GES Blitz Team Group
From left to right: Jason Popp, GES executive vice president – international, Ashok Makanji, Blitz chief financial officer, Steve Moster, GES chief executive officer, Paul Hutton, Blitz managing director.

Global Experience Specialists (GES) today announced the acquisition of international audio visual (AV) specialist Blitz Communications in a move that expands GES’ range of services and supports its strategy to become a full-service supplier to the live events, conference and congress and exhibitions markets.

Jason Popp, GES’ executive vice president international, said, “The acquisition of Blitz Communications combines AV services with our existing range of services, allowing GES to offer an increasingly comprehensive and convenient approach to service delivery for our event and congress organisers and the end-user clients across the EMEA region.”

Blitz has offices in London and Manchester and is the in-house AV service provider at five major UK conference and exhibition venues – ExCeL London, Earls Court, Olympia, Manchester Central, and the NEC, where Blitz was recently appointed as the in-house technical event staging partner. Blitz has considerable experience and expertise in the delivery of a wide range of creative AV services, including specialist divisions that will add value to GES’ offerings: digital media, lighting, theatre, set and stage, graphics, audio and video. The combination of services and locations provides GES with comprehensive coverage of the UK and allows GES also to use its international reach to deploy its services in Europe and the Middle East.

GES Director Rob Dunscore said the benefits would be widely felt. “It’s a great piece off business because it increases the bandwidth of services that GES can offer. From a personal point of view its extremely useful to me as I work within the live environment and Blitz share the same ethos as I do. We are both delivery partners of the events we work with and are people that focus on building things and realising visions.”

Paul Hutton, managing director of Blitz Communications, added, “Blitz has grown and developed since its formation in 1989 and during that time we have had a close working relationship with GES. Both companies share a similar business culture and ethos. We are thrilled to be part of GES’ dynamic and customer-focused organisation and we are looking forward to growing the overall business through the new opportunities the acquisition presents.”