This company organises more than 240 conferences and exhibitions around the world. In 2017, private equity firm Blackstone acquired the group from Providence Equity Partners in a £600m deal and has backed the latest two acquisitions — Hong Kong’s Global Sources for an undisclosed sum, and the PennWell Corporation in Oklahoma for £222m, both this year. Clarion has 15 offices worldwide and had international turnover of £53.1m in 2017 under chairman Simon Kimble, 54.
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