Informa was formed in 1998, and through growth and acquisition, has become a leading international events, intelligence and scholarly research group.
Some of our brands have a history dating back much further, including Lloyd's List, now part of Informa Intelligence, and the Philosophical Magazine, a Taylor & Francis journal.
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.
1734 - Lloyd's List established
Lloyd's List, now part of Informa Intelligence, was created when Edward Lloyd pinned a copy of his shipping list to the wall of a London coffee shop.