newswww.exhibitionnews.co.uk 7Organisers report growth via acquisitionPublicly-listed exhibition organisers have achieved revenue growth via acquisitions and territorial expansion, according to the latest round-up of interim management reports and half-yearly statements. ITE Group reported a 29 per cent revenue rise in the six months to 31 March 2012 to £68.6m, along with a 40 per cent pre-tax increase to £13.1m. This growth was buoyed by acquisitions in Russia and Turkey including MVK, Krasnodar and Turkeybuild, which generated £11.6m. The company noted volume sales in Russia during the first six months were nearly double last year's comparable performance. Turkey also helped Tarsus Group chalk up stronger revenues in recent months. According to its interim results, the sale of lower growth businesses and key acquisitions in China and Turkey helped it develop a portfolio of fast-growth international events in emerging markets, giving it confidence it will reach its target of deriving half its revenues from emerging markets by 2013. Major contributors are IFO in Turkey, which Tarsus acquired last June, and Life Media, with its Ideal Home events in April achieving a 50 per cent revenue rise. The group's forward bookings for the year to 31 December now stand at 65 per cent of anticipated full-year revenues and are tracking 15 per cent ahead of last year. The situation is less rosy in Europe however, where economic and political uncertainty has made Tarsus cautious for the full year in its French division. Reed Exhibitions also noted some slowdown in Europe in its latest interim management report, although good growth was achieved across annual exhibitions in emerging markets. In its first quarter statement, the organiser reported strong growth across annual events in North America, Asia and Latin America, but lower levels year-on-on-year across Europe. At home, stronger sales over the past year gave Centaur's exhibition division a six per cent rise in underlying revenue for the 10 months to 30 April 2012. In addition, the group claimed forward bookings in the next financial year are 32 per cent ahead year-on-year, with a strong pipeline of new launches such as Meetings Show UK in place in 2013.Informa's events portfolio saw revenue growth of 3.6 per cent in the four months to 30 April. The firm's Arab Health, Anti Ageing Congress and private equity event Super Return demonstrated good growth and geographic expansion remains key following launches in Cairo, Sao Paulo and Riyadh this year. "Despite the continued difficult macro economic backdrop, our full-year expectations remain unchanged," said chief executive Peter Rigby. "Trading conditions worldwide are volatile and both the renewal and new subscriber cycles take longer than they used to." In BrIefAEO, PPA jOin fOrcEsThe Association of event Organisers (AeO) has struck an exclusive affiliation with the Professional Publishers Association (PPA). According to the industry groups, the agreement will allow for a host of cross-association benefits including joint events and initiatives, along with the sharing of relevant research and insight. Member companies will also be entitled to discounted rates at affiliate events. "There is a great level of symbiosis between publishing and event organisation, and for this reason it is our wish to greatly enhance the value that we provide to our respective members," the AeO's CeO Karim Halwagi said. The PPA's membership includes 200 publishing companies producing 2,500 consumer and business titles.thE OnE tO wAtchInforma has been awarded 'Ones to watch' status in the The Sunday Times' Best Companies Accreditation 2012 project. now in its 12th year, the list is a well-recognised accreditation based on research from one of the largest surveys of its kind. This is the first year Informa has taken part. More than 246,000 employees were surveyed from 1,082 organisations."This survey is judged by the most discerning of people - employees - and is a mark of employee engagement and the benefits this brings," Informa group human resources director emma Blaney said. scores are based on how people rate their employer on eight key factors: Leadership; My Manager; Personal Growth; wellbeing; My Team; Giving something Back; My Company and Fair Deal. EyE ExPO PlAnnEdnew event organiser emergeXpo is launching an exhibition in the UK aimed at the optical and ophthalmic market. The eye show 2013 will be held at excel London from 12 to 14 February 2013. It will take up a possible 8,000sqm at the venue. The event has been organised as a result of industry demand and feedback, with participation confirmed from the UK, Korea, India, China, Dubai, France and Germany. Conferences and seminars will be included. event organiser Dawn Kime said she came up with the idea of The eye show after her optician claimed there was no London-based event.UBM shareholders in revolt over payGlobal exhibition and media company UBM became the latest publicly listed business questioned over its directors' remuneration after more than one-third of shareholders voted against approving payments.At its latest AGM, 48 per cent of shareholders refused to support the directors' remuneration report, with more than 36 per cent voting against it and 11.4 per cent abstaining.Several national media reports claimed the rebellion came off the back of voting advisers raising questions about UBM's remuneration policies. The reports claim investors had objected to UBM's decision to replace executive performance bonuses linked to retail price inflation, meaning earning per share performance will no longer correlate to UK inflation.Shareholders were also reportedly angered by a share options bonus for chief financial officer Robert Gray worth 150 per cent of his £437,750 base salary. A UBM spokesperson defended its remuneration policies but said it would take careful note of the reaction from shareholders."UBM's executive remuneration policy is designed to reward and incentivise its senior management appropriately," the spokesperson stated. UBM reported an 11 per cent rise in total revenue to £254.2m in the three months to 31 March, while overall operating profit increased 26 per cent to £56.1m. Event revenues grew 46 per cent to £123.1m during the same period. Major contributors included the organiser's first Ecobuild show at Excel London from 20 to 22 March.In other news, UBM Live, organiser of the global IFSEC security and fire events, is extending its reach into Eastern Europe by joining forces on Euroindex's Ukraine security event Bezpeka.
