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AoC Annual Conference & Exhibition

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Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities

This flagship event attracts 1,800 attendees, who represent and supply the college sector.
The exhibition is an integral part of the event as it offers senior college leaders (600+) the chance to visit 90+ sector suppliers to discuss their specific requirements. Suppliers can showcase their products from their branded stands, meet and gather feedback from their customers and present their services in a pitch session in a focused and interactive environment.

Why should your company be there?

This event is a fantastic opportunity to build relationships with key decision makers in further education, whilst showcasing the value of your various products and services to sector leaders.

  • Present your company to key decision makers within the sector
  • Connect with new clients and create new ideas
  • Pursue valuable leads generated by networking opportunities
  • Seek feedback on the products and services you provide
  • Learn about the sector you supply and the challenges facing your client

“The Annual Conference is the single best FE event of the year. The team are dedicated to driving the best value for exhibitors. The programme is consistently flexing to have the best content for delegates and I always come away inspired”
Cailean Hargrave, Head of Education, Portal

Main audience

In 2016, a total of 702 delegates representing 226 colleges attended the conference.

Job Title

Top 10 college delegates attending last year were:
Chief Executive/Principal | 177
Vice Principal | 128
Assistant Principal | 43
Governors | 49
Chair | 47
Curriculum & Quality | 29
Business Development | 15
Finance | 13

College Representation

Top 5 college delegates represented last year were:
General Further Education | 436
Sixth Form | 34
Tertiary | 23
Land Based | 20
Higher Education Institutions | 13


The regional spread of colleges represented last year were:
East | 9%
East Midlands | 5%
London | 17%
North | 6%
North West | 11%
South East | 17%
South West | 9%
West Midlands | 13%
Yorkshire & the Humber | 9


Present your company and demonstrate your products to the senior leaders of colleges. Exhibiting can help you generate new business, whilst keeping in touch with your core customers. We dedicate over 8 hours of the programme to ‘time spent with exhibitors’.

Key package benefits:

  • Exhibition space for the full conference
  • Shell scheme*or ‘raw’ space exhibition packages available (standard space size 3m wide x 2m deep x 2.5m high)
  • Receive delegate lists (name, job title and college)
  • Exhibitor list promoted in all pre-event marketing (5,000+ college contacts)
  • Three exhibitor delegate passes per day
  • Exhibitor logo, profile and web link listed on the ‘exhibitors’ web page
  • Exhibitor logo, profile and web link listed on the conference app ‘exhibitors’ page
  • Exhibitor name, business type and stand location featured in the conference show guide
  • Opportunity for delegates to book meetings with exhibitors
  • Use of networking areas for meetings
  • Receive delegate list with email addresses (where opted-in) post event
  • Access to 600+ senior college staff

*Shell scheme exhibition package includes infill panels, card name board, 2x LED spot lights and 1x 500w power socket. ‘Raw’ space package is essentially for those who wish to build their own stand and will be offered the option of a power socket. Furniture packages (chargeable) are available for both types of spaces.

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If you have any questions regarding this event, please call the conference helpline on 0207 034 9934 or email annualconference@aoc.co.uk