The Crowborough Magazine
Launched in December 2006 as The Crowborough Directory, The Crowborough Magazine is distributed via Royal Mail every other month to the entire TN6 area, including Crowborough, Rotherfield, Mark Cross, Town Row, Lye Green and Argos Hill (over 11,200 copies each issue). It features local information as well as advertising from local businesses who supply products and services to the area. Businesses also have the opportunity to sponsor the prize crossword by simply donating a prize. In order to support the local community there are a number of FREE pages for community information.
Copies are also available at many local outlets including: the Post Office, J&K Gallery, Crowborough Station and the Town Council offices.
The Edenbridge Magazine
Launched in October 2005 as The Edenbridge Directory, it is distributed by Royal Mail to 6,500 properties in the TN8 area, including Edenbridge, Marlpit Hill, Crockham Hill, Four Elms, Bough Beech, Marsh Green and Cowden. It features local information as well as advertising from local businesses who supply products and services to the area. Businesses also have the opportunity to sponsor the prize crossword by simply donating a prize. In order to support the local community there are a number of FREE pages for community information.
Copies are also available at a number of local outlets including: Edenbridge Town Station, Edenbridge Leisure Centre, Royal Mail Delivery Office.
What makes these magazines different?
As well as local business advertising, much time is spent sourcing community information and getting involved with community groups and activities in order to provide more detailed information on what each community has to offer its residents. Readers are often commenting on how useful they find the directory because of the inclusion of the community content and many keep hold of their directories until the next one comes along so it has longevity.
Before launching the first of her local magazines, Laura Lawrence worked in the area of marketing and communications in and around the City of London for over 10 years. Prior to working in marketing Laura has also enjoyed employment in the TV and music industries but says of her current role as publisher and editor of the magazines – “No job has given me as much enjoyment and satisfaction as producing these magazines. I have met so many interesting and inspirational people since I started and being able to actually see the difference that these magazines have made to the communities is extremely rewarding.”
Outside of her magazines, Laura provides Marketing & Communications services to businesses who need assistance with their marketing but cannot afford a full-time marketing person. Either for ongoing or one-off projects, Laura is able to provide as much or as little help as is required. Visit www.lauralawrence.co.uk for further information on the services offered.
Laura also spent about 10 years producing and presenting her own radio show, The Community Show on Channel Radio, focussing on all things community, charity and fundraising covering Sussex, Kent and Surrey and hopes to get back into the broadcasting seat again soon!