The company was established in 2014 with a view to becoming a specialist publisher of event programmes and guides. Managing Director Haigh Simpson quickly realised it could also act as a vehicle to fulfill a long-term ambition to launch a community magazine in his hometown of Saltaire. The Saltaire Review was launched later that year and was quickly followed by the Bradford Review in March 2015. Both magazines were incredibly well received and developed a loyal readership and a solid customer base thanks to a content-led approach that still prevails today.
Our first major publishing contract came in September 2015 when we delivered the printed programmes for the British Science Festival. This enabled the business to further expand our community magazine network, with the Bingley Review launching in November 2015. The Harrogate Review followed in November 2016, shortly after the company took on its first full-time employee Jono Whiting.
Jono has enabled us to expand our range of services to include social media training and support, a service we recognised was in high demand after talking to our advertising clients about their marketing needs.
We are based in Assembly Bradford, a co-working space in the centre of Bradford. This gives us unique access to a number of experts in the creative industries and allows us to collaborate with other businesses. Our design and distribution services are both provided through this network, which has facilitated our rapid growth over the past three years.