INVESTMENT YEAR
2014
REALISATION YEAR
2019
SECTOR
Services
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Consumer-focused events company

Upper Street Events is a leading events business, owning a portfolio of market leading shows including The Gadget Show Live, The Cycle Show, London Art Fair and Country Living Fairs. Upper Street’s events cater for nearly 250,000 passionate individuals and it works with some 3,500 exhibitors at venues like Alexandra Palace, The Business Design Centre, Olympia, The NEC, Harrogate International Centre, The RDS Dublin and the SECC Glasgow.

We invested in the business in 2014. During our investment we supported a management buyout, and worked with the Upper Street Events team as they developed both pre-existing and new concepts and to deliver creative and relevant content that engages audiences, exhibitors and brands. In 2016 we supported the business to acquire Escape Events, allowing it to launch new shows and expand its delivery of premium events.

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We supported the key acquisition of Escape Events to fuel the company’s growth.

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We sourced talent for Chair, COO, CFO and CEO to strengthen the senior management team.

Upper Street Events timeline

1987 Upper Street Events set up as a division of the Business Design Centre Ltd
2009 Establishes independent entity
2014 Livingbridge invests
2015 Appoints Chair
2016 Appoints COO and CFO
2016 Acquires of Escape Events
2017 Appoints CEO
2019 Livingbridge realises investment with sale to Immediate Media Co.