TM Group acquires JHA venue finders

TM Group has bought venue-finding agency JHA Conference Services. The agency has been rebranded as MWorld – Venue Solutions, a division under umbrella firm TM Group. It is headed up by joint managing directors Nigel Alden and Jennie Hilliard. Alden said: “As JHA we built up a good portfolio of clients but as part of TM Group we can now offer existing clients services from the group. We can also grow the venue-finding side of the business by targeting existing TM Group clients.” The firm relocated from Buntingford in Hertfordshire to TM’s Ardeley office. It currently has five permanent staff. Alden claimed to have brought 500 clients on board. Alden said the move was almost the “last piece in the jigsaw”. “We want to cover every service the events industry needs,” he said. “We’re negotiating to buy a printing firm. We have an in-house design studio but outsource the printing. Once this is finalised we really will be a one-stop shop.” TM aims to float the company in five years.TM Group comprises three core businesses – event management arm Motivaction, performance improvement arm M2, and MLive for live events. A further six divisions sit alongside these core businesses – MTravel – Solutions, MWorld – Venue Solutions, MGB – Destination Management, MDirect – Event Services, MCreative Studios, and MTechnology – Solutions.

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