Long-established business magazine, Contact, will be relaunched with a new publisher in early 2019.
Owned by North East England Chamber of Commerce, Contact magazine will be published by the innovative company that successfully revitalised North East Times three years ago.
Distributed to more than 7,000 businesses the Chamber’s new magazine will exploit its vast range of in-house expertise and connections. The editorial will be focused on thought-leadership and shared knowledge from the substantial number of companies in its membership from major PLCs to inspiring individual entrepreneurs.
David Langley, Chamber chief operating officer said: “Contact is an important part of our membership service as it connects our businesses to each other and informs them about major issues facing the region, such as what we need from the Government to grow our economy. We are delighted to be working with North East Times to create a dynamic publication that spreads messages about our members and our own work to develop a stronger North East.”
Peter Mallon, managing director and creative director at North East Times, said: "The team and I at were ecstatic when we heard we'd won the tender to produce Contact – an established publication for a renowned organisation that has done so much to support and promote the region's businesses.
“Since we relaunched North East Times in October 2015, we have worked closely with the Chamber to gain a unique insight into the local and wider economic landscape, and we are now relishing the opportunity to present the team's expertise in their own bespoke magazine and digital platforms. We are already working on some exciting ideas to reimagine Contact for the Chamber's new and existing membership – and the wider North East business community – so watch this space."
Contact’s editor will be experienced journalist Mark Lane, who has an extensive background in regional business journalism.
Launch of the magazine’s first issue will be held at a breakfast event at the Sage Gateshead on 22 March 2019.