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September 24, 2014
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UK: Global Experience Specialists Acquires AV Supplier Blitz

Pictured: (left to right) Jason Popp, GES executive vice president - international, Ashok Makanji, Blitz chief financial officer, Steve Moster, GES chief executive officer, Paul Hutton, Blitz managing director.Roadshow and exhibitions-focused Global Experience Specialists (GES) has snapped up AV company Blitz Communications in a bid to become a full service supplier for live events, conferences and exhibitions.

Blitz, based in London and Manchester, is the in-house AV provider at ExCeL London, Earls Court, Olympia, Manchester Central, and the NEC in Birmingham. According to accounts filed at Companies House, Blitz posted pre-tax profits of £474k in the year ending 31 December 2013, down on 2012’s figure of £1.1 million, which included 'one-off' business during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Jason Popp, GES's executive vice president international, said, “The acquisition of Blitz Communications combines AV services with our existing range of services, allowing GES to offer an increasingly comprehensive and convenient approach to service delivery for our event and congress organisers and the end-user clients across the EMEA region.”

Paul Hutton, MD of Blitz Communications, added: “Blitz has grown and developed since its formation in 1989 and during that time 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.”

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