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FEBRUARY 3CONTENTSWhat you can't afford to miss this monthPeople and issues16  IntervIew Media 10 MD Lee Newton reveals his global Ideal Home Show ambitions and growth agenda22  entrePreneUrS Nick Orton tells EN he hasn't been resting on his laurels after selling to CloserStill Media Industry watch31  venUe watch We look at how horse racing venues are under starters orders to win exhibition business 35  BUSIneSS cLInIcA round-up of the latest business wins and brand marketing tips 38  IndUStry vIewNew AEO chief Karim Halwagi sets his agenda for the coming year and looks at the Olympic event legacy41  yOUr Say Readers claim Excel is no substitute for Earls Court and voice fears over green vehicle taxes43  eXhIBItIOn LIFePeople on the move 44  GaLLeryHighlights from the Mash Christmas party at Altitude 36046  LaSt wOrdLatest news and views06  tOP newS StOrIeS13  InternatIOnaL newSUFI's global survey, a Gulf link-up for Messe Frankfurt and more15  ShOw caSeSign & Digital UK's exhibition director reveals how the show has adapted over 25 years 18  FOOd FOr thOUGhtWhat makes a great show visitor promotion campaign?31 Smart solutionsOrganisers are taking advantage of a host of app providers to boost their show message. nadia cameron reports on app maniaIt's all in the timingEN looks at current M&A activity, how you know when it's time to sell your show, what factors to consider when selling and how you can get the best possible price26 ?21