Nicola McDonald

Have your say as the events industry heads to the UN Sustainability Summit

Event industry professionals across the globe are being urged to take part in a vital initiative this month – 'Engaging the global event industry with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals' – ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25-27 September in New York.

UK’s NEC Group caterer partners with Olio food sharing

The NEC Group caterer Amadeus has partnered with charitable scheme Olio, which connects volunteer ‘Food Waste Heroes’ with businesses to share un-used food with those in the community.

Centaur completes divestment programme

Centaur Media Plc, an international provider of business information and specialist consultancy, has announced the completion of its divestment programme.

Consortium including Blackstone and LEGO owner to acquire Merlin Entertainments

A consortium of investors comprised of Blackstone, owner of Clarion Events; KIRKBI, owner of the LEGO brand; and global investor CPPIB has agreed terms of a recommended offer for Merlin Entertainments plc, which would take the company private.

DBpixelhouse celebrates Bring Your Dog To Work Day

DBpixelhouse celebrated Bring Your Dog To Work Day last week, raising money for animal charities All Dogs Matter and Animals Asia, a charity which works to protect animal rights in China and Vietnam. DBpixelhouse graphic designer Katie McNaught first suggested the company take part: “The idea came from a colleague – that as part of DB’s corporate social responsibility, we should support an animal ...

Charterhouse to acquire Tarsus in £561m deal

B2B organiser and publisher Tarsus Group is set to be acquired by private equity firm Charterhouse, which completed a sale of Comexposium in March 2019, for approximately £561m. The terms of the acquisition imply an enterprise value of £668m and a multiple of approximately 17 times average EBITDA for Tarsus’s financial years ended 31 December 2017 and 31 December 2018. Tarsus operates globally in ...

Winners announced for Event Photography Awards 2019

The winners of the Off To Work Event Photography Awards 2019 (EPAs) were unveiled on 14 May at a highly enjoyable awards evening at No.4 Hamilton Place in Mayfair, London. Now in its sixth year, the EPAs was founded by Philip Atkins, managing director of staffing agency, Off To Work, and this year’s sold-out awards event saw some 250 guests viewing nearly 100 shortlisted photographs across 12 cate...

Centaur sells HR business to DVV Media International

In the latest of a series of disposals, Centaur Media has announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to sell Centaur Human Resources, the owner of the Employee Benefits brand and the rest of its HR business, to DVV Media International for a cash consideration of £5m (subject to customary post-completion adjustments). Completion of the disposal is expected to take place on 30 April ...

Centaur travel and meetings shows to be sold to Northstar

Centaur Media Travel and Meetings Ltd, which includes the Business Travel Show and The Meetings Show, will be sold to Northstar Travel Media UK Ltd for a cash consideration of £9.25m. Northstar Travel Media UK is an arm of US-based B2B Northstar Media Group, a global information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the travel industry including leisure/retail, corporate/business...

Alison Griffin appointed MD of UK’s Telford International Centre

Telford International Centre, has announced the appointment of Alison Griffin to the role of managing director. The appointment is a promotion for Griffin from sales & marketing director at Telford International Centre. The managing director position is a newly created leadership role with the aim to continue to drive the venue’s success to date. Tom Gray, chief executive officer for Southwate...

IMEX chairman Ray Bloom receives EN Pioneer Award

Ray Bloom, chairman of IMEX Group, has been awarded the EN Pioneer Award at the 13th edition of the EN awards, held in London on 22 March. The award was presented by Julian Agostini, managing director of Mash Media. The exhibition industry is full of inspiring entrepreneurs, individuals who are innovative, risky and brave, who trust their intuition, possess incredible foresight, exude self-belief ...

Brexit and events: Nick de Bois weighs in

Nick de Bois, former MP for Enfield North, former chief of staff to Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, and former MD of Rapier Group, talks through what the latest Brexit news might mean for companies operating in the events industry. Interview by EN editor Nicola McDonald   What is your advice for events businesses at this point? I think businesses that are taking steps to ...