Conference and exhibition organiser ITE Group said trading for the first three months of the financial year has been ahead of management expectations despite the relative strength of the pound.
Revenue for the three-month period to December 31st rose to £36.3m from £28.7m the same period a year earlier.
"This year's first quarter result reflects a stronger biennial pattern than the previous year and favourable timing on events in Central Asia," the group explained.
Revenues on a like-for-like (LFL) basis for the quarter rose by 10% or 15% on a constant currency basis, after robust growth from Central Asia and Russia.
Looking ahead, ITE said trading conditions in its core markets remain positive and it has already contracted £121m of revenues for the full-year 2014.
"Despite the continued appreciation of sterling against our major trading currencies contracted revenues are ahead of the prior year on a LFL basis by 2% or 11% on a constant currency basis," it said.
Current sales represent around 62% of current market expectations, which is consistent with its long-term average of bookings at this stage of the financial year, it added.
ITE said it continues to monitor the political uncertainty in Ukraine, which could affect international sales into the country.
UK engineering company Renishaw reported a decline in first half revenue and profit, reflecting tough comparators a year earlier.
Revenue came to £163m in the six months through December 2013, compared to £174m the prior year.
The group said the fall was due to the comparison of 'exceptionally high revenue' in the first half of 2012 driven by strong performance in the Far East.
Pre-tax profit dropped to £25.6m from £42.2m. Earnings per share were 29.5p, compared with an adjusted and restated 46.7p last year.
Nevertheless, the firm experienced strong demand for its 3D additive manufacturing, measurement automation, encoder and spectroscopy products.
During the period, the firm expanded its facilities in Germany and released new products including Sprint high speed contact scanning system for machine tools. Capital expenditure came to £19.5m.
Net cash balances were £13.4m at the end of the period, compared with £12.6m in 2012.
In November, the company announced Autodesk Development B.V agreed to buy its software business Delcam for a total consideration of £32m.
Renishaw said proceeds of the business will be used to support future investments in the business.
"Whilst the group faced tough financial comparators for the first half of this financial year and sterling has strengthened in recent months, we are expecting an improvement in trading activities and revenue in the second half," the group said.
"With our continuing investment in our business sectors, we remain confident for the longer term prospects for the group."