Media 10 on its office refurb and growth plans

Lee Newton, chief executive at Media 10, spoke to Event about the company's recent office revamp, upcoming events and vision to expand the business.

Media 10 has recently revamped its office
Media 10 has recently revamped its office

The office

Newton explains the interior look and feel of an office can influence employees’ mood and behaviour, as well as create a picture of the company from the outside, which is what prompted the company to refurbish its premises.  

"Media 10 is a company that has always evolved and grown organically, and we believe that the environment we work in and the happiness of our staff will be reflected in the quality of our events, which are always fun, creative and just ahead of the wave.

"We feel the new look makes an immediate impression to potential new employees and visitors of the kind of company we are," he says.

What's on the horizon?

Newton says new shows as well inaugural events are on the cards this year. "Our business in China has grown and is growing despite all the bad news. China still has the one of the largest economies in the world and we are still expanding.

"Design Shanghai has tripled in size and we will soon to be announcing some new launches."

The design event Luxury Made is set to make its debut at Olympia London in September, and a Star Trek convention is scheduled to take place at the NEC in Birmingham the following month.  

"We are really excited about [Luxury Made] as we’ve unearthed a previously mothballed location within the venue that will give the whole launch a fantastic feel.

"On a totally different sphere, even galaxy, we are hosting the only official Star Trek convention in Europe to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek," he adds.

Future growth

Newton explains the company has increased the frequency of its events such as the Ideal Home Show and Grand Designs Live in recent times, plus it has just opened an office in Cape Town to facilitate growth in the region.

"In a nutshell, we will continue to grow existing areas of the business while still looking for new opportunities here and overseas," he adds.

Moving forward, Media 10 plans to continue to expand upon its portfolio of events. "We aim to continue growing. We have a fund to back new and creative ideas, so if you think you’ve got an idea and have the industry knowledge and experience to back it up, we’d like to hear from you," says Newton.

When it comes to employee numbers, he states: "If 100 people came to us demonstrating that they could add value to our business we’d take them on. Not sure where they would sit but it’s a nice problem to have.

"As we grow we’ll continue to offer fantastic career opportunities. We’ve already had two staff from our London office move to across to our office in Shanghai and we have one member of staff who has just relocated from our Glasgow office to our office in Cape Town.

"There will be more opportunities like this open for people to enhance their career here at Media 10," Newton adds. 

The Great British Bake Off teamed up with Media 10 to launch a live experience at its Cake & Bake Show last year. 

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