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UK Conferencing and Events market report

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 and how fast are its rates of growth? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Market segmentation and definitions

The UK conferencing and events industry can be broken down into eight core segments: conferences and meetings, exhibitions and trade fairs, sporting events, music events, incentive travel and performance improvement, corporate hospitality and corporate events, outdoor events, and festivals and cultural events.

The marketplace is highly dynamic, influenced by growth and declines that occurs across these segments. However, it is also widely dependent on external conditions, and is often determined by a number of volatile determinates, including the economic climate, business landscape and trading conditions.

Mintel's Conferencing and Events report looks at the following segments:

  • Conferences and meetings
  • Exhibitions and trade fairs
  • Sporting events
  • Music events
  • Incentive travel and performance improvement
  • Outdoor events
  • Festivals and cultural events

Company Profiles

Mintel's B2B reports provide company profiles and analysis on the major players of the market:

  • Ascential Events Limited
  • Banks Sadler
  • Chillisauce Limited
  • DMG Events (UK) Limited
  • I.I.R Limited
  • Ite Group Plc
  • Reed Exhibitions Limited

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Marco Amasanti, 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.

The conferencing and events market has continued to grow over the past year, aided by technological progress, innovation and growth across leisure markets. However, activity has been constrained somewhat by the air of uncertainty, a pressure which, alongside mounting security concerns, will remain a core challenge over the coming years. Marco Amasanti
B2B Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: UK conferencing and events market value, £ billion, 2012-16
      • Market segmentation
        • Figure 2: Conferencing and events market segmentation, £ billion, 2016
      • Market factors
        • The UK business landscape
          • Annual UK business investment
            • Figure 3: UK business investment, £ million, Q1 2014-Q2 2017
          • Business confidence index
            • Figure 4: UK business confidence index, per half year, 2007-17
          • Growing security concerns
            • Increasing use of technology across conference and exhibition venues
              • Growth in British leisure industries
                • Figure 5: UK leisure industry value, £ million, 2012-16
              • Market forecasts
                • The market
                  • Figure 6: Conferencing & events market forecast, £ billion, 2017-21
                • Market segmentation
                  • Figure 7: Conferencing & events market segmentation forecast, £ billion, 2017-21
                • Increasing implementation of technology
                  • What we think
                  • Key Issues

                      • How has Brexit manifested in the conferencing and events market over the past year? What impact will it have over the next few years?
                        • Short term
                          • Longer-term
                          • Introduction

                            • Issues in the market
                              • Definitions
                                • Methodology
                                  • Abbreviations
                                    • Market positioning
                                    • UK Economy

                                      • Overview
                                        • Figure 8: Forecast GDP development, % change, 2017-21
                                        • Figure 9: UK GDP quarterly development, 2004-17
                                        • Figure 10: UK GDP in economic downturns and recoveries since 1979
                                      • Inflation
                                        • Interest rates
                                          • Consumer spending
                                            • Manufacturing
                                              • Figure 11: UK manufacturing, 2014-17
                                            • Business investment
                                              • Figure 12: UK GFCF, £ million, 2003-17
                                            • Imports
                                              • Exports
                                              • Market Size

                                                • Key points
                                                  • Figure 13: UK conferencing and events market value, £ billion, 2012-16
                                                  • Figure 14: Gross domestic product, £ million, Q4 2015-Q2017
                                              • Market Segmentation

                                                • Key points
                                                  • Conferences and meetings
                                                    • Figure 15: Conferencing and meetings, £ billion, 2012-16
                                                  • Exhibitions and trade fairs
                                                    • Figure 16: Exhibitions and trade fairs, £ billion, 2012-16
                                                  • Sporting events
                                                    • Figure 17: Sporting events, £ billion, 2012-16
                                                  • Music events
                                                    • Figure 18: Music events, £ billion, 2012-16
                                                    • Figure 19: UK music concerts and festivals market size, £ million, 2013-17
                                                  • Incentive travel and performance improvement
                                                    • Figure 20: Incentive travel and performance improvement, £ billion, 2012-16
                                                  • Corporate hospitality and corporate events
                                                    • Figure 21: Corporate hospitality and corporate events, £ billion, 2012-16
                                                  • Outdoor events
                                                    • Figure 22: Outdoor events, £ billion, 2012-16
                                                  • Festivals and cultural events
                                                    • Figure 23: Festivals and cultural events, £ billion, 2012-16
                                                • Market Factors

                                                  • Key points
                                                    • The UK business landscape
                                                      • Annual UK business investment
                                                        • Figure 24: UK business investment, £ million, Q1 2014-Q2 2017
                                                      • Business confidence index
                                                        • Figure 25: UK business confidence index, per half year, Q2 – Q4 2007-17
                                                      • Growing security concerns
                                                        • Increasing use of technology across conference and exhibition venues
                                                          • Growth in British leisure industries
                                                            • Figure 26: UK leisure industry value, £ million, 2012-16
                                                        • Industry Structure

                                                          • Key points
                                                            • Industry development
                                                              • Changes in the structure of the industry
                                                                • Figure 27: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the conferencing & events industry, by number of outlets and businesses, 2011-16
                                                              • Structure by employment
                                                                • Figure 28: Analysis of the employment structure of the conferencing & events industry, by number of employees and outlets, 2011-16
                                                              • Structure by turnover
                                                                • Figure 29: Analysis of the financial structure of the conferencing & events industry, £000 and businesses, 2011-16
                                                            • Company Profiles

                                                              • Ascential Events Limited

                                                                  • Figure 30: Financial analysis of Ascential Events Limited, £ 000, 2012-15
                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                  • Banks Sadler

                                                                      • Figure 31: Financial analysis of Banks Sadler, £ 000, 2012-16
                                                                    • Recent company activity
                                                                      • Company strategy
                                                                      • Chillisauce Limited

                                                                          • Figure 32: Financial analysis of Chillisauce Limited, £ 000, 2012-16
                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                          • DMG Events (UK) Limited

                                                                              • Figure 33: Financial analysis of DMG Events (UK) Limited, £ 000, 2012-16
                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                              • I.I.R Limited

                                                                                  • Figure 34: Financial analysis of I.I.R Limited, £ 000, 2011-15
                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                • Ite Group Plc

                                                                                    • Figure 35: Financial analysis of Ite Group Plc, £ 000, 2012-16
                                                                                  • Recent company activity
                                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                                    • Reed Exhibitions Limited

                                                                                        • Figure 36: Financial analysis of Reed Exhibitions Limited, £ 000, 2011-15
                                                                                      • Recent company activity
                                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                                        • Market Forecast

                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                            • The market
                                                                                              • Figure 37: Conferencing & events market forecast, £ billion, 2017-21
                                                                                            • Market segmentation
                                                                                              • Figure 38: Conferencing & events market segmentation forecast, £ billion, 2017-21
                                                                                            • Increasing implementation of technology
                                                                                            • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                              • Trade associations
                                                                                                • Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO)
                                                                                                  • Association of Events Organisers (AEO)
                                                                                                    • The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO)
                                                                                                      • Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP)
                                                                                                        • National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA)
                                                                                                          • Trade magazines
                                                                                                            • Meetpie