New owners for Ocean Business show

Diversified Business Communications UK are delighted to announce the acquisition of Intelligent Exhibitions Ltd, who organise one of the UK’s most important ocean technology events – Ocean Business – for an undisclosed sum.

The bi-annual trade event, which was launched by Intelligent Exhibitions in 2007, has rapidly established itself as one of the most successful events for the sector.  The acquisition also includes Offshore Survey and Ocean Careers, which will continue to be organised by the Intelligent Exhibitions team, headed up by Versha Carter, from their offices in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.  The acquisition also includes LIDAR International and LIDAR Europe, which will be transferred to Diversified’s offices in Portland, Maine.

Ocean Business attracts over 4,000 visitors from the UK and internationally, and over 300 exhibitors.

Diversified UK’s Carsten Holm commented:  “We are delighted to be welcoming Intelligent Exhibitions and their fantastic team headed up by Versha Carter to Diversified Business Communications.  We have known Versha for many years, and feel that their personal approach and attention to detail is very similar to our own way of doing things.  With the same team in place and a shared vision but with the added resources of Diversified, I hope the industry will enjoy working with us as much as you have enjoyed working with Intelligent Exhibitions over the years.”

Versha Carter, managing director of Intelligent Exhibitions, added:  “We are very proud of what we have achieved with Ocean Business and this is an exciting new chapter for our event.  Diversified share our passion and enthusiasm for creating exceptional events, with a reputation for delivering a great visitor and exhibitor experience.  With the Intelligent Exhibitions team being transferred to Diversified and the show continuing to be organised from our offices in Nailsworth, it really is business as usual and great news for the show.”

Ocean Business 2013 took place on 9-11 April at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton (

For more information, please contact:

Intelligent Exhibitions:  Versha Carter on 01453 836776 or
Diversified Business Communications UK:  Carsten Holm on 01273 645113 or



Diversified Business Communications UK Ltd (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Sussex, and Nailsworth, Glos.  In addition to Ocean Business, Diversified UK’s portfolio includes Natural & Organic Products Europe; Natural Products Scandinavia; Nordic Organic Food Fair; lunch!; Casual Dining (new for 2014); camexpo; office*; SITS – The Service Desk & IT Support Show; Natural Products magazine; and the Natural Beauty Yearbook.

Diversified UK is part of Diversified Business Communications, a leading international media company with a successful portfolio of sector leading exhibition, conferences, publications and websites.  The company’s headquarters are in Portland, Maine, USA, and it has divisions in the Western U.S., Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India and the United Kingdom.


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Diversified Communications UK Ltd (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough, Leamington Spa, and Nailsworth, Glos. Its brand portfolio includes: • Casual Dining (24-25 February 2016, Business Design Centre, London) • British Tourism & Travel Show - Best of Britain & ireland (16-17 March 2016, NEC, Birmingham) • Ocean Business, Offshore Survey Conference & Ocean Careers (April 2017, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton) • Natural & Organic Products Europe (17-18 April 2016, ExCeL, London) • Geo Business (24-25 May 2016, Business Design Centre, London) • SITS - The IT Service Management Show (8-9 June 2016, Olympia, London) • MARELEC International Marine Electromagnetics conference • lunch! (24-25 September 2015, Business Design Centre, London) • camexpo (26-27 September 2015, Olympia National Hall, London) • Coach & Bus Live (30 September - 1 October, 2015, NEC, Birmingham) • office* (13-14 October 2015, Olympia National Hall, London) • Natural Products Scandinavia & Nordic Organic Food Fair (1-2 November 2015, MalmöMassan, Sweden) & • Euro Bus Expo (1-3 November 2016, NEC, Birmingham) • Natural Products is Britain’s leading trade magazine for the natural and organic products industry ( • The Natural Beauty Yearbook is the UK’s only dedicated trade guide to the natural and organic beauty and personal care market ( • Ocean Buzz is the weekly ocean technology eNewsletter providing the latest news and information from the industry ( • is a news, comment and discussion site dedicated to connecting, informing and learning within the ITSM community ( • Route One is the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine ( • Coach Monthly is the leading magazine for the coach tourism community, read by coach operators, tour planners and industry professionals ( • Route One is the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine ( Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, eMedia, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 800 staff, with divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom.




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