Emap International Limited
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|Revenue||£1.154 billion GBP (2006)|
|Operating income||£223 million GBP (2006)|
Emap International Limited (now known as Top Right Group) is a British media company, specialising in the production of business-to-business magazines, and the organisation of business events and conferences. The company was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index but is now owned by Apax and Guardian Media Group.
"EMAP" is an acronym, standing for East Midland Allied Press, and was founded in Peterborough in 1947.
Richard Winfrey purchased the Spalding Guardian in 1887 and later purchased the Lynn News and the Peterborough Advertiser; he also started the North Cambs Echo. Sir Richard Winfrey (1858–1944) was a Liberal politician and campaigner for agricultural rights and the papers were used to promote his political views in and around Spalding, Boston, Sleaford and Peterborough. During World War II Winfrey's newspaper interests began to be passed over to his son, Richard Pattinson Winfrey (1902–1985). In 1947, under the direction of 'Pat' Winfrey, the family's newspaper titles were consolidated to form the East Midland Allied Press. The company was formed by the merger of the Northamptonshire Printing and Publishing Co., the Peterborough Advertiser Co., the West Norfolk and King's Lynn Newspaper Co. and commercial printing sections at Rushden, King's Lynn and Bury St Edmunds.
The magazine division was founded on a hunch when the company's printing presses lay dormant between printing issues of the local papers. The staff gambled that a weekly angling publication would be a hit - and in 1953 Angling Times was born. This was soon joined by another weekly heavyweight when EMAP bought Motor Cycle News from its founder in 1956 for a hundred pounds.[dead link] It had been launched two years earlier. Both remain in the top 10 profit earners for the company (now Bauer) to this day. The Winfrey family continued to work on the management team of EMAP until the early 1980s and remained large shareholders until two thirds of the company were sold to Bauer Media Group in early 2008
On 27 July 2007, Emap announced that it was undertaking a review of the structure of the group in response to receiving a number of unsolicited proposals to purchase parts of the company.
The remainder of the company was taken over by Eden Bidco Ltd, a company incorporated for the purpose of the acquisition by its owners, the private equity investment group Apax and the Guardian Media Group in late March/early April 2008.
In March 2012, the company announced that it would be renamed Top Right Group, and that its magazines, events and data businesses would be separated into three standalone companies. The Emap name will continue to be used for the magazines operation, which at the time accounted for around 18 percent of the group's turnover. The database business is to be called 4C Group, and the events unit will be renamed I2i Events Group.
EMAP operated seven DAB multiplexes and also three jointly owned multiplexes with UTV. In addition, EMAP Radio owned 40 UK and Ireland local commercial radio stations. Following its purchase of Trans World Communications, it continued to buy radio stations, including 21 stations from Scottish Radio Holdings on 21 June 2005.
In mid-2007, EMAP sold its Republic of Ireland radio interests to Denis O'Brien's Communicorp Group Limited (other than FM104, which was sold to Communicorp but acquired from Communicorp by UTV Media at the same time).
EMAP has 20 magazines in its business-to-business portfolio including:
EMAP ceased publishing many magazines in its history; there was in particular a move away from the computing genre during the mid-1990s. The following magazines were formerly published by EMAP:
- Cannes Lions
- Drapers Fashion Summit
- Retail Week Conference
- World Retail Congress
- World Architecture Festival
- Media Festival
- Supply Chain Summit
- Broadcast Conference
- HSJ Conference
- LGC Conference
- RAC Conference
- BETT Conference
- Nursing Times Conference
- Broadcast Video Expo
- The Production Show
- BVE North
- Patient Safety Congress
- NICE Conference
EMAP Middle East
- EMAP: History
- Johnston Press is still a shrewd investment
- Emap France sold for £380m
- "Review of group structure". EMAP. 2007-07-27.
- "Sale of Australian consumer magazines business". EMAP. 2007-09-12.
- "H. Bauer Publishing Successful in Bid for Emap". H. Bauer Publishing. 2006-12-07.
- "expected timetable of events for emap plc shareholders". EMAP. 2008-01-25.
- Andrews, Amanda (24 December 2007). "Guardian and Apax snap up a fifth of Emap". The Times (London). Retrieved 1 May 2010.
- "Emap to change name to Top Right Group and split into three". The Daily Telegraph. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- Official website