Second Scandinavian buy-up for MCI

MCI is continuing its expansion into Scandinavia with the acquisition of Swedish professional conference organiser (PCO) Inspiro. The purchase of Inspiro, the second biggest PCO in Gothenburg, follows MCI’s acquisition last year of the majority ownership of Stockholm-based PCO Stocon. Together with Stocon, Inspiro will be the foundation of MCI’s Northern European operations. Inspiro was founded in 1999 by chief executive Henrik Svensson and last year turned over around £1m and organised some 16 scientific meetings in Sweden. Svensson will continue to manage the Gothenburg office, but the Inspiro name will change to MCI Gothenburg and its operations will be integrated into the Stocon office in Stockholm. Svensson said: “Inspiro has developed a successful management solution for scientific meetings. Becoming part of MCI gives us an opportunity to position Gothenburg more strongly on the international meetings market.” MCI founder Roger Tondeur added: “In our ongoing investment in Scandinavia as a meeting destination, Gothenburg is strategically important. We desire to take advantage of this fact by working for more international scientific meetings to be hosted in Gothenburg.”

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