Computer Publishing to launch free magazines

Computer Publishing has sold Professional Recruiter to Centurion Publishing and is to launch two free consumer titles and two exhibitions.

Computer Publishing has sold Professional Recruiter to Centurion

Publishing and is to launch two free consumer titles and two

exhibitions.



The company, which produces free magazines for distribution in

supermarkets, is recruiting two advertisement managers for the new

titles and wants to hire 30 sales executives to support the launches and

fill other vacancies.



The titles will be launched on 1 June.



Managing director Mike Bickerdike would not disclose which sector the

new magazines would target, but said they will fit into a portfolio that

includes What Computer?, What Holiday? and Job Opportunities.



The two new exhibitions will also be called What Computer? and What

Holiday? and will run at the Islington Design Centre from 6-8

October.



Commenting on the disposal of Professional Recruiter, Bickerdike said:

’We were offered a good price and Professional Recruiter didn’t really

fit into our portfolio. The sale has enabled us to launch other

projects.’



Centurion Publishing already publishes People Management for the

Institute of Personnel Development, along with contract titles such as

Supply Management, The Rambler and The Teacher.



Professional Recruiter, which has an ABC distribution of 27,110,

typically carries 45 pages of recruitment classified as well as some

display in an 84-page edition.



Advertising sales will be handled by a new four-strong team taken from

other parts of Centurion and headed by ad director Paul Harwood.



Centurion publishing director Nick Simpson said: ’It is our first

acquisition and we hope to use our proven skills in the recruitment

market, where we generate pounds 15 million of revenue, to get more

advertising out of the title.’



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