Tarsus, a B2B media group, has announced its acquisition of Smarter Shows, a UK-based exhibition and conference organiser.
Founded in 2010, Smarter Shows has a portfolio of B2B supply chain exhibitions and technical conferences held in Germany and North America with a particular focus on the aerospace, automotive and materials industries. Events in the Smarter Shows portfolio include Ceramics Expo, Space Tech Expo, FOAM Expo and other similar events.
Tarsus Group CEO, Douglas Emslie, said: “Over the years I have observed and admired what James and the Smarter Shows team have achieved. I’m really pleased to be working with them to develop and expand the business going forward. This acquisition is a perfect fit with our strategy of combining organic growth, replications and strategic acquisitions to achieve our ambitious growth targets. I’m delighted to welcome the Smarter Shows team to Tarsus Group and look forward to an exciting future ahead.”
Co-founder and CEO of Smarter Shows, James Reader, added: “We’re delighted to announce the next phase of Smarter Shows’ development as part of Tarsus Group. We are proud of the reputation that we have built for delivering value to our customers along with our strong market knowledge and relationships; this deal represents a fantastic opportunity to further develop our events and international market presence, especially in China and the Middle East where Tarsus has very successful and established operations.”
James Reader will become non-executive chairman at Smarter Shows post-acquisition, whilst joint managing directors Mindy Emsley and Emma Stokes will continue to run day-to-day operations from their offices in Brighton.