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Haymarket Media Group is a privately held media company headquartered in London. It has publications in the consumer, business and customer sectors, both print and online. It operates exhibitions allied to its own publications, and previously on behalf of organisations such as the BBC. The company expanded outside the UK in 1999.
Haymarket began in the 1950s, under the name Cornmarket Press. Clive Labovitch and Michael Heseltine – later a Cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher and Deputy Prime Minister under John Major – who had met at university, started out with the 1957 Directory of Opportunities for Graduates, and in 1959 relaunched Man About Town, which was to become an influential (if unprofitable) men's consumer magazine. The company failed in its relaunch of the British news weekly Topic, the title closing at the end of 1962, within three months of the takeover. The partners split in 1965, with Heseltine renaming his half of the business Haymarket Press to publish Management Today. The company was renamed Haymarket Publishing; owing to its growing presence in online media and live events, it was rebranded as Haymarket Media Group in 2007. Haymarket has laboured under heavy borrowings since Michael Heseltine returned from politics to take the helm and to buy back large minority shareholdings from Lindsay Masters and Simon Tindall, who had managed the business in his absence. These borrowings have been reduced to some extent by the sale of properties. The company is now managed by Heseltine's son Rupert.
Haymarket Business Media
This division provides news and information for professionals in areas including environmental management, horticulture, planning, medicine and marketing. These are generally subscription-only publications and, in all but a limited number of cases, are not available for sale via retail. The portfolio includes a number of magazines and websites: Brand Republic, Campaign, Clinical Advisor, Conference and Incentive Travel, DMNews, The ENDS Report, Event, FinanceAsia, GP magazine, Horticulture Week, Monthly Prescribing Reference, Management Today, Marketing, Marketing Direct, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, Media Week, MIMS, Planning, PRWeek, Placemaking Resource, Renal & Urology News, SC Magazine, Third Sector, TASPO, Cancer Therapy Advisor and Windpower Monthly.
Haymarket Consumer Media
Haymarket publishes a number of automotive consumer magazines, all for sale by retail, and also a number of websites. The portfolio includes Autocar, CAT, Classic & Sports Car, PistonHeads, and What Car?. The division was formerly a home to motoring photographic agency LAT Photographic.
In 2016, Haymarket sold its motorsport properties (including LAT Photographic) to Motorsport Network.
The Group's owned media agency.
Wonderly – formerly Haymarket Network – is the owned media agency launched by the global Haymarket Media Group in February 2019. It creates owned media across various platforms – print, digital and live. Services include strategic planning, editorial, design, print production, distribution, measurement and evaluation. Wonderly also has a dedicated digital design and build team.
Its clients include the British Army, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, ECB, FA, IAAF, International Baccalaureate, KPMG, Tillington Group, UEFA and Volkswagen.
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Recent exhibitions include:
- Autosport International (sold to Motorsport Network)
- Fruit Focus – The Fruit Industries Premier Event
- Clothes Show Live (sold to SME London Ltd)
Haymarket entered the Indian market in 1999, becoming one of the first foreign-owned magazine publishers to do so. It produces content across print, web and mobile in the US, Germany, India and Hong Kong.
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