This events organiser owns the rights to many UK exhibitions, including the Olympia Horse Show and the Baby Show. In 2015, chairman Simon Kimble, 54, led the acquisition of 10 companies, including rival firm Urban Expositions, which helped lift sales 56% to £139.1m in the year to January 2016. In July, private equity firm Blackstone acquired the group from Providence Equity Partners in a £600m deal.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank198
CompanyClarion Events
ActivityEvents organiser
LocationWest London
Sales £m139.1
Operating profit £m24.4
Main shareholders

Blackstone (>50%), management (<50%)

Staff614
Founded1948
Websitewww.clarionevents.com

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