newswww.exhibitionnews.co.uk 7Earls Court available in 2013Earls Court and Olympia (EC&O) has again extended its bookings timeline for the Earls Court exhibition centres and will now take exhibitions until at least the end of June 2013. A spokesperson also told EN no date has been decided regarding the closure of the venue for the foreseeable future. The news is in contrast to owner Capital and Counties' (CapCo) original redevelopment timeline, which would have seen the two exhibition centres close straight after its Olympic Games commitments in August 2012 if the redevelopment planning application was approved. The original timeline for closure was based on CapCo's masterplan application gaining approval with 12 months.As previously reported in EN, the masterplan was submitted for approval in June and is understood to be progressing. The ambitious nature of the 77-acre project makes comparisons against other planning application timelines difficult. In August, EC&O said the venue was committed to providing organisers with dates at least 16-18 months ahead to ensure they have enough time to market and prepare future exhibitions. This extension meant bookings at Earls Court were available through to the end of 2012. News of the significant extension came a week after Reed Exhibitions expressed confidence that its International Jewellery London (IJL) exhibition would run at Earls Court in September 2012 and 2013. The show's commitment to Earls Court was the first indication that organisers would have access to the venue into 2013. Reed reported total visitors to this year's IJL were on par with last year at 9,084 but highlighted an increase in its hosted buyers via the new Diamond Club programme. The IJL exhibition also saw an increase in exhibitors to 580 companies compared with 511 in 2010.In BrIEfCaravan CounCil EvEnts ChiEf quitsMD of the national Caravan Council (nCC) events division Gary Barbe has announced his immediate departure just a month out from the association's first caravan show. In a statement, nCC said Barbe was leaving to pursue other professional interests and credited him with pulling together an experienced exhibition team including four directors: Andrew whalley (sales), Alyson Guiel (operations) Karen Dodd (marketing) and simon Coe (exhibition projects). The association was adamant Barbe's departure would not affect the forthcoming Motorhome and Caravan show at The neC from 11 to 16 October, and the launch of the Motorhome, Caravan and Camping show at excel London from 14 to 19 February 2012.aEv's nEw ChairThe Association of event Venues (AeV) has announced The neC's MD Kathryn James as its new chair. she takes over the role from Graham stephenson, who has been chair of the venue association for the last two years and is COO of the Business Design Centre. Other industry figures selected to the AeV's board were simon Kent of Harrogate International Centre and Archie Glendinning from Royal Highland Centre. Graz Kalenik from the Barbican Centre and steve Brice from O2 were re-elected.rEEd ClarifiEs itspa Exhibition disputEReed has clarified the circumstances behind court proceedings between the company and Itspa show organiser Richard Joslin, which were referenced in a news article and the editor's letter in EN's september issue."we would like to provide the correct version of the facts and outcome in relation to this case," Reed said in a statement."Reed exhibitions' legal proceedings against the Joslins, the owners of Itspa, were not about the ownership of an idea or the proximity of Itspa to any of Reed's portfolio. "The proceedings were about the unlawful theft of Reed's confidential information and data. The Joslins accepted liability in the proceedings and agreed to close the event as well as pay Reed's associated costs."Centaur details annual exhibition resultsCentaur's exhibition and events division reported a six per cent revenue increase to £15.7m in the year to 30 June 2011. The division, which represented one-quarter of the organiser and publishing company's top-line result, also reported adjusted pre-tax earnings of £2.3m. A key exhibition performer was Marketing Week Live, which saw a 24 per cent revenue rise and 31 per cent visitor increase compared with 2010. Other division highlights included Centaur's home interest exhibitions and Employee Benefits live. Event revenues meanwhile delivered 11 per cent growth driven by B2B events. Despite this, a £7.5m impairment charge left the division with a net loss of £6.4m. Overall, Centaur Media confirmed a 14 per cent group revenue increase to £68.3m for the year to 30 June. The company's pre-tax earnings also rose by 50 per cent year-on-year to £9.9m, while adjusted profit before tax increased by 63 per cent. Centaur was restructured in June into three core divisions: Business publishing, business information and exhibitions. The restructure saw the departure of long-serving exhibitions chief Calum Taylor, who has since been replaced by ex-Brand Events MD Andrew Evans. According to the group's financial result, the restructuring programme impacted this year's net result and added a one-off £2.9m charge to its balance sheet. Centaur reported a pre-tax loss of £30.3m including a non-cash impairment charge of £32.2m. "This is an encouraging set of results with adjusted profits, earnings and cash generation all significantly improved," Centaur CEO Geoff Wilmot said. "We have made small but important bolt-on acquisitions as well as disposals, as we optimise our portfolio. "Centaur has acquired momentum and is well placed as a preferred provider of business information and services to our professional and commercial markets of choice."In other news, Centaur has embarked on an initiative to increase hosted buyers at its upcoming Business Travel Show (BTS) at Earls Court next February. The organiser has appointed former EIBTM hosted buyer account manager Graham Angus to help bring 1,200 of Europe's corporate travel buyers to next year's exhibition for 6,000 meetings. Centaur has also partnered with the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association to collaborate on the London and Dusseldorf Business Travel Shows, the Business Travel Club and the European Travel Buyer Award.
