UBM Built Environment

UBM Built Environment is UBM’s specialist media division focusing on the Property, Architecture, Construction and Engineering markets in the UK. UBM Built Environment is widely acknowledged as having some of the most iconic brands in the market including Building, Property Week, BD, Barbour, ABI and the Thames Gateway Forum. UBM Built Environment is recognised as the leading provider of targeted information across the UK construction and property industry with magazines, events, awards and online information services.

Company details

Ludgate House, 245 Blackfriars Road , London , SE1 9UY United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Event organizer
Industry Type:
Publishing / Media / Marketing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

UBM is a global events-led marketing and communications services business.

We help businesses do business by connecting them with a targeted, qualified audience, through live events, press releases and other digital and print media. We help professional people in more than 20 countries around the world succeed by enabling them to connect with each other and with the markets they serve.  And we do this by whatever means works best – at live events, through digital media or in publications.

Our 5,000 expert staff are deeply embedded in the many specialist communities we serve, bringing both an unusual depth of understanding and real know-how. We organise hundreds of live events each year and provide a range of related market-leading digital and print marketing and media products, and we support professional marketers and communicators through our targeting, distribution and monitoring services.

Our culture of innovation and collaboration brings our people together around common interests to create value, enhancing our ability to do exactly the same for UBM customers and the communities UBM serves. So, whatever their business and wherever they operate, our customers do better business through us.

What do we do?

UBM operates in three main business segments: Events, Other Marketing Services (OMS) and PR Newswire.

Who are our customers?

UBM provides products and services to a variety of specialist professional and commercial communities. It is through our intimate knowledge of these communities that we can serve our customers most effectively.

How are we organised?

UBM has four principle businesses operating across these business segments and in different parts of the world. Find out more about UBM’s businesses.

Where do we operate?

UBM has offices across the world, the map below illustrates locations of offices where we have more than 50 staff. For more information about UBM's activities in China go to our Chinese language site here.

UBM: Championing business media since 1843..,

UBM was originally incorporated in 1918 as United Newspapers Limited, changing its name to United News and Media in 1995. The business kept this name until 2000 when United Business Media was formally adopted. In May 2011 UBM changed its name from United Business Media Limited to UBM plc.

The history of the companies that now make up UBM stretches back over 150 years to titles launched in the 19th century such as Building Magazine and Chemist & Druggist, launched in 1843 by Joseph Hansom.

Over the last thirty years, UBM has owned, bought and sold a wide range of media businesses, including broadcast television (Meridian, Anglia, HTV), market research (NOP) and newspapers (Express Newspapers). PR Newswire, established in 1954, was acquired in 1982; CMP Media was acquired in 1999 (and subsequently renamed CMP Technology); CMPMedica was formed from a series of acquisitions made during 2004 and 2005; and CMP Asia, now UBM Asia, was formally founded in 1994, although UBM had developed a substantial business in Asia over the course of the preceding decade. In 2010 UBM acquired Canon Communications LLC, the leading media business dedicated exclusively to the global advanced manufacturing sector, with a particular focus on medical devices and pharmaceutical development. Most recently in December 2014 UBM acquired Advanstar which placed UBM as the leading events business in the US.

UBM plc has progressively focused on its global portfolio of industry-leading tradeshows, and in November 2014 set out its new strategy to become the world's leading B2B events business - the 'Events First' strategy.  UBM is now the world’s second largest events organiser, and is well placed geographically, with relatively high exposure to the higher growth Emerging Markets and with the acquisition of Advanstar providing good exposure to the US, UBM now describes itself as a global events-led marketing and communications services business.

In a digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important. Incredible things happen when people come together, interact and inspire one another.

At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for your industry allow us to create personalised environments which enable you to succeed. You’ll build relationships, you’ll close deals, you’ll grow your business. You’ll leave energised, inspired and excited about your future.

Market-leading Events

UBM organises over 300 market-leading B2B events every year. At our events we create the environments which allow business to flourish.

Our knowledge of the communities we serve, our ability to attract the right people and our skill at curating the physical space and creating memorable experiences bring thousands of like-minded people together. It is this shared experience and the opportunities to make human connections which allow businesses to grow.

Wealth of Different Industry Sectors

Our events serve a tremendous variety of different industry sectorsOpens in a new window – from furniture to fashion to pharma. In total we serve over 50 different communities.

Although our portfolio is diverse; our knowledge of the communities we serve is intimate.

Skilled and Passionate People

There over 3,750 people working at UBM. People who are passionate about the communities that they serve and skilled at creating the ideal circumstances for relationships to develop, knowledge to be gleaned and deals to be done.

A Global Network

We operate in more than 20 countries. This global footprint allows us to help businesses to trade both domestically and internationally.

In many of these countries UBM is one of, if not the, leading exhibitions organiser.

Our vision is to become the world’s leading Business-to-Business (B2B) events company.

Our purpose is to help our customers succeed through the power of market-leading live events and the human-scale interactions that ignite and activate global trade, knowledge and networks.

Our strategy ('Events First') is to focus our resources and investment on delivering exceptional B2B events in a wide range of industries and geographies. We do this because we see an exciting opportunity to offer greater value and features for customers, rewarding careers for our people and to drive sustainable growth, margin and returns for our shareholders.

To deliver our vision and fulfil our potential we are focused on five key strategic priorities.

Being an ethical, sustainable business is central to how we behave, how we make decisions and how we do business every day.

There are five key elements to our sustainability agenda:

People: We recognise the importance of engaging, motivating, training and supporting our people

Communities: We support the social communities in which we work - those local to our offices as well as those local to our events

Environment: We manage UBM's business in a responsible way, reducing our environmental impact whenever possible

Customers: We collaborate and engage with our customers on sustainability

Governance: We organsie ourselves to run our business responsibly and ethically and manage risk appropriately

Canadian Clean Energy Conferences aims to create project opportunities for the renewables industry through world-class business-to-business events. Our Ottawa based team of five includes PhD level researchers who create exactly the right agenda necessary for successful meetings that help underpin successful renewable procurement programs. We are unburdened by corporate sponsors or technology-specific influences, our summits stand-or-fall on the quality of the agenda and the people we attract.

We established the company in 2010 to support the Ontario Green Energy and Economy Act. Over the last 5 years we have worked closely with all the key stakeholders of the program – from government ministers through to protesting farmers – to deliver the annual meeting place for Ontario’s procurement program. To support the Nova Scotia renewables procurement and COMFIT program we ran events in Halifax in 2011 and 2012 that provided the key information sharing point of the program. While we are wholly pro green energy, our events are respected for covering all the major issues in a balanced and informed way.  

In the past two years we have developed a series of Energy and Mines events the aim of which are to create project opportunities for renewables in the mining sector.  In Canada, we have worked with, and for, the major industry associations – e.g. CanSIA, CanWEA, APPrO, OSEA – who regularly speak at and support our events. Our expertise, ethos and professionalism has helped us make the right connections to create and develop events that further renewables projects in Canada and across the world.