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Nicola Macdonald
Nicola Macdonald

Blackstone confirms acquisition of NEC Group
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Blackstone confirms acquisition of NEC Group

Private equity company Blackstone has announced the acquisition of the UK’s NEC Group – encompassing the NEC, Resorts World Arena, ICC Birmingham, The Ticket Factory and more –from the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group (known as LDC) in a deal worth a reported £800m. LDC originally backed a management buyout of the Group from Birmingham City Council in 2015 for £307m. Since then,...

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15 Oct 2018
EEAA and AEO announce closer collaboration
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EEAA and AEO announce closer collaboration

The Association of Event Organisers and the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) have committed to closer collaboration following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the EEAA 2018 Global Exchange held in Sydney this week. The signing of the MOU followed the delivery of the 2018 Global Exchange Oration by the AEO’s chief executive, Chris Skeith. EEAA chief executive Joyce DiMascio...

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05 Oct 2018
Rise in visitors for co-located TFM, ad:tech and eCommerce Expo under CloserStill
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Rise in visitors for co-located TFM, ad:tech and eCommerce Expo under CloserStill

CloserStill events Technology for Marketing, eCommerce Expo & ad:tech London 2018 welcomed a record 12,000 business leaders and industry experts to Olympia London on 26-27 September. This is the first time the three long established brands have co-located, bringing together the worlds of marketing, eCommerce and advertising. These three hallmark shows, all acquired between September and December in 2017, have been completely rebranded over the...

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01 Oct 2018
Easyfairs Nordic MD steps down
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Easyfairs Nordic MD steps down

Peter Wanderydz (pictured) has announced he will be stepping down as managing director of Easyfairs Nordic after starting Easyfairs in the Nordic region 15 years ago. He will be succeeded by Joachim Warnberg, who comes from a role as head of group vice president – strategy & transformation at facility services company ISS A/S in Copenhagen. “These have been 15 exhilarating and thoroughly enjoyable years,” said...

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28 Aug 2018
Easyfairs to continue Gleanin rollout
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Easyfairs to continue Gleanin rollout

Easyfairs, organiser of events including Packaging Innovations London and Advanced Engineering, has announced it will be continuing to rollout tech provider Gleanin’s referral marketing platform – Gleanin Connect – across its extensive portfolio of international events. After experiencing success using Gleanin Connect across a number of visitor acquisition campaigns for its events portfolio run out of the UK during 2016, Easyfairs has now implemented the...

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09 Jul 2018
Olympia transformation plans revealed
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Olympia transformation plans revealed

The chairman of investor YOO Capital and the MD of Olympia London unveil initial plans for the £700m (US$924,560,000) transformation of the venue site. In early 2017, Olympia London made headlines when it was acquired through a joint venture comprised of YOO Capital and Deustche Finance International in a deal worth £296m. Now, the venue and its investors have announced initial plans to convert the...

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04 Jul 2018
Informa to discontinue IPEX
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Informa to discontinue IPEX

IPEX, the triennial print technology and equipment event, is to close after a period of consultation with the industry. The most recent edition, IPEX 2017, took place at the NEC in Birmingham late October and early November 2017. Over 150 companies from 20 countries exhibited and the show welcomed over 7,000 visitors. Rob Fisher, IPEX Event Director, said: “Through IPEX, we’re proud to have played...

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03 Jul 2018
Ascential shareholders approve sale of events to ITE Group
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Ascential shareholders approve sale of events to ITE Group

Ascential shareholders have approved the disposal of Ascential Exhibitions to ITE Group at a General Meeting on 25 June, following the announcement of the proposed sale earlier this year. The deal is thought to be worth around £300m (US$396,747,000) and will encompass Spring and Autumn Fair, Bett, CWIEME, Pure, Glee and BVE event brands, leaving the company with Cannes Lions and fintech event Money 20/20. The sale...

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27 Jun 2018
The German exhibition industry in numbers
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The German exhibition industry in numbers

AUMA, the association for the German trade fair industry, has released research that paints a picture of the economic impact of exhibitions in the country. Among the headline findings was annual average total expenditure by visitors and exhibitors, which comes to around €14.5bn (US$17bn), of which €9.6bn is attributed to exhibitors and €4.7bn to visitors (both foreign and domestic). International and national trade fairs account...

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22 Jun 2018
Kate Thornton announced as Confex Future Focus keynote
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Kate Thornton announced as Confex Future Focus keynote

Mash Media, organiser of the inaugural UK-based Confex Future Focus (CFF), has announced TV presenter Kate Thornton as the keynote speaker for the spin-off exhibition of International Confex. Thornton, who has presented high profile programmes including The X Factor, Top of the Pops, Loose Women and The Brit Awards, will take to the stage on Thursday 5 July, day two of the show. “We are thrilled to announce that...

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20 Jun 2018
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