Conference organizer Marcus Evans offers professional training, market analysis reports, event planning, and corporate hospitality services to customers worldwide. Its Linguarama unit provides foreign language and cultural awareness classes across Europe. The company also has a hand in sports and entertainment management through its Ipswich Town Football Club and Ken McReddie Associates talent agency. Marcus Evans serves businesses in such industries as food and beverage, telecommunications, and banking, as well as the government. It operates about 60 offices in more than 30 countries. Founded by its namesake in 1983, Marcus Evans has expanded into film production and entertainment.
Marcus Evans has extended its reach into the sports, entertainment, and entertainment management fields in recent years. Most recently, it acquired World Productions, an independent production company specializing in TV drama and comedy. Previously, Marcus Evan acquired Ken McReddie Associates, which represents film, TV, and theatrical actors, including Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons, in the UK and abroad. In 2007 it snapped up the Ipswich Town Football Club after negotiating down a debt load of some £30 million (about $50 million).
Amid turmoil in financial markets worldwide, the company has worked to keep its business profitable. Revenue is largely generated through Marcus Evans' conference and corporate services businesses, whose industries have taken a hit because of the ailing economy. To compensate, the firm markets its services to growing industries and developing countries. – less