NEWS THE MONTH IN NUMBERS 13 heritage brand sale completed by Ascential 5 per cent reduction in waste to landfill by the SEC 3 year partnership between Ocean Media and Full Circle Events 10 £7.4m turnover for Central Hall Westminster CloserStill acquires Online Educa Berlin CloserStill Media has announced the acquisition of one of Europe’s leading education and learning conference and exhibitions – Online Educa Berlin (OEB) – from ICWE GMbH for an undisclosed sum. OEB welcomes more than 2,000 delegates from across the education and corporate learning sector, and includes an exhibition featuring more than 80 international Edtech companies and institutions. The acquisition will complement CloserStill’s existing event brand, Learning Technologies, which has events in Paris and London. Commenting on the acquisition and the launch plans for Learning Technologies Germany in 2018 alongside OEB, CloserStill’s learning group director, Mark Penton, said: “We are genuinely excited to bring the highly respected OEB event into our family of market- leading events and to work with its founder Rebecca Stromeyer. “We see a significant opportunity to evolve OEB into one of Europe’s most important learning events with the introduction of our Learning Technologies brand into the heart of the European marketplace.” OEB founder Rebecca Stromeyer, who will continue to be involved in shaping the education agenda for OEB with CloserStill, added: “I am delighted to be taking OEB into a new partnership with CloserStill and its Learning Technologies brand. With its worldwide network of leading learning and technology events, CloserStill brings an impressive portfolio of attributes, which will help to strengthen OEB and maintain its position as Europe’s leading conference on technology assisted learning.” 2019 multi-year deal signed between Clarion and Agility Quote/ Unquote “It’s vital that workplaces offer talented young people the opportunity to kickstart their careers” –Jane Baker, president of the MPI UK&I Chapter, on the association’s Vanessa Cotton Scholarship, which saw Reed Exhibitions offer work placements to two entrants January 2018 | exhibitionnews.co.uk Hotelympia announces new shows Hotelympia, the exhibition for the hospitality, food and service industry, has announced the addition of four shows to run under one roof in 2018. The move is part of a strategy to give the trade exhibition a fresh new identity. The events are run by a new organising team at Fresh Montgomery, who undertook a mission to reinvigorate the hospitality event in October 2017. “In modernising its approach, a revitalised Hotelympia will reaffirm its position as the industry’s must-attend showcase event for every hospitality business,” a statement from the organiser said. The four new shows in the Hotelympia portfolio are: • The Professional Kitchen Show • The Foodservice Show incorporating Café Commerce • Hospitality Tech Show • Interiors and Tableware Show Taking place on 5-8 March at ExCeL London, these events will be specialists in their specific fields, promising the very latest innovation90s and benefitting from Hotelympia’s heritage; the hospitality exhibition attracts 25,000+ visitors.