Professional Pensions' publisher Incisive Media has acquired the Financial Services Forum, a membership community for marketing professionals across financial services.
Announcing the deal, Incisive Media described it as a "highly complementary acquisition" that would support the growth of the Forum while broadening its own reach into the financial services sector.
The company added: "The acquisition will support the management of the Forum as they continue to grow the scope of services for members as well as broaden the membership base within the sector by accessing a larger, well-resourced event management and digital infrastructure and expert editorially-led thought leadership."
The Financial Services Forum is a membership organisation for marketeers working at all levels of seniority across the sector, boasting members from more than 150 asset and wealth managers, banks, insurers, mortgage lenders and fintech businesses
Members are supported through more than 60 strategic financial services marketing events every year, covering all sectors and marketing disciplines, an online knowledge centre, a broad range of email newsletters, awards ceremonies and summits.
Financial Services Forum managing director David Cowan said: "This is an exciting time for the Forum. We are looking forward to enhancing the member experience through access to greater resources and expertise. The acquisition will allow the Forum to realise the potential for growth through the development of new ideas that complement and strengthen the existing portfolio."
‘Platform for knowledge sharing'
Incisive Media CEO Jonathon Whiteley (pictured) said: "As a leading financial media business and practitioner member of the Financial Services Forum, we have long admired its work for creating a platform for knowledge sharing, networking and thought leadership. We look forward to working closely with David and his team to support the growth of the Forum for the benefit of members."
Anthony Thomson, who established the Forum in 1998 and is also founding chairman of Atom Bank and Metro Bank, said "John Seilis, Keith Carby and I co-founded the Forum with a belief marketing should put the customer front-and-centre.
"Over the past 20 years, we have been incredibly proud of the Forum's achievements. It has grown to a point where its future can be better safeguarded as part of a bigger organisation. We have known and admired Incisive Media and its founders for many years and could not envisage a better home for the Forum."
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