Informa was formed in 1998, and through growth and acquisition, has become a leading international Business Intelligence, Academic Publishing, Knowledge and Events business.

Some of our brands have a history dating back much further, including Lloyd's List - now part of the Business Intelligence Division – and the Philosophical Magazine – an Academic Publishing journal.


2018 - Informa acquires UBM

Informa combines with UBM in June 2018, to create a leading B2B Information Services Group.


2017 - Informa acquires YPI

Informa expands position in International Yachting exhibitions through purchase of YPI.


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 Global Exhibitions Division.


2014- GAP launched

Informa launches the 2014-2017 Growth Acceleration Plan.


2013 - China Beauty Investment

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


2012 - Informa acquires MMPI

Informa expands exhibition 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 the Knowledge & Networking Division.


1852 - Taylor & Francis founded

Richard Taylor, a publisher and Dr. William Francis, a chemist join forces to create a publishing company, the forerunner to Informa's Academic Publishing Division.


1798 - Philosophical Magazine published

The Philosophical Magazine, now published by the Academic Publishing Division, is produced by Richard Taylor.


1734 - Lloyd's List established

Lloyd's List, now part of Informa's Business Intelligence Division, was created when Edward Lloyd pinned a copy of his shipping list to the wall of a London coffee shop.