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

 

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

British Printing Corporation 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-Fi re-launched as What Hi-Fi?

 

1979

Car & Accessory Trader launches

 

1981

First continental joint venture with Spanish publisher Doyma

 

1982

Haymarket acquires Old Motor and rebrands it 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

 

1988

Haymarket becomes Frontline’s first joint venture partner. Frontline was the first dedicated magazine circulation and distribution business.

Acquires PR Week

 

1989

First French joint venture; first Italian joint venture

 

1990

The launch of Haymarket Exhibitions division

 

1993

Planning Week launches

 

1994

FourFourTwo launched

 

1996

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

Haymarket launches customer publishing agency with British Tourist Association as its first client

 

1997

Planning acquired, merged with Planning Week

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

 

1998

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

Overseas push begins; PR Week US launched

Launch of joint venture with South China Morning Post in Hong Kong

 

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

Haymarket forms joint venture in India and launches Autocar India

 

2000

Acquisition of Racer in California

Dotcom bubble bursts

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

Acquisition of Media & Marketing in Hong Kong

 

2001

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 through joint venture with Fosun

Third Sector launches

Acquisition of Renal & Urology News in the US.

 

2003

Finance Asia acquired in Hong Kong

 

2004

Children&Young People Now launched

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

Haymarket acquires tech publisher AJB Publishing in Australia

ENDS Report acquired

 

2005

Haymarket’s HQ moves to Teddington Studios

Rupert Heseltine appointed Deputy Chairman

Haymarket Customer Publishing rebrands to Haymarket Network Ltd

 

2006

Haymarket Network wins contract with Sky Sports

 

2007

Campaign India launched

 

2008

Campaign India’s website www.campaignindia.in launches and Print Week India launches

Haymarket acquires Windpower and Compliance Week

 

2009

Haymarket prescribing reference MIMS’ 50th anniversary limited edition

 

2010

Kevin Costello becomes CEO

Rupert Heseltine becomes Chairman

Autosport 60th anniversary issue

Campaign Asia-Pacific launches in Hong Kong

MPR 25th anniversary

 

2011

Haymarket produces the official Royal Wedding programme

Record-breaking Autocar 5000th Road Test commemorative edition

 

2012

Classic & Sports Car 30th Anniversary issue.

Haymarket Network makes history with official Olympics content

Haymarket wins CIPD contract and People Management magazine and website move to Haymarket

 

2013

Divestment of Hammersmith property portfolio and relocation of Hammersmith-based colleagues to Teddington

 

2015

Sale of Teddington Studios

Haymarket HQ relocation to Twickenham

Sale of motorsport brands to Motorsports Network

Brian Freeman appointed Group Finance Director

 

2017

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

 

2018

The launch of What Car? New car

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

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

 

2019

Network relaunches to Wonderly

Haymarket acquires NACE