing Southampton Hilton

Campaign - Consumer International Boat Birmingham

Show - National Metropole

Boat Shows

Industry Lifetime Bryan Montgomery Reed Exhibitions

Achievement Award

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