Regional Independent Media is planning to use last week’s
acquisition of Scottish County Press as the basis for a big push into
Chief executive Chris Oakley has announced plans to form a new company,
RIM Scotland, and he intends to grow the Scottish business both
organically and through acquisitions.
Scottish County Press publishes five titles: The East Lothian News, The
Musselburgh News, The Advertiser, The Lothian Times and The Peebles
Steve Plews, chief executive of RIM subsidiary Ackrill Newspapers, based
in Harrogate, has been seconded to oversee the Scottish business.
Scottish County Press chairman Bruce Frew is to concentrate on the
contract printing business. RIM said it has no plans for redundancies at
the Scottish operation.
Mediaforce represents Scottish County Press nationally, although it is
likely that the business will transfer to RIM’s own national sales
Plews said: ’We will be assessing the needs of the business over the
next few months and look forward to discussing the best way forward with
RIM has recently been looking for acquisitions in a number of areas.
One is Manchester-based Newsco Publications, publisher of North West
Business Insider and Yorkshire Business Insider. The company also
publishes a number of other business titles, operates a website and
stages business events.
RIM assistant group managing director Steve Auckland has been appointed
chairman of the company.
RIM has also acquired Dirt Bike Rider and Classic Racer from
Lincolnshire-based Key Publishing. The titles are to be consolidated
with Trials & Motocross News, published by Lancaster & Morecambe