Index calls for AEO admission

The Index Group's application to become a member of the Association

of Exhibition Organisers (AEO) has been referred to a full council

meeting later this month because of "ramifications relating to future


The group, a consortium of contractors launched in July, is arguing that

the AEO has set precedents in the past relating to the organisation's

two-year trading requirement. All of Index's nine members have been

trading for more than two years individually.

"I did explain to the AEO that Melville and a few other companies have

reformed and become members in the past 12 to 15 months, so therefore

that criterion can't always be written in stone," said RG Exhibition

Services chairman Keith Richards.

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