A new company has been formed that is definitely good news for the people of the town.
Positive Media Group is the new umbrella organisation that brings together a stable of publications: Swindon Link magazine, The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire and entertainment guide The Ocelot.
This comes at the same time as the company moves to the prestigious Arclight building overlooking Peatmoor Lagoon, the former home of Cellular Operations. The newly formed group will be sharing the offices with sister firm Excalibur Communications.
Each publication is accompanied by a new state-of-the-art website and mobile app which means readers will always be kept up to date with the latest community, business and entertainment news.
Group editor Jamie Hill said: “We’re now the largest media provider headquartered in Swindon with an unrivalled reach covering a range of demographics from business to community groups to the going-out crowd.
“Every publication is free to our readers, whether online or picking it up off their doormat. This is good for advertisers and something we will always stand by. Overall the group output is distributed to over 1,000 public places and businesses across the Swindon area, 25,000 homes, and tens of thousands of viewers online.
“These three publications complement each other, giving readers and advertisers comprehensive coverage of all facets of Swindon life.
“The name Positive Media Group really reflects what we do. Each publication sets out to shout about the good news in our town, from the grass roots community coverage that The Link provides, the economic success of Swindon covered by The Business Exchange and our vibrant cultural landscape that The Ocelot promotes.
“Each publication has enjoyed its own successes but working together they can go from strength to strength which can only be a good thing for the town.”
Overall the three titles have been at the centre of community life for 36 years with The Link’s beginnings all the way back in 1979, The Ocelot from 2006 and The Business Exchange in 2013.
All three publications retain their original characters with Link founders Ruth and Roger Ogle, Ocelot editor Jamie Hill and TBE editor Anita Jaynes all being a major part of the team.
Group owner James Phipp. “I’m very excited by the formation of Positive Media Group. I believe that the three publications together will be a major force on the Swindon media landscape for many years to come.
“Link, Ocelot and The Business Exchange have very different content. We now have an unrivalled offering for our readers and fantastic opportunities for advertisers to reach out to them.”
The PMG positive news force team: From back left, Sue Roberts, sales co-ordinator, Roger Ogle, associate editor, Dave Stewart, business development director, Jamie Hill, group editor, Ruth Ogle, sub-editor. Front: Anita Jaynes, Business Exchange editor and commercial director, James Phipps, group director
Join our dynamic and growing team and work across our three titles
We’re looking for:
An experienced sales person who can cover on paper products and digital offering
A trainee reporter/editorial assistant
Tell us what you can do by sending your CV and an optional covering letter to group editor Jamie Hill: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date is: 15 May 2015