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Everything you need to make the right decisions

Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Conferencing and Events market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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What are the key challenges facing the industry? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Covered in this report

For the purposes of this report, Mintel has used the following definitions:

  • Conferences and meetings:formal meetings in which people gather to talk about particular topics.
  • Exhibitions and trade fairs:exhibitions are public displays of objects, art, fashion, ideas etc., while trade fairs are organised so that companies in a specific industry can showcase their latest goods and encourage trade.
  • Sporting events:any audience-attended sports games and matches, from single events such as football matches to extended tournaments such as Wimbledon and the Olympics.
  • Music events:live music displays that come in several formats, from gigs and concerts to multi-day festivals.
  • Incentive travel and performance improvement:businessrelated travel intended to acknowledge achievements, provide motivation, and help drive productivity and overall success.
  • Corporate hospitality:the entertaining of clients by companies to promote business, especially at sporting or other public events.
  • Outdoor events:outside gatherings, ranging from flower shows, agricultural shows and charity events, to small village fairs and craft events.
  • Festivals and cultural events: often large-scale activities surrounding special events, such as Christmas, bonfire night or Edinburgh Fringe, or cultural events such as Diwali, Chinese New Year and Notting Hill carnival.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Francesco Salau, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

In 2018, growth in the conferencing and events market remained subdued due to pressure from Brexit-related uncertainty. This is expected to hold the market back until the UK’s future relationship with the EU becomes clear. Nonetheless, the sector’s underlying potential, strategic importance and market diversity indicates a positive future if Brexit is resolved Francesco Salau
B2B Analyst


What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Covered in this Report
      • Executive Summary

          • The market
            • Market growth is being held back by economic uncertainty
              • Figure 1: UK conferencing and events market value and forecast, £ billion, 2014-23
            • Market segmentation
              • Figure 2: UK conferencing and events market segmentation, £ billion, 2018
            • Companies and brands
              • Growth strategies look to synergise acquisitions with new digital infrastructure
                • What we think
                • Issues and Insights

                  • Brexit is having an uneven effect on the sector
                    • The facts
                      • The implications
                        • Digital technology is now instrumental to growth
                          • The facts
                            • The implications
                            • The Market – What You Need to Know

                              • Market growth is held back by economic uncertainty
                                • Immediate future is uncertain, but the market retains potential
                                  • Adopting new technologies will be instrumental to future growth
                                  • Market Size

                                    • Market value is upheld by growing demand for leisure activities
                                      • Figure 3: UK conferencing and events market value, £ billion, 2014-18
                                    • Brexit and US-China trade tensions threaten GDP growth
                                      • Figure 4: Gross domestic product: % year-on-year growth: chain value measured, seasonally adjusted, 2012-18
                                  • Market Segmentation

                                      • Business segment continues to lose market share
                                        • Figure 5: Conferencing and events market segmentation, £ billion, 2018
                                      • Conferencing and meetings growth returns but is muted in 2018
                                        • Figure 6: Conferences and meetings market value, £ billion, 2014-18
                                      • Exhibitions and trade fairs growth slows but remains positive
                                        • Figure 7: Exhibitions and trade fairs market value, £ billion, 2014-18
                                      • Demand for sporting events remains strong
                                          • Figure 8: Sports events market value, £ billion, 2014-18
                                        • Music events continue to grow
                                          • Figure 9: Music events market value, £ billion, 2014-18
                                        • Incentive travel and performance
                                          • Figure 10: Incentive travel and performance market value, £ billion, 2014-18
                                        • Corporate hospitality and corporate events
                                          • Figure 11: Corporate hospitality and corporate events market value, £ billion, 2014-18
                                        • Outdoor events
                                          • Figure 12: Outdoor events market value, £ billion, 2014-18
                                        • Festivals and cultural events
                                          • Figure 13: Festival and cultural events market value, £ billion, 2014-18
                                      • Market Forecast

                                        • Growth continues to be subdued by uncertainty
                                            • Figure 14: UK conferencing and events market forecast, £ billion, 2019-23
                                            • Figure 15: Conferencing and events market segmentation forecast, £ billion, 2019-23
                                          • Conferences and meetings decline to continue until Brexit resolution
                                            • Exhibitions and trade fairs dependent on economic outlook
                                              • Sports and music events continue to be strong contributors to growth
                                              • Market Trends

                                                • Brexit shifts focus abroad
                                                  • Perspectives on virtual and augmented reality diverge
                                                  • Market Drivers

                                                    • Brexit-fuelled uncertainty continues to hold back growth
                                                      • Figure 16: UK Business Confidence Index, 2013 Q3 - 2019 Q2
                                                      • Figure 17: UK business investment, £ million, 2015 Q1 – 2019 Q1
                                                      • Figure 18: The Financial Confidence Index, Jan 2015-Mar 2019
                                                      • Figure 19: Total spend by UK overseas business visitors, £ billion, 2012-18
                                                      • Figure 20: Annual number of UK overseas business visitors (000s), 2012-18
                                                    • Meeting the need to provide value by adopting technological solutions
                                                      • Augmented reality
                                                        • Live conferencing
                                                          • Integrating existing digital services
                                                            • Utilising digital platforms
                                                            • Companies and Brands – What You Need to Know

                                                              • Portfolio-driven growth
                                                                • Industry structure remains stable
                                                                  • Previous investments come to fruition
                                                                  • Industry Structure

                                                                      • Changes in the structure of the industry
                                                                        • Figure 21: Analysis of changes in the structure of the conferencing and events industry, number of outlets and businesses, 2013-18
                                                                      • Structure by employment
                                                                        • Figure 22: Analysis of the employment structure of the conferencing and events industry, 2017 and 2018
                                                                      • Structure by turnover
                                                                        • Figure 23: Analysis of the financial structure of the conferencing and events industry (£’000), and number of businesses by turnover, 2017 and 2018
                                                                    • Company Profiles

                                                                      • DMG Events (UK)
                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                          • Financial information
                                                                            • Figure 24: Financial analysis of DMG Events (UK), £’000, 2013-17
                                                                          • ITE Group Plc
                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                              • Financial information
                                                                                • Figure 25: Financial analysis of ITE Group Plc, £’m, 2014-18
                                                                              • Reed Exhibitions Ltd
                                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                                  • Financial information
                                                                                    • Figure 26: Financial analysis of Reed Exhibitions Ltd, £’000, 2013-17
                                                                                  • Smyle Creative Ltd
                                                                                    • Recent company activity
                                                                                      • Financial information
                                                                                        • Figure 27: Financial analysis of Smyle Creative Ltd, £’000, 2015-18
                                                                                      • Scottish Campus Events Ltd
                                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                                          • Financial information
                                                                                            • Figure 28: Financial analysis of Scottish Event Campus Ltd, £’000, 2013-18
                                                                                        • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                                            • Abbreviations
                                                                                              • Methodology
                                                                                              • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                • Trade associations
                                                                                                  • Trade magazines

                                                                                                  About the report

                                                                                                  This report will give you a complete 360-degree view of your market. Not only is it rooted in robust proprietary and high-quality third-party data, but our industry experts put that data into context and you’ll quickly understand:

                                                                                                  • The Consumer

                                                                                                    What They Want. Why They Want It.

                                                                                                  • The Competitors

                                                                                                    Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                  • The Market

                                                                                                    Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

                                                                                                  • The Innovations

                                                                                                    New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

                                                                                                  • The Opportunities

                                                                                                    Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                                                  • The Trends

                                                                                                    What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

                                                                                                  Please Note: This is a sample report. All of the figures, graphs, and tables have been redacted.