Following a successful 2015 with the launch of two new magazines for TopicUK covering South Yorkshire and Soho, 2016 is shaping up to be just as successful with a further business magazine planned for Leeds this Summer. This will be the seventh magazine within the group, including Close Up for Business, the official Magazine of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, a new partnership manager has been appointed to help cope with the growing demand for the community business publication. Luke Seage joined partners Gill Laidler and Rob Blackwell in May and is already making valuable contacts and introductions across the regions.
“TopicUK is growing at a rapid rate as businesses recognise the need for free promotion and affordable advertising,” explained Gill. “There is no other business magazine locally that includes the whole community. As well as funding secured early this year from Sir Rodney Walker when he became our Chairman, with Sir Rodney’s help we now have the backing of Barclays to assist with future expansion.”
TopicUK Wakefield launched over three years ago and boasts a number of partners including: Sainsburys, Theatre Royal, Ramsdens Solicitors, Yorkshire Telecommunications, Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation, Bellingham IT, LS-Live, Wakefield Bondholder, LEP, Featherstone Rovers, Chadwick Lawrence, Jordans Solicitors, Ackworth School, Trinity Walk, Ridings Shopping Centre, Wakefield Business Centres, Hendersons, Shark Ninja, Susan Dellanzo, Silcoates School, Yorkshire Health Charity and Chris Dix Accountants.
“Partnerships are growing as more and more businesses recognise the benefits and what TopicUK can do for them,” continued Gill. Further expansion is planned with the launch of ChatBack, a new section within TopicUK Wakefield that covers education, apprentices, students and young entrepreneurs.
“As this new section grows, our plans are to launch ChatBack as a stand alone magazine and we will appoint a young editor to manage all content,” added Gill. “Readers will also see a subtle difference in the style of the magazine from June as TopicUK is restyled, keeping it modern and fresh.”
TopicUK magazines now reaches up to 40,000 businesses with plans to add to this growth during 2016. Other partnerships include Wakefield Lit Fest, Huddersfield Lit Fest, Wakefield Beer Festival and Wakefield Business Week.
This year will also see the launch of the Yorkshire Schools and Colleges Expo, hosted by TopicUK, which will take place at Unity Works in late October and new TopicUK networking events for partners and guests will launch in the autumn in conjunction with Yorkshire Telecommunications and Williams & Co.