Sussex Magazines started in FIveways in Brighton with the first edition of The Fiveways Directory dropping onto the doormats of local residents in November 2004.
This first magazine proved very popular with local residents and businesses alike, so much so that soon after, the following year came The Hanover Directory which was followed later by Queens Park Living, The West Hove Directory with Poets Pages (covering the Poets Corner area of Hove) starting in November 2013. Hove Park Living was added to the line up in August 2015 and the latest Brighton and Hove monthly publication was added when in 2016 we acquired The Kemptown Rag and breathed life back into the publication returning it once more to a monthly magazine that is distributed through the doors.
Along the way we have also been heavily involved with the establishment and running of The Deans Magazine – covering Saltdean, Rottingdean, Ovingdean and Roedean - and also Uckfield Matters. Both of these publications continue to thrive in their respective areas.
In 2015 things got interesting when we became aware that a long established magazine business was available for purchase. Having been started 30 years ago by a family in Sussex the owners of this business were about to retire and wanted to move the business on and into the hands of someone they felt could keep it going and indeed improve it further. Never ones to shirk a challenge we became the owners of Village Directories and got to work! Several years on we can report that this wasnt a mistake and that this part of the company is thriving and serving 15 villages across West Sussex.
Our purpose has always been, and will continue to be with our current magazines and any future publications we run:
To connect up local people with local businesses and activities thus helping to create a greater community spirit and more prosperity for the magazines respective area.
As far as the future is concerned, we definitely would like to continue to grow and serve more and more local communities by providing them with their own local publication whilst at the same time providing local businesses with the opportunity to avail themselves of cost effective locally targeted advertising.