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Informa was formed in 1998, and through growth and acquisition, has become a leading international events and scholarly research group.


2021 - Launch of GAP 2

At the end of 2021 Informa launched the 2021-2024 Growth Acceleration Plan 2, a programme designed to deepen our market specialisation and accelerate digitisation throughout the company


2021 – New intelligence brand

Launch of Curinos, a brand providing competitive intelligence and decision making tools in retail banking, created through the combination of Financial Intelligence’s FBX business with the company Novantas.


2020 – Moving FasterFoward

Informa launched FasterForward, our approach to becoming an ever more sustainable business, with a series of activities and commitments running between 2020 and 2025


2020 - Specialist brands & markets

Launch of Omdia, the new brand for all our specialist Tech data and research products and services

F1000 Research joins Taylor & Francis, expanding our capabilities in open research publishing and our services to the research community


2019 - Performance & Growth

As part of the Accelerated Integration Plan, Informa updates its Group brand identity and the identities of several business divisions and creates a new fifth operating division, Informa Tech.


2018 - Informa acquires UBM

Informa acquires global events company UBM in June 2018 to create a leading business-to-business information services Group, and launches an Accelerated Integration Plan to combine the business.


2017 - Informa acquires YPI

Informa expands its position in the specialist International Yachting market through the purchase of YPI, a Florida-based exhibitions business.


2016 - Informa enters the FTSE 100, acquires Penton

Informa becomes a member of the FTSE 100, an index of the largest UK-listed companies.

Walk the World, Informa's annual global charity initiative launches.

Informa completes £1.2bn acquisition of US based Penton Information Services.


2015 - Informa expands in the US

Informa acquires specialist US exhibitions organisers Virgo and Hanley Wood, strengthening the Exhibitions business.


2014- GAP launched

Informa launches the 2014-2017 Growth Acceleration Plan, which sees the business reorganise into four operating divisions, refocus on our chosen markets, add management talent and invest in products, people and platforms. 


2013 - China Beauty addition

Informa acquires a stake in Baiwen, organiser of China Beauty Expo, expanding its exhibitions and Asia presence.


2012 - Informa acquires MMPI

Informa expands exhibitions business by acquiring Canadian exhibitions business MMPI.


2007 - Informa acquires Datamonitor

Informa acquires Datamonitor, a publicly listed provided of business information.


2005 - Informa acquires IIR Holdings

Informa acquires IIR Holdings and becomes the world's largest publicly-owned event, conference and training business with a presence in the Middle East.


2004 - Informa and Taylor & Francis merge

Informa and academic publisher Taylor & Francis agree an independent merger.


1998 - Informa is formed

Informa is formed with the merger of IBC Group plc and Lloyd's of London Press.


1973 - IIR established

The Institute for International Research (IIR) is founded. Initially producing newsletters and then specialist conferences, which are now part of Informa Connect.


1852 - Taylor & Francis founded

Richard Taylor, a publisher and Dr. William Francis, a chemist join forces to create the Taylor & Francis publishing company.


1798 - Philosophical Magazine published

The Philosophical Magazine, now published by Informa's Taylor & Francis division, is produced by Richard Taylor.