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Nineteen Group acquires Western Business Exhibitions

23 November 2018

WESTERN BUSINESS Exhibitions (WBE), host of the industry’s newest exhibition - The Security Event is pleased to announce it has been acquired by award-winning Nineteen Group.

With an established exhibition portfolio that includes International Security Expo and International Disaster Response Expo, Nineteen Group has over 16 years of security sector knowledge, a community of over 180,000 security professionals and the market intelligence and resources to provide invaluable support to the ‘The Security Event’ team and the broader portfolio of WBE events and publications.

Nineteen Group CEO, Peter Jones, said, “I couldn’t be more excited about the acquisition of WBE. They are a formidable team who run a great stable of complementary events. As for their launch of ‘The Security Event’ – they are bringing it back home to the NEC and winning the hearts and minds of the industry by stripping it back to its original format, whilst ensuring it is fresh and relevant for the market today.”

The acquisition of WBE adds another ten events and seven market-leading trade publications to the Nineteen Group portfolio. These include three highly successful and established exhibitions from the WBE portfolio co-located with The Security Event at the NEC in Birmingham: The Fire Safety Event, The Health & Safety Event and The Facilities Event.

Tristan Norman, Founder & Event Director of The Security Event comments, “From our first meeting with Peter Jones and Nineteen Events the synergies were abundantly clear. Furthermore, the investment from Phoenix Equity Partners and subsequent acquisition of Western Business Exhibitions places The Security Event in the strongest possible position to deliver the UK’s number one channel focused event for the UK Security Industry. 

“Now as part of Nineteen Group we are able to offer the industry two shows (TSE & ISE) in two world class venues, each tailored to the needs of both the exhibitors and visitors. We are immensely excited about what can be achieved as a group through continued support of the growing UK security industry across the entire spectrum. It goes without saying that we will remain true to our initial concept and show ethos which has proven so popular to date. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our stakeholders, in particular our founding partners for the support on what has been a hugely exciting journey thus far and we look forward to a phenomenal inaugural event in April.”

As a brand-new exhibition for the UK’s security industry, The Security Event’s core vision is to provide a platform which brings together the channel market of installers, dealers, distributors and resellers all in one place. Along with notable security experts and respected industry bodies, the event will also host around 100 world-leading security brands and aims to reconnect those that produce, specify, install and use security systems on a daily basis.

Big-name providers already confirmed for The Security Event in April include: 2N, ASSA ABLOY, Avigilon, Anixter, Bold Communications, Comelit, Comnet, Controlsoft, Credit Card Keys, Dahua, Deister, Fastlane Turnstiles, Fujifilm, GJD, Gallagher, Genie Access, Honeywell, ICS Security, Luminite, IDIS, Insafe, Morse Watchmans, Risco, SatSecure, Suprema, TDSi, Texecom, Traders Warehouse, Tyco, Winstead, Videcon, Zitko and many more.

In conjunction with the acquisition of WBE, Nineteen Group has received investment from Phoenix Equity Partners. Nineteen Group is continuing its exciting plans for its London shows: International Security Expo, the International Disaster Response Expo and the Safer Cities Summit, which are primarily government, non-government organisation and end-user focused. The investment from Phoenix enables Nineteen to accelerate its vision to grow one of the largest showcases worldwide, bringing a global audience to London.

To register for International Security Expo, opening at at London Olympia on 28-29 November 2018, please visit: www.internationalsecurityexpo.com

The Security Event will take place at the NEC, Birmingham from 9-11 April 2019. For visitor registration, please visit: www.thesecurityevent.co.uk