Publisher and exhibition organiser Ocean Media has continued its expansion into continental Europe with the appointment of company MD James Brook-Ward as head of its European Bridal portfolio.Brooks-Ward replaces Olaf Van Den Brink and Andrew Lookman, who both remain with the company. Brooks-Ward told EN his key focus was to go out and develop business prospects.“We have been looking to expand our European business,” he said. “It makes sense that we expand the business within the continent over the next two years at as quick a rate as we can.“We have a very strong team together in the UK. Our UK portfolio now has some excellent managers on-board, so where I should be is where we can develop and grow business.“This is a new and exciting thing for me as well,” he added.
As the UK has voted to leave the European Union with a 52 per cent majority result, EN has spoken to members of the exhibition and events industry, to gauge their initial reactions on the future of the UK and their businesses.
More than 8,000 visitors arrived at ExCeL London on 4-6 February for the fourth edition of 100% Optical. The show featured more than 175,000 frames, catwalk performances and a comprehensive education programme.