Manchester Arena operator SMG Europe faces fraud investigation

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are investigating fraud allegations at SMG Europe, the operator of the Manchester Arena and other venues in the UK and abroad. In a statement, GMP has said: “On 15 October 2014, police received an allegation of fraud. An investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing.” Reportedly, no arrests have been

In pictures: Mobile Technik at Hasbro’s Transformers roadshow

Mobile Technik has provided trailers for Hasbro’s Transformers roadshow. To promote its new range of Transformers toys and digital app, Hasbro kick-started its UK-wide experiential roadshow this weekend at Sunderland International Air Show, 24–26 July, inviting consumers to discover the new Robots in Disguise toy range as well as an exclusive look at the brand

Portsmouth bids for 2019 Grand Depart

The city of Portsmouth is bidding to host the 2019 Tour De France Grand Depart. Portsmouth Council leader Donna Jones outlined plans for a bid, which include engagement from Brittany Ferries and Portsmouth’s twin city of Caen in France. “It would bring millions to Portsmouth and project images of Portsmouth around the world. It will

Visit England report shows Grand Départ business boom

Visit England figures have shown a 45% uptick in visitor spend around the UK in the last 12

London venue Farmers & Fletchers In the City to relaunch

Billed as a luxury events venue, the space will be home to two city livery companies: The Worshipful Company of Farmers and The Worshipful Company of Fletchers. The building closed in 2013 for a substantial two-year renovation programme costing over £1.8m. The venue will room for private and corporate events from private dinners, wedding receptions

IMG acquires Winter Wonderland producer PWR

Sports, events, fashion and media company IMG has acquired PWR Events. PWR are producers of the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland for The Royal Parks and the Hampton Court Palace Festival for Historic Royal Palaces. The management team and staff of PWR will continue their roles, while becoming part of the company’s Events division that also

In pictures: Stageco’s ‘Kinetic Cathedral’ at Electric Daisy Carnival

More than 35,000 revellers flocked to Milton Keynes National Bowl on Saturday (11 July) for Electric Daisy Carnival, which featured a ‘Kinetic Cathedral’ stage by Stageco. The British edition of the dance music event featured sets from dance legends Tiësto, Paul van Dyk, Hardwell, Ferry Corsten and Steve Aoki. Taking place the National Bowl in

In pictures: Latitude Festival’s 10th Anniversary

Latitude Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary in style this weekend, with headliners including Portishead and secret sets from Thom Yorke and Ed Sheeran. The event, held at Henham Park, features a selection of music, comedy, literature and arts for 35,000 revellers. This year, swimming and punting in the lake was introduced, and luxury camping was provided by

Wimbledon tennis and Ramadan hold London’s demand

London is holding off competition in the events industry despite high room rates, tight occupancy and a strong currency. New figures from industry analyst Global STR reveals that hotels saw a 1.9-% dip in average daily rate to £158.71 and a 0.6-per cent increase in occupancy to 88.1% last month. The research company said London

WRG launches Ashdown Academy for students

Experiential agency WRG has partnered with Ashdown Academy in London on a project designed to find the event stars of the future. The new 2015 programme, based at the University of London and King’s College, builds on WRG’s existing postgraduate scheme run in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University. The new programme sees WRG engaging future talent for

Fantastic Fireworks, Hawthorns, Lasersound team up for VW Finance event

Fantastic Fireworks, Hawthorns and Lasersound are among the companies that helped put on the opening event for VW Finance’s £25m headquarters. The event, which took place on 25 April, featured fireworks, flames, lasers and lighting for the opening of VW Finance’s new £25 million building in Milton Keynes. The ceremony also included a performance by

Should festivals get more TV coverage?

Coverage is a divisive issue for festival organisers, with some craving the apparent prestige, and some preferring to remain hidden from the mass market. “Whilst Glastonbury is certainly a great event for the BBC to support, it would be nice for them to look at some smaller festivals that offer a totally different experience, but something

PRG to acquire XL Video

PRG chairman & CEO Jeremiah J. Harris and Lucas Covers, the group CEO of XL Video jointly made the announcement yesterday (6 May). The transaction is expected to close before the end of the second quarter subject to customary closing conditions. XL Video, founded in 1995, supplies video services for events including the Olivier Awards

Hiro appoints David Hornby ahead of Rugby World Cup build

Hiro has appointed David Hornby as chairman as it prepares its Rugby World Cup members club build. Hiro, a sporting experience company, is launching Hiro House, a pop-up members club that will be open over the period of the Rugby World Cup 2015. Former Welsh rugby captain Andy Moore founded the company with the aim

Silverstone Classic prepares for 25th anniversary event

The Silverstone Classic is expecting, for the first time ever, a crowd of more than 100,000 for its 25th anniversary celebrations, which will cover the full spectrum of motor sport history, with over 10,000 classic cars on display. The Silver Jubilee celebrations kick off on 24 July, with aerial demonstrations alongside brand activations from sponsors and event partners,