BCD Meetings & Events acquires Zibrant

BCD Meetings & Events has taken over Zibrant in a move to strengthen its European offering.

From left to right: Geertjan Jongeneel, CFO, BCD M&E; Marc Lammens, Managing Director, BCD M&E EMEA; Fay Sharpe, Managing Director, Sales & Marketing, Zibrant; Nigel Cooper, Owner/CEO, Zibrant.
From left to right: Geertjan Jongeneel, CFO, BCD M&E; Marc Lammens, Managing Director, BCD M&E EMEA; Fay Sharpe, Managing Director, Sales & Marketing, Zibrant; Nigel Cooper, Owner/CEO, Zibrant.

BCD will inherit 130 members of staff as part of the acquisition, along with four offices in Derby, Milton Keynes, Faversham and Godalming.

"This is the latest in a line of smart, strategic acquisitions for us to grow our global presence and service offering," said Scott Graf, BCD M&E global president. "Zibrant brings size, scale and expertise to our UK presence allowing us to better compete in a strong Events market."

BCD already has a UK office in Maidenhead, Berkshire as well as overseas offices in 40 countries.

"Zibrant has a strong brand, reputation and service values which align perfectly with BCD Meetings & Events," added Marc Lammens, BCD M&E managing director, EMEA. "With our combined expertise and services, we realized our organizations are better together than apart—as an employer, service provider and partner."

Zibrant is one of the UK's most recognised meetings and event management agencies. Its managing director Fay Sharpe made it to number 18 in last year's Event 100 Club.

"Improving and growing our existing services has always been our core strategy so we are delighted to introduce BCD M&E’s global reach and additional suite of services to our customers," said Nigel Cooper, owner and CEO of Zibrant. "The access to BCD M&E’s presence in more than 40 countries gives us the ability to meet our customers’ needs of global meetings management."

Cooper acquired Zibrant in a management buyout worth £2.9m in 2014.

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