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Travel Leaders Group acquires UK event management business YES

Travel Leaders Group has acquired UK-based YES (Your Event Solutions), a MICE business with global meetings and event expertise. The addition of YES complements Travel Leaders Group’s growing presence in the meetings & incentive marketplace, and will provide both firms with additional geographic reach and industry expertise. A full-service event provider, YES provides a range of corporate even...

ACC Liverpool celebrates decade of events at Abbey Road

The UK’s ACC Liverpool celebrated its 10th birthday year at its annual Showcase in London. The venue invited guests to the iconic Abbey Road Studios to mark the milestone anniversary. Around 100 attendees in the association, corporate and exhibition sectors, along with agency representatives and entertainment and sport promoters, attended the event from a variety of organisations such as the...

Season three of Elevate mentoring programme launches

The team behind the UK’s Elevate mentoring programme has announced the launch of its third season and intake for new mentees and mentors. Registrations are open until 18 January with all partnerships to be announced by the first week in February. Elevate has run for two seasons and created over 120 mentoring pairs with people from across the events industry. The next intake is to be capped at 50 a...

UK’s Setsquare draws up acquisitions at the double

Surrey-based Setsquare Staging, one of the UK’s leading event construction businesses, has acquired Buckinghamshire-based Enigma Visual Solutions print and interior design specialists and Hampshire-based GTMS event and print production company. Both acquisitions are part of a strategic development that has helped transform Setsquare into a £20m (US$25.48m). Creative Director and founder of Setsqua...

Exclusive US MegaFam trip announces final location

The USA’s destination marketing organization, Brand USA, has announced the final location for its upcoming UK & Ireland MegaFam trip. The MegaFam trip is a multi-destination familiarisation tour for travel agents from the UK and Ireland, and will take place from 9-17 May 2019. It’s final location will be Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. The tour is intended to showcase the diversity of American cu...

Leave mush-room in your calendar for Europe’s biggest plant nutrition conference

Europe’s biggest scientific conference on plant-based nutrition is coming to the UK for the very first time. VegMed will be held at King’s College London on 12 and 13 October 2019. It will be the sixth edition of VegMed, and the first outside of Germany. The event will be organised by the ProVeg UK, an international food awareness organisation that aim to tackle world issues through the knowledge ...

UK startup EVVNT signs international deal with US-based GateHouse Media

UK event marketing company Evvnt has signed an international deal with publishing company GateHouse Media as part of its rolling expansion into the United States. Evvnt’s software-as-a-service tool enables marketers and organisers to promote an event across over 3,500 listing sites by completing a single listing. Since its launch in 2012, Evvnt has had more than 30,000 customers across 139 countri...

Blackstone nearing billion-dollar deal to buy UK’s NEC Group

American private equity firm Blackstone is nearing a deal to buy NEC Group for over £800m (US $1.06bn), Sky News reported yesterday. Blackstone is the world’s largest property investor, and recently agreed a £1.4 billion deal to buy Network Rail’s commercial property portfolio, comprising thousands of premises under railway arches across the UK. Blackstone specializes in private equity, credit and...

UK’s biggest agency announces change in leadership

BCD Meetings & Events, the UK’s biggest booking agency in the sector, has appointed Geert Jan Jongeneel (pictured) as its new Managing Director, EMEA. He replaces Nigel Cooper, who takes the newly created role of SVP, Global Strategic Development. Jongeneel will continue to serve as BCD M&E’s global Chief Financial Officer in addition to his new role and responsibilities. Bruce Morgan now ...

Sodexo sales manager announced as ILEA UK president elect

Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events regional sales manager Cecilia Lavin has been announced as president elect of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) UK chapter. The ILEA is a global network of more than 4,000 event professionals who connect to share ideas and best practice in high production, experiential and creative event design. Lavin will take over presidency next year from the i...