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INVNT launches collaborative agency HEVĒ World

Brand communications agency INVNT is launching a new collaboration agency named HEVĒ, dedicated to crafting ‘performance content’. INVNT says this content will be narrative-led, data-fueled and designed to deliver higher levels of engagement and value for its partners. Two-time Emmy and three-time Webby award winner, Chris Hercik, will lead HEVĒ as CEO. Hercik was the former Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of Meredith- owned branded...

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Global expansion for newly branded DRPG World

Creative communications group DRPG are opening four new offices, including Cologne, Illinois, Dublin and Belfast, increasing the groups locations to seven. The group has also announced a multimillion-pound expansion plan for 2019, which includes a 15,000sqft extension to the Worcestershire Global Headquarters. This will include digital design and motion graphics studios, a team wellbeing centre, a dedicated space for the DRPG training academy and a rooftop recreational terrace. After...

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Future focus for UFI 2019 European Conference in Birmingham World

The focus of UFI’s 2019 European Conference in Birmingham (UK) this May will be on the future of exhibition organisers. Registration for the event, which takes place 15–17 May, is now open. Under a conference theme of ‘The Organisers’ Future’, the UFI debate will take up from last year where over 220 exhibition industry professionals from 35 countries attended the European Conference in Verona (Italy)....

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GL Events graduates to €1 billion club and targets acquisitions World

Global integrated event industry group GL Events has announced 2018 consolidated revenues topping €1bn. Exhibition division revenues, however, dipped by over 5%. The €1.041bn total figure, nevertheless, represented a rise of 9% like-for-like and completion of the group’s ZZX acquisition in China. The company reported an adverse exchange rate effect of €34m offset by contributions from new acquisitions. International markets accounted for 50% of annual...

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Apply by 1 March 2019 for UFI’s NGL Grant World

A reminder that applications are open for global trade fair association UFI’s Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant. The grant promotes next generation leadership in the exhibition industry, rewarding professionals who show clear initiatives in driving change and innovation in their area of activity.  https://www.exhibitionworld.co.uk/2018/11/27/ufi-opens-next-generation-leadership-grant-programme-for-2019/ Now in its fourth year, the programme is spread over 18 months (starting May 2019), allowing participants to continue to fulfil daily...

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Freeman and PSAV to acquire Encore Event Technologies World

The Freeman Company and PSAV have announced that they have entered into a purchase agreement for PSAV to acquire Encore Event Technologies. Encore is a global provider of event technology, staging and production services. The transaction is expected to close later this year, the terms of which will not be disclosed. Encore operates as both an in-house partner to some of the world’s leading resorts,...

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Reed Exhibitions to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions World

Following weeks of speculation of Mack Brooks Exhibitions being up for sale, Reed Exhibitions, a division of RELX Group, has officially announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions. The parties have not disclosed the value of the deal, although industry insiders have estimated the price to have been around the £200m mark. Once the deal is finalised, it will...

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Events Industry Council searches for new CEO World

The CEO of the Events Industry Council (EIC), Karen Kotowski, has resigned her post, the association has announced. She has led the 30-plus member EIC for 10 years. Chair of the EIC’s Board of Directors Tina Wehmeir, said a search for a new CEO has begun. “We plan to identify a new CEO who brings a global perspective and background to help in further broadening...

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UFI Awards 2019 now open for entries World

The UFI Awards 2019 are open for entry, calling for eventprofs who can share their best practice examples with the global exhibition industry. The Awards will feature the following categories and topics: Digital Innovation: “What is Digital Innovation for you?” Human Resources: “Employer Branding. How to attract and retain key skills” Marketing: “Best Influencer Campaign“ Operations & Services Award: “Productivity improvements in operations and services...

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Aventri and Sciensio announce partnership World

Event management software provider Aventri has joined forces with event chatbot company Sciensio to create an end-to-end management solution which leverages ‘EventBots’ to provide answers to thousands of common event questions. The EventBots use artificial intelligence technology to answer commonly asked questions such as ‘Where should I park?’ and ‘What’s the dress code?’. Previously, attendees would have had to search a website, download an app,...

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