GL events Nec Ltd.

GL events is an integrated group offering a complete range of event industry solutions divided into three major segments: venue management and event Organisation, and integrated Services for trade fairs, conventions and events. The Group operates on behalf of a broad range of institutional and private customers in France and throughout the world, committed to reforming the missions entrusted to it in a manner that faithfully reflects the ambitions and stakes of the customers.

Company details

The NEC House , Birmingham , B40 1 NT United Kingdom

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Business Type:
Event organizer
Industry Type:
Environmental - Environmental Management
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)
Employees:
Over 1000
Turnover:
100,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 €

A Global Player In The World Of Events
GL events is a world-class provider of integrated solutions and services for events operating across the three main market segments:

  • congresses, conferences and conventions;
  • cultural, sports and political events;
  • trade fairs and exhibitions for professionals and the general public.

Intervening on behalf of a large range of public and private customers in France and worldwide, the Group’s mission is assisting companies, institutions and event organisers at every stage of the process from the definition of their event strategies to final implementation in the field. Working alongside local and regional government, it contributes to policies promoting the attractiveness of territories, by adopting a dynamic and an ambitious approach to managing the venues under its management.

Present on five continents with operations in more than 20 countries, in 2015 GL events had 4,252 employees and revenue of 942.4 million. GL events is listed on Euronext Paris, Segment B (mid caps).

Three Strategic Business Units
GL events Live offers expertise covering all business line specialisations and services for corporate, institutional and sports events to provide turnkey solutions from consulting services and design to producing the event itself,

GL events Exhibitions manages and coordinates the Group’s portfolio of more than 300 proprietary trade fairs covering a wide range of sectors: food industry, culture, textiles, manufacturing...

GL events Venues manages a network of 40 venues (convention centres, exhibition centres, concert halls and multi-purpose facilities) in France and international destinations.

In figure:

  • 4.252 employees (36% outside of France)
  • 942.4 M€ revenue in 2015 (47% from international markets)
  • 30.8 M€ net income attributable to the equity holders of the parent in 2015
  • over 90 offices throughout the world
  • over 300 proprietary trade shows
  • 40 venues under management (with a combined public access area of more than 1 million sq.m)
  • over 4.000 events staged
  • over 11 million visitors and exhibitors

The Live division assists companies, governments or associations in defining and implementing their event communications strategy.

Combining strategic and operational expertise and event communications, with services for events, it covers the entire value chain and is increasingly positioned upstream in the process.

A Global Event Services Benchmark
The division combines key strengths establishing GL events as a global benchmark for this sector: an exceptional track record in coordinating multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams based on an agile project management approach, a high level of cross-expertise covering 100 business line specialisations. Its portfolio of assets and a powerful logistics capabilities allow it to contribute to the largest global events – the Paris Air Show, world summits like COP 20 and COP 21, the Olympics Games, the Cannes Film Festival, etc. – and deliver services across the globe within the tightest deadlines: a well-stocked inventory, strategically located warehouses, highly responsive, rapidly deployed and flexible transportation resources, including its own fleet.

Today, the Group also has its own production sites for temporary structures. This is the case for the manufacture of the Absolute® range of structures which are designed and manufactured in Picardie, France. For the organisation of events, it is also supported by the expertise provided by its own event agency, Live! by GL events.

Constantly Evolving Services
The offering ranges from more traditional services (equipment leasing, decoration, heating/air conditioning, etc.) to the more innovative: modular custom-designed hospitality pavilions, the deployment of new communications technologies, etc.

Since the Group's creation, this offering has been constantly evolving, both quantitatively to broaden its scope of services in line with customer demands, and qualitatively, by introducing innovations and original offerings (eco-design, designer equipment, digital transformation, etc.).

GL events Live's Quality Department also ensures that services contribute to synergies and continuous improvement, as confirmed by ISO 9001: 2008 certification received by the Furniture division in 2013 or the double ISO 9001 and ISO 20121 certification of Hall Expo (event structures) in 2014.

