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Guiton acquires events company

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GUITON Publishing, the parent company of the Jersey Evening Post and Guernsey Press, has acquired Island event management company EC Events.

The firm was set up 14 years ago by Julie Settle, initially to manage the motoring division of the Le Riche Group (now Sandpiper), and has evolved from a PR and marketing consultancy into a specialist event management business organising the biannual Homelife Show and a number of other outdoor and business-to-business events in both Jersey and Guernsey.

As part of Guiton Publishing, EC Events will have its own board chaired by finance director Mark Oliver, with advertising director Luke Heynes providing commercial support alongside deputy editors Carl Walker and Suzie Heneghan, organisers of the Pride of Jersey/Guernsey awards. Mrs Settle is now based within the JEP offices at Five Oaks.

Commenting on the acquisition, the managing director of Guiton Publishing and the Jersey Evening Post, Paul Carter, said: 'As we deal with over 4,500 registered local businesses each year across our bailiwicks we have established that there are some marketing services that we currently don't offer but would complement our portfolio and benefit our customers.

'Once we had targeted event management as a key component of this gap in our service, it was simply a case of looking for the current provider who best fits our ethos and, thankfully, Julie Settle at EC Events saw the potential.'

The forthcoming programme will include the long-running Homelife shows and the Pride of Jersey and Guernsey community awards, as well as new events under development and a corporate service to help larger customers with their own event planning.

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