A global player in international events

With a presence on five continents and over 20 countries, the GL events Group is at the forefront of international events across the three major markets of congresses & conventions, live events, and trade shows & exhibitions. 

Founded in 1978, in Lyon, France, the three complementary divisions of the GL events Group, Live, Exhibitions and Venues provides a unique business model which brings with it strength and organic growth. Our imagination and drive to develop means that we never stand still in the ever changing world of events.

GL events around the world

GL events UK is part of a global Group. Worldwide, GL events is a top-class provider of integrated solutions and services for live events, conferences, venues and exhibitions. 

With nearly 100 international offices across 20 countries and 5 continents, this event infrastructure giant boasts a portfolio of clients that comprise some of the world’s most iconic and successful social, commercial and sporting events. 

Every year, GL events provides services in support of events that are experienced by 12 million visitors and exhibitors worldwide. The size and strength of the Group as a global player, means that our customers can rely on us, both now and in the future.

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Number of employees


Listed on Euronext, Paris


2023 Group Turnover

1.43 Billion €

Market capital

615 M€

2023 results

The GL events Group experienced another record year across its three business divisions of Live, Exhibitions and Venues in 2023. 

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Our history

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The origins of GL events UK

The provenance of GL events UK dates back to 1820 and the foundation of the Peterborough-based events business, Snowdens Marquees. With its origins in rope and tent making on the banks of the river Nene, Snowdens was, from the outset, characterised by quality service and the pursuit of customer satisfaction.

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The growth of Owen Brown

The Owen Brown story began in 1913 when the eponymous trader began selling ropes, tarpaulins and netting at farmers’ markets in Loughborough and through the Midlands area. The business soon expanded into event supply and Owen Brown Marquees becoming synonymous with quality and reliability. In 1984, Owen Brown acquired Snowdens Marquees.


GL events enters the UK market

The acquisition of Owen Brown (and Snowdens) by the GL events Group in 2002 saw the consolidation of well established and experienced event brands, with international reach, and an aspiration to develop the event infrastructure options available to UK event organisers, and GL events UK has never looked back!


More than just events

While GL events UK’s core business remains supporting events of all kinds, our wider business extends to the provision of temporary buildings for other uses including industrial storage and warehousing, retail and commercial, and sports and leisure.  In 2004, we welcomed the Uttoxeter-based, Tempastor which later became Spaciotempo UK.

Partner with the event experts

GL events UK has been providing infrastructure for over 200 years. Today our portfolio of experience includes some of the most prestigious names in the events calendar, including Cheltenham Festival, The Ryder Cup, Royal Ascot, Silverstone, Goodwood, The Open and Commonwealth Games.

We work with all our clients to deliver projects that are innovative, ethical and add value to our communities and environment. 

Accreditations and Associations

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ESSA Member 2021 logo
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Disability Confident
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