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Informa was formed in December 1998 by the merger of IBC Group plc and LLP (Lloydâ€™s of London Press). Since then, the continual growth and vision of the company has been built around the supply of high quality, proprietary business-to-business knowledge through some of the longest-standing brands in the world of publishing, conferences, exhibitions and training. Although we are a relatively young company, our bloodline dates back to 1734 when the first issue of the maritime publication Lloydâ€™s List was first pinned to the wall of Edward Lloydâ€™s City of London coffee shop. Today Lloydâ€™s List is still published daily and, along with other products and services, provides information, analysis and knowledge for business decision makers in the global shipping community. Since then, mergers with the Taylor & Francis Group, a world-leading academic publisher in 2004, plus the acquisition of IIR Holdings and Datamonitor in 2005 and 2007 respectively, have built on our strategy to expand our business through both acquisition and organic growth. Today, Informa is a progressive and successful international business headquartered in Switzerland with many industry leading products and services in niche markets around the world.