Nineteen Group acquires Broden Media

Nineteen Group has acquired Broden Media Limited (“Broden Media”), the organiser of The Emergency Services Show and publisher of Emergency Services Times magazine. This is the latest acquisition by Nineteen Group, in line with the team’s plan to build a leading independent trade exhibitions organiser through organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

On the back of the acquisition of Western Business Exhibitions and investment from Phoenix Equity Partners last year, the acquisition of Broden Media adds another major event at the NEC in Birmingham to the Nineteen Group portfolio.

The Emergency Services Show is a two-day annual event which runs in September and brings together all disciplines from the emergency services sector to discover innovative technologies and operational solutions, share their experiences and unite in their collaborative approach to public safety. The exhibition is in its 14th year and features over 450 exhibiting companies, including leading names in vehicles and fleet, communications, technology, medical and fire-fighting equipment, search and rescue, extrication, water rescue and first response. Last year it attracted a record 8,300 visitors.

David Holden and David Brown, Broden Media’s joint Managing Directors, will remain at the helm and shareholders of the company. The wealth of experience of the Broden Media team combined with the resources available through the Nineteen Group, will help the event to grow even further and continue to provide an improved experience for all who attend as exhibitors, visitors or partners.

Nineteen Group CEO, Peter Jones, said: “As Nineteen Group continues to grow, I couldn’t think of a better event than The Emergency Services Show. It fits perfectly with our current series of Security, Health and Safety, Fire, Facilities and Disaster Response events, both at the NEC in Birmingham in April and at Olympia in London in December. The strengths that David Holden, David Brown and their team bring from this sector will bring a new strength to the Nineteen Group and help us continue to run and develop a great stable of complementary events, providing the best experience for all of our visitors and exhibitors alike.”

David Holden and David Brown added: “The opportunity to take Broden Media forward as part of the Nineteen Group is very exciting. Aligning our complementary events will deliver real benefits for our most important partners, our exhibitors and our visitors. Couple this with the experience and strength of Peter Jones’ team and the secure backing of Phoenix Equity Partners and we create the perfect environment to ensure rapid growth to deliver even better Emergency Services shows year on year.”