An Uckfield-based family publishing company, which launched just three years ago, has bought new magazines, taken on additional office space in town, and now employs 11 permanent staff and 30 freelances all over the world.
The company was started by John and Liz Lewis who were then joined by their son Simon, a chartered accountant, who initially became financial controller and commercial manager.
Their base is in Office Village, River Way, Uckfield, where they have taken on additional office space to accommodate the growing business.
The first magazines published by the company included their own Pig World and its website. Last year they launched pig industry awards which proved highly successful with 250 people attending an event in London. This year 370 people came along.
Lewis Business Media continues to publish Wholesale News, a monthly magazine, website and newsletter on behalf of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors.
And this year, having previously provided publishing services for The Subpostmaster, the monthly magazine of the National Federation of Subpostmasters, they have won a contract to write, produce and market The Subpostmaster and to run all federation events, including a conference in May 2016, and awards which have yet to be launched.
Also new to Lewis Business Media this year is International Arts Manager, a worldwide publication for those involved in managing arts events including opera, theatre, music, and ballet.
A recent feature in International Arts Manager covered Azerbaijan and countries as far afield as Australia and New Zealand are included.
A big acquisition this year has been The Job Crowd, a TripAdvisor-style website which carries reviews and ratings of graduate jobs and graduate schemes offered by the top 200 graduate employers in the UK.
Part of this business is an annual directory which goes to all major graduate recruiters and into all universities in the UK, 80,000 copies in total.
Simon Lewis has taken on the role of managing director of a newly created division, Lewis Business Media Jobs, and there are big plans to take The Job Crowd into other countries.
John Lewis was pleased with the company’s use of the Government’s apprenticeship scheme which allowed Lewis Business Media to take on and train local lad Charlie Buckland who recently passed his NVQ Level 2 in sales and marketing.
The company is now looking for another apprentice to take on Charlie’s previous role because he has been promoted twice and is now a sales executive.
Martin Goult, Sales Director for Pig World, said they were seeking someone looking to start a career in sales.
Experience is not essential but the successful candidate will demonstrate a commercial awareness, desire to succeed and hunger to learn.
The new recruit will work with Martin to develop sales skills across a multi-media brand. Alongside this he/she will have the opportunity to undergo the same apprenticeship scheme, supported by Sussex Downs College, to secure the NVQ Level 2 qualification in sales and marketing.