Commodity and energy markets to get bigger and better events asleading US and UK conference companies join to develop global events for commodity and energy trading, risk management and technology
London, UK – 12th January, 2022 – Alpha Insight have merged into Commodities People, unifying industry-leading Commodities People’s growing portfolio of commodity and energy trading-focused events with Alpha Insight’s live and virtual events and information products. This move will provide the group with a significantly-greater international footprint with well-established audiences and event programmes in the United States and Europe. Having pioneered the virtual event during early Covid and subsequently mastered hybrid virtual/physical events, the existing resources and talent in the two companies will now work together to produce even bigger and better events in energy and commodity trading hubs around the world.
The newly-combined company will operate under the Commodities People banner. Ben Hillary will retain his role as Managing Director of Commodities People, while Howard Walper, formerly President of Alpha Insight, will assume the role of CEO, Americas.
Founder and MD of Commodities People, Ben Hillary, said: “After our first discussion, it was apparent that our events, customer base and growth plans were so well aligned that this merger was the logical and organic next step in achieving our mutual business objectives. I am very excited to welcome Alpha Insight to the Commodities People family and expand our offering to the commodity and energy trading community in North America.”
Says Walper: “Both companies have excellent relationships and reputations within the industry and ‘punch above their weight’ in what they offer customers. We expect this news to be very popular with our customers.”
Commodities People are best known for their London-based Energy Trading Week and Commodity Trading Week, which consist of several individual conferences that cover different aspects of trading, including managing risk, trading excellence, operations and technology, regulatory compliance and more. Bringing Alpha Insight into Commodities People allows them to move into the North American market, using Alpha Insight’s established Energy Trading Risk Summit USA and Trading Technology Summit as anchor events; the series of online offerings from both companies will continue to be part of the offering.
While the Covid crisis has been highly disruptive for events companies around the world, both Commodities People and Alpha Insight found success in producing high-quality virtual events and having some of their most successful years to date. Says Walper: “People are very excited to be getting back to in-person events but have also discovered the effectiveness of virtual programmes. By combining our portfolios of in-person and virtual offerings we can provide our clients with year-round, turnkey marketing solutions, all over the world.”
Commodities People is the leading independent conference production company, developing in-person and virtual events for the global commodity and energy trading community, attracting high-level delegates each year from leading commodity and energy trading firms.
Commodities People is the independent centre for energy and commodities, and for more than 10 years has been the provider of popular events, ‘Commodity Trading Week’ and ‘Energy Trading Week’. The events are a vital platform for the energy and commodity market participants to exchange ideas and knowledge, find out about innovations in their market sectors, and learn from market experts.
Commodities People’s experience and understanding of the market attracts pioneering companies and decision-makers to its community, be it online or offline, bringing the entire industry together for shared market expertise, latest insight and innovation.
Alpha Insight launched in July 2017 with the goal of producing high-quality events to provide customers with actionable information and networking opportunities that drive bottom-line results. We work primarily in the energy industry, with a particular interest in the intersection of energy markets and technology, where data-driven innovations allow companies to operate faster and more efficiently. In addition to our own branded events, we also work with clients to help build their businesses through commercial events and strategic marketing programs. For more information please visit https://www.a-insight.com/
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