welcome exhibition newsexhibitionnews.co.uk June 2011 5Recognising key achievements It is with great pleasure that we present the list of winners from Exhibition News Awards 2011 along with pictorial highlights. A record 750 guests joined the EN team at the Business Design Centre on Friday 20 May to take part in our fifth annual Awards ceremony and networking event. The result was 50 per cent up on last year, and is testament to the increased importance the industry has placed on our annual event. Standards across this year's 19 company and people categories was incredibly high, so the winners listed on page 22 should be very proud of their achievements. We were particularly delighted to see so many individuals receiving acknowledgment for doing a spectacular job over the past 12 months, and we hope to see even more recognised at the 2012 event. This year, a judging panel of industry luminaries chose our finalists, winners and special commendations. It was a huge task for our judges to undertake and I thank them for dedicating their time. During the awards ceremony, I presented guests with a sneak peek of our new-look magazine, which will hit desks on 1 July. The relaunch is one part of a massive investment Mash Media is making into all its exhibition and conference titles.As the industry we serve goes through change and matures, so too must EN as a publication and brand. Our mission is to help the exhibition and conference sectors grow and we hope our new plans will drive this. Expect to see some significant and exciting changes over coming months.Exhibitions play a crucial role in developing business and trade, bringing new experiences to people and opening up communications across communities. As a publication, we want to provide you with information and opportunities to perform this role even more effectively. We also want to see this industry better recognised as a key contributor to the broader UK economy. Which leads to me to our front-page story this month on the AEO's decision to speak out against the potential demolition of Earls Court and plans to lobby government. Whether you believe the AEO is too late, right, wrong, will be successful or is preaching to the unconverted, this kind of campaign is what our industry needs to bring to the broader market if we're going to be treated seriously as an industry. The AEO has a point: We shouldn't let the demolition of one of our most historic venues occur without a murmur. This is an opportunity to show the events industry has a voice that should be considered at government and public level. It's true CapCo's landmark plans for the Earls Court site need sign-off before they can go ahead, and the property developer has yet to generate funding to support the venture. But given its sizeable investment already and foresight for the entire Earls Court Opportunity Area, I can't see them abandoning this plan without a huge groundswell of public opinion. What do you think of the AEO's latest move? Email me and share your thoughts. NADIA CAMERON MANAGING EDITORncameron@mashmedia.neteditorialPublishing Director: Liz AgostiniManaging editor: Nadia CameronDeputy editor:Antony Reeve-Crookstaff writers:James BarrettMike TrudeauDigitalonline editor:Sarah O'DonnellAdvertisingAccount manager:Jamie LininsubscriptionsMarketing Manager:Christopher LynasDatabase executive:Tim Swinfen-GreenProduction & DesignProduction Manager: Luke SpaldingDesigner:Sarah GarlandProduction Assistant: Julia Ball Published by Mash Media, 4th Floor, Sterling House, 6-10 St George Road, Wimbledon London SW19 4DPTel: +44 (0)20 8971 82821 years subscription cost is uk £95+VAt p/a, europe £112+VAt, Row £130+VAt. Views expressed are not necessarily those of the publishers. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written permission of the publishers.Printed by Wyndeham Grange. ISSN: 1740-813contact ussubscriptions 020 8971 8268 editorial 020 8971 8292 sales 020 8971 8265 Production 020 8971 8272
EXHIBITION NEWS news6 JUNE 2011 EXHIBITIONNEWS.CO.UKBETT, Top Gear Live quit Earls Court & OlympiaThe BETT exhibition and Top Gear Live have confi rmed plans to move out of Earls Court and Olympia (EC&O) exhibition centres.Emap's annual BETT education technology show has been running at Olympia for several years, while Top Gear Live, which has been running alongside the MPH Prestige and Performance Motor Show since 2008, was held in Earls Court. Brand Events has not renewed its tenancy agreement with EC&O and is planning signifi cant changes to the 2011 edition of MPH/TopGear Live, a spokesperson told EN. Further details will be released in coming months. In a statement, EC&O wished the organisers behind MPH and Top Gear Live the best and said it was proud to have helped build the two events. The 27 year-old BETT show is scheduled to run at Olympia from 11 to 14 January 2012 Strong start to 2011 reportedListed UK-based organisers have reported strong results for the fi rst few months of the year and are tipping further records in 2011. Centaur Media reported an increase in year-on-year events revenue for the four months to 30 April 2011. Events revenue was up four per cent, buoyed by its two largest exhibitions, Business Travel Show and National Homebuilding and Renovating. Both exhibitions delivered eight per cent aggregate revenue growth despite challenges in their respective markets, Centaur said.International organiser ITE, meanwhile, saw revenue increase to £53m from £39m year-on-year in the six months to 31 March 2011, while gross profi ts were up to £21m from £17m for the same period. More than £4m in revenues came from newly-acquired businesses including Russian companies MVK and Krasnodar Expo. "ITE has delivered a good performance during the fi rst half of the year as the recovery seen last year turned to sustained growth in our core markets," said ITE CEO Russell Taylor. As of 12 May, the group had booked £137m for the fi nancial year compared to £98m last year. "Good trading conditions in our markets allied with longer term potential give the Board confi dence in ITE's future," added Taylor.Tarsus' forward bookings stand at 75 per cent of anticipated full-year revenues, compared with 67 per cent in 2010, according to a market statement. The fi gures, adjusted to account for biennial events, relate to the publication of the B2B exhibition organiser's preliminary results on 7 March 2010 to 5 May 2011. The group's revenues remain heavily weighted for the second half, and odd years are by far the larger in profi t terms, containing both Labelexpo Europe in September and the Dubai Airshow in November. Nonetheless, the Off-Price Show in Las Vegas saw revenues rise 10 per cent while Tarsus' medical division demonstrated good growth thanks to education programmes. before relocating to Excel London in 2013. The show attracts over 700 exhibitors."Although it's with sadness that we announce our move from such a great venue, BETT has quite simply outgrown the space available at the venue," Emap Connect MD Paul Dunne said. Excel offered the location and facilities to support BETT's increasing exhibitor and visitor requirements and will also provide superior transport services post-Olympics as well as good accommodation options, Emap said."BETT has become the world's largest educational technology event over its 13 years at Olympia. The show has become so large that it has now outgrown our venue and has been forced to fi nd a new location to house its expanding space requirements," EC&O commercial director Anna Golden added.Emap chief steps downDavid Gilbertson is stepping down after three years as Emap's chief executive, giving the ongoing involvement of private equity partners brought about by the recession as a key reason for his exit.The company, which organises Spring Fair International among other exhibitions, was bought by Guardian Media Group and Apax for £1.2bn in December 2007, with both companies subsequently forced to write down the value of the investment. The company faced a possible breach of its lending covenants last year until both investors injected tens of millions in fresh funding. Emap's other creditors agreed to waive the covenant breach in return for its accepting expensive and potentially restrictive new lending terms.Gilbertson's departure is said to have come by mutual agreement. "Recession has extended the likely period of private equity ownership for the business, making this an opportune moment for new leadership to take the company on to its next phase," he said.