Sector Exhibitions and media
Location London
Investment type Partnership Capital
Date March 2015
Status Current
Website www.closerstillmedia.com
Non-Executive Directors David Whileman, Edward Lynch

CloserStill Media

The company

Founded in 2008 by Phil Soar and Andy Center, respectively Chairman and Chief Executive, along with two other principals and founding directors, Phil Nelson and Michael Westcott, the business operates content-led exhibitions throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East. Focused on the multi-billion pound healthcare and technology sectors, CloserStill has established its leading position by providing world-class content and attracting large, high value audiences. The global exhibitions market is one of the most important business-to-business marketing channels, valued at $28bn in 2013 and projected to grow at 5% p.a. over the next three years.

Growth strategy

Ambitious to further develop their international footprint, the management sought an investment partner who could help accelerate global growth and facilitate targeted acquisitions. Inflexion’s Partnership Capital offering was particularly appealing, allowing the successful team to take the reins of their business with a supportive minority investor on-board.

The Inflexion difference

CloserStill’s best-in-class management team has built a solid platform for international expansion. Inflexion’s partnership and investment will help the business continue to innovate through the international replication of successful events in other markets, working together to assess new geographies with the support of Inflexion’s international offices. As well as supporting CloserStill’s targeted acquisition strategy, Inflexion’s investment will help accelerate organic growth in its young and vibrant exhibitions portfolio, capitalising on excellent renewal rates and high demand.