Ally PAlly mAsterPlAn reveAledAn ambitious six-stage masterplan for the regeneration of London's Alexandra Palace has been released for public consultation.The venue appointed Sir Terry Farrell and Partners to develop a masterplan for the site's regeneration in March. The result sees redevelopment broken into six "big ideas", a combination of short-term refurbishment and long-term work expected to cost tens of millions of pounds.According to Ally Pally CEO Duncan Wilson, the masterplan will establish the palace's position as an events destination, realise the community and learning potential of the site, improve the venue's financial position and conserve its historic legacy. The first two stages of the masterplan aim to improve the accessibility and visual impact of the east, west and main south entrances. To achieve this, the venue is exploring options to turn the road in front of the main south terrace into a shared space for cars and pedestrians, much like the new-look Exhibition Road in South Kensington. The third stage will improve circulation within the venue by reopening unused corridors and refurbishing existing thoroughfares. Stage three will also ensure spaces such as the main halls and ice rink can operate independently. Under stage four, improvements would be made to the main halls. Lighting is to be upgraded and the glass roof of the Great Hall repaired, while backstage areas will Qd restructures with new focusScotland-based exhibition organiser QD Events has cancelled future editions of its Scottish Baby and Toddler Shows in Glasgow as part of a company restructure. QD Events MD Fran McIntyre told EN the decision to exit the baby show market will allow the team to concentrate on consumer sectors being served through its news8 www.exhibitionnews.co.ukScottish Wedding and Scottish Caravan and Outdoor Leisure Shows. The last Scottish Baby and Toddler Show was held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow in April. "This decision will allow us to concentrate on the new 'business-to-business' opportunities both in Scotland and across the rest of the UK," McIntyre added. QD has also announced a series of staff changes following its restructure, which saw six people made redundant.Former sales manager for Scottish Wedding Shows, Angela Smith, has been promoted to show manager, while Jill Wadge takes over as show manager of Base Glasgow, a conference-led event that focuses on reducing the city's carbon emissions by 30 per cent over the next 10 years. QD has also appointed former Blenheim and Emap executive Gary Hughes as its new chair to replace Jim Faulds. In other news, QD held its second annual London Pet Show (pictured) at Earls Court 2 in May after a successful debut at Olympia. The consumer event attracted more than 16,000 animal lovers. tech gurus onlineSticky Wicket's wooden spoonCharity cricket tournament sticky wicket has secured The enterprise Hotel as the sponsor of its first wooden spoon Prize. sticky wicket takes placed on 21 June at the Hub, Regent's Park. Confirmed teams include representatives from Aztec, Clarion events, Closerstill Media, earls Court and Olympia, excel London, Fresh Montgomery, Informa, Leith's, Melville, Ocean Media, The neC, sO Group and UBM Live. The enterprise Hotel will sponsor the first wooden spoon prize for a team demonstrating more enthusiasm than prowess. Last year's sticky wicket raised £30,000 for charity the Lord's Taverners. SECC installs Hydro roofThe central roof section of The Hydro, the 12,000-capacity entertainment arena being built in Glasgow, has been lifted into place. The 48m diameter central section took five days and saw a giant steel central section, weighing 330 tonnes, move up the height of a 48m high temporary tower via eight hydraulic jacks with steel cables connected to lifting eyes. executive GM Gordon Anderson claimed the operation was the "most complex feat of engineering in scotland this year". The next step involves placing 16 roof segments on the perimeter of the building and the central section. The Hydro, designed by Foster and Partners, will open in 2013 and play host to about 140 events each year. Clinical Pharmacy exhibitor winCloserstill Media has claimed a 105 per cent rebooking rate at its first Clinical Pharmacy Congress at excel London in April. The event focused on clinical pharmacists in secondary and primary care and featured 75 exhibitors. Clinical Pharmacy Congress also offered a five-stream conference programme delivering 6,034 hours of CPD training to the event's 1,272 delegates. Closerstill Media's congress director Chris Down said a major focus was on helping the nHs trust and private hospital pharmacists to improve standards and share best practices in the face of deepening health sector cuts. A former Tarsus Group staffer has launched a new online resource providing advice on exhibition and event-oriented technologies and tools. events Guru features practical information and guidance on how technologies can be used to manage and optimise event planning and management software, registration packages and apps, onsite interactivity and participation tools, engagement solutions and technical innovations for features and content. Founder Heidi williams, who was previously a business development director, said the free site will also feature a series of advice-led webinars. "There has been a real explosion of technologies in the events and live marketing space in the last couple of years and as an event organiser myself, I have found it difficult to source or select suppliers or find information about the options available," she said. be improved for performers. Ally Pally is also considering introducing colonnaded aisles with mezzanine balconies to improve service zones and acoustics. Conservation of the rose windows and Henry Willis pipe organ are also under review. The fifth stage will see a hotel built within the existing Victorian façade and across the derelict south-west tower. The final stage is aimed at reopening the 3,000-seat Victorian theatre, BBC Studios and basement.Wilson hopes to raise investment from both the private and public sector and will approach partners, hoteliers, potential donors and the Heritage Lottery Fund later this year. Each stage is designed to stand independently. Public consultation runs until 30 June.