Big vs Small - Where is bigger better? When is small smart?

Wednesday 30 January

19:30 – 21:30

Welcome Reception

Meet your peers and spend a relaxed evening networking
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After 21:30

After Glow Drinks

For additional networking and dialogue, this is the place to go to. Until and beyond: "Last orders, please!"

Thursday 31 January

07:00 – 08:00

UFI Running Club

Join the early risers for an easy morning run along the Thames - for some "sightrunning".
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08:30 – 09:30

Breakfast Club

Enjoy a coffee and, if you like, a traditional English Breakfast, and have your first network conversations in our designated GCS Breakfast Club.
09:30 – 10:15

Welcome, Introduction & Setting the Stage

Charlie McCurdy, CEO, Informa Global Exhibitions (UK)

Our 2019 GCS Chairman will get us started, leading the introductions and setting the stage for the coming two days of sessions.
10:15 – 11:00

Best Practice: A conversation on M&A

Charlie McCurdy, CEO, Informa Global Exhibitions (UK)
Douglas Emslie, Group Managing Director, Tarsus Group (UK)

The Informa takeover of UBM defined 2018 as the biggest year ever on M&A in our industry. Doug will talk to Charlie about the motives behind it, the implementation, and what this deal means for the future of our industry.
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11:00 – 11:30

Networking Break

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11:30 – 12:15

Big vs. Small: does size matter? - Jochen’s views

Jochen Witt, President & CEO, jwc GmbH (Germany)

Back by popular demand, Jochen Witt will present his take on our theme, and outline the industry’s main challenges. He will challenge you. Get ready to challenge him, too!
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12:15 – 13:30


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13:30 – 14:30

M&A and Show Launches

There is anorganic growth - and there is organic growth. We'll hear and discuss how to launch into changing ecosystems, with evolving formats.

Ed Tranter, Managing Director, 73 Media Ltd (UK)
Small Show Launches
Ed Tranter will look at opportunity, growth and how to take advantage of it when a smaller organiser does not have money to spend on acquisition. Opportunity is everywhere, even in crowded markets, as a smaller organiser it’s there to be taken advantage of, because often, being smaller, means you can react faster to changes within markets and with lower overheads you can make profits on smaller shows. Ed will also talk about the method he uses for assessing and launching shows.

Renaud Hamaide, President, Comexposium (France)

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14:45 – 17:45


Simon Foster, CEO, Comexposium (France)

Asia Pacific
Aloysius Arlando, CEO, SingEx Holdings (Singapore)

José Navarro Meneses, General Director, Tarsus Mexico (Mexico)

Back by popular demand – three parallel sessions, covering recent developments in different regions and markets around the world.
Leave your comfort zone, and explore!
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19:00 – 22:30

Gala Dinner

Think London - think heritage. Think fun and awe.

Friday 01 February

07:00 - 08:00

UFI Running Club

There's so much to see when running along the Thames - we prepared a 2nd route for this morning!
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08:30 – 09:30

Breakfast Club

Enjoy a coffee and, if you like, a traditional English Breakfast, and have your first network conversations in our designated GCS Breakfast Club.

Welcome back!

Moderator: Charlie McCurdy, CEO, Informa Global Exhibition (UK)
09:30 – 10:00

Big vs Small - Mike’s view

Mike Rusbridge, UK Events Industry Board (UK)

In an industry buzzing about M&A, are we paying enough attention to the changing demands of our customers? If only a quarter of show visitors are very happy with the show they attend - can we remain content?
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10:00 – 10:45

Best Practice: Tech adoption

Nicole Peck, Executive Vice President, BizBash Media (USA)

Tech is changing our shows every day. Nicole now talks to bots. Today, she will talk about bots talking to our customers.
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10:45 – 11:15

Networking Break

11:15 – 12:00

Big vs. Small: tech evolution

Shelly Palmer, CEO, The Palmer Group (USA)

Offering "personalization at scale" has been a grail quest for years. Until recently, "big" has been synonymous with one-size-fits-all solutions and "small" has been synonymous with personalized solutions. Shelly Palmer will discuss how to leverage emerging technologies to help trade shows and trade organizations get bigger and better by thinking smarter and smaller.
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12:00 – 12:45

Best Practice: Disrupt yourself

Christoph Keese, CEO, hy! (Germany)

After battling through digitization, Axel Springer today is the largest digital publishing house in Europe, with strong market brands such as Bild, Die Welt and the Fakt. The publishing arena has been seriously challenged in recent years by digitization and changes in consumer behavior. Christoph Keese will reveal how Axel Springer became the only publisher in Europe to actually grow their business by homing in on cultural changes and digitizing traditional print media brands. This particular story will bear much relevance to our industry…
12:45 - 13:00


Charlie McCurdy, CEO, Informa Global Exhibition (UK)

Our Chair will share his personal summary of the 2019 Global CEO Summit.
13:00 – 14:00

Closing Lunch

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