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UK’s Setsquare draws up acquisitions at the double Europe

Surrey-based Setsquare Staging, one of the UK’s leading event construction businesses, has acquired print and interior design specialists Enigma Visual Solutions, as well as event and print production company GTMS. Both acquisitions are part of a strategic development that has helped transform Setsquare into a £20m (US$25.48m) company. Creative Director and founder of Setsquare, John O’Gorman, says: “We are extremely excited to embark on this...

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Europa Showfreight expands into Germany with new partnership Europe

Europa Showfreight, a dedicated division of logistics provider Europa Worldwide Group, has forged a new partnership with German transport and logistics company Cretschmar MesseCargo. Europa will now be the UK partner of Cretschmar Cargo for exhibition logistics. The companies have a combined total of more than 150 years’ experience in the industry, and will work together on specific exhibitions across Germany. Jeff Broom, Showfreight Manager...

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Exhibition industry charity up for Charity Film Award Africa

Events for Namuwongo (EFN), a philanthropic network of events industry companies supporting the work of Hope for Children in the slum of Namuwongo, Uganda, has been shortlisted in the Charity Film Awards. EFN is calling on the industry to vote for the film, which has raised more than £900,000 and helped an estimated 30,000 people since it was established in 2011 at the Global Event...

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ITE posts 14% like-for-like top 10 show growth World

Global organiser ITE Group has announced year-end results showing its Transformation and Growth (TAG) programme is delivering like-for-like revenues up 11.4%, with headline PBT growing even faster at 20% and driven by the group’s Top 10 shows which grew 14% like-for-like. Financial highlights of the results released 4 December 2018 include trade show volume sales up from 679,900sqm in the year to 30 September 2017,...

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ITB China expecting European boost due to strong growth in Chinese outbound visitors Asia

Organisers report a rising demand for exhibition space by European destinations at ITB China, which comes to Shanghai in May. They say it reflects the trend of Europe being the number one long-haul destination for Chinese visitors. The European Travel Commission (ETC) will be the largest regional exhibitor at the three-day B2B travel show, with the majority of ETC members having a presence. The ETC is presenting...

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Plan for Pavilion USA 2020 revealed in Dubai World

As Osaka was recently announced as the 2025 host of the World Expo, preparations are ramping up for the Dubai Expo 2020 edition, including the unveiling an architectural model of the US$60m Pavilion USA 2020. Designed by Curtis W. Fentress, the pavilion will include a tour of the American experiences currently being designed by Detroit-based George P. Johnson Experiential Marketing. Construction of the pavilion will...

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Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre sets new standards for catering Asia

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) has announced a number of new appointments to its 330-strong catering team, which has served over 2.4 million patrons over the past year. After the appointment of Mr Paul Jeffrey Chandler as Director – Food & Beverage early 2017, HML added new positions and restructured the Division. Mr Richie Li joined HML as Assistant Director – Food...

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UK’s Digital Construction Week acquired by Diversified Communications Europe

Brighton-based Diversified Communications UK has announced the acquisition of Digital Construction Week – the UK’s leading trade show dedicated to digital construction, engineering, design, manufacturing, and operation. Digital Construction Week (DCW), which has grown rapidly since its launch event in 2015, has become known for its comprehensive, high-quality seminar and conference programme and for the seniority of delegates who annually attend. The latest edition, 17-18 October,...

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Internorga 2018 World

INTERNORGA, a leading international trade show for the hospitality and food service market sector, says it is moving to accommodate fast moving trends and disruptive concepts in the sector by announcing a strategic revamp of its exhibition hall allocation from 2020. The new structure is designed to meet demands of changing markets and individual segments, as organisers acknowledge new players entering the industry and new...

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CloserStill Media in negotiations with Providence Equity Partners World

Providence Equity Partners, previous owner of Clarion, is reportedly in negotiations to acquire UK-based international organiser CloserStill Media for an unconfirmed sum. The company is being sold by Inflexion, which announced a Partnership Capital minority investment in CloserStill in 2015. The move is one of a number of large private equity deals throughout 2018, peaking with the £3.9bn acquisition of UBM by Informa, demonstrating the increasing interest in the...

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