Each company operates with devolved responsibility for its own entrepreneurial content and commercial management.
The group provides certain central services to its companies and also provide services to third parties in the following areas:
E-commerce Service Platform
The group has specialist skills in managing merchant and affiliate e-commerce operations both for itself and for third parties. The group has over 20 customers using its services.
Data Management Platform
Data management is central to our business and the group has a dedicated team to manage customer calls, data receipt and data entry particularly in the area of subscriptions management.
Events Management Platform
The group has a dedicated team that can manage events on behalf of or in partnership with third parties.
Contract Publishing and Content Marketing
Our clients can use our in-house expertise to create content and publish in print and online. Our team of editors, designers and production management can produce any form of publication including magazines and catalogues.
A proven and scalable business model that can readily integrate new businesses on our common platform.
Case Study: Event Development
The Group acquired The Woodworker in 2006 and launched a website to support the magazine in the same year. In 2007, Good Woodworking magazine was purchased from Future plc.
In 2018, Woodworker and Good Woodworking magazines were merged to create the leading woodworking consumer magazine and the group acquired the leading trade magazine, Woodworking News and the leading woodworking consumer show, the annual North of England Woodworking and Power Tool Show.
Through these bolt-on acquisitions, the group has created a leading position in the woodworking market in the UK with offers for both trade to trade and trade to consumer reach.
Case Study: E-Commerce & Event Development
The Group acquired Hi-Fi News from Time Inc in 2010. Hi-Fi News addresses the high-end premium sector of the hi-fi market. In 2011, we acquired another portfolio of magazines and websites from Future plc which were also in the specialist hi-fi sector. The Group Editor of Hi-Fi News also invested and became a shareholder in a newly formed company which combined all our home technology magazines and assets.
In 2014, the Hi-Fi Show was launched which has become one of the country’s leading annual high end hi-fi shows. In 2018, we acquired a magazine portfolio in the US from The Enthusiast Network. The magazines acquired were Stereophile, Sound & Vision and Shutterbug. Following the acquisition, we transitioned one of the magazines to online only and launched new e-commerce stores which combine content and commerce serving the photography and home theatre communities.
Case Study: Data Management
The Group provides subscription management services to a number of third party media groups. The services provided include subscription customer service call handling, subscription data entry, warehousing and fulfilment of print magazine back issues.
Case Study: Contract Publishing
The Group provides contract publishing which includes design services, print management and news stand circulation for a number of third party retail and distribution clients where we arrange the printing and marketing of their catalogues and other material.