New team adds ZiNg to eveNt researchA new market insights organisation for the event and publishing industries has been set up in the UK. Zing is the brainchild of former Vivid Interface analysts Lisa Holt, Jo Walther and Paul Kemp and aims to provide integrated data and insights around events, exhibitions and publishing. The trio claim to have found a gap in the market for providing qualitative and quantitative research on media brands using financial and exhibitor information, ticket sales, subscription data, online analytics, feedback and testimonials. Target customers include event and exhibition organisers along with consumer and B2B publishers. "We want to bring together all the data sources that people we have worked with over the years have access to, but who don't necessarily have the time or expertise to pull together into clear information," said Holt, who has assumed a director's role. Holt previously spent four years with Vivid and was formerly insights manager for Archant Publishing. Walther was a Vivid director for six years and is a member of the Market Research Society. Kemp, who is Zing's operations manager, has been with various research agencies including Nunwood Consulting, RBA Research and Vivid. centaur recruits evans as exhibition mdCentaur Exhibitions has appointed Andrew Evans as its new MD following Calum Taylor's resignation. Evans joins the organiser's operating board as MD from 1 September. He news8 www.exhibitionnews.co.ukis currently chief operating officer at Brand Events. "Andrew has 24 years' experience in the exhibition industry, both in the UK and international markets, and has led businesses operating with a focus on both business-to-business and business to consumer markets," Centaur Media CEO Geoff Wilmot said. "With the two other divisional managing directors on the newly established operating board, I am confident Andrew will play a key part in the future growth of Centaur."Taylor has been head of Centaur Exhibitions for 10 years and with the company for 22 years. "Working in an entrepreneurial environment has fuelled my desire to own my own company," Taylor (pictured) said in a statement. "With Centaur Exhibitions' profits once again growing strongly, now is the right time to move on." His departure coincides with a restructure at Centaur Media which emap has revealed a £17m loss from the sale of the Professional Beauty exhibition and magazine portfolio in its full-year financial results. The figure was among total and divisional results posted for the year to 31 December 2010. Overall, emap's exhibitions revenue increased by £1m to £78m in the year to 31 December, buoyed by expansion of brands such as BeTT into the Middle east and the naidex south independent living and disability show at excel London. "exhibitions as a whole performed well although events connected to the public sector such as the education show experienced pressure due to continuing uncertainty within the industry," emap stated in its financial report. "success of exhibitions in the retail, health and leisure sectors more than offset the challenges elsewhere." Among plans for 2011 is further development of the UK-based BeTT and Glee exhibitions in 2011. emap will launch the inaugural BeTT Asia at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in november. The new exhibition is the first under the emap and Mack Brooks international joint venture. According to emap, BeTT Asia will cover the entire AseAn education sectors and replaces the former Bes-Asia event, organised by the British educational suppliers Association.Emap rEports full-yEar rEsultsPure London brand extended to third eventThe organiser of Pure London and Pure spirit is launching a third sister event to cater to increased demand for short-order products in the retail sector. Pure Close to season will be held in October at Olympia's Grand Hall and will focus on short-term buyer demand for fashion goods from the Autumn 2011 and spring/summer 2012 collections. Organiser emap said the new show will sit between the biannual Pure London and Pure spirit events, which next runs in August at Olympia and earls Court 2 and again in February 2012. Pure London MD steve newbold pointed out short ordering has increased by 27 per cent over the past three years, with retailers spending 30 per cent more on injection or top up ranges. emap also confirmed Pure London and Pure spirit will be held together under one roof at Olympia from February 2012. The organiser attributed the decision to uncertainty surrounding the future of earls Court, as well as the expansion of Olympia's footprint. Pure spirit was launched in 2010. William Reed food and logistics shows integratedwilliam Reed is integrating its Bakery Industry and UK Food and Drinks Logistics shows into an enhanced Foodex at The neC from 2012.According to exhibitions development director Christina wood, the importance of bakery and distribution services within the broader food and drink processing and packaging sector prompted the show restructure. william Reed acquired the Bakery Industry exhibition in 2008. The Food and Drinks Logistics show meanwhile was launched in 2010 to cover distribution. Both previously co-located with Foodex at The neC. "Bakery is the single biggest category in the food and drink area. It was then logical that we bring in Food and Drinks Logistics, which represents the biggest area of growth for logistics companies," wood said. The next-look Foodex runs in March 2012.will see the company split into three operating divisions: Business publishing, business information and exhibitions. As part of the changes, Centaur's business publishing division is being downsized. Plans include merging legal and financial publishing, dropping print versions of Design Week and New Media Age, combining HR and engineering publishing and selling several assets. According to several media reports, Centaur's restructure will result in about 60 job losses. Centaur is predicting a 14 per cent rise in total revenue and pre-tax earnings for the year to 30 June 2011 after strong trading across its exhibition and digital divisions in the last two months. Event revenue continues to show steady growth and is 20 per cent ahead of the second half of 2010, meaning underlying year-on-year revenue growth across the events portfolio is up 13 per cent, according to a company statement.
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