Business and Innovation Magazine’s publisher NK Media makes major hire as it targets expansion

Mark Saunders

NK Media Ltd, the company behind the hugely successful regional publication, Business and Innovation Magazine, has appointed its first Managing Director.

Following its return to print in March after supporting the region’s businesses online for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the company is investing in its growth strategy by taking on seasoned executive Mark Saunders.

Mark, previously Group Marketing Director for more than a decade at Stonehouse-based comms business 9 Group, is applying his extensive experience to growing the young publishing company.

9 Group was sold in a multi-million-pound deal earlier this year.

NK Media Ltd, the company which publishes Business & Innovation Magazine, was established in 2017 by two publishing professionals to support the region’s diverse business community.

It has since grown to become one of the UK’s most influential regional B2B magazines, publishing a bi-monthly, editorially-led print magazine and a daily business news service via its news portal, www.businessinnovationmag.co.uk.

Before the pandemic, the company was on the verge of a major expansion. As the country begins its long recovery, Business & Innovation Magazine is determined to lead from the front with ambitious plans to grow once again.

Nicky Godding, Business & Innovation Magazine co-founder and Editor in Chief, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have attracted someone the calibre of Mark to help us continue the growth of our business.

“We have a very strong brand across our core regions of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, the Thames Valley, West Midlands, South Gloucestershire and Bristol and our plan is to extend our coverage and support for businesses and business leaders over the next few years. We will continue to do this through our publications and through our highly regarded in-person events when allowed.”

Mark said: “Regional businesses are the lifeblood of the UK’s economy and publications such as Business & Innovation Magazine are an essential resource for people who want to understand their local business landscape and seize new opportunities. I’m looking forward to playing a central role in helping to grow the business.”