Christian Marketplace

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Christian Marketplace is the UK-based trade magazine for the Christian retail industry, featuring news, product reviews and interviews. It is published monthly and is supplied to both Christian and general market retailers.

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The magazine began in the early 1980s as the Christian Bookstore Journal. This was soon renamed to the European Christian Bookstore Journal (ECBJ) and was located at the offices of the unofficial European branch of the Christian Booksellers Association. At this time the magazine was run by John Macdonald who also owned the Christian World Centre bookstore in Manchester, England.

In 1999, with the magazine facing bankruptcy, John MacDonald and SilverFish Publishing entered into a joint venture to replace ECBJ with a new magazine called Christian Bookseller. However, after the publication of the first issue, the parties entered into a dispute, with the result that SilverFish published a new magazine also entitled Christian Bookseller. Edited by Ian Matthews (also edited ECBJ in 1998), the magazine changed its name in March 2001 to Christian Retailer.

SilverFish went out of business in July 2001 and the magazine ceased at this point. However, in August 2001, Ian Matthews, along with another former employee of SilverFish, Phil Whittall, formed a new company called Sojourn Publications and released a new incarnation of the magazine titled Christian Marketplace. The title was eventually sold to Premier Media Group, who also run Premier Radio in 2002 where it was edited by Phil Whittall until August 2006. The current editor is Clem Jackson.

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