History of Haymarket

1957

Cornmarket Press (Clive Labovitch & Michael Heseltine) publishes first hardback of the Directory of Opportunities for Graduates

 

1959

Acquires the quarterly magazine Man About Town; the first Cornmarket controlled issue

 

1964

The formation of Haymarket; Man About Town’s printer, Hazell Watson & Viney, invests in the publisher

Hazell + Cornmarket = Haymarket, followed by the acquisition of MIMS and GP

 

1966

Labovitch leaves, with Cornmarket Press; Management Today launches.

Michael Heseltine becomes MP

 

1967

BPC merges its own magazines into Haymarket. Newcomers include weekly Autosport, monthly Lithoprinter (later known as PrintWeek) and Gardener’s Chronicle (GC)

 

1968

Campaign launches

 

1969

Haymarket acquires Horticultural Trades Journal, which merges with GC to form what later became Horticulture Week

Michael Heseltine becomes a minister; Lindsay Masters becomes chairman and Simon Tindall becomes Managing Director

 

1973

The launch of What Car?

 

1976

The business enters the medical domain and becomes highly profitable

 

1977

Popular Hi-Fire re-launched as What Hi-Fi?

 

1981

First continental joint venture with Spanish publisher Doyma

 

1979

CAT Launches

 

1982

Haymarket acquires Old Motor, Eric Verdon-Roe works on its transformation into Classic & Sports Car

 

1984

Acquires weekly magazine Autocar from Reed, and Haymarket hosts the first awards ceremony, signifying the first venture into brand extensions

 

1985

New York launch of MPR (US MIMS), initially as a joint venture

 

1987

Marketing grows from A4 to A3 paper size

 

1988

Acquires PR Week in a poor state of repair and in need of attention

 

1989

First French joint venture; first Italian joint venture

 

1990

The launch of Haymarket Exhibitions division

 

1991

MPR edition launched (gynaecologists)

 

1993

Planning Week launches

 

1994

FourFourTwo launched

 

1996

F1 Racing launched and Motoring News (later relaunched as Motorsport News) acquired with LAT photographic agency

 

1997

Planning acquired, merged with Planning Week

Revolution launched as monthly; Internet usage begins to pick up the pace

Michael Heseltine returns to Haymarket after election defeat

 

1998

Racing Line launched for McLaren, essentially the start of customer publishing activities

Websites: Campaign Live, What Car? and Autosport all launch

Overseas push begins; PR Week US launched

 

1999

Lindsay Masters retires. Michael Heseltine becomes chairman

World’s best-known classical music magazine Gramophone acquired

Acquisition of UK edition of Stuff

PR Report joint venture in Germany

 

2000

US Revolution launches; acquisition of Racer in California

Dotcom bubble bursts

First Stuff licenses abroad (France); Regeneration & Renewal launched

Growth of customer publishing

 

2001

Brand Republic launched

Michael Heseltine becomes peer

Army magazine launches

Eric Verdon-Roe becomes Group Managing Director

US acquisitions of CPS Communications (Medical Marketing & Media and Pharmaceutical Marketers Directory), the Cortland Group (Cortland Forum, Clinical Advisor, and Medical Projects) and McNight’s Long Term Care News.

 

2002

Stuff and Autocar debut in China

Third Sector launches

Forums launched, new brand extension

Acquisition of Renal & Urology News in the US.

 

2003

Finance Asia acquired

 

2004

Children&Young People Now launched

Acquisition of Thalaker Medien in Germany expands Haymarket’s portfolio of market-leading Gardening and Horticulture titles

Australian magazines purchased

ENDS Report acquired

US acquisition of JAAPA

 

2005

Haymarket’s HQ moves to Teddington Studios

Rupert Heseltine appointed Deputy Chairman

 

2006

blueboomerang.com, Stuff.tv and ThirdSectorJobs.co.uk launched

Acquisition of Printing World and Packaging magazine later integrated to Packaging News

Haymarket Network wins contract with Sky Sports

 

2007

Acquisition of Caravan-Sitefinder.co.uk, pressXchange.com and Pistonheads.co.uk

Relaunch of PrintWeek.com, ThirdSector.co.uk and BrandRepublic.com

£1.3million additional investment goes into digital media teams

Campaign India launched

 

2008

Stuff India launches

Campaign India’s website www.campaignindia.in launches

Haymarket acquires German media journal Kress

Print Week India launches

Haymarket acquires Windpower and Compliance Week

Mediaweek.co.uk standalone website launches

Relaunch of Brand Republic Jobs site

 

2009

Brand Media restructure: Media Week goes online only

Haymarket launches ProPrint Australia

Haymarket prescribing reference MIMS’ 50th anniversary limited edition

Michael Heseltine opens first Carbon show

 

2010

Kevin Costello becomes CEO

Rupert Heseltine becomes Chairman

Autosport 60th anniversary issue.

Autosport launch iPhone and Android Apps

Campaign Asia-Pacific launches

ENDS Report website relaunch

MPR 25th anniversary

Launch of FourFourTwo Performance

Re-launch of Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome websites

 

2011

Jane Macken appointed as managing director of Haymarket Business Media

Lee Maniscalco appointed as CEO of Haymarket Inc.

Classicandsportscar.com launched

Haymarket produces the official Royal Wedding programme

Record-breaking Autocar 5000th Road Test commemorative edition

Haymarket Business Media (HBM) wins AOP award for Digital Publisher of the year

MIMS launches iPhone and Android apps

 

2012

Classic & Sports Car 30th Anniversary issue.

Biggest Haymarket digital investment ever – the redevelopment of Pistonheads Classifieds

Haymarket Network makes history with official Olympics content

Autosport unveils new iPad app

What Car? launches True MPG

People Management magazine and website moves to Haymarket

Haymarket Business Media launches first responsive websites

Stuff releases iPad edition apps

 

2013

Haymarket Media Group ‘Goes Google

New look for Campaign

Marketing and insight service What Car? Connect goes live

Relocation of Hammersmith-based colleagues to Teddington

 

2015

Sale of Teddington Studios

Haymarket HQ relocation to Twickenham

Sale of motorsport brands to Motorsports Network

 

2017

The announcement of the biggest investment in Haymarket’s history: What Car? New car buying platform

Creation of Haymarket Automotive and appointment of Rachael Prasher as MD

 

2018

The launch of What Car? New car

HMG is debt-free for the first time in nearly 30 years

Sale of non-auto brands to Future (FourFourTwo, WhatHi-Fi, Practical Motorhome, Practical Caravan) and Kelsey Media (Stuff)

 

2019

Network relaunches to Wonderly

Haymarket acquires NACE