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History

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.

 

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.