Nicola McDonald

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 ...

Mash Media partners with See Tickets

CMW publisher Mash Media has unveiled an exciting new partnership with See Tickets, which will be providing ticketing services for six events in 2019 including the EN Awards, CN Agency Awards and the EN Indy Awards. See Tickets is the largest independent ticketing company in the UK, selling more than 11 million tickets each year and working with companies including Media 10, Brand Events, Insomnia...

Aventri and Sciensio announce partnership

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 d...

Record attendance as 85th UFI Congress kicks off in St Petersburg

Over 450 global event professional representing UFI members in more than 54 countries have gather in St Petersburg, Russia, for the association’s global congress, taking place from 31 October to 3 November. The event kicked off with the 2018 UFI General Assembly, chaired by 2018 president Corrado Peraboni of Fiera Milano. Peraboni commented: ““It has been a busy year serving the growing global com...

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, it...

UBM acquires 75% stake in ECMI ITE Asia

ITE Group has announced the sale of its 75 per cent stake in Malaysia-based ECMI ITE Asia to UBMMG Holdings, a subsidiary of UBM, which recently became part of the Informa Group, for a cash consideration of MYR 15m (Approx. £2.8m). The sale forms part of ITE’s Transformation and Growth (TAG) strategy. ECMI runs the Cosmobeauté series of beauty trade exhibitions in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, ...