The NEC has won at this years prestigious Association of Event Organisers (AEO ) Awards for Best Venue over 20,000sqm. The glittering awards ceremony brought together colleagues from across the events industry to celebrate the achievements of this last year. Held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, hundreds of event industry professionals packed the room for an afternoon hosted by comedian Katherine Ryan.

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This is the 4th time the venue has won Venue of the Year >20,000sqm, which is testimony to the hard work of Team NEC. The NEC was also a headline sponsor at the event, taking the opportunity to showcase its recent £4.5million facelift and the ‘changing face of they NEC’. Activations included funny face transformation coasters on tables and a face swap photography station for guests to enjoy. [photo]

Kathryn James, Managing Director, The NEC Group - Conventions & Exhibitions said:

“Successes like this are only ever made possible because of amazing team work. Team NEC welcome thousands of customers, at hundreds of events each year. Over the past 12 months the team have also focussed on substantial work to improve our infrastructure and harness technology to ensure that we truly are the best possible venue, offering the exemplary customer service. It feels very special to have this endorsement and be recognised in such a positive way by the AEO – especially as we’ve managed to win two years in a row!”

Martin Clarke, Marketing Director, NEC added:

“The annual AEO Awards is the industry’s most prestigious and hotly anticipated event of the year, so it’s been a great pleasure to be a headline sponsor for this year’s event – congratulations to all winners and shortlisters. In such a fast-paced industry, it’s important we take time out to recognise our collective achievements, so it was great to see colleagues having fun with our #nectransform activations…some of the face-swaps were hilarious! We look forward to seeing everyone for more celebrations next year.”

View full list of winners here.