William Reed Business Media

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William Reed Business Media
Founded 1861
Founder William Reed
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Headquarters location Crawley, Sussex
Publication types Magazines, Directories
Official website www.william-reed.com

William Reed Business Media is a business magazine and digital media company in the United Kingdom.

Early History[edit]

In 1861 William Reed founded his own publishing company William Reed Publishing in London. With the contacts he had made working in the grocer industry and the knowledge he had gained, he launched his first journal, The Grocer in 1862, from his premises based in Bow Lane, London. The Grocer was to give readers the latest news and analysis of the trade. Just a year later the Wine Trade Review launched as a supplement to The Grocer.[1]

By 1864, Reed targeted the brewing industry with Brewers Journal, and its supplement, Hop & Malt Trades Review and in 1868 he had added Tobacco Trade Review to his company's magazine line up. Reed died in 1920, but not without seeing The Grocer become his most successful publication, with the Ministry of Food using it to make announcements.

Company legacy[edit]

William Reed's publishing company has stayed within the family and was continued by his son after his death in 1920. It still exists today, owned by later generations of his family, albeit as a modern business under the name William Reed Business Media based in Crawley, Sussex. As well as changing location from its London home, the company has also changed completely since it was founded, now split into five main sectors: digital media, publishing, events, directories and newsletters. As well as British offices in Crawley and London, the company has offices in Montpellier, France and New York, United States.

In 2011 William Reed acquired him! a research based retail consultancy.

2011 accounts showed a turnover of £27,628,000 and profit of £1,668,000.[2] The company has 266 employees.[2]



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