Hale Events aquire Expowest
Exhibitions South West Limited has announced that the expowest brand and exhibitions have been acquired by Hale Events. The highly successful expowest exhibitions are under new ownership following a deal completed this July.
Hale Events, based in Axbridge, Somerset, has acquired the expowest brand and shows from Truro-based Exhibitions South West, which established the events more than 30 years ago with a fledgling show in the Ponsmere Hotel, Perranporth, in 1980.
The private sale provides the opportunity for expowest to continue to go from strength to strength as part of the Hale Events portfolio. This includes the ‘Giving and Living’ exhibition at Westpoint, ‘The Source’ food and drink trade show in partnership with Taste of the West, also at Westpoint, and the Food and Drink Trade Show at Cheltenham, again in partnership with Taste of the West.
Peter Sugden of Exhibitions comments: “We have really enjoyed running the business and we are proud that expowest never missed a show in Cornwall in more than 30 years. There is of course a huge emotional attachment to the expowest brand and events which the company has developed, but for the business, and for us personally, we decided it was the right time.
“We are delighted that Hale Events are taking over, bringing with them an in-depth knowledge and track record of organising successful events in the region, and we are confident that expowest will continue to grow and prosper under their ownership.”
Mike Anderson, Project Manager and Director of Hale Events adds: “We wish Peter and Barbara every happiness in their retirement. We are really excited about adding these successful events to our growing family of food and drink trade shows. We will be working extremely hard to provide food and drink buyers from the South West, and the exhibiting companies, with events that meet their needs. We will be listening to and engaging with everyone involved, ensuring their success for next year and for the future.”
Next year’s expowest events are already attracting strong bookings and will take place at:
expowest Westcountry – 6th-7th February 2013 at Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter
expowest Cornwall – 5th-7th March 2013 at the Royal Cornwall Showground,