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Informa is a young company with deep roots. Formed in 1998, some of our brands trace their history back decades and in some cases, centuries.


2024 – Digital Services expansion

In January 2024, we reached an agreement to combine our Informa Tech digital businesses with TechTarget. This proposed combination will help us serve our B2B customers at scale digitally


2023 – Specialist markets expansion

During 2023 we expanded our B2B portfolio, acquiring Tarsus and its specialist live events, Winsight, a specialist in Foodservice and the HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition, a specialist in healthcare IT


2022 - Informa Intelligence divestment

As part of GAP 2, Informa focuses on Academic Markets and B2B Markets, divesting our portfolio of Intelligence businesses including Lloyd’s List, Citeline and EPFR


2021 - Sustainability progress

Informa is ranked top of the global media sector for sustainability for the first time, by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index


2021 - Launch of GAP 2

At the end of 2021 Informa launched GAP 2 - the 2021-2024 Growth Acceleration Plan 2 - a programme to grow further, faster and sustainably through digitisation and further market specialisation


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 1 launched

Informa launches GAP 1 - 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