We are the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), a trade body representing the very best contractors and suppliers of goods and services to the UK’s thriving events industry.

With a focus on health and safety, ESSA drives excellence across the industry and shares best practice with its membership while providing a platform for education and business development.

In our continued provision of market-leading services to members, our health and safety accreditation scheme aims to provide peace of mind to exhibitors, event organisers and venues that suppliers are adhering to the highest possible standards. The scheme, alongside our training and development opportunities, underpins our drive and commitment towards raising standards and achieving recognition for the valuable contribution our members make to the business events sector and the wider economy.

With our members, who sit at the centre of the events community both in the UK and overseas, we are the collective voice of the supplier and services sector inside and outside of the business events industry.

Industry Collaboration


A central information source, development of closer relationships and understanding between organisers, suppliers and venues - benefiting the industry as a whole.



An initiative to provide expertise and guidance for marketers and businesses, explaining why and how face-to-face marketing works and how to get the very best out of it.


Cross-Association Working Groups

The AEO, AEV and ESSA run working groups which every member has access to, discussing important industry issues such as HR, H&S, Sustainability and Technology.




Every member is required to sign our Quality Service Charter and Code of Conduct, a commitment and promise to adhere to codes of best practice and provide the highest level of professional service.

Verified references

Every new member is asked to provide a verified reference from an ESSA, AEO or AEV member and a recent client.

Fully insured and vetted

Members must provide proof of full insurance along with the previous 12 months of accounts for vetting.

ESSA Bond*

In the event of a member defaulting under contract, the ESSA Bond is an insurance policy that will seek to recompense any loss incurred by the client (exhibitor, organiser or fellow member). *Subject to terms and conditions.


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From nought to cappuccino in 36 hours

on 11 May 2022 in Member news

Not all Barmotion's coffee bars are for brand activations, exhibitions or conferences, as it also works with the film industry ...

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Simultaneous Show challenge for Exhibit 3Sixty

on 11 May 2022 in Member news

Exhibit 3Sixty was expecting a busy Q2 2022, and so when the Furniture Show was postponed from January to April, the ...

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Press Red launches new lighting service

on 09 May 2022 in Member news

Press Red Rentals, the event and exhibition AV specialists, has added lighting installation to the list of services it offers, ...

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Ops Foundation steps up a level for senior opsprofs to get involved

on 31 March 2022 in Member news

Following its hugely successful inaugural course, the unique events training programme opens its doors to another level of ops professionals ...

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Barmotion brings its lolly waffles to Confex

on 04 March 2022 in Member news

Barmotion, the event and corporate hospitality specialist, will be exhibiting at International Confex, ExCeL London, March 8-9, 2022, where it will ...

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The XEC Lounge is Open for Business

on 07 February 2022 in Member news

An invitation for ESSA members to book into the XEC Lounge at the NEC.

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Trust and confidence

Working with an ESSA member comes with a quality assurance that your customers will receive the best possible service.

ESSA Accredited

Stand out from the crowd with ESSA Accredited Status, an annual company-level qualification designed to demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of health & safety benchmarks.

Training and development

ESSA is committed to providing market-leading training and development opportunities to members. 

Join a collaborative community

ESSA’s supportive and inspirational community helps our members develop and benefit from shared best practice, seek new opportunities, overcome challenges and address industry issues.

Make the right connections

Exhibitors, organisers and venues can access a supplier directory containing a full list of ESSA members. Available on the ESSA, AEO and AEV websites.

Technical help and operational support

Access a wealth of support including the most up-to-date rules and regulations via a dedicated helpline, online resources and email communications.

Personal account management

Tailor your ESSA membership to your needs by providing us with your top three objectives and we will create your personalised account management plan.

Exclusive member discounts

Access a range of products and services at preferential member rates designed to help save money and time and put money back into your business. 


Contact Us
119 High Street
Herts HP4 2DJ

Tel: 01442 285812