Nicola McDonald

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, ...

Olympia transformation plans revealed

The chairman of investor YOO Capital and the MD of Olympia London unveil initial plans for the £700m (US$924,560,000) transformation of the venue site. In early 2017, Olympia London made headlines when it was acquired through a joint venture comprised of YOO Capital and Deustche Finance International in a deal worth £296m. Now, the venue and its investors have announced initial plans to convert th...

Kate Thornton announced as Confex Future Focus keynote

Mash Media, organiser of the inaugural UK-based Confex Future Focus (CFF), has announced TV presenter Kate Thornton as the keynote speaker for the spin-off exhibition of International Confex. Thornton, who has presented high profile programmes including The X Factor, Top of the Pops, Loose Women and The Brit Awards, will take to the stage on Thursday 5 July, day two of the show. “We are thrilled t...

ITE Group sells Malaysian organiser to UBM subsidiary

ITE Group has announced that it has sold Malaysian organiser TradeLink ITE to UBMMG Holdings – a subsidiary of UBM – for a total cash consideration of MYR 23 million (£4.2m)*. The total consideration will be payable upon completion and the proceeds will be reinvested into the Group. Tradelink is the owner of Malaysian metalworking exhibition Metaltech. In the year to 30 September 2017, Tradelink I...

Blackstone merges its Clarion and Global Sources events businesses

Private equity firm Blackstone, the owner of organiser Clarion Events, has announced that the company has completed a merger with Global Sources, an exhibitions and online B2B marketplace operator based in Hong Kong. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Combining both companies will create one of the largest privately-owned events businesses globally, with substantial scale across Asia, Eu...

AEO elects chair and vice-chair

The AEO Council has elected Damion Angus, managing director of Montgomery, as AEO chair, and Austen Hawkins, managing director of f2f events, as vice chair of the association. This year’s appointments were voted at the AEO Council meeting ahead of the AGM on 6 September. Angus, who has held the position of vice chair of the association for the past year, commented: “The AEO is going from strength ...