Over 100 years experience

Our History

The history of UBM stretches back nearly a century when it was incorporated as United Newspapers Ltd.

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David Lloyd George, the UK’s Prime Minister at the time, founded United Newspapers Ltd acquiring the Daily Chronicle and Lloyds Weekly newspapers for his own political purpose.He continued to own the business until 1927 when it was sold to private investors.

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United Newspapers merged with Provincial Newspapers who owned regional newspapers in the north of England. Thereafter the business was focused on consolidating the UK Regional newspapers by continuing to acquire brands such as the Yorkshire Post Group.

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PR Newswire

Acquired PR Newswire, a global news distribution business based in New York and established since 1954.

Acquired Express Newspapers from Fleet Holdings. Under United’s ownership the Express moved from Fleet Street to Blackfriars Road Ludgate House HQ. The company continued to publish the Express for some 15 years.

UBM Asia established headquartered in Hong Kong. Created from a combination of pre-existing B2B exhibitions and three new acquisitions including two exhibition organisers and a publishing company.

United News & Media was formed through the merger of United Newspapers and MAI (owners of Meridian Broadcasting, Anglia Television and a major stakeholder in Channel 5)

Sold its regional papers in its move to become more diverse and global in nature.

Acquired CMP Media - an international B2B events, print and online publishing business -for $920 million. There were further acquisitions of individual exhibitions in China.

After a planned merger with rival company Carlton failed, it sold its broadcasting assets (Granada TV) for £1.75bn in cash and shares. The same year it sold the Daily Express to Richmond Desmond and adopted the name United Business Media.

Divested various assets including Channel 5 and NOP Research & Marketing to focus on B2B information services

Acquired Commonwealth Business Media - an international information provider for the global trade and transport industry - for $152 million

Acquired Canon Communications for $287m - a leading worldwide provider of tradeshow and related media for the medical device design and manufacturing industry headquartered in LA - for $287m.


Changed its name to UBM Plc combining all it's businesses under the single brand and logo.

Sold its data services businesses to Electra Partners for £160m

A new Events First Strategy was launched under CEO Tim Cobbold. Acquired Advanstar Communications - the leading events and marketing services business serving the US Fashion, Licensing, Life Sciences and Powersports industries - for $972 million. The acquisition placed UBM as the leading events business in the US.

Sold PR Newswire to Cision for $841 million as part of the Events First strategy.

UBM is the leading B2B “pure play” listed events organiser in the world and no.1 in the US and Asia. Its Head Quarters are in London.