Mark Allen Group to acquire Farmers Weekly

Reed Business Information Ltd (RBI), part of RELX, has agreed to sell the brand to MA Agriculture, a new company created by MAG to house Farmers Weekly. The portfolio includes magazine brand Farmers Weekly, community website and online trading platforms on FWi.com, a growing events portfolio including the Farmers Weekly Awards, newsletters and social media platforms supporting these publishing activities.

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Terrapinn has acquired Highways UK

Terrapinn, the global events company, announced today that it has acquired Highways UK [www.highways-uk.com] a major event bringing together those responsible for the planning, operating and future-proofing of the UK’s road and highway infrastructure. Highways UK was launched in 2015 and now attracts over 170 exhibitors and 6,000 visitors.

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Agencies Forecast 4% Growth For 2020

A weakening global economy will keep underlying ad-spend growth in the mid-single-digit range according to just-released forecasts from GroupM, Zenith and Magna. U.S. political advertising and other cyclical events will help offset moderating growth a little bit according to the forecasts, which are summarized below.

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Questex Acquires Multiple Trade Shows and B2B Brands from Informa

A year after its sale to private equity firm MidOcean Partners, Questex’s path forward continues to take shape. The global B2B media and events firm revealed Tuesday that it has acquired a handful of events and digital brands from Informa plc—a move that CEO Paul Miller says aligns with the company’s strategic focus on “the experience economy.”

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Tarsus acquires Smarter Shows

Tarsus, the global B2B media group, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Smarter Shows; the UK-based exhibition and conference organiser. The acquisition enables Tarsus to strengthen its position in the aerospace, automotive and manufacturing industry sectors whilst increasing its coverage of the related industry supply chains and opening up access to new verticals.

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Roar Techmedia secures investment from Apiary to acquire shows from Prysm

Roar Techmedia, the trade exhibitions organiser, is pleased to announce it has secured a significant investment from Apiary Capital to fund the acquisition of a portfolio of leading events from Prysm Media Group. The events are focussed on the healthcare, environmental and marketing technology sectors and include leading brands such as RWM, Naidex and Call & Contact Centre Expo.

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Future has acquired Barcroft Studios for £23.5m

Award-winning UK factual TV and digital video production company Barcroft Studios today announces it has entered into an agreement that sees its 100% acquisition by global multi-platform media company Future plc (LSE: FUTR) for a total consideration of £23.5 million in a combination of cash and shares.

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Behind Bauer Media’s Print Success

CEO Steven Kotok on how a legacy business model can still work in 2019. Scrappy isn’t necessarily a word you’d use to describe a publishing company that houses the two best-selling titles on U.S. newsstands, but at Bauer Media Group USA, the company’s mindset is exactly that.

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Scary Growth for Sorrell’s S4Capital

WPP founder Sir Martin Sorrell’s recently launched marcoms business S4Capital has reported third quarter revenue up almost 54% to £56.6m, with a nearly 50% increase in gross profit to £42.1m during the period. The figures reflect rapid organic growth as well as M&A.

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