Missions:

  • Consulting, creation
  • Coordination
  • Overlay services
  • Logistics

Customers:

  • National
  • International
  • Key accounts
  • Large events
  • Organisers

Major events of 2015:

  • World Rugby Cup
  • European Games of Baku
  • Pan American Games of Toronto
  • Expo Milano
  • Cosing ceremony of the African Games

In figure:

  • 2,821 employees
  • Revenue €486.4 M in 2015
  • An €82.1 M asset portfolio of rental equipment
  • More than 90 offices worldwide
  • 4 top-level logistics platforms in France (Southern and Northern Paris, Lyon, Nantes)

Four years have now passed since GL events first implemented its sustainable development strategy Group-wide.

The Sustainable Development Mission, today a full-fledged Department, spearheads three programmes in line with its priorities: Think Green focusing on environmental priorities, Think People focusing on employee and labourrelated issues in close collaboration with the Human Resources department, and Think Local creating value in regional communities. 2012 was decisive in our corporate social responsibility roadmap, with a significant increase in terms of commitments.

Concerning our environmental priorities, the Think Green programme has allowed us to initiate actions since 2009 throughout the entire lifecycle of our activities. However, 2012 was a milestone in terms of management and performance with ISO 14001 certification of the French network of GL events Venues, completion of the CO2 emissions audit and the commitment of our transport department to reach 'Objectif CO2' an objective created by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) by reducing the CO2 emissions of road freight transport.

Regarding our social priorities, Executive Management and the Human Resources and Sustainable Development Departments are strongly committed to implementing the Think People programme promoting diversity, managing talent and improving quality of life at the workplace.

Finally, Think Local has resulted in many exchanges focusing on our value creation in the regions where we operate, and open up a large field of research. Conviction and commitment are what currently drive Group staff to meet this major challenge to transform our development models. Our achievements in 2012 are also in line with the new regulatory framework governing the disclosure of extra-financial information.

GL events, events organizer

An event is a concept, a venue and a message
Congresses, conventions, stage dressing for venues, product launches...
The events medium is extremely rich and varied. This is also its main quality: its limitless potential to surprise, to renew, and to build relationships and connections with your audiences, customers and networks. GL events has integrated expertise in all the events professions and perfectly understands every aspect of the events market. This means we have a unique capability in terms of creativity, ideas and know-how to ensure the success of your events and the impact of your communication strategy.

Our markets

Corporate events
Every type of congress (science, economics, associations, education, politics, etc.) business conventions, international forums, as well as company events (seminars, incentives, general meetings, public relations, news conferences and product launches).

Major events
International sporting and cultural events, political summits and meetings, institutional events (inaugurations, etc.)

Our expertise

Giving sense to events
GL events proposes events that make genuine sense. This ability to give a clear meaning to events is a direct result of the strong synergies that exist within the Group, between the Events Organisation Division, the Venue Management Division and the Services Division.

GL events highlights the message and sense of the event thanks to its expertise at every level of the events chain: design, drafting of specifications, overall coordination, communication about the event etc.

The Group's comprehensive expertise enables our teams to provide advice with high added value. An in-depth understanding of all the markets and every aspect of the event process, as well as the Group's international presence, make GL events a genuine expert in the events field, capable of responding to every type of requirement, any where in the world.

Our know-how

Understanding
Creating a genuine marketing and communication strategy. Understanding the objectives, targets and audiences, as well as the brand personalty, its development, positioning and products.

Innovating and designing
Design: search for a concept, definition of the event, its size, its personality and, if necessary, finding a venue.

Organising and producing
Production: coordination, project management, team management, drafting of budgets and schedules, reporting.

Communicating
Proposal concerning event identity, application scope, production of all the necessary tools and supports, creation of website, video clips, press relations...

Analysing and evaluating
Analysis of impact and feedback, exploitation of files, satisfaction surveys, press book.

