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