GL events
Welcome to the world of events!
As a leading global player in the events sector, GL events operates in the three main events markets: congresses and conventions, sporting, cultural and political events, and trade shows and consumer fairs.
© Odile Decq architect / Felice Varini – Nicolas Rodet
GL events
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018
GL events, official supplier of temporary grandstand seating for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. A total of 60,000 temporary seats were installed in thirteen venues.
Commonwealth Games   Gold Coast 2018
Matmut Stadium Inauguration
The project to renovate and modernise the Matmut Stadium in Gerland, launched by Olivier Ginon, the Chairman of GL events, highlights the Group's expertise in terms of engineering, architecture and asset management. The stadium is now home to the LOU Rugby team.
© Nicolas Rodet
Matmut Stadium Inauguration
Geek and Games at the Riocentro
Brazil’s largest event devoted to pop culture and video games is organised and hosted by GL events at the Riocentro, in Rio de Janeiro.
© Light Press 2017
Geek and Games at the Riocentro
Cannes Film Festival
For more than 20 years, GL events has been providing top-of-the-range, tailor-made services for one of the world's most prestigious film festivals.
© Alexandra Fleurantin
Cannes Film Festival
Equita Lyon
The Lyon Equestrian Show, organised and hosted by GL events at Eurexpo, is the largest indoor equestrian event in France.
© Gilles Galoyer
Equita Lyon
"Nuits Sonores" Music Festival
GL events provides the audiovisual services for this major electronic music festival!
© Laure Rousville
"Nuits Sonores" Music Festival
Sirha Green
The first trade fair devoted to ecological food-services. Organised and hosted by GL events, the event brings together the sector’s professionals to address the issues of social and environmental responsibility.
© Diph Photography
Sirha Green
Première Vision Paris
Organised and hosted by GL events, the reference event for the fashion world was held at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris. It owes its success to its avant-garde selection, bringing together many new products, services and innovations.
© Alexandra Fleurantin
Première Vision Paris
Light Festival Lyon
GL events Audiovisual, an official partner and service provider to the Lyon Light Festival, draws on its expertise and talent for several artistic projects in various venues during this international event.
© Thierry Perre / Partners’ Club of the ‘Fête des Lumières’ / Lyon Light Festival 2017
Light Festival Lyon
Back to Press releases 2003

1st Half-Year 2003: Sales up substantially (+27.6%)
Confirmation of Générale Location's dynamism

In millions of euros 2003 2002 variation
First quarter group sales 179,4 140,7 +27,6 %

For the 1st half-year 2003, Générale Location had sales of €179.4 million, an increase of +27,6% (+20% on a comparable structure and exchange rate basis). In a difficult economic environment, this sales success and the synergies developed between the core businesses underline Générale Location's ability to develop its business activities to strengthen its position as Europe's leading provider of engineering and logistics services for events.

Global Services for trade shows, exhibitions and events: +4.6%
(+5.6% on a comparable structure and exchange rate basis) to €90 million for 50.2% of Group sales.
The first half-year was primarily marked by the Group's participation in three major international meetings (the France-Africa summit, G8 and the Summit of European Heads of State). In preparation of the Athens's Olympics, a first contract has been signed for the test events in August 2003. In addition, Générale Location is in the process of negotiating for the next Forum of Cultures (Barcelona, 2004) and has already signed two contracts for €8 million.

Venue and Event Management: +168%
(+77.6% on a comparable structure basis) to €34.1 million for 19% of Group sales.
The strong sales growth demonstrates the Group's ability to develop both venues already under management and newly signed venues (e.g., Parc Floral, Grande Halle d'Auvergne and Zenith in Clermont Ferrand). By strengthening synergies between venue management and the provision of related services, the recent acquisition of COFRATA, whose activity is currently strong on the first half (around 60% of sales in the 1st half-year), should enable the Group to accentuate development in this area.

Fittings, Museum Fittings, Systems: +32.1%
(on a comparable structure basis) to €55.3 million for 30.8% of Group sales.
The strong growth in this half-year is mainly due for BS Vision to a change in the split of sales, stronger for the first half 2003 than in 2002. The impact on Group sales growth represents 6 pts.
In addition, the sales/rental of structures and sales of modular systems is meeting good commercial success and encouraging contacts have been developed in Great Britain and Spain.


Sales for the year: GL confirm its objective of consolidated sales growth over 10% for the year 2003, this within an uncertain economic environment but with the implementation of synergies between core businesses and successful integration of recent acquisitions.
Result as at June 30th, 2003: the consolidated companies profit (before goodwill) should show an increase of 30% compared to June 30th, 2002. This despite a decrease of the operational margin of BS Vision due to the high level of activity and related increase in subcontracting costs compared to the first half of 2002.

Next rendez-vous:
publication of first half-year results on 9 September 2003 and presentation meeting on 10 September 2003.


GL events, bringing people together

Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration : Erick ROSTAGNAT
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