GL events is a key player in the event organising sector.

Our online catalogue is currently being updated; you will be able to consult our new products and services shortly.

The Group works in the three main segments of the event market:

  • design and organisation of all types of fairs, conventions and events
  • management of a network of 35 event venues in France and around the world
  • event overlays and fittings with our comprehensive range of technical and logistic services

Our teams support you throughout the event organisation process, from the initial design of the strategy to the implementation of operations on site; whether you are organising a fair, a congress, a corporate, cultural or sporting exhibition, a local or international operation, a large or small scale event, we provide a complete service package or à la carte services to meet your needs.

Discover
 
Innovation, add refinement to your receptions with the lm lamp!

Discover our brand new creation, the LM lamp: a double ring assembly set with LED ribbon.

Its minimalist, modern silhouette can be adapted to your reception environment and atmosphere, with personalised decoration (menu, flowers, ribbons, etc.) and light evenly diffused around 360°.

The lamp is quick and easy to set up and has a battery providing almost 12 hours of autonomy; it will provide an innovative touch to your decoration, diffusing a gentle light around a table for 8 to 10 people, without restricting the service space.

Designed by our teams, the lamp has already proven its appeal at the closing dinner of the Bocuse d'Or and the Chefs' Dinner, a major event with almost 1,450 guests!

GL events, events organizer

An event is a concept, a venue and a message
Congresses, conventions, fairs, stage dressing for venues, product launches...
The events medium is extremely rich and varied. This is also its main quality: its limitless potential to surprise, to renew, and to build relationships and connections with your audiences, customers and networks. GL events has integrated expertise in all the events professions and perfectly understands every aspect of the events market. This means we have a unique capability in terms of creativity, ideas and know-how to ensure the success of your events and the impact of your communication strategy.

As the proprietor of 300 trade and public fairs, the Group is present in a dozen sectors of activity: food, sport, health, habitat...We have a strategy to create / duplicate events and build alliances aimed at developing specific event sectors (textiles, industry, etc.)

Our markets

Shows, fairs and exhibitions
General or specialist trade fairs, regional or international; all types of fairs, for the general public or trade professionals.

Corporate events
Every type of congress (science, economics, associations, education, politics, etc.) business conventions, international forums, as well as company events (seminars, incentives, general meetings, public relations, news conferences and product launches).

Major events
International sporting and cultural events, political summits and meetings, institutional events (inaugurations, etc.)

Our expertise

Giving sense to events
In all its venues, GL events proposes events that make genuine sense. This ability to give a clear meaning to events is a direct result of the strong synergies that exist within the Group, between the Events Organisation Division, the Venue Management Division and the Services Division.

GL events highlights the message and sense of the event thanks to its expertise at every level of the events chain: design, drafting of specifications, overall coordination, communication about the event etc.

The Group's comprehensive expertise enables our teams to provide advice with high added value. An in-depth understanding of all the markets and every aspect of the event process, as well as the Group's international presence, make GL events a genuine expert in the events field, capable of responding to every type of requirement, any where in the world.

GL events' strategy is based on three key points:

  • Creating/duplicating proprietary fairs, notably in the event venues managed by the Group.
  • Reinforcing our partnerships with events agencies
  • Reinforcing our presence in the congress, convention and incentive-meeting sector

Our know-how

Understanding
Creating a genuine marketing and communication strategy. Understanding the objectives, targets and audiences, as well as the brand personalty, its development, positioning and products.

Innovating and designing
Design: search for a concept, definition of the event, its size, its personality and, if necessary, finding a venue.

Organising and producing
Production: coordination, project management, team management, drafting of budgets and schedules, reporting.

Communicating
Proposal concerning event identity, application scope, production of all the necessary tools and supports, creation of website, video clips, press relations...

Analysing and evaluating
Analysis of impact and feedback, exploitation of files, satisfaction surveys, press book.