The first job was to build up the directory which generated sufficient funds to be able to launch the first ever exhibition industry magazine, Exhibition News…now just EN of course.
“I didn’t really know what I was doing,” says Agostini. “I wrote the magazine under the pseudonym of Roberto Zio (Italian for Bob’s uncle), designed and laid it out on mum’s kitchen table, sold a few adverts and took it round to the printers. When I got it back I stuffed it in envelopes, hand wrote around 1500 names and addresses and dropped it round to major UK organisers in an old blue Fiat 127”.
The operation has grown to become a little more slicker than that these days, employing over 60 people and providing nearly 30 different products and services across digital, print, and live event mediums, and reaching over 100,000 MICE industry professionals every year.
We also have a portfolio with some of the biggest names in the events industry, from EN, to International Confex, Conference News, to Access All Areas. The business retains the ability to create and nurture great products.