If someone had told me in 2008 that I would be running a lifestyle magazine back in my home town, I would not have believed them. At that time, I was working in the financial world of Mergers & Acquisitions or as someone once thought I said Murders and Executions “What? Real murders?” But of course, the banking crisis at the end of 2008 meant that my clients, most of whom were reliant on very large bank loans were no longer looking to acquire, so by early 2009 I was looking for something else to do.
Serendipity or happenchance brought the idea of setting up a magazine to mind and the rest as they say is history. With Simon’s background in design and illustration, and my business experience we thought we had a fighting chance of producing a magazine.
I am a great believer in fate, que sera, destiny call it what you will but I had a lucky break very early on, when I went along to a breakfast meeting in order to meet the local business people. I was sitting next to a lovely lady who has gone on to become a good friend, Marianne Pettifor. Marianne told me that there was someone she would introduce me to – the only person I would need to meet – which is how I came to meet Sarla Langdon.
Sarla often tells me that she didn’t think we would get past issue 3 and I’m sure that without her help we probably wouldn’t. She has been an invaluable source of information on the practicalities of publishing, along with her depth of knowledge of the business community in Swansea. Her sense of humour and her language is legendary, and it isn’t often that you don’t hear the sound of laughter coming from the studio.
After that first networking breakfast with Marianne, I went on to join various business groups and met a huge variety of different trades and professions. Some of our early advertisers are still with us and to them I say a huge thank you for their support.
Liz Barry is another person that I met very early on – Liz too has become not only an invaluable member of the Bay team but a close friend too.
A big thank you goes out too to the many contributors that we’ve had over the years. It is their articles that make Bay so popular with our readers.
One of the things I wanted right from the start was to produce a magazine that had great editorial content – not just another booklet full of adverts. Our contributors make Bay a proper lifestyle magazine – their professionalism is what gives us the edge over our competitors.
All the hard work that everyone puts in to producing the magazine would be wasted if it wasn’t for our deliverers. This dedicated team trudge the streets in all weathers to make sure that your copy lands on your doormat each month. Thank you to each and every one of them.
I also want to say a huge thank you to you the reader. Every time you pick up the phone and call one of our advertisers and say, “I saw your ad in Bay Magazine”, it tells them that advertising with us is worthwhile. Without you using them, we wouldn’t get their business and you wouldn’t get the magazine!
At the risk of this sounding like a BAFTA award speech I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has been associated with Bay in the past 10 years – it is you that have made it as popular as it is.
We are a modest bunch at Bay, but we are going to make an exception here and show you some of the lovely comments we’ve received.
Congratulations Lesley and Simon on your 100th issue, and a massive thank you for all the invaluable support you have given us over the years. You have yourselves a fantastic publication and we look forward to working with you more in the next 100!
Thank you so much for the opportunity to share what we do with your readers…it really is making a difference to both homing cats and supporting our shops. Happy 100th!
The Bay has been a huge supporter of our brand, and an ideal partner to have while expanding our business to Swansea. They are an awesome team to work with, highly professional, and always deliver above expectations.
Camila, Pink Cleaning
Congratulations to the Bay on the 100th issue, keep up the good work.
Peter Nicholas Roofing
Congratulations to the Bay Magazine on its 100th edition. We’ve advertised in the magazine since the beginning and we always have great feedback from customers on the adverts we have in the magazine. Lesley and Simon are extremely professional and always produce great looking adverts. We wish them continued success for the next 10 years.
Happy 10th Birthday to Bay Magazine, wow time has flown. I have been with these guys from near the start and and now I’m here for good. Lesley and Simon, you run an awesome magazine that my clients rave about. Party hard guys and here’s to the next 10 years of the Bay.
Jason Ryan, Swansea Carpet Cleaning
I had to put pen to this email to tell you that your latest edition of Bay was excellent. All the articles were varied and extremely interesting and it was a joy to pick it up and randomly select a page as everything on it showed a very high standard of professionalism. The page layout, balance and choice of fonts makes it easy on the eye to read. Plus, the overall size is very handy to pocket.
Many thanks to you and all your staff for producing such a well thought out and enjoyable magazine. I very much look forward to devouring your next issue.