Exhibition News June 2018 - Page 9

Mash Media launches EN Race Day 2018 EN publisher Mash Media has revealed the details of the 2018 edition of the hugely popular EN Race Day event. The event, which takes place on Wednesday 19 September, will bring together top industry fi gures for an in- depth panel discussion followed by a meal and an afternoon enjoying the races at host venue Sandown Park Racecourse. This year’s discussion will be covering a topic that has perhaps never been more relevant to the global exhibition industry: private equity and venture capitalist investment in the industry. A panel including Clarion CEO Russell Wilcox, CloserStill chairman Phil Soar and Faversham House CEO Amanda Barnes will be joined by moderator Denzil Rankine of AMR International for a debate covering the benefi ts and pitfalls of private equity investment, as well as offering attendees practical advice for entering and navigating that world. EN editor Nicola Macdonald commented: “The EN Race Day is always a fantastic event, providing the industry with an in-depth discussion on a hot button topic along with opportunities to network, socialise and enjoy the races. “This year’s discussion is sure to be of interest to many in the industry, and with such an illustrious panel the debate is bound to be entertaining and informative in equal measure.” ITE Group moves to acquire Ascential Events portfolio in proposed £300m deal Organiser ITE Group has proposed the acquisition of seven Ascential event brands – including Spring Fair, Autumn Fair, Bett and CWIEME – in a deal which may be worth £300m. ITE Group CEO Mark Shashua told EN: “The deal absolutely fi ts our vision statement of how we want to evolve into a portfolio of market leading events. Regardless of the geographies, it’s all about the product now. As a company we are moving from a de-centralised, geographic-based business to one that is product-led, and with those products we’re open-minded as to where they are in the world, as long as they’re market leading. “With this deal we’re tripling our global brands in one fell swoop, and fi ve of the Ascential events will become part of our top ten. We feel there are really clear opportunities for growth. “Ascential are terrifi c at what they do, but Eventbrite partners with Instagram Event creators can now add a ‘Get Ticket’ button to the profi le page of their Instagram business account, thanks to a new partnership between the social media giant and Eventbrite. The partnership with Instagram is an extension of an existing par tnership the ticketing platform has with Facebook, which launched ticketing integration in 2016 resulting in 2x more ticket sales and free registrations than events that redirect to a ticketing page. Cvent to acquire QuickMobile Cvent has announced its intent to acquire QuickMobile, a pioneer of mobile event apps, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The acquisition will broaden and deepen Cvent’s mobile event app and onsite solution capabilities and help the company extend its reach in the marketplace through QuickMobile’s extensive partner network. Trophex Live to return to Sandown it’s very clear that these shows have been non-core. They’ve not had the investment, the management focus, the operational rigour that you would expect in a core business. For us we can see clear opportunities for how to reverse those trends, and put back in the operational rigour and investment in order to drive growth. “The real growth brands are Bett and Coil Winding. There is enormous scope, not only to grow the main events themselves but very much to scale up the geoclones which were never invested in, to really drive the scalability of those geoclones, as well as to bring them into markets where ITE has very strong platforms – Russia, India, Turkey, China. “We are looking to create a world-leading portfolio of market-leading events that deliver an outstanding experience and ROI for our customers – that’s our mission statement. These shows can deliver that.” Trophex Live will come at Sandown Park on 13-14 January 2019, having last taken place at the venue in 1993, and is expected to attract in excess of 1,500 visitors. Tracy Rusbridge, regional business development executive, Jockey Club Venues – London said: “The exhibition is truly unique and is the only major show of its kind in the industry and so we’re honoured to be a part of its continual growth.” London Boat Show 2019 cancelled British Marine, which organises and owns the London Boat Show, has announced that the 2019 show, due to run at ExCeL London from 9-13 January 2019, will not take place. This decision was made after independent research by exhibition experts, Zing Insights, showed there was insuffi cient support from a large proportion of the marine industry to the London Boat Show with its current format, duration and location. exhibitionnews.co.uk | June 2018 9