Informa Group

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Origins and History

According to its own account:

Informa was created from the merger of IBC Group plc and LLP Group plc in December 1998. LLP Group plc was the publishing division of the Lloyds insurance market until 1995 when it was subject to a management buy-out. It listed on the London Stock Exchange in April 1998. IBC Group plc listed on the London Stock exchange in December 1985.

In May 2004 Taylor & Francis and Informa went independently into a merger with strong prospects for growth both organically and from acquisitions they had made in the previous 12 months. Taylor & Francis has also built on over two centuries of experience, launching the leading physics and material science journal, the Philosophical Magazine, back in 1798. Taylor & Francis has grown very rapidly over the last two decades to become a leading international academic publisher. Shortly after its flotation on the London Stock Exchange in 1998, the Group more than doubled in size with the acquisition of the Routledge Group of companies, which included Routledge, Spon Press and Carfax.

In July 2005 Informa plc announced the acquisition of IIR Holdings. Not only did this allow Informa to bring together the two largest events businesses in the world to create an undisputed powerhouse, it also meant that Informa acquired seven robust, market-leading Performance Improvement businesses. Established in 1973, IIR is one of the world's largest human capital development company with a global network of 45 businesses and 116 operating units. Every year, IIR works with hundreds of thousands of business executives providing them with knowledge and skills through training, conferences, seminars, e-Learning, blended solutions, exhibitions, consulting and mentoring.



Informa plc Board of Directors

  • [1] Member of Audit Committee
  • [2] Member of Remuneration Committee
  • [3] Member of Nomination Committee

Substantial Shareholders

According to Informa Group's 2007 accounts, as at 25 February 2008 the company's substantial shareholders were:

Legal & General Investment Management 8.01%
Fidelity FMR Corp (US) 5.09%
Standard Life Investments 4.13%
Marathon Asset Management 3.78%
Henderson Global Investors 3.44%[2]


Academic & Scientific

The Academic & Scientific division of Informa offers a portfolio of publications, events and data services for researchers, students, lecturers and professionals in the academic and scientific communities worldwide.

  • Taylor & Francis
  • Informa Life Sciences
  • Informa Healthcare


The Commercial division is made up of nine major market-facing units, including most of their regional events businesses.


The Group's Professional division is made up of three main strands:

  • Informa's financial information companies, which focus exclusively on the electronic delivery of news, data and information solutions to the global financial services industry.
  • Informa Insurance, Informa Finance and Informa Law, which house a wide range of legal, insurance and banking publications and their related conference activities.
  • Performance Improvement (PI) companies, which include AchieveGlobal, Communispond, ESI International, The Forum Corporation, Huthwaite, Omega Performance and Robbins-Gioia.

Other members of the Group



registered office: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London, W1T 3JH. Registered in England and Wales Number 3099067.


  1. History, accessed 4 October 2007
  2. Informa Group, Annual Report and Financial Statements 2007 p.49