As you may be aware, Phil and I have two businesses, Taskbusters and The Mid Sussex Handbook. Both businesses have seen strong growth in the last couple of years, to the point where we would like to concentrate on only one. We are pleased to let you know that fellow publishers, Carnah Publications, have agreed to acquire The Mid Sussex Handbook.
Carnah Publications already publishes Horsham Pages South, Horsham Pages North and Southwater Life in Sussex and looking to expand their portfolio of magazines in the area. Carnah Publications, owned by Richard Milbourn, will continue to use local printers Newman Thomson and the same distribution team for The Mid Sussex Handbook.
Richard says: “I am very excited to be publishing The Mid Sussex Handbook which has built an enviable reputation delivering 24,000 magazines door-to-door in Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath. Sharon and Phil have built a great magazine and we’ll be keen to continue their good work and to maintain the community feel of the magazine.”
Richard adds, “Horsham Publication’s strategy is to publish quality local magazines that serve the residents and keep everyone informed of local life. The magazines have no political affiliations and are open to anyone in the locality to contribute news, views and articles. There will be gradual improvements in design and content and I welcome any feedback, comments and suggestions.”
In the 12 years of running The Mid Sussex Handbook, we have grown the business to cover both Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath and have built a very loyal following of advertisers and readers. Horsham Publications will use their experience and knowledge to grow the magazines and enable us to concentrate on Taskbusters.
Carnah Publications will honour all existing advertising contracts and will be in touch separately to notify you of the changes in invoicing arrangements. Richard will edit the magazines with his team made up of Gemma Gray (Sales Manager), Dee Ryder (Client Liaison & Administrative Manager) and Clare West (Distribution Manager).
We’d like to thank you very much for all your support with the magazines, some advertisers having been with us since the beginning, and I am sure you will want to wish Richard and his team well.
Sharon & Phil
High definition print, multiple colours and superior paper the Handbook is at the top end of the advertising periodicals. Its long standing presence in the area and regular distribution, engender trust and reliability in both the Handbook and its advertisers – no bad thing in this day and age.
The Handbook is a community resource containing advertisements for local businesses and services, editorial features, community information, local events listings, local charitable events etc. All this makes them “sticky”. We include this useful information and other articles so that readers keep them as a reference for the whole month and often well beyond.
Mid Sussex Handbook is hand delivered free monthly to 12000 targeted homes in - in RH15 / RH16 . Over 24,000+ households during any 2 months will regularly get a chance to see your advert providing huge exposure for your business, in all the right places and for longer. Our rates are extremely competitive. The Handbook is well recognised and kept by many households month on month.
We have been working with Sharon at the Mid-Sussex Handbook for many years now as supporting local businesses is what we are about!! I would highly recommend advertising in their handbook and website – get your name out there, we did!!
Guys...just wanted to drop you a note to say a big thanks for the help getting the ad into the handbook in time! You were right, the combination of these ads with monthly frequency of the handbook has really helped raise the business profile and branding. Excellent. I have no hesitation in recommending the handbook to any and all local businesses. Just shout if you need any photography :-)
We are a small local family run company and just wanted to say how delighted we are with our advert in the handbook. It really has worked for us and helped us launch our new business. Sharon has guided us and helped us and has really gone the extra mile.