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Accountex acquired by Diversified

25th Aug 2015
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Diversified communications have acquired Accountex, the annual national exhibition for accountants and finance directors, from PRYSM group.

Diversified will run the 2016 event in conjunction with PRYSM with Scott Hider remaining as the event director.

"The 2016 Accountex is set to grow significantly again and demand to meet the business leaders of the accountancy industry as high as ever," said Hider.

Accountex is the latest addition to Diversified communications' growing network of media events. 

Diversified communications UK has grown from holding a couple of events and a magazine to now organising 13 trade shows, ranging from casual dining to coaches and buses.  

"We are delighted to be adding Accountex to our portfolio, we have no plans for major changes, we like what PRYSM has created and we know the formula is popular with the exhibitors and visitors alike. We hope to add our own extensive expertise to a successful team that have built a highly credible event over the last four years," said Carsten Holm, MD of Diversified Communications UK about the acquisition.

For the last few years AccountingWEB has been the media partner of the Accountex exhibition.


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Stephen Quay
By squay
26th Aug 2015 11:17

Having been to all Accountex shows since they started in 2012 I have seen them grow and get better. However, with the increasing number of visitors to the shows to see the trade stands and attend the excellent seminars, the size of the theatres will always be too small to accommodate all those who wish to attend them. For me the seminars are the key benefit of Accountex. One hopes that Diversified Communications UK will bring in their expertise to resolve this. 

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Richard Sergeant
By Richard Sergeant
27th Aug 2015 09:40

There will be changes..

Scott and the team at Accountex have done a great job in growing the event, as well as developing the parallel Legalex too.

I can't believe that an acquisition will mean radical change, but it will have to evolve not only as Squay suggests to accomodate more in the seminars, but also in developing new content streams - I think this years main speaker areas were the same from the last few years. 

Developing quality content as well as exhibitor showcase is where this show has great opportunities to grow. 


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By Scott Hider
04th Sep 2015 11:30


We here at Prysm are thrilled that Diversified Communications, one of the worlds' leading exhibition, conference and media companies, have acquired Accountex and will be running the next edition of the show in conjunction with us. This is fantastic news for Accountex and a vital stepping stone in the growth of the show.

I want to assure you that nothing will change in terms of the running of the 2016 show, Scott Hider remains as the show director with Tom King alongside him, we are simply adding the expertise and investment of Diversified to the successful format that PRYSM have developed over the last 4 shows, and this will only act to strengthen the event on a number of levels, which is brilliant news for exhibitors and visitors alike. 

Diversified are renowned for delivering high quality visitor content, which sits very closely with the PRYSM philosophy and at the very heart of Accountex. We chose this particular offer very carefully to ensure that Accountex continues to evolve in the right way. They will also bring relevant expertise from their series of US conferences in Accounts Payables, Payments Summits and IOFM markets.

I am very excited about this development for Accountex but if you have any questions about this then please do not hesitate to give me a call to discuss further - Scott Hider - 0117 9902005

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By Sheepy306
04th Sep 2015 11:48

Well I for one am looking forward to Accountex 2016, as well as Legalex, just as long as I don't end up listening to anything to do with "accounts payables, payments summits and IOFM markets", it all sounds far too American for me and not at all what I personally (as a sole practitioner) will be looking for, however for others perhaps it will be very informative.

It would be interesting to know what the visitor mix is between those in practice and those in industry.

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