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2021 Annual Report:
Digital & Data Acceleration

Read about the latest developments at Informa including our 2021 financial results, the 2021-2024 Growth Acceleration Plan II, the activities of our Board and many customer and colleague highlights in our 2021 Annual Report

Growth Acceleration

Group Chief Executive Review

Informa entered 2021 with stability, strength and the clear goal of returning to long-term sustainable growth. 12 months on, we have delivered a resilient performance and embarked on an ambitious programme of growth, investment and digital acceleration: GAP II.

Read Stephen Carter's review

Board Leadership & Development

Chair’s introduction to Governance

The full focus of the Board and leadership team is now on GAP II and acceleration in all areas. This includes accelerating growth and returns for shareholders.

Read John Riston's introduction

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Growth Acceleration Plan II

Market specialisation has been at the heart of Informa’s strategy for the last seven years.

Our strategy through to 2024 is to continue to deepen our market specialisation and accelerate digitisation in all areas of the business.

We are delivering this through the 2021-2024 Growth Acceleration Plan II. This six-part plan will bring us closer to customers and create a better quality, higher growth and higher value business, with a broader range of opportunities for future growth and success.

Learn more on our 2021-2024 Growth Acceleration Plan II

2021 Financial Results

2021 was a transition year for Informa. The focus gradually shifted from the stability and security established after the impact of the pandemic in 2020, to revitalisation and growth through the launch of GAP II.

At a Group level, we delivered improving revenues, profits and cash flow.

Taylor & Francis and Informa Intelligence grew on an underlying basis throughout the year. Our B2B Markets businesses saw the benefit of a progressive increase in physical events and the continued development of our digital services.

This improving performance led the Board to confirm the intention to resume ordinary dividends at the time of the 2022 interim dividend.

Explore 2021 Informa Financial Review

Underlying revenue growth
Adjusted operating profit
Statutory operating profit
Free cash flow
Net debt

Key Trends in Our Market

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We continue to make progress in our FasterForward programme and in embedding sustainability ever more deeply throughout the business.

Informa was ranked top of the global media sector in 2021 by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and our performance is increasingly recognised by a range of leading third party ratings.

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Colleagues and Culture

Our culture and our colleagues are what makes Informa tick.

Find out about how we focus on creating professional and personal opportunities for everyone and supporting an environment where everyone can fully participate and have a say.

Learn more on page 34 

2021 Governance at a glance

Board Composition


Board Gender Balance


Board Nationality


Board Age


Non-Executive Director Tenure


Digital and Data Spotlight

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