Our History

We've come a long way since 1887

Since then, we've become a specialist information, data and insights company, helping the world’s top consumer companies to unlock the future.

Discover our key milestones below.

  • Acquisition of Yimian Data
  • Acquisition of Indigitous
  • Acquisition of Mining Searches UK

  • Anna Reeves joins as Chief Marketing Officer

  • Launch of Edge by Ascential
  • Acquisition of Brand View
  • Acquisition of WARC
  • Sale of Exhibitions business
  • Acquisition of Flywheel Digital

  • Sale of RWM
  • Acquisition of Clavis Insight
  • Sale of MEED
  • Launch of Ascential Intelligence Ventures
  • Sale of 11 heritage brands to Metropolis
  • Acquisition of MediaLink
  • Sale of HSJ to Wilmington
  • 13 heritage magazine brands separated and held for sale

  • Launch of Money 20/20 Europe
  • Acquisition of One Click Retail
  • Creation of Ascential Events
  • Money20/20 Europe delivers successful first European edition
  • WGSN unites all its services onto one platform and upgrades retail analytics service, WGSN INstock
  • Ascential plc lists on the London Stock Exchange

  • Top Right Group rebrands to Ascential focused on two segments: exhibitions and festivals and information services
  • Launch of Retail Week Prospect, a data intelligence tool for the retail technology sector
  • Acquisition of Retail Net Group and integration with PlanetRetail, achieving greater coverage in North America
  • Launch of CWIEME Istanbul
  • New WGSN JV with China Textile Information Center to better serve and increase the number of WGSN customers in this pivotal market
  • Launch of Nursing Times Learning digital product
  • Launch of Lions Innovation – a new festival exploring data and technology as catalysts of creativity
  • Announcement of the forthcoming 2016 launches of Lions Entertainment and Money 20/20 Europe

  • Group revenues surpass £300m for the first time in our history. FY14 Group revenues were £312.7m and adjusted EBITDA was £85.3m, up from £271.4m and £69m respectively in FY13
  • Acquisition of Money20/20, the leading event in payments and financial services innovation
  • Launch of HSJ Intelligence – a data intelligence tool for the healthcare sector
  • Launch of CWIEME China
  • Launch of Lions Health – a new festival serving the healthcare communications industry

  • Acquisition of Stylesight and launch of new WGSN.com – combining the best of WGSN and Stylesight
  • Acquisition of Educar
  • Launch of Bett LatAm
  • Acquisition of Mindset and opening of Brazil office
  • Launch of WGSN INstock
  • Mandy Gradden joins as CFO

  • Rebrands as Top Right Group in 2012 to reflect the structural changes and the organisation’s long-term growth and high performance aspirations
  • Reorganised into agile operating companies, each positioned for sustainable top-line growth, with new leadership and separate business strategies
  • Sale of CAP Motor Research
  • Acquisition of CWIEME (Coil Winding Exhibitions)
  • £37m transformation programme with investment in strong product and content creation, technology overhaul and introduction of new systems, including world-class sales and marketing platforms

  • Duncan Painter joins as the new CEO from BSkyB plc

  • On 29 January, EMAP plc completes the sale of its radio, television and consumer media businesses to German company Bauer
  • In March, funds advised by Apax Partners and Guardian Media Group acquire EMAP plc's B2B business and take the business into private ownership

  • EMAP Australia sold to ACP Magazines
  • Strategic review announced after receiving a number of unsolicited proposals to purchase parts of the company
  • Groundsure purchased
  • PlanetRetail purchased

  • EMAP sells its French division to Italy's Arnoldo Mondadori Editore

  • WGSN is purchased
  • Scottish Radio Holdings is acquired

  • Cannes Lions, launched in 1954, purchased

  • Petersen Publishing sold

  • Petersen Publishing purchased in the US

  • EMAP plc agrees to sell its 65 newspaper titles, including the 300-year-old Stamford Mercury, to Johnston Press for £111 million
  • Glenigan, provider of leads and information for the construction industry, purchased

  • Under the direction of 'Pat' Winfrey, the family's newspaper titles were consolidated to form the East Midland Allied Press (EMAP)

  • Sir Richard Winfrey (1858-1944) purchases the Spalding Guardian and later purchases the Lynn News and the Peterborough Advertiser; he also starts the North Cambs Echo. During World War II Winfrey's newspaper interests begin to be passed over to his son, Richard Pattinson (‘Pat’) Winfrey (1902–1985).