A relatively new magazine dedicated to the Scottish business community has announced it is to continue publishing throughout next year, despite 'tough market conditions'.
Business Quarter Scotland – which has just published its sixth issue – is part of the Room 501 publishing stable, based in Sunderland.
Welcoming the news, editor and well-known business writer, Kenny Kemp, said: “This is great news for us. We're beginning to see the kind of commercial support in Scotland that makes this business magazine sustainable. It's been a slow burn for us – and keeping the overheads down has been key.
“We've taken some time to get bedded in but there are plans to increase the online content in the new year and to step up the number of our 'Live Debates', involving senior business figures in Scotland. Plus, there are a few BQ2's being prepared – these are special extra surveys on various sectors such as business tourism, raising finance, women in the boardroom, and oil, gas and renewables.
“Launching a new business magazine in such tough market conditions has been challenging. But i think high-quality niche publications with thoughtful content, great photography and strong design still have a place. The iPad might be brilliant but it doesn't have an app yet that gives off the smell of a crisp, new magazine.
“Our latest edition has some great interviews that you will not find anywhere else. For example: there's an article about Adele’s brilliant new guitar – made in Glasgow by a leading Scottish instrument maker. We've an exclusive about Scotland’s failed bid to build a Formula One race track at Harthill. And you can read why Sir Terry Leahy decided to back a Border tyre business that’s going national.”
BQ Scotland has a circulation of 12,000, sent directly and for free to key business and political figures in Scotland. A further 4,000 are distributed at offices, top hotels and airport lounges across Scotland.
It is also available by subscription via 0191 537 5720.