EcovElocity dEfEnds rEsultThe former organiser of the British International Motor Show has defended attendance at their first low-carbon motor show at Battersea Power Station. The Metro newspaper group and exhibition organiser Inernational Motor Industry Events (IMIE) announced EcoVelocity's launch in April. The JV relies on IMIE's British Motor Show experience and the Metro's urban London audience and marketing scope. Event director Giles Brown said it originally expected 20,000-30,000 visitors to attend the show and claimed advanced ticket sales exceeded expectations. However, the final figure was just under 7,000 across the four days. "As a launch show, it was impossible to predict visitor numbers; our original forecast was too high," he said. "The currency exhibitors use to judge the event is quality test drives and leads, not just footfall. It was abundantly clear we delivered those in spades, with car makers providing, on average, 400 test drives during the show period."Our objective going forward is to find a way to increase event capacity and in turn increase overall visitor numbers." EcoVelocity was supported by 19 car manufacturers who provided three or four vehicles for attendees to test drive.The show included an 11-17 year old track for test driving using dual-controlled Seat brand cars. My First Licence also allowed 5-12 year olds to faversham launches new print showExhibition organiser Faversham House is launching a new show targeting the commercial print sector at The NEC. Digital Print UK will take place from 18 to 20 September 2012 and is focused on the growing use of digital technology in the national printing industry. The show comes off the back of Sign and Digital UK (pictured), which Faversham acquired in 2000 and which saw a 20 per cent exhibitor increase this year. Event director Rudi Blackett said Digital Print UK will employ the formula that enabled Sign and Digital UK to establish its position as a meeting place for the sign making and wide format industry. September was chosen because it was the prime early autumn time in the industry's buying cycle. "As organisers of Sign and Digital we have become increasingly aware news8 www.exhibitionnews.co.ukthat there is an opportunity to replicate that exhibition in the commercial print sector," Blackett said. Content and exhibitors will stretch from concept and design through to output and finishing. Blackett said target visitors range from print departments within government, education, finance and leisure sectors to digital print agencies, label and packaging print companies and mail houses.NEC CoNtraCt NEwsCrowne Plaza's Colchester venueA 3,516sqm arena for exhibitions and events is now open as part of the £6m refurbishment and launch of the Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester. The arena can host 2,500 delegates theatre-style, has 16 meeting rooms and additional conference space. The former Five Lakes Colchester Hotel also boasts 194 en suite rooms, a large espa spa facility and two golf courses. Five Lakes in essex is owned by AB Hotels and managed by BDL Management under IHG's Crowne Plaza flag. Readers respond to EN's Top 200The Top 200 UK exhibitions list in EN's september issue has generated significant debate around the merit of comparing shows and the changing nature of industry research. EN received several updates and feedback on the listings, which showcased exhibitions, their owners, location, net square metrage, visitor numbers and frequency. The timing of the information in the list, compiled by Phil soar and Vivid Interface, has been questioned. According to soar, the information was updated to April 2011 and doesn't reflect results from shows held after this date. As was stated in the print issue, accessing up-to-date revenue and square metrage figures presented no shortage of challenges. Updates and clarifications are welcome and the authors recognise the difficulty in ensuring the request for information is sent to the right person and to every UK company.Feedback from several organisers indicates there were shows listed with out-of-date square metrage sales and visitor numbers, or that their shows were not included in the Top 200. while the list was published in good faith, EN appreciates the impact publishing out-of-date information can have on how shows are potentially perceived. Readers that want to question or verify the research should direct inquiries to soar or the organiser of the show. EN will post an article online listing clarifications and amended details on the Top 200 on 13 October 2011. Readers will be able to contribute to this list until then by contacting the editor. The clarifications and amendments will be available at: www.exhibitionnews.co.ukConstruction company Galliford Try has been awarded the £80m contract to build a new casino for gaming enterprise Genting UK at The national exhibition Centre (neC) in Birmingham. EN recently reported The neC recently welcomed solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Licensing Committee's decision to award Genting UK the large casino licence for solihull. The casino is part of a proposed £120m entertainment complex called Resorts world for the Birmingham site. It will include conference and banqueting facilities, a four-star hotel, a spa, a retail outlet centre, a multi-screen cinema, food and beverage outlets and car parking. Construction is due to commence in the first quarter of next year and be completed by March 2014. try out a Honda 50cc scooter under strict conditions. To keep exhibitor costs down and ensure the environmental footprint was up to scratch, exhibitors were housed in outdoor units also used at regional county shows. EcoVelocity was opened by London Mayor Boris Johnson (pictured) on 8 September."We wanted to create an event more in keeping with the needs of the car industry today," Brown said. "The closure of the British Motor Show in 2008 was because manufacturers couldn't afford a lavish gig again. "Choosing an iconic venue like Battersea was as important as the event itself. What we are allowing visitors to do is test cars at a show that's unique."