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GES acquires Blitz Communications
World-leading event marketing company, GES (Global Experience Specialists) have recently announced their acquisition of Blitz Communications, AV specialists. The sale confirms GES’ expanding reach into the live events market.
Visual, Digital Media and Lighting Provider
Founded in 1989, Blitz Communications provides expert audio visual, digital media and lighting equipment and services to clients across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Blitz has offices in London and Manchester, and is the in-house provider for many major conference and event venues in the UK such as the NEC, Olympia and Earl’s Court.
GES is a full-service event marketing company, and has has over 3000 employees throughout the world, although this will increase with the addition of Blitz. GES currently harbour an impressive range of marketing services, in late 2013 they began to offer AV services within the US, resulting in a growing sales pipeline. The combination with Blitz in the UK is set to solidify the brand as a major global player within the audio-visual and events industry.
Similar Business Culture and Ethos
The long-standing good relationship between the two companies has ensured that the transaction was carried out smoothly, both parties positive about the transition. Paul Hutton, managing director of Blitz Communications, states, “We have had a close working relationship with GES. Both companies share a similar business culture and ethos. We are thrilled to be part of GES’ dynamic and customer-focused organisation and we are looking forward to growing the overall business through the new opportunities the acquisition presents.”
When asked the reason behind the buy, GES Managing Director Andy Gibb stated "They have a lot of clients in the live events market which we have strategically targeted. We have already collaborated with them for more than two years in events through sharing customers and services, so it was an obvious match.”
Fortunately for Blitz employees, GES has no plans to alter the present company; Gibb announces "They will be Blitz Communications, a GES company. Their management team will remain in place and there will be no closure of offices or redundancies.” Still relatively new to the AV services sector, GES feel’s they would gain no benefit at present from a merge or any sort of closures.