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Our story

The name may be new, but we’ve been around for a while.

We first did business as IBC (Institute for International Business Communications Ltd.) in 1971, but our roots go back almost 300 years.

In 2005 we became a division of Informa and in 2014 we got our own identity, KNect365, when 28 different Informa Conference businesses became a single organisation.

Today we are more than 1,000 people working in more than 60 markets, with offices in London, Dubai, Singapore, Sydney and across the US.


Edward Lloyd pins the first ever copy of Lloyds List (a leading shipping newspaper) to the wall in Lombard Street, London.


Richard Taylor publishes the first edition of The Philosophical Magazine, one of the first scientific journals produced by an independent company.


Dr William Francis joins Richard Taylor to found Taylor & Francis and continue the close links between the academic community and the company.


Taylor & Francis becomes a private limited company with leading scientists as directors and shareholders.


International Business Communications Ltd (IBC) created as an umbrella company for Investment & Property Studies and Legal Studies & Services.


The Institute for International Research (IIR) is launched by Irvine Laidlaw (later Baron Laidlaw of Rothiemay). IIR becomes a specialist business conference organiser.


Datamonitor is founded in London and produces its first ever report (on the UK frozen food industry).


Lloyd’s List Publishing (LLP) and IBC Group merge to form the Informa Group plc.


Informa and Taylor & Francis Group plc agree an independent merger.


Informa announces the acquisition of IIR Holdings to form the world’s largest publicly-owned event, conference and training business.


Informa acquires Datamonitor.


Taylor & Francis launches Cogent, a specialist open access publishing business. Informa acquires EBD Group and a stake in Baiwen, the owner and organiser of the annual China Beauty Expo.


KNect365 is formed from 28 different conference and training businesses based in dozens of countries.


Informa acquires Penton Information Services, a leading independent US-based Exhibitions and Professional Services Group.


KNect365 continues on its exciting journey. We now have more than 8 million active customers across the world.

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