Nineteen Group acquires Oliver Kinross

Nineteen Group today announces it has acquired the award-winning London and Hong Kong based, global trade show organiser, Oliver Kinross.

Formed in 2008, The Oliver Kinross business includes a series of differentiated market leading, large-scale events in New York, Chicago, Sydney and London. Their events are festivals with unique content and networking opportunities focused on the mega cities they serve.

The Oliver Kinross founders Neil McKenzie and James McKenzie, and the senior management team Barry Saysell and Adam Jaffe will continue to lead the business.

Neil McKenzie, Founder of Oliver Kinross said “We couldn’t be more delighted for Oliver Kinross to be joining Nineteen Group. For the last few years, Nineteen has clearly been the ones to watch in the UK exhibition industry. Their private equity backing, combined with a highly experienced management team has proven to be an incredible recipe for success. In a short space of time, they have become a major player in the UK Exhibitions sector and now harbor ambitious plans to go global. We couldn’t be more excited to be joining them on this journey.”

James McKenzie, Founder of Oliver Kinross said “We’d like to thank all our dedicated team, our customers, suppliers and venues for helping Oliver Kinross reach the stage where we are worthy of joining forces with Nineteen. We have some really exciting plans with Nineteen to grow our shows and further develop our global portfolio. We can’t wait to be teaming up with Peter, Alison and Jon and the wider Nineteen team and we have no doubt that as part of the Nineteen Group, we can take Oliver Kinross and our shows to the next level of success.”
Peter Jones, CEO of Nineteen added “From the moment we stepped into the Oliver Kinross shows, they felt right. Busy and engaging with a real festivalisation feel. The OK team could have been acquired by anyone, and we feel most privileged they chose us. This moment has been a long time coming, but only the beginning of a new journey together. We must now repay the trust by delivering on our promise to get behind, and support, OK’s talented people to keep growing, disrupting, and having fun.”

About Nineteen Group
Nineteen Group is culture driven, rapidly expanding trade show organiser, based in the centre of Wimbledon. Backed by Phoenix Equity Partners, Nineteen connects tens of thousands of people across a number of trade shows, publications and digital products, inspiring our communities to grow.
Operating across several markets including security, cyber, fire, safety, manufacturing, technology, emergency response and retail, Nineteen is more than just a number with a successful team on an exciting journey of growth to become a world-leading organiser.

About Oliver Kinross
Oliver Kinross is a fast growing event business focussed on international and UK mega cities. Based in central London and Hong Kong, their portfolio includes. / / /