Global event organiser UBM’s Awards and Partnerships division has been closed, with activities “absorbed” into other UBM businesses, according to a company statement.
Calls through to UBM partnerships Director Mark Judson have been greeted with a recorded message which says that “Unfortunately this department has now been disbanded”.
Callers are then redirected to the main UBM switchboard number.
Judson’s own Facebook page on Friday 7 February, said: “Free from UBM…” while an event producer at UBM, posted a picture on Friday of empty desks at the firm’s Ludgate House offices.
An initial UBM statement said: “Following a recent review of the UBM Awards & Partnerships business, UBM took the decision to dissolve UBM Awards as a separate UBM division and to absorb its activities into other UBM businesses. A consultation process with the Awards team is currently under way and is expected to be concluded shortly.
“UBM will continue to operate the National Business Awards, together with a number of other awards events which are closely linked to UBM’s mainstream tradeshow event portfolio.”