Something to smile about

It seems incredible to me that this week’s edition marks 25 years since we started Bus & Coach Buyer; it doesn’t feel anything like that long. Sitting down to write an editorial feature on the anniversary was a reminder to me of how much the industry has changed in the intervening period as well as how much I have forgotten of what has gone on.

Looking back over two and a half decades, most of them spent working from The Publishing Centre in Spalding, I surprised a smile of pride that we have not only survived but also maintained our original aims. Our objective was to deliver a great value for money weekly advertising platform with high quality editorial to the widest circulation and do so offering top quality service; this we have continued to do throughout.

I’ve worked with some great people, not only the current team in Peterborough including Sallyanne, John, Katie, Andy, Chris, Charlie, Rob, James and Linda but others you may well remember including Steve Cole, Joy Osborne, Lorne Kirkwood, Sandy Brooks and others too numerous to mention.

The last year has seen some major changes for the magazine as we have become part of the Peterborough based AT Graphics group, a family run business with a workforce of close to 50 and a long term commitment to developing the titles it has acquired from Glen Holland Ltd.

This week’s Bus & Coach Buyer is the first to benefit from a totally new look that will make it easier to read and more appealing to the eye. It picks up on points readers have made during an extensive market research campaign carried out in recent months and is accompanied by a refocusing of our editorial to ensure there is more of what you want to read in every issue.

This is a stage in an ongoing process rather than the end of the process as we ensure that Bus & Coach Buyer continues to meet your needs today and in the future. In both our printed and on line editions, we’ll continue to develop our presence to maximise our usefulness to our readers.

Thanks to all of you who have supported the magazine and helped us to date. It is you who inspire us and keep us striving to improve. Hopefully you’ll appreciate these latest steps we are taking.

As we look with confidence to the next 25 years we can be sure that the industry we serve will go through many more changes to which we will all have to adapt, just as we have to all that has been thrown at us so far. All things considered I’ve still got a surprising amount of hair on my head, which is something else to smile about.

Stuart Jones




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